Category Archives: Live Mike

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 […]

Column: Cheering in real life

At its core, professional sports have always been a communal experience for spectators. For generations, the act of going to the ballpark and cheering on the home team with thousands of like-minded rooters was an integral part of sports fandom. Sharing the joy of victory–or the agony of defeat, if you’re a Cubs fan–with fellow […]

Column: “Fun” running

On a sunny, brisk Sunday afternoon, I watched a throng of dedicated runners take to the streets of Rye to compete in the annual Rye Derby. As these people streamed across the finish line, caked in sweat, with varying looks of weariness and elation on their faces, I couldn’t help but think, boy, do I […]

Column: Coping with Easter hockey

April 20 may have been Easter Sunday, but I have to tell you, I wasn’t feeling very Christian. While most of my family was decked out in their finest duds and headed to mass, I also found myself in a state of constant prayer. Instead of packing in the pews with the rest of the […]

Column: A bloodless feud

On Thursday night, during the fifth inning of the Yankees’ first game against the Red Sox this year, a beer vendor stopped by my seats in section 207, just beyond the right field foul pole, to have a chat with my friends and I. I’d seen the man before in my trips to the stadium; […]

Column: A whole new Game

Before you read any further, I want to give you fair warning. This is not a column about sports. But given the way that people talk about this week’s subject, it’s not far off. On April 6, just one week after Major League Baseball celebrated its 2014 Opening Day, fans of a different game anxiously […]