He's a reporter. Also, he's a contributing writer for ESPN The Magazine and the author of Touchdown Jesus (Simon & Schuster, 2005), a book of nonfiction that explores the peculiar enthusiasms and meticulous devotions of Notre Dame football fans. His story "No One Walks Off the Island" was a finalist for a 2015 National Magazine Award in reporting. In 2011, two of his pieces received "Best in Business" awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (one for investigative reporting and one for feature writing). For a time he lived in Chicago and wrote for the Chicago Reader; now he lives in New York City. In addition to ESPN, the Reader and many other places, he has written for Bloomberg, Popular Mechanics, The Wall Street Journal and The Believer magazine, and his stories have been anthologized in Best American Sports Writing and in The Believer's first best-of collection, Read Hard (McSweeney's, 2009).