Becoming a pro poker player isn’t as sweet as it sounds.

Royal Flushed 



At a poker table, perhaps nothing is more disturbing than a well-tanned man. This is a man of luxury. Has the time in his schedule to lie beneath the sun so that it may color him. Or worse, he has the time and money to lie in a tanning booth. He never wants for food or shelter. He doesn't have to wake up to an alarm clock or show up late to meetings, unshaven and smelling of last night's intoxicated adventures. [Full Story]

Scenes from the life of a racing greyhound.

Track Star


A deep, scratchy voice announces their presence over the loudspeaker. "Heeeere comes Hollywood !" The gates open, and eight muzzled greyhounds spring forth in a speedy, thundering mass of bobbing fur, each wearing a brightly colored, numbered jersey. Tiny puffs of dirt follow their sinewy legs. This is the seventh race of the night at Mardi Gras Racetrack and Gaming Center in Hallandale Beach , the highest-paying dog track in Florida . It's August 19, 2006 . The race begins at 9:23 p.m. At 9:24 , the audience will witness something horrid. [Full Story]

Pompano Beach harness racing: A select group of drivers carries on with an endangered sport.

The Last Gladiators

Harness racing

From the musty sound booth atop the Pompano Park grandstand, announcer Frank Salive has a rare vantage point on a fleeting sight. Seventy feet below him, ten men clad in Crayola-colored silk jerseys and helmets brandish whips — each man piloting a small horse-drawn cart around the chalky dirt track. From here, the action is a cloudy, anachronistic ballet. [Full Story]

The Caliente’s inaugural season had blood, sweat, broken bones, and a lot of lace. 


Friday Night Tights


In seconds, beauty morphs into brutality. The quarterback takes the ball and drops back three steps, right elbow cocked, eyes darting across the field. Anonka Dixon spots her favorite receiver, Tina Caccavale, but she's double-covered. The quarterback searches for another receiver but instead sees a tall defensive end barreling down hard. [Full Story]


Donny Adair dreams of getting African-American kids off the streets and into the woods. It won’t be easy, but Deadeye Donny has a way of making things go. 


The African American Hunting Show


After more than three and a half hours in the deer blind, gazing silently over acres of auburn forest and dried brush and gashes of mud as black as the Mississippi night, the only sign of wildlife we'd seen all afternoon was a plump blue jay nesting under a bush. The wind was picking up and the temperature was dropping. We knew it wouldn't be long before we'd have to call it a day. [Full Story]


Professional eaters descend upon South Florida for the great pickle battle.


The Great Pickle Battle



They line up across the stage: kings of consumption, sultans of scarf. A half-dozen cameras hover around them, zooming in on waistlines and jaw lines and a few anxious, ticking fingers. In another setting, they might be freakish outcasts, but here they're revered professional athletes ready for action. [Full Story]


In a bowling alley one night, Bill Fong came so close to perfection that it nearly killed him.


The Most Amazing Bowling Story Ever

  Bill Fong


When Bill Fong approaches the lane, 15-pound bowling ball in hand, he tries not to breathe. He tries not to think about not breathing. He wants his body to perform a series of complex movements that his muscles themselves have memorized. In short, he wants to become a robot. [Full Story]


Broke, blackballed, and out of work, T.O. looks for another chance.


Terrell Owens’s Darkest Days





Since signing with the Allen Wranglers, Terrell Owens hasn't exactly been excited to talk to reporters. Back in his Philadelphia days, in the prime of his career, he used to hold press conferences all the time, sometimes in his own driveway. He couldn't wait to be on camera. He would tell reporters what questions to ask. He never shied away from a microphone: not in a locker room, not in a studio, and certainly not on his own reality show. [Full Story]