It’s year-end list season, and while me talking to The Nation’s Dave Zirin about my favorite music somehow managed to be overlooked even by the list of most overlooked performances, this site and I did manage to land a couple of accolades:
- Deadspin’s Best Long Stories of 2017 included my analysis of whether MLS’s expansion strategy looks like a Ponzi scheme (SPOILER: pretty much) among a pretty top-notch list of stories on bogus prep schools, bogus chess champions, and the most hilariously awful sports journalism publishing error ever. On the stadium tip, there’s also a really good history of how the Los Angeles Dodgers built their stadium on the bulldozed remains of a Mexican-American neighborhood, and an argument for the Oakland Raiders‘ Las Vegas stadium deal being the worst in U.S. history, in which I make an appearance as well (SPOILER: I compare Mark Davis to the guy in a heist movie who shoots his partners and gets away with all the loot).
- Maury Brown’s Top 50 Must-Follow #SportsBiz Twitter Accounts Of 2017 for Forbes includes @fieldofschemes, alongside a whole bunch of other colleagues who are invaluable follows for me — @RodneyFort, @GeoffBakerTIMES, @Bill_Shea19, @newballpark, @StadiumShadow are just a few of those I read regularly, though it’s @VegasStadium who I’m dying to be seated next to at the awards dinner.
That’s it for this week, and this year. See you on Tuesday for what I hope will be an even more exciting 2018 — and maybe exciting in a good way this time.