Brandon Michael Sneed

let's see what we're really made of

Why Sports Matter

A groundbreaking new podcast from RELIGION OF SPORTS

Available now on iTunes and wherever else you get your podcasts.


The Mental Engineering of the World's Greatest Athletes

"Sneed pulls back the veil on the most important—and least talked about—aspect of sports: the mind."

Kate Fagan, ESPNW columnist + NYT bestselling author of WHAT MADE MADDY RUN

"Whether you're a sports freak or a student of neuroscience, this ... is a goddamned jewel."

Peter Richmond, NYT bestselling author of BADASSES

"A thrilling manifesto ... Sneed is such an engaging tour guide to a world I knew very little about."

Don Van Natta, Pulitzer-winning investigative journalist at ESPN + NYT bestselling author of OFF THE TEE + HER WAY + WONDER GIRL

"If the brain is the new Wild West of performance ... Sneed is our tireless and thoughtful cowboy guide."

Lars Anderson, NYT bestselling author of THE MANNINGS + THE STORM AND THE TIDE

"A deep dive into the cranial lobes of elite athletes ... You'll marvel at what he uncovers."

Jeff Pearlman, NYT bestselling author of GUNSLINGER + SHOWTIME + SWEETNESS


For B/R Mag @ Bleacher Report, ESPN The Magazine, Outside, more

World Series champion ace. All-Star. New baby on the way. But it wasn’t always this good. Four years ago, injuries and depression nearly derailed his career. Love brought him back. I spent half the summer going inside the incredible comeback of one of the best to ever take the mound. 

For 28 years, Kay Grayson lived side-by-side with wild black bears in North Carolina’s swampy coastal forests, hand-feeding them, defending them against poachers, and letting them in her home. When she went missing last year, the only thing the investigators could find were her clean-picked bones. And that’s just the start of the mystery. I spent a year unpacking it. 

UFC champ Cody Garbrandt  looks the look and talks the talk. Neither bully nor saint, he fights, he forgives and he definitely cries. This is how a boy from Dreamsville got all he ever wanted.

Chasing Ambien with beer to sleep. Forty-pound weight loss. Chest pains. To stay in football, Urban Meyer had to address his mental health. Now, to help America tackle the issue, Ohio State’s head coach opens up in a B/R Mag exclusive.

He was the No. 1 pick overall. People said he would be the LeBron James of baseball. Instead, Young became known for his violent temper and for being the anti-role model. How did a top prospect with such promise fall so far, so hard? And can he come back? I went to Mexico to find out. 

What if a 29-year-old former quarterback was good enough to play pro baseball, too? What if we all tried the things that people told us we could not do? Inside the final comeback of a born-again star.

How Stoneman Douglas High School’s baseball team found a way forward after the February shooting in Parkland, Florida. 

After seven bullets took Mike Williams’ ability to walk, an old teammate helped the former basketball star learn to rise again

Shaun White is still out here, from mountaintop bars to the beach house to Pyeongchang—no matter what the president says. Brandon Sneed spends several days with the snowboarding legend over the months leading up to the 2018 Winter Olympics. 

As the wunderkind attempts a comeback and the baseball world waits to see if he’s found his old, great stuff again, Brandon Sneed goes in search of answers to another question: How does one of the world’s most beloved flamethrowers simply vanish? Why? And most of all, especially these days … Where? 

Kids are becoming more famous, having more fun and feeling more hate than ever. Welcome to Little League baseball in the social media age, where going viral can change your life.