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S2, Ep. 3: Howard Bryant, Senior Writer ESPN/Columnist ESPN The Magazine

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African-American participation in baseball, at any level, is a deeply personal subject for me. Growing up, I was usually the only black player on the team. I had great teammates, but I always wondered why more blacks didn’t play America’s Pastime; I also wonder, as the percentage continues to decline, whether or not anything can be done to reverse the trend. (more…)

S2, Ep. 2: Greg Howard, David Carr Fellow, The New York Times Magazine

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In April of 2015 Greg Howard (who was writing for Deadspin at the time) wrote a piece revealing the issues surrounding ESPN’s then-yet-to-be-launched sports, race, and culture website, The Undefeated. (more…)

S2, Ep. 1: Andrew John, Sports Reporter/Writer at The Desert Sun

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The Desert Sun’s Andrew John kicks off season two of the Because of Sports Podcast. Andrew, who is a sports reporter/writer, discusses what it’s like to cover a “Beat”, his experience at the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament, the inspiration and challenges to storytelling in sports, overcoming letdowns in the sports industry, and much more.  (more…)

Tony Romo Is A Hall of Fame Quarterback Whether You Believe It Or Not

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Tony Romo won 61% of the games he started, threw for over 34,000 yards and 240 touchdowns for his career.

For the past ten seasons you’ve all done it at least once.  (more…)

Raiders Move To Las Vegas Another Callous Blow To Oakland

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With the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas (2019) and the Golden State Warriors moving across the Bay to San Francisco (2020) Oakland, a great American sports town, is losing part of its soul.

Sports franchises move all the time. I know this. Anyone who watches and follows sports knows this. Sadly, it has become part of the sports landscape. (more…)

Super Bowl 51: The New England Patriots Won, And The Atlanta Falcons Only Have Themselves To Blame

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Matt Ryan played at an MVP level in Super Bowl LI, but the Falcons came up short to the New England Patriots in Overtime. (Getty Images)

They had it.

I keep repeating that phrase over and over again as I go over the many ways the Atlanta Falcons cost themselves their first Super Bowl Championship in franchise history. (more…)

AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers A Tough Test For New England Patriots

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Le’Veon Bell had 149 yards from scrimmage the last time the Steelers and Patriots played. With Ben Roethlisberger playing this time, expect that production to increase on Sunday.

73-101. (more…)

NFL Playoffs 2016: It’s Time For Matt Ryan, Alex Smith To Change Their Playoff Narrative

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Alex Smith has guided the Chiefs to three playoff appearances in four seasons.

I’m currently reading the book “Rebel Yell”, written by S. C. Gwynne, about the life of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Early in the book it describes a time in Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia) in which Jackson established himself as a worthy war general and tactician to be reckoned with. He was unassuming, disciplined, and boring by personality, but was as gifted as any in field tactics. (more…)

The NFL MVP Race Is Between Matt Ryan And Aaron Rodgers, So Here’s Who Wins It

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Aaron Rodgers thought the Packers could run the table after getting trounced by Washington in Week 11. Green Bay did just that in winning their final six games and the NFC North. (Photo: Washington Times)

There have been a lot of names thrown out regarding this seasons NFL MVP award. Ezekiel “Zeke” Elliott. David Johnson. Tom Brady. All of them have been discussed and all of that discussion had merit.

Emphasis on ‘had’.  (more…)

National Football League 2016: Cowboys’ Dak Prescott Has Issues, And Must Fix Them Fast

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Dak Prescott could be the Cowboys Quarterback of the future, but this stretch to end his rookie season will be a big test for the rookie. (Getty Images)

Let me offer a comparison to begin: (more…)