Call it the New Yorker for people who love sports. For more than 20 years, SportLiterate has published essays, poems and “think pieces” about our favorite games and the athletes that play them. Unlike, say, sports-radio and sports-television, the focus isn’t guaranteed contracts, top-5 lists, or personality conflicts ripped from soap opera story-lines. SL explores what sports mean: Why do they speak to us? Why do they stir powerful feelings in otherwise circumspect fans? The results are consistently intelligent and sincere, a bracing antidote to glib reiterations of corporate sales-speak. Reading SL is like watching a game with your smartest, most eloquent friend — the one who expresses herself way better than the average sportswriter.