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High Hopes

Last Friday, when the Chicago Cubs called up wunderkind third-baseman Kris Bryant from the minor leagues to join the big league squad, they were making a statement. A two-fold statement, in fact. First, the long-time strugglers from Chicago’s north side were making a statement that they intend to contend this year. They intend to compete and they intend to win.…

Ending And Beginning

This weekend marked one of the major crossroads in the sports calendar. With the Final Four behind us and the NCAA national championship game tonight, men’s college basketball is coming to an end. At the same time, last night marked the start of the Major League Baseball season as the Cubs and the Cardinals squared off at Wrigley Field in…

Survival

This past Sunday, the NASCAR season concluded after its most complicated playoff system ever. Sixteen drivers entered the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. Then, every three races, four drivers were eliminated until only the final four remained to battle for the title this past Sunday at Miami-Homestead Speedway. And, after 10 races totaling over 4,000 miles, when the dust…

A Big, Big Day

Today is a big, big day for my wife, Marlene, and I as we celebrate our wedding anniversary. Saturday, however, was a big, big day for Los Angeles Angels rookie first baseman, C. J. Cron. Cron, whose dad had briefly played for the Halos in the 1990s, had been called up fro the minors because of injuries to several key…

The Impossible

We are now on the threshold of the first round of March Madness, and in a very few days people across the country will be looking at their brackets, scratching their heads, and asking, “Why did I pick them?” Always, someone picks a #16 seed to beat a #1 seed—but, coming into this year, #16 seeds have never won in the…

A Sure Thing

Last Friday, the Los Angeles Angels played their opening game in the Cactus League exhibition season, defeating the Chicago Cubs 15-3. Superstar outfielder Mike Trout led the Halos’ attack with a grand slam and a total of 5 RBI, which should encourage Angels fans everywhere—especially considering the question marks surrounding the team’s upcoming season. With three young pitchers in the…

Swan Song

With tonight’s BCS national championship game between Florida State and Auburn comes the end of an era. Throughout the time the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) has been in operation, it has been vilified, hated, and heavily criticized. Part of the problem were the teams being left out of the highly lucrative BCS bowls who felt they had earned their way in.…

Hot Stove Hopes

You could make a very strong case that, for baseball fans, the hot stove season is almost as much fun as the actual baseball season itself! Watching the trades, free-agent signings, and rising prospects from teams’ farm systems is a fascinating thing, as rosters are reshaped by general managers with one eye on the World Series trophy and the other…

Big Questions

The golf world watched the Women’s British Open from St. Andrews in Scotland this past weekend with two questions on their minds. First, would South Korean Inbee Park, who has already captured three major championships this year, be able to become the first professional golfer in history to win four majors in one year? Second, would the United States be…

Tragedy Strikes

Last Wednesday night was a painful time for NASCAR fans as word began to circulate throughout the sports media that long-time driver Jason Leffler had been killed in a crash while racing on a dirt track in New Jersey. The 37-year-old Leffler had become a fixture in NASCAR’s Nationwide series, having spent his early years in the Cup series racing…