It’s NBA All-Star weekend! While the game itself is hot garbage, there are some great stories that come from so many superstars in one place. Enjoy!
Dave Chappelle threw a “juke joint” party in New Orleans over the weekend that included several former NBA players and impromptu concerts from Chance the Rapper, Jarobi from A Tribe Called Quest, Estelle, and the St. Boogie Brass Band.
Adam Mares of Vice Sports does a great job of breaking down the why’s and how’s of Golden State’s dominance.
Thomas Beller of The New Yorker breaks down the NBA All-Star Saturday night festivities.
Nico Mannion is a 15-year-old Instagram phenomenon with his basketball skills. Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated explores the struggles of balancing athletic fame with navigating adolescences.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., easily one of the most likable athletes in America, gives ESPN the Magazine an intimate look at his comeback to racing after returning from a concussion last season.
Dan O’Neil of the St Louis Post-Dispatch gives a final farewell and an honest take on the state of journalism as he accepts his “voluntary severance package”.
Tim Layden reminisces about an old coach (who cut him) who also happened to teach Gregg Popovich.
News came out on Monday that one of Jerry Sandusky’s sons was accused of child sexual abuse and maligned Baltimore Ravens broadcaster Gerry Sandusky was once again inundated with misdirected social media posts.
Charles Oakley was removed from Madison Square Garden during a Knicks game last week. The NY Times explains the history behind the animosity between Oakley and team management and what exactly happened.
In the soccer [football] play of the week, Fernando Torres hit an over-the-head shot for Atlético Madrid that went viral.
In local news, SI released an in-depth look at the MLS options for expansion, including the Indy Eleven.
A photo series of an equestrian group in North Philadelphia that hopes to use riding to counter crime.
If we’re going to hold true to the lesson learned in middle school football that we’ll learn more from our losses than our wins, the Falcons will be the wisest men in history.
Whether its the Falcons epic collapse/Patriots epic comeback (whichever side you’re on), from a great story comes great writing. Scroll down for some of the best.
Leave to Peter King of MMQB to bring us the best insight from last night’s win. King has forgotten more about the NFL than we’ll ever know, and he pulls some great moments from the NFL archives to help bring a fifth Super Bowl for Tom Brady and the Patriots into perspective.
Bill Barnwell breaks down the inexplicable comeback by the Patriots.
The Ringer, as always, has some great coverage from last night.
Tom Brady has Cemented his GOAT Status
The Falcons Collapse Didn’t Happen All at Once
Chaos and Cotton Candy at Super Bowl LI
In other news…
Alex Speier of The Boston Globe details the Belichick Collection, a vast collection of football literature at the United States Naval Academy.
Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated tells the story of his 15-year-old, baseball loving cousin who was tragically murdered.
Atlanta Falcons center Alex Mack said an unknown minor league hockey ticket salesman named Duncan Krier was the best high school player he’d ever seen.
Legendary Stanford women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer got her 1,000th win Friday night.
Michael Vick wrote a heartfelt tribute to the Falcons and the people of Atlanta in The Players Tribune.
President Trump’s executive order, issued Friday, sparked a lot of controversy, spilling over into the sports world. Here are reactions to the new immigration policy. Scroll down for other stories from this week:
While the White House has clarified that he will be allowed into the United States, Somali-born British Mo Farah was critical of the order.
How the new policy affects the NBA.
After he felt his answers in an interview were insufficient, USMNT captain Michael Bradley took to Instagram to fully express his thoughts.
The Atlanta Falcons were inadvertently included in this weekends’ protests due to the use of the #RiseUp hashtag.
Christine Brennan examines the potential impact on the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid.
The University of Michigan has refused to provide information about the immigration status of its students.
In other news…
ESPN’s Chris Fowler discusses calling the final of the Australian Open with Richard Deitsch.
An in-depth look at how Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in a match for the ages.
James Harden is the first player to reach multiple 50-point triple-doubles in a single season.
The Dallas Morning News reported a new lawsuit citing 52 rapes by members of the Baylor football team in four years.
A feature on Welsh athletes who played Major League Baseball by Vice Sports UK.
For the ten-year anniversary, Zak Keefer crafts an oral history of the Colts 38-34 victory over the Patriots in the 2007 AFC Championship.
Prior to 2008, Erin Andrews was a talented sports reporter working for ESPN. After 2008, Erin Andrews still had talent to spare, but had gained another identity as the victim of a stalker who took videos of her through a peephole in her hotel room door and posted them online. Last year, she won a court case against the hotel for failing to protect her and the stalker for invasion of privacy.
This week, Sports Illustrated published an in-depth feature on Andrews. In it, the sports journalist discussed her transformation and reinvention since the incident, including her fight with cancer last fall.
The Pain You Can’t See: From the trial to the diagnosis, how Erin Andrews endured the most difficult year of her life and came out stronger than ever.