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‘I’m Not The Lone Wolf’

It’s 11:30 the morning of August 4. Urban Meyer just got out of a two-hour meeting with his staff. He’s wearing white running shoes, red Ohio State athletic shorts and a white long-sleeved OSU Dri-FIT shirt. In two days, the team arrives and fall camp begins. He’s had the busiest month of his life getting ready for...
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The Baseball Player and His Broken Brain

  This is not a story I wanted to put into print, but leaving it out would feel dishonest.When my hunt for This Stuff began about three years ago, it was personal, and many people only opened up after they heard some of my story. It seemed to unlock an unspoken trust. If this guy’s...
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A Conspiracy of Comfort: Why It’s Time to Rethink What Coaches Wear

Stan Van Gundy is running away from me. OK, not running. But he is moving quickly across the parking lot of the Quest Multisport facility in Chicago, his forehead peppered by beads of sweat, strands of his thinning salt-and-pepper hair waving in the wind. (As always, his mustache is magnificent.) He makes for a black...
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For Love of the Game: Chasing Big League Dreams For 12 Bucks an Hour

Kyle Johnson brought his wife and their two young daughters with him to spring training this year, here in Port St. Lucie, Florida. It was about $3,000 more expensive than in 2016, when he crashed on a friend’s couch in Jupiter, 35 miles south, to save money. A speedy 27-year-old outfielder, Kyle—like all baseball minor...
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NO LOVE: A Fighter on his Way to Prison. A Kid with Cancer. A Promise that Saved Them Both.

  Cody Garbrandt walks down Third Street in tiny Dennison, Ohio, the gleaming UFC title belt slung over his shoulder. Decorated trucks and floats line the street. He’s flanked by his stepfather, his mom and his girlfriend, Danny, who carries her small white Chihuahua. A crowd swarms. People ask for pictures. Cody poses for a...
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Steph Curry’s Secrets to Success

Brain Training, Float Tanks, and Strobe Goggles for B/R Mag at Bleacher Report (a Head in the Game Excerpt)
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Tim Tebow Can’t Help Himself

  What if a 29-year-old former quarterback was good enough to play pro baseball, too? What if we all tried the things that people told us we could not do? Inside the final comeback of a born-again star.   Before he said yes to training Tim Tebow over the summer, former major league catcher Chad...
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‘Born That Way: The Legend of Coach Marvin Jarman’

On a Monday night in Greenville, North Carolina, the fever of high school football archrivalry sweeps over a field in the country. Almost everyone will lose their minds at some point over the next few hours, all except one man. J.H. Rose High School’s football team, after a 30-minute trip from Marvin Jarman Drive in...
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What Killed the Bear Lady?

For 28 years, Kay Grayson lived side-by-side with wild black bears in North Carolina’s swampy coastal forests, hand-feeding them, defending them against poachers, and letting them in her home. When she went missing last year, the only thing the investigators could find were her clean-picked bones. And that’s just the start of the mystery.  ...
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