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NBA Shootaround: The Class of ’15 Is a Gift That Keeps on Giving

<i>Welcome to the</i> <i>NBA Shootaround</i><i>, the</i> Ringer <i>staff’s weekly run through the league, told in riffs and GIFs.</i><p>A Fantasy Land of Kaiju and Unicorns<p><b>Jason</b> …

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Simmons vs. Gladwell: The Future of Football

<i>By Bill Simmons and Malcolm Gladwell</i><p>S<b>immons:</b> "Is he crying?"<p>"He’s just having trouble breathing. He’s disoriented."<p>"It looks like he’s crying."<p>"Maybe …

Breaking Up With Jay Cutler

I was 21 years old when the Bears traded for Jay Cutler in early April 2009. The seven and a half years that he’s been with the franchise account for …

NFL

The Fade Route Is Garbage

Since the forward pass was legalized, the end zone fade route has become one of the pillars of offensive football. The play taps into the primal …

NFL

Quiet: A Soldier’s Fight for the Most Silent Place in America

The military’s plan to send newer, more disruptive jet planes over the Hoh and Quinault rain forest region has unraveled not only townspeople …

‘None of the old rules apply’: Dave Eggers travels through post-election America

From dazed election night revellers in Washington DC to a gay Trump voter in Detroit to kids in Kentucky ... The US writer gauges the mood of a divided nation<p>The word surreal is overused and often wrongly used, but in the case of the Washington Post Election Night Live party, the word was apt. …

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The I-5 Killer

Photo Illustration by Stephen Skalocky<p>With the 428th pick in the 1974 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected. . . one of the most violent killers …

The Yankee Comandante

A story of love, revolution, and betrayal.<p>For a moment, he was obscured by the Havana night. It was as if he were invisible, as he had been before coming to Cuba, in the midst of revolution. Then a burst of floodlights illuminated him: William Alexander Morgan, the great Yankee <i>comandante</i>. He was …

Unfinished Business

click to enlarge<p><b>His phone is buzzing again.</b> Isaiah Wall is 19 and handsome, with freckled cheeks and biceps from his days as a wrestler. Like any …

Crime

Lincoln's Great Depression

Abraham Lincoln fought clinical depression all his life, and if he were alive today, his condition would be treated as a "character issue"—that is, as a political liability. His condition was indeed a character issue: it gave him the tools to save the nation<p>When Abraham Lincoln came to the stage of …

Seeking custody and answers: Sister of San Bernardino shooter hopes to adopt abandoned niece

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Maybe the child would be hers one day, so Saira Khan began preparing the house for her niece’s next visit. She sanitized the baby toys and double-checked the child safety locks. She cleaned the nursery where the girl had never been allowed to spend a night and tidied the crib …

The Alt-Right's Jewish Godfather

The night America elected Donald J. Trump president, 38-year-old Richard B. Spencer, who fancies himself the “Karl Marx of the alt-right” and …

Political Science

“The sicario: A Juárez hit man speaks” by Charles Bowden (Harpers)

I am ready for the story of all the dead men who last saw his face.As I drank coffee and tried to frame questions in my mind, a crime reporter in …

The Tale of Two Seasons

So it was February, about 10 months ago, and the Falcons cut a veteran. That vet packed up and headed down a hallway for the exit. He ran into a …

Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction

This 18-year-old is about to begin a three-day, neo-African, sometimes-terrifying, ritualistic trip. Can it help her get clean?<p><b>PART I</b><p>It’s been 56 …

Boko Haram: Sons of anarchy

In northern Nigeria, radical Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram is facing a vigilante backlash from armed young men with nothing to lose. Amid the …

Richard J. Evans · The Conspiracists: The Reichstag Fire

Alternative histories of this kind have a long history. Just over eighty years ago another major and wholly unpredicted violent event occurred in …

Uruguay's Jose Mujica - President Chill

Profiling the world's chillest and most badass head of state who might just hold the key to ending the global drug war.<p><i>Photo by Mariano Carranza</i><p>On the morning of October 8, 1969, José Mujica woke up and got dressed for a funeral. He and nine other young men—nephews of the deceased—piled into a …

Robin Hood

Anders Behring Breivik and the Massacre on Utøya: on Aage Borchgrevink’s "A Norwegian Tragedy"

<i>2083: A European Declaration of Independence</i> was an expensive text to produce. Its author, Anders Behring Breivik, claims in the introduction to have …

The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits

From ‘Donkey Kong’ to the NES — how a Japanese company took over the American living room. An exclusive first serial from ‘Console Wars.’<p><i>The</i> …