Category Archives: Live Mike

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 […]

A wealth of surprises

As I often say, the great thing about playoff time is that there is no shortage of wonderful narratives to follow. Unfortunately, some came to an end sooner than I—and our local fans—may have hoped. The last two weeks saw some of the Review’s state playoff hopefuls have their hopes dashed on the gridiron. Woodlands […]

Column: The busiest time of the year

For someone who covers high school sports for a living, there is simply nothing quite like playoff time. As my colleagues here at the Review know all too well, this time of year is always a busy one. With election season in full swing, the newsroom is a frenzy of activity. Between coordinating Election Day […]

Column: Asking more from our athletes

Over the last few weeks, area football teams have been making headlines, and not just because high school playoff season is about to kick off. On Sunday, the Monroe-Woodbury school district announced that it was suspending the remainder of the Section IX Crusader’s JV football season after allegations of verbal hazing within the program arose. […]

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 […]