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- I’m not usually the emotional type, but if someone would let me march into the Baltimore Orioles’ dugout, I’d give Buck Showalter a thank you and a great big hug. Or at least a manly fist-bump. Just something to show my appreciation for his willingness to tell the truth about Theo Epstein, the man with one of the two easiest jobs in professional sports. Read More
So ... does time really heal all wounds? Or, specifically if you’re a Giants fan: Does the passing of a few seasons, the emergence of new heroes and the revelry of a current world championship erase the memories of misdeeds committed by heroes of the past? We’re about to find out, as the long-awaited perjury trial of Barry Bonds begins today in federal court. Read More
In the next couple days, if not throughout the entire fortnight of the NCAA Tournament, you’re going to read and hear a lot about how weak this year’s college basketball field is — but don’t you believe it.It’s much worse than that. Read More
The new deadline for NFL owners to reach an agreement with the NFLPA is Friday night, and the clock is ticking. In the spirit of compromise, here is an equitable split of the four key negotiating points:
1. The $9 billion revenue pie
Players: The players are perfectly happy with things the way they are, probably because they currently receive 60 percent of the league’s revenue. They point out that revenues are at an all-time high, so the owners should have nothing to complain about. Read More
It’s a players’ league, they say. And they’re right. No sense in fighting it anymore, because it’s true: The inmates are in full control of the asylum.
Yes, the students are running the classroom, the prisoners have taken over the cell block and the employees have run the boss off.
The NBA is truly the players’ league. Read More
“Let them play.”
No, this is not a testimonial for the National Football League Players’ Association, which produced a Super Bowl commercial in which players and fans united to urge NFL owners not to lock the players out on March 3.
“Let them play” is a plea to mothers across America, urging them not to lock their sons out of youth football programs due to over-reactionary fears of concussions and brain injuries.
Let them play. Read More
Christina Aguilera started the game with an embarrassing mistake, and as it turns out, the pop tart would’ve looked pretty good in a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey.
The Green Bay Packers are the champions of the NFL right now thanks in equal parts to the mastery of Aaron Rodgers in carving up a weak set of Steelers cornerbacks and to a series of Pittbsurgh gaffes not seen in a Super Bowl since Neil O’Donnell helped Larry Brown steal $12.5 million of Al Davis’ money.
Rodgers was the clear choice as the MVP of Super Bowl XLV, after completing 24 of Read More
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- Just six days from a showdown with Aaron Rodgers in Dallas, the Ben Roethlisberger redemption tour marches on, as the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback gains new fans and admirers with each passing day.
This is the same treatment Michael Vick received after a few MVP-like performances for the Eagles in the regular season, and it’s enough to ask sports fans if there’s any disease at all that winning won’t cure. Read More
It was a tale of five quarterbacks, and when the final storyline of Championship Sunday was written, three of them came out winners, one a tough-luck loser, and one with what could be a career-defining “incomplete.” Read More
Congratulations are most certainly in order to the 49ers for landing the biggest fish in the coaching sea, but before Jed York calls his taxidermist to discuss mounting fees, he just might want to remember one thing: More often than not, trophies plucked from college football waters end up being thrown back.In other words, University of Michigan fans, keep your chins up. Your future savior may be just three underwhelming 49ers seasons away. Read More
God bless Texas Christian University senior wide receiver Jeremy Kerley for his attitude.
“Anybody would like a shot at the national championship,” Kerley said after TCU’s 21-19 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. “But you got to take what they give you. This is a great way to go out. Couldn’t ask for more.”
We’re sorry, Jeremy, but we can, and will, ask for more. Read More
You really have to hand it to LeBron James. Just when you think he couldn’t do or say anything more embarrassing or damaging to his reputation than “The Decision,” he delivers “The Contraction.”
The only things missing were the cameras, the adoring ESPN analysts, and a bought-and-paid-for Jim Gray asking about his favorite color while “The Chosen One” proceeded to choose which struggling NBA franchises should fold, and which of the elites should absorb their leftover superstars. Read More
A little of this, and a lot of that ...- I’m not saying that God takes a rooting interest in the outcome of games, but I’ve got it on good authority that The Almighty had a cloud reserved directly above the 50-yard-line to watch his favorite player make his first start at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday. Read More
‘The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.”Take note of the final word in that sentence. You may never see it again. At least not in the same sentence as the words “college sports.”The sentence above is the very first line of the Heisman Trust’s mission statement, and it was once recognized as an important criterion when evaluating potential recipients of the trophy. Not anymore. Read More
For more than 15 years in sports media, I’ve been as consistent and predictable as rain in Seattle on the issue of strikes and lockouts in professional leagues. It has been my default position that in the never-ending battle between billionaire owners and millionaire players, the owners should always win.
That position changes today. At least a little. Read More