How baseball keeps me close to home

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Instead of Mother Goose and Cinderella, my bedtime stories mostly consisted of Randy Johnson and Will Clark. I love baseball because the strategy is fascinating and because failing seven times out of ten is bizarrely acceptable — but mostly because it’s the foundation of my relationship with my dad. Going Read More…

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This is the moment that you know

It’s the most devastating moment of my eight-year-old life. I’m sitting cross-legged and crying in front of my tiny TV in the living room. My mom tells me it’s bedtime, but I don’t want to believe. Game five of the 2001 American League Championship Series and we’re down 6-0 in Read More…

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Jonathan Martin situation shows NFL needs to change its ways

The Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin saga has exploded into a national story this week, eliciting strong reactions from NFL pundits and stay-at-home moms alike. And that’s to be expected when you combine a topic that has received as much attention recently as bullying has in America’s highest-profile professional sports league. But Read More…

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Torn between entertained and fearful

I could feel my heart stop. Eric Reid, the 49ers’ shiny first round pick out of LSU, was lying motionless on CenturyLink Field after a hard hit on Seattle wide receiver Sidney Rice. As I watched Reid dig his fists into the grass, I realized I was an awful person. Read More…

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That’s ‘Madam Commissioner’ to You

Now that Bud Selig is finally stepping down as commissioner of Major League Baseball, he is leaving behind a sport that is being watched less than football and even basketball. It’s time to find an innovative and forceful replacement. That would be me. First of all, it’s time a woman Read More…

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Revisiting the format of NCAA sports

Faced with a number of recent public controversies, such as the assorted indiscretions of Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny “Football” Manziel, NCAA President Mark Emmert held a press conference to address possible changes to his organization. Although he didn’t announce which specific aspects of the association would Read More…

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The five stages of grief for a sports fan

At the start of the season, fans have big eyes and even bigger hopes for their team. We’re all so sure that this season is going to be different from the last, that this is the year that our team is going to hoist that championship trophy. What we don’t Read More…