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Lars Anderson is a 20-year veteran of Sports Illustrated and the author of six books, including The Storm and the Tide, which was published in August. He's currently an instructor of journalism at the University of Alabama.
Your writing gives me hope for the future of journalism. In these days when journalists are being literally attacked for simply doing their jobs, it's encouraging to see such dedication to the field. Thank you for your thoughtful and inspiring articles.
Great Streaking article! Don't know what I was looking for when I clicked through - perhaps to live a moment in their adrenaline-boosted shoes - but 2 amazing perspectives and many life lessons!
Well done, Mr. Anderson, on your story entitled "Olympic Spirit Prevails over Difficulties, Dangers of Rio". Probably one of the best, most "real" stories I've read about the Olympics (sad, but not "preachy"). You have a wonderful way with words, and I could immediately 'see pictures in my mind' and your story-telling skills are outstanding (a lost art these days). You know how to create a narrative that is insightful, is not just a repeat of the usual 'jargon' repeated ad nauseum (and even uses proper English grammar). Most importantly, it creates a feeling, for the place, the people, the event that goes in and out and through the negative and positive, creates a sense of place, a "real" sense of the time and place, with both its hopefulness and its sadness. I look forward to reading more of your articles in future. Your keen perception about things and people and your ability to convey that to the reader in a way that is not dumbed down and not "more of the same" is the best of a dying breed of great journalists. Thank you.
Lars-Great, great, great article on the Bender brothers. Your narrative gave an informative, touching and personal story of what these two brothers have gone through (and what they mean to each other). I particularly enjoyed the line " The boy looked out at the world he was leaving behind a sense of panic mixing with excitement-the cocktail of chance-taking." A great line for those making a major choice in life. One of the best sport articles I have ever read.
Is there a way that I can get a printer friendly version of this article? I work with teenagers in foster care and this would be a great article to give to the foster parents AND teenagers that I deal with....GREAT article by the way!!!!!
Lars, I thoroughly enjoyed this article. People are so quick to admonish Phillips' actions, which is a job for the justice system. Nebraska fans were very quick to write this man off at such a young age. I am obviously not defending his truly heinous actions. However, I thought this article really told the other side of the story. It should be a warning to any athletic organization managing personalities and histories similar to those of Phillips. I truly appreciate the time and effort you took to tell this story.
Great Lawrence Phillips article Lars. Talk Bleacher Report into doing more of these type of stories, without the constant twitter references some of the lazy so called journalist this site employees.