USA TODAY Sports activities columnist Chris Chase handed away this morning. He was 37.
A longtime Maryland resident, Chase was a swim coach at his alma mater Winston Churchill Excessive Faculty and a college trainer earlier than starting his profession in journalism. He coated the 2008 Summer time Olympics for Yahoo!, offering an unequalled mix of study and wit that may turn into a trademark in his writing for the subsequent decade.
Chase was a founding member of For The Win, the place he was liable for roughly half the lists ever written on the positioning. There have been few subjects Chase would again down from, and his encyclopedic information turned indispensable to his colleagues.
A commenter as soon as described him as “the Nickelback of sports activities writers,” which isn’t actually honest to Nickelback, who to my information has by no means as soon as questioned the age of Chinese language gymnasts in print through the Olympics.
Whereas readers might have gotten a visceral response to a few of his phrases, fellow writers and editors admired him deeply for his tireless work ethic, his fearlessness in making an argument, and the care he confirmed to his co-workers.
He could possibly be acerbic on the web page, however there have been few individuals extra loving in particular person. He was joyful to toss off an offended reader with a caustic comment, however he was a person who cherished his spouse, daughter, household, and associates fiercely.
Chris’s biggest ardour was his daughter, Anna, who inherited his love of Bob Dylan, the Redskins, and Roger Federer, alongside together with his ever-mischievous smile. Typically, when modifying tales or brainstorming concepts, Anna could possibly be heard within the background providing her bubbly opinion. I’ve lengthy suspected a few of Chase’s hottest takes truly got here from Anna.
Chase’s Redskins fandom was unwavering. To be clear, he cherished all D.C. sports activities however the Redskins held a particular place in his coronary heart, which brimmed with an annual sense of optimism and surprise in September, an uneasy dread in October, pure rage in November, and peaceable resignation by Christmas.
At the least the Caps lastly received one.
When he wasn’t bemoaning the destiny of his groups or doting on his spouse and daughter, Chase was seemingly listening to a Dylan document or explaining why Die Laborious 2 was truly higher than the unique Die Laborious. In considered one of his best performances, Chase ranked 359 Bob Dylan songs from best-to-worst in 2015. It’s feels becoming to let Dylan have the ultimate thought on our pricey good friend and colleague, so I’ll quote the opening traces from Mississippi, the tune on the prime of Chase’s checklist:
“Each step of the best way we stroll the road
Your days are numbered, so are mine
Time is pilin’ up, we wrestle and we scrape
We’re all boxed in, nowhere to flee
Metropolis’s only a jungle, extra video games to play
Trapped within the coronary heart of it, making an attempt to get away
I used to be raised within the nation, I been workin’ within the city
I been in bother ever since I set my suitcase down
Bought nothing for you, I had nothing earlier than
Don’t even have something for myself anymore
Sky full of fireside, ache pourin’ down
Nothing you possibly can promote me, I’ll see you round”
He’s survived by his spouse, Alison; daughter, Anna; his mom, Ioanna; father Peter; and sister Stephanie Beaulieu.
Former For The Win editors Chris Strauss and Nate Scott contributed.