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Mark Heisler
Mark Heisler

Mark Heisler, who avoids writing about himself in the third person when possible, preferring the royal “we,” is a regular Truthdig contributor...

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AP / Disney / Matt Stroshane

ESPN Is the Diva, Favre Is Just an Old Pro With a Bum Ankle

In the 10 months from September to July, at least two of the four major leagues are playing. In July and August, we’re on our own and the Big Paparazzo does what it does when it has nothing ... guess at something, blow it up, project from it and comment on it.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE


Report : Sports


AP / Frank Franklin II

George Steinbrenner’s Evil Empire

The Boss didn’t leave his heirs a baseball team but a financial empire that can never be rivaled, villains you can depend on and a legacy like Sherman’s to Georgia.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


Report : Sports


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What ESPN’s Bill Simmons Superdeluxe Media Empire Means for Facts, Fans and Sports

Going bonkers, lionizing winners and dumping on losers is fun, even if the cycle is accelerating to absurdity and beyond with modern 24/7 reportage. That’s today’s price of fame. Privileged as they are, today’s starry-eyed young athletes pursue their dream through a driving shitstorm.

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AP / Julie Jacobson

How Baseball Became America vs. the Damn Yankees

Baseball has always proceeded according to the law of the jungle with the Yankees as King Kong, but in the past even they never dominated financially as they do now.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Gene J. Puskar

Role Models for the Id

If the conduct of sports stars represents “values,” there never were any. In any case, it’s better to raise your kids yourself.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / David J. Phillip

An Icon Without a Clue

Tiger Woods is finally getting on with his life, not that Tiger’s life can ever be what it was when he was the unquestioned, untainted, most famous, most admired, richest, greatest athlete of all time. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what he was raised to aspire to.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Matt Sayles

March Mildness: How the NCAA Tournament Lost Its Swagger

The NCAA Tournament is the highest-level single-elimination event in basketball, making it special. Nevertheless, in the Big Dance’s present incarnation, other words come to mind, like bloated, over-commercialized and bland.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Mark Heisler
Mark Heisler

Mark Heisler, who avoids writing about himself in the third person when possible, preferring the royal “we,” is a regular Truthdig contributor and a former NBA-at-large reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the Tribune newspaper chain.

The 2006 winner of the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award, Heisler has spent almost 30 years covering the NBA, the first seven in Philadelphia with the Inquirer and the Bulletin and later more than 20 with the L.A. Times. In 2010, the Los Angeles Press Club honored Heisler’s original Truthdig columns by granting him the Best Online Column award
for his Truthdig essay “It’s Not About Tiger Woods, It’s About Us.” In 2011, Heisler was awarded the Southern California Journalism Award for Online Sports News, Feature, and Commentary for his Truthdig article“Role Models for the Id.”

A native of Springfield, Ill., he graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism. In 1969 at age 25, he was lucky enough to get a job in Philadelphia, a hotbed in the sports writing revolution sometimes called the “Chipmunk Movement” for a comment made by the great Jimmy Cannon at the sight of young writers chatting excitedly about what they had just written.

For their part, the chipmunks spurned homerism, prized irreverence, widened coverage to include social causes, and, as Philadelphia 76er GM Pat Williams told GQ’s Alan Richman, “scared everyone to death.”

Several revolutions later, Heisler is fascinated by the vast changes across communications that make almost everything accessible almost everywhere. On the downside, with the competition for market share making immediacy and sensation all-important, the press has become a giant tabloid, obsessing upon and warping stories, as opposed to putting them in perspective. If change is inevitable and his generation had it coming—Heisler calls it “payback for Elvis”—the scary part is this isn’t just something that happening in sports.

Heisler has spent three years as a baseball writer covering the Angels and the Dodgers, and five on the L.A. Raider beat in his Hunter Thompson Experience, with owner Al Davis petitioning his bosses to get him taken off it for the last four of those years. He has also written books about the Lakers and Pat Riley and co-authored a book about Bobby Knight with Steve Delsohn.

He lives in Northridge, Calif., with his wife, the long-suffering Loretta Summers Heisler, and their daughter, Emily.

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