Archive - January 2014
- Column: Richard Sherman's CrimeJanuary 26, 2014
Richard Sherman’s “crime” is that he didn’t kill anyone. If you weren’t familiar with Sherman prior to the NFL conference championship games last weekend, you certainly are now. He’s the Seattle Seahawks’ all-league defensive back who made the game saving play – tipping away San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s last second pass – that catapulted the Seahawks into this week’s Super Bowl. In a postgame interview with FOX, Sherman responded to Erin Andrews’ initial question with what can best be described as an 18-second rant.
- Column: Is Drug Testing Futile?January 20, 2014
What should not be lost in the drama, rhetoric and legal maneuverings of the Alex Rodriguez saga is the uncontroverted fact that drug testing in sport doesn’t catch all the druggies. Regardless of whether you think A-Rod was railroaded by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and the league, got what he deserved, or fall somewhere in between, the testimony – and 60 Minutes interview – of Tony Bosch was eye-opening. Here is a man who is neither a chemist nor a licensed physician and yet was concocting what Travis Tygart, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO, told the Associated Press was "probably the most potent and sophisticated drug program developed for an athlete that we've ever seen." And yet A-Rod never failed a single drug test administered by MLB’s agents.
- Column: Five Facts About A-Rod's SuspensionJanuary 13, 2014
In the wake of MLB arbitrator Frederic Horowitz’ ruling that Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez should be suspended for the entire 2014 season, plus the postseason, here are five key facts about the decision. 1. Horowitz shaved 49 games off A-Rod’s original suspension of 211 games, subject to any playoff games the Yankees might be involved in this year. Nonetheless, it was the longest drug-related suspension in MLB history, exceeding the 105-game ban imposed on Miguel Tejada last year as a third time violator of the Joint Drug Agreement ban on amphetamines. The suspension will cost Rodriguez approximately $24 million in salary.
- Column: How to be a Sports Fan in 2014January 5, 2014
There is disagreement about the origin of the word fan as it pertains to sports fans. Merriam-Webster and the Oxford dictionaries claim it’s the shortened version of fanatics. The Dickson Baseball Dictionary claims it was derived from the fancy, a term that originated in England during the early 18th century and referred to the fans of a specific hobby or sport, especially to the followers of boxing. What is not in dispute is that not everyone is a sports fan. In a November 2011 poll conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion only 61% of Americans identified themselves as sports fans. Many of the 39% who aren’t fans are probably perfectly happy going through life without the burdens the rest of us bear, spending countless hours, not to mention dollars, on our love of sports, our emotions rising and falling with the success – or lack thereof – of our favorite sports teams. But in the event non-sports fans want to become a little more like us, to be able to converse about sports at home or at the office, here are ten things to do in 2014 that will help bridge the gap between them and us.