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Michael Sam and the Crushing Weight and Loneliness of Expectations

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When Michael Sam made the announcement, his intention of being the first openly gay athlete in the NFL, we expected speed bumps.

We expected Sam’s draft stock slip.  We expected athletes would use code words to hide discrimination and fears. We expected “distraction” talk from coaches and general management.

But most of all, we, and Michael Sam expected him to persevere and be an NFL player.

We didn’t expect where he would be today.

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The New York Rangers Are Going To The Stanley Cup Finals For The First Time Since 1994

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Henrik Lundqvist now stands 4 games away from going from the King of New York, to a deity.

The Rangers are going to the Stanley Cup Finals, on the shoulders of their superstar goalie. Continue reading

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Mark Messier, The 20-Year-Old Guarantee, and Finding Leadership On A Captainless Rangers Team Heading Into Game 4 Versus The Canadiens

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The Guarantee.

It is the legendary move of iconic leaders in New York history.

Joe Namath came first, leading the Jets to a Super Bowl III victory.  Then came the Messiah. Continue reading

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Hall of Hearsay: Baseball Writers and the “Guilty Until Impossibly Proven Innocent Principle”

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Today, flawed people judged other flawed people.  Mistaken people judged other mistaken people.  The greedy judged the greedy.

Judges generally have nothing at stake other than their reputation, which can easily be forgotten when the next case comes through.  The judged are the ones who have to live with the consequences.

The Baseball Writers of America decided today that swift justice, no matter who got stuck in the crosswind, was acceptable when voting who would not make the Hall of Fame – and that was every player eligible for induction.

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A Hall of Fame Entering The Steroid Era: Why Baseball Needs To Never Forget, But Also Include

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At 2 PM today, Baseball Writers will be setting a standard for who during the “Steroid Era” can be considered a Hall of Famer and who cannot.

What this standard is, exactly, nobody seems to know. Continue reading

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The Vicious Circle of Success and Destruction: A History of the Florida and Miami Marlins – Part 2

Phase V: Regrowth Through Youth and Pitching


With their moves, the new Marlins of 1998 had only a $15 million total salary payroll.  This was a staggering change from the $52 million of the year prior – leaving only 29% of the cost remaining.  Livan Hernandez and Preston Wilson would make up some of the very few good pieces this team had left.  All in all, the Marlins would become the first  (and only in history to this point) team to lose 100 games in a defense of a World Series Championship.

1999 would be a year of change for the Marlins, though not necessarily in a positive moving direction.  Wayne Huizenga finally sold the team; to Boca Raton native, John Henry.  They also struck big in the draft, selecting future World Series MVP, Josh Beckett, with the first overall pick.

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