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Triathlon Series

Remember That Time I Did Triathlon Stuff?

  So, a year ago this time, I was trying to make myself better but killing myself in the process. Or so it felt. So strongly I felt I was dying sometimes that I so often used the term “killing myself” or some variation thereof that an angry reader scolded me for being so careless...
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Ed Thomas and Small Town, Iowa, and What They Know That We Sometimes Forget

Sports Illustrated ran this story in July 2009 about Ed Thomas, the beloved Aplington-Parkersburg High School football coach who was shot to death by a former player. Written by Lee Jenkins, one of the best sportswriters around, the piece is beautiful. I'd forgotten about it until tonight, when I watched the video  after a friend posted it to Facebook (available after...
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Brandon Brinson

 Back during my wildly unsuccessful college career, there were a few guys on the team who seemed to know me the best. One of them was Brandon Brinson, a righthanded pitcher our coaches converted into a sidearmer. Well, now he's over in the Czech Republic, living a dream, going 8-1 with the Tempo Titans, striking...
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Major Book Updates – Ant Atkinson will be at Barton’s FCA on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010

Depending on how recently you started reading this blog, and how much clicking around you’ve done since then, you may or may not know that I’ve written a book called The Edge of Legend. It’s about Harlem Globetrotter Anthony “Ant” Atkinson and his incredible story of faith, basketball, and redemption. (See and listen closely to the...
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Strawberries, and not the kind you want to eat

Last week I ripped my knee open pretty good during a softball game. Some things inspire me too easily, and so, here are some life lessons that boo-boos can teach us. 
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Pete Rose is back in baseball, for a night

For those of you who don't know, Pete Rose is the former Cincinnati Reds player who got more hits in his baseball career than anyone else ever has in the history of the game. Twenty-five years ago tonight, he got hit number 4,192 to pass Ty Cobb, and tonight, he'll revisit Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark, where they will...
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The beauty of sports, as seen when East Carolina beat Tulsa

East Carolina's dramatic last-second win over Tulsa this past Saturday was the thing goosebumps were made for, but so much about the game symbolized so much that is right in college sports. I at first meant only to write a few paragraphs about it. Then it turned into this....
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“Sneed is learning how to surf”

I'm starting to do more first-person experience features for the Wilmington StarNews. My first one is this one, about me trying to learn how to surf. As usual, it involved mass amounts of failure.
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Five Ways I Fight Writer’s Slog

  Some days, like yesterday, writing is hard. And some days, like yesterday, I really need writing to come more easily. This post explores five things I sometimes try to break out of writer's slog.
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Highlights from the NYC trip: “Pure Organic Energy”

I don’t know much about Mike Katz. Or whatever his name was. But here’s what I do know. Mike was one of the guys working for the Staten Island Yankees entertainment crew. And Mike went hard, whatever he was doing. Throwing t-shirts. Leading kids through games. And, as you’ll see in this video, dancing. My...
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The trip to NYC

I’m planning a pretty epic blog post or two chronicling a trip I took over the weekend to New York City with my dad, youngest brother, and uncle. We left Friday morning and I got back to Wilmington this morning around 1:30.  [ Me / Logan / Kramer / Dad ] What happened in between...
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We went and took lots of pictures of Harlem Globetrotter “Ant” the other day

Well, Brent Holloman, a talented graphic artist who’s also a professional photographer with Millie Holloman Photography went with me to take lots of pictures of Harlem Globetrotter “Ant” the other day. If you’re out of the loop, I’m writing a book about Ant* that will publish in fall 2010 and am handling a lot of...
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I’m Trying Surfing. It Hurts.

That is not me.The water is warm now. I can surf now. Well, I can try to surf.  Well, really, I can try to learn to surf.  The wife, Katie, and I bought surfboards. One last summer. One two months ago in preparation for this summer. Once we realized we’d be in Wilmington likely through...
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