December 9, 2016

Can Lightning Strike Twice?

LONDON — What amazes me most is often the simplest stuff. The most amazing thing I saw at the World Cup in South Africa, for instance, might […]
December 9, 2016

There’s No One Quite Like Bolt

LONDON — At my first Olympics, 1996 in Atlanta, I was sitting in a French restaurant downtown when all of a sudden there was a bit […]
December 9, 2016

Your Reusable NFL Training Camp Guide

NFL training camp never changes. No matter the team or the year, you can set your watch by the events, stories and controversies. So forget the […]
December 9, 2016

I Have a Confession to Make …

I realize that this is probably not the wisest thing to say on a site that’s half-owned by one of the largest streamers of live online […]
December 9, 2016

Francoeur, Melky, Lochte and the Anatomy of a Bad Decision

LONDON — Apologies in advance: This one is going to have a lot of baseball in it. In fact, it will be inside baseball. Maybe in […]
December 9, 2016

Gymnastics’ Historic Night, Seen Through a Different Lens

LONDON — Every now and again, you get lucky in this business. I know almost nothing about gymnastics. Oh, because of my mother I’ve been watching […]
December 9, 2016

‘I Don’t Want to See Him Go’

LONDON — There seems no way to wrap your arms around what Michael Phelps has done at the Olympics. The man won 22 medals — 18 […]
December 9, 2016

Posts by Joe Posnanski

Together, They Struck Gold Joe PosnanskiJOE POSNANSKI   JULY 31, 2012 Together, They Struck Gold LONDON — As Aly Raisman finished her floor exercise routine, the […]
December 9, 2016

Painful, Poignant Memories of 1992

LONDON — There are only three or four movies where it’s permissible for guys to cry. Most of us have been raised on that. There’s a […]
December 9, 2016

National Treasures: We’re All Watching Our Own Olympics

LONDON — This might seem obvious … but we really are watching different Olympics, all of us, all around the world. Here’s the starting point: Gabby […]
December 9, 2016

‘Difficult Times’ at LSU

Les Miles was hatless. Almost every time you see him in public, the LSU football coach tops off his outfit with a Tigers ball cap. Somehow […]
December 9, 2016

Let’s Get Real

I should probably explain, briefly, what I’m doing on this blog: I’m going to be writing a column for Sports on Earth that will essentially be […]
December 9, 2016

The Many Styles of Ryan Lochte

U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte owns three world records, eight (and counting) medals at the Games for a total of 58 in major international competition, back-to-back […]
December 9, 2016

London’s Olympic ‘Goodbye’

Well, this wraps up our Olympics. We hope you enjoyed it. We now go into our secret laboratory to work out the final details for Sports […]
December 9, 2016

I Really Didn’t Need That Stew

I originally wrote this piece for my blog on May 12, 2008, three months ahead of the Beijing Olympics. For fun, here’s my greatest day in […]
December 9, 2016

Less Dream, More Team

LONDON — Everyone has heard that old bit about how you’re supposed to turn your weakness into a strength when going into a job interview. By […]
December 9, 2016

The Forgotten Story of Peter Norman

LONDON — A friend of mine calls them MB moments. Remember the old Brewers hat that looked like a baseball glove with a ball in the […]
December 9, 2016

Victory, Tweet Victory

LONDON — Sometimes I wonder: What would Muhammad Ali have been like on Twitter? How about Babe Ruth? Billie Jean King? It’s either horrifying or wonderful […]
December 9, 2016

NBC’s Ebersol: ‘We’re Here to Make Great Television’

LONDON — Dick Ebersol says the divide is simple to explain, really. He has been shaping the way America watches the Olympic Games for two decades […]
December 9, 2016

The T.O. Story: Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before

The Seahawks signed Terrell Owens to a one-year contract on Monday. It was a short-sighted, possibly disastrous decision. I base this suddenly “controversial opinion” on the […]
December 9, 2016

A Fan’s Guide to NFL Training Camp

The NFL preseason is a time when 2,800 players on 32 teams spend seven weeks competing for their professional lives while the rest of us talk […]
December 9, 2016

Out to Lose? At Least Make it Entertaining

BADMINTON SCANDAL Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China were warned by referee Torsten Berg that they would be disqualified if they didn’t show more effort. […]
December 9, 2016

Together, They Struck Gold

LONDON — As Aly Raisman finished her floor exercise routine, the last strains of “Hava Nagila” thumping in the background, all of her teammates began to […]
December 9, 2016

A Day in the Life of the Olympics

LONDON — People ask all the time, “What’s it really like to cover the Olympics?” I’ve determined through all the lucky years of being a sportswriter […]
December 9, 2016

The Torture of Age

LONDON — In real life, age creeps up on us silently and slowly. A gray hair. A twinge in the back. A new and deep appreciation […]
December 9, 2016

Champion. Legend. Mystery.

LONDON — The fastest man who ever lived, at least as far as we know, stands behind the starting blocks just as we are about to […]
December 9, 2016

The 19 Greatest Summer Olympians of All Time

LONDON — Michael Phelps emerged from his last medal race ahead by one-and-a-half body lengths. Maybe two. This was Tuesday night, the last 50 meters of […]
December 9, 2016

Focus on the Target

LONDON — Matt Emmons said something fascinating the other day. He said it in response to a hard question about a tragedy. Emmons is a member […]
December 9, 2016

Best Photos of London

With the 2012 Olympics officially underway, here’s a look at some of the best shots of the city.
December 9, 2016

NBC Is Ignoring Twitter Diehards — And Rightfully So

I was talking to my father the other day when he brought up an old friend of his, a guy I remember working with Dad as […]
December 9, 2016

The 30-Foot Jump

We just don’t jump like we used to … I’m talking about human beings here, not me personally, though it is also true that I do […]
December 9, 2016

Meet Ólafur Stefánsson: The Coolest Guy at the Olympics

LONDON – A wonderful part of covering the Olympics is the potential for surprises. They are everywhere. On Monday, I went to watch my favorite minor […]
October 25, 2016

NFL Camp: Where Even Coaches Are in ‘Midseason Form’

NFL TRAINING CAMP Just like in midseason, the Browns’ suspect quarterbacking has led to a slew of deflected passes and interceptions, the rehabbing Adrian Peterson looks […]
October 25, 2016

From Puncher to Punch Line: Mike Tyson Takes on Broadway

  Not the actual tattoo on Mike Tyson’s face, but the giant logo of that tattoo on the stage curtain that greets you as you enter […]
October 25, 2016

The Book of Revelations

EJ MANUEL Florida State is bound to win the national championship, according to Phil Steele’s 2012 College Football Preview. (Getty Images) There was a time, my […]
October 25, 2016

A Bit of London Cheer

The classic red phone booths are all over London. (US Presswire) LONDON — From a personal perspective, I came to these Olympics with only two personal […]
October 25, 2016

A Sweet Surprise, Even For Phelps

JOE POSNANSKI   AUGUST 2, 2012 MICHAEL PHELPS Michael Phelps looked dumbfounded after he beat Ryan Lochte for his third straight 200-meter individual medley. (Getty Images) […]