Jun 16

We’re slowly approaching a dark time on the sports calendar. Both the NBA and NHL season just concluded, football is still a few months away, and the MLB season takes reign as the only sport to watch during the dog days of summer. Hell, you can even throw in the fact that the latest Game of Thrones season has just ended too. But there is a saving grace that occurs every 4 years that saves us from those dark times. That saving grace is the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the host country of Brazil.  So you’re probably thinking that “Americans still don’t genuinely care about soccer.” You’re absolutely right. The general consensus has remained and still remains that America pretends to embrace the World Cup every 4 years. But it’s difficult to ignore all the hoopla of a sports tournament that’s so influential on a global level. During the month… [Read more]

Mar 18

It’s that time of year again. NCAA March Madness is upon us and the influx of office pools are about to flood America’s cubicles. March Madness (aka the Big Dance) is an annual collegiate basketball tournament that allows 68 Universities around the country battle it out to be rightfully named as that year’s National Champion. The office pool that runs with the tournament is arguably the most popular pool in sports as well. Anyone can fill out an NCAA bracket and take a stab on how many winners they can guess correctly all the way to the final remaining team. The mass appeal of the College Basketball Tournament has grown significantly over the years and exemplifies how huge public participation can be for an event. “According to some business experts, some found that the majority of employers now view betting pools as morale boosters” What… [Read more]

Feb 19

What could possibly add on to the perceived “thug culture” of one of the last hyper-masculine sports in the United States? Not much, being that the casual and non-sport fans of the NFL already have the perception that the NFL is comprised of players who are: Uneducated (look at the early reactions to Richard Sherman last season) Criminal (the handful of players who have crossed the law are used to represent the whole) Rapists (Big Ben) Thugs (another term for a scary black person) Over-churched (Reggie White) Racist (Richie Incognito and Riley Cooper) (TBA) The TBA will become “homophobic” by the time we’re into the next season and it will not enhance or destroy the opinion that people have of the NFL already but it will make for a whole lot of news. Right now with Michael Sam announcing that he is gay to the… [Read more]

Feb 03

 It’s probably a bittersweet feeling as you’re sitting on the couch watching the final moments of the 2013 NFL season coming to an end at the Super Bowl. Bitter because there’s no football for another 6 months, and sweet because you keep telling yourself that next year is ‘Our Year’. Nonetheless, we saw Russell Wilson hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in a frigid New Jersey setting which was pretty memorable for such a young quarterback, but we also can’t forget about the interview heard around the world that occurred two weeks ago (can’t stop talking about this right?). Sherman going H.A.M. in his post game interview bought up many topics of discussion such as sportsmanship, social etiquette, and overall sports behavior. There are definitely unwritten rules on gameday behavior but I’ll drop my 2 cents on how gentlemenly you be when it comes to booing your… [Read more]

Jan 21

It saddens me that after a defensive struggle of epic proportions to decide the winner of the NFC Championship, the only thing the internet had to say was ambiguously racist attacks against Richard Sherman. Don’t worry, this article isn’t about him. What happened on Sunday was two teams—with exciting, young quarterbacks—played their hearts out to have a chance at taking on Peyton “MJ of Football” Manning in the big dance. And what a game it was! Thinking back on the many chances that San Francisco had to take it home (I’m a fan, sorry) the only picture that comes to mind is FOX replaying the disgusting leg injury of NaVorro Bowman about 100 times. Gore fans (not Frank Gore fans but the blood drinkers) and horror whores were probably masturbating themselves into a frenzy as they got super slow motioned, every angle shots of the… [Read more]

Jan 07

It’s that time of year again. The new year brings a time filled with resolutions and goals that we all make to better ourselves. It also brings the highly anticipated time of the College Football Bowl Season and the NFL Playoffs. You’d usually see an influx of fan pride during this time and there are times when someone’s fandom can come off as questionable. With a successful sports team comes an overwhelming amount of random fans coming out of the woodwork. This is why I believe 2014 should be a year when every sports fan should re-learn on how to become a better sports fan. We all could use some advice and reflect back on our bad sports fan habits from the previous year. Bandwagon Effect Nobody likes a bandwagoner. Also known as a fair-weather fan, these types of fans only come out for a… [Read more]

Aug 23

Imagine Tom Brady using a Surface tablet to dissect his latest touchdown pass – discussing the play from a variety of angles while sitting on the sidelines minutes after the pass. Or Bill Belichick scrolling through different plays on his tablet rather than checking a stack of printouts on the sidelines. And for the fans at home, imagine watching the game live, video chatting your friends in another city, and tracking your fantasy team’s performance – all from your TV screen. Thanks to a new partnership between Microsoft and the NFL, the way coaches call the game – and the way fans experience the game at home – is about to change. The New Deal The Microsoft-NFL deal, announced earlier this year and valued at an estimated $400 million over four years for the NFL, will put tablets on the sidelines and offer fans at… [Read more]

Jul 12

I really dislike how movies portray jocks in High School with the raging hormones being complimented by their athletic ability. It gives off this feeling as if the boys only play sports in order to score easy Cheerleader action. The character portrayals come off as incorrect because those of us that competed in High School athletics remember it in a much different way than Hollywood does. See, there is the High School which was a bunch of boys trying to get with the cutest girls and then there’s the High School where you wanted to be the best linebacker in the country. The two seemed like completely different worlds when I look back and it was because as a student you felt like 2 different people in and out of your sport of choice. When I was at football practice I wanted to get better,… [Read more]