Big Papi led, on the field and off. He performed when the stakes were highest. He will leave the city of Boston a better place.
E. M. Swift
E. M. Swift wrote for Sports Illustrated between 1978 and 2010, covering a wide range of sports but specializing in the Olympics. He is now a freelance writer living in Carlisle, Mass.
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What is NESN thinking?
Goodell is rapidly cementing his reputation as the worst commissioner in professional sports, and in NFL history.
The hub’s Olympic bid was so delusional, it was misleading.
Tobacco, in any of its forms, has no business on an athletic field. It’s way past time for Major League Baseball and its Players Association to face up to that.
The tide is moving inexorably against the NCAA’s traditional definition of amateurism.
Just because Boston could pull off hosting the 2024 Summer Games doesn’t mean it should.
Baseball is a game that loves its statistics, and, unfortunately for Boston, the numbers are telling a terrible tale.
This year’s Boston Bruins are balanced, disciplined and tough. They are a match-up nightmare for opponents.
With only a few days remaining in the XXII Winter Olympics, it’s not too early to declare some of the winners and losers in Sochi.
We are now a week into the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Here are some early observations.
E.M. Swift has covered nine Winter Olympic Games. These are the things he’s excited to see play out over the next several weeks.
Coming out of the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships and looking ahead to the Sochi Olympics, E.M. Swift takes stock of where things stand.
The attack on her teammate Nancy Kerrigan should have knocked her out of the running. I know. I was there.
Being a great sportsman isn’t just about success says E.M. Swift. It’s also about character. Here are his choices for the very best and very worst sportsmen of 2013.
Enjoy them. It is so rare to have two great players establish a rivalry in their primes that fosters debate, intensifies with time, and becomes personal.
If the Bard himself had taken up a pen to write a story about fate and the power of love, he could not have done a better job than to chronicle the 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox.
One voice may not make much of a difference. But silence is, effectively, assent.
The Old North Bridge is a vivid, visual reminder that some things are worth fighting for.
There isn’t much left in the sports world that can bring tears to my eyes, but Phil Mickelson’s British Open win on Sunday did the trick.
As the shock of Monday’s marathon bombings begins to wear off, thoughts turn to what the broader implications of this cowardly attack will be on American life.
The double-amputee Olympian insists he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp accidentally. But prosecutors have presented a very different version of events.
Winfrey says she was able to ask Armstrong most of the 112 questions she prepared for the interview. Here are the ten queries we hope — but doubt — made the cut.
Why the two men charged with negotiating an end to the NHL lockout are possibly the worst candidates for the job.
Neil Armstrong could have capitalized immeasurably on being the first man to walk on the moon, but he never did. Commentator E.M. Swift – who knew the reluctant hero – reflects.
Everybody loves the Olympics – so why don’t we get the exciting, imaginative television coverage these Games deserve?