Category Archives: Live Mike

Column: USA? OK!

Call me crazy but, as a sports fan, I enjoy nothing more than watching games being played at odd hours. Now I’m not advocating that Major League Baseball starts scheduling more 11 a.m. starts during the week or that Knicks games should only be aired in the coveted 3 a.m. time slot—although such a move […]

Column: One for the old guys

If there is anything piling up faster than the snow outside, it’s the not-so-subtle reminders that I’m getting old. Now, I’m not talking about the fact that my back is acting up after I spent the past two days shoveling my driveway, or the fact snow days are now a nuisance rather than a cause […]

Column: Figuring out Sochi

I’ll be dead honest; when it comes to watching most events in the Winter Olympics, I’m clueless. Now, it’s not that I don’t get the main gist of what’s going on. I think I understand the basics. In speed skating, luge, and other race-type events, the object is to get the best time. In slope-style […]

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 […]