The Oscar Robertsons: Best Sports Movies, Actors and Scenes Ever

Published February 28, 2016

Sunday night at the Oscars, we’ll see a bunch of well-dressed people speak in reverential tones about the unimaginable challenges that come with making movies. We’ll hear rambling speeches, absorb excessive musical numbers, then wonder where those four hours just went.

If that’s your jam, hey … mazel tov.

The 30: Ranking Every MLB team for 2016 as Spring Training Begins

Published February 18, 2016

Since the dawn of time, human beings have yearned to rank things. We scrutinized cave paintings. Nitpicked suits of armor. If you didn’t have a hot take on the top 10 Flemish sculptors of the 17th century, you were exiled from society.

With those lessons in mind, SI would like to introduce you to The 30.

Meet the Man Who Gave Money Away to Anyone Who Asked

Published January 1, 2016

Your New Year’s resolution for 2016—and 2017, and 2018—is going to be utterly predictable, and predictably unattainable.

You will vow to go to the gym four times a week. Or read a new book every week. Or spend less time on Facebook. By Valentine’s Day, you’ll be licking the bottom of Ben & Jerry’s pints, browsing pics of the 21 Cats WHO CAN’T EVEN, and stalking your ex’s status updates from Aruba.

Gary Carter and the Meaning of Memories

Published February 17, 2012

I wrote a Gary Carter obituary for Grantland.

As you might expect, I was at that game when Carter hit the game-winning double to end his career. Seemed like I went to every significant game between 1982 and 1997. Always for just a couple bucks, always on walk-up tickets, and always sneaking into the good seats when ushers’ backs were turned.

A Not-So-Brief History of Pitching Injuries, Starring Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers

Published September 13, 2010

SURPRISE, Az. — The early-morning sun beamed down on Neftali Feliz as he toed the pitching rubber. A smattering of Texas Rangers coaches and instructors fanned out to watch the Dominican phenom with the 100-mph fastball and power curve, both pitches he can throw for strikes in any count. Feliz stared down the left-handed hitter in the batter’s box, turned, and let the ball fly.

Try Harder

Published February 2, 2010

Over the past few months, I’ve half-jokingly told anyone who’ll listen – friends, acquaintances, house pets – that writing a book is a terrible idea, and that no one should ever do it.

There are obviously fun elements to writing a book. I particularly enjoyed the reporting, traveling from city to city and talking to people inside and outside baseball, tracking down subjects’ friends and family members to add the little details that will hopefully paint a more vivid picture for readers.

Cheating Death

Published August 28, 2009

A deafening series of violent bumps. A patch of thickly clustered trees. A terrified scream. A sickening crash. A crushed mass of twisted metal and broken glass. A smoking heap.



I took my 28-week-pregnant wife to the doctor for the latest in her now-weekly ultrasound appointments.

Jonah’s Wednesday Night Concert Review Series: Radiohead!

Published August 7, 2008

Two weeks ago, I enjoyed the musical stylings of MGMT, a two-man synth pop group with a loyal, growing following. The show was at the tiny Paradise club in Boston, and I was standing no more than 10 feet from the stage. Good times were had by all, in an intimate setting.