Author Bio & Stories

  • Michael Bradley might have been the best American player in European soccer. Instead, he decided to come home and play in the MLS. It's a big deal, for him and his league, even though the story's a long way from finished.

  • A frank conversation about Sochi's extravagantly and ridiculously messed-up facilities and logistics, and the numerous and more egregiously messed-up things that explain those more cosmetic problems, and how we talk about all of it.

  • On Mike Mongtomery, and cultural differences, and a general decline in caring about things as reflected in a particular PAC-12 college basketball game. Also pizza.

  • It's easy, and not necessarily incorrect, to see the America's Cup as an unwitting self-satire on its vain, wealthy participants and the Bay Area they've made. But everything looks different from the water.

  • December 5, 2013
    Talkin' About Praxis

    Antonio Gramsci can tell us more about the slippery, difficult business of building a basketball team than you might expect. Although most of it is about what we -- and NBA general managers -- don't know.

  • October 21, 2013
    The Whole World On A Bike

    Cycling has been a defiantly, narrowly European sport for a long time. That's changing, as of course it would and should, thanks to a crop of promising new riders from South America and Africa. It's not at all clear how ready cycling is for that, but change is coming all the same.

  • Nairo Quintana is the second-youngest rider and only South American in the peloton at the Tour de France. He's also the race's most fascinating unknown, and the closest thing cycling has to the paradigm-smashing multidimensional weirdness of Russell Westbrook.

  • All basketball players work in the same medium, with something like the same tools. This doesn't mean they're all the same type of artist, though. We know the greatest players not just by the new things they create, but by how they create them.

  • Grant Hill was a great player who could've had a greater career if some things had gone differently. Instead, over the course of a long career defined first by ease and then by struggle, he embodied a different type of greatness.

  • What will Sacramento's widely reviled owners be up to in a couple years? Something terrible, most likely. Here's one guess.