Shane Ryan

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Hello my friends! What is the Apocalypse Sports Network, and why should you subscribe? Here's the very short version:

What it is: A dispatch with three sports stories per week, which can be read via email or at The blog is less about analysis of what's happening in the world of sports, and more on interesting elements of current and historical sport that may or may not be related to current events. It's a kind of living trivia, telling a story about something weird/extraordinary/fascinating/etc. PLUS, podcasts—I'll be releasing two podcasts per week, one of which will be an interview with someone interesting in the world of sports, the other of which will be a narrative production that is, again, focused on a specific story.

Why should you subscribe: Do you like the stuff I write and/or say, and are you interested in joining our online army? Fundamentally, it's pretty simple. 

And now the long version!

The Apocalypse Sports Network is a space to examine this crazy world of sports and continue to build a community of people who can enjoy and benefit from each other's company at a time when communities, even of the online variety, are hard to come by.

My online writing habit goes all the way back to college, when I got my first laptop computer, and the internet history of Shane Ryan includes some long-deleted blogs that would probably force me to commit seppuku, on live television, if they were ever dug up from the Internet graveyard. But writing about sports, which has been a large part of my career for the last decade, really began on March 30, 2009, the day I launched a blog about Duke basketball while working at the front desk of a New York City hospital—a day job I held while pursuing my dream of becoming a famous Russian novelist.

But I'm still about sports, both for Golf Digest and an upcoming book about the 2020 Ryder Cup. This is my "passion project," if you will, and that's part of what the Apocalypse Sports Network is about. I'm launching the ASN for a price of $3 per month. At the risk of growing redundant, what EXACTLY is the Apocalypse Sports Network?

1. It's the daily Apocalypse Sports Dispatch, written Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, that you can receive in a few different ways. First, you can simply visit the website to read it where it's posted—as a subscriber, you'll get a notification when a new post goes up, and a password to access the content. Second, you can receive it by email each morning in BCC format, meaning you will get that email and no other replies. Third, if you want to join the broader community conversation I'm envisioning and don't mind an active inbox, you can be cc'ed on the email as part of a discussion group, where you can reply and read other replies from fellow subscribers.

2. It's a twice-weekly podcast under the umbrella of Apocalypse Sports Radio. You'll be able to listen on the Patreon website, download the mp3, or listen on your choice of podcast app (iTunes, Spotify, etc.).

Q: How long will the Apocalypse Sports Dispatch be on a daily basis?
A: Of varying length, but those who know me (or are still reading this) know that when backed into a corner, I write long. But it will be broken up into palatable sections, so you can take it in chunks.

Q: Will you write about politics?
A: There will be no politics, unless it's the politics of sport—I have no interest in writing another word about Trump, Biden, or anyone else, unless they wade into our world...if Trump outlaws basketball, for instance, I'll write about that.

Q: Will Apocalypse Sports Radio have guests?
A: Definitely. One episode per week features a guest from the world of sports (journalists, athletes, etc.) sitting in for a longform interview. So far, I've interviewed the likes of Drew Magary, Will Leitch, Hannah Keyser, Tim Layden, John Feinstein, Chris Jones, Christina Kim, and more.

Q: What's with the name?
A: Isn't it obvious? I intend to guide us through the end times with a focus on what really matters—games.

That should suffice for now. If you sign up, I'll contact you to ask which reading option you prefer—on the site, via email BCC'ed (getting no replies), or on the reply chain. Thank you for reading!

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