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A handful of these pieces originally appeared in somewhat different form, and under different titles, as noted.

THE ULTIMATE BETTING MACHINE
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / MARCH 2013

How did Bob Voulgaris become the world's top NBA gambler? By building one very valuable black box.

THE DOCTOR WILL SAVE YOU NOW
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / SEP 2013

When their careers are hanging by a tendon, the pros turn to him. A profile of Dr. James Andrews in the twilight of his orthopedic career.

 

 


UNDERWATER
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / NOV 2012

He was a coach and a mentor. A trusted advisor. A mover in the college hoops scene. But when financial scams caught up with David Salinas, he had nowhere to go but down.

STROKE OF MADNESS
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / FEB 2013

The solitary act of swinging a golf club unites a hundred thoughts into one fluid second. So how, when the slightest glitch can destroy a career, has Tiger Woods managed to overhaul his swing three times? And, more important, why?

 

 


THE PIRATES' TOLL
THESTREET / MARCH 2010

The art of negotiating with Somali pirates. An award-winning chronicle of a ship owner's ordeal, and a reckoning of the global cost of the high-seas hijackings that continue to plague the world's busiest shipping lane.

BREAKING BAD
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / DEC 2011 2010

On the highly peculiar relationship dynamics between a PGA golfer and his on-course manservant.

 

 


BUSH PILOT BLUES
PRIVATE AIR / MAY 2008

C.C. Pocock, African bush pilot, runs what has to be the zaniest, most dangerous flight school on the planet. But if you want to learn how to put your Cessna down into a streambed full of wildebeests—and survive to tell the tale over whiskeys with your mates—you've got no other option.  

THE SHANGHAI NUMBERS
THE STREET / DEC 2010

A horde of tiny Chinese companies have gone public in the U.S. since the middle of the last decade, raising billions of dollars from American investors clamoring to get in on the world's fastest-growing economy. An award-winning investigation into the possibility that most of those companies are frauds.

 

 


THE LAST MAN TO EVER LET YOU DOWN
CHICAGO READER / AUG 2007

Secrets of a gravedigger.

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF FUSION MAN
PRIVATE AIR / NOV 2008

The story of Yves Rossy, a Swiss fighter pilot who dreamed of flying like a bird.

 

 


RFC
CHICAGO READER / DEC 2006
Originally appeared as "The Team Plays, the Bar Pays."

For this semipro rugby club, the party never ends. 

STEEDS WITH WHEELS
CHICAGO READER / JUNE 2007

Among the two-wheel fetishists at an urban bike-polo tournament.

 

 


REGULARS
CHICAGO READER / NOV 2006
Originally appeared as "Drink Here Long Enough and They'll Give You the Bar."

At the Old Town Ale House, one of Chicago's finest drinking establishments, the regulars are immortalized in an elaborate, evolving portrait gallery that now covers the walls, all the work of Bruce Elliott, tavern keeper, painter, golf hustler, anarchist.
WHIRL
THE BELIEVER / NOV 2006

For almost sixty years, the weekly St. Louis Evening Whirl brazenly attacked criminals, exposed the sexual peccadilloes of the local black bourgeoisie, and racked up millions of dollars in libel claims—most of the time in iambic rhyming couplets. The life story of the country's least discriminating newspaperman.





PLAYING TO WIN
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES / AUG 2006

Youth football in Tampa's poorest neighborhood.

 

FRESH AIR! SPEED! POVERTY! SERVITUDE!
CHICAGO READER / JUNE 2006

Bike couriers have the most exciting career it's possible to be totally exploited in. The founders of Chicago's first messenger collective think there's got to be a better way, and so they've braved the gritty streets to build a business in one of the most competitive, bare-knuckle industries around.

 

 


BEYOND MORTON
CHICAGO READER / APRIL 2006

A salt aficionado searches the world for sodium terroir.

FANTASIES MADE FRESH
MAISONNEUVE / DEC 2004

Brooklyn, Illinois, has one of the densest clusters of strip clubs and rubdown parlors anywhere in the country, drawing patrons from nearby St. Louis and its suburbs. Inside the clubs with the dancers, a strip-club scholar, the mayor, and the regulars whose dollars keep the depressed local economy afloat.

 

 


SOME DREAMERS OF THE GRIDIRON DREAM
CHICAGO READER / JAN 2005
Originally appeared as "The Swami on the Sidelines."

Is Tom Lemming the most powerful man in college football?


THE STINGER
MAISONNEUVE / JAN 2004

On mixing your father his favorite drink. "Gin rummy matches until sunrise; unspeakable weekends in places like the Bahamas. Epic times have been related to me in which these men would mix Stingers by the pitcher."

 

 


HEARTBURN TED, OR: "THE ONLY WAY YOU GET IT'S THROUGH ME!"
CHICAGO READER / OCT 2003
Originally appeared as "Fire in the Belly."

On the prowl with a Chicago huckster.

THE LEGACY OF PAPA YUM
CHICAGO READER / JULY 2003

Three generations of legendary restaurateurs, and the way things always seem to end: badly.


 

 

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