Fan vs. wild
At 1 o'clock on a bright October afternoon, I'm standing in a convenience store parking lot five miles east of Martinsville, Va. In the 24 hours before the green flag drops on the Subway 500, I need to find a ride to the speedway and a $75 ticket to the sold-out race. Problem is, all I have on me is $20, a cell phone and a camcorder. And I'm not allowed to use any media connections to get into the race—or so much as mention the letters ESPN (at least not in that order).
I've got no ...
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THE FANS STRIKE BACK
It's ESPN The Magazine's issue for the fans, about the fans and even written by the fans.
FAN VS. WILD
We dropped a NASCAR fan five miles from Martinsville with $20 in his pocket and 24 hours until the Subway 500. His mission? Score a ticket to the race -- and survive!
HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE DIKEMBE
What happened when we sent a fan to cover an NBA game?
WHAT I LEARNED AT THE BEARS GAME
Life in the NFL can be a zoo.
Its sounds like a fairy tale. Steve Yzerman, the legendary hockey hero, reaches out to Braxton Davis, a sick little boy. Think you've read this story before? Bet you haven't.
WOULD THE REAL O.J. MAYO PLEASE STAND UP?
Lots of people have been saying lots of things about O.J. Mayo for a long time. Care to know if any of it's true?
A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP
For 352 days a year, Ron and Laura Ezell have the perfect marriage. Those other 13 days -- when Auburn or Alabama takes the field -- are a whole other story.
Kenny Mayne is kinda scared of Superfans like John "Big Dawg" Thompson, Steve "Raider Mort" Mortara and Joe "The Birdman" Ripley.
CAN'T BEAT 'EM? CURSE 'EM
Cardinals backers are once again bemoaning their team's bad luck. But the football-mad folks in one Pennsylvania town will tell you there's a darker force at work.
NO TICKET? NO PROBLEM
Wanna go to the game without going into debt? We asked some street wise scalpers to let you in on the tricks of their trade.
READ BETWEEN THE LINES
If the Giants-Patriots Super Bowl matchup doesn't have you on the edge of your seat, just follow our prop-bet guide ... and bet your lungs on "Free Fallin'."
FORMULA FOR FAILURE
It's early, but the formula for success in Minnesota isn't adding up. In fact, most fans say the Timberwolves are playing like it's 1989.