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Deadspin August 16, 2017. Back in 1997 I was a young writer at Sports Illustrated when I was told of a huge mistake made by a reporter in Tennessee. It turns out he insulted some vulgar text into a story, then forgot to remove it. Twenty years later, I looked back. Read the Article...

Bleacher Report October 4, 2016. My editor called and said, “What can we write about Tom Brady?” I had no idea—so I suggested a piece on why so many people seem to loathe the guy. Bingo! Calls to Styx’s lead singer, the owner of the Lakers, a WWE superstar and the creator of “Entourage” ensued. A joy to write. Read the Article...

Bleacher Report September 29, 2016. As a kid, I absolutely loved Bo Jackson. He remains the greatest athlete of my lifetime; an unparalleled merging of power, grace and intelligence. I pitched the idea of going back in time to figure out why, 30 years earlier, he chose baseball over football. Read the Article...

SB Nation February 4, 2014. I know little about hockey. Very little. But when SB Nation started asking around for Winter Olympic-themed stories, one idea immediately jumped into my skull. I still remember being 11-years old in 1984, excited for the U.S. hockey team to bring forth another miracle. Little did I know, they had absolutely no chance. For this piece, I was able to travel back in time to my childhood and find out why.  Read the Article ...

Bleacher Reporter February 4, 2014. I’d never heard of Willie Williams, though once my memory was jarred I did recall his ill-advised Miami Herald recruiting diary. For this story, I jumped into the ugly, callous world of Florida high school football, where kids are slabs of meat and problems are pushed to the side. Willie Williams is in prison—but he is far from the only guilty party.  Read the Article ...

Bleacher Report. November 26, 2013. I received a call in the late months of 2013 from an editor at Bleacher Report, asking if I had any interest in digging into the Jovan Belcher tragedy. “OK,” I said—not knowing what to expect from the piece, and from Bleacher Report (I’d never written for the site before). Well, it turned into an experience I’ll never forget. First, because the whole tragedy was so heartbreaking; Second, because more than a million people read it;...

SB Nation. August 20, 2013. As a kid, I was fascinated by Ricky Bell, the Buccaneers star tailback. Why? I’m not sure. His smile, perhaps. Maybe his Afro. His uniform. Again—not sure. But I remember when he was traded to the Chargers, I thought, “What? How is that possible?” Then, not long after, he was dead. I never knew much about it—and SB Nation gave me the chance to find out the details. I’m forever grateful. Read the Article ...