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I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and have been a sports fan since before I can remember. It's not just the games, the teams, the championships, and the players, it's the stories behind them all that make us love sports. The Comebacks. The Effort. Redemption. Achievement. Hope. Coping with Defeat. Success. The values that make us people are played out on a field somewhere in the world every day, from street pick-up games to million dollar matches in immense professional arenas.

It's sweet to feast on the numbers, the comparisons, the history...and we should. But inside the box score and behind the headlines, there's more to indulge in.

I hope to bring you both sides of the story...the juicy facts and the indispensable feel of the circumstances.

Thanks for reading.

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  • Ben Rosenthal posted 526 days ago

    Ben Rosenthal

    Sure thing, Vin. I nearly missed that one too for that reason. Hopefully the Knicks make this a series!

  • Jared Newman posted 712 days ago

    Jared Newman

    Hey, so here's the update. For these kinds of issues, you can post in the Community Forum (http://bleacherreport.com/pages/forum), and what you say will be reviewed. So go ahead and voice your concern there now and it will get looked at. I hope that helps!

    Jared

  • Jared Newman posted 712 days ago

    Jared Newman

    Hey, Vin. I received your message, but for some reason I can't access my inbox now. Anyway I passed on your thoughts to the next level. If I hear anything, I will be sure to let you know asap.

  • Sean Hojnacki posted 737 days ago

    Sean Hojnacki

    Thanks for adding me as a fan, Vin. It's pretty silly, but I'm fairly jealous of your ruby medal.

  • Emmanuel Altenor posted 758 days ago

    Emmanuel Altenor

    You're welcome, Vin! I'm a big J-Kidd fan, so I hope they do well!

  • Chris Roling posted 776 days ago

    Chris  Roling

    No worries, glad I could help!

  • james michael posted 786 days ago

    james  michael

    Vince where was field's ghost the last 10 seconds of game 4 in the Heat series when he played great defense twice against D Wade after Wade walked around Amare like that never happens. Fields' defense was the difference in end the end as the Knicks finally won a playoff game. The knicks had lost 13 of 14 playoff games up to that point. Fields is good all around player, unselfesh with a high basketball IQ. Can't say the same for Smith who plays no D, jacks up shot after shot til he makes one and dribbles too much running the clock down. Yes Field's production went down after the Melo trade but name me one player's who production went up. Fields' assist and steals went up from his rookie year but his possessions went down as did the entire team's especially when Woodson took over. So I guess his role was to play D and pass the ball to Melo as Woodson demanded. The question is will Woodson be creative enough to let the point guards get everyone involved or will we be in isolation city again. I see a Hawks team all over again now that he similar plyers to play that system. Woodson only found 9 shots for Novak( nba best 3pt shooter) the entire Heat series and failed to figure out Heat's defense on Melo until game 4.

  • Sean Hojnacki posted 912 days ago

    Sean Hojnacki

    Vin, did you see that Marbury statue they built? Amazing. He actually looks a little Chinese in it. Anyway, I'm happy for him. More than he ever did for the Knicks.

  • Tyler Collison posted 935 days ago

    Tyler Collison

    I believe the back-burner stuff is what my old American Lit professor (and the world's No. 1 Hemingway scholar) called "the endless pursuit of the Great American novel." Save for the "Great American," I find construction of a novel truly is endless. (If it wasn't for all this work, I'd actually get some work done!)

    Anyway, things are light right now, so I'm going to run through your Knicks article. They're the easiest for me to sift through (unless they're on a losing skid...ughhhh).

  • Ben Rosenthal posted 937 days ago

    Ben Rosenthal

    You got it, Vin. Gonna be interesting to see if the Knicks can sneak into the playoffs. It will be tough after Amar'e's injury. Melo is going to need to step up big time.

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