Portrait of author Kent Babb

Kent Babb is a journalist and writer who writes sports features for the Washington Post. His work appeared in the Best American Sports Writing in 2013, and he has been honored eight times by the Associated Press Sports Editors, including first-place national awards for features in 2005 and 2010. Babb has received commendations from the Poynter Institute, the Hearst Foundation, and in numerous state and regional journalism contests.He has been a columnist, beat reporter and features writer for the Kansas City Star and The (Columbia, S.C.) State. Babb’s profile of former Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss, published in The Star in March 2010, was named the nation’s top feature by APSE; his investigative look into the day-to-day working conditions of the Kansas City Chiefs NFL team was included in the Best American Sports Writing; and his profile of Allen Iverson — a story that inspired this book — was Longform.org’s second-most clicked story of 2013.

Babb has written about the nondescript pawn shop that has become the go-to place for financially ruined former athletes to sell their priceless treasures, a groundskeeper who has perfected the field conditions at every Super Bowl, and a chessmaster who was once one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. He has reported from the White House, 29 NFL stadiums, and the remote basketball gyms of western Kansas. He has written about divisive social issues and controversial cultural traditions, the devastating EF-5 tornado that ripped apart a Missouri town in 2011 and the early stages of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2016 run for President.

This is, however, his first book. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he lives in northern Virginia with his wife, Whitney.

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Kansas City Chiefs logo on top of a black background, with the words "Arrowhead Anxiety"
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Mug shot of former Baylor men's basketball coach Dave Bliss
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Chess pieces on a board, with the words "Eyeing his next move"
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