Sports Columns

Rose Addition Boosts ESPN In Competition With TNT

With the NBA season about to begin, ESPN and ABC unveiled their new studio team last week. Former Laker great Magic Johnson and longtime analyst Mike Wilbon will return alongside popular Bill Simmons. Despite Simmons’ reputation as a zealous fan and critic, the group still lacked something. In order to[Read More…]

by October 26, 2012 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns

Despite Payroll, Barca Keeps Fans

It’s easy to hate the New York Yankees. In American sports, the teams that spend the most money tend to provoke the most animosity. The “Evil Empire” is the most blatant example: If you’re not a Yankees fan, you’re probably cheering against them. The Steinbrenners paid their players just under[Read More…]

by October 23, 2012 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns

Tailgating, Fans Make Football Better in Person

For a moment, I thought I was watching John Thompson III getting introduced at Verizon Center. “RG3! RG3! RG3!” Fans were chanting the initials of Washington’s youngest hero, holding up three fingers in the air. They were crazy for Robert Griffin III, the Redskins’ rookie quarterback. He had scampered down[Read More…]

by October 23, 2012 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns

McCarthy’s Tactics Reinvent Pitching, Fan Interactions

There are many great stories in this year’s MLB playoffs. From the Yankees’ persevering through the loss of longtime heroes Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter, to the Cardinals’ repeat bid, there is no shortage of excitement. Amid all that, however, is one story that hasn’t received enough attention and probably[Read More…]

by October 18, 2012 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns

Holden’s Woes Weigh on America

The United States men’s national team has struggled recently, and despite reaching the Hexagonal — the final stage in World Cup qualifying — there is one key performer whose availability for his country would be a definite game changer. Scottish-American Stuart Holden, 27, is one of Major League Soccer’s most[Read More…]

by October 18, 2012 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns

Beltran’s Success Should Give Slugger Redemption

For Washington, a Game 5 elimination after a 6-0 lead was as heartbreaking as defeats come. For me, the game, the comeback and the series held a different significance. The fall of 2004 was a rough time to be a baseball fan in Montreal: While eight teams looked towards the[Read More…]

by October 15, 2012 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns

WNBA Fails to Thrill Fans

After a grueling 34-game, five-month regular season, the Minnesota Lynx are facing the Indiana Fever in the WNBA Finals. If you like watching sports that lull you to sleep, make sure you tune in to catch the excitement. If you prefer watching sports that have more fans than players, you[Read More…]

by October 15, 2012 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns

New Orleans Still Marching On

On Sunday night, a capacity crowd packed the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans to watch Saints quarterback Drew Brees break Johnny Unitas’ longstanding record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Among those watching was Brees’ head coach, mentor and best friend, Sean Payton. Payton is currently serving a[Read More…]

by October 12, 2012 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns

Denver’s Advantage a Mile High

When the Houston Texans took a commanding 31-11 lead against Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos in Week 3 of the NFL season, most would have assumed that the game was all but over. In the season following Tim Tebow’s miracles, Denver seemed to lack the kind of fourth-quarter magic they’d once[Read More…]

by October 12, 2012 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns

Football Revolution on Horizon

In 2009, analyst Brian Burke, with a simple hypothetical scenario, began to change the game of football. Imagine that punting does not exist. The only decision to make on fourth down is whether to run or pass. Now, imagine that somebody came up and proposed kicking the ball to the[Read More…]

by September 25, 2012 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns