August 2013

Baseball

The Tommy John Chronicles: Matt Harvey Edition

Dear Mets fan, Matt Harvey has a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, and you are helpless. You worried that this might happen, that the prized young Mets prospect might go down with any pitch, all the while you delighted to his dominance, a bright orange lining that turned up when you were feeling blue. You recognized that he was no flash in the pan and that his talent was real and lasting – or at least as lasting as the baseball gods would allow. But then fate struck.

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The Unignorable: Concussions still abound in NFL

A recent wave of concussions during the NFL preseason have brought a nasty topic back into the spotlight. It’s no secret that pro football causes concussions. And it’s no secret that pro football is big business: the NFL is the most valuable of the four major leagues. According to a recent Forbes report, the average value of a NFL team is over $1 billion. That’s per team.

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Situation Critical: Holding the NCAA accountable

It’s become boring, these days, to talk about college football, and you’re well aware of it. Throughout the summer, every time college football has been brought up, it’s been “NCAA this” or “NCAA that,” “Johnny Manziel this” or “Johnny Manziel that,” or “NCAA and Johnny Manziel this” or “NCAA and Johnny Manziel that”. But you know that the alternative, the one where absolutely no one talks about the NCAA, is even worse.

Baseball

The Bronx is Burning

It’s been a long, depressing year for Yankees fans this season, plagued by Alex Rodriguez drama, injuries and the constant, looming nuisance of mortality. With A-Rod, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera all shells of their former selves, are the glory days of the franchise behind them?