Archive for the ‘Guesties’ Category


By Ari Boynton 
Guest blogger

I feel no shame in saying that Seattle, my hometown, has the worst fan base in the whole country – more fair-weather backers reside right here in the Emerald City than anywhere else. For good measure, Forbes once called this America’s most miserable sports city. (more…)


By Sam Mooney
Guest blogger

My story is a tale of incredible kindness, a father-son relationship, and the Philadelphia Eagles. It starts when I was a 10-year-old boy; watching Randall Cunningham on “Monday Night Football” against the Giants. That play, that touchdown, that player sparked a lifelong fandom that would take me places I never thought I’d be. I live in a small town in South Dakota. Stories like this just don’t happen to us.

Fast forward 20-plus years to October 2012. That 10-year-old boy is now a 33-year old married man and father of four. Life, as it tends to, has happened. But I remain a devoted Eagles fan. I’ve passed on my love of the team to my oldest son. Every Sunday, come hell or high water, we sit down together and watch the Eagles game. Regardless of how busy I am at work or how busy he is at school (he’s 12) we are watching our team. (more…)


By Rich Jensen
Guest blogger

“quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”

“Who guards the guardians?”

I’ve seen a number of articles condemning or – inexplicably – defending the Richie Incognito mess in Miami. The latest news is that Incognito felt ‘betrayed and blindsided’ by Martin’s recent actions.

While William F. Lietch has done a credible job explaining the problems with the ‘lockerroom culture’ and Incognito in particular, I’ve been generally dissatisfied with the articles on the subject, largely because the arguments they muster against what went on in the Miami lockerroom can be marshaled just as easily against what Martin did in reporting what went on to Miami management. (more…)


By Dan Frasier
Guest blogger

Confession time. I’m a gigantic, irrational, ridiculous Nebraska Huskers homer. I refer to the team as “we.” I specifically avoid watching games that I think we will lose because seeing a blowout ruins my weekend. And I, like all the other homers I know, have spent the last few days texting my friends and predicting coach Bo Pelini’s termination.

By now I’m sure you’ve heard the profanity-laced tirade that was recorded two years ago and released shortly after Nebraska’s meltdown against UCLA. Good Coach Bo, who took the reins of Husker Nation in 2008 to much fanfare and billboard leasing, has managed to find himself on a serious hotseat.

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Guestie: Chip Kelly is a bust

Posted: September 12, 2013 by terryvandrovec in Guesties

Well,  I think it’s time it was said: Chip Kelly is a bust. His new-look offense that was supposed to redefine the NFL just can’t transition, and it won’t be long until he’ll be looking for a job back in college. No, I’m not being sarcastic. (more…)


By Rich Jensen
Guest Blogger

Did you know ESPN has this show called First Take? Okay. It’s on ESPN2. ESPN2 is a channel whose existence is predicated on the notion that ESPN has so much stuff you should see that they can’t fit it all onto one channel. This is difficult to comprehend, because having two ESPNs does not double the amount of hours in my day, so I still have to make choices, and if I choose what’s on ESPN2, then I can’t also watch ESPN, unless I stop watching ESPN2. And what if I have to go to the bathroom, people? Or have to eat? I worry that they haven’t thought this through because they also have ESPNNEWS and ESPN Classic and ESPN Deportes and ESPNU. Clearly, I can’t watch all of these channels at once. I’m not Elvis. And Elvis didn’t have enough TVs to watch all these channels at once. I also do not live in a sports bar.

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A felon, a college president and a mascot walk into a bowling alley…

By Rich Jensen
Guest Blogger

The NCAA wrote a letter to a bankruptcy judge on behalf of convicted felon Nevin Shapiro. In this letter, the NCAA said that they would consider hiring Shapiro in the future.

Predictably, this revelation has drawn outraged commentary and sarcasm.

It has undoubtedly made this woman angry — this woman in ill-fitting clam-diggers ogling a fifty-thousand dollar check in a bowling alley. This woman was a cabinet secretary under Bill Clinton. She holds a Ph.D. from Syracuse. She was the chancellor at the University of Wisconsin. She is now the president of the University of Miami. This is what college athletics has done to her. Here she cavorts with a soon-to-be-convicted felon and accepts $50,000 in stolen funds. Later she will accuse Mark Emmert of failing to act responsibly when the briefest of inquiries into Shapiro’s background and habits would have been sufficient to render him persona-non-grata at any respectable university.

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By Kolbe Nelson
Guest Blogger

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I am absolutely not an expert on United States-North Korea Relations. I grew up watching Dennis Rodman play basketball though.

Dennis Rodman, the Dennis Rodman, is preventing World War III. That’s a text a friend sent me Thursday. While his statement is drenched in hyperbole, he may have a point.

Rodman, along with a TV crew and, completing the trifecta of strange awesomeness, three members of the Harlem Globetrotters, visited North Korea, a country veiled in secrecy and untrusted by much of the world. Maybe stranger, they became the personal guests of dictator Kim Jong Un, who has enjoyed both basketball and booze with the American contingent. Most of me thinks it’s an awful idea sending an often unpredictable basketball player (part-time pro wrestler) to a country veiled in secrecy and possibly capable of nuclear warfare, but part of me thinks it might be a good start.

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By Kolbe Nelson
Guest Blogger

Ever since I was little, I’ve been infatuated with the art of comedy. I absorbed everything from reruns of Saturday Night Live on Comedy Central to the infomercials for the Best of Johnny Carson. When I was in 6th grade I used the money I earned from detasseling corn (I REALLY AM A SOUTH DAKOTA BOY!) to buy an old 19” TV and a VCR. I used those tools nightly to record episodes of The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien and I would review the shows over and over out of pure enjoyment. Unless my mom has thrown them out, you could probably still find some of those old tapes in my closet back home in Alcester.

It may shock many of you, given the information provided in that last paragraph, but right up through high school, most of my friends were not hot girls. That was ok, though. I managed to convince myself that love and sex would be too big a distraction from my duties as a spot-starter on the JV basketball team.

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By Kolbe Nelson
Guest Blogger

I was sitting in a bar in Manhattan with my friend Kyle Johnson late this past February. That’s when this grand adventure that has been my move from South Dakota to New York City got started in earnest.

Kolbe Nelson

Kyle had been one of my best friends since elementary school at Alcester-Hudson and we were pals right up through graduation from South Dakota State University in 2011. He went to school for turf management, learning how to make golf courses and baseball fields look the absolute best. It’s what he was born to do. It brought him out here to work the courses at Winged Foot Golf Club, the home of the 2006 US Open where Phil Mickelson served up a choke job on par with the monumental ones Greg Norman had produced decades before. It’s one of the toughest courses in the country. Kyle’s one of the guys who makes sure it stays that way.

I was working as a weekend sports anchor for a TV station in Sioux Falls, a job I had held for a little over a year, and was using the small amount of vacation time and spare cash I had saved up to visit Kyle in New York and a few friends in Montana over the span of a week. This was a pretty new experience for me. Not only had I never seen the Big Apple before, I had never even flown in a plane. The excitement level for me was unequaled. We had plans to see the Knicks the next night at Madison Square Garden, but for the time being we were taking it easy, having a few beers in Midtown.

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