I don’t compile a “Best of” list every December, but I felt compelled to for 2017. That’s probably a good sign for how I feel about the work I did this year. Some years I try to tackle a couple big projects, some years I take on a lot of little things. This year I tried to do a little of both. Read the whole post
Yesterday I unveiled my map. At least I finally put it online. In my apartment I have the real map, a giant one on a corkboard where I have pins in all the places I’ve been. As a geography nerd who has spent the last 20 years pretty obsessed with sports travel, it’s become one of my favorite possessions. I’ve wanted to move it online for a while now and I finally did yesterday. Read the whole post
At some point during the Olympics— the days very much blur together at this point— I was sitting at my desk yammering about judo or handball or whitewater slalom kayak racing or something. A coworker asked me if I was always into the Olympics this much, or if it was only because this year I was hosting a podcast. I told him that the podcast existed because I love the Olympics, and not the other way around. Read the whole post
Prediction accountability is important. I’m borrowing a phrase here from Eric Single, my coworker at SI. For him it’s sort of like a catchphrase, as a quick Twitter search shows. Although I think he’s half-kidding.
Predictions are a staple in sports media. They’re in newspapers, magazines, websites, pre-game shows, podcasts and everywhere else. Whether you’re a reporter, analyst, writer, commentator, studio host or fan on Twitter, you make predictions. Read the whole post
It’s a big day for my little passion project—the PHLNYPR finally has a home.
The PHLNYPR, many of you probably don’t know, is a… thing… I’ve been doing on Twitter since September 2012. It stands for Philly/New York Power Rankings.
On the first day of every month, I rank all 12 pro sports teams from Philly and New York in the four major sports leagues. Read the whole post
I’m sure this used to be an easier exercise for the Phillies’ marketing staff. Utley! Rollins! Howard [when he was popular]! Several really good pitchers!
Now… it’s a little harder to string together 12 solid months of players who fans will be excited to see as they flip through the year. Read the whole post
Technically I’ve been launching a podcast for the past few months, today is just the day I can finally switch things into past tense and say that I’ve launched a podcast. You can already listen to Episode 1 on my site, or search for it and subscribe in the iTunes store. Read the whole post
But today happens to be February 6, 2015— the 10 year anniversary of the Eagles and Patriots meeting in Super Bowl XXIX.
Since I already took one deep dive into a game from that season, when I wrote about the 10-year anniversary of Week 1 for The 700 Level in September, why not end the season the same way? Read the whole post
It’s list season. Actually I might have missed list season. I’ve spent the last couple weeks reading all sorts of posts sharing the best books, movies, articles, cat photos, etc. of 2014. So I hope I’m not too late, waiting until December 31.
If I am late, it’s because I was a little hesitant at first to do this. It seems like a bit of a narcissistic exercise to put together my best work of the year. Read the whole post
In case you missed it, I wrote my first story for Sports Illustrated Friday, about the symbolism of Jimmy Rollins being the first homegrown Phillies star to leave town.
One story wasn’t enough for me to get it all out of my system, so here’s a more personal take on what it’s been like to follow Rollins all these years.
Rollins’ first full season in the Major Leagues was in 2001. Read the whole post