Mamba Emeritus

A great television series captivates you. It is intuitive–the thrills and suspense are sprinkled in methodically, and the more mundane parts of the season are purposeful. It knows its audience.  Most importantly, a great television series knows when to end. If the show runs a little too long, in hindsight, it is probably as great …

The Free Agent Dilemma

Value. Potential. Character. Health.  These are some of the things to consider when players are off the books, a.k.a., free agents. Picture two scenarios. In Scenario A, there is a budding talent who just came off a career year with your team (you are the general manager, so you do not own the team). He …

All Star Game in the North

This past February, the National Basketball Association held its first All-Star Game in Toronto, the first time the event has been held outside of the United States. This was a historic moment for all fans north of the border. “All-Star Toronto 2016,” the banner read two years ago at the press conference. Rising Stars I …

American Meteor Hammer

Kudos to anyone who knew beforehand what a “meteor hammer” was.  My knowledge of the weapons of ancient warfare is limited. I am of the opinion that Kill Bill, Volume 1 is the best Quentin Tarantino film made thus far (although I have yet to see The Hateful Eight).  What he did for female heroines …

SBL

Entering the 2015-2016 NFL season, few expected the Carolina Panthers to repeat as division champions, and no one foresaw the team getting 15 wins, let alone making a trip to the Super Bowl.  In the summer, Kelvin Benjamin went down with a torn knee.  As the Panthers best receiver, this did not bode well for …

The year that was…in sports

  Every year, we witness things in sports that provide us with lasting memories.  Some of these memories remain with us for a lifetime. This year was no different as the last twelve months gave us jaw-dropping, head-scratching, fist-shaking moments.   NBA   Year of the Warriors   2015 NBA Champions.  A 24-0 start to …

Holmward Bound

On November 15th, at approximately one o’clock a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), the mixed martial arts (MMA) world was flipped upside down.  It was one of those moments that every fan that watched will remember, recalling their whereabouts and feelings when it happened. On November 15th, I had every intention of writing a comparison of …

Daddy’s Home

I always enjoy a good storyline coming into a sporting event. I think a lot of people do. It adds to the hype. It raises the stakes. It gives you another reason to root for this person or that team, if you so choose. In non-team sports, like boxing or mixed martial arts (MMA), spectators …

Hardwood Return

One of the reasons why sports is so ubiquitous is not only because of the celebrity of its performers, but a lot of the issues that are pervasive in society—issues surrounding race, ethnicity, and class—are (usually) suppressed for a moment, allowing us to enjoy the competition inherent to the game. Now, I am not saying …

The Long Hot Summer

“Here it is, the groove, slightly trans…formed. Just a bit of a break from the norm…” Nostalgic, isn’t it? Next May will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the timeless single that still gets airplay on the radio. Of course, I’m referring to “Summertime,” the g-funk-inspired melody from DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Next …