The Seahawks’ Richard Sherman: His Own Worst Enemy

Having taken some time to digest Sunday’s Richard Sherman incident, I’ve come to one, singular conclusion: In the waning moments of Sunday’s NFC Championship game, and in the minutes and seconds that followed, Richard Sherman was both the aggressor, and the victim…and all based upon his own doing.

He’s a unique guy, has a big, colorful personality, and in many ways, he can be a refreshing alternative to the aloof, unapproachable modern athlete, as he exhibited in his good-natured elbow-rubbing with fans before last season’s Super Bowl.

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Why am I a St. Louis Cardinals fan (and why aren’t you too)?

It’s a question that comes every baseball season, and when the playoffs arrive dropping temperatures only serve to raise that many more eyebrows:

How is a Boston-born kid, who lives in Manhattan and boasts ties to both Central Virginia and Central Florida a St. Louis Cardinals fan?

To answer such an inquiry, one most go back further than simply this year’s World Series. Further than tales of two Carpenters and “the Wrench,” and further than David Freese‘s Game 6 heroics. Further than Yadier Molina‘s two-run shot at Shea, and current Cardinal Carlos Beltran‘s series-ending strikeout care of Wednesday’s Game 1 starter Adam Wainwright.

For the answers to this oft-asked question don’t live in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York or any other National League city. They live buried in the sunken ditch of a place called Oakvale. They live along the base-paths of Anna Murphy, and in the minimalistic bleachers at Carter and Tusoni Field’s.

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Hall of an Argument: Debating the Future of Springfield

Thanks to an infectious amount of push notifications, the headline popped up on my iPhone, even though the device was seemingly “sleeping”: “Chris Bosh among 18 active players likely to make Hall,” it read.

The article was amongst those listed by Sports Illustrated Extra as having been “PICKED FOR YOU.” Despite doubting that anyone over in the SI HQ actually ever mumbled the phrase “Hmmm…I’ll bet Kurtz digs this convo,” the topic grabbed my attention, and I scrolled through.

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Notre Dame Football: “We aren’t there yet”

Notre Dame had history on it’s side:

* The Irish were 4-0-1 all-time when ranked No. 1 facing the team ranked No. 2.

* Never in the BCS era had a quarterback successfully led his team to back-to-back National Championships, as AJ McCarron was aiming to accomplish that feat. (Chris Weinke of Florida State in 2000, Ken Dorsey of Miami in 2002 and Matt Leinart of USC in 2005 had all failed in their respective bids for a repeat.)

* Notre Dame was 5-1 all-time versus Alabama.

* Rounding out his third season on the Irish sidelines, Brian Kelly seemed poised to join the likes of Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz as Notre Dame coaches who had all won championships in year number three as Golden Domers.

But history—just like destiny and legacy—didn’t play a single snap in Miami on Jan. 7. But Alabama runningback Eddie Lacy sure did.

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Why am I a Notre Dame fan?

It’s a question I get asked rather frequently: “Hey man, why are you a Notre Dame fan?”

And the truth is I don’t really have a great answer. I wasn’t born into Fighting Irish fandom. I’m not tied the Gold and Blue by anything familial, regional, or religious in nature. The best I can offer is that in a former like, I might have been Rudy. Not, not this Rudy (more on her in a bit.) This Rudy.

I can trace my love for all things Gipper back to the Fall of 1988. I was 10, the Irish were #1, and if I wasn’t a full-fledged “Domer” quite yet, any doubt would officially be erased, on January 2nd.

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Making Moves, Just Not Sense: Conference Realignment

Call me irrational or unrealistic, but I generally prefer it when things make sense. Particularly when it comes to sports.It’s crazy, I know. But when context clues serve as mile markers down a path of reality, well, that just works for me.

On the heels of Monday’s announcement that the University of Maryland will pull its little turtle head inside its terrapin shell and laboriously embark upon a two year migration from the ACC into the Big Ten, we’re reminded that slow and steady wins the race.

However in this modern metaphor it seems more sensible tenants—like region, rivalries, travel and tradition—are all being left in a cloud of dust even the hare wouldn’t appreciate.

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MLB Playoffs: Oh, What a Night. Late September Back In… 2011?

If there’s anything this night didn’t have, I sure couldn’t detect what was missing.

As Major League Baseball concluded it’s final day of regular season play, words like epic, heartbreaking, heroic, monumental, implausible, and breathtaking all seem appropriate. And this, in a world where hyperbole flows like Manischewitz on Rosh Hashanah.  Which actually brings me to my point.

Wild "Cards"

Wild "Cards"

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