Jon Finkel’s Highly-Anticipated Charlie Ward Biography Has Arrived

Jon Finkel Charlie Ward Biography

One year, 100,000+ words, one Tony Dungy and one Jeff Van Gundy endorsement later and here it is, my new biography of Heisman Trophy Winner, Florida State National Champion and New York Knicks point guard Charlie Ward. I absolutely LOVED writing this book. From home cooked meals with Charlie’s parents in Thomasville, Georgia to running on his high school field to conversations with Mark Richt …

Why Jane Leavy’s ‘The Last Boy’ is a Brilliant Book on Mickey Mantle

I’m biased. I love Jane Leavy as a writer. Her first book, Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy is in my top 25 books of all-time in any genre. So I was predisposed to want to enjoy The Last Boy before I even read the first word. My only concern was that maybe Leavy/Koufax was a one-time perfect combination of writer and subject, and that the combination forced …

NEW PROJECT: Heisman Trophy Winner & 1st Round NBA Draft Pick, Charlie Ward’s Biography

I’ve started research, interviews and writing for my next book with Florida State legend Charlie Ward. It’s pretty much 24 years in the making for me. Let me explain: It’s January of 1993 and I’m lying on my bed, flipping through channels on my old 28” box TV set in my high school bedroom. These were dark, dark channel surfing times, with only one HBO, …

3 Long-Running Jokes I Tell My Dog After Our Morning Walk

I talk to my dog on our walk. Not like a crazy person carrying on a conversation, but I make observations, crack jokes and basically provide him a running commentary of what I find amusing during our daily trot around the neighborhood. Over the years I’ve honed my routine into three catch-phases I find myself repeating to…well…myself as we walk in the door from our …