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Bust busted

Bring up the topic of biggest NFL draft busts of all time and most people come up with the same short list of notorious names, all of them quarterbacks.
Keith McCants mccan't stay out of trouble; plus, another Clockwork Orange homage
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 11, 2010

Golden goofballs

Yet another major-program football player walked the Taser plank this past week, though this one was called back from the edge just in time.
Minnesota football teams produce twin dummies
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 13, 2009

Kubb scouts

Three simple words may change the face of your lazy-day summer activities: Viking lawn sport .
The newest lawn-sport craze, from the land of Ikea
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 18, 2008

You go, Carl

Former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Carl Eller is an early candidate for this year’s Otis Nixon Award, given to the athlete who most repeatedly shows up in the news following clashes with the criminal-justice system.
Sports blotter: "This year's Otis Nixon award" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 21, 2008

Recession busters

It was only a matter of time before the plummeting real-estate market began to claim its first sports-related arrests.
Sports blotter: "Realty bites" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 14, 2008

We got next

Two members of the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team were arrested for offenses that seem worthy of the best that men’s collegiate basketball has to offer.
Sports blotter: "Title IX edition"
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 16, 2008


Minnesota dreaming

If you're a die-hard sports fan, you’ve undoubtedly had moments where you view your obsession from the outside, like an anthropologist watching a painful circumcision ritual for the first time.
As a steady stream of Twin Cities sports superstars relocates to Boston, a hoops-crazy reporter asks himself: What price fandom?
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 20, 2007

Touched by a taser

Such was the fate of DerMarr Johnson, who just made himself the latest entry in what is becoming a shockingly long list.
Sports blotter: "More Pittsburgh pimping" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 13, 2007

Triple double

Several big-time D-1 sports schools have found themselves enmeshed in complex multi-arrest imbroglios this week.
Sports blotter: Incriminating phone evidence edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 18, 2007

Who's your Padre?

The more jock arrests that pour in, the more obnoxious America’s cops seem.
Sports blotter: "Something is rotten in the state of Alabama" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 10, 2007

Punch out!

What a way to start off 2007!
Sports blotter: " 007-373-5963 edition"
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 03, 2007


More pellet madness

I’m not sure if anyone knows what to make of this one.
Sports blotter: "something we don't condone" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 25, 2006

Bad Bolts

The San Diego Chargers are making a belated run at this season’s NFL arrest title.
Sports Blotter: "Not Just for Bengals Anymore" Edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 11, 2006

Aurora Borealis

Want to make an independent movie? Watch the trailer for Aurora Borealis  (QuickTime)
A template for indies
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 06, 2006

Dr. Probert

A lot of strange incidents involving minor-league baseball have colored the “Briefs” sections of national sports coverage this year.
Sports Blotter: Lexicography Edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 13, 2006

Always look on the bright side of life

For those of you Red Sox fans searching for a silver lining to this prolonged and ultimately fatal flesh-eating-bacteria case of a baseball season, there is this.
Sports Blotter: Free Reardon Edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 30, 2006


Nothing's shocking

There must be some kind of secret scavenger hunt going on among pro athletes that requires participants to attach their names to Tasers or stun guns in the headlines of USA Today .
Sports blotter: "Set tasers to 'stun' " edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 08, 2006

Punch the clock

This is not a Madden title, and neither does it pretend to be.
Coach   makes you work for it
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 11, 2006

Muckrakers in the outfield

Last week was an important moment in the history of American journalism.
It’s time for baseball — and all sports — to be covered just like any other multi-billion-dollar business  
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  April 05, 2006

Smelling like a Rose

The bad-seed stories just keep rolling in.
Plus the best quote from a lawyer you will ever hear
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 01, 2006

Super Blot

With all due respect to Isaiah (J.R.) Rider — the NBA’s all-time arrest leader who solidified his first-ballot Sports Crime Hall of Fame status last week with a decisive post-retirement kidnapping bust — there really is no news in sports this week that d
Sports crime does the Super Bowl
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 02, 2006