Side one: Music
Pearl Jam drives small town Moline to madness
A last-minute trip to Illinois to see Pearl Jam play a minor-league hockey arena turned into a chance to recap a unique show.
From Static and Feedback, October 2014
Chasing the Sun: How Oasis crossed oceans with Definitely Maybe
A longform look at Oasis' debut album, designed as an e-magazine. This is the third of four longform album pieces I've written.
From Static and Feedback, February 2014
Let it Ride: Ryan Adams' long, prolific road to Cold Roses
I wrote a very long essay, laid out as an e-reader, on Ryan Adams & the Cardinals' masterpiece double record. And whatever happens, I'm very proud of it.
From Static and Feedback, August, 2013
Ticket stub memories: sorted, filed and treasured
I received a ticket stub album for Christmas, and had more than a fair amount of fun tracing my concert-going history through little pieces of paper I've refused to throw away.
From Static and Feedback, December 2011
Ryan Adams writes another beautifully sad chapter
In a great week for music — I'd just discovered Wild Flag two days before — Ryan Adams floored me with an amazing record, Ashes & Fire. Somehow, after hundreds of songs, he keeps amazing me.
From Static and Feedback, October 2011
In the moment, Pearl Jam thrives
It was hard reconciling my dislike of the new record with their ability as a live band. As it turns out, that was silly. They rocked. From Static and Feedback, May 2010
The Who are honored, not finished
A long piece reviewing the taping of the VH-1 Rock Honors: The Who special in Los Angeles, as well as a look at the Who's place in rock and roll history. Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, the Flaming Lips, Tenacious D and Incubus are also covered.
From Static and Feedback, July, 2008
All thrills and no frills: Marc Ford tackles his music with no pretense
Interview with guitarist Marc Ford, and a review of his concert in Phoenix.
From Static and Feedback, June, 2007
Return of the madness: A detailed glance at obsession, music and mental health through four Pearl Jam shows in three weeks
A very personal account of following my favorite band on the road, travelling with friends and getting turned on to new music. This one tops 4,000 words, and is one of my favorite pieces of writing.
From Static and Feedback, June 2006
Side two: Sports
Why my dad roots for the U.S. and frustrates the rest of my family
I have a lot of futbol snobs in my family who all have very loud opinions. My dad has never been one of them.
From The Standard-Times, June 22, 2014
How Brandon Workman wound up with Koji Uehara's World Series loss
The inspiration for this tale of a misappropriated stat goes to my friend Shawn Wright, a postdoctural fellow in Geology at Auburn.
From The Standard-Times, March 9, 2014
With a bang and a whimper
The drama and calamity present in the Red Sox finishing a historic September slide, coupled with the Rays' rise through the standings, was amazing, pathetic and all too much for a diehard to take.
From Saves and Shutouts, Sept. 29, 2011
Thomas responds, Luongo doesn't
After nearly a week of yapping, Roberto Luongo again laid an egg on the TD Garden ice, while Tim Thomas was nearly unbeatable. Two days later, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 39 years.
From The Standard-Times, June 14, 2011
Thomas protects the crease, delivers a shutout
Goalie Tim Thomas responded to criticism for his style of play, stopping 38 shots, starting scraps and backstopping the Bruins to a 4-0 win that tied the Stanley Cup finals at two games apiece.
From The Standard-Times, June 9, 2011
Moss quieted by Giants' 'D,' Super Bowl loss
Randy Moss was seething after the New England Patriots' loss to the Giants. Written on deadline from Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
From The Standard-Times, Feb. 4, 2008
Brown has seen it all
This feature looks at the career and outlook of the then-longest-tenured member of the New England Patriots.
From The Standard-Times, Feb. 2, 2008
Holmstrom finds tender connection to goalie
This was a tough one for me. A local goalkeeper for Dartmouth High School had a terrible car accident, but struck up a friendship with Revolution keeper Matt Reis. I can't imagine having to go through something like this, but she kept her sense of humor and spirits up the whole way. Incredible.
From The Standard-Times, Nov. 12, 2006
Gator sparks steroid shuffle
A look at what would happen if we actually tried to correct every award handed out since 1988. This was one of my most-linked columns at the time, and coincidentally, Rick Reilly wrote practically the same thing in 2008. I'm fairly certain he has no idea who I am.
From The Standard-Times, Feb. 18, 2005