Rank #1: The John Rocker Experience: The 100th Episode of Two Writers Slinging Yang travels 20 years back in time, when I was young and dumb and driving around Georgia with John Rocker.
The absolute craziest journalistic experience of my lifetime. On Dec. 27, 1999, Sports Illustrated published "At Full Blast," my profile of then-Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker. His life changed. So did mine. For the 100th episode of Two Writers Slinging Yang, here's a detailed look back.
Apr 30 2019
Rank #3: Brittany Ghiroli: Nationals beat writer, The Athletic
On having a player invite you to his hotel room to seduce you with candles and Drake songs; on the (non) excitement of baseball's winter meetings; on missing the World Series to power lift.
Dec 17 2019
Rank #4: Joel Sherman: New York Post Major League Baseball columnist
Feb 27 2018
Rank #5: Gary Smith: Legendary Sports Illustrated writer
Jul 24 2018
Rank #6: Steve Rushin: Sports Illustrated writer, author
May 01 2018
Rank #7: Susan Orlean: New York Times best-selling author of "The Library Book" and staff writer, The New Yorker
On writing a book (and having it sell) on a relatively obscure library fire; on choosing just the right words to describe a moment; on why she never uses a recorder and rarely turns to direct quotations.
Feb 12 2019
Rank #8: Peter King: NBC Sports football scribe and former Sports Illustrated senior writer.
On his closeness with Brett Favre and riding across America with John Madden; on no longer being treated quite as uniquely—but loving the need to dig and hustle; on why he saw SI's struggles approaching and whether he's mad at Jalen Ramsey.
Oct 29 2019
Rank #9: Tim Miller: Contributor, The Bulwark
On his scathing takedown of Clay Travis, professional buffoon; on the lessons of working on Jeb Bush's presidential campaign; on why some so-called journalists go for clicks over quality.
Apr 14 2020
Rank #10: J.A. Adande: Northwestern’s director of sports journalism
Nov 01 2017
Rank #11: Tim Layden: Sports Illustrated senior writer
On leaving the magazine after 25 years; on interviewing people as they face death; on the gun store hostilities of a late Yankee relief pitcher; on the legacy of SI and learning how to write while working for America's best sports magazine.
Jul 09 2019
Rank #12: Ken Rosenthal: Major League Baseball writer for The Athletic
May 29 2018
Rank #13: Ian O'Connor: ESPN senior writer, New York Times best-selling author of "Belichick."
Oct 30 2018
Rank #14: Steve Buckley: Writer for The Athletic and author of the greatest magazine piece of all time
Dec 04 2018
Rank #15: Chris Jones: Former Esquire writer, two-time National Magazine Award winner
On the aging scribe; on writing 22,000 words and having it cut down; on adjusting to a Netflix writers' room and looking back at Roger Ebert and "The Things That Carried Him."
Jun 25 2019
Rank #16: Tommy Tomlinson: Pulitzer finalist sports writer and author of "The Elephant in the Room"
On staring into the mirror and describing exactly what one sees; on the painful beauty of a memoir about a lifetime of weight difficulties; on forming a kinship with a former Kentucky quarterback.
Feb 19 2019
Rank #18: Rick Reilly: Former SI writer
Dec 19 2017
Rank #19: Mirin Fader: Bleacher Report writer-at-large
Aug 28 2018
Rank #20: Nora Princiotti: New England Patriots writer for the Boston Globe
On covering the (zzzzzz) sleep inducer that was Super Bowl LIII; On finding new turf with a team that's been covered ad nauseam; on an angry James Harrison and a giddy Patrick Chung; on writing about three Super Bowls by age 24.
Feb 05 2019