Articles by Mark Milner

Basketball

When 61 Tops 62: The LeBron-Carmelo Phenomenon

LeBron James topped the 60-point plateau for the first time in his illustrious career this season, and it got me thinking about 2007. It doesn’t feel that long ago, but it’s been nearly seven years since LeBron dropped 48 points on the Pistons in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference playoff series that could have very well gone either way had the King not chose then and there to officially come out as an NBA…

Basketball

Jason Collins and the Historical 10-Day Contract

Ten days ago, the Brooklyn Nets signed Jason Collins to a ten-day contract – on Wednesday they’re expected to sign him to a second. This is the time of year for those: the post-trade deadline stretch as the season draws to a close, contending teams making their final push to get into the playoffs. On that level, Collins’ signing isn’t any bigger than, say, Glen Davis signing with the Clippers. But, for reasons I’m sure…

Basketball

What’s wrong with the Cavs?

Last Tuesday, Jan. 28, Anthony Bennett scored 15 points in a loss against New Orleans. It might have been his best game of the season: he shot 5-of-10, including two three-pointers, and grabbed eight rebounds. He also played 31 minutes, by far the most he’d played all season. That’s the positive. The negative: it came in yet another Cleveland Cavaliers blowout loss. Indeed, since LeBron James went to Miami, the Cavs have been among the…

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Steve Nash: The Long Goodbye

As long as I’ve been watching the NBA, it’s been a NBA with Steve Nash. I realize that’s not a long time. But I’m not an old person. For years Nash has been a thrill to watch. His Dallas teams tore things up in the playoffs and him and Dirk had some of the best off-the-court photographs of all time. Later came the back-to-back MVP years when his Suns looked like they might redefine everything…

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Babe: The Legend Comes to Life (1974)

Let’s start with the mythology of Babe Ruth the athlete. He was the first player to hit three home runs a single game of the World Series. He didn’t just set the record for home runs, but utterly destroyed it, routinely hitting fifty or more in his prime. He called his shot in the World Series, dedicated a home run to a sick child (who than miraculously recovered) and was a pretty good pitcher to boot. Mark Milner breaks down the biography.

Football

The Unignorable: Concussions still abound in NFL

A recent wave of concussions during the NFL preseason have brought a nasty topic back into the spotlight. It’s no secret that pro football causes concussions. And it’s no secret that pro football is big business: the NFL is the most valuable of the four major leagues. According to a recent Forbes report, the average value of a NFL team is over $1 billion. That’s per team.

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Book Review: Crazy 08

A couple years ago we had one of the wildest finishes to any baseball season: on the same night, four games decided who got into the postseason. Wild stuff, right? It doesn’t hold a candle to the 1908 season, where both leagues had pennant races running to the last day. Baseball was then the dominant sport in America. It’s a world Cait Murphy taps into with Crazy 08, a fun read that’s marred by some strange editorial choices.