Liam Day, the Sports Editor of The Good Men Project, picks his favorite sports stories of the past year.
My colleague’s have already offered their picks of The Good Men Project’s best articles from the past year. Here are, as Sports Editor, my picks for the best sports-related articles from the past year. For those of you who might not have had a chance to read them when they were first posted, I hope you enjoy them. For those of you who did catch them the first time around, I hope you will enjoy them again. Happy 2013.
You Dance and Shake the Hurt: Yago Colas reflects on race and basketball, as they were lived and played, body and soul, in 1970′s America.
An Open Letter To Yankee Fans: CJ Kaplan to Yankees supporters: It’s called losing gracefully. Try it.
Tiny Bits of Joy: Tom Ley hasn’t seen his father since he was 18, but he has some golf clubs and a little league photo. In a way, that might be enough.
It’s Linsanity: Matthew Salesses talks of Jeremy Lin and ESPN’s racist “Chink in the Armor” Headline.
Lance Goes Down: Mark Radcliffe reports from France on the fall of Lance Armstrong.
Homer’s Hero: Cameron Conaway offers a moving and personal dedication to his mentor, martial artist Daryn Clark, who despite fighting brain cancer still dedicates his life to helping others.
From Man to Mania: The Rise of the Underdog: JP Pelosi explores how Average Joes become sports icons.
Allen Iverson: Not in Memoriam, but in Defense: Oliver Lee Bateman says Allen Iverson wasn’t exactly a “good man.” But what was he, and why should we care about him?
Funktionslust: What The Hell is It? Prompted by the death of NBA player Dwayne Schintzius, Liam Day looks back on his own life and wonders if he could ever have been as bold as the man in the mullet.
A View From the Bleachers: Randy Steinberg reflects on his life as a subsiding Red Sox fan, and the love and admiration that can’t be found in a ballpark.