First, Alex Belth wrote a fantastic column for Baseball Analysts, a site that gets more impressive with each passing day. The post, "Otis Redding Was Right", concerns a woman he connected with about baseball.
"It's not often that a woman teaches you how to be a man but, in the purest of ways, that's exactly what she did for me," he writes. "Who says baseball is just about fathers and sons?"
A great piece, from an angle you don't see very often.
He also has a book coming out! A mention of it is buried at the bottom of his BA column. I berated him for not having told me about it earlier, but he promises I'll have ample opportunity to plug it later, when it actually comes out.
I'm also reading the biography of Bill Belichik by David Halberstam, and it is absolutely everything it's cracked up to be. It's a full-length book, but reads like a magazine article. It has such a fantastic pace--when I start reading it, I'll go for twenty pages without really realizing it. There's a dearth of great football writing--I'm eternally grateful to Halberstam for contributing to this underfed genre.
Though football writing leaves a lot to be desired, including in the blogosphere, I also cannot overlook Football Outsiders, a rich resource of football analysis with an attention to detail, clarity of writing style and passion for the nuts and bolts of the game more often found on the baseball side of things. In particular, Michael David Smith's Every Play Counts column is a treasure. Nor can I skip over Cold, Hard Football Facts, a similarly well-written site devoted specifically to the New England market.
And finally, what do you suppose the chances are of ever seeing a Boston-sports equivalent to Sports Illustrated? Isn't it conceivable that the Boston and New York sports markets could support an SI supplement devoted solely to them? There's so much devoted to them already, I know, but there's also so much more I want to read about.