Category Archives: Live Mike

Column: A question of loyalty

I found myself in an odd position on Saturday night. I was pacing the New Rochelle sidelines, taking copious notes after each play from scrimmage as the Huguenot football team did its best to defend a perfect record. While that might not sound like anything out of the ordinary given my job description, it was […]

Column: The fear of missing out

This year, I broke a longstanding tradition of mine, and boy, do I regret it. Since my college days, I’ve made it a point to turn the first day of the MLB playoffs into my own personal holiday. Regardless of what was going on in my life, be it classes, fall practices or whatever, I […]

Column: Mr. Jinx

I don’t want to be a jinx, but taking a look at the Section I landscape right now makes me think I’m going to be pretty busy, job-wise, come November. It might still be early in the season, but we seem to have a lot of teams in the area capable of big things, and […]

Column: A Giant disaster

It’s just two weeks into the 2014 NFL season, and the question I find myself asking is this; when does hockey start? It hasn’t been a good year for the NFL so far. Between player scandals and questions about the integrity and competence of league officials, it’s enough to make any fan of the sport […]

Column: Candid camera

This should have been a great week for the NFL. After an interminable offseason, football finally came back this weekend as the NFL season opened. With a full slate of NFL games on the docket and a fantasy football season up and running, I‑‑like many other Americans—was glued to my couch this Sunday from about […]

Column: Ready for kickoff

With Labor Day behind us and a new school year in full swing, it’s officially my favorite time of year, football season. Now, I’ve written about my love for the NFL—and fantasy football—in the past, but as much as I love the pro game, fall just isn’t fall without high school football, in my opinion. […]

Column: Leveling the playing field

As a sportswriter, I’m a big fan of a good fight. In many ways, my very livelihood depends on my ability to describe head-to-head confrontations, whether they take place in the boxing ring, in the hockey rink or on the football field. But when I am forced to watch these battles move past the boundaries […]

Column: Growing up on the field

Regret is sadly just another part of getting older. It’s an oft-repeated lament of those who find themselves—like I do—getting up in years that they wish they knew, in their youths, how special their formative years could truly be. One of the unique aspects of my job is that I get the chance to watch […]

Column: Memories in the making

It’s been a running theme in my column over the years to advise today’s high school athletes to be more appreciative of the journey they’re on while they’re actually on it. Now I know it’s hard. Athletes put a lot of pressure on themselves and, often, it can seem like the goal—winning—is the only thing […]

Column: Fantasy island

As I may have mentioned a time or two in this column, I’m a big fantasy football fan. Over the next few months, the NFL season will consume me and my buddies; turning lifelong relationships into bitter, quarter-year feuds that quite often threaten the very foundation of our friendships. For those who don’t play fantasy […]