For a quarter century, the annual Best American Sports Writing has showcased the greatest sports journalism of the previous year. This year’s guest editor, acclaimed author Howard Bryant, continues the tradition, seeking out writing that best captures the unpredictable journey of sports. Triumphantly and painfully, these stories reflect on that journey, asking difficult questions about who we are, as individuals and as a nation: What does it mean when a football player takes a knee during the national anthem, who decides where the remains of an American legend should rest, and how far will people go to reclaim dreams that have long slipped away? Spanning different sports, disciplines, and styles, these pieces are, above all, inspirational to readers, writers, and athletes around the world, proof of the bonds and breaking points that exist between and within us all.

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  1. T. Burket

    many excellent contributions When I read a collection such as this, I look to be surprised by the topics and the contents. First-rate writing is expected for most selections, but is not enough. This edition delivered, with contributions on varied topics that I did not expect to see. Three of my favorites were even about crime: a marathon run in a prison, a former top baseball hitting prospect who turned into another kind of hit man, and a woman who impersonated a high school student to become a cheerleader.I’m…

  2. Found Highways

    The People Behind the Sports If there’s a theme to this year’s sports collection, it might be “how the mighty have fallen.” Many of the essays take the form of profiles, focusing on a single person, and in the cases of golfer Tiger Woods, Olympic skater Debi Thomas, and football star Refrigerator Perry, the stories are not happy ones. Sometimes the articles are about less famous athletes, but the stories are just as compelling. And a few of the pieces are not about anyone in particular, such as the long and…

  3. J&J

    Inspirational & Satisfying for Sports & Non Sports lovers alike Picked this up for nighttime reading, thinking short stories would be easy to doze off to.No dozing here. Got sucked right in.Not only are these the best of the best short sports stories but, taken from the gamut of print media, New York Times to digital media, HuffPost.I love sports & the stories, especially football, Lou Holt & Vince Lombardi are 2 of my inspirational go to’s.They truly represent strength and struggle and victory & who doesn’t love a happy…

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