ESPN The Magazine dropped a big feature on Tiger Woods this morning, written by Wright Thompson. It focuses on the three-year period between the death of his father, Earl Woods, in 2006, and the revelation of his rampant infidelity in late 2009, a period of time in which Woods seems to have been extremely lost.
The most interesting passage in Wright Thompson's new and much-discussed profile of minor league football player Johnny Manziel comes about three-quarters of the way into the story, which is long and rich with detail, so that you could forgive a reader whose eye ran past it. At this point in the piece, Manziel's…
Wright Thompson just wrote a piece for ESPN The Magazine about racism in soccer in Italy and around the world. If you're into soccer, or sports, or racism, or great writing, you should probably read it.
The perfect Michael Jordan profile is some sort of journalistic unicorn by now—what's there to say about a guy about whom too much has been said already?—but Wright Thompson's story for ESPN is the closest we'll get to it.
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ESPN's Professional Southerner Wright Thompson used his space in Grantland to write a loving meditation on Elaine's, the now-defunct bad New York restaurant mainly known to people under 45 as a Billy Joel lyric. This made Thompson at least the third member of his little circle of sportswriting buddies to get misty…