Throwback Thursday


Blackout At Home: When The Lights Went Out At Shea Stadium In 1977

40 years ago Thursday, the lights went out in New York and the city was plunged into 25 hours of chaos. Here's what that was like at Shea Stadium.


That Time Michael Jordan Allegedly Ran Up a Million-Dollar Golf Debt

Just before the 1993 NBA Finals, one of Jordan's golf buddies published "Michael & Me: Our Gambling Addiction...My Cry For Help!" The book is forgotten, but its lesson is not.


Remembering The Series That Broke The Sacramento Kings

Were the Kings cheated out of a win in the '01-02 Western Conference Finals? Maybe. But the loss undeniably echoes in the organization today.


Roger Clemens, Suzy Waldman, And The Freakout Heard 'Round The World

"Oh my goodness gracious," now and forever.


Remembering the Whizzinator, America’s Favorite Fake Plastic Penis

Former NFL player Onterrio Smith's 2005 airport arrest for possessing the drug-test-beating "Original Whizzinator" generated national headlines and punchlines, but the device's strange saga was just getting started.


Throwback Thursday: The Sam Hinkie Resignation Letter as Literature

One year ago, Sam Hinkie's 13-page resignation letter brought The Process era to an end in Philadelphia. That work continues, but Hinkie's letter is history.


The NCAA Basketball Coach Who Confessed After 'Blue Chips,' but Only Told Half the Story

After seeing the 1994 film in which a cheating college basketball coach offers a postgame press conference mea culpa, Coastal Carolina's Russ Bergman called a local sports editor to do the same. But the truth was more complicated.


When JFK Fat-Shamed America's Youth: Throwback Thursday

In 1960, President-elect John F. Kennedy wrote an article for Sports Illustrated titled "The Soft American," warning that the nation was producing too many large, doughy boys. For better and for worse, his ideas continue to resonate.


Remembering Hakeem Olajuwon's Phantom Quadruple-Double, and the Mystery of NBA Stat Cookin'

Hakeem Olajuwon's near quadruple double on March 3, 1990 was an early indicator that some NBA stats aren't what they seem.


The NBA Ball That Everyone Hated: Throwback Thursday

In the summer of 2006, the NBA arbitrarily introduced a new synthetic basketball that league commissioner David Stern said was "the best in the world." It was not.


How a 1978 Law Means America Will Never Have a Russia-Style Doping Scandal: Throwback Thursday

Is the difference between Russian and American sporting culture as stark as 'they're willing to cheat, and we're not'? Or is simply the case that we cheat differently?


Throwback Thursday: DaVonte' Neal's Signing Day Fiasco, And The Problem With NLIs

One of the most bizarre recruiting stories in college football history is a cautionary tale, and not for the reasons people think.