1. 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates: 3 Ways the Bucs Can Become Relevant Again

    Since it’s high school graduation time, I thought that I’d lead with this sobering fact: There are kids graduating from high schools in Pittsburgh who, during their entire ...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 3 years ago 1,004 reads 3 comments

  2. Professional Athletes in a Brave New World: Aldous Huxley Need Not Apply

    Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World as a dystopian view of the future. His outlook was shaped by a belief that the current trends of the time would lead to a less-than-idealistic world...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 3 years ago 510 reads 1 comments

  3. NFL Draft: More Evidence That Marxism Doesn't Work

    "From each according to his ability; to each according to his need." Karl Marx With the pomp and circumstance of the NFL draft over, a dose of reality puts it into perspective: The NFL draft is not a panacea for galactic incompetence...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 3 years ago 518 reads 2 comments

  4. Ironman Triathlon: An Interview with an Everyday Ironman

    One of Webster’s definitions of “extreme” is “exceeding the ordinary, usual, or expected.” For many people, the idea of competing in a triathlon fits that definition...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 3 years ago 1,389 reads 1 comments

  5. 2011 Boston Marathon: Ordinary People Conquering the Extraordinary

    I arrived at the corner of Washington Avenue and Route 135 in Natick around 10:00 a.m. and decided to stand near the 10-mile mark. The day was sunny, but cool. A strong breeze stung my flesh a bit, making me glad I brought my jacket...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 3 years ago 1,370 reads 0 comments

  6. 2011 Boston Red Sox: Daisuke Matsuzaka and MLB Don't Speak the Same Language

    The trials and tribulations of Daisuke Matsuzaka . Matsuzaka and the Red Sox should have seen it coming. The answer was right there in front of them. It was obvious to me...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 3 years ago 465 reads 6 comments

  7. 2011 Pittsburgh Steeler Draft: Echoes from Past Drafts Give Secondary Hope

    Although the Pittsburgh Steelers made it to the Super Bowl last season, the team is not without some glaring issues going into next year. One of those is the secondary...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 3 years ago 721 reads 0 comments

  8. Theo Epstein: Boston Red Sox GM Routinely Commits Sabermetric Heresy

    Theo Epstein is the general manager of the Boston Red Sox. He is also a practitioner of sabermetrics. At least that’s what we’re lead to believe. After all, Bill James has been a senior advisor for the Red Sox since 2002...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 3 years ago 1,212 reads 3 comments

  9. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez: A Tale of Two New York Yankees

    Protagonist and antagonist. Hero and villain. Every novel has them, even poorly-written ones. In many stories, they are easily defined...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 3 years ago 1,339 reads 0 comments

  10. Terrible Towel Memoirs: Being a Pittsburgh Steeler Fan Living in New England

    "Hell is other people." Jean-Paul Sartre wrote those words in his play No Exit. However, Sartre’s words are too non-specific for me. In my worldview, Hell is being a Pittsburgh Steeler fan in New England ...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 3 years ago 590 reads 29 comments

  11. Viagra and the Athlete: An Adventure in Performance-Enhancing Drug Wonderland

    “Viagra enhances performance.” These words bring to mind a septuagenarian man patting his giddy spouse on the derriere as they scurry up the stairs toward their bedroom...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 3 years ago 1,751 reads 0 comments

  12. Peyton Manning Saga: Why The Indianapolis Colts Should Part Ways...But Won't

    He is Peyton Manning , the face of the Indianapolis Colts franchise. He's on pace to break many NFL passing records. He has been the highest-paid player in the NFL and, as a free agent, will command another huge contract...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 3 years ago 3,989 reads 32 comments

  13. 2011 Boston Red Sox: How the Red Sox Have Become the New Evil Empire

    When I first moved to Massachusetts over ten years ago, I quickly noticed two things: Dunkin' Donuts establishments outnumber churches 100 to 1 and New Englanders have a different definition of the word "suck" than the rest of the country...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 3 years ago 899 reads 17 comments

  14. The National Football League vs. Major League Baseball: Which Is Better?

    Bo knows. So does Deion. George Carlin knew it, too. Football and baseball are different. I'm well aware that being a two-sport athlete or a comedic icon are not prerequisites ...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about over 3 years ago 2,884 reads 1 comments

  15. From The NFL Draft to the Super Bowl: America's Obsession With the NFL Explained

    Another NFL season has passed. The emptiness felt by many of us football fans is not asymptomatic. We experience painful withdrawal symptoms, which are exacerbated by pathetic bouts of denial...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about almost 4 years ago 2,063 reads 12 comments

  16. 2011 Pittsburgh Steelers: 7 Reasons the Stairway to Seven Won't Happen in 2011

    For Steeler fans, the Super Bowl XLV loss cuts deeply. As an organization and a city, Pittsburgh isn't used to losing in the Super Bowl: This is only the second loss in eight attempts...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about almost 4 years ago 1,286 reads 23 comments

  17. Super Bowl XLV: Steelers and Packers Are Success Stories for the NFL Model

    Story lines drive drama. Super Bowl XLV doesn’t lack story lines; therefore, it doesn’t lack drama: - Can Ben Roethlisberger find redemption from a self-induced ...

    Mike Stanger Written by Mike Stanger about almost 4 years ago 551 reads 0 comments