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Well established as the premier sports anthology, The Best American Sports Writing brings together the finest writing on sports to appear in the past year. Edited by the award-winning Peter Gammons, the pieces in this volume embrace the world of sports in all its drama, humanity, and excitement.


Introduction by Peter Gammons

The Way It Should be by Thomas Lake from Sports Illustrated
Shadow Boxing by Wright Thompson from
Offensive Play by Malcom Gladwell from The New Yorker
The Impossible Redemption of Jonathan Boyer by Steve Friedman from The Bicycling
Whatever Happened to Greg LeMond? by Mike Magnuson from Bicycling
Ripped (Or Torn Up?) by Cynthia Gorney from The New York Times Magazine
The Ghost Course by David Owen from The New Yorker
Flat by Jennifer Kahn from Outside
Close to Home by John Brant from Runner's World
(Still) Life by Skip Hollandswoth from Texas Monthly
The NFL's Jackie Robinson by Alexander Wolff from Sports Illustrated
NBA Leads This Race by Bob Ryan from The Boston Globe
Allonzo Trier Is in the Game by Michael Sokolove from The New York Times Magazine
Missed Opportunities by Bob Hohler from The Boston Globe
The No-Stats All-Star by Michael Lewis from The New York Times Magazine
This Is Your Brain on Football by Jeanne MarieE Laskas from GQ
This Is Ted Johnson's Brain by Robert Sanchez from 5280
Scout's Honor: It's Phil Pote by Bill Plaschke from The Los Angeles Times
Stay In the Moment by Karl Taro Greenfeld from Men's Journal
The Death of a Pitcher by Eric Nusbaum from
Dream Derailed by Mike Sielski from The Bucks County Courier Times
The Revolutionary by Richard Hoffer from Sports Illustrated
The Ever Elusive, Always Inscrutable and Still Incomparable Bobby Orr by S.L. Price from Sports Illustrated
TAs Bernie Kosar's Life Around Him Crumbles, the Former QB's Game Plan is Familiar: Emerge Unscathed by Dan Lebatard from The Miami Herald
Todd Marinovich: The Man Who Never Was by Mike Sager from Esquire
Chasing Jose by Pat Jordan from

Contributors' Notes

Other Distinguished Stories of 2009

Other distinguished submissions on this topic, selected by the series editor.

Amy K. Nelson The Crash that Killed Nick Adenhart, from, Spril 17, 2009.
Amy Wimmer Schwarb B is for Basketball, from Indianapolis Monthly, November 2009.
Andrew Sean Greer Gentlemen, Start Your Engines, from McSweeney's San Francisco Panorama, 2009.
Bill Rieter Picture of Pioli Emerges in Bits, Pieces, from The Kansas City Star, January 25, 2009.
Bill Shaikin Alone with His Grief in Baseball Cathedral, from The Los Angeles Times, April 10,2009.
Brad Townsend Fine and Dandy, from The Dallas Morning News, November 26, 2009
Bridget Quinn One-on-One, from Narrative, Spring 2009.
Bryan Smith Ice Folly, from Chicago, December 2009.
Bucky Mcmahon Giro di Salame, from Outside, June 2009.
Burkhard Bilger Perfect Match, from The New Yorker, August 31, 2009.
Brad, Watson Vacuum, from The New Yorker, april 6, 2009.
Carlos Frias Superman Tebow is Human After All, from The Palm Beach Post, January 9, 2009.
Carolyn Szczepanski Edge of 50, from The Pitch, January 22-28, 2009.
Chris Jones Do Hard Things, from ESPN The Magazine, June 15, 2009.
Colleen Kenney The Man Who Stole from Tom Osborne, from Lincoln Journal Star, July 19, 2009.
Craig Childs The Rise of the Minotaur, from High Country News, May 25, 2009.
Dan Wiederer What's the Deal? , from The Fayetteville Observer, January 29, 2009
Dirk Chatelain Another Kiffin on the Move, from The Omaha World-Herald, July 12, 2009.
Elizabeth Merrill Lock and Load, from, May 7, 2009.
Elizabeth Kaye The Quiet Fire, from Men's Journal, June 2009.
Francisco Alvardo On the Level, from Miami New Times, September 3, 2009.
Frank Vivone The Magic Wand of a Left Hander, from Ruffed Grouse Society, Winter 2009.
Gary Smith The Power of One, from Sports Illustrated, September 28, 2009.
George Kimball Fat City and "Fat City:" An Appreciation, from, September 17, 2009.
Howard Bryant The Revolutionary, from, July 26, 2009.
Ian Chillag Running From Trouble, from Runner's World, February 2009.
J. Brady Mccollough Men of Steel, from The Kansas City Star, August 30, 2009.
James Sturz Everybody into the Bog, from Afar, August 2009.
Jason Thorpe Social Distortion, from Mountain Bike, July 2009.
Jeff Fellenzer Pete Newell (1915-2008) "The Most Humble Great Man.", from Basketball Times, January 2009.
Jeff Macgregor Making the Best of Bad, from ESPN The Magazine, September 21, 2009.
Jennifer Kahn Flat, from . Outside, November 2009.
Jill Davis Suspension of Disbelief, from Outside, October 2009..
Joe Kurmaskie My 3,500-Mile Dream Ride, from Bicycling, December 2009.
Joel Warner Catch them if You Can, from Westword, June 4-10, 2009.
John Lohn Taking the Plunge, from Delaware County Daily Times, February 11, 2009.
John Marshall TD! Run by player with Down Syndrome Touches Fans, from Associated Press, November 27, 2009.
John Akers American Treasure, Tragedy, from Basketball Times, November 2009.
Jonah Lehrer Liquid Cure, from Outside, September 2009.
Josh Peter Kalob Eulls' Heroic Action a Decade in the Making, from, September 9, 2009.
Justin George Vidal's Vengeance, from The St. Petersburg Times, April 26, 2009.
Justin Heckart Lost in the Waves, from Men's Journal, November 2009.
Keegan Hamilton It Ain't Rocket Science, from Riverfront Times, October 22-28, 2009.
Kent Babb Finally Grabbing Fame, from The Kansas City Star, August 2, 2009.
Kevin Coughlin You Think Your Job Sucks? , from Try Working for Lenny Dykstra. GQ, April 2009.
Kevin Mccafferty The Last Tiger, from Field and Stream, December 2009
Kevin Scheitrum A World Frozen, Half a Planet Away, from, October 15, 2009.
L. JonWertheim After One at-bat, Adam Greenberg Fights to Get Back to the majors, from, August 12, 2009.
Linda Robertson Karate Master Imparting Wisdom from a Wheelchair, from The Miami Herald, December 26, 2009.
Lindsay Schnell Penance for a Sin, from The Oregonian, May 29, 2009.
Mark Kram Jr. Picking Their Brains, from Philadelphia Daily News, May 28, 2009.
Marty Dobrow Covered in Glory, from The Boston Globe, February 8, 2009.
Matt Baker Rapid Recovery, from Tulsa World, September 4, 2009.
Mathew Teague Evan Tanner's Final Test, from Men's Journal, February 2009.
Michael Becker Town Mourns Life Cut Short, from The Press Enterprise, April 27, 2009.
Michael J. Mooney Heartbreak at 45 MPH, from Miami New Times, May 21, 2009.
Michael Kruse The Dirty Truth, from The St. Petersburg Times, June 12, 2009.
Mike Freeman Scared Straight? , from, December 15, 2009.
Mike Hembree No Fear, from NASCAR Scene, October 29, 2009.
Mike Kerwick Regaining Her Balance, from The Bergen Record, February 15, 2009.
Mike Wise For Capital's Brashear, Fighting's a Way of Life, from The Washington Post, May 2, 2009.
Nate Hubbard The Sage of the Squirrels, from The Bland County Messenger, October 14 2009.
Neil Swidey The Other Side of Remdawg, from The Boston Globe Magazine, April 19, 2009.
Nicholas Phillips Cannonball Re-Run. Riverfront Times, from November 26-December 2, 2009.
Pablo S. Torre Freddie Roach Goes the Distance, from Sports Illustrated, November 16, 2009.
Patrick Hruby Field of Schemes, from, May 19, 2009.
Paul Solotarrof Making Men, from Men's Journal, September 2, 2009.
Phil Richards Line Justice, from The Indianapolis Star, November 6, 2009.
Rafe Bartholomew Don't Vote Pacquiao 2010, from, December 8, 2009.
Rebecca Bengal Spin Control, from The Washington Post Magazine, June 21, 2009.
Rick Bass A Hill Country Homecoming, from Field & Stream, December 2009.
RickTelander Walk for Pat, from Chicago Sun-Times, May 10, 2009.
Sally Jenkins The Diesel Fumes, from The Washington Post, November 12, 2009.
Sara Corbett Someone to Run With, from Runner's World, January 2009.
Scott Cacciola Rock in a Hard Place, from The Commercial Appeal, May 10, 2009.
Sean Gregory #5 Usain Bolt, from Time, December 28, 2009.
Susan Woodring The Smallest Of These, from Ruminate, issue 11.
Seth Wickersham The Final Furlong, from, April 27, 2009..
Skip Hollandsworth Bringing Down the Dogmen, from Texas Monthly, August 2009.
Stephen King On the World Series 2009, from McSweeney's San Francisco Panorama, 2009.
Stephen Rodrick Hardball, from New York, September 20, 2009.
Steve Bogira Almost Perfect, from The Chicago Reader, September 3, 2009.
Steve Yates A Report Of Performance Art In The Provinces, from Triquarterly, 132.
Tito Morales The LetsRun Phenomenon, from Marathon and Beyond, March/April 2009.
Todd C. Frankel Fan Feels Uplifted After Fall, from St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 4, 2009.
Tom Friend The Disposable Superstar, from, April 19, 2009.
Tom Shroder Net Gain, from The Washington Post Magazine, August 16, 2009.