Author Bio & Stories

  • August 21, 2014
    How The NFL Wins

    Knowing that the NFL is sinister-unto-evil is one thing. But doing something about it -- something like, say, not watching -- is another thing entirely. In the end, what the NFL is selling might be stronger than anyone's ability to resist it.

  • CC Sabathia visited Dr. James Andrews and escaped. And yet there is still the sense that the end is near, if not nearly here.

  • April 17, 2014
    Game of Chones The Clog

    You are Adam Kennedy. You had a fruitful career in pro baseball, earning more than $20 million and winning a World Series ring with the 2002 Angels. You  belted three homers in one ALCS game.  You see a ghost.

  • April 16, 2014
    Expecting Bubba The Clog

    It's not quite prime Tiger, but there's something inevitable about Bubba Watson's success at this point, and that expectation counts for a lot.

  • Phil Mickelson's brilliant and predictably go-for-broke win at the Open Championships is a reminder of what type of golfer and what type of champion he is. That is, a unique and sometimes self-defeating one -- for lack of a less jarring description, something like the Kanye of golf.

  • Bill Simmons started a beef with Doc Rivers on very vague grounds and out of a very ESPN impulse. It was squashed just a few days later. He's figuring this TV thing out fast.

  • Bartolo Colon is not one of the more exciting or electric pitchers to watch in baseball. This seems fine to him, honestly. What El Barto is after seems much simpler and more enlightened than that.

  • April 17, 2013
    The Home Team

    The Brooklyn Nets are not a great team, or even a greatly likable team. But for a fan who waited his whole life for a true home team, they're more than enough.

  • April 3, 2013
    All Summer In A Day

    A fleeting moment of happiness in Queens on Opening Day, near the chop shops, amid the swirling on-field garbage and omnipresent Mets-fan anxiety, and in defiance of games two-through-162.

  • March 14, 2013
    Solving for Bayless

    The "argument" between Skip Bayless and Richard Sherman on ESPN's "debate" show First Take was the latest in a long line of highly embarrassing, increasingly frequent moments for the network and their resident curmudgeon. And even though he's starting to finally wear out his welcome at the Worldwide Leader, with the rise of Fox Sports 1, it looks like we may never get rid of him.