Who Will Follow Their Lead in 2011?

By Moonlight Graham

It was a banner year for rookies in Major League Baseball as more than a few newcomers not only burst onto the scene in a big way, but turned their teams into contenders. The American League Rookie of the Year, Rangers’ RP Neftali Feliz, set a rookie record for saves and firmed up the Texas bullpen to the tune of a World Series appearance.   He wasn’t the AL’s only impact newbie, as Minnesota’s Danny Valencia filled a void at third base for the champions of the AL Central.   In the National League, Travis Wood performed so well for Cincinnati that even Dusty Baker, notorious for his disdain of rookies, couldn’t keep him out of the rotation. Then there was NL Rookie of the Year, Buster Posey, who was not just the most important player in the lineup for the World Champion Giants, but impacted the Rangers’ championship run by making then San Francisco catcher Bengie Molina Aavilable.  Now, That’s a game changer. Continue reading »

Why the World Cup is Outrageously Disappointing

by Chris Ippolito

During my years at Marist College, I came across very few true hockey fans.  As a die hard Rangers fan and ardent supporter of USA hockey, I felt obligated to push hockey on my housemates, who fortunately, were extremely open-minded about it from the beginning.  Two years after their introduction, I would consider three of the four of them good Rangers fans and all of them huge supporters of USA hockey (not a hard feat after Team USA’s Olympic performance).

With this in mind, all of my housemates were soccer supporters.  Realizing the strides that they took in their hockey fandom, they tried pushing “the beautiful game” on me.  Selfishly, I was not as open minded about watching soccer as they were to watching hockey.  To be blunt, I can’t stand watching the sport.  I played for about six years as an adolescent, even captaining my travel team for my final two years.  However, once I discovered football, I left soccer for good, never to return.  Every time one of my housemates would put soccer on the tube, I would go upstairs to my room to watch Mike Francesa or ESPN’s Around the Horn.  One afternoon, as I was about to do just this for approximately the 50th time, I was called out by all of them.  After insisting that I just simply couldn’t sit there watching a million inconsequential passes and a trillion dives a game, they made one simple request of me: “At least watch the World Cup and support the USA.”   So, wanting to placate my now fellow hockey supporters, I obliged. Continue reading »

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