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A running log of things I’m working on.

What does ‘The American Dream’ mean today? [BYD]

Some say the American Dream is dead. Is it though? Announcing a new series, Behind Your Drive. And a giveaway!
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Announcing ‘BEHIND THE DRIVE’ at the Hwy 55 Rally

Wherein I announce my book to 2,000 at the Durham Performing Arts Center during the crazy-good Hwy 55 company rally.
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Off The Mat

How UFC featherweight Nik Lentz fought to save his father while reinventing himself.
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Seven years ago today

Seven years ago today, Barton College and its hometown hero Anthony Atkinson won the 2007 NCAA Division II national championship in ridiculous fashion. To quote the great Will Leitch, whose writing about the game in the New York Times that year inspired the title of the book: “If this had happened in Division I, it...
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Prescription: Music

When nothing else works, a Queens University program proves that sound might be the most effective medicine.
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My 2014 projects.

I’m at my best when I’m busy. Which is good, because 2014 is going to be a heck of a year.
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Why I Self-Published THE EDGE OF LEGEND

The story behind my first book, THE EDGE OF LEGEND, and why I switched it from traditional publishing to publish it myself.
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A quick story about plagiarism, starring the Daily Mail!

The Daily Mail simply rewrote what we'd put together and passed it off as their own.
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Death of a Ballplayer

Billy Dillon was about to sign a contract with the Detroit Tigers -- then he was wrongly convicted of murder and spent the next 27 years in maximum security prison.
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The Good Hurt

How Ray King lives and plays basketball with cancer and helped his college team to its best season ever.
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Into The Earth

One minute you’re checking a yardage marker for your buddy, and the next, you’re being eaten by a golf course. Then you’re forced to relive the whole thing by some journalist for Outside: My latest, now up at OutsideOnline.com.
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Avian Invasion

For Outside Magazine, last week I wrote about a small NC town getting overrun by turkey vultures, the eagle’s drunk cousin. Here’s OnEarth.com describing the piece: Shelby, North Carolina, is being overrun by turkey vultures that have been roosting on houses, tearing up roof tiles, and defacating so much that they are apparently hurting housing...
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The Dark Knight Rises TONIGHT

Midnight tonight. First time I've ever been to a midnight premiere. I have a softball game at 8:30. Trying to get to the theater by 10, 10:30 latest. Trying to win that puppy by slaughter rule in four innings, and if it somehow goes extras, screw the playoffs, I'm bouncing, because BATMAN HAPPENS TONIGHT PEOPLE. ...
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In The Works

I've got a ton of stuff going on right now. Two big stories for ESPN The Magazine, one smaller one, another long story for ESPN.com, plus a story for GQ, a few fiction stories, and my master's thesis. I'm overwhelmed, and I'm loving every second of it. I'm passionate about stories and I love being...
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American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery Sets Career High For Single-Game Strikeouts

Obviously inspired by my interview with him coming out in that week’s issue of ESPN The Magazine, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery Friday night struck out a career-high eight batters in his Senior Night start for Garner Magnet High School against Southeast Raleigh.  I already rambled about Scotty in a previous blog post, and I swear,...
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