Reviews

Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World Of ESPN (2011)

When Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller released “Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World Of ESPN” their comprehensive, all-in-one history about the sports network, many paid attention. However, many felt they wasted their time – and money – on the 700-plus page read. The book does little to expand on an already-known past. Still, those who don’t know much about the network’s history may find something to enjoy in this one.

Baseball

Celebrating the career of the “Chipper” one

Chipper Jones has long been celebrated as one of the best Atlanta Braves in franchise history. Having played in his final All-Star Game this past Tuesday, Jones’ career is clearly coming to a close, and it’s one that has been plenty successful, even if he’s not as iconic as some of the game’s top stars.

Hockey

Wild about what?

Before they signed, many prophesied that the team that landed either Zach Parise or Ryan Suter was going to become a Cup contender. Now that Minnesota landed both, suddenly the pair may not be enough, with many feeling that the Wild are still a ways away from being truly competitive.

Baseball

Calling it a career at the young age of 45

For most of you reading this, there’s a good chance that Omar Vizquel has been in professional baseball longer than you’ve been alive. That’s a remarkable feat. The sure future Hall of Famer recently announced that he’ll call it a career at the end of this season, so when the Blue Jays come to town, make sure you steal a look at Vizquel, the man who embodies baseball’s youngest spirit.

Football

Idaho’s under-the-radar quest for independence

All of the recent changes to the NCAA football landscape have left many schools looking for a permanent home. The Idaho Vandals are no exception. However, they may be better served remaining as an independent for the near future in order to improve their lot for a position in the Mountain West conference down the road.

Baseball

Earning the worth of a big money contract

Big money contracts are a big risk for teams. This is largely because of the expectations that come with the huge deal. There are countless examples of players who fall short of the hype, both past and present, yet these deals keep happening. Why? Mostly, it has to do with the potential legacies that owners and GMs can establish for themselves if things go right, even though they rarely do.

Hockey

Let the real free agency period begin

It felt like this summer’s NHL free agency period has been slower than normal, but that’s probably because of the holding out of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. With the pair off the market, things should pick up, but can any team even make a ripple in the wake created by the Minnesota Wild?

Reviews

Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton (2011)

“Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton” by Jeff Pearlman is a book that helps define the former Chicago Bears running back. The book’s title alone tells you so much, yet so little of Payton’s style. Sweetness was a complicated man, a talented football player, a fan favorite and a challenged limited father. Pearlman captures each image of Payton and collects it in one book.

Hockey

The offseason is when hockey is at its best

For most, the summer is the best time to be a hockey fan. Sure, there’s no games going on, but the excitement and anticipation that your team has a chance really makes things interesting. It’s the only time of the year when everybody is in it. By the end of the season, 29 teams will only leave their fans disappointed. In the summer, everybody’s on board.

Baseball

How Colby got his groove back

After a horrible 2011 campaign and a slow start to 2012, Toronto’s Colby Rasmus has come on strong and is one of the better producers on the Blue Jays. Hitting out of the two-hole, Rasmus is driving in runs and setting himself up for the big bats that follow. All of this coming from a guy who considered quitting baseball not too long ago.