Image for post
Image for post

David Bakhtiari’s body betrayed him at the precipice of glory. That sentence can’t be unwritten. To paraphrase the words of the late Kevin Greene, Bakh is gone. He’s not coming back. Not in the story of this unbelievably good 2020 Packers football team, at least.

Outside of life itself, the beauty of which we’re all too close to see, sports is the most profound improvised drama in the world. Amazingly, the writers of sports never forget to introduce conflict in ways the viewer least expects. Bakhtiari’s injury — suspected to be a torn ACL — is another example of that…

The Wizard of Oz is a story about a small, emboldened man pretending to be capable of anything. As it turns out in the end, he is just a very small man, capable of the things that very small men are capable of — namely, of self-lionization in the face of reality.

In America, 80 years later, we have our own wizard on whom the curtain is being pulled back now, in the wake of an election he lost, because he’s a loser, and America hates losers like him. …

To the progressive liberal

Image for post
Image for post

Of all the memories that stand out about the 2016 election — not the result and the fallout and the nightmare that has ensued since, but the actual night of the election itself — the one that resonates most with me was a tweet from Jared Wade.

That was at 8:12, after the New York Times percent-chance-of-victory meter had flipped to like 51/49 in favor of Clinton from where it had been above 60 or so to start the evening. I think about this tweet all the time. After spending months laughing at the Republican…

To potential third-party voters

Image for post
Image for post

As I begin writing this, I must look up Jo Jorgensen, because I don’t know her. Most don’t. Most won’t, unfortunately. Despite being chosen as the Libertarian nominee in May, months before the Democratic and Republican conventions coronated their respective nominees, Jorgensen has failed to gain traction, even to the degree that Gary Johnson did in 2016. Most polls don’t include her. She won’t win the presidency. She may flip a state or two red, but that’s it. Her campaign is a lost cause and a vote for her is a wasted vote. Same as it…

To Pro-Lifers

Image for post
Image for post

Hi, I’m a pro-choice dad. I’m also pro-life. I’m definitely not anti-life. I just think the rankings go: 1. Choice, 2. Life. If you are what we call pro-life, you may also not be anti-choice. It may just be: 1. Life, 2. Choice. I think the overtures about “if you didn’t want a baby you shouldn’t have had sex” are really a little far-reaching for political discourse. You may feel the same way when I say “females have a right to control their own bodies.” Both are valid, and also beside the point. The point is whether it…

To the conservative moderate

Image for post
Image for post

It’s no doubt out of my power to persuade you politically. You definitely have tuned me out before. I am far too liberal for your tastes; too radical, pugnacious, impractical, emotional, and generally stressful. There are moments when our views overlap, but by and large we keep a wide berth, each of us assuming this is for the other’s comfort. Fortunately for us both, I’m not writing today to defend rioting as a last-resort form of protest. We can have that argument later. I say that with a smile — we can have that argument: later

Image for post
Image for post

I am going to be doing my best, here, in an effort to convince you to vote for Joe Biden for President of the United States in the 2020 election. It’s late in the season, and I must work quickly. I’m also a teacher, overworked by design, so I don’t have a lot of spare time in which to write. Pardon my haste. At the end of the day, I’m well aware this series of posts is unlikely to actually convince anyone. …

Image for post
Image for post

There has never been a 3–0 series lead squandered in NBA playoff history. There should be one by the end of next week. After all, we’ve seen this movie before.

I am T’Challa:

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the future of the NBA, poised for his second consecutive MVP. Regardless of what happens this offseason, or next, he will be a major force shaping the landscape of the league. He is the King, he is T’Challa, the Black Panther, hoping to lead his team with wisdom to victory.

I am Kilmonger:

Brash, abrasive, obstinate, and damn good, Jimmy Butler is a disruptive…

I can do this.

It was something pastor said in her sermon, about choosing love over hate, compassion over hostility, and unity over division. But it was the framing of this statement that allowed me to bear it: She framed it as a sacrifice.

Now, that made sense.

I’m a 28-year-old man with his hand out, still, waiting for puberty to cough up the poise that was promised with adulthood. I am erratic. I am inconsistent. I look back on things I said, wrote, Tweeted, posted days ago and regret them. I have this feeling of speaking out of turn…

The Bubble is one of basketball’s great moments. It also has only just begun, but its opening act was a stupendous achievement of love of sport. In the midst of a heightening national epidemic, basketball’s powers united to create a force-field inside which could exist the very same elements of a game that represents what has been taken away from the American people by the Coronavirus: indulgence, activity, spirit, singularity. While baseball and football have floundered, rammed headlong into labor disputes, and left open doors to financial promise that risk letting in total demise, the National Basketball Association put the…

Eliot Sill

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store