Category Archives: Live Mike

Column: Divided allegiances

This past weekend, I was forced to stand by and watch as a team I swore my allegiance to in my youth fell to a superior squad in a postseason elimination game, thus ending a spirited playoff run. Amazingly, I don’t mean the Mets. On Saturday, Oct. 31, despite several intriguing sectional matchups, I headed […]

Column: Hidden gems

A few months ago, I was looking through old family photo albums and found incontrovertible proof that I was once an honest-to-goodness Mets fan. I’m not talking about the kind of Mets fan I am today, one who recognizes a great sports narrative after years of suffering, and temporarily shifts his allegiances over to the […]

Column: Get Metsmerized

Here’s a piece of unsolicited advice for you Yankee fans out there: It’s OK to root for the Mets. Right now, the Mets are in the midst of a historic run. As of press time, they are up 2-0 on the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS, with ace Jacob deGrom taking the hill in Game […]

Column: Defending the format

While there has been no small amount of handwringing over the new format of the Section I football playoffs this year, just one look at the schedule for the first-ever qualifying round of the postseason has me very excited for the days ahead. Not everyone was crazy about the new, expanded playoff format. But while […]

Column: Looking for a villain

Postseason baseball—especially when one’s team is out of contention—can acquaint a man with strange bedfellows. Maybe that can account for why I spent my Tuesday night watching the Yankees’ Wild Card game in a Red Sox bar with a bunch of Phillies fans. But I have to admit, watching the Bombers end their season on […]

Column: There’s only one October

If you’re not absolutely tingling with anticipation for next week to arrive, I’m going to have to ask that you renounce your baseball fandom immediately. Yes, we’re finally here. After slogging through a 162-game season, it’s playoff time once again, and I’d be hard-pressed to remember a time when there was as much baseball buzz […]

Column: Defending the Dark Knight

I’ll be completely honest with you: I don’t quite know yet where I stand on Matt Harvey. Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last two weeks, the saga of the Dark Knight has been unavoidable. With the surging Mets heading for their first postseason berth since 2006, the issue of Harvey […]

Column: Monday morning quarterbacks

In my haste to welcome in the new NFL season this year, I forgot about one of the inevitable low points brought on by my gridiron fanaticism: the Monday morning malaise. Outside of football season, Sundays are generally lovely. Without anything to cover, the day is completely mine; I can curl up with a book, […]

Column: Hooray for opening day

Aside from the beginning of the sectional playoffs, there are few weekends on the scholastic football calendar that are as eagerly anticipated as Week 1. On Sept. 4, the 2015 Section I football season kicked off in earnest and after taking in a full slate of intriguing games, I simply cannot wait to see what […]

Column: World Series needs change

I hope you will forgive me for the dated, early-2000s reference, but I have to say it: the Little League World Series has jumped the shark. For years, I’ve been an ardent supporter of the entire tournament, including the ESPN-televised portion of it, but this year certainly highlighted some of the problems the LLWS needs […]