October 2018: In spired by his award-winning profile on Royce White, SCOTT NEUMYER’s podcast the Anxiety Diaries celebrates its 24th episode, anxietydiariespodcast.com
October 2018 EVA HOLLAND is under contract with Penguin Canada and The Experiment (US rights) for her first book, “Shaking It Off: A Personal Journey Through the Science of Facing Our Fears,” ETA Spring 2020. This is a subject she explored in both “Unclimbable” and “Hellbent, But Not Broken.”
GLENN STOUT is under contract for his next book, a true crime story from the Jazz Age. His latest book, The Pats: An Illustrated History of the New England Patriots, will appear in November 2018.
August 2018, BRIN-JONATHAN BUTLER’s story in Southwest, “The Ghost of Capablanca” is selected to appear in The Best American Travel Writing 2018. His book “The Grandmaster: Magnus Carlsen and the Match That Made Chess Great Again” will be available in November.
August 2018, RJ YOUNG’S (“Cheryl Miller’s Perfect Place” and “Untouchable”) memoir, retitled “Let It Bang: A Young Black Man’s Odyssey into Guns,” is named by Publisher’s Weekly as one of thirty must-read titles to watch for this fall. Available in November.
May 2018, DAN ENGLAND’S first book, with Catra Corbett, “Reborn on the Run,” inspired by his story of the same name, is published by Skyhorse Publishing.
March 2018, ZACH SCHONBRUN’S first book, “The Performance Cortex,” inspired by his story “Take Me Out to the Brain Game” is published by Dutton.
March 2018, BRANDON SNEED’S book with Coss Marte, “CON BODY” based on his profile of Marte “The Remaking of Coss Marte,” is published by St. Martin’s.
December 2017, MICHAEL GRAFF and JEFF MAYSH both have two stories selected for Longread’s Top 25 stories of the year.
September, 2017, MATT TULLIS’S first book, “Running with Ghosts” based on his story “The Ghost’s I Run With” is published by the Sager Group
August 25, 2017, JOE DEPAOLO’S story “In Big Fight, Doctors Fear Mismatch” appears on the front page of the New York Times.
August 14, 2017, EVA HOLLAND publishes her first Kindle Single, “Mussolini’s Arctic Airship.”
DANIELLE ELLIOTT is now a writer for Atlantic ReThink.
MATT NEGRIN is a writer for The Daily Show.
May 16, 2017: Congrats to BRANDON SNEED, Livingston Award Finalist in National Reporting. Sneed is currently at worked on a book with Coss Marte, subject of his story “The Remaking of Coss Marte.”
April 5, 2017: GLENN STOUT’s book “The Selling of the Babe” wins the 2017 Larry Ritter Award from the Society for American Baseball Research
March 6, 2017: Congrats to MICHAEL GRAFF, editor of Charlotte, a CRMA Feature Writing winner and Magazine of the Year finalist.
February 15, 2017: BRIN-JONATHAN BUTLER is under contract with Simon and Schuster for a book on chess tentatively entitled “Heavy Lies The Crown.”
February 2017: GLENN STOUT will be teaching as part of a team at the Narrative Writer’s Workshop and also teaching the Book Proposal Workshop at the Archer City Story Center, Archer City, Texas, in July of 2017. He also just agreed to a significant book deal contract with a major trade publisher for a book title to appear in 2018.
January 15, 2017: ALEX BELTH curates Don Van Natta’s “Sunday Longreads.” His 15 selections include stories by Jeff Maysh and alum John Rosengren.
January 2017: GLENN STOUT’S essay “Two Words: Not Sportswriting” is used as the introductory text to a class on magazine writing at the University of Minnesota.
January 2017: EVA HOLLAND’S “Unclimbable” cited by The Electric Typewriter as one of the 100 Best Articles and Essays of 2015 and 2016.http://tetw.org/Best_Articles_and_Essays_of_Twenty_Fifteen_and_Sixteen
January 2016: FLINDER BOYD (“20 Seconds at Rucker Park”) and BRANDON SNEED are named Writers-at-Large for B/R Mag at Bleacher Report.
December 2016: DAN ENGLAND is under contract to write a book with Catra Corbett, inspired by his story on the subject “Reborn on the Run.”
December 26, 2016: WILLIAM BROWNING’S “A Long Walk’s End” inspires Molly Jeanne’s song “On the Appalachian Trail” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoIeXD1t3Bk
December 16, 2016: Contributor RJ YOUNG (“Cheryl Miller’s Perfect Place” and “Untouchable”) signs a major trade book deal for, DOWNRANGE: A Black Man’s Odyssey Into Guns, scheduled for a Fall 2018 release. As RJ wrote “It chronicles his personal odyssey, as a black man, of becoming a NRA-certified pistol instructor, licensed to carry a concealed weapon, that opens out into an investigation of black gun ownership in America—the extraordinary history and contentious present-day intersections of race, firearms, and gun legislation.”
December 16, 2016: BRIN-JONATHAN BUTLER is profiled on page one of the NY Times Metro section, described as “among his generation’s foremost boxing writers.” Several stories he did for Longform are referenced. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/15/nyregion/brin-jonathan-butler-boxing.html?_r=0. His story for The Undefeated, “Is Shannon Briggs for Real?” was also cited by Longform.org
December 4, 2016: BRIN-JONATHAN BUTLER’S book The Domino Diaries, which includes portions of work that first appeared on the Longform page, is selected by The Boston Globe as a “Notable Sports Book of the Year.” GLENN STOUT’s The Selling of the Babe named to top 10 Best Sports Book of the Year list by The Buffalo News and SportsBiblio.com
October 5, 2016: BRIN-JONATHAN BUTLER’S “Farewell Chajmpions of Havana” in Roads and Kingdoms is cited by Longform.org and a Roads and Kingdom’s Best of 2016
September 2016: During the recent social unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina, Longform alum MICHAEL GRAFF (“Two Lanes to Accokeek” among others) , Editor of Charlotte Magazine and his staff, which include Longform alum ADAM RHEW (“Hopes and Dreams in the Dean Dome”), have provided extraordinary coverage of these events – on September 21, Rhew supplied a front page photograph for the New York Times. They have been as good as it gets during and extraordinarily difficult time. For how they did it, see here: http://niemanstoryboard.org/stories/5ish-questions-charlotte-magazine-and-the-shooting-of-keith-scott/
September 2016: The University of Arkansas Press published THOMAS HAUSER’S collection of boxing writing A Hard World, including his award-winning Longform “Can Boxing Trust USADA?”
September 2016: WILLIAM BROWNING’S Longform “A Long Walk’s End” is selected by guest editor Rick Telander to appear in The Best American Sports Writing 2016. Longform stories by MATT TULLIS (“The Ghost’s I Run With”), EVA HOLLAND (“Unclimbable”) BRANDON SNEED (“Born This Way”) and BRIN-JONATHAN BUTLER (“The Poison Oasis”) were selected to the N0table Sports Writing of 2015 List. Longform alums KIM CROSS, DAVID DAVIS, MATT CROSSMAN, and FLINDER BOYD also make the list for stories written for other outlets. MATT TULLIS’S “The Ghosts I Run With” is also selected to the Best American Notable Essays of 2015 list and BRIN-JONATHAN BUTLER’s story “Myths Made Flesh” was selected to the “Best America Notable Travel Writing of 2015” list.
September 2016: Contributor BRANDON SNEED’s first major trade book, Head in the Game, is scheduled for publication in March 2017 by Dey Street Books.
September 2016: Contributor MATT TULLIS is now an Assistant Professor of English at Fairfield University in Connecticut. He was previously at Ashland University in Ohio.
August 2016: BRANDON SNEED is a features Writer for BR/Mag and Bleacher Report.
August 2016: Contributor STEPHEN KNOX, who has also contributed to Vice and The Undefeated, joins the staff of the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s All22.com
August 2016: Longform.org cites BRIN-JONATHAN BUTLER’S “Andre Ward Fights to Avoid a A Boxer’s Bad Ending ” from ESPN’s The Undefeated.
July 2016: Regular contributor EVA HOLLAND (“Unclimbable,” “Hellbent but Not Broken”) served as an instructor at the Archer City Story Center’s Literary Non Fiction Workshop July 25-31, 2016, joining Glenn Stout and Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jacqui Banaszynski. Longform Alum KIM CROSS (“Take These Broken Wings”) and author of the New York Times Best seller What Stands in a Storm is co-founder of the Center.
July 2016: MATT TULLIS participated in the planning session for the inaugural narrative writing workshop at the Archer City Story Center.
June 11, 2016: JOE DEPAOLO is named Editor of Mediaite’s sports vertical.
June 10, 2016: JEFF MAYSH’S story, “Cheer Mom” adapted from and originally written for Longform, is published in The Atlantic and is named to Don Van Natta’s Sunday LongReads
June 8, 2016: BRIN-JONATHAN BUTLER’S book The Domino Diaries, which includes portions of work that first appeared on the Longform page, is published in paperback. His obituary of Muhammad Ali, “The Butterfly and the Effect,” adapted from a story first written for Longform, appears in The Classical and is named to the “best sportswriting of the week” list by the Irish website The 42.
June, 2016: Contributor GIL GRIFFIN‘s first book “Jumping at the Chance: From NBA Hopefuls to AFL Prospects” detailing American basketball players recruited to professional Aussie Rules Football , which grew out of his story “Footy Dreams,” is published by Australia’s Nero Books.
May 30, 2016, Contributor, long-time supporter and Esquire Classics Editor ALEX BELTH ( “The Two Rogers”) named a contributing editor to Don Van Natta’s Sunday #LongReads and curates an appreciation of Muhammad Ali for SundayLR. And check this out: http://classic.esquire.com/editors-notes/muhammad-ali-the-greatest/
May, 22, 2016: Contributor DAVID DAVIS will talk about his story “She Is Gone!” as part of the Smithsonian Channel series “Sports Detectives,” and the search for Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series Game 1 home run ball.
May 11, 2016: LATRIA GRAHAM’S debut story appears at ESPN W. May 2016: Contributors LATRIA GRAHAM (“The Dark Knight Unmasked”) and WILLIAM BROWNING (“A Long Walk’s End,” among others) are selected to attend the invitation-only inaugural Literary Nonfiction Workshop at the Archer City Story Center.
April 25, 2016: Longform contributor JOE DEPAOLO’s “A Better Game? Sprint Football at Princeton” wins first place in “Sports Features” for in the 2016 Memorial Journalism Awards from the Garden State (New Jersey) Journalist’s Association.
April 21, 2016: Longform recruit and alum CLAIR MCNEAR (“Last Race at Sonoma”) has been hired by Bill Simmons’ The Ringer to cover sports. April 20, 2016: THOMAS HAUSER’s “Can Boxing Trusts USADA?” wins first place in The Boxing Writer’s of America Association annual awards in “Investigative Reporting.” A story by Brin-Jonathan Butler won second place in the same category last year.
April 11, 2016: THE SAGER GROUP signs MATT TULLIS to a book contract based on his “The Ghosts I Run With” – sixth book contract from Longform since January 2015. Other Longform writers with book deals signed or pending for their work listed below include Dan England, Gil Griffin, Brandon Sneed and William Browning.
February 2015: BRIN-JONATHAN BUTLER’S book The Domino Diaries, which includes portions of work that first appeared on the Longform page, was a finalist for the annual PEN/ESPN award for literary sports writing.
As Editor since its inception from September of 2012 thru February 2016, I worked tirelessly to create the same kind of stories I look for as Series Editor of The Best American Sports Writing: stories that, after I read them once, I wanted to read again. Together, I believe we created a unique place where writers felt their work was valued and respected and we attracted a substantial and growing number of readers who loved story telling. Our stories, whether features, profiles, event-driven or investigative, were always ambitious and gave opportunity to dozens of new voices. I am proud of the writers I worked with, and proud work they produced. Pound for pound, I believe they did more with less, and often with better results, than any print or online site in the industry, succeeding far more often than we failed. I continue to work with and consult with writers and look forward to the opportunity to continue to do so in the future. Enjoy. And to our many contributors, your work speaks for itself – thanks again for being writers. “Including one of your pieces in the SLR [Sunday LongRead] each week is almost a given. You guys consistently do so much great work– I stand in awe.” – Don Van Natta, ESPN, author, Pulitzer Prize winner and curator of The Sunday LongRead
“Glenn Stout is among the best editors in sports journalism.” – Joe Gisondi, Professor Journalism, Eastern Illinois University, author of The Field Guide to Covering Sports
“As a freelance writer over the past 30 years, I’ve worked with scores of editors. None has been as thorough as Glenn Stout, with whom I’ve had the good fortune of working on a half dozen features for SB Nation Longform. With each of these articles, there has been plenty of back and forth on several rounds of revisions. Each time, Glenn has been challenging yet respectful of my work, identifying its strengths and pushing to make it better. I’ve always felt my articles have emerged from this process stronger (which is not always the case when editors press for revisions). One of them won a national award. That’s a testament as much to my work as it is to Glenn’s.” –John Rosengren author and 2013 Best Feature, American Society of Authors and Journalists
“I wrote and worked with Glenn on two stories about sexual assault of which I’m extremely proud. Benefitting from his thoroughness, sensitivity and wisdom is the type of experience I would recommend to any writer. -Greg Hanlon, Best American Sports Writing 2015, 2015 Livingston Award Finalist for National Reporting, True Crime Editor, People.
Our Longform Bests of 2013, 2014 and 2015 lists:
Over a 3 1/2 year period, of 203 stories, we had 31 stories selected by Longform.org, 13 cited by Longreads.com, including four #1 picks of the week, and in little more than a year, nearly 30 selections in Don Van Natta’s weekly SundayLongReads, including three “Reads of the Week.” Based on the number of stories produced, no other content provider of any genre had a higher percentage of stories recognized than the writers whose work is listed below.
Flinder Boyd “20 Minutes at Rucker Park” (profile of a young man’s cross country journey to NYC’s streetball mecca) Longform selection, Longreads selection, A Longreads “Top 5 Longread of the Week,” NextDraft Weekend pick, Nieman Storyboard “recommended reading” Longread’s “Favorite New Writer Discovery 2013,” Sports on Earth’s Top 20 Best Sports Stories of 2013, USA Today/Quickish Top 13 for ’13, Selected for The Best American Sports Writing 2014, http://www.sbnation.com/longform/2013/10/15/4837064/rucker-park-basketball-new-york-city-cross-country-journey
Matt Tullis “Feet of Clay, Heart of Iron” on Horseshoe champion Brian Simmons (Byliner selection, Conor Freidersdorf’s 102 Spectacular Non-Fiction picks 2012, BASW 2013 Notable selection) :http://www.sbnation.com/longform/2012/10/17/3512680/feet-of-clay-heart-of-iron-horseshoe-champion-brian-simmons-might-be
Michael Graff’s The Last Shot (the suicide of former University of Maryland basketball player Earl Badu) Byliner selection, Digg.com front page, Sports on Earth’s Top 20 Best Sports Stories of 2013, also featured on the Nieman Foundation Storyboard, http://www.niemanstoryboard.org/2013/03/28/just-one-question-for-michael-graff-on-the-death-of-earl-badu/
Michael Kruse’s The Right Thing to Do vs. The State of Florida by Michael Kruse (Fight of Florida family to collect on death of FSU’s Devaughn Darling) TopReads selection, Digg.com Front Page, MediaREDEFined pick, Gangrey.com feature, TheFeature.net selection, Longform.org Top 5 Most Popular Selection of the Week, Longreads.com Top 5 Read of the Week, a BuzzFeed Feature of the Week, SI Media Circus Top 140 Journalism stories of 2014 http://www.sbnation.com/longform/2014/8/26/6065867/devaughn-darling-profile-florida-state-football
The Many Crimes of Mel Hall by Greg Hanlon (profile of ballplayer, coach, convicted sexual predator) Digg.com Front Page, MediaREDEF pick, The Feature.net selection, Longform.org editor’s pick, NBCSports Hardball Talk “Must-Click” link, Readability Top Read, SI Media Circus Best Journalism of 2014, USA TODAY 15 stories you need to read for 2015. http://www.sbnation.com/2014/7/15/5883593/the-many-crimes-of-mel-hall
Jeremy Markovich’s Elegy of a Race Car Driver on the life and death of NASCAR’s Dick Trickle, Byliner selection, Deadspin “Need to Read” The Sporting News “Must Read of the Day” Longform selection, Jalponik “Must Read” Nieman Storyboard “Recommended Read” LONGFORM BEST OF 2013, Selected for The Best American Sports Writing 2014, http://www.sbnation.com/longform/2013/7/30/4567960/dick-trickle-suicide-nascar-profile
Brin-Jonathan Butler’s Requiem for a Welterweight (evaluation of financial and physical health of Manny Pacquiao) Longform.org selection, Digg.com front page, NextDraft Weekend pick, Longreads “Top 5 Read of the Week,” Columbia Journalism Review’s “Must Reads from Around the Web,” Second place in Investigative Reporting, boxing http://www.sbnation.com/longform/2013/11/20/5119180/manny-pacquiao-vs-brandon-rios-fight-2013-profile
Jeremy Collins’ Thirteen Ways of Looking at Greg Maddux by (memoir about watching Maddux pitch with a friend) Kottke.org selection, TopReads selection, Longform.org selection, Longreads Top 5 Read of the Week, Gangrey.com feature, SI Media Circus Best Journalism of 2014, http://www.sbnation.com/longform/2014/10/1/6872411/thirteen-ways-of-looking-at-greg-maddux William Browning’s A Long Walk’s End (story of the fugitive who went on the run by hiking the Appalachian Trail for six years) Gangrey.com feature, Whole Reads selection, The BigSmoke selection (Australia),Mike Allen’s POLITICO’S Great Weekend Read, Digg.com front page, Longform.org selection, New York Times Now selection, Don Van Natta’s Sunday LongRead “Read of the Week,” Longreads.com’s #1 “Longread of the Week” http://www.sbnation.com/longform/2015/7/1/8861183/james-hammes-appalachian-trail-Bismarck
Eva Holland’s Unclimbable (expedition to the Cirque of the Unclimbables) MediaREDEFined pick, Digg.com Front Page, The Feature.net selection, Dave Pell’s Next Draft, Buzzfeed’s “9 Feature Stories You Can’t Miss,” Daily Beast’s Weekly “Best Longreads,” Longform.org selection, Don Van Natta’s Sunday LongRead’s “Favorite Read,” Longreads.com’s #1 “Longread of the Week” http://www.sbnation.com/longform/2015/5/20/8625135/cirque-of-the-unclimbables
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Other Longform stories edited by Glenn Stout:
Bawl so Hard by Michael Mooney (On QuakeCon) a Byliner selection
Out of Bounds by Leander Schaerlaekens (profile of gay soccer player David Testa)
A Big Game by Pat Jordan (memoir on pitching)
Meet Kris Medlen by Ray Glier (profile on pitcher Kris Medlen)
A Simple Game by Rick Paulas (feature on a par-3 gold course)
Too Big To Live by Jeff Arnold (enterprise story on weight and health in the NFL)
The Making of a Quarterback by Trae Thompson (background of Matt Stafford)
Standing Next To Greatness by Ashley Harrell (memoir of the writer’s walk-on brother)
Famous Fathers and Football by Tim Haddock (recruiting the children of famous parents)
The Rejuvenation of Brandon Roy by Todd Dybas (comeback of NBA player)
Branding Brooklyn by Brandon K. Thorp (impact of the Nets on surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods)
Frank Shorter’s Feet by Rachel Toor (the author’s telling encounter with marathion legend Frank Shorter)BASW 2013 Notable selection
The Long Goodbye by Alex Belth (an amateur ballplayer retires)
Man and Bull by Michael Graff (profile or paralyzed bull rider Jerome Davis)
Coach by William Browning (profile of a high school coach and his son) A Longreads “Top 5 Longread of the Week.” BASW 2013 Notable selection
The Last Champions of the Third Reich by Noah Davis (historical feature on the German futball championship of 1944) a Longform selection
Football Gambling Goes Big by David McIntire (feature on the LVH SuperContest) Lingerie League Goes Legit by Rick Paulas (feature on the disquieting elements of Lingerie League football) Digg.com front page
Broken Hearts by P.K. Daniel (enterprise/invesitgative story on commodio cortis)
Still Richard by David Davis (profile of exercise guru Richard Simmons) a Longform selection, BASW 2013 Notable selection
Make-Up Game by Mark Winegardner (memoir of attending a game with a dying friend)
Back on the Ice by Bill Littlefield (profile of female hockey coach Digit Murphy)
Once a Yankee Fan by Pat Jordan (the writer’s disillusionment with the Yankees)
Something Else Under the Sun by Pedro Moura (Post Olympic Profile of sprinter Bryshon Nellum)
Shooting for Perfection by Kevin Fixler (Rick Barry’s quest to bring back the underhand free throw)
Table (Tennis) for Two by Ashley Harrell ( the author’s account of the NYC ping-pong dating scene)
Saving his Own Soul First by Justice Hill (profile of a former Harlem Globetrotter and ex-con) BASW 2013 Notable selection
The Assumption Way by Tim Casey (feature on the beginning of ND coach Brian Kelly’s football career)
The Importance of Being Francesa by Joe DePaolo (profile of sportstalk host Mike Francesa) A Byliner selection, Longform selection, Longreads “Top Five Read of the Week”
The Fox NFL Broadcast Factory by Zac Crain (behind the scenes feature on the making of an NFL broadcast)
Training Pampered Motherf—–s by Brin-Jonathan Butler (profile of boxing trainer Eric Kelly)
The Last Cockfighter Tells All by William Browning (feature on the disappearing sport of cockfighting)
The Americas’ Team by Jorge Arangure Jr. (feature on the marketing strategy of soccer’s Tijuana Xolos) AFootballReport.com Best of 2013
When the Final Score Doesn’t Matter by David McIntire (feature on the pro bet and the Super Bowl)
Flipping Tenpenny by Evin Demirel (fetaure on college football recruting)
The Legend of Dan Kendra by Mark Winegardner (profile of former star football recruit)
The Goal by John Rosengren (hockey rivalry between Warroad and Roseau, MN)
A Real World Series by Peter Richmond (feature on the world series of blind baseball) A TheFeature.net selection
Whatcha’ Doin” Here, White Boy? by Justice B. Hill (Feature on James Reed, white basketball player who played for HBCU Morgan State University)
The Pain and Pleasure of Spring by Pat Jordan (memoir of Jordan’s experience in spring training) Byliner selection
Everybody Loves Shep Messing by Noah Davis (profile of former NY Cosmos goalie) Byliner selection
What Happened to Jai Alai? by Michael Mooney (feature on the death of the sport of jai alai) Byliner selection
No Sleep ’til Fairbanks by Eva Holland (account of the Yukon Quest dog sled race) Longform selection, Byliner selection, Digg.com front page, also cited by the Future Journalism Project [http://tumblr.thefjp.org/post/44784945146/sbnation-iditarod-coverage-no-sleep-til-fairbanks] as ” a great, new example of harnessing these [new design] techniques. Created with Vox Media, it’s an elegant display of wrapping a 5,500-word longread in a delightful presentation package”.
Gods Fall Down by John B. Thompson (Professional wrestling in Senegal)
Not Just Another Game by Noah Davis (The US/Mexican soccer rivalry) Byliner selection. AFootballReport.com Best of 2013
When the Wind Cried Tuffy by Rick Paulas (Account of Tuffy Rhodes’ three home runs on Opening Day, 1994)
The Good Hurt by Brandon Sneed (profile of Ray King, playing D-1 basketball with cancer) Byliner selection
The Re-Education of Chris Copeland by Flinder Boyd (profile of how Copeland went from a second tier player in Europe to 29 year old NBA rookie) A Longreads “Top Five Read of the Week,” #1 selection. Longreads “Best of 2013” Top 10.
A Different World by Luke Cyphers (enterprise story on how colleges are consdireing dropping collegiate sports in favor of wellness programs) Byliner selection
The Original Dual-Threat Quarterback by Robert Weintraub (Reggie Collier and other forg0tten quarterbacks)
The Secret World of NBA Daps by Scott Sargent ( the development and meaning of dap in the NBA
No Finish Line by Joe DePaolo (profile of Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens in his comeback) Byliner selection, Editors’ pick TheFeature.net
I am Royce White by Scott Neumyer (the author and Royce White’s struggle with anxiety disorder) 2013 Best Personal Narrative, American Society of Authors and Journalists
The Legend of Malacrianza by Ashley Harrell and Lindsay Fendt (Costa Rica’s killer bull) Longform.org selection, Editors’ pick TheFeature.net, TIME Newsfeed “Weekend Pick” Digg.com front page, FINALIST: Livingston Award in International Reporting!!!
To Slovakia: Basketball and Chaos by Flinder Boyd (memoir of playing pro basketball in Slovakia)
The Unknown Slugger by Eric Nusbaum (portrait of Mexican slugger Hector Espino) Longform.org selection
Untouchable by RJ Young (portrait of college softball’s Keilani Ricketts)
Mahopac Summer by Jeff Pearlman (How one player making it to the major leagues changed a town)
The High One by Eva Holland (Report from Denali base camp on the centennial of the first ascent) Byliner selection
The Prospect by Brandon Sneed (profile of pseudo baseball prospect Montaous Walton) Longform selection, Byliner selection
Lessons from the Linescore by Pat Jordan (pitching without stuff) Byliner selection
Baby on Board by Matt Crossman (role of NASCAR in the birth of his daughter)
Robot Wars by Rick Paulas (oral history of Battlebots) Digg.com front page
She Is Gone! by David Davis (author’s search for the Gibson home run ball)
Chasing Cave Dog by Dan England (profile of John Prater trying to set a speed climbing record) A Buzzfeed “Stories We’re Reading This Week.”
Who is Stella Walsh? by Matt Tullis (profile of Intersex Olympic sprinter Stella Walsh) Longform selection, Byliner selection
The Ringers by Michael Mooney (story about professional beer pong) Byliner selection, Huffington Post Top-5 Longread of the week, Sports on Earth’s Top 20 Best Sports Stories of 2013, USA Today/Quickish Top 13 for ’13
Brooklyn’s Field of Broken Dreams by Jorge Arangure Jr., (Dominican adult baseball league)
The Only One by Tim Sullivan (profile of top NHL Draft pick Seth Jones, son of NBA’s Popeye Jones) A Buzzfeed BuzzRead “Stories We’re Reading This Week.”
The Ultimate Frisbee Wars by Robert Weintraub (the fight to make Ultimate big-time)
Saving Grace by Ashley Harrell (profile of dolphin adventurer Shawn Larkin) Byliner selection, NewYorker.com “Best Business Journalism 2013”
Elegy of a Race Car Driver by Jeremy Markovich (the life and death of NASCAR’s Dick Trickle) Deadspin “Need to Read” The Sporting News “Must Read of the Day” Jalopnik “Must Read” Longform selection, Byliner selection, Longreads selection, Nieman Storyboard recommended read, Wall Street Journal Daily Fix
Camp Never Land by Sean Patrick Cooper (life at action sports camp) Byliner selection
Death of a Ballplayer by Brandon Sneed (profile of wrongly convicted Bill Dillon) Digg front page, Longform selection
Keep Calm and Don’t Breathe by Rebecca Meiser (story of high school underwater hockey team)
Two Carries, Six Yards by Jeff Pearlman (profile of Ricky Bell’s final year) Sherman Report “Good Read”
Dreams Need Strong Shoulders by Sam Riches (role of sprinting in Jamaican culture)
A Good Kid by Ray Glier (impact of a tragedy and the importance of football in small town Alabama)Digg.com front page, NextDraft.com daily pick
Pride of the City by Joe DePaolo (the annual FDNY NYPD baseball game) Digg.com front page, Byliner selection
Call it a Comeback by Elizabeth Kaye (overview of the 2013 US Open) Byliner Selection
Perfecting the Formula by Alan Siegel (Eagles coach Chip Kelly at UNH)
The D-III Revolution by Evin Demirel (how liberal arts colleges are using football to boost enrollment and revenue) Deadspin front page feature, The Sporting News Sunday Read
Sir Bam Bam by Leander Schaerlaeckens (profile of SF Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens)
20 Minutes at Rucker Park by Flinder Boyd (profile of a young man’s cross country journey to NYC’s streetball mecca) Longform selection, Longreads selection, A Longreads “Top 5 Longread of the Week,” #1 selection, NextDraft Weekend pick, Nieman Storyboard “recommended reading”
March towardsMidnight by Craig Fehrman (Indiana State and the plight of a mid-major basketball program). Wall Street Journal Daily Fix
Andre Dawkins has a Story by Brandon Sneed (profile that considers the limitations of privacy in the wake of tragedy) Featured on gangrey.com
Over the Edge by Jeremy Markovich (Bridge Day BASE jumping at West Virginia’s New River Gorge) Featured on gangrey.com, Nieman Storyboard “recommended reading,” Wall Street Journal Daily Fix, A BuzzFeed “BuzzRead” of the Week, Byliner selection
Ra’Shede’s Road by John Rosengren (profile of Minnesota Defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman). 2013 Best Feature, American Society of Authors and Journalists
Requiem for a Welterweight by Brin-Jonathan Butler (evaluation of financial and physical health of Manny Pacquiao) Longform.org selection, Digg.com front page, NextDraft Weekend pick, Longreads “Top 5 Read of the Week,” Columbia Journalism Review’s “Must Reads from Around the Web,” Second place in Investigative Reporting, boxing
The Only Game in Town by Jamie Rogers (8-man high school football in Montana)
Sharing Derek Sheely by Matt Crossman (profile of football player told thru his family and teammates’ stories)
Wilderness Women by Eva Holland (author competes in Alaska’s tongue in cheek “Wilderness Woman” competition) Digg.com front page, Longform.org selection, TopReads front page, Nieman Storyboard “recommended reading,” A Buzzfeed “BuzzRead,” A NextDraft Weekend Read
Here There Be Alligators by William Browning (Mississippi’s annual alligator hunt) Digg.com front page, The Feature.Net selection
The Sordid End of David Meggett by Greg Hanlon (Pro Bowler running back and serial rapist) The Sporting News Daily Dish, Digg.com Front Page, Longform.org selection, Readability “Top Read,” A BuzzFeed “BuzzRead” of the Week
Even Strength by Everett Cook (profile of one-handed hockey goalie Joe Rogers) Digg.com Front Page, The Feature.Net selection
Miracle Put on Ice by Jeff Pearlman (the forgotten 1984 US Olympic hockey team) Featured by The National Sports Journalism Center, a Buzzfeed BuzzRead
How Ryan Perrilloux Disappeared Completely by Ryan Collins (profile of fallen prep QB phenom) TSN Daily Dish, Digg.com Front Page
The Rejection of Myron Rolle by Aaron Gordon (Profile of former FSU football player and Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle) A NextDraft Weekend Read
Broken Stride by Luke Cyphers (story of recreational runner Ashley Poissant killed by an allegedly drunk driver) Longform.org selection, TopReads front page, A Mashable MustRead
That Wonderful Summer, an oral history by Seth Vertelney (on the 1994 USMNT World Cup experience) Digg.com Front Page, A Football Report “Best Football Writing of 2014”
Higher Education by David Tannenwald (how Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker has changed the culture) Atlantic “The Best Pop Culture Writing” of the week.
Gold in the Mud by Brin-Jonathan Butler (account of boxer jailhouse boxer James Scott’s remarkable career) Digg.com Front Page, A BuzzFeed “BuzzRead” of the Week, WSJ “Daily Fix” pick, A Mashable MustRead, Atlantic “The Best Pop Culture Writing” of the week, Nieman Storyboard “recommended reading,” Longform.org selection, LONGFORM TOP FIVE SPORTS STORIES OF 2014
Burn Destroy, Wreck, Kill by Matt Negrin (the battle between MSL soccer supporters in Seattle and Portland) Digg.com Front Page, WSJ “Daily Fix” pick, The Feature.net selection, A Football Report “Best Football Writing of 2014”
Good God Almighty, It’s Jim Ross by Thomas Golianopoulos (profile of wrestling announcer Jim Ross). Digg.com Front Page, MediaREDEFined pick, The Feature.net selection A Pitcher and his Shortstop by Pat Jordan (on the relationship between pitchers and shortstops)Digg.com Front Page
The Deadliest Wave by Joe Spring (Surfing competition at Banzai Pipeline)Digg.com Front Page, MediaREDEFined pick, The Feature.net selection
The Athlete Advocate by Ivan Solotaroff (profile of Ramogi Huma) Digg.com Front Page
The NBA’s Improbable Pipeline by Liam Boylan-Pett (the progeny of a D-3 coach ikn the NBA) MediaREDEFined pick, Povich Center Daily Round Up pick, NextDraft Weekend Read
A Beautiful Corpse by Matt Crossman (oral history of the XFL) Top Reads front page, Digg front page
Twilight of an Enforcer by Kevin Kozcwara (profile of minor league hockey enforcer) Digg.com Front Page
Mud, Sweat, and a Whole Lot of Tears by Dan England (profile of obstacle racer Amelia Boone)
A Son of the Game by Joe DePaolo (profile of Mariano Rivera’s son, Mariano III) TSN Daily Dish
Silence in the Favela by Matt Negrin (profile of life in a Brazilian slum, or favela, before the World Cup) MediaReDEFined pick, Richard Deitsch Media Circus weekly pick, SI Media Circus Best Journalism of 2014, A Football Report “Best Football Writing of 2014,” Nieman Foundation “Annotation Tuesday”
Heroes for Sale by Brin-Jonathan Butler (the agony of the Cuban Athlete) Longform.org selection, WSJ Daily Fix
Learning to Pitch by Rachel Toor (remembrance of pitcher Bob Welch) MediaReDEFined pick
The Essence of Velocity by Jason Turbow (explores new theory of pitching) Digg.com Front Page, MediaReDEFined pick, Finalist 2015 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards
Why We Play by Eva Holland ( the allure of dangerous sports) Longform.org editor’s pick, Digg.com Front Page, Longreads.com pick, The Feature.net selection
Off the Mat by Brandon Sneed (profile of UFC fighter Nik Lentz)
Too Much Bull by Andrea Appleton (youth bull riding) Digg.com Front Page, MediaREDEF pick
The Many Crimes of Mel Hall by Greg Hanlon (profile of ballplayer, coach, convicted sexual predator) Digg.com Front Page, MediaREDEF pick, The Feature.net selection, Longform.org editor’s pick, NBCSports Hardball Talk “Must-Click” link, Readability Top Read, SI Media Circus Best Journalism of2014, USA TODAY 15 stories you need to read for 2015.
Arctic Man by Matt White (extreme ski race in Alaska) Digg.com Front Page, TheFeature.net selection, Mashable “Must Read” of the Week
The Hargrave Four by Chad Nielsen (four “can’t miss” football recruits who failed) Digg.com Front Page, MediaREDEFined, pick, Longreads Top Five Read of the Week, Povich Center Daily Round Up pick
Night without End by Flinder Boyd (European basketball player Kimani Ffriend and a tragedy) Digg.com Front Page
A Crash Course for Johnny Football by Matt Tullis (Tongue in cheek course to teach Manziel to play in Cleveland)
The Lady was A Champ by Michael Brick (profile of boxing trainer Ann Wolfe) The Right Thing to Do vs. The State of Florida by Michael Kruse (Fight of Florida family to collect on death of FSU’s Devaughn Darling) TopReads selection, Digg.com Front Page, MediaREDEFined pick, Gangrey.com feature, TheFeature.net selection, Longform.org Top 5 Most Popular Selection of the Week, Longreads.com Top 5 Read of the Week, a BuzzFeed Feature off theWeek, SI Media Circus Best Journalism of 2014,
Sumo on the Offense by Ryan Collins (profile of sumo wrestler Saslon Goglaev’s attempt to make the NFL) Digg.com Front Page
A Place to Call Home by Mike Piellucci (profile of former University of Oregon star Colt Lyerla)
Double T’s Last Ride by Susan Shepard (Death of a Texas Tech mascot)MediaREDEFined pick
You Will Weep and Know Why by William Browning (memoir of Mississippi High school Football) MediaREDEFined pick
Life in the Fastest Lane by Ed Komenda (profile of drag racer Don Garlits) ViralNews Top 100
Thirteen Ways of Looking at Greg Maddux by Jeremy Collins (memoir about watching Maddux pitch with a friend) Kottke.org selection, TopReads selection, Longform.org selection, Longreads Top 5 Read of the Week, Gangrey.com feature, SI Media Circus Best Journalism of 2014, 2014 Nieman Storyboard “Stories we Love”
The Other Side of the River by Stephen Knox (profile of football coach working toward racial harmony) MediaREDEFined pick, Digg.com Front Page,
Daughter of the Dragon by Hilary Oliva Faxon (Bhutan mountain bike race) MediaREDEFined pick, Digg.com Front Page
Can Ray Rice Go Home Again by Yaron Weitzman (Hometown reaction to Rice’s attack)MediaREDEFined pick
A Streetcar Named Basketball by Nick Weldon (history of pro basketball in New Orleans)MediaREDEFined pick
Keep Moving by Michael Croley (profile of itinerant assistant college basketball coach)MediaREDEFined pick, Digg.com Front Page, TheFeature.net selection, TopReads selection, Longreads.com selection
Connor McDavid’s Time by Sam Riches (profile of hockey phenom)Digg.com Front Page
A Football Martyr by John Rosengren (on the on field death of African American collegiate football player Jack Trice) MediaREDEFined pick, Digg.com Front Page
Cheryl Miller’s Perfect Place by RJ Young (profile of former player, broadcaster and now coach Cheryl Miller) MediaREDEFined pick
Hope and Dreams in the Dean Dome by Adam Rhew (UNC’s JV basketball team)MediaREDEFined pick
An Honest Game by Nigel Duara (NAIA football) Digg,com front Page
Footy Dreams by Gil Griffin (Americans playing Aussie Rules football) MediaREDEFined pick, Don Van Natta’s Sunday Read (BOOK DEAL)
The Fighting Indians Earn It by Peter Rugg (Basketball at Haskell Indian Nations University) MediaREDEFined pick
The Carver Mobb by Ivan Solotaroff (rough touch football in NYC) MediaREDEFined pick
Committed (?) by Danielle Elliot (college football recruiting of Brandon Wimbush and Minkah Fitzpatrick)
The General Who Never Was by Jeremy Collins (profile of former Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight) Don Van Natta’s Sunday LongRead “Read of the Week”
After the Fall by Brin-Jonathan Butler (assessing Mike Tyson 25 years after his loss to Buster Douglas) Longform.org selection, Don Van Natta’s Sunday Read, TopReads selection, Digg.com Front Page, NextRead “Weekend Read” Medium’s The Sunday Top Reads of the Week
Is the College of Faith for Real? by Evin Demerel (religious “college” and its sports programs)MediaREDEFined pick
The Ghosts of North Wilkesboro by Jeremy Markovich (changes in the birthplace of NASCAR) Digg.com Front Page, Don Van Natta’s Sunday Read, MediaREDEFined pick
The Rocket Richard Riots by John Rosengren (Montreal riots inspired by suspension of Rocket Richard)MediaREDEFined pick
Countdown to March by Justin Pahl (memoir of a mid major Cinderella)Don Van Natta’s Sunday LongRead
Take These Broken Wings (profile of Paralympic athlete Delvin McMillian) Digg.com Front Page, Longform.org selection, Don Van Natta’s Sunday LongRead
A Body’s Worth by Willam D’Urso (profile of boxer Andrae Carthron)
When in Roma …. by Peter Simek ( American ownership of AC Roma) Digg.com Front Page, TopReads selection, Longreads Top 5 Read of the Week
The Ghosts I Run With by Matt Tullis (running and surviving childhood cancer) Featured on NPR’s Only a Game, MediaREDEFined pick, Don Van Natta’s Sunday LongRead (BOOK DEAL)
The Remaking of Coss Marte by Brandon Sneed (drug kingpin turned fitness guru) MediaREDEFined pick, Digg.com Front Page, The Feature.net selection, Don Van Natta’s Sunday LongRead (BOOK DEAL)
The Poison Oasis by Brin-Jonathan Butler and Mickey Duzyj (Pacquiao & Mayweather meet in Vegas) MediaREDEFined pick, Digg.com Front Page, Dave Pell’s NextDraft, Don Van Natta’s Sunday LongRead, BASW N0table Sports Writing of 2015
Dreams Have No Borders by Kevin Koczwara (Profile of dual US/Canadian USNWT Sydney Leroux) MediaREDEFined pick, Digg.com Front Page
Down and Away by Tony Rehagen (profile of former pitching coach Leo Mazzone)
Unclimbable by Eva Holland (expedition to the Cirque of the Unclimbables) MediaREDEFined pick, Digg.com Front Page, The Feature.net selection, Dave Pell’s Next Draft, Buzzfeed’s “9 Feature Stories You Can’t Miss,” Daily Beast’s Weekly “Best Longreads,” Longform.org selection, Don Van Natta’s Sunday LongRead’s “Favorite Read,” Longreads.com’s #1 “Longread of the Week,” BASW N0table Sports Writing of 2015
Roland Garros at War by Rob Weintraub (profile of Ramonde Veber Jones, 1944 French Open champion) Don Van Natta’s Sunday LongRead selection
Two Lanes to Accokeek by Michael Graff (story of a street racing tragedy) Digg.com Front Page, Don Van Natta’s Sunday LongRead selection
Back Home Again in Indiana By Allison Copenbarger Vance (profile of AJ Foyt returning to the Indy 500 after illness)
Little League, Big Problem by David Mendell (profile of the man who blew the whistle on the Jackie Robinson West League team) Don Van Natta’s Sunday LongRead selection
A Long Walk’s End by William Browning (story of the fugitive who went on the run by hiking the Appalachian Trail for six years) Gangrey.com feature, Whole Reads selection, The BigSmoke selection (Australia),Mike Allen’s POLITICO’S Great Weekend Read, Digg.com front page, Dave Pell’s Next Draft, Longform.org selection, New York Times Now selection, Don Van Natta’s Sunday LongRead “Read of the Week,” Longreads.com’s #1 “Longread of the Week”
The Return of Marcus Lattimore by Jason Buckland (profile of recently retired football player)
Take Me Out to the Brain Game by Zach Schonbrun (the intersection of baseball and neuroscience) Digg.com Front Page, 538 Podcast feature
Last Race at Sonoma by Claire McNear (Top the Cops drag rracing program) Digg.com Front Page, Don Van Natta’s Sunday LongRead
It’s A Man’s World by Evin Demirel (profile of the branding of Malik Monk)
The Bat Doctor Is In by Rick Paulas (The making of illegal softball bats) Digg.com Front Page
Hellbent, but Not Broken by Eva Holland (paddling the Yukon River Quest) Digg.com Front Page, Longform.org selection, Longreads Top 5 read of the Week, Don Van Natta’s SundayLongRead
Myths Made Flesh by Brin-Jonathan Butler (Bullfighting in Spain) Digg.com Front Page, Don Van Natta’s SundayLongRead
I Will Fly to the Ball by Chaz Reetz-Laiolo (a high school football season) Digg.com Front Page
They Remember, the Little Brother of War by Will D’Urso (Choctaw stickball) Digg.com Front Page
Can Boxing Trust USADA? by Thomas Hauser (investigation of inconsistency in drug testing) Digg.com Front Page, Don Van Natta’s SundayLongRead, Richard Deitsch’s noteables Reborn,
On the Run by Dan England (addiction and ultrarunning)Digg.com Front Page, Outside Notable read of the week, New York Times Now Selection, Jason Hirshhorn’s Daily Fix, Digg Long Reader Digest Top Reads of the Week (BOOK DEAL)
The Reckoning by Jeremy Collins ( CTE victim Paul Oliver) Jason Hirshhorn’s Daily Fix, Digg Front page, DonVan Natta’s Sunday LongRead, SI Media Circus Notable story of the week
Two Words: Not Sportswriting by Glenn Stout (Foreword to BASW2015) SI Media Circus Notable story of the week, DonVan Natta’s Sunday LongRead
Born That Way by Brandon Sneed (profile of mentally challenged high school fan) SI Media Circus Notable story of the week, DonVan Natta’s Sunday LongRead, Digg Front page, BASW N0table Sports Writing of 2015
A Better Game? by Joe DePaolo (Sprint football at Princeton) First place in “Sports Features” for in the 2016 Memorial Journalism Awards from the Garden State (New Jersey) Journalist’s Association.
State v. Robertson by Susan Shepard (how a sex assault change free speech laws) Digg Front page, Longform.org selection, TopReads selection
Can the Bison Come Back? by Robert Weintraub University of North Dakota football)
Twilight of the Jumbotron by Mary Pilon (a social history of the Jumbotron)Digg Front page, featured on NPR’s ‘s Only a Game
Book Excerpt from Davis Miller’s “Approaching Ali” Digg Front page
Cold Turkey by Matt Crossman (taking a football fast)Digg Front page, featured on NPR’s ‘s Only a Game
Notes from the Underground by Brin-Jonathan Butler: (underground male model boxing in NYC) Digg Front page
One Last Smile with the Snake by William Browning (remembering Kenny Stabler) Digg Front page, Jason Hirshhorn’s Daily Fix
Oasis in the Desert by Luke Cyphers (profile of Brandon Sanders)
The Last Wrestler by Dan McGraw (profile of wrestlter turned congressman Jim Jordan) Jason Hirshhorn’s Daily Fix, Slate Weekly Reading List, Povich Center Daily Roundup
Down to the Wire by Jacqueline Kantor (Football at Frederick Douglass High School) Shadow Boxer by Will D’Urso (Boxer impersonated by a serial rapist) Longreads Top 5 Read of the Week, Dave Pell’s Next Draft, DonVan Natta’s Sunday LongRead, TopReads selection, Medium’s The Sunday Top Reads of the Week
The Dark Knight Unmasked by Latria Graham (profile of Josh Norman) Jason Hirschhorn’s Daily Sports Mix
The Great Wight Hope by David Bixenspan (wrestler Paul Wight’s attempt to box) Digg Front Page and Digg Longread of the Week list
Buffalo and Wide Right by Brin-Jonathan Butler (a city and the Super Bowl it lost) Don Van Natta’s Sunday LongRead
Higher and Higher by Michael Graff (profile of former Panther Shawn King) Longform selection
The Gyms of Holmes County by Matt Tullis (Girl’s basketball in Amish Country) Digg Front Page
One hundred and nine of the 203 stories listed above were selected by a major longform aggregator (Digg, Buzzfeed, Longform, Longreads, Byliner (thru spring 2014 only), theFeature, and DVN’s Sunday LongRead for a total of 143 separate notable citations from these sources. Another 85 or so significant citations from other sources are noted above but not included in this count, and Deadspin’s “The Stacks” has featured dozens of the above stories. The Longform sitefeatured the work of 96 different writers, ranging from some of the most notable writers in the field to emerging talent writing longform features for the first time. All these stories can be found here: http://www.sbnation.com/longform
Listen to Glenn talk Longform on NPR: http://www.npr.org/2013/04/12/176954687/great-long-form-journalism-just-clicks-away Read about it http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/08/snow_fall_the_jockey_the_scourge_of_the_new_york_times_bell_and_whistle.html Another writing podcast: http://brendanomeara.com/cnf-episode-no-14-glenn-stout-on-combining-the-things-you-love-effort-and-the-poem-that-knocked-him-on-his-ass/?utm_source=hootsuite
Hear Glenn talk about the future of longform here: http://www.npr.org/2013/04/12/176954687/great-long-form-journalism-just-clicks-away
Here are some links to various “Best of” lists, most of which prominently feature work of writers who I edited(noted by *) :
Bests of 2015 http://blog.longreads.com/2015/12/01/longreads-best-of-2015-here-are-all-of-our-no-1-story-picks-from-this-year/ ** http://blog.longreads.com/tag/best-of-2015/ https://longform.org/lists/best-of-2015 http://www.si.com/more-sports/2015/12/20/media-circus-best-journalism-2015-gameday-ratings http://www.sbnation.com/a/best-of-longform-2015* https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Feepurl.com%2FbKpjov (the Sunday LongRead)*
Bests of 2014: http://longform.org/lists/best-of-2014#sports * http://www.si.com/more-sports/2014/12/28/media-circus-most-fascinating-personality-2015-best-journalism-2014?page=3&devicetype=phone * http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/12/the-15-stories-you-should-read-before-the-start-of-2015 * http://niemanstoryboard.org/stories/stories-we-loved-some-favorite-narrative-from-2014/ * http://blog.longreads.com/2014/12/01/longreads-best-of-2014-here-are-all-of-our-no-1-story-picks-from-this-year/* http://www.gq.com/blogs/the-feed/2014/12/long-form-year-in-review-2014.html B
ests of 2013: http://longform.org/lists/best-of-2013* http://longform.org/lists/best-of-2013/sports* http://blog.longreads.com/post/tag/best-of-2013/* http://instreamsports.com/alpha/blog/2013/12/17/mvpieces-2013* http://www.niemanstoryboard.org/2013/12/30/best-of-narrative-2013/ http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2013/12/17/3070661/pieces-sportswriting-2013-worth-time/ http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/12/best-sportswriting-of-2013-quickish-list-year-end/ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/news/20131229/media-circus-looking-toward-2014-best-of-journalism-2013/#all http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/66161842