Eli Manning, Properly Rated and Calibrated

Why do we act as if Eli Manning has been getting away with something? For some reason, sports media are smug when discussing the New York Giant quarterback. They want to point out that Manning’s play has declined, and was never that great in the first place. Pricking Eli Manning’s good-not-great QB career is not…

College Team Mascots: The Silly, the Profane, and the Caricature

William Shakespeare asked, “What’s in a name?” The King James Bible declares, “A good name is better than precious ointment.” W.C. Fields said, “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” In the world of sports, names mean plenty.  They conjure rivalries and the spirit of competition. Names serve to identify you,…

Lies the Sports Industry is Selling You

Anybody with an ounce of discernment knows that sports are big business in our time. But somehow, this fact becomes easy to forget when we are caught up in the entertainment. This disconnect is related to what happens when we watch Hollywood films. Our brains cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality, once we…

Revisionist History: The Slow and Deliberate Dismantling of Michael Jordan

Babe Ruth’s dominance is not respected by casual fans, nor by sports talking heads who want to whip up some controversy. Jerry West and Rick Barry and Wilt are afterthoughts to the modern sports observer, who refuses to consider that athletes were tough and fast and smart prior to 1990. This erosion of great athletes’…