All Thomas Lake Stories
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One night in 1992, in a small town in Alabama, the North Jackson Chiefs won a game against seemingly insurmountable odds. Then came the crashes and the gunshots and one man's fateful choice
The Five Lives of Jonny Gomes
THE HOME RUN THE RED SOX OUTFIELDER HIT IN GAME 4 OF THE FALL CLASSIC WAS THE TURNING POINT OF THE SERIES. IT WAS THE PERFECT CODA, TOO, TO A CAREER JOURNEYMAN'S SURVIVAL STORY, WHICH RUNS FAR DEEPER THAN FIVE TEAMS IN 11 SEASONS
Did This Man Really Cut MICHAEL JORDAN?
For years the NBA Hall of Famer has claimed that his high school coach underestimated his talent as a sophomore. Clifton (Pop) Herring, whose life has been a struggle since then, tells a different story
Once More, With Meaning
LAST YEAR BRAXTON MILLER HAD THE BEST SEASON NO ONE PAID ATTENTION TO. WITH HIS BUCKEYES BOWL ELIGIBLE AGAIN, OHIO STATE'S HEISMAN HOPEFUL QB IS LEANING ON HOME AND HARD WORK AS HE PREPS FOR ANOTHER RUN AT PERFECTION. LESS THAN 280 DAYS UNTIL MICHIGAN
COLLIN KLEIN FIRST KISSED HIS WIFE AT THE ALTAR. COLLIN KLEIN IS ALSO ONE BAD DUDE
27 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BEST PLAYER ON THE NEW BEST TEAM IN THE COUNTRY
Thumbing His Way Back Home
Retirement is calling, and Bobby Cox has the Braves in first place (again). How has he managed to win so many games? Maybe by getting ejected so often
THE LEGACY OF WES LEONARD
You may have heard about the Michigan high schooler who made a game-winning basket and then died. Here's the rest of the story: a violent car crash, a bone-shaking tackle, a near-perfect season, a reluctant substitute and a search for the will to carry on
THE SHOT THAT SAVED LIVES
One year ago Mykal Riley sank a three that kept fans out of the path of a tornado. But Riley would never have been there if not for an intricate web of chance meetings, false starts and a terrible crime
Strange Turn in a Sad Story
After MJ's high school coach lands in jail, one wonders: Where will this tale end?
DRINKING AND DRIVING AND DYING
PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES DON'T CAUSE MORE DUI FATALITIES THAN OTHER AMERICANS—THEY JUST MAKE MORE HEADLINES. BUT WITH SO MANY HIGH-PROFILE TRAGEDIES IN RECENT YEARS, WHY DID JOSH BRENT AND JERRY BROWN NOT LEARN FROM THEM?
BAD NIGHTS IN THE NFL
Early on Jan. 1, 2007, Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was shot to death after a New Year's Eve party at a Denver nightclub. The police launched a massive investigation that included multiple interviews with two other Broncos who were at the same club that night. But years would pass before the full story came to light
Hello. My Name Is Thomas, and I'm a Falcons Addict
Over more than two decades, the author has learned some of life's bitterest lessons as a hopelessly devoted fan of luckless Atlanta. But this year? This year is different.
THE OTHER SIDE OF A MIRACLE
The 2013 Iron Bowl was highly anticipated in Alabama. But for some, the Kick-Six proved more tragic than magic
The Boy They Couldn't Kill
Thirteen years ago, NFL receiver Rae Carruth conspired to kill his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn son. The child has not only survived but thrived—thanks to the unwavering love of his grandmother
THE WAY IT SHOULD BE
THE STORY OF AN ATHLETE'S SINGULAR GESTURE CONTINUES TO INSPIRE. CAREFUL, THOUGH, IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY
THE COMEBACK KIDS
On a breezy evening in the heartland, 558 people pa id for what they thought would be some typical Class A baseball: O.K. music, quirky promotions, young men chasing big league dreams. What they got instead was one of the most incredible games in hardball history