My history as a sportswriter was short and unhappy. I had a single part-time job covering high school sports for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in the early 1980s. I got fired. Lesson learned. But I still follow sports, and write about them when the opportunity arises.
“The J.J. Watt Workout” (menshealth.com, September 8, 2015) is a companion to the profile I wrote of Watt for the October 2015 cover story.
“Yes, All Kids Should Get Trophies” (menshealth.com, October 22, 2014) is one of my most polarizing articles, going beyond sports to the “participation awards” that give many of us unearned advantages in life.
“Russell Wilson Crushes his Doubters” (menshealth.com, September 3, 2014) includes some motivational tips from the October 2014 cover story I wrote about the Seattle QB.
“The Naturals” (Men’s Health, April 2013) was an amazing assignment. With less than a week’s notice in January, my editor at MH sent me around the country to interview Buster Posey, Bryce Harper, and Mike Trout, three historically great young players. I was in baseball-geek heaven.
“The Secret to the Tigers’ Surprising Turnaround” (Menshealth.com, February 13, 2012) looks at The Program — a business run by former Marine Force Recon major Eric Kapitulik that helps teams reach their full potential — and explains how it helped the struggling basketball program at the University of Missouri become one of the top teams in the country.
“The Juice Is Loose” (Men’s Fitness, March 2005) jumped off from Barry Bonds’ desecration of baseball’s record book, and offered some harsh truth about the influence of PEDs in professional sports.
“The Amazing Transformation of Tim Collins” (Menshealth.com, April 4, 2011) is the antithesis of the Bonds story. It’s about a little guy who worked his way to the top, defying expectations every step of the way.
Some blog posts I enjoyed writing:
“How to Fix Baseball” offers one man’s solutions to some of the nagging problems of his favorite sport. The big one: use the DH in both leagues. As a lifelong National League fan, it took me a long time to come around to this view.
“Youth and Sports: America’s Blind Side?” asks if we put too much emphasis on the games our kids play.
“In Praise of Minor League Baseball” combines two obsessions: baseball and movies about baseball.
“A Not-So-Super Story” tells the story of Steve Little, a placekicker for the NFL Cardinals, back when they were still in St. Louis. The night he got cut from the Cardinals — a big deal, since he had been a first-round draft pick — Little drank with my coworkers and me at a bar downtown. He wrecked his car on the way home and would spend the rest of his short life in a wheelchair. It’s one of my most-read blog posts ever.
“Stupid Elite Athletes” is a two-for-one special: I reveal the secrets of service journalism while also railing on journalists for getting the story of PEDs wrong more often than not.