Joe Samuel Starnes is a writer living in Haddon Township, New Jersey. His third novel, Red Dirt: A Tennis Novel, will by published in spring 2015 by Breakaway Books. Follow him on Twitter @JSamuelStarnes or visit Joesamuelstarnes.com.
The Davis Cup can be one of the greatest and rowdiest tennis experiences out there. So why is the USTA so content to play it in front of tiny audiences, like the one it's almost certain to find this weekend in Boise?
Nick Chubb, one of Georgia's top high school running backs, is almost certainly younger than you. But he has already broken off a 98-yard touchdown run, which means he has experienced something you almost certainly haven't. But what does a 98-yard touchdown run feel like?
It takes a certain amount of confidence and an awful lot of living to publish an autobiography at the age of 32, but Michael Vick's Finally Free, the story of his supremely fraught and unrelentingly public life to this point, doesn't lack for incident. What it does lack, though, is the sense that its central character is a reliable narrator.
At the game that marked the turning point in the Philadelphia Eagles' disappointing season, a novelist and longtime football fan found karaoke and Yuengling in the parking lot, and all kinds of uncomfortable inklings in the stands.