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Drew Magary Drew Magary Sep 11, 2019. 24 comments

Yes, You Can Refer To Your Favorite Team As “We”

Yes, You Can Refer To Your Favorite Team As “We”
FunbagTime for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? [Email the Funbag](mailto:funbag.deadspin@gmail.com).   

Today, we’re talking about why baseball has no left-handed shortstops, flossing, Worcestershire sauce, toenails for teeth, and more.

Your letters:

Roger:

Should fans say “we won/lost/suck/etc.” when talking about whatever team they support, or use “they”...

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Dan McQuade Dan McQuade Aug 28, 2019. 19 comments

Phillies Fans Are Currently Feuding With The Guy Who Hit A Walkoff Home Run Last Night

Phillies Fans Are Currently Feuding With The Guy Who Hit A Walkoff Home Run Last Night

Last night, in the bottom of the 11th inning, Sean Rodriguez hit an 0-2 pitch into the left field stands to win his team the game. That was when the problems started.

The Phillies beat the Pirates 6-5 on Monday to move a game back of the Cubs for the NL’s second wild card. New father Bryce Harper homered earlier in the night, continuing his blistering second half. JT Realmuto delivered three...

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Katharine Trendacosta Katharine Trendacosta May 01, 2019. 23 comments

Calm Down About Spoilers

Calm Down About Spoilers

Spoiler culture—the capital-D Discourse surrounding how much of the plot you should know before heading into a piece of media—reached its apotheosis with the releases of Avengers: Endgame and the Game of Thrones episode “The Long Night.” The furor around spoilers is such that it is entirely believable that a man loudly discussing the plot of Endgame in public would be assaulted.

People treat...

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Drew Magary Drew Magary Nov 07, 2018. 24 comments

Don’t Force Your Sports Fandom Onto Other People’s Kids, You Asshole

Don’t Force Your
Sports Fandom Onto Other People’s Kids, You Asshole
FunbagTime for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? [Email the Funbag](mailto:funbag.deadspin@gmail.com).   

Today, we’re talking about French fries, cocaine, college football, and more.

Hey, it’s Election Day! You should go vote, and then you should join me in my reinforced steel bunker as I chug wine and watch old Three Stooges clips to ward off the...

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John Lingan John Lingan Oct 03, 2018. 10 comments

Rhea Butcher's Podcast Is For Baseball's Overlooked Fans

Rhea Butcher's Podcast Is For Baseball's Overlooked Fans

Before the 2014 postseason, Rhea Butcher had barely watched baseball in the 21st century. It was the 1997 World Series that did it: Butcher was 15 when the Cleveland Indians, division champions for the third consecutive year, squandered an early Game 7 lead and lost to the Marlins in extra innings. The Fish became the first Wild Card team ever to win a World Series; Cleveland didn’t make it...

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Dan McQuade Dan McQuade Sep 11, 2017. 19 comments

Mark Hamill Was A Wolves Fan, But Now He’s Also A Wolves Fan

Mark Hamill Was A Wolves Fan, But Now He’s Also A Wolves Fan

Mark Hamill is fairly active on Twitter, and the other day someone asked him if he liked Wolves. He faved the tweet. A fan podcast hosted by fans of Wolverhampton FC, the soccer club in question nicknamed Wolves, noted that interaction and wondered if Hamill was indeed a fan of the team.

Somehow, that was enough to convince Mark Hamill to actually choose Wolves as the soccer team he supports:

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Hannah Keyser Hannah Keyser Sep 06, 2017. 13 comments

Don't Be Inspired By This Cubs Tattoo

Don't Be Inspired By This Cubs Tattoo

I don’t begrudge this Cubs fan his enthusiasm or his desire to express it, even in a way that feels like the visual equivalent of using plural first person pronouns when recounting the accomplishments of more athletic strangers. I just think he made some choices that shouldn’t be emulated. Let’s look at where this went wrong.

It’s the overambitious “1" that makes the whole thing instantly...

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Aug 21, 2017. 18 comments

Paul Ryan Is Really Bad At Pandering To Sports Fans

Paul Ryan Is Really Bad At Pandering To Sports Fans

Pandering in politics is a matter of course; politics is pandering, which is probably something some political scientist said 70 years ago. But sports are good, real, and serious business, which makes Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s sports pandering extremely offensive.

Speaking at the Texas delegation’s breakfast at the Republican National Convention this morning, Ryan sought a clever,...

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Hannah Keyser Hannah Keyser Aug 19, 2017. 16 comments

How Does One Guy Keep Winning The Eagles' Free Ticket Giveaway? 

How Does One Guy Keep Winning The Eagles' Free Ticket Giveaway? 

The Eagles’ #FanFriday promotion is fairly straightforward: A few days before each home game, the team posts on Twitter a random location in and around the city (and sometimes in Jersey, which I would mock except that I’m from there) where team mascot Swoop will soon be waiting. Be the first to high-five Swoop at the designated time and place you’ll win a pair of tickets to that week’s...

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Emma Baccellieri Emma Baccellieri Aug 18, 2017. 15 comments

Justin Bieber Is An Equal Opportunity Sports Fan, Loves High-Level Sports Games

Justin Bieber Is An Equal Opportunity Sports Fan, Loves High-Level Sports Games

Love is infinite. One can deeply, earnestly love and appreciate many things at once; the personal love of one friend or Chinese takeout place or sports club need not lessen or prohibit the love of another. You know who understands this? Justin Bieber, who loves sports so genuinely and fully that he will wear literally ANY jersey from ANY team, okay? It’s all out of love.

Like, he has loyalty,...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Aug 17, 2017. 14 comments

Kobe's Sad Farewell Tour Can Turn Even Haters Into Pitying Fans

Kobe's Sad Farewell Tour Can Turn Even Haters Into Pitying Fans

Nike released a new video to commemorate the imminent burial of basketball corpse Kobe Bryant, digging deeper into their branding strategy that casts him as both hero and villain, because dualities are extremely profound. So from a slew of athletes we hear both bland admiration and what at times feels (thrillingly) like genuine resentment, notably from Kevin Durant.

“He pissed me...

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