Scott Raab

Drew Gooden/Tim Tebow

by Scott Raab December 12, 2011

I heard a lot of great stories while I was working on The Whore of Akron. The best one isn’t in the book. Its hero is Drew Gooden, who played with the Cavs for four seasons during the LeBron epoch, and it takes place on a road trip, when the Cavs’ charter lands in Toronto […]

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by Scott Raab December 1, 2011

I started to take writing seriously when I was 11 years old. Never was interested in, or much good at, any craft, trade, or profession, but I never thought of writing as a career path. Until I was in my mid-thirties, the closest I ever came to journalism was my paper route; I wrote poetry […]

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The World Wide Fraud

by Scott Raab November 22, 2011

Spent last week in Cleveland and Columbus pimping The Whore of Akron. Had a ball. A couple of bookstore events, a few TV spots, a ton of radio, local and national. It was great. The book’s official publication date was 11/15. The Associated Press, the Christian Science Monitor, Parade, Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, […]

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by Scott Raab November 11, 2011

I’m a union man. Always have been, always will be. Turns out I love money as much as the next guy; capital is one of my favorite isms. All the same, I don’t like living in a culture driven to a sickening degree by a corporate oligarchy. And I know enough about American history to […]

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by Scott Raab November 8, 2011

It’s starting again: I’m supposedly a hypocrite for heaping scorn on LeBron James — because I too left Cleveland. You needn’t be a deep thinker to grasp the innate stupidity here. For the comparison to hold, it must be the case that: 1. I was known and loved by millions of Ohioans. 2. My departure […]

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by Scott Raab November 2, 2011

It’s been too long since I posted here, and I’m sorry about that. I was writing The Whore of Akron and also reporting and writing a long feature for Esquire ( )  about  the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The book is officially out on 11/15 — I urge you to pre-order many, many copies today […]

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Gut Yom Tov

by Scott Raab July 8, 2011

Happy LeBronnukah. Hard to believe it’s been a year since The Decision. If I had a dollar for each sneering jagoff I’ve heard advise me to get over it, I’d still be unable to let go of my anger and disgust, hoping for every NBA game LeBron James plays to be his last. Frankly, I […]

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Alea Iacta Est

by Scott Raab May 31, 2011

It’s a glorious day, the beginning of the end of the longest season in NBA history. It began way back on July 8, 2010, when ESPN gave away an hour of prime time and any vestige of its own journalistic credibility to the Whore of Akron, LeBron James, so that James could inflict as much […]

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Memorial Day

by Scott Raab May 30, 2011

Born in 1952, I missed getting drafted by lottery luck at a time when getting drafted likely would’ve meant going to Vietnam. Then I staggered into an Army recruiting office in Cleveland in 1973 — I had long since dropped out of college by then, and spent nearly all my time drunk — and passed […]

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by Scott Raab April 29, 2011

My son got beat on a 3-run walk-off homer the other night. It was the bottom of the 10th, his fourth inning of relief,  he left a pitch up, middle of the plate, and the other team’s thumper crushed it high and far and deep into the night. It cleared the fence and it cleared […]

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