Fall Classic Preview, Part 1: NL East

by Ian Kollar

The familiar sounds of fall are back, and they’re music to many sports fans’ ears.

The raucous crowds. The shrill whistles. The crunch of body-to-body collisions and 800-plus-pound pileups. And of course, the drowned-out playcalling on a mic’ed up field general.

Yes, sports fans, football is back.

But you know what? I’m not your typical sports fan.   Continue reading “Fall Classic Preview, Part 1: NL East”

American Sports Are Bittersweet From Afar

I have been a New Orleans Saints fan since they drafted Danny Wuerffel in 1997. If you’re not much of a college football fan, you probably don’t remember Wuerffel because he didn’t last long in the NFL, but at the University of Florida, he had an arm like no one I’ve seen before or since. It didn’t hurt that he played for Steve Spurrier. I’m pretty sure Spurrier was breeding All-American quarterbacks in his basement. Wuerffel was one of those quarterbacks. He won just about every award a quarterback can win, including being the only Heisman winner to also win the Draddy, a.k.a. the “Academic Heisman.” Try these records on for size, courtesy of Wikipedia:   Continue reading “American Sports Are Bittersweet From Afar”

Trade “Deadline”: Why Holding onto Halladay Should Cost Ricciardi his Job

by Ian Kollar

The Toronto Blue Jays’ self-imposed deadline for trading ace pitcher Roy Halladay passed a few days ago, and the MLB-imposed one less than a day ago, yet the man fans call “Doc” will still be suiting up in gray and blue – emphasis on blue – for the rest of the 2009 baseball season.   Continue reading “Trade “Deadline”: Why Holding onto Halladay Should Cost Ricciardi his Job”