If reading great sports writing is your thing, it’s time to create a new bookmark for the site Sports on Earth, which launches today.
Joe Posnanski explains his inspiration in starting another site devoted to the American obsession that is sports as follows:
In some ways, that charge at first pitch, at tipoff, at kickoff, at tee-off, faceoff, at the goosebumps that rise when someone yells “Gentlemen, start your engines,” when the starter fires the gun, when the bell rings and the gates open and umpire says simply, “Play” … all of that is what I love most about sports. That start is the instant when the hype ends, when the experts cease to matter, when the critics leave the arena, when the endless possibilities begin to take shape. Anything can still happen. Most of the time, you won’t see Rulon Gardner beat the unbeatable Russian or Kobe Bryant score 81 or Bo Jackson turn the corner or King Felix throw a perfect game.
But sometimes, you will. And that’s enough.
Today, we start up here at Sports on Earth, and we feel that electricity of the opening bell. The idea here is to build a sports website around great writing. That’s not exactly a new idea. There is a lot of great sports writing out there and has been pretty much since people carved sports figures on cave walls. But we think it’s a timeless idea. There are so many ways to enjoy sports in today’s high-definition, fantasy-sports, Twitter-saturated, 3-D-glasses world. And reading a great story, laughing at a fun analysis, getting angry at an opposing opinion, picking up a small insight that helps you enjoy the game more, joining in with the community of sports believers and storytellers and jokers — we believe these are all a big part of the fun.
One never knows if a website will take off or not, but they seem to have a strong cast of writers from the get go and, let’s face it, can sports fans ever really get enough?
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