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Head in the Game launch party

  Head in the Game (Dey Street Books) is my first book from a big publisher. It comes out on Feb. 28. Thus, a party. If you’re reading this, you’re invited, however you happened to stumble across it. Said party shall take place at the Carolina Ale House in Greenville, North Carolina–my hometown!–on Friday, March 3 starting at 7 p.m. We’re laying claim to the whole second floor patio. Admission is free. In return, you …

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Your cell phone vs. NASA computers in 1969

Working on some blog posts that compile some of my favorite passages from some of my favorite books that I read while researching Head in the Game, but had to go ahead and share this line from The Future of the Mind: “Your cell phone today has more computer power than all of NASA when it put two men on the moon in 1969.” Really puts it in perspective when I feel like throwing my phone …

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Books I Read to Figure Out the Brain

When I started working on Head in the Game, I knew next to nothing about the real science of the brain. Biology and science were my least favorite subjects throughout school; I slept through the one biology class I was required to take in undergrad. So when it came to understanding the brain and how it worked—an important piece of understanding the mental engineering of the world’s greatest athletes, one would imagine—I was pretty clueless. …

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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 ultimate goal: Never download them back onto my phone again.   I started this experiment about three weeks ago when …

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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 fields of neuroscience and psychology, and I am so grateful for it. I went into all of this wide-eyed and …

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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 months ago. Squamous cell carcinoma of the throat. They thought they’d be able to surgically remove it but they couldn’t, so …

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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 Moeller met with the recovering quarterback at his private baseball training facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, and had a couple of …

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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 psychologist, and Bill did, and they did more than that, too. They checked in with each other constantly, often with …

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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 for telling the Urban story. More than you can imagine have similar issues. Hopefully I will take the lesson learned …

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‘Born That Way’ Named a Best American Sports Writing Notable Selection

Hey everyone, cool news. The 2016 Best American Sports Writing anthology came out today, and “Born That Way,” my story about Greenville, N.C. coaching icon Marvin Jarman, was named a Notable Selection. Thanks again to everyone for your help with the story. By far one of my favorites in my career. You can read “Born That Way” here. Go buy the Best American Sports Writing book here.  

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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 into Part 2. Bob says: Thank you to Urban Meyer for a generously candid look into his mental and spiritual …

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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 his teammates have reason to believe otherwise. Read here.  

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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, and phone calls from people all over the world telling me that Urban’s story hit them right in the heart. I …

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‘I’m Not The Lone Wolf’

  My story about Urban Meyer and his struggle with mental health is out now at B/R Mag, the new magazine by Bleacher Report. I’ll post some stories and other notes that didn’t make the final cut over the next week or two. I’ll also share the story of how the interview came to happen. In short, I kind of bared my soul, and thankfully, that didn’t freak Urban out. For now, though, enjoy the …

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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, and everyone around him says he loves sharing his story, so as to educate and inspire. Contrary to what you …

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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. My latest story, for Outside magazine. Read it here: click.

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