August 2011

Basketball

Facing Alzheimer’s, Pat Summit as formidable as ever

There is success in college basketball, and then there is Pat Summit. The legendary coach is approaching her fourth decade as head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols, and her astonishing 84.33% winning percentage makes her the all-time winningest coach in the history of NCAA basketball. Her reputation precedes her as a tireless taskmasker, and although she’s been reported to have cooled down in recent years, it’s that strength of will that has led her squad to…

Football

A-Viking Seattle will go: is that the best idea?

The Seattle Seahawks might have had one of the strangest offseasons in the NFL this year. Despite claiming a division championship and a home playoff victory over New Orleans, they completely remade their team. What’s even more notable than just the fact of remaking the roster was where they drew many of the new pieces from: the Minnesota Vikings, a team which went just 6-10 last season. It’s not all that often that 6-10 teams are raided…

Hockey

How Gary Bettman is hockey’s Vince McMahon, and why that’s great for the NHL

He has almost become the Vince McMahon WWE-style heel of the NHL; a lightning rod for fans’ frustrations and anger. Gary Bettman is the evil boss: snatching your hometown team and moving them overnight; canceling your hockey season; putting your games on obscure television networks. Well, that’s the popular opinion at least. Bettman entered the league as commissioner in February, 1993, after serving under David Stern in the NBA. He joined the NHL at a…

Baseball

The Crack of the Mini-Bat: A broadcaster’s tribute to baseball’s past

In addition to his contributions to The Good Point, Jesse Goldberg-Strassler is the full-time broadcaster of the Toronto Blue Jay-affiliate Lansing Lugnuts, of the Class A Midwest League. What follows is a personal account of what has become a yearly tradition in his broadcasting booth; a tribute to the radio giants of baseball’s past. In August of every year, I broadcast a baseball game without watching it. The game is real, the score is accurate… and…

Hockey

The perpetual search for hockey’s top blog

Gone are the days of traditional media dominance; today, in sports and otherwise, it only takes a few clicks before you’re up and running as a blogger. Unlike the generations prior, this new wave of prototypical “connected sports junkies” are making their mark voicing their opinions online through various new media outlets and specifically blogs. The hockey world is no different, as the puck blogosphere encompasses everyone from hobbyists to full-time professionals. All in all,…

Football

Despite uncertainty, LSU a formidable contender

With the college football season set to kick off this coming week, one of the country’s largest spotlights is locked on the Lousiana State University Tigers. The Tigers are set for one of the most prominent games on opening weekend, as they’ll head to the massive Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas to take on Oregon, last year’s BCS runner-up. It’s a game that features the teams at No. 3 (Oregon) and No. 4 (LSU) in both the…

Baseball

Polarizing Mat Latos finds balance in San Diego

Over the course of the past half decade, San Diego Padres starting pitcher Mat Latos has quietly become one of the most polarizing figures in baseball. Since and even prior to his selection in the 2006 MLB Draft, the hulking right-hander has drawn the ire of coaches, teammates and media alike with a personality generously described as brash. On the mound, little differs. If not dominating his opponents to the tune of a 2.21 ERA (which he did through his first…

Basketball

Golden State’s three-headed point guard

Without a doubt, the Golden State Warriors have been one of the most exciting teams to watch in the past decade. Now with the addition of first-time coach Mark Jackson, all eyes will be on the Bay Area to see if the latest iteration can win over fans in the same manner of those in the franchise’s past. At the apex of Nellie Ball, the Warriors managed to pull off one of the bigger upsets…

Basketball

AND None: The Fast Rise and Hard Fall of AND 1

Yesterday, people were briefly brought back in time to year 2000. AND 1, the shoe company founded in 1993 that gained prominence in the NBA during the late nineties and early aughts, was sold to New York-based brand management firm, Global International. This is the latest news for a brand that has seen its worth and exposure fall from where it was once primed to be one of the dominant brands in basketball. That is,…

Hockey

Winnipeg passed AHL test, Hamilton didn’t

It’s been a long time since 1996 – the year the city of Winnipeg witnessed their last professional hockey game at the highest level. After losing the Jets franchise, though, the city was graced with another professional hockey team, the Manitoba Moose, who played in the now-defunct International Hockey League. By 2001, the Moose were moved to “Tier 2” professional hockey in the form of the American Hockey League, where they continued to thrive over…