Kirk Goldsberry does some really good stuff with his shot charts and NBA writing. Today's piece on Durant was great -- perfect mix of using stats and interviews/observations to convey the message.
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:24 PM
This Rembert Browne breakdown of Thuzio was way too funny. He does a great job bringing out the bizarreness of paying athletes to call or interact with regular people and the last four or five items are hilarious.
Posted 12 April 2013 - 01:14 PM
This isn't a particularly excellent piece or anything, but Robert Weintraub's article about an arena football player who died on the field in 2005 was worth the read for me just because of the simple, shocking fact that I had never heard about this before.
Posted 10 May 2013 - 02:30 PM
Finally got around to sitting down and reading that Brian Phillips piece and it is just incredible.
Anybody know the story with Wesley Morris? He won a Pulitzer last year while with the Globe but I never really read him there. I have read some of his stuff and I just don't get it. He seems a competent enough a writer but I don't see anything special. I come away from a lot of his movie review not fully understanding whether he actually enjoyed the movie or not. They come across more as "look at how much I know" than anything else. Maybe it's just not my style but I don't think he's in my top 10 best writers on the site.
Contrast that with Alex Pappademas who is quickly becoming a must read. He is clearly very smart but is less condescending and has a much better sense of humor. His Kardashian recaps were hilarious even though I would never watch the show. He also writes about more interesting and diverse topics so maybe that has something to do with it.
Posted 14 May 2013 - 11:33 AM
Zach Lowe, again. http://www.grantland...ies-point-guard
Tremendous analysis. I think it's just a matter of time before he's working for an NBA team.
Unrelatedly, love the "NBA shootaround" each morning, usually featuring gifs from the previous night.
Posted 15 May 2013 - 03:14 PM
That's a really interesting article. Not sure how I feel about what he talked about. It paints framing as a huge (undervalued?) skill-set.
Jose Molina saving .50 runs per 100 pitches and mentioning Barry Bonds was .78 runs/game above average from 2001-2004?
Edited by DrewDawg, 15 May 2013 - 03:19 PM.
Posted 17 May 2013 - 09:56 AM
Nice collected-interviews piece from Jon Abrams, who interviewed a bunch of oldschool NBA greats about what it was like to travel back in the early days of pro basketball. There's a great story about how the 1960 Lakers almost literally went down in flames in a Minnesota cornfield. Some awesome stories about Red Auerbach, who gets his own section. My favorite bit:
Tommy Heinsohn (Boston Celtics, 1956-65): You couldn't get to Fort Wayne from Rochester back then. If you were going to play one night in Rochester and you tried to play in Fort Wayne, you couldn't get there. There was no train that would stop in Fort Wayne. There was no plane that would get you there through connections. The only way that you could get there was to take a train, but it stopped about 20 miles short of Fort Wayne. It stopped in the middle of a cornfield. Then you had to walk to the middle of this town and you had to stand in front of the Green Parrot Inn and thumb a ride from some high school kid and give him $10 to take you to Fort Wayne.
Edited by MentalDisabldLst, 17 May 2013 - 10:03 AM.
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