Archives for November 2013


Dune Buggying the Oregon Sand Dunes

The call of the great outdoors takes many forms. For some, it's the quiet solitude of a day on the river. For others it's a recharging hike in the woods. For many guys though, the best outdoors experiences are packed with adrenaline. And for unmanly men like me, that can be scary. Pushing through the fear, I checked out some manly outdoor pursuits recently. Here's how I fared with driving a dune b …


Talking Turkey—and Seahawks

Hey guys, how’s it going? This week I’d like to start by giving a big shout-out to Saints fans, who are always there for us, and to football fans everywhere! Be safe on your Thanksgiving travels! - ESPN’s power rankings have Seattle and New Orleans at #1 and #2. The hype is building and I’m sure the game will live up to expectations. - My wife volunteered to have dinner at our house in New O …


Cooking With Booze: Beer-Braised Brisket

Beer and meat were made for each other. Usually, the two usually don’t meet up until they reach mouth or stomach, but this beer-braised brisket makes the introduction sooner: In the oven, or in our case, the Big Green Egg (which doubles as an outdoor oven). Because it cooks all day, it’s a perfect project for a cold Sunday at home; it'll keep the kitchen toasty and make the house smell like carniv …


Read 3 Unpublished J.D. Salinger Stories

Because mocking the Broncos wasn't going to provide enough entertainment for the entire Thanksgiving weekend, yesterday the lit world's Edward Snowden leaked three previously unpublished stories by J.D. Salinger online. Titled "The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls," "Birthday Boy" and "Paula," they were previously only available in research libraries at UTA and Princeton. According to Buzzfeed, a Salin …


10 Things to be Thankful For

The holiday season is barreling towards us like Kirstie Alley in a cupcake factory. And because you'll probably be spending time with family, the plausible items to be thankful for are earplugs and a tranqulizer dart. But there are in fact a few other things that I feel make life worth living. Things I would like to observe and give thanks for right now. First, clear your plate. 1. Air conditio …


2013 Ski & Ride Guide: Soft Goods

With these duds, you are guaranteed to look damn good whilst tumbling down the bunny hill, no matter what’s attached to your feet...


The Secret Lives of Pro Mascots

Jon "Jersey" Goldman, a.k.a. UNLV's prospector Hey Reb! At some point during a game, we've all looked at the mascot and wondered: How did that person get this job?  Maybe you've even gone so far as to wonder about the benefits package. In that case, you should definitely check out Hulu's new documentary series Behind the Mask. The addictive half-hour show, which premieres on the website on Octo …


How (and How Not) to Deep Fry a Thanksgiving Turkey

It’s the greatest artery-clogging hit since turducken, but just because you can flip a burger doesn’t mean you can easily deep-fry a turkey. Made Man’s experts serve up plenty of advice to keep your Thanksgiving delicious rather than deadly.


Bracing For a Stretch of Bad Luck

The Jets lost during an even-numbered week, which means the NFL universe is officially off its axis. But never fear, we at are here to help you navigate the craziness as we near the fantasy playoffs. Here are a few players on our radar for Week 13. - Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t another young QB in the league I’d rather have long-term. But it’s fair to question whether Andrew …


The Awkward Angler: Fly Fishing in Northern California

One of my most vivid fishing-related memories was of my great uncle cursing a blue streak at me when I was afraid to pick up a squid that was getting away. I think I was 10 years old. "Bleep, bleep, BLEEP -- what the BLEEP are you thinking?!?"  I'm thinking that slimy prick is gonna blind me with ink, you asshole. So yes, that was pretty much the end of my love affair with anything to do with f …


Rock Asics, Fight Prostate Cancer

Even if you have yet to grow a mo for Movember, there’s still time to do something good for the cause—and yourself! Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in America; about one man in every six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. But by identifying and investing in the most innovative and results-driven research programs, the Movember-endorsed Prostate Cancer …


Hail the Unhung Hero

  Patrick Moote is a man who has known indignity. Not only was his marriage proposal rejected on the Jumbotron at a very public sporting event by his then-girlfriend—the video was viewed innumerable times on YouTube—but she later told him that one of the reasons she wouldn’t marry him was that he has a small penis. This combination would be a knock-out blow to most guys, sending us into …


Matt Long’s Will to Win

This article is part of our 2013 Men of the Moment campaign celebrating the year's great men, presented by Jeep Cherokee.   In December 2005, New York City transit workers went on strike, leaving commuters to fend for themselves. Firefighter and 9/11 responder Matt Long turned to his bike. The below-freezing temperature bothered him a little, but, as a lifelong athlete, he didn’t mind t …


Going the Distance: Tommy Danger’s Cross-Country Run for Cystic Fibrosis

This article is part of our 2013 Men of the Moment campaign celebrating the year's great men, presented by Jeep Cherokee. You may have some preconceived notions about a guy who prefers to go by the last name “Danger” — and you can throw most of them out of the window when it comes to Tommy Danger (nee Locklin). Tommy isn’t an Evel Knievel wannabe or a show-off. He’s a bit of a thrillseeker, but …


2013’s Most Expensive Gifts

Ogle delectable treats of conspicuous consumption in this guide to the most opulent presents money can buy.


Rob Delaney Rules Twitter, Universe

If anyone has mastered the 140-character universe that is Twitter, it’s comedian Rob Delaney. Since opening his Twitter account four years ago, Delaney has amassed nearly a million followers (without being world-famous, mind you). As his new book, Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage, hits shelves, the affable and hairy humorist talks social media, …


A Glossary of Unbearable Office Jargon

Blamestorming The 1990s tech boom had its own wave of jargon that subsequently passed into regular office-speak, of which blamestorming is one example. First recorded around 1997, it means sitting around to discuss why a deadline was missed or a project was a complete shambles, and to pick an individual or department upon whom all the responsibility will be heaped. Drill down Far be it from m …


9 Must-Have Electronic Presents

It’s that time of year again—when our favorite brands start pumping out the lust-worthy new tech that always jumps to the top of the wish lists.


Huge Turtle Pricey Fossil Kangaroo Burgers!

Sara Fletcher has the latest on a giant sea turtle near Cape Cod, a potentially $15 million dinosaur fossil and Aussies selling kangaroo meat to the Chinese. Just another Friday!


Friday Drink Special: Pumpkin-Spiced Bourbon Soda

Full disclosure: This pumpkin-spice cocktail doesn’t have any pumpkin in it. But neither do most “pumpkin spice” items that are everywhere around Thanksgiving. Still, it’s full of the wonderful flavors that make those seasonal treats — including pumpkin pie — taste and smell so good: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. It also has bourbon. As with Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll want …