Topic: Sportswriting

April 6, 2015

The New Yorker did the world a favor by unlocking John McPhee's legendary profile of Bill Bradley, who was then at Princeton and seemingly bound for basketball immortality. There's a reason why this piece, more than most any other piece of basketball writing, has endured.

March 26, 2015

Part of writing about sports is asking questions of people who don't necessarily want to answer them. It's not fun for anyone, but it's worth doing. So: what questions are worth asking?

January 30, 2015

In which a legendary journalist encounters a legendary running back, and truly Tastes The Rainbow.

January 7, 2015

Why do writers ask bad questions to athletes? To get bad answers, mostly. It's not any better than it sounds.

August 8, 2014

Sports On Earth was a good idea and a very good website. It is not fully gone, but it won't be what it was. What's left is a reminder of some things we all already know entirely too well, and a challenge.

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.