1. Holy War Heartbreak: Boston College Drops One to Notre Dame

    Is every October game involving Notre Dame played under the auspices of a blue-gray sky ? Even the soul-crushing "Mike Cloud Game" from 1998 is never not fresh in my memory...

    Brian D. O'Leary Written by Brian D. O'Leary about 5 years ago 243 reads 2 comments

  2. October: The Classic Month In The American Sporting Landscape

    It may not be truly quantifiable, but October is the best month in American sports. We have the baseball playoffs, college football is heading into rivalry season, the NFL is beginning ...

    Brian D. O'Leary Written by Brian D. O'Leary about 5 years ago 61 reads 0 comments

  3. Roger Clemens and the "PED" Debate: It Continues Between My Ears

    Roger Clemens was, for many years, my favorite baseball player. I wore No. 21 for one year in Little League. I had his posters littering my bedroom walls and still have one in my office...

    Brian D. O'Leary Written by Brian D. O'Leary about over 5 years ago 338 reads 0 comments

  4. Unusual Suspect: Bill Walton's 1986—Best Performance By an Old Athlete

    What makes age? Is it the years on Earth or the deviation from the standard definition of "able to walk?" If it is the latter, Bill Walton had perhaps the best season of any team-sport athlete ...

    Brian D. O'Leary Written by Brian D. O'Leary about over 5 years ago 1,015 reads 3 comments

  5. When the Floor-Slapping Stops: Greg Paulus, Coach K, and a Dukie's Future

    The Duke bench is where old Blue Devils go to pasture.Steve Wojciechowski, Chris Collins, Nate James, and Chris Carawell all were serving on Mike Krzyzewski's staff (in some regard) as of the cringe-worthy end of their 2008-09 season...

    Brian D. O'Leary Written by Brian D. O'Leary about over 5 years ago 2,184 reads 4 comments

  6. The WBC: Where Have You Gone, Yang Yang? A Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes to You

    The World Baseball Classic (WBC) needs a change. The idea is grand in scope and admirable, but the quality of play and the format both stink right now.The spin-meisters are already out there talking about attendance and ratings...

    Brian D. O'Leary Written by Brian D. O'Leary about over 5 years ago 124 reads 0 comments

  7. Promotion, Relegation, Patience: Keys for Soccer's Success in The States?

    Truthfully, I'd like to get on with the rites of spring—Opening Day in baseball and crunch-time of the NBA season—but other than the regular banter about the trials and tribulations ...

    Brian D. O'Leary Written by Brian D. O'Leary about almost 6 years ago 437 reads 6 comments

  8. Poltroonery In Portland Prevails: MLS 1—City Taxpayer Nil

    It is done...almost.The Portland City Council needs to put its final stamp of approval on the Paulson Plan on Wednesday at 9:30 am, then the MLS has to go through the formality of granting ...

    Brian D. O'Leary Written by Brian D. O'Leary about almost 6 years ago 184 reads 6 comments

  9. Stop with the Soccer Stadium Stupidity

    Fans of a new soccer stadium are the squeaky wheel nowadays in Portland.While soccer is a good and decent sport and I see no reason why Portland wouldn’t support an MLS team, there is no need for our city government to finance stadia...

    Brian D. O'Leary Written by Brian D. O'Leary about almost 6 years ago 266 reads 2 comments