The world is on fire.
I mean that figuratively, of course. Or, maybe I don’t. I’m not even sure any more.
I’m just saying there’s just a lot of suck out there.
If only the Baltimore Orioles’ 115-loss season was the worst thing that happened this year. If only.
Can you find the worst team in baseball?
Maybe that’s why sports – and excellent sports writing – is such a joy and refuge when times are tough and the world seems unbearably ugly and mean, because it actually is unbearably ugly and mean.
Sure, you could just binge on cooking shows until spring training. That’s not a bad plan.
But, sometimes it feels good to read something sporty. A little balm for the soul. A little de-suck-ification of life.
When your favorite team wins just a lousy 47 games, poring over box scores doesn’t take much time.
So, here are some of my favorite sports-writing words of 2018. Continue reading