1. What Just Happened? A Brief Memory on the Knicks, Blazers and Allan Houston

    Precursor: A few days ago, my old friend Matt Lawyue – contributor for SLAM Magazine , and all-around good sir – levied a proposition...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about almost 4 years ago 609 reads 2 comments

  2. All You Can Do Is Laugh: On Losing Greg Oden, and The Folly of Expectation

    Last week, I got a text. And I laughed. At some point, you’ve just got to laugh. Not with your gut—a quick exhale will do—and certainly not at the misfortune...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 4 years ago 942 reads 7 comments

  3. My Oh My: Thanking Seattle Mariners Broadcaster Dave Niehaus

    It’s hyperbole to say that I grew up with Dave Niehaus. It’s cliche to say that I fell asleep to his voice, Walkmen wrung around my head as the Kingdome’s buzz rocked my eight-year-old self to sleep...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 4 years ago 460 reads 2 comments

  4. The Power and Passion of Online Baseball

    No matter the march of time, the game of baseball will always be stuck in 1930. Grandstands, newsreels, games of pepper—the game has an old soul, an ingrained essence that taps into a different era, a different mentality...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about over 4 years ago 81 reads 1 comments

  5. Passing Through The Decade From Hell

    We’ve survived it. “The Decade from Hell,” as Time called it. The 2000s—or Aughts, or Double-O’s, or whatever you want to call them—were not for the faint of heart...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about over 4 years ago 122 reads 0 comments

  6. The Hardest Hit: Sickle Cell, Bowl Redemption, and Dale Lloyd

    Dale Lloyd was only 19 years old when he collapsed on the Rice Stadium turf in 2006, dying the next morning from sickle cell complications...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about over 4 years ago 562 reads 0 comments

  7. Ken Griffey's Return Worth The Wait

    There are things in life that should not happen. We see them in children’s books or on the Hallmark Channel, but never in our dirty world of grime and struggle...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about over 5 years ago 152 reads 0 comments

  8. The Shock of A-Rod's Confession

    When I first heard the news that Alex Rodriguez used steroids, there was nothing but shock. The report triggered a San Andreas fault-line straight through my aorta; it created a blow to the gut that could have turned Lennox Lewis into a pile of mush...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about almost 6 years ago 46 reads 0 comments

  9. Brandon Roy's 52 and the Greatness of its Memory

    They say you never forget your first. And it's true, you don't. Kiss. Car. Bionicle Lego set. All of them memorable, keepsakes, safe from the hurricane of emotion and turmoil that the rest of life turns over...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about almost 6 years ago 130 reads 0 comments

  10. Blowing Smoke: The Sean Avery and Steve Williams Debacle

    Please, don’t take offense, Phil. And Elisha, it’s nothing personal.But guys, it’s time to grow up...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about almost 6 years ago 437 reads 2 comments

  11. An Open Letter to the Seattle Mariners' New Manager

    An open letter to Don Wakamatsu, from a gray-haired, prune-munching, gout-having M’s fan, still waiting on his meatloaf: So you’re the new guy, huh? Just came aboard a couple days ago, didn’t you? Mr...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 6 years ago 239 reads 0 comments

  12. Joey Cora Becomes Front-Runner for Seattle Mariners' Manager

    Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 6 years ago 1,237 reads 8 comments

  13. After Much Debate, The Title Of "Greatest Sport" Goes To...

    What sport, above all others, embodies the fire of the human spirit? What sport combines more grit, guts, and gregariousness than Odysseus or Ulysses ever knew? What sport propels men, ...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 6 years ago 246 reads 0 comments

  14. And The Rays Fans Will Be Oxymorons No More

    When I first met Rob Meister during Rice University's 2006 O-Week , he was a human impossibility. Here stood a living, breathing oxymoron, proof that you really do meet the strangest people in college...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 6 years ago 393 reads 0 comments

  15. Rife with Questions, the Seattle Mariners Look to 2009

    In America, November brings more than basted turkeys and wasted elections. The 11th month signifies the stoking of baseball’s hot stove, a panacea to the unavoidable candy-induced hangover of Halloween...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 6 years ago 284 reads 7 comments

  16. We Don't Know Jack about the Seattle Mariners' New GM

    You don’t know Jack. Seriously, you don’t. That’s not an insult — it’s the truth, and you know it. It’s cool though, because I don’t know Jack, either...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 6 years ago 663 reads 12 comments

  17. After Eight Years, The Blazers Are Back

    Eight years ago, I dribbled a worn basketball in my cracked driveway. “Beat LA!” yelled the blue-shirted dude passing on his bike. “Yeah,” I offered, meekly, turning my back to the guy...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 6 years ago 312 reads 2 comments

  18. So, Who Wants On the Blazers Bandwagon?

    Unless you’re busy spending $150,000 on clothes and makeup — and therefore spreading the wealth! — you’ve undoubtedly heard that my Trail Blazers are back...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 6 years ago 278 reads 0 comments

  19. A Hero's Welcome: Ken Griffey Jr.'s Return to Seattle

    For most people, the end of childhood comes gradually. The final stroke of this elemental phase of your life usually takes time to develop, and most people are often unaware of the measured, minuscule changes that land them in the throes of adulthood...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 6 years ago 1,199 reads 37 comments

  20. The Trials, Tribulations, and Terrors Of Watching New Zealand Rugby

    They are the stuff borne of nightmares. They are more terrifying than Donald Trump’s hair, Mike Tyson’s mind, and season three of Are You Afraid of the Dark?" They are the New Zealand All Blacks, and they’re coming for you...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 6 years ago 475 reads 1 comments

  21. Some Cinematic Preditions for the 2008-09 NBA Season

    With the NBA season fast approaching, let's take a peek at how the 30 squads will compare to one another. And for all you cinephiles out there, try to spot the movie reference accompanying each ...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 6 years ago 802 reads 6 comments

  22. The NBA Playoffs Should Be Changed, Like It or Not

    Contrary to what some may say out there, good sports writing still exists. Ian Thomsen, the balding Sports Illustrated sage—he and TrueHoop's Henry Abbott should form a club—can usually ...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 6 years ago 954 reads 8 comments

  23. What Did We Learn From These Olympics?

    Without any invasion of Taiwan or reboot of the Cultural Revolution, the Beijing Olympics came to a close with a relative whimper...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 6 years ago 543 reads 1 comments

  24. Lance's Call For Cancer Research, and Why It Matters To Us All

    In order to counteract the bad karma I earned while earlier calling out Lance Armstrong, this is a piece I penned about Lance's 2007 visit to Rice University, where he reiterated his support of stronger cancer research...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 6 years ago 158 reads 1 comments

  25. The Most Exciting Play in Baseball Has Found Safe Haven In...Softball?

    The game of baseball has many great moments—the suicide squeeze, a do-it-yourself triple play, and a successful “daylight” pickoff move represent just a few of the best...

    Casey Michel Written by Casey Michel about 6 years ago 628 reads 0 comments