Below are links to some of my favorite stories I’ve written, showing a range of topics and styles.
Sports Illustrated – Complete SI archives
For SI’s annual ‘Where Are They Now’ series, I wrote about being in a tiny plane with Pat Croce, retirement, meditation and pirates.
“For every Valparaiso, George Mason and Florida Gulf Coast, there are two or three teams that don’t have any shining moments.”
“In other words, there’s some added pressure for Chorizo and his bratwurst buddies to sprint through the finish line.”
“Tucked away in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania is a great college football rivalry many fans have never heard of.”
“It’s been almost five years since Amaro inked his first pitcher to a long-term deal. We now have enough hindsight to examine the fallout from what we later learned marked a shift in organizational philosophy.”
“It seems every name from Adolph and Arvydas to Zachariah and Zigmund had its day on stage before Mitch.”
“Except this is December 2013, so six SportVU motion-detecting cameras overhead will capture every movement from the jump ball to the final buzzer. This is the year everything in the NBA has changed.”
“Suddenly we were the random school that everyone else was interested in. One minute the UNC fans were asking where Lehigh is located, the next minute it was trending nationwide on Twitter.”
“Flip through the photo galleries after every Olympic judo match, and they eventually begin to look the same. One fighter wears blue, the other wears white, and each has a black belt. Aside from the name on the back and the flag over the heart, the uniform— or gi— is, frankly, uniform. That was, until this morning.”
“An ocean away from home, the 57kg judo fighter took her first step onto the tatami and, standing barefoot, she was literally toe-to-toe with the second-ranked fighter in the world.”
The 700 Level blog, hosted by CSNPhilly.com
“So get used to the newest toy at the Eagles’ social media team’s disposal. The photos may disappear faster than Chip Kelly calls in a play, but the use of Snapchat looks like it may last a while.”
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity
“While Mathews was shredding defenses for 1,808 yards and 19 touchdowns during his junior season at Fresno State, he made sure his other team was well-represented. Look closely at his highlight reels and you’ll notice three Greek letters written on his eye black for every home game.”
“He’s endearing to the Philly faithful with his playful representation of their ruthless reputation.”
Crashburn Alley, then a member of ESPN’s Sweet Spot Blog Network
“Reliance on outdated statistics displays a strange form of bias, akin to being unable to separate in his mind the players on his roster from the players they used to be. Making decisions today based exclusively on data from more than half a decade ago is like trying to win on Jeopardy! by studying yesterday’s clues.”
Rush The Court
This detailed breakdown includes top storylines, a breakdown of each team in the field, regular season individual awards and predictions for every game (all correct).