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  • While Bronson Arroyo's "Covering the Bases" retrospective rock album is seemingly just a collection of dude rock anthems, what this presupposes is: What if it isn't?

  • “That was beautiful,” Jeter says.

    “Eh,” Kobe says.

    “Was that Byron?”

    “Coach doesn’t really have time for poetry,” Kobe says. He smiles at Jeter, so the editor knows it’s a joke. Jeter smiles too. “Just something I’m fooling around with.”

  • November 15, 2013
    Playing Out the String

    "I’m not really sure why I got the job. It seems they recruit often from SABR and are not really in the business of giving jobs to newspaper stringers that might later write about it. I was told they don’t even really like to hire writers, because they tend to stop paying attention after the seventh inning." On life as a baseball stat-stringer.

  • October 1, 2013
    Detroit Rock City

    Despite the warnings -- from their parents and their yuppie friends -- a schoolteacher and a writer went to Detroit on their trip across America. What they found there was a city, lonely and beaten down. But not defeated. And looking  forward to the next Tigers game. 

  • June 20, 2013
    A One Way Train The Clog

    “Here come the longest 20 seconds of your life,” the Guru said.

    “Basketball,” I said.

  • Domonic Brown was a prodigy, then a bust, now he's spent two weeks becoming  a superstar. For a guy who swings at everything, he's been mighty patient getting there.

  • It was announced yesterday that Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will have surgery and miss 10 weeks after injuring his thumb diving for a ball. For most fans, this was a hilarious story about the most underachieving member of the most underachieving team in the league. For fantasy owners, it was time to grieve. 

  • For a couple of movies about the rejects from District 5, the Mighty Ducks trilogy has remarkable resonance with an entire generation of sports fans. Other than the proper Knuckle-puck technique and the intricacies of the triple-deke,  if we learned anything from them, it's to never stop asking "What if"? 

  • December 10, 2012
    The Ballad of Johnny Football

    Johnny Football's Heisman story may follow the same narrative line as the New Radicals: an immense amount of potential squandered because of an inablity to perform under pressure and conform to the rigors of a life in the spotlight. But let's not worry about that now, as Someday We'll Know, one way or another. 

  • November 30, 2012
    Very Bad Things

    The story of Miladin Kovacevic is one of international intrigue, pipe dreams and poor decisions. But, ultimately, the story of Minja, as nearly everyone calls him, isn't about any of that. It's about Bryan Steinhauer.