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The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend: Choosing Sides in the 2008 World Series
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The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend: Choosing Sides in the 2008 World Series

Posted October 27, 2008 by YankTank

“There is nobody as enslaved as the fanatic, the person whom in one impulse, one value, assumes ascendancy over all others.” -Milton R. Sapirstein There are few things more aggravating than trying to escape mushrooming media hype of a story you just don’t want to hear. The internet is a demon the day immediately after [...]

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In Pursuit of NCAA Gambling Redemption
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College Basketball

In Pursuit of NCAA Gambling Redemption

Posted March 31, 2005 by YankTank

A year ago this Saturday, on April 3, 2004, UConn beat Duke by one point, and a 3-point shot made by Duke at the buzzer meant nothing to the outcome of the game, but everything to me. When UConn won 79-78, half the bar I was at erupted into cheers; half threw their hands up [...]

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"14-6: The Historic Championship Season of New York’s Imperfect Giants"
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New York Giants

"14-6: The Historic Championship Season of New York’s Imperfect Giants"

Posted February 6, 2008 by YankTank

“We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” -Will Rogers About 50 blocks south of me the New York Giants are holding court in the Canyon of Heroes. Thousands are flooding lower Manhattan in an overwhelming parade of gratitude. Thank you, Big Blue. For [...]

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First, Class: Elevating the Role of Ethics in Sports
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First, Class: Elevating the Role of Ethics in Sports

Posted January 29, 2009 by YankTank

 “Winning is nice if you don’t lose your integrity in the process.” –Arnold Horshak, Welcome Back, Kotter Forget steroids. Forget asterisks. Forget gambling, sideline taping, dogfighting, DUIs, and firearm possession. While they all are the headlining stars of the dramatic Demise of Sports feature film, they are also eclipsing other infractions that may be technically legal, but are [...]

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A Real American Classic: A Father’s Day Tribute
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A Real American Classic: A Father’s Day Tribute

Posted June 16, 2005 by YankTank

“Never go down looking.” I only applied to one school, only wrote one college essay, waxed philosophical on only one “best advice I ever received” topic. I’m 24-years old, and now I look upon most baseball metaphors with a disdain usually reserved for ESPN writers. But I still hold my father’s sound wisdom, his insistence [...]

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Trading Up is Hard to Do
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MLB General

Trading Up is Hard to Do

Posted June 14, 2006 by YankTank

My last boyfriend didn’t know what a bunt was. He thought it was some kind of pastry sold at Yankee Stadium. I would dangle baseball-relationship metaphors above his head, and he would just roll his eyes and return his attention back to playing Halo 2. Which is probably why warning him the trade deadline was [...]

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The Boys Are Back in Town…
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The Boys Are Back in Town…

Posted April 12, 2005 by YankTank

“Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light.” -Dante, on the baseball off-season “What you have to remember is that a baseball isn’t a week or a month, but a season. And a season is a long time.” -Chuck Tanner Last year on January 1, I ignored a garden-variety [...]

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Patriot Games: A formality before immortality?
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Patriot Games: A formality before immortality?

Posted February 1, 2008 by YankTank

“That’s why we took the damn field! Now, if you want to crown them, then crown their ass!” -Dennis Green on playing the Bears, MNF 10/16/06 I’m surprised management splurged and actually flew the New York Giants to Arizona. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to just come to terms with the foregone conclusion of [...]

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