Topic: Sportswriting

July 9, 2014

Medium looks cool, and can make a viable case for Future Of Internet Publishing status. It also has a new sports website, and an editor who was willing to answer some questions about it.

February 17, 2014

Two friends of The Classical have joined up with a very promising and mildly revolutionary new online publishing concern. If you care about reading good things written by good writers, you will probably be interested in why.

November 4, 2013

Holly Wendt wrote about Semyon Varlamov in the most recent issue of The Classical Magazine. Shortly after the issue came out, Varlamov was charged with some very ugly crimes. Stories seldom stay still long enough for us to know how to feel about them, let alone tell them right. Reprinted from Holly's blog.

October 9, 2013

Sportswriting as we know it more or less began in Chicago. From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago's Best Sportswriting from the Tribune, Sun-Times, and Other Newspapers, a new anthology of Chicago sportswriting edited by the veteran columnist Ron Rapoport, shows how sportswriting grew up, and grew with the times, in the Windy City.

October 7, 2013

Grantland Rice's famed "Four Horsemen" column about Notre Dame's college football team is one of the most storied and legendarily purple pieces of sportswriting ever. So we translated it into American English, in an attempt to figure out what it's actually about.

September 19, 2013

The founder of Bleacher Report is a goon for the ages, but got very rich because he founded Bleacher Report. He's working on a woman-centric website now, and is no less goonish than he ever was. So why, beyond his goonishness and ridiculous wealth, is Bryan Goldberg so vexing?

February 7, 2013

Jason Whitlock doesn't deserve a Pulitzer, of course. And precisely because there's a modicum of hard truth under all that Whitlockian vanity, goofiness and grandiosity, we all deserve a lot better than Whitlock.

November 29, 2012

Stymie started with a simple, good idea from founding editor Eric Smetana: smart sports storytelling in a variety of different styles. From that good idea has come a consistently good literary magazine focused on exploring sports through the lenses of fiction and poetry. 

November 14, 2012

In January of 1955, a then-fledgling Sports Illustrated sent William Faulkner to a Rangers/Canadiens game at the old Madison Square Garden. The resulting essay is brief, great, and exactly as Faulkner At A Hockey Game as you'd expect.

October 8, 2012

It doesn't necessarily seem like good news, at least from a singularity/rise-of-the-robots perspective, that Yahoo has a team of robo-writers churning out reams of fantasy football copy. The good news, though, is that these robot-crafted fantasy football recaps read as if they were written by and for strange fifth graders.