3 Cinderellas That Could Bust Brackets

March Madness is upon us, and in March we live for Cinderellas. For those not familiar with the term Cinderella in this context: a Cinderella is basically an underdog team that makes a miraculous rags-to-riches run in the NCAA tournament, knocking off higher-seeded powerhouse teams and busting brackets. Every year there’s a new Cinderella, a [ keep reading ]

March Madness: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

March is a transitional month that sees longer days and a renewed sense of optimism that only the warmth of Spring can bring. For basketball fans, March is the greatest month of the year. During this magical time, the college basketball season culminates in a climactic finish known as the NCAA Tournament. Also known as [ keep reading ]

Tom Brady is Still Not the Greatest of All Time

The New England Patriots just won the Super Bowl. Again. After what was considered a lackluster season by their standards, the Patriots defied the odds to take home another Lombardi Trophy. Tom Brady, although largely unimpressive in the game, won his sixth Super Bowl ring. Throughout his career, Tom Brady has drawn comparisons to another [ keep reading ]

Baseball Is More Than Just a Game.

“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that was [ keep reading ]

When Did Sports Become ‘Pay to Play’ Programs?

Sports are big in the United States. An estimated 40-some million kids play one or more sports every year. I’ve written before on various topics, such as how I believe adults have ruined kid-sports in America and how greed has tempted many adults to place young athletes’ health and physical conditions at risk, just to [ keep reading ]

Facing the Giants: NFL Style

One of my family’s favorite feature films is a movie called, “Facing the Giants,” produced and directed by Alex Kendrick and his brother, Stephen. It tells the story of a high school football team known as the Shiloh Eagles and their coach, who pray and work their way to a championship against a much larger [ keep reading ]

Let’s Put the ‘Play’ Back in ‘Play Ball’

As a native Pittsburgher, I grew up in an athletic environment (and loved every minute of it). From competitive cheerleading to three types of formal dance instruction, baseball, basketball, street hockey, track and more, my own family and our fellow community members were deeply entrenched in sports and athleticism throughout our childhoods. If there wasn’t [ keep reading ]

Bad Call or Incomplete Pass?

NFL referee, Tony Corrente, may be remembered long after he retires for his apparent ability to make Pittsburgh Steelers fans mad as hornets. In fact, his recent (highly controversial) call in the final minutes of the Steelers versus Patriots game continues to spawn contentious debate and discord on social media networks, sports news programs and [ keep reading ]

Sports in America: Good, Bad or Ugly?

As a child, I spent the majority of my free time outdoors. Growing up in a Pittsburgh suburb, there was never a shortage of playmates. Sports and Pittsburgh go hand in hand. We always found ways to turn even the most seemingly uneventful afternoon into a neighborhood-wide athletic competition of some sort. We didn’t just [ keep reading ]

When Did Professional Sports Become a Venue for Protest?

Many people who read online news or watch television have been engrossed in a recent controversy regarding the Pittsburgh Steelers and the entire NFL and overall professional sports industry throughout the nation. As a refresher, in case you’re one of the few who haven’t heard, the gist of the situation is that the Steelers’ coach [ keep reading ]

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