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Brandon

Deleting Twitter and Facebook

As a belated Christmas gift to myself I am deleting Facebook and Twitter from my phone for at least three weeks. Twenty-one days. The time it takes to break and build habits. Call it an experiment. Starts yesterday, Jan. 2. My goal: Make it 21 days without downloading the apps back onto my phone. My...
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Head in the Game and Beyond: Welcome to the Ride

Many of the athletes and scientists featured in Head in the Game say that what they are doing has the potential to change the world. I am generally averse to such grandiose claims, but in this case, they are more right than they are wrong. I am humbled and awed by the work being done in the...
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The Linebacker, the Dead Body, and a Pizza Delivery From Hell

Napoleon Harris may not be Bruce Wayne—he was in the NFL and politics, and he's real—but for at least one night, to one community on Chicago's South Side, he was as close to Batman as this world has to offer
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Qiana Joy

I’m on deadline, but I gotta tell you about my shirt. And really, I just want to tell you about the shirt so I can tell you about Qiana. You say it “key-ah-na.” She’s this girl who works at our son’s daycare. Well, worked. She used to work there. She was diagnosed with this rare cancer a few...
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Introducing Head In The Game

My new book has a full title, official description, and, to my immense gratitude, some very nice things said about it by other, smarter, more successful people who seem to have enjoyed it.
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Tim Tebow Can’t Help Himself

  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.   Before he said yes to training Tim Tebow over the summer, former major league catcher Chad...
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The Strikeout

Hey folks, here’s something that got cut from the Urban Meyer story that I think you’ll like …    One of the players involved on that crucial fourth-down play—Urban doesn’t want to use his name, so let’s call him Bill—ended up suffering a great deal of emotional fallout. Urban urged Bill to visit the team...
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You’re Not the Lone Wolf, Part 3

  Hi again. You doing well this week? Hope so. I’m good. Here is Part 3 of the You’re Not the Lone Wolf series, a collection of notes and emails people have sent me after reading my Urban Meyer story for B/R Mag at Bleacher Report, “I’m Not the Lone Wolf.” James says: Thank you...
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‘Born That Way: The Legend of Coach Marvin Jarman’

On a Monday night in Greenville, North Carolina, the fever of high school football archrivalry sweeps over a field in the country. Almost everyone will lose their minds at some point over the next few hours, all except one man. J.H. Rose High School’s football team, after a 30-minute trip from Marvin Jarman Drive in...
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You’re Not The Lone Wolf, Part 2

Hi again, everyone. How are you? I am well. Last week, I posted “You’re Not the Lone Wolf, Part 1,” sharing notes from people happy to hear Urban Meyer say he’s not the lone wolf when it comes to mental health problems, because that showed them that they are not lone wolves, either. So let’s jump right...
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The Forever Comeback

B/R Mag at Bleacher Report asked me to profile Robert Griffin III. What started out a couple months ago as a story about his comeback changed after his Week 1 injury, rapidly pivoting into an exploration of what drives him and why, although the sports world on the whole believes he’s done, Griffin, his coaches, and...
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You’re Not the Lone Wolf, Part 1

  The reaction to “I’m Not The Lone Wolf,” my B/R Mag story about Urban Meyer and his struggles with mental health has been overwhelming. I hoped, maybe even expected, that the story would touch a nerve with some folks. I had no idea it would reach as far as it did. I’ve received emails, messages,...
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What Killed the Bear Lady?

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.  ...
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The Next Real Rebels

The next real literary “rebels” in this country might well emerge as some weird bunch of anti-rebels, born oglers who dare somehow to back away from ironic watching, who have the childish gall actually to endorse and instantiate single-entendre principles. Who treat of plain old untrendy human troubles and emotions in U.S. life with reverence...
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From MDMA to the NFL: Noah Spence’s Journey Isn’t Over

Bleacher Report asked me to write a thing about Noah Spence, the NFL prospect who was one of the best players in college football at Ohio State, got kicked off the team and banned from the Big Ten, then went in search of redemption at lil’ ol’ Eastern Kentucky University. Seems he found it, too,...
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Jason Silva on fear, perfectionism, love

Thought this Jason Silva video has some great thoughts worth chewing on, so I transcribed it. He touches on so many things that deeply affect us – the impossibility of knowing where all of this is really headed, the paralysis of freedom, fear, perfectionism. Enjoy: I once read an interview where a very successful curator...
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New Story: “What Killed The Bear Lady?”

I’ve got a new feature out in the April 2016 issue of Outside magazine: “What Killed The Bear Lady?” It’s about Kay Grayson, who was known as The Bear Lady because she lived with a pack of bears and spent the last 25 years of her life or so fighting poachers trying to kill them, until...
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“Those who were seen dancing were called insane by those who could not hear the music.” — Nietzche I don’t know how but I’ve somehow gone all my life without coming across this quote, or if I had, I’d forgotten it. Just heard it on Jason Silva’s latest Shots of Awe.
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“There is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.” — Solomon

From Ecclesiastes, which scholars believe Solomon wrote toward the end of his life. And he lived an insane life. According to the Bible, he asked got for wisdom, got it, became incredibly wealthy, then married like a thousand wives and lived it up … and by the end of it all, this is what he had...
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BORN THAT WAY: The Legend of Coach Marvin Jarman

On a Monday night in Greenville, North Carolina, the fever of high school football archrivalry sweeps over a field in the country. Almost everyone will lose their minds at some point over the next few hours, all except one man. J.H. Rose High School’s football team, after a 30-minute trip from Marvin Jarman Drive in...
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Some notes regarding the Marvin Jarman story

One of the hardest parts of every assignment is deciding what to leave out. That’s never been more true than right now: My story about Greenville, N.C. coaching icon Marvin Jarman comes out at SB Nation Longform tomorrow (see this previous blog post about it), and I feel like I only used two percent of the material and interviews I...
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