Jon Finkel

Pro Bull Riders On Excruciating Injuries and Why Bull Snot is Glorious

By: Jon Finkel Brendon Clark’s worst injury as a professional bull rider happened when a near one-ton American Bucking Bull thumped his chest, resulting in a lacerated liver, bruised lung and broken ribs, which sounds horrible. Yet it seems far more tolerable than having to lug your melon-sized, black and blue, swollen genitals around for three weeks, which is what 11th ranked PBR athlete Jory …

NBA All-Star Damian Lillard on #4BarFriday and Building an Online Brand

By: Jon Finkel Portland Trailblazers superstar point guard Damian Lillard has mastered the art of the crossover. His warp speed, left right dribble mesmerizes defenders and his whip smart social media posts ignite his followers. In fact, Lillard’s on-court dominance is so well-matched by his online influence that he recently received the NBA’s Social Media MVP Award over mega-stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and …

The Night The Legend of the Driveway Was Born

This Feature Earned a Notable Mention in the 2015 Best American Sports Writing Anthology By: Jon Finkel The foul line we sprayed on the driveway had faded long ago. The white box on our clear backboard had likewise vanished, but amazingly, nobody knew when. The hoop itself, once a gleaming announcement to the neighborhood that the Finkel boys had moved into town, probably only measured …

That Time I Spent New Year’s Eve with Nick Saban – Sort Of

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By: Jon Finkel It’s New Year’s Eve and just as the ball is dropping and the champagne is popping on the east coast, the Cotton Bowl trophy is being raised and the dance moves are popping in Arlington, Texas, as the University of Alabama’s football players celebrate their semi-final playoff victory on the field at AT&T Stadium. But while the game is over and Saban’s …

Cardale Jones: The Rise of an Improbable Leader

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By: Jon Finkel What makes a leader of men? Poise? Confidence? Rising to an occasion? Perhaps it’s the ability to rally men to a cause, or to make them believe they can achieve greatness. On the football field, rarely are those traits embodied in a National Championship game by a quarterback as green as Ohio State’s redshirt sophomore starter, Cardale Jones. And yet, last night …