Three great recent pieces of sports writing included two from ESPN and one from Bleacher Report.
The larger of the two ESPN features is 12,000 words by J.R. Moehringer with "The Education of Alex Rodriguez" on the Yankee returning from his season-long steroid suspension. Just an amazing piece by someone who frequently produces great writing.
The other ESPN story is "The Man in the Van" by Eli Saslow on Blue Jays pitching prospect Daniel Norris, who received a $2M signing bonus and lives out of an old VW van.
The Bleacher Report story to note here is "Craig Sager's Harrowing and Emotional Journey Back to the NBA" by Lars Anderson on the TNT sideline reporter. It's a heartwarming tale that includes a cool video of Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich being interviewed by Craig Sager Jr.