|Born||September 9, 1976|
|Alma mater||University of Missouri|
Wright Thompson (born September 9, 1976) is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. He formerly worked at The Kansas City Star and Times-Picayune in New Orleans. Thompson's topics have covered a wide range of sports issues, from football, basketball, and baseball, to car racing, sports history, Father's Day, and bullfighting. Thompson also covered the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup in the subcontinent of India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
Early life and education
Thompson is a native of Clarksdale in northern Mississippi, the son of Mary Thompson. His late father, Walter Wright Thompson, an attorney, played a pivotal role in Clarksdale's emergence as a tourist destination based on blues music. The senior Thompson was an ardent Democrat who was the Mississippi finance chairman for the 1984 John Glenn presidential campaign. He later supported Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton in their campaigns against George Herbert Walker Bush.
Thompson started his sportswriting career while a student at the University of Missouri in Columbia, having covered Missouri sports and writing as a columnist for the School of Journalism's Columbia Missourian.
Between his junior and senior years, he interned at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and later was the LSU beat writer there. He later moved to the Kansas City Star, where he covered a wide variety of sports events including Super Bowls, Final Fours, The Masters, and The Kentucky Derby.
In 2006, he assumed full-time writing duties at ESPN.com.
In 2008, after watching the University of Alabama narrowly defeat Louisiana State University in a home game in Baton Rouge, Thompson described Tiger Stadium as "the best place in the world to watch a sporting event."
His 2010 article Ghosts of Mississippi inspired the 2012 ESPN 30 for 30 series documentary film The Ghosts of Ole Miss (which Thompson narrated), about the 1962 football team's perfect season and concurrent violence and rioting over integration of the segregated university by James Meredith. He also narrated the ESPN 30 for 30 film Roll Tide/War Eagle.
Article on Dublin
In the piece, McGregor’s childhood upbringing in the “projects” of Crumlin and Drimnagh suggests he was brought up in the Gaza Strip or 1920s Chicago, not a neighbourhood in which this writer lived for six happy and peaceful years, oblivious to the grenades whizzing by, or the fact that I should have been taking an armed escort whenever I had to cross the Liffey.— Jennifer O'Connell, Conor McGregor, Crumlin and the Kinahans: an unrecognisable Dublin, The Irish Times
She also suggested that the author might have been duped by interviewees: "To be fair to Wright Thompson, you can’t help feeling that some of his interviewees might have seen him – and a Hollywood agent – coming."
Rick O'Shea tweeted:
I grew up in both the ‘projects’ *ahem* of Crumlin and Drimnagh. This is lazy stereotyping bullshit of the highest order ...— Rick O'Shea, in Tom Lutz, ESPN's portrait of a gang-infested Dublin attracts bemusement in Ireland, The Guardian
- "Fading Away"
- "Bonds story to be continued"
- "The long road from Las Martinas"
- "When winter never ends"
- "King's dream comes alive for Blazers"
- "Hoops of Nazareth"
- "Michael Jordan Has Not Left The Building
- "Test of Time: In defense of a game that lasts five days"
- "Why you should care about cricket"; alternative title: "In Tendulkar country"
- "Bangladesh madly in love with cricket"
- "Pulled pork and pigskin: a love letter to Southern football"
- "An obsession realized: Manning and the Super Bowl"
- "Patterson rumbles to glory as Eagles romp"
- "OTL: The Burden of Being Myron Rolle"
Sports History / Issues
- "O'Neil was the real 'voice' of America"
- "Thompson: Contempt for the system"
- "Outrageous Injustice"
- "Believeland: A proud city forgets 'The Player Who Left' and remembers what it used to be"
- Chet Hilburn, The Mystique of Tiger Stadium: 25 Greatest Games: The Ascension of LSU Football (Bloomington, Indiana: WestBow Press, 2012), p. 7
- Thompson, Wright (February 2010). "Ghosts of Mississippi". Outside the Lines. ESPN. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- Thompson, Wright (October 30, 2012). "'Ghosts' a story of family, home". ESPN Films. ESPN.com. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- "ESPN article on Conor McGregor's Dublin: 'So dangerous men can't walk their dates home'". Irish Independent. 7 August 2020. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
- Lutz, Tom (8 August 2017). "ESPN's portrait of a gang-infested Dublin attracts bemusement in Ireland". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
- O'Connell, Jennifer (8 August 2017). "Conor McGregor, Crumlin and the Kinahans: an unrecognisable Dublin". The Irish Times.
- Cooney, Gavin (15 September 2020). "Three years on, Wright Thompson reflects on infamous Dublin/McGregor piece". The42.ie. Retrieved 23 November 2020.