My 2015 In Review

2014 was the year I first dipped my toe into sportswriting. 2015 was the year I tried to do it consistently. By 2040 or so, I figure maybe I’ll actually be good at it, or at least maybe approaching some of the incredible work that I find, on a daily basis, all across the web. I am inspired (and often intimidated) by the quality, and quantity, of what’s available to fans today. What’s particularly encouraging is how many smaller, independent outlets are contributing so much to the conversation. Deadspin, Sports On Earth, SBNation, Vice Sports, Uproxx, Fansided, The Classical, Comeback Sports, and of course, The Cauldron.

I continue to owe a special debt to The Cauldron, to Jamie O’Grady, Andy Glockner, and Jim Cavan, who were among the first to offer me an opportunity to pitch, and to write, and to find my voice. They’ve offered feedback, made thoughtful edits, and they’ve helped me grow, to the point where I’ve now been able to contribute to other outlets as well. More than anything, they offered me a place in what truly is an incredible community of terrific writers. To simply be among them, from time to time, is a special privilege.

I figured I’d take a few minutes and compile a list of some of my 2015 columns, both at The Cauldron and elsewhere. Here are 20 of my favorites from the year, in no particular order. I’d be delighted if you want to read some! But if nothing else, it’s a list that maybe some day, years from now, I’ll be glad to have, and look back on, as I reflect on my beginnings as a writer.


Cavs Continue To Feel The Heat — On the tumultuous early tenure of Cavaliers Head Coach David Blatt, and the parallels to LeBron’s time in Miami

Danica Patrick Belongs — My attempt to explain why it’s so silly to ask if Danica Patrick “deserves” her Sprint Cup ride.

Marshawn Lynch: Irreplaceably Replaceable — How the Seahawks’ running back is the perfect demonstration of athlete as commodity.

Out Of “Style” — My column on Daniel Murphy’s problematic perspective on homosexuality.

All Henrik Lundqvist Needs To Do Is Be Perfect — On the Rangers netminder’s big playoff test.

Tim Tebow: Human Think Piece — Because he never really leaves us.

Guilt-Free Greatness — Went to Spurs/Clippers Game Seven, one of the most exciting sporting events I’ve ever seen in person.

The Sure Shot — On the spectacular arrival of Steph Curry.

Why This “Golden Age” For Women’s Sports Isn’t Enough — On the work that’s still needed, both inside sports media and out, to continue to put female athletes on an even playing field.

Chip Kelly, The Eagles, and The Questions We Must Ask — Deep dive into the talk of racism that surrounded the Eagles Head Coach.

We Went To FIFA’s Movie About Itself — Fun piece on being one of the only people in the country who paid real American currency to see “United Passions”.

Lucas Duda Has No Comment — My ode to one of my favorite Mets.

Mets Hitting Problems Come From Above — And my breakdown of their ownership issues.

Moral Of The Story — On Greg Hardy, and the NFL, and why expecting a sports league to have a moral compass is a fool’s errand.

Jeff Gordon Gets One More Thrilling Ride — On Jeff Gordon, and retirement, and memories, and nostalgia.

Golden State Warriors Have Figured Out The Secret — On the remarkable heights the Warriors have ascended to.

Sam Schmidt Is Racing Again — Incredible opportunity to talk to Sam Schmidt, a racing lifer who continues to inspire, and now continues to compete.

Who’s Afraid Of A Big, Black, Unbeaten Quarterback — Really appreciated Bomani Jones and Greg Howard sharing some thoughts on Cam Newton’s season.

This Is Not A Game — On gun violence, and sports, and which one we actually seem to care about.

Why This “Golden Age” For Women’s Sports Isn’t Enough — On the work that’s still needed, both inside sports media and out, to continue to put female athletes on an even playing field.

Chip Kelly, The Eagles, and The Questions We Must Ask — Deep dive into the talk of racism that surrounded the Eagles Head Coach.

RIP Grantland — A farewell to a site I shall miss a great deal.


My hopes for 2016? More writing, better writing, a continued chance to hone my voice, to try new things, to create work that makes me proud, and hopefully resonates with people. Until then, thanks to each and every person who’s taken the time to read and share any of my pieces. It never goes unnoticed, or unappreciated.

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