1. Lance Armstrong vs. USADA Fails to Produce the Truth or a Winner

    This week Lance Armstrong threw in the towel in his fight against the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The seven-time Tour de France champion said he will not fight USADA's assertion that he was not the drug-free warrior he claims to be...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about over 2 years ago 282 reads 0 comments

  2. NFLPA's Defense of Vilma Places It on Slippery Slope with Quarterbacks

    The scenario is as automatic as summer replacing spring. NFL player commits alleged transgression, is fined and/or suspended by the NFL commissioner, NFLPA files an appeal...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about over 2 years ago 777 reads 4 comments

  3. Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Sex, Scandal and Our Double Standard

    As fans we love being able to hold our athletes to a higher standard than we could ever hope to achieve. We seem unwilling to ease our death-grip on the notion that athletic prowess ...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about over 2 years ago 1,316 reads 0 comments

  4. Bobby Petrino Provides Valuable Lessons to Future AD's About Sex, Texts, Etc.

    If one aspires to be an athletic director at a big-time university, the fall of Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino is the latest in a long line of cautionary tales that are really learning moments...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about over 2 years ago 290 reads 0 comments

  5. Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning: Why the Broncos Need Them in Denver

    Peyton Manning is a Bronco—let the Tim Tebow watch begin. Miami ? Jacksonville ? Buffalo ? The CFL ? Keeping up is like watching a bride-to-be with ADD make her registry list at Bloomingdale's...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about over 2 years ago 188 reads 0 comments

  6. 2012 NFL Draft: Manning's Neck, Luck's Arm, Irsay's Tweets; an NFL's Soap Opera

    For those who would be National Football League scribes, but lack the time-in-service credentials, what is happening in the realm of the Indianapolis Colts is a splendid place to learn how to wet one's beak...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about almost 3 years ago 333 reads 0 comments

  7. Penn State and Syracuse Not Just Schools, They Are Cautionary Tales

    According to recent abuse charges in college sports, there are people we would never suspect that allegedly molest children walking among us. Sometimes they are closer than we think...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about almost 3 years ago 112 reads 0 comments

  8. LSU vs. Alabama II for the BCS Title Not a Red-Letter Day for Me

    Today is one of my least favorite days on the sports almanac. As most of you know, the wizards of college football decreed LSU and Alabama will meet for the second time this year to decide the BCS title...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about almost 3 years ago 380 reads 0 comments

  9. Tim Tebow: Tebow Is a Winner and It's Driving Us Crazy

    Let's all admit it—we are all befuddled by Tim Tebow. His ratings are lousy, his mechanics need as much work as '72 Buick but through a combination of factors the Denver Broncos have gone 5-1 in games this season when Tebow has been the starter...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about almost 3 years ago 728 reads 3 comments

  10. Kevin Wilson Has a Big Honey-Do List to Lift Indiana Hoosier Football

    My wife would be the first to tell you she knows little about college football, but at the same time she has a way of grasping just enough to ask some tough questions...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about almost 3 years ago 440 reads 0 comments

  11. NFL Lockout: Labor Strife Among NFL Players, Owners Ignores Some Glaring Problems

    Today lawyers representing NFL player swill meet with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, the judge who will oversee court-ordered mediation with league owners...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about over 3 years ago 109 reads 0 comments

  12. Rory McIlroy, Your 2011 Masters Meltdown in Augusta Is Now Your Life

    Dear Mr. McIlroy: First, sorry about the way things went for you Sunday. When most people have a bad day at the office, usually about a dozen people know...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about over 3 years ago 549 reads 3 comments

  13. NFL Lockout: We're the Ones Who Made the Shield Bulletproof

    Here's a little secret. Shhhh. I don't want to say this too loud—you never know who might be listening. You know how the NFL owners and the NFL players say they care about the fans? Guess what? They don't...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about over 3 years ago 65 reads 0 comments

  14. Life After Football: Bret Favre Is the Thinking Man's John Daly

    Brett Favre has yet to officially retire for the very last time but he's already the front-runner for the "Pete Rose Award" for wasting no time in setting fire to his legacy...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about almost 4 years ago 494 reads 0 comments

  15. Dear Commissioner, Change Is Coming To a League Near You

    As this is written there is not a single openly homosexual professional athlete in any of the major team sports. I have not doubt there are gay athletes, but they are flying under the radar...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about over 4 years ago 144 reads 0 comments

  16. Drugs In Sports Evolve From Scandal To S.O.P.

    Oh the week it has been for the peddlers. Cyclist Floyd Landis finally admitted to the cheating long associated with his legacy. And in a series of emails Landis implicated Lance Armstrong, all-American boy, a charge Armstrong denied...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about over 4 years ago 69 reads 2 comments

  17. Sunday's Winner? That Would Be Amy Mickelson

    It was the ending many hoped for in Augusta. The past Masters champion secures another green jacket. His pretty blonde wife is waiting just off the 18th green to celebrate...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about over 4 years ago 154 reads 1 comments

  18. When It Comes To Tiger Woods The Shame Is Ours

    Mr. Woods: I would have started this "Dear Tiger" but we have never been formally introduced. Indeed, I've never covered an event you have been participating in, so I can't even say I have been within a radar detector's range of you...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about almost 5 years ago 33 reads 0 comments

  19. Please Bore Me Like Barry Sanders

    When parents fail to do a proper job of disciplining their children the job falls to others by default -- teachers, principals, coaches, law enforcement, etc...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about almost 5 years ago 118 reads 0 comments

  20. Consussions: Too Much Of a "Good" Thing

    I have noted over the past few seasons my passion for pro football has diminished a bit. No doubt much has to do with the juvenile behavior of some players like Chad Ochocinco. And then there are the outrageous sums of money tossed around, like the $41.

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about almost 5 years ago 74 reads 0 comments

  21. In Colts Vs. Jets Bet On The Pundits

    As this is being written the Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts are preparing to face the New York Jets for the AFC title. I would suppose most in sports punditry are quietly pulling for the Jets...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about almost 5 years ago 210 reads 0 comments

  22. The Vols Didn't Just Get a Coach, They Got an Exorcism

    Off the top I need to tell you I attended a school that did not have a football team when I was there. The one they have now plays at the Division II level...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about almost 5 years ago 250 reads 4 comments

  23. Brett, Please Wait For My Vacation

    [Note to editors -- I have two vacation trips planned, one in late February, one in June. Hold on to this then cut & paste as you need to -- JO] [INSERT DATELINE HERE, EITHER MINNEAPOLIS OR KILN, MS...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about almost 5 years ago 83 reads 0 comments

  24. Athletic Prowess + Fame + Fortune = Moron

    Welcome to "How to Get Rich" 101 for Women. There are many theories as to how people can best acquire wealth. Some build companies that make a lot of money, then sell them for a lot more money...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about almost 5 years ago 61 reads 0 comments

  25. The Silver & Black Now Fading To Simply Black

    Decades ago the Bay Area of California was adorned with billboards that had two elements. The first was the logo of the Oakland Raiders. The second was the phrase "Commitment to Excellence...

    Jim Osterman Written by Jim Osterman about 5 years ago 70 reads 0 comments