Category Archives: Live Mike

Column: Summertime news?

They say the dog days of summer are generally a dead time for sports. Generally, I’d have to agree. With MLB just around its midseason point—and plenty of games still to be played—playoff races don’t really start to heat up until August. With the NBA, NFL and NHL on hiatus, it means there’s generally little […]

Column: Oh captain, my captain!

I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure I’m suffering from an acute case of Jeterian fatigue. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a Red Sox fan, but I’ve admired and respected Derek Jeter since he came up to the big leagues. He’s been an all-time great, a truly dedicated competitor and, for 20 years, he’s […]

Column: A Messi debate

I was as sad as anyone this month when the United States Men’s National Team’s chance at World Cup glory was dashed at the hands of the dastardly Belgians. It was a fun ride, but all good things must come to an end and this just didn’t happen to be America’s year, despite some promising […]

Column: Waiting on August

The end of any school year is undoubtedly a joyous time for all involved. From the students, who welcome two months of freedom from quizzes, tests, report cards and essays with unfettered celebration, to the teachers, whose own relief is just as palpable, there are few tears shed when schools close their doors for summer […]

Column: Pitch perfect

If there’s one thing I learned on Monday evening, it’s I might never get too old to bust out a hearty “USA!” chant. On June 16, in the 86th minute of the USMNT’s World Cup opener in Brazil, 21-year-old American midfielder Jonathan Brooks broke a 1-1 tie with Ghana, finding the net on a splendid […]

Column: Cup runneth over

I may not be the biggest soccer fan in the world, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get excited whenever the World Cup rolls around. It’s not that I don’t like soccer, because I do, but, like many Americans, I grew up watching the four major sports here and that left little room in my […]

Column: A good game, spoiled

Sometimes, I really hate my job. I’m not talking about your garden variety, Monday-morning, hit-your-deadlines-type hate here. Everybody feels that from time to time, no matter how engaging they find their place of work. My main gripe with working here is that, as amazing and affirming as sports can be, sometimes you meet people who […]

Column: A farewell to arms

Over the last 20 years or so, pitch counts have become something of a hot-button issue in the baseball world. Not in the same way—for instance—concussions have taken the forefront in the world of football, but in the way that the discussion of the proper way to build-up arms seems to simmer just under the […]

Column: Playing in the now

As a sports fan, sometimes I think my biggest gripe is there’s never enough time to gloat over a big win. Last week, after trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the New York Rangers pulled out an improbable upset, winning three straight games to send the Pens packing and advance to […]

Column: Thanks, mom

Of all the sports I played, of all the coaches I’ve ever had, the single best piece of sporting advice I ever got was from my mother. Just before I started my senior year of high school, a week into preseason two-a-days, I came to a decision; I was going to quit playing football. My […]