Author Bio & Stories

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates season had to end eventually, and it ended on Wednesday night with the team helpless before Adam Wainright in St. Louis. At least it ends in, and with, some real hope. That's not a small thing after twenty years of nothing but hope.

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates won a game in the playoffs for the first time since 1992. It all felt a lot more natural than it should've. Let's try to be cool about this, somehow.

  • After two decades of not doing it, the Pittsburgh Pirates will finish this season with a winning record, and quite possibly in the playoffs. It's a lot to take in. In a good way.

  • August 19, 2013
    Ode on a Sports Bar

    No one really talks about loving sports bars. Very few of us actually do, and for very good reason. And yet these shabby, TV-jammed places are where we go to get something we need, and so something like home.

  • It has never been easier to believe in the Pittsburgh Pirates than it is at the moment. It feels strange, and pretty great.

  • May has not historically been a happy time to be a Pirates fan, even by Pirates fan standards.  There is one number, ungainly and unsightly and decimal-pointed, that proves it.

  • It's generally wise and healthy not to read too much into April baseball. It's also more or less impossible.

  • On Opening Day, there's hope and promise and all kinds of other good things. Even for Pirates fans, if only for a little while. The first in a periodic series of diaries on following the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • February 1, 2013
    The Lost Scrolls of Dr. Z

    Sports Illustrated Presents Dr. Z's Greatest Moments in Super Bowl History should be the most famous piece of sportswriting about football, period. So how come you’ve almost certainly never heard of it?

  • Further revelations of ridiculous and ill-advised Navy SEAL-style training practices haven't made the Pirates look any less sad, bad and unintentionall comic. But there is a positive side, in that these practices might get the Pirates sued someday. We can hope.