Author Bio & Stories

  • Guillermo Rigondeaux is more than just the WBA super-bantamweight champion, although he's that, too. The Cuban defector is both one of the best fighters to come off the island in years, and a reflection of that star-crossed, Castro-afflicted islands contradictions and conflicts. In short, he's a great topic for a movie, which is why Brin-Jonathan Butler is making Split Decision.

  • Back in July, Blank On Blank was one of our favorite Kickstarter campaigns. Today, they're already doing great stuff, starting with this lost interview from 1966 between heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali and some very ambitious high school students from Winnetka, Illinois.

  • Mike Francesa is not just the most powerful and self-confident and ham-like personality in sports radio, although he is that. He's also a recognizably New York type, and a state of mind. So, yeah, definitely someone worth talking about.

  • A couple weeks ago, human veal chop and sports radio legend Mike Francesa was screaming like someone who really cared about the New York Mets. Yesterday, he fell asleep on camera while a guest talked about the New York Yankees. It's all pretty much the same for this guy.

  • A short film about the amazing ongoing recovery of former LSU star and New York Giants draft pick Chad Jones is a reminder of how human even the most superhuman-seeming NFL athletes are. This is probably something to keep in mind as the NFL season starts up.

  • Joe Posnanski signed on to write a book that may or may not have been a good idea, but which definitely turned into one of the stranger sports-book boondoggles in recent memory. But, quite aside from whether Paterno is any good or not, the author is not the only one at fault, here.

  • There are big trades, and then there is the total team transplant that the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers pulled off late Friday night. The multi-star, multi-multi-million dollar deal is not quite official yet, but Yakkin' About Baseball isn't quite worried about that, quite.

  • From the clammy doldrums of baseball's dog days, two heroes rise to free-associate, analyze Rick Sutcliffe's understanding of immigration law and herald the arrival of Jeremy Guthrie Whatever.0. What, it's August.

  • For two years, Norman Einstein's Sports and Rocket Science Monthly was one of the best things on the internet, both for people looking for smart, unhurried sportswriting and in general. Einstein has been laying low since 2011, but a recent Kickstarter campaign for the Normanthology, a collection of the site's best work, has brought Norman back to life. We talked to founding editor Cian O'Day and frequent contributor Graydon Gordian about the rebirth.

  • Credit is due, belatedly and meh-ly, to both Augusta National and Condi Rice. They did, after all, break one of the longest-running and most embarrassing ass-backwards anti-traditions in sports. But did  Augusta National's first female member really have to be a war-boner'ed former Secretary of State?