The National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Pre-Integration Committee has chosen to honor the careers of three baseball men nearly a century after they made their contributions to the game. Deacon White, Hank O’Day and Jacob Ruppert will all go in to Cooperstown next year, but is the significance of the event overshadowed by the decades, or is late better than never when it comes to honoring the stars of days gone by?
In case you’re not aware, Gary Bettman can come across as a little smug. In fact, he’s booed almost everywhere he goes because of it. Bettman, the first Commissioner of the NHL, has grown the game to a 30-team league with revenues in excess of $3 billion. However, he’s also been at the helm of three lockouts. For 20 years, Bettman has polarized hockey fans all across the continent with what has become “The Bettman Effect.”
When it was announced last week that Tom Cheek had won the Ford C. Frick Award and would finally take his place in Cooperstown, Canadian baseball fans threw up a collective cheer. Cheek, the long-time voice of the Toronto Blue Jays, was a cherished man who was credited as being the “voice of summer across Canada,” right up until his passing in 2005. Eric Rosenhek adds his words to the thousands who’ve praised Cheek in recent days.
For sports fan, the holiday traditions this time of year includes the college football bowl season. With almost three dozen bowl games on the schedule, there will be no shortage of holiday cheering. Even as the NFL regular season winds down, it will take second place to the prime time bowl games which rarely fail to impress, unlike last weekend’s NFL schedule.
When Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy, he proved that freshman players are capable of playing at an elite level. Does this mean that the NFL should revise its rule that draft-eligible players must be out of high school for at least three years, or should Manziel continue to excel, proving his first season wasn’t just a flash in the pan?
At the end of every NHL Playoff season, Gary Bettman awards the winning team’s captain with hockey’s ultimate prize, albeit to a chorus of boos. Does this ceremony cheapen the value of winning hockey’s holy grail, or does it even matter to the winning team? Should Bettman remove himself from the jeers in favor of a beloved veteran?
As the first-overall selection in this past summer’s NBA Draft, there are a lot of expectations on Anthony Davis. He started his rookie season strong, but has already been derailed by an injury. While he’s poised to come back as early as next week, he may want to take it easy. Doug Freeman explains the nature of the stress reaction on Davis’s ankle.
With the 2012 MLB Winter Meetings underway, Zach Sommers looks back a year to the meetings of 2011 to evaluate the deals, both big and small, that came out of those sessions. With one season in the books, who among Albert Pujols, CJ Wilson and even Heath Bell were worth their contracts?
Vince Carter recently let it be known that he would like to finish his career where it started – with the Toronto Raptors. While it may be a nice personal goal, does he fit in with the defensively-deficient Canadian squad? Carter has been known to not give his all during games, and if there’s one thing Toronto needs on the court, it’s a player who’s capable of pushing his limits each and every night.
The BBWAA has never had a hall of fame voting class quite like this one. With names like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire on the ballots, personal beliefs and feelings about alleged PED use will go a long way toward deciding who is and is not inducted into Cooperstown next summer. The only sure thing about this process is just how flawed it truly is.