Best Sports Writers

The Top Ten Best Sports Writers

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."

Great insights for a young writer of his age. His style and wit proves that excellent sports writing isn't extinct yet. He will be among the great ones someday. That's for sure.

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.

He is awesome he knows what he is talking about unlike many others

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

Even a non sports fan can find his articles thought provoking.

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

9 Bill Plaschke - The Los Angeles Times

Always makes me think about what he gets me laughing about

10 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.

knowledgable in almost every sports

the walking sports encyclopedia

The best sports writer in the Philippines indeed.

The Contenders

11 Bill Simmons - ESPN

Quality of his prose is outstanding

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

No one better now or ever.

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 Ken Rosenthal - Fox Sports

An insider that really puts you inside the action.

16 Peter King - Sports Illustrated
17 Terry Pluto - The Plain Dealer

Best there is, has seen it all and reports it in a valid unbiased way.

TO keep the NBA from tanking.
There are 14 teams in the NBA who will not be in the playoffs.
I would wait until there are 25 games to go. (This number is arbitrary) I would take the bottom 14 teams and track their record for the rest of the year. Maybe the bottom last 10 teams.
The draft would go in the order of their w/l standing for the remaining 25 games. The team that wins the most game from the 25 remaining games get the #1 pick, etc.
All professional sports should implement something like this.

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

no hype just the facts.
writes good books too.

18 Mike Downey - The Chicago Tribune
19 Dan Wetzel - Yahoo! Sports
20 Jason Gay - The Wall Street Journal
21 Mike Lupica - Game Changers

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

Simply amazing

22 Joe Posnanski - NBC Sports

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

23 Peter Finney - New Orleans Times-Picayune
24 Dan Jenkins - Sports Illustrated
25 John Gonzo Gonzalez - Philadelphia Inquirer
26 Jemele Hill - ESPN
27 Jackie MacMullan - ESPN

Always level-headed. Not a sanctimonious *u(k like some of those other guys.

28 Grant Wahl - Sports Illustrated
29 Howard Cosell - ABC
30 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.

31 Tom Archdeacon - Dayton Daily News
32 Berry Tramel - The Oklahoman
33 Arthur Daley - The New York Times.

He was the first sports columnist to win a Pulitzer Prize and the 1975 collection of his best work is entertaining and insightful

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