April 2, 2014
You Shall Know His Velocity

New at Texas Monthly, my profile of high school baseball star Tyler Kolek. whose quote describes both him and his idol, Nolan Ryan:

“He’s a Texan. He throws hard. And he’s in the cattle business.”

Photo by Mike Janes / Four Seam Images

October 23, 2013
Texas’s Losingest High School Football Team Determined to Win

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Now up at TexasMonthly.com:

It’s been more than 1,500 days since Houston’s Scarborough High School won a football game. That’s 44 losses in a row, stretching back to September 2009. The seniors on the team have never won a high school football game; they were in eighth grade the last time the Spartans notched a win.

But for a team that hasn’t won a game since before the iPad was invented, the Spartans remain calm and, you could even say, oddly confident. They’re convinced that a win is coming and the streak will be broken.

October 9, 2013

I talked with Mike Vasquez and Henry Hanson for the latest episode of their Sports Technology Podcast. I got to chat about some of my favorite sports and tech stories, like basketball’s hidden positions and inspiring Paralympians.

October 1, 2013
SXsports: The Inaugural Class

I was thrilled to hear that I’m part of the first panels announced for SXsports, a new component of South by Southwest. This year’s festival will include three days of talks, panels, and films focusing on sports.

My portion is a talk about how 3D printing is affecting sports, and I’ll be talking to experts like Mike Vazquez of Tribal Science and Ryan Larson, a prototyping expert for Nike. We’re joining some big names: film executive and team owner Peter Guber, Bill Simmons of Grantland and ESPN, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight, and Texas Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury.

More panels will be announced later this month. March will be here before you know it and it’s going to be a great ride.

September 23, 2013
Milestone: Making the New York Times

I had a big moment on Sunday when I got a byline in the New York Times for the first time. The Times and Texas Monthly work together to publish a weekly look at culture stories for the Times’ Sunday Texas edition.

Maybe by this time I’m supposed to be jaded, but I still get a palpable jolt seeing my byline in great publications like these:

The story is online in two places:

New York Times

Texas Monthly

September 2, 2013
Getting Back to Normal

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West is a baseball town—the team made it to the state finals last year and were in the playoffs again this spring—but Texas is a football state, so the season opener became one of the biggest community gatherings since this spring’s numerous memorials.

"Getting Back to Normal" - A trip to West, Texas for the first high school football game since the deadly fertilizer plant explosion. (Texas Monthly)

May 15, 2013

A new one up at ESPN Playbook:

Music has been part of the sports experience for more than 100 years, with marching bands and ballpark organists and blaring rock filling the air during breaks in the action. But the latest incarnation blends the human element and the latest in tech in a new way as DJs take their skills from the clubs to the stadiums.

Here’s a great example: Check out J. Period’s remix of the Brooklyn Nets official theme song.

 

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April 29, 2013
Capturing the moment while it lasts. I’m proud to be featured on the home page of ESPN.com this morning, just pixels away from Bill Simmons and Rick Reilly.

Capturing the moment while it lasts. I’m proud to be featured on the home page of ESPN.com this morning, just pixels away from Bill Simmons and Rick Reilly.

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April 26, 2013
"It’s not hard to look at this precise tracking of physical data and imagine what might be possible. With the right amount of information in hand, could teams eventually predict and prevent injuries from overuse? What if the Lakers knew that Kobe Bryant was pushing the limits of his training load after playing heavy minutes in the six games leading up to his torn Achilles on April 12?"

— How the NBA can optimize players’ output - ESPN Playbook

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April 19, 2013
Can facial structure indicate power hitting?

Baseball insiders may need to expand their reading list to keep up with the game’s latest developments. Tucked into the latest edition of Biology Letters, among articles on emperor penguin surface temperatures and predator-prey size relationship, is a study that suggests that the shape of your face may indicate whether you’d make a good power hitter.

My debut over at ESPN Playbook

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