Did you miss any of the excellent writing around SBNation.com, Baseball Nation and MMA Fighting this week? Were you too busy to kick back and read some of the longer features from the week? Got a bit of time to kill on the weekend?
You're in luck. We've curated some of the best longreads from the week -- the things that take some time to read. There's long-form features on current news, storytelling and even videos.
So sit back and take a few minutes to check out some of the best sports writing from this past week.
The Starting Five
We sent Spencer Hall to learn how to drive a rally car. He came back alive, which we're all excited about, but also brought back an excellent story and video. If you missed it -- or even if you already read it once -- sit down, read about his experience and watch the video that went along with it.
Who was the worst video game athlete of all time? Jon Bois examined this important question in a thorough and scientific way.
Kurt Busch went full-Ricky Bobby last weekend at Talladega, making him the perfect candidate for Jeff Gluck's 12 Questions this week.
Bomani knows he's been completely and utterly wrong at times. So he went ahead and celebrated some of those failed predictions. Bonus: What really happened in Michael Beasley's hotel room?
Clyde Frazier and Amy K. Nelson enjoying a nice meal in Manhattan? Oh, you bet this week's Full Nelson is must-watch entertainment, as always.
Is Blake Griffin a flopper and does he reserve the reputation that's been bestowed upon him? Steve Perrin broke down Griffin's game and takes a look at whether he's actually a flopper, or if the label is unfair.
Baron Davis' career may be over after he suffered a serious knee injury on Sunday. Andrew Sharp took a look back at Davis' life, times, and his legacy.
We've seen devastating knee injury after devastating knee injury recently. Dan Grunfeld takes us inside the mind of someone who suffers an ACL injury, drawing upon his own experience.
Kevin Garnett let it fly on Thursday night, firing back at reporters he thought called him old. Garnett was off-base, Mike Prada wrote, but also had a point.
Bomani Jones checks in with "He's Still In The League?" You know those guys you forgot about, thinking they'd retired or busted out of the league? Bomani picks out some of the He's Still In The League All-Stars.
Joe Madden loves to employ the infield shift. But how many runs is it saving? Rob Neyer took a look at the shift and whether it's as good as one might believe.
Vicente Padilla is bringing the Eephus back, and Grant Brisbee is giddy. Grant examined the Eephus and put up $10 of his own money if a pitcher can pull off an even more special pitch. You'll have to read the piece to find out what he's hoping to see.
When is a dinger not quite a dinger? Jeff Sullivan found the weakest homer of the year -- one which barely qualifies.
You may have heard that the Friday Night Lights TV show is being turned into a movie. Jason Kirk got his hands on an early copy of the script ... or maybe he just came up with his own excellent plot.
Shutdown Fullback is digging its heels in as the college football offseason rolls on. With three months left until fall camps get underway, it's time to prepare for the College Football Apocalypse.
Ronda Rousey had a message to the critics and much more in a wide-ranging interview with Ariel Helwani.
Did you miss the MMA Hour? Good news! You can watch Helwani chat with Chael Sonnen, BJ Penn and others on this past week's show.
King Mo is attempting to work out side-by-side deals to fight in Bellator and do pro wrestling work with TNA. He calls it a dream come true while vowing to put in the work necessary to succeed in both rings.
The last time the Los Angeles Kings were in the Western Conference Finals, Wayne Gretzky led the team in points. Since then he's turned 40 ... and 50. Dominik Jansky lists everything else that's happened.
Where might England find a Big Man? Andi Thomas goes searching for the next great battering ram.
This isn't a long piece, nor is it necessarily profound. It's a live chicken wearing a cape invading the pitch. No, seriously. It was absolutely amazing.
Jeff Gluck spends a whirlwind day with Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin.