Tuesdays with Smitty: What defines an athlete

First off, let me start by saying I am out to create trouble. Not bad trouble – if there is such a thing – but in the spirit of the upcoming presidential election I want to start a debate. At first I tried to think about what I could get everyone started on… Hmmm Yankees/Red […]

504 miles to Victory Parkway

I’ve been given a new perspective on life. After dropping off the eldest daughter some 500 miles from home at Xavier University, suddenly my concerns about sports and favorite teams have a somewhat diminished value. Xavier University: Home of the Musketeers…or Muskies for short. I guess that makes me a ‘Muskie Dad’. I’m tryin’ that […]

Performance of the Week (POTW) 8/18 – 8/24

Many of us had given up the USA Women’s soccer team for dead. What with losing 4-0 to Brazil in the most recent World Cup. Then their leading scorer and Rochester native, Abby Wambach, going down with a broken leg. When the women opened the Olympics with a loss to Norway, it was almost expected. […]

Notre Dame Football Preview

Q: So how many Notre Dame fans does it take to screw in a light bulb??? A: Ten. One to actually do it and nine to discuss how great the old one was. And so it goes under the Golden Dome. The Fighting Irish … a team with a glorious past … becoming more and […]

Performance of the Week (POTW) 8/11-8/17

I tried to imagine the reaction if I did NOT nominate Michael Phelps for my POTW. For instance if I chose …let’s say…Usain Bolt, would I create a public outcry? 8 gold medals, and the world records to boot earns my POTW. Congratulations Michael Phelps. Who gets your POTW?

2008-2009 EPL Preview Part II

Check out my Part I preview before advancing so you know the drill. Here is my take on the top half of the table this season in the English Premier League: 10. Manchester City MLB equivalent: New York Mets Poor Mets fans, forever destined to play second fiddle. Sure you’ve had some success, but you’ll […]

2008-2009 EPL Preview Part I

The English Premier League will begin its 2008-2009 season this Saturday. Like me, I’m sure many of you reading are not privy on all the Premier League teams, so I’ve done a little something to help you choose which team to follow and maybe even cheer. I’ve taken America’s pastime and found the Major League […]