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HIGH RISK, HIGH REWARD FOR DARVISH

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The chess game continues. With Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson relocating to the American League West, the Texas Rangers knew they must make a bold move to keep pace and stay competitive. That move transpired Monday night when Major League Baseball … [read more]

MEDIA HYPOCRITICAL OVER TEBOW, FAITH

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Howard Kurtz, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources, posed a question I’ve been asking for weeks now: Are people fascinated by Tim Tebow for his athleticism or his faith? Kurtz and his CNN producers then invite two sports journalists, seemingly … [read more]

STOW ON CHRISTMAS

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The interview didn't last long, maybe 20 seconds. A simple hello, a reply, a short exchange, a smile and it was over. It didn't seem like much to the casual sports fans, but it is truly a miracle. … [read more]

‘TEBOWING’ SHOWS IGNORANCE

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You do know that when Tim Tebow drops his knee, then his head and closes his eyes, he is praying -- not Tebowing -- right? I've never asked Tebow, but as a follower of Jesus Christ, I don't need to, to understand he is not putting on a performance … [read more]

A GONG SHOW DISGUISED AS A BASEBALL TEAM

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Howard William Cohen was labeled by peers, sports fans – even some allies – as arrogant, pompous, obnoxious, vain, cruel, verbose and a show-off. Cohen, known better as Howard Cosell, agreed with every one of those infamous personal adjectives. In … [read more]

TWITTER ON FIRE OVER PUJOLS DEAL

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The sports world is buzzing over today's news that Albert Pujols is leaving the St. Louis Cardinals after the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim offered him a 10-year, $254 million contract. … [read more]

RISKY BUSINESS IN MIAMI

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Miami Marlins president David Samson admits the team’s recent spending spree comes with its fair share of anxiety. "We need to be right," he said. "Everything sounds good at the winter meetings but it’s the dog days of summer when it matters." … [read more]

VALENTINE: REPUTATION VS. CHARACTER

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Boston's front office believes Bobby Valentine is the right person for the job. Red Sox fans believe Valentine's experience and leadership will lead them back to the top of the American league East. The media -- New York Times, Boston Globe, The … [read more]

REPORTING ON CONTROVERSY

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The John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State held a live uStream forum called "A Conversation About Covering Controversy." The panel included Jeremy Schapp from ESPN; Sara Ganim of the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., who broke the … [read more]

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. VALENTINE

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Four days after celebrating his 24th birthday, Bobby Valentine's promising professional baseball career was crippled when he ran into an outfield fence, shattering his right leg. He spent the next five months in a cast, healing a broken bone that … [read more]