Category Archives: Live Mike

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 […]

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 […]