Re: Favorite Sportswriters
Definitely agree with you (and I think just about everyone) on Posnanski. I think he's the best in the business right now.
I grew up on him, so perhaps I'm a bit biased, but I think Tom Archdeacon does a hell of a job for the Dayton Daily News. His features are generally fantastic, great storyteller.
I enjoyed John Canzano at The Oregonian. He's got a bit of the shock jock/Skip Bayless in him, but I generally trust that he believes in what he's saying. He's fairly intrepid as well and has taken on the Blazers (the only game in town) on numerous, deserved occasions.
As much as I hate to admit it, I still read Bill Simmons. He often comes off as a pompous ass, but he brings knowledge and some chops to the table. He's revolutionized the way sports are covered. Unfortunately, he knows it.
Regarding blogs, I think Henry Abbott at TrueHoop, Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie, and Orson Swindle at Every Day Should be Saturday all do excellent jobs.