Category Archives: Live Mike

Column: A super dreary day

Well that was certainly a bust. On Feb. 2, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos squared-off in Super Bowl XLVIII, in a long-awaited match-up that pit the two pre-season favorites against each other with the Lombardi Trophy hanging in the balance. It was Peyton and the Broncos’ historically good offense against a vaunted Seattle […]

Column: A true American holiday

When you boil it all down, is there a single day of the year that is more quintessentially American than Super Bowl Sunday? Now, don’t get me wrong. I love the Super Bowl. But at its core, isn’t the biggest sporting Sunday of the year built upon some ideas for which many criticize our culture? […]

What happened to sports movies?

With last Thursday’s announcement of the Academy Awards nominations, it’s official; Oscar season is upon us. But in looking over the movies of the last year—both those nominated and the ones that otherwise stood out as blockbuster-type events—there’s one particular genre of film that seems to have been out of season for quite some time […]

Column: Two black eyes for MLB

In most cases, when Major League Baseball is able to steal the back pages from the NFL in January, it’s cause for celebration in the MLB offices. But as baseball officials are finding out this week, there may be such a thing as bad press. Over the last seven days, baseball has found itself at […]

Column: Back on the NFL wagon

It’s been a while, football. Nice to have you back. I’ve often written about my love of professional football in this column. From following the Giants with a zealot’s fervor to obsessively micro-managing my fantasy football team, I have lost many a weekend to the allure of the NFL Sunday Ticket. Until this year. After […]

Column: Wearing me out

While watching the Knicks struggle to play something resembling basketball against the Thunder on Christmas day, I was struck by something even more reprehensible and odious than the Knickerbockers’ effort level all season; the garish Christmas Day uniforms. In case you didn’t use the NBA’s Christmas programming to effectively avoid awkward conversations with the relatives, […]

Column: Rolling the dice with board games

It’s amazing sometimes to see just how important these games are to some people. I’ve seen more than my fair share of bad behavior over the years, from underhanded tricks to gain an advantage and egregious displays of poor sportsmanship to out-and-out acts of aggression and violence. Of course, I’m not talking about my time […]

Column: Protect the player, not the plate

Although Major League Baseball’s winter meetings failed to yield a ton of hot-stove action last week, there was some notable news that made its way out of Florida that caused something of a stir. It wasn’t about Mark Trumbo and it wasn’t about Curtis Granderson. MLB decided to make the game a little bit safer […]

Column: Some holiday wishes

It’s Christmastime again and, although—at 29 years old—I don’t stay up on Christmas Eve, eagerly hoping to hear reindeer hooves clopping on my roof, it doesn’t mean that I don’t still put continue together a wish list. Strangely enough, the list might not be all that different from the ones I penned years ago. As […]

Column: The postgame blues

A few years back, when I was still a relatively green reporter, I was covering a boxing card at the Rye Town Hilton. A relatively unskilled fighter from the area, whose name escapes me now, took a beating in one of the undercard bouts. In an effort to inject some local flavor into the piece, […]