1. The Top 7 Football Fan Accessories Not Approved by the NFL

    Football may be the greatest spectator sport ever invented. But as wonderful as it is, there are areas that can be improved with a little creative accessorizing Sure, you can go ...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about almost 3 years ago 849 reads 0 comments

  2. Saving NASCAR's Brickyard 400: 5 Must-Have Improvements

    This year’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway raises a question that is increasingly heard at NASCAR events: Where did all the fans go? According to published reports, NASCAR estimates that 138,000 attended this year’s race...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about 3 years ago 397 reads 1 comments

  3. New York Mets vs. New York Yankees: 20 Questions

    1. Will the Yankees still be leading the major leagues in runs and slugging percentage after facing the Mets ’ best starters? 2. Should the Mets be concerned that the Yankees are second in baseball in on-base percentage? 3...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about 3 years ago 212 reads 0 comments

  4. Mets Owner Fred Wilpon: 5 Lessons He Can Learn from the Dodgers' Bankruptcy

    In the last few years, Fred Wilpon, co-owner of the New York Mets , has gone from being the Santa Claus of professional sports to playing the part of baseball’s Grinch...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about 3 years ago 305 reads 2 comments

  5. Jason Bay: 7 Reasons Why the New York Mets Must Send Him Down to AAA Buffalo

    Let’s can all the happy talk that says, “Jason Bay is a really nice guy.” Instead, let’s consider the New York Mets ’ slugless slugger from the perspective of the box score...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about 3 years ago 573 reads 5 comments

  6. New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves Spring Training Opener: 8 Bold Predictions

    It may be just a spring training exhibition match, but the opening game of the season could set the tone for the entire year...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 722 reads 5 comments

  7. New York Mets Madness: How Oliver Perez Can Destroy What's Left of the Team

    Has there ever been a sports franchise that has sunk so low as fast as the New York Mets? They went from challenging for championships to being the laughingstock of the major leagues in the blink of an eye...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 322 reads 5 comments

  8. NASCAR Tells Jr., Jimmie & Pals To Cool It: Use Technology To Go S-L-O-W-E-R

    SATIRE—How fast is too fast? NASCAR officials believe the 206-mile-per-hour-plus speeds achieved Saturday in the Budweiser Shootout were over the top, so they’ve mandated ...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 586 reads 3 comments

  9. Penske, Gibbs, Roush and Friends Ready to Race into NASCAR's Nursing Home

    There’s been no shortage of reasons offered to explain NASCAR’s ongoing loss of fans and plummeting TV ratings: The car of tomorrow makes for boring racing. Junior has to win...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 554 reads 4 comments

  10. B/R Super Bowl Exclusive: Groundhog Predicts A Pittsburgh Steelers Win

    “Bookie Bill”—the sports gaming groundhog—has predicted that the Pittsburgh Steelers will triumph over the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl today...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 498 reads 0 comments

  11. Rescuing the New York Mets: Why Fred Wilpon Should Sell the Team to Its Fans

    Mets owner Fred Wilpon owes lots of people lots of money. According to published reports, his total sports-related investment debt exceeds $1.5 billion dollars...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 788 reads 2 comments

  12. Super Bowl XLV: Why the Game Will Be the Greatest Sporting Spectacle of All Time

    Satire—Forget your World Series, Daytona 500s, World Cups, and Olympic Games. Super Bowl XLV is here and the hype is so thick you can spread it on two sides of your sandwich and still have enough for tomorrow’s tuna salad...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 1,258 reads 13 comments

  13. NASCAR Heats Up: Introducing NASCAR XTREME

    NASCAR officials are changing the rules of racing in an attempt to turn around a growing loss of fans and a significant drop in television ratings...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 1,119 reads 10 comments

  14. New York Mets Fire Sale: Six Alternative Ways To Save the Team

    Satire—The New York Mets are being sued by the victims of Bernie Madoff’s infamous Ponzi scheme...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 945 reads 5 comments

  15. The Joe Namath Jinx: Five Ways Jets Fans Can Break the Spell

    Joe Namath became the greatest Jets player of all time in 1969, after leading his team to its first and only Super Bowl victory. But things have been going downhill ever since for the Jets...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 1,113 reads 2 comments

  16. Dale Earnhardt Crash's 10th Anniversary: Why Jr. Should Try IndyCar

    When Dale Earnhardt, Sr. tragically perished in a last lap crash at Daytona 10 years ago, he left a legacy that’s as big as the entire NASCAR nation and is as personal as the career of his favorite son, Dale Earnhardt, Jr...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 3,207 reads 10 comments

  17. New York Jets: Can They Survive 'Steelers Sportsmanship'?

    It’s the punch to the gut when the ref isn’t looking. It’s the extra hard hit to the head. It’s the twisting of an ankle or the wrenching of something more personal at the bottom of the pile...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 1,115 reads 2 comments

  18. Sandy Alderson Alert: Eight Ways His New York Mets Can Win Back Their Fans

    SATIRE— Take pity on Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. He has to rebuild a team that is saddled with a core of high salary players who are low on talent and lower still on productivity...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 1,241 reads 1 comments

  19. Colts Fans Abandon Their Team, While Jets Fans Prepare to Fly in for the Kill

    Imagine rooting for your favorite NFL team for an entire season, and then turning your back on them after they make the playoffs. That’s precisely what’s happening with the Indianapolis Colts and their fan base this year...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 732 reads 8 comments

  20. Eric Mangini Checklist: From the Jets To the Browns To Eastbound and Down

    Cleveland ‘s head coach Eric Mangini expects to have a meeting this coming Monday with his boss, Browns president Mike Holmgren, to discuss his continued employment...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 1,142 reads 22 comments

  21. Kills On Contact: How NFL Officials Plan To Murder Your Playoff Experience

    The NFL has a proud tradition of semi-professional officiating. The men who wear the stripes are under paid, under trained and seemingly under the control of some mindless bureaucracy that is working to remove fan enjoyment from the sport...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 1,247 reads 14 comments

  22. Jimmie Johnson And Nine Other Threats To NASCAR's Survival

    Satire — Is the party over for big-league stock car racing in America? NASCAR doesn’t need to go on life support yet, but it’s getting there...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 1,172 reads 1 comments

  23. Lou Lamoriello Plays Grinch: 7 More Cruelties To Stop The NJ Devils' Freefall

    It’s not unusual for a team to fire its coach when things are going bad. It’s also not odd when the person who created the mess is the one who does the firing...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 655 reads 7 comments

  24. Brian Schottenheimer: Why New York Jets Fans Should Get Him an IPad for Xmas

    The New York Jets’ Brian Schottenheimer is one Christmas gift away from being the best offensive coordinator in the NFL...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 611 reads 0 comments

  25. From A-Rod To Woods: What The Top Superstars Want Santa To Bring Them This Year

    Bleacher Report has obtained a secret copy of Santa’s “Naughty or Nice” list from WackyLeaks. We checked it more than twice to discover what a few of the world’s top sports stars want from jolly old St...

    Michael Balton Written by Michael Balton about over 3 years ago 175 reads 1 comments