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Sports Writing's best

October has come to mean the time of year when the latest anthology of the Best American Sports Writing series comes out. The 2008 edition was edited this time by William Nack under the guidance of series editor Glenn Stout. It's the usual fine collection, filled with subjects you know about and subjects you don't -- all of them well told. (For a complete review, click here.)

One of the stories has a few roots back here in Buffalo in a sense. Eli Saslow of The Washington Post wrote about a bizarre "game" that takes place on an island in Scotland in which the town divides into two sides and pushes a ball toward goals on opposite ends of town. It can take most of the day and takes a toll on the participants. Saslow spent one of his summers in his college days as an intern in The News' sports department, and he's obviously doing well -- this is his second straight year in the anthology.

Do you have any favorite sports writers out there who you try never to miss? Have you read any good sports books lately? Leave your thoughts on the comments section; I'll be spending some of my free time reading a new book about the New York City marathon.

---Budd Bailey

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