The End is Near

Pretty much every morning, for the past two years, the First Amendment champions at The New York Times have kept us up to date on the grim totals of the pandemic with all manner of charts and graphs and statistics. In the 21st century business of journalism, this is known as "data journalism:" the gathering,… Continue reading The End is Near

Cincinnati … Super Bowl

The cold at Paul Brown Stadium that winter day, as I sat there shoulder-to-shoulder in utter climate shock, was the kind that instantly stiffens muscles and sinks so deeply into bones that it takes months to ooze out. Every exhale, every scream from the hardened crowd produced a cloud. Applause, when there was any, was… Continue reading Cincinnati … Super Bowl

If At First …

During my first semester of college, in between learning to catch a screaming frisbee behind my back (I should have been in class) and drinking unfathomable amounts of beer (I probably should have been studying), I wandered through a slightly advanced English class -- trust me, it wasn't that advanced -- in which I was… Continue reading If At First …

That Time

One late July day in 1999, months after the end to another spectacular season in his Hall of Fame career and just weeks before he was to report back to Detroit for his 11th year in pro football, Barry Sanders fired off a fax (remember those?) to his hometown newspaper (remember those?). "Today," Sanders wrote,… Continue reading That Time

Magda

The most amazing person I've ever met in decades of interviewing people -- easily thousands of people; astronauts and farmworkers, scientists and salesmen, doctors and lawyers, tons of professional athletes, and at least one real life cowboy -- was a 93-year-old woman with a beehive hairdo who could talk the hair off your head and… Continue reading Magda

Fathers, Sons & Brothers

When the topic of my high school athletic career is raised, certainly never by anyone but me, I don't gin up some story of teen glory. I don't pretend I was a scrappy point guard on the basketball team, or a good-glove no-hit cog on the baseball team, or (as if anyone would believe it)… Continue reading Fathers, Sons & Brothers