I am a few weeks late on this (the Instapaper effect!), but I loved Joe Eskenazi’s Bleacher Report piece in San Francisco Weekly.
I could have used this piece in a course I taught last year on argumentative sportswriting. While it’s not often hard to tell when a student is using Google as his or her only academic research, it was painfully obvious in a sportswriting class. I only had to look for the Bleacher Report links on the Works Cited page.