Best Sports Writers

The Top Ten

1 Miramon Nuevo - The Daily Tribune

He write his stories very simply then he analyze them in such a way where all you can say in the end is simply "WOW! "

There's not that many writers around here anymore who can write as best as him.

A best writer can write a whole universe of beautiful and delicious things about a "dried fruit" and makes you craving for it, like it was something you've never seen or tasted before. He does such again, and again, and again but you'll never grow tired or get saturated of it and still crave for more. That's him!

"His writing style is very addicting! He can raise your blood pressure or bring a well of tears in your eyes in one simple sentence. Not too many writers nowadays have the gift to do such."

Even I can't write as well as him, and I actually got AN AWARD for my sports writing. - PizzaGuy

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2 Rick Reilly - Sports Illustrated

As a life long sports fan, hands down, the best I have ever read. At one time or another, his writing has brought out every possible human emotion. His columns will be missed

Entertaining and accurate. Simply the easiest to read.

SI has published some very fine writers---Reilly is certainly one of them.

Honest, insightful. Always the best.

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3 Woody Paige - The Denver Post

Love to disagree with him. Yet, difficult to when he really nails a topic. I wonder what the chalk board has to say.

He looked better with a beard.

4 Bob Ryan - The Boston Globe

He was almost elected Commissioner of Basketball for crying out loud.

No Boston sportswriter has bested him

5 Gary Smith - Sports Illustrated

Uniquely talented... Not just the greatest sportswriter of our time, but perhaps one of the best magazine writers...

Gary Smith is a great writer, who happens to write about sports.

The Whittler

6 John Feinstein - The Washington Post
7 Jason Whitlock - The Kansas City Star

his sentences and the way he writes drags you into his stories, and never bore you. he knows his sports.

finds a way to interest any reader in his stories.

8 Frank DeFord - Sports Illustrated

Deford was very good---found humor and pathos in sports. A bit hammy for some.

9 Joaquin Henson - The Philippine Star

He writes simply, but accurately and supported by facts. You don't have to look at history to know that he is telling the truth. He writes well and comprehensively.

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10 Bill Plaschke - The Los Angeles Times

The Contenders

11 Bill Simmons

Quality of his prose is outstanding

12 Michael Wilbon - The Washington Post
13 William Rhoden - The New York Times

I'm a kid I have no idea but he gets information out there.All about the stats right

14 Mitch Album - Detroit Free Press

Easily the best writer of this bunch. A profound understanding of both society and sport and the way their interaction impacts us all.

15 Peter King - Sports Illustrated
16 Mike Downey - The Chicago Tribune
17 Ken Rosenthal - Fox Sports

An insider that really puts you inside the action.

18 Terry Pluto - The Plain Dealer

no hype no big predictions just the facts.
some good books too.

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19 Dan Wetzel - Yahoo! Sports
20 Mike Lupica - Game Changers

Really good book! It's a football story. Try to read it if you have time.

Simply amazing

21 Peter Finney - New Orleans Times-Picayune
22 John Gonzo Gonzalez - Philadelphia Inquirer
23 Jemele Hill - ESPN
24 Dan Jenkins - Sports Illustrated
25 Joe Posnanski - NBC Sports

How anyone could leave Joe off of this list just blows me away.

26 Jason Gay - The Wall Street Journal
27 Grant Wahl - Sports Illustrated
28 Tom Archdeacon - Dayton Daily News
29 Jackie MacMullan - ESPN
30 Berry Tramel - The Oklahoman
31 Howard Cosell - ABC
32 Lars Anderson - Bleacher Report

Lars is a 20-year vet with amazing publications from both Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report. You can find all his work enjoyable, but this piece alone should put him near the top rankings. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2728852-death-teenage-quarterback-evan-murray-family

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