No Bulk Association – We’ve seen steroids in baseball, track & field, cycling, and football. Why not basketball? I answered this question with the help of Steroid Nation blog creator Dr. Gary Gaffney.
Cavs Catapult Catamounts – This is just a game recap I wrote for my first stringer assignment for the Newport News Daily Press. Not a particularly notable journalistic effort, and partially re-written by the editor (headline was his, too), but still, my first experience on press row at a real, live game.
Director of Fun – I wrote this profile of a friend of mine for the Old Dominion University Alumni magazine. Steve is a great guy, living a great life. He gets to hike around the Oregon countryside introducing locals to wildlife and teaching them methods for preservation of the land. I left out the part about how he once got so drunk on one of our camping trips that I actually thought he might be dead. [web link without photos]
Solo Flight Plan – Notice how I didn’t put a page number? That’s because we finally have a snazzy new interface at Chicago Sports Weekly. My first article for the new website is about the Chicago State Cougars, who left the crappy Mid-Continent (now Summit) League to go to… the even crappier schedule of an Indpendent. But with a new coach, and a new arena, things are still looking up for the commuter school on the South Side.
Six Degrees of Separation (page 28) – This is what amounts to a puff piece in the world of CSW. I interviewed my favorite female bloggers and we basically talked about how cool they are and how people should stop worrying about who writes their favorite blogs and just enjoy them for what they are. And then they did my nails.
Missing in Action (page 28) – Just a couple of months ago, I wrote a joking profile of Chris Gatling as one of the NBA’s “Most Influential” for Ted Bauer’s blog. Then I got an email from the mother of his children, which touched off a series of events that ended up being this story.
Screwed the Pooch (page 26) – Appalachian State pulled off a big win in the Big House. But have they messed up their long-term future? (Chicago Sports Weekly)
Expensive For Some (page 23) – The NFL Network is putting the preseason in heavy rotation. When will players see some of that money? (Chicago Sports Weekly)
Where Do We Go from Here? (page 26) – In which I propose solutions to the NFL retirement crisis. How much responsibility does the league bear for the injuries of players who helped build it? Also, read page 25, where Brian from One More Dying Quail holds forth on the racial divide in 300 game winners. A great issue of the mag. (Chicago Sports Weekly)
A Play Date With Destiny (page 26) – The Cubs and Brewers are leading the NL Central with exceptional young talent. Can the youth movement take either team all the way to the promised land? (Chicago Sports Weekly)
The Disneyfication of Sports (page 30) – Do we now value the beautiful fake over unpredictable reality? (Chicago Sports Weekly)
10 Things Every Gaijin Should Know About Japanese Baseball (Page 26) – The Asian Invasion has begun. Find out what you need to know about the Japanese superstars who will be playing in your town soon. (Chicago Sports Weekly)
Where Have You Gone (Joltin’) Joe DiMaggio? – What has happened to great baseball nicknames? I examine the phenomenon and pick my ten favorite monikers of the modern era. (Chicago Sports Weekly)
Worse Than Their Record? – A look at the execrable ’98-’99 Chicago Bulls (Chicago Sports Review)