Barry Petchesky
barryap
Deputy editor | Deadspin
9/13/19
2:47 PM
180

Detroit, because they are probably the largest city without a professional football team.

9/6/19
10:01 AM
44

That there are still firsts like this happening after 144 years and nearly 15 million at bats...just astonishing.

9/6/19
9:22 AM
33

Ha! They’ve got two brains! Whaddaya got to say now, Cards fan?

9/6/19
9:17 AM
186

After years and years of the wonderful, blessed “Get a brain, morans” meme, we actually have a Brian Moran?!??

8/30/19
11:19 AM
50

Intramural indoor soccer in college. I was playing goalie, because I stopped playing soccer when I was 7 and have absolutely no footskills. I don’t remember why the ball was so high in the air, but it was, and I severely misjudged the bounce. I tracked it down running back towards my own goal, like a center fielder

8/30/19
11:17 AM
12

Playing soccer as a5 year old. I was goalie for the first half. I really had to pee. So I waited until the ball was at the other end, turned around and peed into the back corner of the goal. Would have gotten away with it except someone else’s mom called me out.

8/30/19
11:17 AM
72

7th grade football. First game of the season. I felt a rumble in my lower abdomen during warmups. Right before kickoff I had to sprint to the bathroom. The stalls didn’t have doors on them, but I had barely made it to the toilet in time so I didn’t have a choice.

8/30/19
11:15 AM
4

I was an offensive lineman in high school. My senior season ended with a consolation game after we were knocked out of the playoffs. We were up four or five touchdowns at the half so in addition to playing the backups, my coach decided to get the lineman the ball. My last ever play in a competitive football game

8/30/19
6:22 AM
85

I always think about the fact that the lowliest benchwarner on any given professional team was The Guy With The Ball at every other stage of their career. It’s so easy to forget.

8/29/19
8:25 PM
9

Same reason that the most exciting golf tournament of the year is the Q-School Finals.  Guys playing for their livelihood and a chance to even play on the big stage.  Gripping drama.

8/29/19
6:58 PM
22

This is what I’ve been saying for years! Same deal with the NBA summer league. The regular season games are objectively higher quality and they feature characters we’re more familiar with, but preseason/summer league games have raw human drama. 

8/28/19
1:23 PM
36

The graphic has it even worse sounding: Tore groin off the bone

8/28/19
1:23 PM
22

But when the injuries pile on top of one another, and the residue from each one sticks to your bones, and your muscles refuse to forget what you’ve put them through, then your “love of the game” finally gets a cup-check, and that’s right about at the age of 27 or 28.

8/28/19
1:18 PM
35

Broken tibia, ruptured groin, dislocated/separated shoulders, torn hamstrings, cracked ribs, fingers, concussions, bulging discs, torn knee ligaments, etc.

8/28/19
1:18 PM
38

I don’t think the pads and helmet and especially the guys who wear dark visors help people empathize, either. It makes the players look less human, or more robotic. They’re gigantic people made even more gigantic looking by the battle armor that they put on, and then they cover their faces and eyes. It takes the human

8/28/19
1:17 PM
104

Nate, your ability to take abstract concepts in an unfamiliar environment and make them tangible for a reader is impressive.  Only the worst imbeciles on the planet are going to think that your writing is overly dramatic here.  My experience with pain and mental anguish in football is right in line with you and I had