Category Archives: Live Mike

Column: Bracket bustin’

You would figure that by now, I would’ve gotten the hang of this thing. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament kicks off this week, and with it comes what promises to be yet another futile and pathetic bracket prognostication from yours truly. I watch a lot of college basketball throughout the year, but it seems that […]

Column: Alma matters

The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament doesn’t start until March 15, but on Saturday evening, I got my first dose of March Madness when I watched my alma mater defeat Albertus Magnus College to advance to the Division III Sweet Sixteen. You’re not going to see any game highlights on ESPN, you’re not going […]

Column: A farewell to Big Mase

No matter what the cultural landscape of the times, New York City has always been a place that has idealized the tough guy. Despite the multiple transformations of the city, New Yorkers—especially sports fans—have always hung onto the image of the Big Apple being the type of place where only those with the strongest of […]

Column: Rethinking A-Rod

I never thought I’d say these words, but here it is; I’m an A-Rod defender. Before I go too far down this road, let me say right up front that I’m no fan of the Yankee third baseman. He’s a cheater and a liar, and worse than that—at least in my Red Sox-crazy mind—he’s a […]

Column: Saturday night special

When I was eight years old, I was convinced of two things: first, that I was going to pitch in the major leagues, and second, that I was going to spend my offseasons touring the country as the first-ever professional athlete/stand-up-comedian. Neither one of these dreams may have come to pass, but I still love […]

Column: A long winter

It’s officially here, people; the worst time of the year for sports fans. I don’t mean it’s a bad time for fans of Section I athletics. If anything, with sectionals just ramping up, this may be the most exciting time of the winter. But if you cast your gaze out beyond the local scene; there’s […]

Column: A Super blunder

Like a lot of American sports fans, I’ve got some questions that need answering after last Sunday. Questions like “What marketing genius thought that Nationwide commercial was a good idea,” or “Was the Pepsi halftime show real, or just a scary fever dream?” But the biggest question of all is the most obvious; what the […]

Column: PSI: Phoenix

I’ll come right out and say it; just because I think this latest Super Bowl controversy is dumb, it doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the heck out of it. It’s rare that an on-field scandal makes its way off the sports pages. But even if you have avoided ESPN, sports talk radio and blogs for […]

Column: Drowning out the noise

Every sports fan base, like every community, has a certain stereotype attached to it. Conventional wisdom says Raiders fans are rowdy, Mets fans are filled with a certain amount of self-loathing and those who root for the Yankees and Patriots, more often than not, are smug and self-satisfied in their teams’ success on the field. […]

Column: Playoff fever

In the aftermath of the college football championship game, one thing is readily apparent; it could not have worked out any better for proponents of the playoff system. This year, for the first time ever, the College Football National Championship was decided by a four-team playoff scenario. The decision to do away with the old […]