Brendan O'Meara covers a wide range of sports with a real focus on story and narrative, fleshing out the universal themes that make us human while using the backdrop of sport to illustrate it. He's the author of "Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Three-Year-Old Filly Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year" (SUNY Press, 2011).
O'Meara's work has appeared in The Good Men Project, The Blood-Horse, Horse Race Insider.com and Trail Runner Magazine.
He wrote a 10-year retrospective on 2004 Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones, which earned honorable mention in the Eclipse Award category for feature writing, for Horse Race Insider.com. He's working on a memoir about his father and baseball titled "The Last Championship".
i wonder do you have a favorite in the upcommeing race
Not to pile on, and while I appreciate the Pit being mentioned as a loud venue, it has been officially recorded as louder than any of the arenas you mentioned, varying in the 118 to 125 range. I have been to a few big games nationally, and I never came out deafened for hours, which used to be a regular occurrence at the Pit. (I no longer live there, and would probably wear plugs, at this stage in my life) Also, photos of the Pit are easily available that aren't at least 4 years old. It looks nothing like that now.
Syracuse, NY is not western upstate. If you look at a map its in the center of NY, that is why it is Central NY.
Dear Brendan, in your recent article titled 'Will French Always Elude Djokovic?' you have mentioned that in 2009 Robin Soderling beat Nadal in the semi-finals of Roland Garros. This is not correct since he beat Nadal in the 4th round of the tournament that year. Nice article otherwise!
Brendan, you have a serious factual error in your figure skating coverage. Plushenko did NOT win the men's short program in the team event. He came in 2nd to a brilliant Japanese skater! Get your facts straight please!