Author Bio & Stories

  • In search of total sports awareness, I watched the same exact episode of SportsCenter over and over. For a while I was convinced that there were infinitesimal differences between the episodes that aired back-to-back through the night. Brett Haber or Larry Biel delivered a joke differently, smirked a millisecond longer, coughed a tiny bit.

  • July 23, 2012
    An Art and a Pastime

    Designer and Cubs fan Brian Lindstrom discusses the art, history, and iconography at play in his "Bases Loaded" series, currently on display at Big Ten conference headquarters in Chicago.

  • Claressa Shields is 17 years old. She's from Flint; she's moved four times in the last year. She's into Twitter, boys, and music. Come September, she'll be back at Northwestern High School in Flint for her senior year. But between now and then, she'll be the youngest woman ever to box in the Olympics. 

  • This morning, when I was inhaling my routine brainful of Internet, something at the Public Domain Review stood out: A naked guy playing tennis, in zoetrope format.

  • "Vince Carter technically can play basketball better than Michael Jordan. He’s a better outside shooter than Michael Jordan, he could pretty much do anything Michael Jordan could do. The difference was Jordan was fucking insane."

  • June 13, 2012
    Sport vs. Sports The Clog

    Mitt Romney says "sport" when most other Americans, even other amazingly stilted Mormon hedge-fund oligarchs, would say "sports." But he's not alone in this problem. We've made a chart to help Mitt and other confused people out.

  • I was actually waiting for an excuse to talk about Chris Perez, although it's not actually clear that I even have here that excuse. So, Chris Perez had a bathroom emergency.

  • June 11, 2012

    Since 2010, the Oakland A’s have marketed themselves as “Green Collar Baseball." Setting aside the fact that Oakland’s jerseys don’t really have collars, and if they do, they’re not green, this slogan nails the A’s. Although the phrase “green collar” is scooting its way toward a dictionary definition, albeit a sort of dumb, imprecise journalistic one—which is not at all the same thing as “blue collar,” which the A’s also do not have, it's fair to say the late-Moneyball-era A's have a pretty good claim to working-class status.

  • May 21, 2012
    Aztec Sabermetrics The Clog

    Possible illuminati shit related to ancient Mesoamerican leisure activities, the Marlins' home run monolith, and late-breaking archaeological findings.

  • Friend-of-Classical Dmitry Samarov has been steadily putting together new stories and images for his next book, but the thing is: It's really hard to write while you're driving a cab, what with all the traffic laws and overly refreshed 4 a.m. fares to wrangle.