Posts Tagged ‘sports’

My Thoughts on the Upcoming Name Change for the Washington Redskins

My Thoughts on the Upcoming Name Change for the Washington Redskins

This morning, the Washington Redskins announced that they will be changing their team name, which had been in place for 87 years. I grew up in Virginia, just 2 hours south of Washington DC. Most of my extended family lives in Northern Virginia, and many of them have rooted for the Redskins for a long […]


Have You Played Pickleball?

Have You Played Pickleball?

This past weekend in Kansas City, my girlfriend’s mother invited us to play a game of pickleball with her. I had some vague recollections about the game from high school gym class (which we played on tennis courts), but I was pleasantly surprised to see that the local park had nice, real pickleball courts. 8 […]


Have You Played Disc Golf?

Have You Played Disc Golf?

I don’t think I quite realized how much I’ve missed playing sports during the pandemic until this past weekend. Over the last year, my main sport activity has been indoor rock climbing (in addition to daily exercise)–it isn’t competitive, but it’s a physical puzzle with a series of challenges and ways to improve. However, when […]


How Do You Feel About Sports with No Spectators?

How Do You Feel About Sports with No Spectators?

I’ve always viewed professional and collegiate sports as entertainment, nothing more. But I have to say that I miss that form of entertainment. I miss checking ESPN for soccer scores and basketball highlights. I miss fantasy baseball. And I’m worried that I’ll have to miss football this fall. Of course, preventing the spread of the […]


I Don’t Watch Hockey, but I Love This Story

I Don't Watch Hockey, but I Love This Story

A few days ago, something amazing happened in the National Hockey League. This is coming from someone who doesn’t follow hockey at all, even when the St. Louis Blues took home the championship trophy last year. The Carolina Hurricanes were winning against the Toronto Maple Leafs last week when one of their two goalies was […]


Congratulations to the 49ers for Winning the Super Bowl! (unless they didn’t)

I’m writing this 30 minutes before kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday, because by the time the game is over, I’ll be tired and won’t want to write a blog entry. So I’m going to take a gamble and hope that my team, the 49ers, pull out a Super Bowl victory. And if they don’t win, […]


Would You Celebrate If You Won a Soccer Game 13-0?

Yesterday the US women’s national soccer team won their World Cup opener against Thailand 13-0. It was the highest goal differential in World Cup history. I love the USWNT, and I have no problem with them running up the score in a tournament where goal differential matters. But I paused when I heard there was […]


Why Marathons but No Sprinting Competitions?

Why Marathons but No Sprinting Competitions?

This is a completely random thought that occurred to me recently. As adults, we have a few different ways to stay in shape. We can join a gym or yoga center, play a sport (league, pickup, or with friends), exercise or stay active at home or in the great outdoors, or participate in obstacle course […]


Have You Listened to the “Punchline” Episode of Radiolab?

Have You Listened to the "Punchline" Episode of Radiolab?

Last week I recommended an episode of the Radiolab podcast called “The Living Room.” After sharing it, several people recommended another episode called “Punchline“…and they were right, as it was worth the listen. The episode is about a hockey player named John Scott. I don’t follow hockey, but the podcasters go out of their way […]


Can You Be Both a Contract Holdout and a Team Player?

Can You Be Both a Contract Holdout and a Team Player?

Almost every year in the NFL, there’s at least one elite player who doesn’t report to their team because of contract issues. After holding out for a while, they typically resolve the contract before the season begins, and they go on to help their team that year. Something different has happened this year. One of […]


Does It Help or Hurt Your Team to Boo the Referee?

Does It Help or Hurt Your Team to Boo the Referee?

As I love to do in the fall, I watched NFL football while eating lunch today. There was a controversial play in one of the games, and the referee ruled in favor of the visiting team. As sports fans do, they booed the decision. As they did, I couldn’t help but wonder: Are they helping […]


2 Recent Sports Videos That Made My Jaw Drop

In the last 2 weeks, there were two sports-related clips that absolutely amazed me. One I watched after after it went viral, and the other I watched in “real time” on the TV. I’ll start with the latter. The context is that I was watching American Ninja Warrior with a few friends. It’s the first […]


Do You Think Cities Should Spend Tax Dollars on Sports Stadiums?

Do You Think Cities Should Spend Tax Dollars on Sports Stadiums?

For quite some time, I’ve found it very odd that billionaire sports team owners ask cities to pay for sports stadiums. The logic often used to justify tax dollars being used in this way is if you build a stadium, more people (local and tourists) visit the surrounding bars, restaurants, and shops, boosting the local […]


How Would You Support Your Team If You Were Injured?

How Would You Support Your Team If You Were Injured?

While I’m not a huge NBA basketball fan, I enjoy the drama of the playoffs, and I’ve tuned into the final few minutes of a number of recent games. When I did that for Game 7 of Cavaliers-Celtics a few days ago, I was genuinely surprised by something the announcers mentioned. Kyrie Irving, the injured […]


Have You Ever Climbed a Pole in Philadelphia?

Have You Ever Climbed a Pole in Philadelphia?

Today an article about the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game between Villanova and Michigan caught my eye. The headline read, “Villanova greases poles ahead of title game.” I thought that sounded odd, but I also had a sense of deja vu. It hit me: Authorities in Philadelphia also greased poles before the most recent Super […]


I Want the 49ers to Draft Shaquem Griffin

I Want the 49ers to Draft Shaquem Griffin

Whether or not you follow the National Football League, there’s an emerging story that I think is worth your attention. Shaquem Griffin, an acclaimed player for the University of Central Florida, only has one hand. He lost his hand at age 4 due to a congenital condition called “amniotic band syndrome.” Yet he recently tore […]


What Are the Best 20 Minutes of a Soccer Game?

What Are the Best 20 Minutes of a Soccer Game?

Today I was really excited about a huge game in the English Premier League, Manchester United hosting Manchester City. They’re the top 2 teams in the EPL right now. The problem is, I had a busy day (some work, some play), and I didn’t have time to watch 90 minutes of soccer. So I set […]


Waterboys in Football: Why?

Waterboys in Football: Why?

As I do every weekend, I watched a little football (college and NFL) on Saturday and Sunday. There was a moment during one of the games that I noticed something odd. I’ve seen this hundreds of times before, but I never realized how weird it is. A player ran over to the sidelines after making […]


Do Sports Matter During Natural Disasters?

Do Sports Matter During Natural Disasters?

In the midst of the continued aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, I saw this on ESPN yesterday: I’ve written about sports and related media sometimes forgetting that they’re just a form of entertainment. They bring a lot of people joy and meaning, but in the end, sports are no different than movies, TV shows, […]


What’s the Last Tournament You Played in?

What's the Last Tournament You Played in?

The last tournament I participated in was filling out a bracket for March Madness. I’m not even sure that counts as participation, but it’s something. Before that–excluding other March Madnesses, it was a soccer tournament I played in 6 years ago with the guys I played with while growing up in Virginia. We lost in […]


What’s the Best Mid-Game Entertainment at a Sporting Event?

If you’ve ever attended a live sporting event, you know that the game is just one piece of the overall entertainment package. There are tons of carefully crafted moments sprinkled into the game, ranging from music to contests to comedy and more. I attended my annual Cardinals game tonight. Sometime in the middle of the […]


The Odd Reward System of Team Ninja Warrior

The Odd Reward System of Team Ninja Warrior

I love American Ninja Warrior and its various spinoffs, but I question the scoring system in Team Ninja Warrior (TNW). I might be missing something, so I’d like to hear your thoughts. Unlike ANW, TNW is comprised of a series of head-to-head races. Each team has 3 members, and they each take turns racing against […]


What’s Your Favorite Sports Final?

What's Your Favorite Sports Final?

I’m going to throw some 2016/2017 stats at you: NBA Finals (game 1): 20 million viewers World Series  (game 7): 40 million viewers Super Bowl: 114 million viewers UEFA Champions League Final: 350 million viewers I spent a few hours on Saturday afternoon watching the Champions League Final, the last game in a tournament that […]


The Crowdsourced Football Team

The Crowdsourced Football Team

Have you ever watched the coach of your favorite sports team make what you think is a terrible decision? I know I have. Sure, it’s always from the luxury of my couch, not in the heat of the moment surrounded by tens of thousands of screaming fans. But still. I can’t find the post, but […]