Nice series of articles by Mike Rothstein at A2.com about autographs (a subject in the news because of the OSU tat-for-graphs mini-scandal).
- The ethics of autographs. Dave Ablauf teaches the football players to follow some sage advice he got from the Mannings; John Beilein tells his players to make the autograph a personal experience.
- Football and basketball players (and Coach Beilein) recall their youthful autograph experiences. J-Bart, Jordan Dumars, Colton Christian and Steve Schilling had some special access for theirs. I feel sorry for Jordan Kovaks, but I guess he's always had to scratch and claw (he's gritty, don't you know). Darius Morris has the coolest story, IME -- although Coach Beilein's autograph seems the most unique.
- The Art of the Autograph explores what it takes to create and master a good autograph. Stu Douglass is the man. Jon Horford? Not so much. Metrics gets it already. Kid is savvy.