The Art Of The Insult: How To Win A Swearing Contest With Dignity

A few years ago, Joe Posnanski—formerly a Kansas City sportswriter, and today famous as a JoePa apologist—interviewed me about one of my books and posted my answers on his blog. He asked me whether, if I'd become a major league pitcher, I still would have become a writer. I emailed, "No. I would have continued… »3/06/14 9:40pm

Even Sports Illustrated Doesn't Want Anything To Do With Joe Posnanski's Paterno Biography

The first review of Joe Posnanksi's Joe Paterno biography is in and it isn't good: Offered first serial rights to a book written by a former Sports Illustrated senior writer, the magazine said no. Assistant managing editor Chris Hunt confirmed to Deadspin that SI passed on running an excerpt. Posnanski, who left SI »7/17/12 12:30pm

Joe Posnanski's Book On Joe Paterno Will Be Finished Before The Sandusky Trial

Joe Posnanski didn't go to Happy Valley to write about the unhappy end of Joe Pateno's life and career. He intended it as an eternal Father's Day gift, a sappy and sentimental picture of the aging lion in repose. It was originally scheduled to be released in time for Father's Day, and Posnanski said of Paterno (well… »4/27/12 5:45pm

A Plea To Joe Posnanski: Stop Writing Mealy-Mouthed Nonsense About Joe Paterno

Sports Illustrated's Joe Posnanski is in a tough spot. He's a gifted writer and by all appearances a decent guy. His decency is his defining characteristic; he grew up rooting for doomed Cleveland teams and covered the worthless Kansas City Royals, but he never gave in to the urge to be a hatchet man. If Posnanski… »1/25/12 2:56pm

Journalists Address PSU's JoePa Class This Morning, Say He's a Scapegoat

There is no more telling fact than PSU having a regular class about Joe Paterno. Comm 497G: Joe Paterno, Communications & the Media, better known as "JoePa Class," studies the media through the lens of the longtime football coach. Today was obviously not a normal day. Instead, Joe Posnanski and Pat Forde spoke to… »11/10/11 11:50am