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About- Mike Zoller

Mike Zoller

Mike Zoller

After trying to retire after a lucrative two-year career in sports journalism, Mike got back into sports but in the administration side. He currently works for the Northwestern University Athletic Department as an account executive working directly with football and men's basketball. At Miami University Mike was the sports editor for the The Miami Student and also did radio play-by-play for RedHawk ice hockey, football and baseball. Mike is still waiting to see Northwestern basketball play in the NCAA Tournament and the Cubs win the World Series.

Posts By Mike Zoller

Embrace MLB Instant Replay – It’s Here to Stay

April 14, 2014 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Ah, baseball is back. I love America’s pastime. From the crack of the bat to the pop of the mitt to the stoppage in play because of an official review – baseball is great. For the first time ever instant replay is being used throughout MLB stadiums and everyone has their own opinion on whether it’s good for the game. While there have to be some tweaks to the system, and players will have to change the way they play the game in some instances, I think instant replay is a great thing for baseball and will only improve.
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2014 Regional Bracket Breakdown

March 18, 2014 |

Our panel of sports writers bring us their 2014 Regional Bracket Breakdown with potential upsets, best match ups, and their picks to emerge from each region.

South Region

By Jason Behler

Florida, Kansas, Syracuse, UCLA: the South Region looks top heavy, … Read More

Undefeated but Untested

February 24, 2014 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Have you heard? There is only one unbeaten team left in Division-I men’s basketball this season. It’s the mighty Wichita State Shockers from the Missouri Valley Conference. The Shockers have been dominant this season. They rolled through their non-conference schedule and have had little resistance during their conference slate. They are currently ranked #2 in the country. If they keep this up they will most likely earn a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. But despite their ranking and all of these wins, I’m not sold on the Shockers just yet.

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Five Winter Olympic Sports That Scare Me To Death

February 17, 2014 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

I know I might draw some ire right off the bat with this statement, but I think the Winter Olympics are more exciting to watch than the Summer Olympics. There are so many more obscure and untraditional events during the winter that you only see once every four years. Don’t get me wrong, I love the summer games as well, but it consists of events you’re much more likely to see when the Olympics aren’t going on.

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John Candy Tabbed As Team Jamaica Bobsled Coach

January 21, 2014 |

Despite his dark past, Team Jamaica will once again use John Candy as its coach for the two-man bobsled competition for this February’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.

“We know the success he has had training our guys in Calgary in … Read More

Where Do They Go From Here? NFL Version

January 13, 2014 |

While the NFL Playoffs are just getting underway, the teams that missed out are already retooling for next year. Some of the PorchDrinking sports writers give their take on what some of those teams need to do to be competitive … Read More

BCS Avoids Controversy Thanks to MSU

December 9, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

On its 9th and final life, the BCS lucked out Saturday night when Ohio State fell to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship. Primed for a huge debate on who should play for the National Championship in the final season of the BCS, Sunday’s announcement came with little fanfare as the expected teams are headed for Pasadena.

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How to fix the NBA

November 4, 2013 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

With the NBA starting last week a lot of people got excited—I wasn’t one of them. It’s not that I don’t like basketball, but of the four major sports, I just don’t get excited for professional basketball. I’m a huge fan of college basketball, so it must be something that is going on with the NBA specifically. Here are a few suggestions I’ve come up with to help improve the league.

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Which Athlete Would You Want To Meet?

October 22, 2013 | 1

This week’s roundtable question asked each sports writer to think about which athlete, living or dead, they would want to meet. Here are their answer:

Jason Behler: I am going to add a caveat here. I am not one for just … Read More

What Has Been The Biggest Disappointment In The NFL So Far?

October 15, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

With week six in the books for the NFL, the sports writers for PorchDrinking take a look at what has been the biggest disappointment thus far. Read More

Queasy? Worst Sports Injuries of All Time

September 30, 2013 |

In the past week, Baltimore Oriole Manny Machado’s knee buckled as he rounded first base and Arizona Cardinal Rashad Johnson lost part of his finger mid-game. These injuries produced gruesome pictures and video. It’s the type of injury you don’t … Read More

AJ McCarron: The College Quarterback We Should Be Talking About

September 17, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

There is a quarterback in the SEC that has unbelievable talent, command of his offense, the ability to make a huge play every down and he’s humble – so it’s not Johnny Manziel.

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SPORTS ROUNDTABLE – WHO WOULD YOU WANT AS YOUR COACH?

September 10, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

With the NFL season kicking off this past weekend, our sports writers discuss who they would want as their head coach if they played football.

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Who Prevails as BCS National Champs?

September 3, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Ask most college football experts and they already have Ohio State taking on Alabama for the national championship come January. But are there any other teams out there they might be able to challenge either of those teams and take their spot? PorchDrinking.com sports writers sound off.

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Your #2 Fantasy Football Pick

August 27, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

If you have the first pick in your fantasy football draft you’re most certainly taking Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson. There’s no one coming off a better season than him and he’s poised to have even bigger numbers this year. But if you have the second pick in the draft who do you take? PorchDrinking.com’s sports writers discussed:

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Avoiding the Steroid Witch Hunt

August 26, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Americans have the first amendment, freedom of speech, it allows us to speak our mind, have opinions and challenge authority when we believe change is needed. It’s a great thing, however, there are limitations. You cannot yell fire in a crowded public area, you cannot yell obscenities in public and you can’t libel or slander someone. When former Cardinals player and radio host Jack Clark accused Albert Pujols of doing steroids he violated his first amendment right.

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New Faces Atop MLB Standings

August 5, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

What if I told you that on July 31st the two best teams in baseball were both in the National League Central? What if I told you that the two teams were the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals? You might expect the Cardinals but it finally looks like the Pirates will keep it together for an entire season. Major League Baseball is facing a lot of issues but new teams at the top of the MLB standings are definitely a positive.

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More than Winners and Losers

July 8, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

On the Fourth of July Americans celebrate our country’s birthday in many ways. From BBQs with friends and families to going to fireworks in the evening, everyone has their own way to celebrate.

Sports, specifically baseball, is another way to celebrate our nation’s birth. Every team plays on July 4 and the Washington Nationals always play at home on the holiday. I’ve been to many games on July 4 and it’s a lot of fun watching our nation’s pastime on a beautiful afternoon or evening ending with a solid fireworks display.

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Remembering Coach Coles

June 17, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

There are hundreds of NCAA basketball coaches out there, but none were like former Miami University basketball coach Charlie Coles. In an era where so many coaches focus on what’s politically correct to say, Coles told you exactly what he was thinking.

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Sports Fans Gone Wild

May 20, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

It may have happened almost two weeks ago, but the actions of Miami Heat fan Filomena Tobias are still etched in my mind. Sure fans can get rowdy during a game, but when Tobias got into the face of the Bulls’ Joakim Noah with a middle finger the line was clearly crossed.

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