Who’s the Biggest Idiot? On Stephen Smith and ESPN

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Stephen Smith excused the abuser and blamed the victim. His attitude is not helpful.

Bigger Than the Superbowl: The World Cup Breaks Viewing Records

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It’s official: more people in the US are streaming the World Cup than this year’s Superbowl.

Hungry: A Year in the Life of Competitive Eating

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As men and women converge on Coney Island, NY in two days for the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, a newly available documentary shares the ins (not outs, never outs … that’ll get you disqualified) of competitive eating.

If You’re Happy and You Know It, Make Sure TV Doesn’t Show It?

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Michael Sam’s draft onto the St. Louis Rams and subsequent aired kiss with his partner has been discussed ad infinitum, but Anderson Cooper’s analysis is too good not to share.

Michael Sam Coming Up and Out

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When Sports Illustrated’s cover asked, “Is the NFL Ready for Michael Sam?” they didn’t mean on the football field.

This Pint-Sized Fighter Would Destroy You

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One thing’s certain: This kid is not one to mess with.

How Greed Stopped the USFL’s Forward Progress

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30 years ago an upstart football league tried to take on the NFL. All it got was $3.76. Just ask Donald Trump about it.

The NFL’s PR Problem. . . And How To Fix It

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Bullying, concussions, player arrests, declining youth participation. The NFL has a serious PR problem. Neil Cohen offers the league some advice about how to fix it.

But Honey, It’s The Super Bowl!

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The author writes an open letter to any woman in America who doesn’t care about watching the 2014 Super Bowl. And why their men will be glued to the television anyway.

The 4 Most Important Points in Bill Simmons’ Apology for Publishing a Piece Outing a Trans Woman

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Other news organization can learn from Simmons’ candor about his organization’s grave errors of judgement and their failures to be curious.

Where’s The Mentor Alex Rodriguez Never Had?

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Joe Rutland looks at the drama behind Rodriguez and how a mentor could have helped him navigate his life and career with more honesty and grace.

Worst Moment in Sports, 2013

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Unfortunately, sports’ worst in 2013 included terrorism, rape, and murder. Liam Day runs down the ugly list.

A Month of Thankfulness: Broken Strings

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Sometimes a random song can change your life profoundly and for the good. Doug Zeigler shares how thankful he is for this brand of kismet.

To Pay or Not To Pay: O’Bannon v. NCAA

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4 years ago Ed O’Bannon noticed that his image was being used without his permission. His subsequent suit threatens to upend the NCAA. Chris Parisi reports.

The Week in GMP Sports

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Recapping the week that was in Sports at The Good Men Project.

Network of Denial

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As PBS gets set to air a Frontline documentary on concussions in the NFL, Neil Cohen examines ESPN’s curious decision to pull out of the production.