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J.R. Moehringer, author of The Tender Bar, selects the best in sports writing from the past year. Chosen from more than 350 national, regional, and speciality publications and, increasingly, the top sports blogs, this collection showcases those journalists who are at the top of their game.

Introduction by J.R. Moehringer

KAREN RUSSELL. The Blind Faith of the One-Eyed Matador
  from GQ

MICHAEL MOONEY. The Most Amazing Bowling Story Ever
  from D Magazine

THOMAS LAKE. The Legacy of Wes Leonard
  from Sports Illustrated

CHRIS BALLARD. Mourning Glory
  from Sports Illustrated

BILL LITTLEFIELD. The Gym at Third and Ross

KENT BABB. Arrowhead Anxiety
  from The Kansas City Star

  from Boston Magazine

BILL GIFFORD. It’s Not About the Lab Rats
  from Outside

  from The Believer

JONATHAN SEGURA. The Game of His Life
  from GQ

ERIK MALINOWSKI. The Making of “Homer at the Bat,” The Episode That Conquered Prime Time 20 Years Ago Tonight

BRIDGET QUINN. At Swim, Two Girls: A Memoir

ALLISON GLOCK. At the Corner of Love and Basketball
  from ESPN: The Magazine

RICK REILLY. Special Team

BURKHARD BILGER. The Strongest Man in the World
  from The New Yorker

BARRY BEARAK. Caballo Blanco’s Last Run
  from The New York Times

MARK SINGER. Marathon Man
  from The New Yorker

DAN KOEPPEL. Redemption of the Running Man
  from Runner’s World

  from Sport Literate

CHARLES SIEBERT. The Hard Life of an NFL Longshot
  from The New York Times Magazine

DAVID SIMON. Fear the Bird
  from Sports Illustrated

GARY SMITH. Why Don’t More Athletes Take a Stand?
  from Sports Illustrated

PATRICK HRUBY. Did Football Kill Austin Trenum?
  from Washingtonian

WRIGHT THOMPSON. Urban Meyer Will Be Home for Dinner
  from ESPN: The Magazine

PAUL SOLOTAROFF. The NFL’s Secret Drug Problem
  from Men’s Journal

JEFF MACGREGOR. Waiting for Goodell

Other distinguished sports writing submissions, selected by series editor Glenn Stout.

Akers, John Who Is Rick Ray? Basketball Times, September 2012
Arnold, Chris Feliciano Asleep At The Roger Clemens Trial Salon.Com, June 10, 2012
Baumbach, Jim Falling Star Newsday, December 2, 2012
Bello, Ademola Crossed Countries Anchorage Press, March 15, 2012
Belth, Alex The Two Rogers Sbnation.Com/Longform, October 24, 2012
Bishop, Greg In Next Scene The New York Times, December 30, 2012
Blanchard, Barry Sanctum Alpinist, July 2011
Borden, Sam A Soccer Prodigy, At Home In Brazil The New York Times, July 9, 2012
Boyd, Flinder The Ricky Rubio Experience Theclassical.Com, November 28, 2012
Branch, John Snow Fall The New York Times, December 20, 2012
Browning, William Coach Sbnation.Com/Longform, October 9, 2012
Calkins, Matt Suicide Story Hits Close To Home The Columbian, May 4, 2012
Coker, Matt The Lost Boys Of Summer OC Weekly, March 30, 2012
Conn, Jordan Let It Fly Grantland.Com, August 20, 2012
Crossman, Matt A Time To Heal The Sporting News, December 2012
Curtis, Bryan On The Trail Of The Piggyback Bandit Grantland.Com, July 11, 2012
Curtis, Bryan No Chattering In The Press Box Grantland.Com, May 2, 2012
Davis, David Still Richard Sbnation.Com/Longform, November 29, 2012
Dent, Mark Everybody’s Doing The Tweener The Classical.Com, May 10, 2012
Dinard, Tom Sunlight For A Moonlight Man The Postgame.Com, January 17, 2012
England, Dan Getting Back Into The Stroke Of Things The Greeley Tribune, November 25, 2012
Fagan, Kate Dream Role ESPNW.Com, October 18, 2012
Feldman, Bruce The Middle Man CBSsports.Com, September 21, 2012
Fenno, Nathan A Trip Back In Time The Washington Times, October 5, 2012
Friedman, Steve Meteor Runner’s World, December 2012
Gessner, Dave Ultimate Glory, January 26, 2012
Haber, Brett In The Name Of The Father Washingtonian, March 2012
Hansen, Eric Quoosiers Outside, June 2012
Heckert, Justin The Loneliest Number Sports Illustrated, December 31, 2012
Hembree, Mike A Tree Grows In Stuart Speed.Com, September 18, 2012
Hill, Justice B. Saving His Own Soul First Sbnation.Com/Longform, December 19, 2012
Holland, Eva Three Kites On The Ice Velamag.Com, August 28, 2012
Hruby, Patrick The Truth Out There The, May 30, 2012
Hruby, Patrick Let’s Eliminate Sports Welfare, December 12, 2012
Jordan, Pat In Uncle Ted’s Head Roopstigo.Com, October 2012
Kahn, Jennifer Born To Run Back Runner’s World, January 2012
Keefer, Zak 1 In A Million Shot The Indianapolis Star, December 9, 2012
Kleiman, Kibby Moneyball 2.0 The East Bay Express, September 12, 2012
Kruse, Michael The Fabulous Sports Babe Grantland.Com, September 11, 2012
Lake, Thomas The Boy They Couldn’t Kill Sports Illustrated, September 17, 2012
Laskas, Jeanne Marie Guns ‘R Us GQ, September 2012
Levy, Ariel A Ring Of One’s Own The New Yorker, May 7, 2012
Ley, Tom Boom Or Bust Deadspin.Com, December 10, 2012
Martin, Guy Horse Power Garden & Gun, December 2012
McCollough, J. Brady The Pride Of Clairton The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 21, 2012
McLaughlin, John In Chariots, They Ran Runner’s World, February 2012
Merrill, Elizabeth Where Did It All Go Wrong? ESPN.Com, December 12, 2012
Michelson, Megan Tunnel Vision Outside, November 2012
Miller, Doug The Mudville Line MLB.Com, December 12, 2012
Nark, Jason Deer Dad The Philadelphia Daily News, December 23, 2012
O’Neil, Danny Ryan David Leaf, Defendant Seattle Times, April 8, 2012
Parrot, Josh The Upset Basketball Times, December 2012
Passan, Jeff Long, Maddening Fall For Former No. 1 Yahoo.Com, March 26, 2012
Passan, Jeff From Prospect To Priest Yahoo.Com, September 27, 2012
Patoski, Joe Nick Turnover! Texas Monthly, October 2012
Paulas, Rick The Cup Of Coffee Club Theawl.Com, May 30, 2012
Paynter, Ben Perfectly Suited Wired, August 2012
Petchesky, Barry Where Would The NHL Be If Bain Capital Had Bought The Whole League In 2005? Deadspin.Com, October 15, 2012
Prendergast, Alan Going To Extremes Westword, August 2-8, 2012
Prisbell, Eric Transsexual Gabrielle Ludwig Returns To College Court USA Today, December 5, 2012
Proudfoot, Shannon Hell Frozen Over Sportsnet, March 26, 2012
Ronson, Jon Clear Eyes, Full Plate, Can’t Puke GQ, November 2012
Rutherford, Kristina “I’ve Got Nothing Left.” Sportsnet, June 4, 2012
Samaha, Albert Familiar Ring Riverfront Times, February 23, 2012
Samaha, Albert Swoosh Dreams SF Weekly, June 20, 2012
Sanchez, Robert Golden Girl 5280, June 2012
Saslow, Eli A Trip To The Threshing Floor ESPN: The Magazine, December 11, 2012
Schaerlaekens, Leander Out Of Bounds, September 28, 2012
Sheppard, Whit He Paid The Price Richmond, September 2012
Sidlauskas, Jesse Putting On My Old Cockfighting Shoes Mayborn Magazine, July 2012
Soos, Frank Who’s On First Sport Literate, Winter 1912
Spence, Evelyn Extremely Long And Incredibly Close Bicycling, June 2012
Stockman, Sebastian The Problem With Sportswriting, August 6, 2012
Sullivan, John Jeremiah Venus And Serena Against The World The New York Times Magazine, August 23, 2102
Symmes, Patrick The Beautiful Game Outside, October 2012
Tanier, Mike Faith And Football Sportsonearth.Com, November 1, 2012
Toor, Rachel Falling Athleta.Net, June 3, 2012
Tullis, Matt Feet Of Clay, Hear Of Iron, October 17, 2012
Van Valkenberg, Kevin Games Of Chance ESPN.Com, December 19, 2012
Frick-Wright, Peter Their Vision Is Sound Bike, July 2012
Wahl, Grant The World’s Team Sports Illustrated, October 6, 2012
Weinreb, Michael A Failed Experiment Grantland.Com, July 12, 2012
Wetzel, Dan Tom Brady In Postgame Daze… Yahoo.Com, February 6, 2012
Wickersham, Seth Into The Wild ESPN: The Magazine, May 28, 2012
Winegardner, Mark One In A Million ESPN: The Magazine, January 9, 2012
Winegardner, Mark The Last Time They Met ESPN: The Magazine, Nov 2012
Wise, Mike Washington Wizards: An Embarrassment By Design The Washington Post, January 9, 2012