Tuesdays with Smitty: How to save the NHL

Like most, Spring is my favorite time of year. Snow melts, leaves bud on trees, flowers bloom and golf courses dry (yes, I got my first round of 18 in over the weekend). For me, Sports viewing is at its best. March Madness, The Masters, Opening Day and the NBA playoffs bring almost bring a […]

Eleven Degrees of LaTroy Hawkins

Yankee reliever, LaTroy Hawkins, recently learned a little about the value of a number. Wanting to honor his hero, Roberto Clemente, Hawkins chose to don the #21. Little did the 13-year veteran know how possessive the denizens of the Bronx can be. After hearing some boos and feeling some pressure from Derek Jeter and Mariano […]

Performance of the Week (POTW) 4/14-4/20

May seem like one of the more obvious decisions in the history of sports, but Donny Walsh’s choice to take the New York Knicks in a new coaching direction merits my POTW. Maybe now those eighty some Knick games that I can watch won’t be mistaken for Comedy Central. Who’s your POTW?

Danny Federici

A pause from our usual sports banter to remember the life of E Street keyboardist, Danny Federici who earlier this week lost his battle to melanoma. While Federici never grabbed the spotlight like Bruce or the other endearing personalities of the E Street Band (Miami Steve or Clarence Clemons), his contributions never went unnoticed. ‘The […]

Casey at the wonder wall

Starbucks owner, Howard Schultz, made headlines today by bringing forth a lawsuit to stop the move of the Sonics from Seattle to Oklahoma City. Schultz’s lawyer, Richard Yarmuth, contends that the former Sonic owner had an agreement with the current ownership that they would make a good-faith effort to keep the franchise in Seattle. Casey […]

Athleticism vs. Skill: Surveying the Basketball Landscape

Imagine, if you would, a race. Let’s say the 100m dash. Our contestants include the following: Darren Collison, Derrick Rose, Allen Iverson, TJ Ford, Maurice Cheeks, and Dennis Johnson. Johnson has been brought back from the after-life, and he and Cheeks have completed some sort of time travel in order to compete at the peak […]

Performance of the Week (POTW) 4/7 – 4/13

So many to choose from this week. I’m going with Michael Thompson. Friday afternoon on the 15th at Augusta the senior from Alabama lined up what would have been a birdie. Chances looked good for Thompson to make the cut. His ball moved so slightly that the announcers needed two replays before they could detect […]