These are some of my favorite clips.
New York Times clips (2008-present) – The pride and joy of my sports writing career. If I never work another day in sports journalism, I’ll always be content because of my work in the New York Times.
With an Iron Will, He Finds a Way (NY Times – 2/29/08) – My favorite piece in the New York Times anthology. This story went around the world, and it’s a little hard to fathom how many people read it. It was the dominant image on the sports front in the New York edition that day.
Why #FSUTwitter is football’s most-feared digital mob (Daily Dot/Kernel Magazine – 8/30/15). This story was featured in the Notable Sports Writing section in the 2016 edition of the Best American Sports Writing series.
A week in the life of one of fantasy football’s most trusted experts (Daily Dot/Kernel Magazine – 8/30/15). This piece wasn’t only about a fantasy football analyst and about the work he does from week to week. It’s also a love story.
Fighting Manny Pacquiao takes a heavy toll (Wall Street Journal – 12/11/14). I love when this newspaper takes a deep look into sports stats, and the WSJ is excellent at it. One of my editors told me this story was the top-read article on the entire site for much of the day.
Steve Hofstetter roasted this standup heckler—and it’s changing his life (Daily Dot – 4/1/16). I got Hofstetter on the phone soon after his heckling video went viral, and I know what I wanted the ending of the story to be. But his regular comedy show at the Laugh Factory in Los Angles had to be packed with new fans, and I needed him to send me a picture and a text message of how his life might have just changed. I was walking out of a Greg Dulli concert when Hofstetter texted me, and it was perfect.
The British bloggers who are reinventing how the NFL coaches (Daily Dot – 10/29/15). I had this idea for months, but when Pro Football Focus got blasted for giving Packers QB Aaron Rodgers a bad grade after a fantastic performance, I immediately had my story.
Swainsboro’s Webb has found a way out of a tough childhood (Augusta Chronicle – 2/4/04) – I loved writing this feature.
What it’s like to vlog your dad’s presidential campaign (Daily Dot – 5/23/16): My favorite part of this story was actually interviewing a presidential nominee. I couldn’t fit my favorite quote into the story, though. Which came after I asked him about what it was like to have raised a daughter who was so very liberal when he, as the Constitution Party’s nominee, was so very conservative and what would happen if my kids turned out to be conservative. Said Darrell Castle: “I have the sweet knowledge that sooner or later that I will be proven right and the whole world will see it. That won’t be very sweet because your children and your grandchildren will love their conditions. They’ll all be little workers on the same plantation. It’ll be fun and there won’t be any freedom left.”
Boxer shows why he’s a champion (Augusta Chronicle – 6/29/02) – This story was featured in the Notable Sports Writing section of the 2003 edition of the Best American Sports Writing series.
Power Rankings for all 20 Browns starting quarterbacks since 1999 (CBSSports.com – 5/22/14). My favorite part of this piece: Finding all the quotes for the “Quick, say something nice” section.
Cincinnati Punchline (Soapbox Media – 5/19/09) – I eventually want to write a book about standup comedy. I thought it’d be cool to travel to an out of town gig with a comic and tell his story. It was.
Title Town No More (Cincy Magazine – Dec. 2008/Jan. 2009) – With one exception, I really liked this story, which melded sports and business together. The editing was helpful, and I thought we turned out a strong story. My only regret was that the end of the piece had to be cut. Here it is without further ado:
With those sobering words, look straight ahead into Kentucky. In front of you, the river flows by, the same as it did before the Bengals and the Reds existed, the same as it will after. The river doesn’t care about its surroundings. Maybe you shouldn’t either.
Yet tomorrow, the sun will rise in the east and its rays will touch Great American Ball Park and maybe the Reds as well. The stadium to the west, though, remains lost in darkness. God – and maybe Mike Brown – only knows if the Bengals ever will find their way back into the light.