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.


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.


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.


By Rich A. Jensen
Guest blogger

Editor’s note: The following is a fictional account of something that may or may not happened  in real life. Think of it as a written episode of “Law & Order.” Again, this is complete and total speculation. Not real. Got it? (Fiction.)

“That’s not what the money was for,” muttered A, even though there was no one in the office to overhear him. Not that he was worried about being overheard. The people he allowed into this office, he thought, were people that he paid too well, that he treated too well to betray his trust.

He had just spoken with Lance Thomas, the basketball player he’d sponsored for the past four years. There was no written agreement, of course, just an understanding between himself and a handful of other Duke alums. ‘We’ll take care of these guys.” (more…)

On Thursday night, the ultimate sports survivor gave up.

Lance Armstrong, seven-time winner of the Tour de France and cancer-fighting icon, stopped fighting the doping charges that have dogged him for years. He quit via press release.

There are only two logical conclusions to draw from this: Either the Texan truly is innocent or he’s trying out a new form of the non-admission admission. And we thought we’d heard them all before. (more…)

Guesties: Mars

Posted: August 14, 2012 by terryvandrovec in Guesties
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By Rich Jensen
Guest blogger

Curiosity is certainly an apt name for the recently landed Mars explorer.

Every creature not entirely governed by instinct possesses a measure of curiosity. Surviving in an environment means learning about and understanding that environment, at whatever level of understanding a particular animal is capable of.

We, having mastered the basics of survival (at least in most places, most of the time), are still curious. Curious about all sorts of things. In fact, science is nothing more than curiosity in its Sunday clothes. (more…)