Opening Day Brings Hope

Opening Day 2014

Though raised in a southern climate, I’ve now lived nine winters in the Heartland. And I’ve learned nothing begins seasonal life anew like baseball.

Duke and Syracuse’s Worst March Madness Losses

Mike Krzyzewski Jim Boeheim

Duke and Syracuse both crashed out of the 2014 NCAA Tournament early. But that shouldn’t be surprising. Here is a look at both teams’ worst March Madness losses.

The Shockers Got Screwed

Gregg-Marshall

The 35-0 Wichita State Shockers were screwed by the Selection Committee and the media. And there’s really no debate. Let’s quickly examine the evidence …

College Basketball Coach of the Year: The Final Five Candidates and Reader Poll

Gregg Marshall

Who is college basketball’s Coach of the Year for the 2013-14 season? Vote in our poll.

Annual Duke Coup Underway?

Coach K

With another loss by a rapidly-fading Syracuse team, along with Kansas and Creighton falling Saturday on the road, Duke backed into a No.1 seed today in some bracket projections. The Blue Devils also somehow soared to No. 4 today in the new Top 25 poll, though they remain eighth in RPI.

Hope Springs Eternal in El Paso

El Paso Chihuahuas

El Paso finally has a minor league baseball team as the San Diego Padres have moved their Triple-A affiliate to town.

The 10 Best NFL Conference Championship Games

John Elway The Drive

Media pundits muse that Sunday’s NFL conference title games are the best matchups we’ve seen in years. Since a good set up doesn’t necessarily guarantee an exciting game, let’s look at past championship games that actually lived up to the hype.

Jerry Coleman: Legendary San Diego Padres announcer passes away at 89

Jerry Coleman

It was a certainly a bittersweet Sunday in San Diego. Hours after the Chargers secured an impressive playoff victory in Cincinnati, and moments after the city’s top 20 college basketball team became the first non-Big 12 school to win in Lawrence, Kan., since 2006, San Diego lost perhaps its most legendary sports icon not named Tony Gwynn.

Marvin Lewis: It’s time for Cincinnati Bengals to fire longtime head coach

Marvin Lewis

Other than enjoying a few visits when residing in Indianapolis, I have no allegiance to the Queen City. That said, I was a constant critic of Cincinnati’s baseball manager, who was rightly fired after another postseason choke job in October. Therefore, to be fair, I see the same things with the city’s football coach and believe Marvin Lewis should be axed after another playoff debacle Sunday.

Predictions for 2013 MLB postseason awards

Clayton Kershaw

The end of Daylight Savings Time, colder weather, and the conclusion of another World Series make early November a sad time for many baseball fans. Thankfully, the sport gives us one last treat by holding recognition for top players during the 11th month.

Cincinnati Reds: It’s past time for team to fire Dusty Baker

Dusty Baker

Loyal readers are cognizant that I don’t believe Dusty Baker is a quality baseball manager. In fact, I’ve written about it multiple times — though not recently. Following his second consecutive early postseason exit Tuesday night, it’s high time for the axe to fall in southwest Ohio.

Baseball’s second wild card is great, but playoff format needs fixing

PNC Park Pittsburgh Pirates

While the addition of a second wild card to the Major League Baseball playoffs last season was absolutely another progressive idea, the do-or-die aspect of the one-game wild-card round may rear its ugly head again this October.

Clayton Kershaw: Breaking down his brilliant 2013 season

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is in the middle of one of the most remarkable seasons in recent memory.

The three best MLB stories as we reach the Dog Days

Andrew McCutchen

As the news and sports media obsess over an outdated steroid “scandal” that has no effect on our lives, baseball fans I know are focused on 2013. Outside of the National League Central race and perhaps a last push from Arizona, the NL is becoming somewhat anti-climactic, but the American League has very good races. Perhaps the best stories, however, are three overachieving Midwest teams.

Down on the Farm: Rox near the river

Joe Faber Field

Perched on both sides of America’s longest river, one finds the thriving city of St. Cloud, Minn. And from early June to mid-August since 1998, grateful fans of all ages have been entertained at Joe Faber Field.