Category Archives: Live Mike

Column: PSI: Phoenix

I’ll come right out and say it; just because I think this latest Super Bowl controversy is dumb, it doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the heck out of it. It’s rare that an on-field scandal makes its way off the sports pages. But even if you have avoided ESPN, sports talk radio and blogs for […]

Column: Drowning out the noise

Every sports fan base, like every community, has a certain stereotype attached to it. Conventional wisdom says Raiders fans are rowdy, Mets fans are filled with a certain amount of self-loathing and those who root for the Yankees and Patriots, more often than not, are smug and self-satisfied in their teams’ success on the field. […]

Column: Playoff fever

In the aftermath of the college football championship game, one thing is readily apparent; it could not have worked out any better for proponents of the playoff system. This year, for the first time ever, the College Football National Championship was decided by a four-team playoff scenario. The decision to do away with the old […]

Column: The fix is in?

When I stop and take measure, it’s pretty apparent that I’ve got a lot of crazy friends on Facebook. I’m not talking about your garden-variety social media neurotics either. Excessive baby photos, manic swings and compulsive relationship status updates; those are all par for the course. But somehow, it seems like, for whatever reason, about […]

The pain of loss

As a journalist, I’ve come to realize that, sometimes, the press cycle just isn’t going to work in my favor. Last week, I used my column to speak to the giddy sense of anticipation I get each winter when the MLB Hot-Stove season rolls around. By the time our papers came out, however, baseball had […]

Column: Hope in a bleak winter

Is it spring yet? Just thought I’d ask. It hasn’t been a great couple of months for area sports fans. In fact, it’s been downright terrible. Unless you happen to be a New York Islanders fan, you probably haven’t gotten a whole lot of enjoyment from New York City’s professional sports teams as of late. […]

Winter cheer

Last weekend, the winter sports season kicked off with a few hockey games around Section I. And after taking quite a few of them in, I have to say that nothing rekindles memories of being a high school sports fan quite like the winter time for me. To be fair, I didn’t have that much […]

Column: A section sweep

For the first time in about as long as I can remember, I won’t be making my way up to the Carrier Dome this year. It has become something of an autumn tradition for me over the years; hitting the road early the day after Thanksgiving, making the four-hour drive up NY-17 to Syracuse and […]

Postmortem for an “Alien”

In December of 2005, when I was submitting occasional columns to my college newspaper, I felt compelled to jot down my thoughts after middleweight boxer Bernard Hopkins, then a ring-weary veteran at 40 years old, lost to an up-and-coming champion named Jermain Taylor for the second time. It was time to applaud Hopkins for a […]

Rye wins Class A title

By MIKE SMITH Rye made history more than once on Saturday night, as senior quarterback Andrew Livingston led the Garnets to an unprecedented Class A title and broke the all-time Section I passing record in a 35-14 win over Yorktown at Mahopac High School.  With the win, Rye became the first team in Section I […]