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Lazy Sunday Reads: Sherpa'ing You Towards Great Sportswriting

North Carolina State Coach Jim Valvano, 1986 NCAA Midwest Regional Playoffs

This is the inaugural edition of Lazy Sunday Reads, a series in which The Big Lead will steer you into sportswriting — both new and old — that’s worth delving into. 

In a 1993 edition of Sports Illustrated, Gary Smith profiled Jim Valvano, who was battling cancer:

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In this week’s Pittsburgh Magazine, Sean Conboy pleads with the NFL to take genuinely legitimate action to help its players in their future lives:

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At MMQB, Robert Klemko discovered that NFL players hate the Thursday night slopfests perhaps even more than we do:

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For Sports on Earth, Colin McGowan discusses LeBron James’ upcoming movie:

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And in these parts, Ty Duffy diaries a weekend with ESPN’s College GameDay crew:

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