On April 29, 2013, Jason Collins announced to the world through Sports Illustrated that he was gay. The hope was that he would become the first active athlete in a major North American team sport to be open about it – a Jackie Robinson, of sorts, for the LGBT of America.
Today is October 9, 2013. We are 20 days away from NBA Opening Night. Jason Collins does not have a job. Continue reading
Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer in the history of Major League Baseball, and now, the pitcher with the lowest ERA as well, left the mound one last time Thursday, and he was not alone.
Long time teammates and two of the “Core Four”, Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came out to make the pitching change with one out left in the 9th and helped the Yankee Stadium crowd say goodbye to a legend. Continue reading
“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”
— Jason Collins 4/29/13
Just two weeks ago, I wrote about the hypothetical first open gay athlete, the importance of that person being a willing participant, one who could show the same powerful leadership and capability to withstand the pressure of being a pioneer like Jackie Robinson – one who could set the example for those who will come later.
Jason Collins, the first openly gay athlete in the NBA or any major American sport, is that guy. Continue reading
In one of the biggest upsets in NCAA history, 15-seed Florida Gulf Coast has defeated #2 Georgetown, 78-68 in the second round of the tournament.
A game full of exciting dunks, Florida GC overwhelmed G-Town from the start and eliminated the often disappointing in the postseason, Hoyas. Continue reading
There was a lot of rightful concern for what happened to New York Rangers star, Marc Staal last night.
But a light and funny blooper happened at the end of the game that we can all get a laugh at.
Speedster Carl Hagelin tried to run out the clock last night during a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers and temporarily forgot he plays hockey and not soccer. Continue reading
Think you have seen an amazing basketball highlight recently? This one blows it all away.
Mt. Vernon was leading New Rochelle 60-58, in the New York High School Section 1 Class AA Championship Game. With 2.9 seconds remaining, New Ro was about to inbounds the ball. No one could predict what would occur. [Video Ahead]
Many around the world have wondered at one time or another, “How can I date a professional superstar athlete?”
Well, J.R. Smith has the details to help all those people make it happen.
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America will never let go of their love of Dikembe Mutombo and his penchant for blocks and finger wagging.
As the latest proof of this, Geico has released a new commercial featuring the former Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets Center Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo and his trademark moves from his playing days as an 8-time NBA All-Star.
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Josh Harding is just another hockey player. He was a second round pick by the Minnesota Wild in 2002, bounced back and forth between the team and its AHL affiliate, bouncing back and forth a few times before settling in as the team’s backup goalie.
Slowly building up a resume, he tore his ACL in 2010 and missed the entire season. His return in 2011-12 was successful, leading to a long-term commitment to him by the Wild in the form of a 3-year $5.7 million contract.
Coming off a season where he finally won more than he lost, with a 2.62 GAA, Harding looked to build on that season after the NHL lockout, perhaps getting a chance to be the starter if the incumbent, Niklas Backstrom, got traded mid-season.
Last November, his unspectacular story would change forever. Continue reading
We are essentially a week from marking a new era in Jets history. Whether or not Greg McElroy gets the ball for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, we have probably seen the end of Mark Sanchez as “The Sanchize”. Mark Sanchez’s ineffectiveness for most of the 2012 season has sealed his fate as it exists.
The major question at this point is, who will Rex Ryan choose? Continue reading