1. Celtics vs. Lakers 2011: Lakers Will Turn It On When It Matters

    The most overused term thus far in 2011 by ESPN? Panic meter. It's February in the marathon that is the 82 game National Basketball Association regular season...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about over 3 years ago 756 reads 25 comments

  2. Super Bowl XLV: Returning the Lombardi Trophy To Titletown, U.S.A.

    The popular thing to do here in Minneapolis (much to my dismay as a fan of the green and gold) is to discredit the Packers ' triumphs...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about over 3 years ago 353 reads 1 comments

  3. NFL Pro Bowl: Why Is This Game Still Played? A Commentary on Elimination

    Today the NFC and AFC squads square off in quasi-competition known as the NFL Pro Bowl. My question is, why? When I look at the other professional sports leagues, only one has a meaningful all-star game — Major League Baseball...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about over 3 years ago 1,440 reads 2 comments

  4. Super Bowl XLV: Steelers, Packers Demand Respect

    As we close in on Super Bowl Sunday (still, inexplicably, nearly two weeks away), the analysts have already speculated heavily, weighing in on everything from the three phases of ...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about over 3 years ago 136 reads 0 comments

  5. NFL Needs to Knock Out the Lock Out Talk: 3 Reasons the Lock Out Won't Happen

    To be honest, I'm a Packers fan, so I've enjoyed all of the talk about the playoffs for that reason alone (The Packers are currently participating and hopefully continue after Sunday's game)...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about over 3 years ago 283 reads 0 comments

  6. Meet the 2004 Boston Red S--Er, the 2011 Tampa Bay Rays

    Does any other MLB fan find it weird when a team goes out and buys former superstars, seemingly anticipating that putting them back together will magically bring back the spark ...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about over 3 years ago 284 reads 7 comments

  7. Green Bay Packers: The Curious Case of Constant Chicago Underdogs

    In case you've been unconscious for the last four days (or amazed at the lack of noise coming from the New York Jets), allow me a sentence to catch you up to speed on the NFC scenario...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about over 3 years ago 405 reads 0 comments

  8. Former Shells?

    So here we are, one year after disappointing playoff losses for both squads, Indianapolis meets up with Green Bay at Lambeau. Indy ended up going 13-3 last year and promptly exited the playoffs via the surging Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs 28-24...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about almost 6 years ago 109 reads 0 comments

  9. (Un)Fair Assumption

    While taking full advantage of a rare occasion in Iowa (a televised Red Sox game during the same time slot as the Cubs), I heard the newly-proclaimed "baseball guru" Joe Buck and crew infer that Manny was basically a lazy quitter...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about 6 years ago 442 reads 2 comments

  10. Ted Thompson: A Lesson in (Mis)management Of a Future Hall-Of-Famer

    While I have been the first to pat Ted Thompson on the back for his accomplishments (making off-season moves to take his team from 4-12 to 13-3 and a game away from the Super Bowl ...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about 6 years ago 578 reads 6 comments

  11. Club Up: Is It Time To Think About Manny's Club Option Already?

    Cool- it's an interesting word. It can be used to describe Manny's composure in clutch playoff at-bats, sure. But it could also be used to describe Manny's bat over the last couple of weeks...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about 6 years ago 215 reads 0 comments

  12. MLB Mid-Season Predictions

    Well, as we hit the midpoint of the season, it's about that time. Here are my predictions for the upcoming second half of the MLB season: AL East Winner - BostonAL Central Winner - ChicagoAL ...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about 6 years ago 824 reads 4 comments

  13. Rivalry Talk Anyone?

    It's about that time again. It seems like they've been a lot more spaced out this year than in years past, but regardless, it's Sox-Yanks and you better believe I'm all over writing about that (and other) rivalries...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about 6 years ago 127 reads 4 comments

  14. Semi-Pro, The Possible Tale Of The "Real" NBA

    I'm not much for viewing movies during their peak viewership, so in saying that, one also shouldn't be surprised to hear that I saw the movie "Semi-Pro" for the first time last night...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about 6 years ago 783 reads 0 comments

  15. Aaron Rodgers: The New A-Rod

    I may be wrong about this (I've certainly been wrong before), but I like this new guy taking snaps in Green Bay. I'll admit, when I first saw the shaggy-haired guy out of California step to ...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about 6 years ago 1,091 reads 13 comments

  16. Overrated: An Account Of The Overrated CC Sabathia

    5-8 with a 4.06 ERA. Those are the glaring statistics of last year's Cy Young Award winner out of Cleveland. After putting up stellar numbers (second, in my opinion, to those of Josh Beckett) ...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about 6 years ago 477 reads 18 comments

  17. Rent Or Pass? Jason Taylor Edition

    Free agency. I've never known sports without it, and say what you will, but the balance of power does seem to move around a lot more than it did in the "Dynasty" periods of the NFL...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about 6 years ago 216 reads 0 comments

  18. Waiver Wire: Get Crisp Outta Here

    While at first the center-fielding spot for the Red Sox looked to be shored up, the current backup at center field for the Red Sox looks to be washed up...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about 6 years ago 397 reads 6 comments

  19. Dropping The Devil

    Who would have thunk it? Heading into the All-Star Game stretch, the Tampa Bay Rays are within a half game of the Red Sox in the AL East. Really? The answer is yes, really, but with good reason...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about 6 years ago 334 reads 2 comments

  20. End It Before It Ends You

    Dan Marino, Brett Favre, and Curt Schilling? While I'm a fan of two of the aforementioned, all three of these legends waited too long to end it...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about 6 years ago 284 reads 0 comments

  21. The Need For an Interleage Rivalry in Beantown

    Seemingly every team has one, that team in the "other" league that, when you wake up every morning, you scour the papers to make sure they lost the night before. For the White Sox's fans, it's the Cubs...

    Mike R Written by Mike R about 6 years ago 347 reads 2 comments