In ESPN The Magazine, Howard Bryant writes that Derek Jeter, though a great player statistically, can only truly be appreciated through intangibles: his amazing defensive moves, PED-free play and leadership of a franchise.
What happens over the next months and years will say more about American society and its boundaries of acceptance than it ever could about Jason Collins or Kirk Walker or Kevin McClatchy or Martina Navratilova.
In ESPN The Magazine, Howard Bryant examines how the Oakland Athletics have found a way to win, despite being in an outdated ballpark and poor market for baseball. But the real question is: Why should they have to?
In ESPN The Magazine, Howard Bryant writes how the Texas Rangers' struggles are continuing with the power battle between Nolan Ryan and GM Jon Daniels, remarking that the bitterness of losing often begets more problems.
Watching a revived Rafael Nadal raised anew the question of what it takes to be considered the greatest of all time. Should more weight be given to Roger Federer's major wins or Nadal's head-to-head supremacy?
In a time of high unemployment and low job creation, oddly, there still seemed to be money for sports. A closer look reveals a largely stagnant industry -- except for skyrocketing media rights to broadcast sports.
In ESPN The Magazine's Analytics Issue, Howard Bryant writes that LeBron James and the Heat are clearly the tops of the NBA and, although they aren't destroying opponents, parity in the league is a myth.