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Four Items the Next NFL Commissioner Should Address

September 22, 2014 |

If anything has become clear in the wake of the train wreck that has been the last two weeks of news in the NFL, it is that the league needs … Read More

Goodell Misses His Adam Silver Moment

September 10, 2014 |

In April a commissioner got up in front of the entire sports world and took drastic action to start mending a wrong so horrible it threatened to destroy an entire team. Adam Silver banned Donald Sterling from the NBA for making terribly racist remarks and eventually forced him to sell the team.

In April another commissioner supposedly saw a video of a player doing a terrible act of violence and did nothing. Roger Goodell had his Adam Silver moment and has failed miserably.

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NFL Opening Weekend Kick-off

September 8, 2014 |

There are few things that keep me from bemoaning the end of summer: changing colors, lower humidity, upcoming fall concert calendar, and Sundays (pumpkin beer certainly would not be on … Read More

Rethinking My Baseball Monogamy

August 25, 2014 |

Baseball’s most exciting team (of at least the last two weeks) is playing in my town, and I feel like I am being unfaithful. When I was a little kid, I wavered back and forth between the Cubs and the White Sox, but Sammy Sosa’s home run exploits of 1998 and especially the Cubs disasters of 2003 and 2004 scarred me as a Cub fan for life. In no way has my devotion to the Cubs been reduced, but living in Washington and following the Nationals at close proximity has me rethinking my baseball monogamy.

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Tony Stewart Racing Tragedy Could Have Been Avoided

August 18, 2014 |

When you put a lot of cars on a small track and race them at high speeds the chance for horrific injuries or even death are a real possibility. Since the 1940s there have been 68 driver deaths on the track in the whole slew of NASCAR events. However, what happened on Saturday could have and should have been prevented.

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PGA Championship

August 15, 2014 |

With Preseason on most American sports fan’s minds, it is only fitting that the last lazy Sunday on the fairway was as exciting as it was. It had a little something for everyone: a little bit of rain, some bright colors to combat the late shadows (Thanks, Rickie), and quite the tasteful ornithological variety of sorts, with birdies and eagles and even ducks. Read More

Sports | The Fall of Tiger

July 28, 2014 |

Despite not winning a major since 2008, Tiger Woods still commands the golfing world’s headlines. Despite Woods shooting his worst four-round score in a major for his career last weekend, we still talk about him. We’ll never stop talking about Woods as long as he plays golf, but his domination of the sport is clearly over… for now.

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The (Sometimes) Soccer Fan Who Knew Too Little

June 30, 2014 |

For all of its flaws, FIFA sure knows (Or is it FIFA sure know?  All rules of subject/verb agreement seem to go out the window when we are talking international soccer.) the right time to schedule a soccer tournament to capture the sports consciousness of the United States.  Baseball season has been here just long enough that the novelty has worn off, and we are finally without the winter sports playoffs to keep us occupied.  What, exactly, as someone asked me earlier this week, would we be talking about if it were not for the World Cup? Read More

Cautious Optimism for Cubs Fans

June 23, 2014 |

Hope. Excitement. Optimism. These are words I haven’t used when talking about the Cubs for the past few seasons, but I’m ready to use them now.

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World Cup Preview Part One: Groups A, B, D, and G

June 12, 2014 |

For soccer junkies like me, today begins the greatest month every four years. The time when the sport known to the rest of the world as futbol dominates highlights of sports networks, even here in the United States. The time when half of the world arrives at work sleep deprived from waking up in the middle of the night to watch their team play. The time when you just hope your boss is alright with you taking off early to swill beer (hopefully of the craft variety) and chant with your fellow countrymen to root on your national team. It is our playoffs and Super Bowl all wrapped up into one month with games on every day. For the soccer junkie, this is our fix  it keeps us going, ups our tolerance, and leaves us wanting more when it is all over. Time to get hooked. Here is the first half of your guide to all of the teams and players, dramatics and theatrics that are the biggest sports spectacle in the sports world, the FIFA World Cup. Read More

The Official 2014 World Cup Drinking Game

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It’s that time again. Thirty-two teams representing nations from across the world come together for one reason. To give us an excuse to drink for a month straight! Oh, and something about national pride and the glory of being crowned the greatest team in the world’s most popular sport. That too.

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Tips for Watching the World Cup

June 9, 2014 |

Having been involved with soccer since I was old enough to kick a ball, I have found it difficult at times to be a soccer fan in the good old U.S. of A. For most of those years, a stigma came with both playing and watching soccer, and it was not a pleasant one. Most of it had to do with people not knowing the game, and America not being at the foreground of the sport. However, in the last decade a soccer playing generation have become adults in America, and with their maturation has come the evolution of soccer as a popular sport to watch. Read More

Landon Donovan’s Reward: A Seat on the Couch

June 2, 2014 |

The American soccer world was rocked, or not, last week by the news that Landon Donovan will not be invited to join the Americans in Brazil for next month’s World Cup.  … Read More

140th Kentucky Derby Preview

May 2, 2014 |

The first Saturday in May. The day that every person who has graced the Commonwealth, no matter the time spent, claims their Kentucky heritage proudly and (quite often) obnoxiously. This … Read More

Silver Handles Donald Sterling Incident Perfectly

April 29, 2014 |

Adam Silver’s first big controversy as NBA commissioner was lobbed to him like a softball. Make no mistake – he hit this one out of the park. The lifetime ban for Donald Sterling was the correct decision and while we can’t just forget what he said, the first steps to move on after this incident have been taken.

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It’s ALIVE: Reawakening Basketball Fandom in DC

April 28, 2014 |

Washington, D.C. has experienced something special over the last week – a reawakening of a fan base.  The momentum had been building all season – in February, the Wizards pushed … Read More

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Week 1

April 21, 2014 |

As the conference quarterfinals begin to heat up, there are a fair share of storylines to follow that will carry implications for the subsequent rounds. Here are the major stories … Read More

Embrace MLB Instant Replay – It’s Here to Stay

April 14, 2014 |

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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NCAA Championship Preview: UK vs. UConn

April 7, 2014 |


Let me start off by saying that I have a nearly complete piece written about Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, complete with pictures and stories and… You are going … Read More

Play Ball | One Fan’s Take on Opening Day

April 5, 2014 |

Even though the start of the baseball season was earlier this week (and incomprehensibly for two teams in Australia last month), I am still anticipating Opening Day in Cleveland! Today’s … Read More