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Author Archive for Bryan Armen Graham

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‘I’m high as a Georgia pine’: Dock Ellis’s no-hitter on LSD, 50 years on

Baseball’s great psychedelic myth took place five decades ago, but the man behind it was far more than an amusing sidenote in the sport’s historyThe century-spanning annals of baseball are filled with accomplishments that strain credulity and force us …

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Major League Baseball is making the error of a lifetime

Not only has baseball squandered a golden opportunity to have the stage to itself, but the damage of a self-destructive standoff between millionaires and billionaires could prove irreparableThe perennial hand-wringing over Major League Baseball’s wanin…

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Major League Baseball is making the error of a lifetime

Not only has baseball squandered a golden opportunity to have the stage to itself, but the damage of a self-destructive standoff between millionaires and billionaires could prove irreparableThe perennial hand-wringing over Major League Baseball’s wanin…

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Colin Kaepernick sacrificed it all for this moment. Now the work begins

Roger Goodell’s reversal ensures kneeling will become just another patriotic thing to do during the anthem, but the mainstreaming of ideas once dismissed as radical is proof Kaepernick’s protest was not in vainFrom the moment Colin Kaepernick first too…

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The Match: Tiger Woods & Peyton Manning v Phil Mickelson & Tom Brady – live!

Golf and NFL stars compete in $10m round for charityEmail Bryan with your thoughts or tweet him @BryanAGraham 8.08pm BST Today’s match has been delayed until at least 3.45pm ET/8.45pm BST due to the inclement weather. It’s absolutely pouring out there….

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Michael Jordan was years ahead of his game. The Last Dance showed that he still is

The docuseries that enthralled millions isn’t just about sport, but the pursuit of perfection. And at its heart is a superstar who still retains his mysteryThe Last Dance, the wildly popular documentary series co-produced by ESPN and Netflix about Mich…

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The same people who put Trump in office run the NFL. No wonder it’s not diverse

Offering draft pick incentives for hiring minority coaches won’t solve the NFL’s diversity problem any more than the Rooney Rule when both fail to address the root causeWhen the NFL first was made to formally address the embarrassing lack of diversity …

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The same people who put Trump in office run the NFL. No wonder it’s not diverse

Offering draft pick incentives for hiring minority coaches won’t solve the NFL’s diversity problem any more than the Rooney Rule when both fail to address the root causeWhen the NFL first was made to formally address the embarrassing lack of diversity …

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NFL player says he was groped and assaulted on United Airlines flight

Unnamed player says he was sexually assaulted on red-eye flightLawsuit claims airline failed to properly respond to complaintsAn NFL player is suing United Airlines, claiming he was sexually harassed, assaulted, abused and violated by a female passenge…

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The Last Dance: Is the Michael Jordan documentary a dressed-up puff piece?

The hit docuseries on Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls scores big as entertainment, but journalistic compromises make it little more than longform branded contentNot long after ESPN scored its first ever Academy Award for Ezra Edelman’s nonpa…

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My favourite game: Iverson stuns Kobe’s Lakers in the 2001 NBA finals | Bryan Armen Graham

No athlete has ever embodied my hometown’s underdog spirit more entirely than AI on the night he led the Sixers to a famous upset of the seemingly invincible LakersThe 2001 Philadelphia 76ers are a tall tale that only grows unlikelier with time. The pr…

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Sabrina Ionescu: ‘My time with Kobe meant everything to me’

College basketball’s biggest star, who is bound for Brooklyn after getting drafted by the WNBA’s New York Liberty, believes that sports can change the way society views womenThe most talked-about player in college basketball this winter was a mean-mugg…

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SheBelieves Cup: USA v England – live!

USA face England in SheBelieves Cup opener on Thursday nightAmericans defeated Lionesses in World Cup semi-final last yearTweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 12.18am GMT 7 min: England win a corner and Greenwood’s offering targets Bright on the f…

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The unsinkable Tyson Fury took America for a night. Can he keep it?

Two questions face the Gypsy King after his star turn on boxing’s biggest night in years: is he a standalone attraction in the United States … and does he even need to be?The early returns from last weekend’s heavyweight championship tilt between Tys…

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Why doesn’t boxing care about gender-based violence? | Bryan Armen Graham

The Gervonta Davis video is the latest example of the boxing industry’s structural inadequacy and self-serving indifference when it comes to holding abusers of women to accountEarlier this month Gervonta Davis, the World Boxing Association’s lightweigh…

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Super Bowl 2020: San Francisco 49ers v Kansas City Chiefs – live!

Teams meet in Miami for culmination of NFL seasonEmail Bryan with your thoughts or tweet @BryanAGrahamSuper Bowl LIV: our writers’ predictions for the game 8.48pm GMT In the time-honored tradition of sticking to sports, Fox’s pre-game pomp continues wi…

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Kobe Bryant ranked at the very top in the pantheon of US sports megastars

The NBA great exists at the summit of the American sports pyramid, in the rare mononymic air of Tiger, Serena and LeBronGrowing up in Philadelphia, I can remember exactly where I was the first time I heard Kobe Bryant’s name. It was the last day of a s…

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UFC 246: Conor McGregor v Donald Cerrone – live!

McGregor and Cerrone meet in welterweight non-title fightTweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 5.08am GMT Holly Holm has outpointed Raquel Pennington in a dreadfully dull rematch of her UFC debut. Scores were 30-27 (twice) and 29-28. That means th…

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UFC 246: Conor McGregor v Donald Cerrone – live!

McGregor and Cerrone meet in welterweight non-title fightTweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 5.08am GMT Holly Holm has outpointed Raquel Pennington in a dreadfully dull rematch of her UFC debut. Scores were 30-27 (twice) and 29-28. That means th…

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UFC 246: Conor McGregor v Donald Cerrone – live!

McGregor and Cerrone meet in welterweight non-title fightTweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him Bryan will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s a look at Karim Zidan’s look at Conor McGregor’s return. Related: UFC happy to promote flawed Conor Mc…