Author Bio & Stories

  • June 12, 2013
    Bless This Mess

    How did one of baseball's most free-spending and extravagant franchises become one of the game's messiest and most endearing teams? The awesomeness of Yasiel Puig helps, but it's not the whole answer.

  • Sim Bhullar is 20 years old, 7-5, 355 pounds and plays with a unique and persistent sleepiness. He is maybe the weirdest and certainly one of the most bizarrely watchable players in the NCAA Tournament. In short, he's someone worth talking about.

  • January 29, 2013
    Jim Harbaugh's Wild Will

    Jim Harbaugh is pretty much a lunatic, inarguably a great football coach, and a leader who has proven surprisingly willing to let his players express themselves. All are admirable to at least some degree, but Harbaugh also represents some of the worst things about the NFL.

  • October 18, 2012
    The Truest Yankee: A Survey

    For every Danny Tartabull there is a Derek Jeter, for every Giambino a Donny Baseball. With A-Rod likely on his way to Miami and Mariano Rivera edging ever closer to retirement, the Yankee braintrust must find the next generation of True Yankees. Fortunately for them, we've reverse engineered the process. Enjoy Brandon Inge, Brian.

  • Bandwagonning, though objectionable in theory, is often a necessary part of enjoying sports. But the responsible bandwagonner must pick the team for which he or she has the greatest natural affinity. Here is your guide to finding a spiritual match in record time.

  • September 19, 2012
    The Replacement Distraction

    The poor performance of replacement officials represents a major credibility issue for the NFL, as well as an example of the league's worst tendencies. But for an organization with major safety issues, focusing on the officiating crisis could create a lasting and catastrophic shift in priorities.

  • August 27, 2012
    The Artless Dodgers

    The Los Angeles Dodgers are far from the first or worst example of the nouveau riche in sports. But their flagrant displays of wealth, and the extent to which they persist, could determine if one of the best franchises in baseball history becomes an ideal model of success once again, or a very expensive joke.

  • In which our hero returns to Manchester City against all odds. Then he steals a photographer's lens, like a big jerk.

  • August 14, 2012
    The Sun Never Sets

    With the all of the hoopla from London 2012 now in the rearview mirror, NBC can look back and say "We broadcasted the Olympics! In London!". We're not sure what else they could say beyond that, but what we are sure of is that they definitely missed out on some finer points of British culture. Thankfully, Eric Freeman is here to tell them where they went wrong. 

  • NBC's Olympics broadcast is athletic competition communicated with an unheard-of level of editorial control. In truth, it often looks a lot like the network's regular primetime programming and not all that much like sports. It’s a spectacle guaranteed to bring in viewers and hopefully establish NBC as a home for quality programming. The problem with this plan is that most viewers are not completely stupid.