Recent stories

The last 10 pieces I’ve published:

The Lexicon of Charlie Weis (ESPN)

The former Notre Dame and Kansas coach (and owner of four Super Bowl rings as an assistant) opens up — even though his agent didn’t want him to.

Ichiro Suzuki, still connecting (ESPN)

I spent some time in Miami with one of the most interesting athletes in the world as he approached a milestone — 3,000 major-league hits. But Ichiro has connected many more times than that.

How my dad and I learned to love Muhammad Ali (ESPN)

A quick column after Ali’s death about sitting with my dad and watching the champ fight.

A Prince story (from my blog)

Staying up all night, hoping to get tickets for the Purple Rain tour.

Goodbye, 600 (from my blog)

Watching a building die, and thinking about the people I worked with inside.

Elephant in the Room: the end of the beginning (from my blog)

An update on the book I’m writing.

The secrets behind the grass for Super Bowl 50 (ESPN)

Even the turf for the Super Bowl is planned out and fussed over for a year and a half before the game … and there are still some secrets. It turned out players still complained about the turf after the game. Michael Oher would probably complain if he ever stops sliding.

Our Old Dog (Charlotte Magazine)

Fred, our best fella, died in October. I wrote about him for my blog and Charlotte Magazine graciously edited and crafted the posts into one story. It makes me smile to see it, even though we still miss him every day.

The Final Act Of Jim Boeheim (ESPN)

My look at change and time, told through Syracuse’s legendary basketball coach.

The Oxford American Georgia Music Issue (alternate universe version) (from my blog)

I spent WAY too much time on this … but I sure did enjoy it.