17 Days in November by Wright Thompson
This is an article about former Seattle Mariner baseball player Greg Halman and his death at the hands of his brother. It is completely depressing and I've read it four times and it hasn't gotten any easier. I'm a very big baseball fan; I played and coached for years and it is definitely one of my favorite things in the world. Greg Halman played for my favorite team and I remember hearing about his death and being surprised. When it came out that his brother was the murderer, I was shocked.
This article came out not that long after his death (less than a year) and tied up a lot of loose ends. Halman's brother was having a mental breakdown and Greg was in the wrong place at the wrong time and paid dearly for that.
Article: 10 of 10
This might not be everyone's type of reading, but it's mine. As the article progresses, it becomes less about baseball and murder, and more about family. How the Halman family moves forward is impressive. How the Mariner team comes together is also nice to read about. Wright Thompson is one of my favorite sports reporters and never disappoints, but I think this is his best piece ever.
Teachability: 8 of 10
From a discussion standpoint, this is awesome. The topics are huge: family, mental illness, forgiveness, athletics. The events take place in the Halmans' home in The Netherlands so comparing the two justice systems would be a nice topic. There is just a lot of weight in this article and I think many students would have a lot to say about it. The only drawback would be that it is truly a long piece of writing.