The Imperfect Game

The Lesson of Jim Joyce. June 2, 2010. There was something beautiful lost in the Jim Joyce fiasco, something that I hope I remember for as long as I remember the blown call. Yes, it’s hard to think about beautiful things when you have just watched one of the most absurd injustices in the history Read the full article…



RIP Seve Ballesteros

Seve. May 7, 2010 There’s a moment at the 1997 Ryder Cup that I think of now. That Ryder Cup was at the Valderrama Golf Club, in Sotogrande, along the Alboran Sea, almost in the shadow of the Rock of Gibraltar. The captain of the European team was Seve Ballesteros, and even with all the Read the full article…



RIP Harmon Killebrew

The Gentleman Called Killer. May 16, 2010. The gentleman the sportswriters somewhat desperately called “Killer” was just 23 years old in 1959 — but by then Harmon Killebrew already had played parts of six seasons in the major leagues. Six seasons. He was of that peculiar bonus baby time, when owners (as owners tend to Read the full article…


Baseball Night in America

Game 162. September 29, 2011. Baseball, like life, revolves around anticlimax. That in many ways is the beauty of it. I realize that’s a hard thing to explain to someone who doesn’t love baseball, no, more than hard, it’s an impossible thing to explain because many people want sports to be more than life, they Read the full article…


The Biggest Winner

Rulon Gardner. Me. March 2011. January 23, 2011 Weight: 247.3 pounds Overweight by 71.3 pounds What does inspiration mean in sports? Strip down the word. Remove its jewelry. I was there the night Derek Jeter hit the home run at Yankee Stadium while smoke rose from Ground Zero, and the crowd sang “New York, New Read the full article…


Swimming in Socks

Elizabeth. May 2013. When the winter season began, Elizabeth and I cut a deal. It goes like so: Elizabeth, who is 11 years old now, continues to be on her recreational swim team — she will go to practice three times a week and try really hard and have a lot fun. That was her Read the full article…


The 30-Foot Jump

Carl Lewis. August 2011. We just don’t jump like we used to … I’m talking about human beings here, not me personally, though it is also true that I do not jump like I once did. I jumped off the last two steps on my front porch the other day and my left knee has Read the full article…