Topic: First Person

April 8, 2014

On attending a Minnesota Timberwolves game with a two-year-old, and other new and promising experiences.

March 25, 2014

One of the world's great Scuba experiences happens to exist on Mickey Mouse's turf, which means that diving with the rays and sharks and Guitarfish at Epcot's 5.7 million gallon tank means being a Part Of [Their] World, minus an actual Little Mermaid.

March 6, 2014

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a winner at Daytona this year. His triumph at the place where he lost his father 13 years ago was inspiring, but for a young writer dealing with the loss of his own dad, it's what Junior did during those years of growing up in public that really makes this triumph meaningful.

February 27, 2014

Baseball's foggy, fussy mythos remains one of its biggest selling points, for better or worse. But even heroes are humans in the spring, and everything seems bigger and brighter and better when you're a kid.

February 25, 2014

The Olympic Games are invariably expensive, and defined by their hugeness. But, as the author learned while working on the 2008 Beijing Games, they are made of many small things. Very small ones.

January 30, 2014

On becoming pure ego, which is even more thrilling and frightening than it sounds.

December 9, 2013

After a life spent wandering the world, looking for the things one wanders the world looking for, a Saudi-born, Canada-raised Indian in Australia finds a sort of homecoming in cricket.

October 29, 2013

Acting out, getting left behind and winding up too big for Little League is no way to go through life. A personal history from the rugged baseball diamonds of Billings, Montana, haunted by the baddest of the Bad News Bears.

August 1, 2013

A lesson in humility, and the importance of language, and the significance of playing soccer very badly, as learned at a high altitude in a former Soviet republic.

July 23, 2013

Bryce Harper may well wind up as a generation-defining baseball talent, and is definitely one of the more interesting people currently playing the game. He's also a Mormon. Let's leave it at that, maybe.