1. 1998: How I Became a Minnesota Vikings Fan

    I remember my priest’s joke, the one that first brought the Vikings to my attention.I was squirming in the pew, waiting for the homily to get underway. I was 12, a Chicago transplant still getting used to Minnesota...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 382 reads 2 comments

  2. Dear ESPN.com: Dustin Pedroia Is Short. We Get It.

    ESPN.com, we follow you on Dustin Pedroia.He’s not very tall.We’ve got that one nailed down. Really, we do...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 768 reads 23 comments

  3. Brett Favre to the Minnesota Vikings? Bad Idea

    So an anonymous source told ESPN.com that Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings will meet at an undisclosed location for reasons unknown...

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  4. Lakers-Rockets: Against Phil Jackson, Rick Adelman Has Plenty to Prove

    Rick Adelman isn’t exactly hard-up for career accomplishments.He’s has coached three No. 1 seeds. He’s been to the Finals twice. He’s presided over a 22-game winning streak...

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  5. Time for the Chicago Bulls to Go Shopping

    Memo to the the Bulls ' front office going into the offseason: Want to return to this club to power? Start thinking about the power of the purse. There has never been a better time for an NBA shopping spree...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 261 reads 4 comments

  6. Joe Mauer Is Back and the Minnesota Twins Are Still in Trouble

    The cavalry finally showed up for the Minnesota Twins on Friday, wearing No. 7 and squatting behind the plate.Joe Mauer is back. He’s whacking the yarn out of the ball...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 187 reads 1 comments

  7. A Chicago Bulls Fan Jumps on the Boston Bandwagon

    As a Bulls fan, I have learned to hate the Boston Celtics.I hate that they always manage to execute down the stretch. I hate the, "Are you kidding me, you crazy bastard?" look Doc Rivers gives the officials every time the whistle blows...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 93 reads 0 comments

  8. Glen Davis Is Outgrowing His Baby Shoes

    You'd think it would be a little harder to lose track of Glen Davis. At 6'9" and a rather conservative 289 pounds, Boston's second-year power forward is the biggest mountain east of the Appalachians...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 1,516 reads 5 comments

  9. It's Time to Give Rajon Rondo Something to Worry About

    Rajon Rondo is hitting layups. He's hitting runners. He's hitting floaters.Just about the only thing Boston's third-year point guard hasn't hit in the lane against Chicago in this series has been a wall...

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  10. Shedding Light on the Chicago Cubs' Dirty Little Secret

    Behind every MLB contender, there's a dirty little secret.Keep winning, and nobody pays any attention to it. The Red Sox, for instance, have been on such a tear lately that nobody's asking why David Ortiz (...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 128 reads 1 comments

  11. Dear ESPN.com: Please Stop Selling Your Dignity

    ESPN.com, has it really come to this?Your front page was already a minefield of banner ads, roll-overs, and unsolicited video spots. Visitors who dared move their mice were already at risk of obscure content and links behind full-screen pitches for Ford..

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 279 reads 1 comments

  12. Stealing Runs Is No Small Feat

    Ninety feet to cover. Three seconds to pull it off. Zero margin for error. And a chance to get whacked in the head with a baseball bat.Stealing home is not for the faint of heart...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 66 reads 0 comments

  13. Albert Pujols Is Already Baseball Royalty, But Can He Claim the Crown?

    Major League Baseball doesn't hand out much hardware in April. Unless you're gunning for Cactus League prizes, you can't collect a batting title or a Gold Glove in spring.And you certainly can't win a Triple Crown...

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  14. The Yankees' New Billion Dollar Bandbox

    It's a mighty fine day to hate the New York Yankees.If you thought Alex Rodriguez' hip injury or Chien-Ming Wang's meltdown were karmic retribution for treating the rest of the league as a trade ...

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  15. The Chicago Bulls Need a Finisher

    Before the Playoffs began, the Chicago Bulls and their fans would have been thrilled if you'd promised them a split in two down-to-the-wire games in Boston...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 30 reads 1 comments

  16. Rich Harden Keeps Cubs Relievers in Business. Should He Join Them?

    Rich Harden has never been mistaken for a workhorse. In 103 career starts, he's lasted a shade less than six innings per appearance. Even last year, when he stayed healthy enough to pitch for most of a full season, Harden averaged 5...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 171 reads 2 comments

  17. Does April Matter in Baseball? You Bet Your Pennant It Does

    Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel reminded everyone that his club’s opening day loss was just one game. So did Yankees skipper Joe Girardi after dropping his own first stanza to the O’s...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 109 reads 2 comments