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longreads.com

The Story of Heady Topper - Longreads

How a difficult to obtain American double IPA brewed in a small town in Vermont developed a world-wide cult following, with beer fans traveling hundreds of miles just to get a taste.

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longreads.com

Michael Joyce's Second Act - Longreads

In 1996, David Foster Wallace profiled tennis player Michael Joyce in one of the most celebrated pieces of sports writing ever published. Who has he become since? (Cited at Digg.com, Pocket, The Browser, Media REDEFined, Deadspin, The Morning News, and The New York Times)

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SB Nation

Connor McDavid's Time - SB Nation Longform

A profile of Connor McDavid as he transitions from kid to superstar. (Cited at Digg.com, Media REDEFined)

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sports.vice.com

Samuel Deguara is 7'5, Unemployed, and Looking for a Basketball Home - VICE Sports

On the tallest man from Malta, who is training for his last shot. (Cited at Media REDEFined)

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slamonline.com

Jerry Stackhouse's Passion Project: D-League Head Coach - SLAM Magazine

After nearly two decades in the NBA, two-time All-Star Jerry Stackhouse is now grinding as a D-League coach in Canada. (Cited at Media REDEFined)

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Pacific Standard

The Woman Who's Teaching the NHL How to Skate - Pacific ...

Barb Underhill is carving out an important legacy. (Cited at Digg.com)

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The Classical

Filipino Basketball Comes to Whitehorse - The Classical

Over the last decade, the Yukon's Pinoy community has grown from 150 people to more than 2,000. Things are changing up north, and the region's Filipinos—and one particular basketball league—are a part of it. (Reprinted by Hazlitt)

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Pacific Standard

How We Set Up Our Professional Athletes to Fail - Pacific Standard

On the machinery of professional sports and the complications of the fallen athlete. (Cited at Digg.com)

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The New Yorker

Basketball and Globalization - The New Yorker

On basketball's growth from American pastime to global entertainment product.

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Pacific Standard

Inside the World of Competitive Laughing - Pacific Standard

On an evening spent at the Canadian Competitive Laughing Championship. (Cited at Longreads.com, Digg.com and TheFeature.net, BuzzFeed BuzzRead selection)

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sports.vice.com

Threes, Noise, And Hangovers - VICE Sports

How a Toronto Raptors squad of misfits and long shots beat peak-Michael Jordan and the hungover Bulls.

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The Billfold

Working as a Mailman in Canada's Frozen North - The Billfold

A personal essay on a winter spent delivering mail in the Yukon.

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sports.vice.com

Softball at the End of the World - VICE Sports

On homelessness, addiction, isolation, and softball.

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Salon

Mandela was a Boxer - Salon.com

The South African leader's passion for pugilism offers insight into his fight for equality. (Originally published at The Classical)

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sports.vice.com

Nik Stauskas Has The Will, Now He Needs To Find A Way - VICE Sports

Over his bumpy first two seasons in the NBA, Nik Stauskas has been a perfectly ordinary NBA player. But, as with every NBA player, there's something extraordinary in him.