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College Athletics: A Review
Listen to the podcast here! The NCAA is a multi-billion-dollar organization. Originally founded in 1906 to save football and the integrity of collegiate sports. Most football teams were run by students and they hired players to take part. Resulting in many injuries and even death.
What Went Wrong: Red Sox Bats Get Cold at Wrong Time
Three years ago, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series--their fourth since 2004. What followed was two seasons of disappointment, dismay, and the proverbial axe falling on certain people. Their 2019 season was immensely disastrous, as they went 84-78--24 games worse than their 2018 championship season--and missed the postseason. Pitching was the main problem, though if you asked then-GM Dave Dombrowski, the pitching was just fine. That statement was why I used the word "then-GM." Dombrowski was fired in September of 2019, less than a full season after delivering a championship to Boston. It was that bad.
4 winners and 3 losers from Week 5 in the NFL
"How 'bout they Cowboys?" This saying, which was first used by Jimmy Johnson in 1992, has been unquestionably the most irritating in sports for the past three decades. It's been a symbol of everything that frustrates 31 other Dallas fanbases for years. Over-exposure, endless promises that this is their year, and frustration at reaching mid-season wondering why a 3-5 team has still four primetime games on the schedule.
NFL Week 4 Recap: New York, New York, Brady Returns Home
It has been said that one can never go home again. Those who said that clearly weren't interested or well-versed in the story regarding one Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr. I still remember when I heard the news that Tom Brady was leaving Foxboro, leaving the Patriots. I had heard that rumor for several months and never believed it; I figured he'd retire as a Patriot. In fact, my exact words were, "I'll believe it when I see it." Actually, I said, "Even if I see it, I still won't believe it." And those words were true, even a year later.
History of the MLB Postseason (Part III: Wild Card & Division Series Era - 1995-2011)
The introduction of divisional play in 1969 increased intrigue in Major League Baseball. The road to the World Series now included a playoff round known as the League Championship Series (LCS), which featured each league's two division champions facing each other for the pennant. All the while, the league continued to grow, as after the Seattle Pilots moved to Milwaukee and became the Brewers, baseball returned to Seattle with the Mariners, while the American League went north of the border and debuted the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1993, the National League added two new franchises: the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins.
Should Have Watched It With My Dad
When I was incredibly young, I never understood why fathers watch sports. I have seen them in movies and on television shows. There is usually a father who is into sports. Of course, my dad (God bless his soul) had always been a huge fan of sports – especially football, boxing, and basketball. I am sure he watched other sports on television as well, but those were the three main sports I had always caught him watching.
A Tale of Two Bodies
It’s always the same experience. Rightly so, it’s ritual – it’s intentioned to be that way. Always the same silence that toes the line of uncomfortable and meditative. My hands are folded in front of me like in prayer and my mind is similarly inwardly focused. Coaches hang around, silent, sometimes occasionally muttering words of advice and reminders of the absolute necessities for enduring the challenges to come. The man in front of me is the only one whose words I regularly understand. He’s in a similar state to my own – rousing himself from his stupor only to impart words of wisdom and return to his task.
THE BALLAD BETWEEN A FAN AND A FANTAGONIST
College football season (remember THOSE? We had them, WITH fans in the seats in the yesteryear of pre-2020) is almost here, Sports Fans.
Ben Simmons Jump Shot
Fixing Ben Simmons jump shot isn't a simple task. Trust me, shooting more is not the answer. We're not even factoring in the external performance elements such as being in a real game, against live competition, with fatigue, and in front of fans all around the world. Today, we'll learn the best practices to fix techniques and why so many people get it wrong.
Lay Off Simone Biles
As always with these things, it’s hard to know where to begin. Just days ago US Olympian Simone Biles — arguably one of the finest if not the finest competitive gymnast ever to stand atop a medal podium — pulled out of her event at the Tokyo 2020 Games, already the most troubled and arguably most pointless Olympics in the history of the Olympic movement. Biles cited a growing need to focus on her mental health, after early scores in her qualifying round were not what she, or the US Olympic Committee or her fans, expected.
Why I Absolutely Enjoy the Canadian Football League
I had known about the Canadian Football League for about 10-15 years at least; the first time I learned about that particular league was during Doug Flutie's time with the Buffalo Bills, as his past with the CFL had been told many times. I remember peeping in at a CFL game back in 2012, and afterwards, I promised myself that beginning with the following year, I would start watching those games, because the way Canada plays football is just amazing.
An Open Letter to the Fencing Club Poor Sport
Dear Sir, Allow me to make my role clear to you, sir. I am your opponent. That means – I oppose you. It is not my job to stand there like a crash test dummy and uncomplainingly absorb all your too-hard whip attacks. If I know that you like to use too-hard whip attacks, the evidence of which I am now wearing on my arm and back in the form of long purple bruises, I am going to keep using point in line to keep you at a distance with the point of my sabre, because I don’t like absorbing too-hard whip attacks. Please know that your heavy-handed, flailing-n00b’s style has all the finesse of a compound fracture, and seeing as how I don’t like pain, I will go to extensive lengths to avoid it. Please also be aware that fencing is a sport, not an excuse for you to beat the snot out of people with a three-foot metal whip, and that anger management counseling resources are available for people like you.