Final Last Dance thoughts

Sports fans throughout the world have been itching for some sort of fix involving courts, fields and rinks since the COVID-19 pandemic blew the whistle on the games we love. It's clear to say ESPN's "The Last Dance" documentary centered around the Chicago Bulls' dynasty of the 1990's did that for many. That includes this fan-slash-journalist. While my NBA team loyalties reside with the Celtics, Michael Jordan's Bulls were a staple in my living room. The only time I can remember the Celtics on NBC's Sunday "Game of the Week" was when Larry Bird returned to Boston as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers in the 1997-98 season. I'll admit, that season wasn't the same without Marv Albert as NBC's

When it comes to coaches, parents need to be better

The relationship between a coach and a student-athlete's parent can be a fickle one at times. I was fortunate growing up that the respect my parents had for my coaches - Dave Jeffrey and Glendon Rand - was an outstanding one. It helped that my father was an athlete growing up himself and had some fine mentors at Stearns. That's why it saddens me to see in this day and age so many coaches run out of town by parents who feel things are getting too harsh on the sidelines. That came to light again this week when Lewiston High School girls basketball coach Lynn Girourard resigned. The story was first reported by the Sun Journal, and in a letter to the newspaper, the 1999 Lewiston graduate said "i

The Match 2 was just what we needed

What’s better than a heads up match between two storied rivals? A heads up match between two pairs of rivals; the best of the last 25 years at what they do. Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning taking on Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at the Medalist course in Hobe Sound, Florida. As a golfer myself, I am definitely predisposed to loving this idea, but on Sunday evening with America under quarantine and essentially held captive without sports, it was forced to watch a golf match and guess what? They liked it, HEY MIKEY! The golf exhibition as spectacle goes back 100-years in this country as Babe Ruth and Babe Didrikson-Zaharias would join up with pros to draw fans to local golf courses across the co

Who else can we pair with Tiger and Phil?

I loved The Match 2 with Tiger & Peyton vs Mickelson & Brady. Two sets of rivals on opposite teams, the best at what they do for the last 25 years, done and done. That’s great television. However I got to thinking, who else would make for good television with Tiger and Phil? Michael Jordan. Maybe it’s The Last Dance stupor I’ve been in the last 6 weeks, but I want to see Jordan in this environment of smack talk and side action. This sort of event is absolutely MADE for MJ. Jordan has played with Tiger for decades at this point and as much as Jordan likes to gamble on golf, there is no way that he and Mickelson haven’t crossed fairways a few million times. The only question is, would Barkley

The College Football season MUST happen

Fourth and Goal With The Bam College football players should be two months away from hitting the practice field and getting ready for the upcoming season. Sadly, the current health crisis is potentially holding that up. Of further concern is that even if there are games played, there might not be any fans in attendance. No football would be absolutely catastrophic. I know. I know. I can hear all of you now. Peoples health is more important than some football game. Save that rhetoric for someone who might want to hear it. I do not. The public debate on health concerns can be saved for another platform. On a large majority of college campuses, football pays the bills. Many big time football pr

UMaine will have to cut jobs and teams?

It’s not a newsflash that the COVID 19 pandemic is wreaking financial havoc on the people and businesses of this country and our state. The immediate hit has been devastating and unfortunately we haven’t yet begun to feel the long term effects. Athletic departments at small colleges and large universities alike are not immune. Take a look at the headlines from the past few days at ESPN.com Cincinnati drops men's soccer program amid "widespread uncertainty" Old Dominion cuts wrestling, citing financial impact of coronavirus Louisville furloughs 45 athletic department staffers, others take 4% pay cut Boise State coaches, athletics staff to be furloughed Texas Tech to trim $7 million from athle

Top 5 SportsCenter Anchors of all time

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Last thoughts on the last dance

Sports fans throughout the world have been itching for some sort of fix involving courts, fields and rinks since the COVID-19 pandemic blew the whistle on the games we love. It's clear to say ESPN's "The Last Dance" documentary centered around the Chicago Bulls' dynasty of the 1990's did that for many. That includes this fan-slash-journalist. While my NBA team loyalties reside with the Celtics, Michael Jordan's Bulls were a staple in my living room. The only time I can remember the Celtics on NBC's Sunday "Game of the Week" was when Larry Bird returned to Boston as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers in the 1997-98 season. I'll admit, that season wasn't the same without Marv Albert as NBC's

For the last time: MJ vs. Lebron

I hate this debate, but after 2 months of stay at home and more than a month of “The Last Dance”, I’ll finally bite on this clickbait debate. Chuck Klosterman recently said in an interview, he thinks Michael Jordan is a better basketball player, but Lebron James is better at playing basketball than Michael Jordan. Confused? This seems like a very Meta statement to make, or middle of the road at the very least, there could be some validity to the claim. Lebron has physical talents that nobody else does and 3 championships that, well quite a few players in the NBA have 3 championships, but I guess you would have to say that Lebron was the best player on 3 championship teams. Lebron can do thin

Proposed MLB guidelines from 2020

This article is by Rob Bradford. His full article appears at WEEI.com - Regular testing for players, umpires, coaches, managers and essential staff. - The majority of tests will be saliva-based. - Players will be tested upon arrival at spring training and then quarantined for 24-48 hours until the results are determined. - Each club must maintain a designated testing area at each facility. - Each individual will conduct daily self-checks at home, which will include thermometer readings. - Before entering each facility each participant will undergo a temperature check while filling out an exposure questionnaire. - Clubs will be allowed 50 players for spring training. - Workouts will be stagge

Mixed emotions on a 2020 MLB season

Right now it looks like we could have “real” Major League Baseball games early in July. The proposal is for a roughly 80 game schedule. Followed by the playoffs. There would be fewer divisions with teams from both the American and National Leagues intermingled into “regional” divisions. So I have heard that could mean the Sox, Yanks, Phillies, Rays and Mets would all be in the same division. I have to admit that sounds kind of cool. I would tune in some for sure. Because I love baseball and the Red Sox. I can’t imagine a full summer without seeing the green grass of Fenway or hearing Joe Castiglione’s voice booming out of my boat radio. I have been to a Rays game in Tampa so I have a sense o

The Last Dance is Stay at Home Must See TV

In any sport, there will always be a debate over who the Greatest Of All Time - or "GOAT" - is. When it comes to the NBA, most would argue that the no-brainer answer is Michael Jordan. After watching the first four episodes of ESPN's documentary "The Last Dance" the last two Sunday's, the affirmation that Jordan is the best player in NBA history just grows by a landslide. And this is coming from a Celtics fan who grew up on Jordan's Chicago Bulls in the 1990's while Rick Pitino was destroying what Red Auerbach had built. "The Last Dance" isn't even halfway done, but this documentary, an uncensored look into the dynasty that was the 1990's Bulls, is going to be one of the best ESPN has produc

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The Greatest TV Drama EVER

What have I done during this sports free quarantine? I’ve watched The Sopranos and watching it for the first time in about 10 years has brought me to the realization that it is the greatest TV drama ever produced. Since last catching up with the turn of the millienium goings-on in North Jersey, I’ve delved into shows like Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul and Mad Men. I’ve binged The Wire, loved Fargo, all shows that have had people talking about their place on the Mount Rushmore of drama. In fact, after watching Breaking Bad, my position had long been that Breaking Bad was a superior show, but my personal taste was that I liked The Sopranos better. I will now recant that statement, Breaking Ba

A Devastating Week For UMaine Baseball

Fourth and Goal With THE BAM More negative fallout from the fiasco that is #Corona2020. The University of Maine baseball team, which had it's season ripped away from them by the NCAA several months ago, was in my estimation on it's way to it's best season in a few years. Perhaps the result might have even been an America East title. Initially, this really sucked for the seniors. Their last hurrah. UMaine's 2 best players, Hernen Sardinas and Trevor DeLaitte were poised to lead this team to greatness and set the tone for those coming after them, They were getting robbed of that opportunity. Thankfully the NCAA, perhaps for the first time in it's history, did the right thing and granted senior

"Classic" Games I'd Like to See on ESPN

So, how are these “strange days” going for you? The social distancing commandments coming from on high have obviously altered the manner in which businesses are operating, if they are even operating at all. This is certainly the case for sports-talk radio, which has been stripped of virtually all of its content. After all, if there are no games being played, there are no games and related stories to yak about on the air waves. It’s been interesting….well actually-kind of humorous, to listen to sports radio talk show hosts scramble for content to fill their time. They’ve had to become mighty creative, with some hits and some misses along the way. But I admire them for trying…better them than

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