1. Sam Darnold Is the Realest

    USC's star quarterback and his parents do not live by the LaVar Ball theory of the universe. They let a multisport supernova grow up into his own man. And that's why this 20-year-old might be the No. 1 pick in next year's NFL draft.

    Jeff Pearlman Written by Jeff Pearlman about 5 months ago 182,681 reads 0 comments

  2. Tupac, Glocks and In-N-Out: A Football Team's Run-in with the Rapper, Revealed

    Hours before the rap legend was shot and killed in Vegas, a school trip became a chance encounter in the desert—and a brush with Suge Knight's strapped security mob

    Jeff Pearlman Written by Jeff Pearlman about 7 months ago 500,995 reads 0 comments

  3. The Baller, the Teacher, the Trigger: How One Man Lived and Died for NBA Dreams

    Even when his life was spiraling out of control, Bryce Dejean-Jones was a pro waiting to go pro. One year ago in Dallas, everything changed with a bang on the door

    Jeff Pearlman Written by Jeff Pearlman about 7 months ago 1,146,342 reads 0 comments

  4. Diary of a Rollicking All-Favre, All-the-Time Weekend

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — I have two talents in life. One is the flipping and catching of towering stacks of quarters off my elbow. The other is sneaking into places. I’ve sneaked into some crazy spots...

    Jeff Pearlman Written by Jeff Pearlman about over 2 years ago 137,361 reads 81 comments

  5. The Resilient Soul of Jerry Sandusky's Son

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — I am staring at Matt Sandusky. Matt Sandusky is staring at me. Holding grapes. Plastic grapes...

    Jeff Pearlman Written by Jeff Pearlman about almost 3 years ago 437,202 reads 0 comments

  6. Jerry Tarkanian Almost Coached the 1980s Lakers Dynasty

    Editor's note: Reprinted from Showtime : Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by arrangement with Gotham Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC , A Penguin Random House Company...

    Jeff Pearlman Written by Jeff Pearlman about almost 3 years ago 53,260 reads 23 comments

  7. Dylan Favre's Roller-Coaster Life in Uncle Brett's Shadow

    MARTIN, Tenn. — The least interesting thing about Brett Favre 's nephew is that he's Brett Favre's nephew. It's true. No matter how many times the information is shared...

    Jeff Pearlman Written by Jeff Pearlman about 3 years ago 442,007 reads 142 comments

  8. Lost and Found: Taj McDavid Today Is More Than an NBA Draft Punch Line

    I don’t believe in ghosts. But there is one standing before me. He is big—6'6" or so. And eye-catching. He has a black bead pierced below his bottom lip and silver hoops in each ear...

    Jeff Pearlman Written by Jeff Pearlman about over 3 years ago 595,519 reads 342 comments

  9. For NFL Prospect Pierre Desir, It's Always Been Fatherhood, Then Football

    In a few moments, you may become very angry. That's just a warning, before you dive into a story that features a confident 23-year-old man, a scared 15-year-old boy, a pregnant ...

    Jeff Pearlman Written by Jeff Pearlman about over 3 years ago 267,628 reads 295 comments

  10. A Reporter's Tale: The John Rocker Story 15 Years Later

    Nearly 15 years have passed. Which—as anyone who has watched one-and-a-half decades fly by can attest—is weird and confusing and a bit jarring...

    Jeff Pearlman Written by Jeff Pearlman about over 3 years ago 369,717 reads 462 comments

  11. Exclusive Book Excerpt: Bitter, Dark Days of Pat Riley and the 'Showtime' Lakers

    In the minds of many, the Los Angeles Lakers dynasty came to an unceremonious end when the team was swept in the 1989 NBA Finals by the Isiah Thomas-led Detroit Pistons . Suddenly, Showtime seemed to be a thing of the past...

    Jeff Pearlman Written by Jeff Pearlman about almost 4 years ago 138,504 reads 159 comments

  12. The Tragic Story of Willie Williams, College Football's First Celebrity Recruit

    The temptation is to begin every sentence with the words, “If only Willie hadn ’t…” One can’t stop oneself...

    Jeff Pearlman Written by Jeff Pearlman about almost 4 years ago 519,433 reads 237 comments

  13. A Year After Jovan Belcher's Final Act, Friends Offer Clues to Tragic Downfall

    The overtaking of Jovan Belcher began not on the morning he died. See, that’s the misconception of violent acts committed by violent people—that a singular moment tells us most of what we need to know...

    Jeff Pearlman Written by Jeff Pearlman about 4 years ago 1,065,454 reads 364 comments