Author Bio & Stories

  • Boxing is an elemental thing governed by some exceptionally venal and untrustworthy authorities. Watching the amateur bouts at a Golden Gloves tournament, for all the things it lacks, offers something pro boxing doesn't: the thrill of watching a fair fight.

  • April 1, 2014
    Day One At Sox Park The Clog

    A new season means a new start for the Chicago White Sox and those who care about them. It also involves an extremely large American flag.

  • July 29, 2013
    Seven Innings

    The rewards and punishments of following a baseball team are many and infinitely varied. If your team isn't expected to do much and ends up competing, you can celebrate that; if they're expected to win it all but end up barely breaking even, you can bemoan that. But what if everyone predicts they'll be bad and they turn out much, much worse?

  • June 27, 2013
    Hockey Night in Chicago

    My t-shirt was soaked in sweat and my hands were covered in axle grease, but I couldn’t resist the urge to check on the Stanley Cup celebrations via Twitter. I read reports of smashed storefronts and packs of marauding bros in Lincoln Park and Wrigleyville as I walked up the quiet, tree-lined streets of Beverly. The only celebration I witnessed was the dog barking like a maniac. He does that every time I come home, Stanley Cup or no Stanley Cup.

  • February 25, 2013
    Rooting Interest

    We love teams. They become ours. Their fate becomes ever more crucial to our day-to-day well-being as the season—whatever the sport or activity may be—wears on to its inevitable conclusion. Then if “we” were good enough, it's on to the playoffs, and—if we're really blessed—to winning it all. Of course whether we win it all or not it all begins anew after a break of a month or three. The slate's wiped clean and we reinvest ourselves in the hopes of the ultimate outcome once more.

  • October 23, 2012
    Wrong Ballpark The Clog

    A trip to the ballpark. Well, ballparks, but not intentionally. 

  • September 12, 2012
    Star Wars Day at Sox Park

    Most times, you go to a baseball game hoping to see something you've never seen before. But what happens if the game is sponsored by something you've been forced (pardon the pun) to see before and didn't really enjoy the first time?