December 4th, 2012

The FreeDarko Imperial Outlet is back in effect. Shirts are raining down like heaven itself. The Stephen Jackson for Mayor? Its time has come again. The Classic? That too. And a new one based on the cover for The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History. Dig in this holiday season. You won’t regret it!

July 20th, 2011

FreeDarko still has a podcast of sorts, and we did an episode, of sorts, that probably won’t mean much to you if you care about the NBA. But we talk a lot about Donald Duck, some about Jews, and Dan reveals a family secret about Mr. Clean.

June 16th, 2011

First, we took from you. Tomorrow at 5PM New York time, the FD store will fall. So shop there before it’s too late. Things are selling out. Everything is on sale. I can’t wink when I’m sleepy but I wouldn’t do it now if I could.

June 7th, 2011

The FreeDarko Imperial Outlet is going out of business. On June 17, all that good merchandise ends forever. So, buy some before it’s too late. You’ll get 30% off for your troubles!

May 17th, 2011

Undisputed Guide Reviewed in Harper’s

In this month’s Harper’s, Charles Bock (Beautiful Children) takes on FreeDarko’s Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History, George Dohrmann’s Play Their Hearts Out, and the entire landscape of sports journalism. We’re accused of “revisionism and hagiography”, and “tripping over our own ambitions”, but Bock suspects we may be fully aware of this. I can’t disagree on any counts—FreeDarko is one big inside joke that sought to make the world a better place, an absurd premise undertaken with the utmost seriousness. Depending on how you look at it, that’s either self-defeating or liberating. Anyway, Bock also has plenty of good stuff to say, and the essay is about way more than little ol’ us. Mostly, though, I’m just stoked beyond belief that we got written up in Harper’s. Top of the world!

April 11th, 2011

We shut down FreeDarko today, and it has been a way more exhausting, and emotional, day than I had anticipated. I spilled my real guts late in this "WTF was this site anyway?" post, but wanted to share this prized FD artifact with the world one more time. It’s one of my original sketches for the Style Guides that were such a prominent feature of The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac. Working in the very loud, very clunky medium of Tux Paint, I did a screen’s worth of style icons; a diagram of Dwyane Wade driving to the basket; and this, a team version for the Suns. Raja Bell is the swastika. This is one of those moments where I wonder if any of this really happened.

April 8th, 2011

Haverford College birthed FreeDarko. There’s really no way around that. Jacob, Silverbird, Shoefly, and myself went there; so did charter member El Huracan Andreo. I’m pretty sure that Billups went to Haverford Day School at some point. So it’s only fitting that, on the eve of FreeDarko’s ultimate destruction, the school would grant an honorary degree to Dikeme Mutombo. Haverford has always been good like that—Edward Said got one the year I graduated. Still, Mutombo taking the stage the spring that FD shuts down, is almost too perfectly Circle of Life and all that shit. You can keep your “who wants to sex Mutmbo?” The time I saw him in a Rittenhouse Square wine bar, uncomfortably wedged into the corner and laughing loudly, politely, easily with the table full of women who had dragged him there, was Deke in a nutshell.