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Remembering the First Openly Gay Pro Athlete

By Jeff Weisinger, published on Feb 25, 2014

The media has done it again. And maybe their respective leagues have found a new media and marketing niche to latch onto. But when Jason Collins officially came out last summer, and Michael Sam just two weeks ago, the country began to seriously talk about openly gay athletes, and how groundbreaking it is for them to do what they're doing.

The word "courageous" comes up a lot when talking about those two. And, maybe understandably so depending on your opinion of gay athletes, let alone the timing of all of this coverage.

Yet, they aren't really breaking any new ground as far... (more)

Tags: baseball, mlb, history, out, espn, coming out, 2014, glenn burke, openly gay athlete, l.a. dodgers, 1978, jason collins, michael sam

There Will Never Be Another Like Jeter

By Jeff Weisinger, published on Feb 24, 2014

It just seems fitting that a year after soon-to-be Hall-of-Famer Mariano Rivera retires, Derek Jeter is set to do the same. The final part of the core-four that was Pettitte, Posada, Mo and Jeter.

But then again, his entire career has been just that. "Fitting."

It's only fitting that the skinny shortstop out of Kalamazoo, Michigan (by way of Pequannock, New Jersey) went 0-for-6 before recording his first Major League hit when he was called up by the Yankees in 1995. Only fitting that in his full rookie year of 1996, the Yankees win their first World Series since 1978. Only... (more)

Tags: baseball, mlb, new york yankees, derek jeter, 2014, al east, american league

What to Expect on Super Sunday

By Jeff Weisinger, published on Feb 1, 2014

To set the record straight, Super Bowl XLVIII will be played in New Jersey. The fun leading up to and after Super Bowl XLVIII will be in New York City.

Ok, now that that's cleared up, what happens when a powerful force meets an immovable object?

When the AFC Champion Denver Broncos and the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks meet at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey for the 48th Super Bowl on Sunday, we will find out if the "immovable object" that is Seattle's defense can in fact hold off the powerful force that is Peyton Manning and the Broncos' offense.

Both teams... (more)

Tags: football, nfl, nyc, new jersey, championship, super bowl, new york city, national football league, 2014, american football, pro football, seattle seahawks, denver broncos

Raiders, Allen Ready to 'Rock and Roll' in 2014

By Jeff Weisinger, published on Jan 10, 2014

"We're ready to rock and roll."

Mark Davis' statement in a phone interview with ESPN.com Tuesday night confirming that Dennis Allen will not be fired and remain the team's head coach for a third season in 2014 could be the theme for the Silver and Black in 2014.

"We met this evening at the Raider facility, and the meeting went really well," Davis said to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. "We talked about a lot of things, from personnel issues to the coaches to a review of the past season to the draft and our needs for next season.

Although rumor had it that Davis would let go of Allen... (more)

Tags: nfl, afc, raiders, 2013, 2014, oakland raiders, afc west, american football, nfl offseason, head coach, dennis allen

"It" Awaits

By Jeff Weisinger, published on Nov 15, 2013

When the Sony Playstation 4 launches at midnight tonight, fans of Sony’s beloved gaming console will either lose sleep due to the immense gaming that will take place… or due to the rioting that will commence.

Early Thursday morning, reports of “broken PS4’s” began to surface after the lucky few who won Taco Bell’s “Play the Future Now” sweepstakes reported that their Playstation 4 units simply wouldn’t work. There were reports of the system never turning on and faulty HDMI ports on the pre-release shipments are beginning to worry consumers planning on purchasing, or picking up their... (more)

Tags: video games, sony, 2013, playstation 4

Yanks To Go On Another Shopping Spree?

By Jeff Weisinger, published on Nov 14, 2013

Robinson Cano wants $300 million, Curtis Granderson opts for free agency along with Hiroki Kuroda.

So what’s the plan in Yankee Universe: buy.

In an apparent move that will probably not put the Yankees near their hopeful $189 million payroll goal for 2014, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner will look a lot more like his late father when MLB’s free-agency goes into full swing next month.

"Even with [Alex Rodriguez] as our third baseman, we will have a fair amount of money to spend to try to fill the holes, and that's what we're going to do," Steinbrenner said Tuesday night in... (more)

Tags: baseball, new york, yankees, mlb, 2013, offseason, 2014, hot stove, hal steinbrenner, robinson cano

Not So Incognito

By Jeff Weisinger, published on Nov 6, 2013

Remember that one kid in high school, or middle school, or elementary, who used to pick on you and you only. That kid who thought they were bigger and tougher than anyone else. That same kid who pretty much declared that the rules of standard life don’t apply to him. Or her.

Richie Incognito is that kid and Johnathan Martin is his target.

Yes, the 30-year old Incognito picking on the 24-year old Martin, who is just in his second year as a pro out of Stanford, is proof that even adults can be bullied by other adults. Rookie hazing need not apply here. But there is one question... (more)

Tags: miami, nfl, dolphins, bullying, 2013, richie incognito, johnathan martin

A's Heading to San....Francisco?

By Jeff Weisinger, published on Nov 4, 2013

Wouldn’t it be ironic even in the slightest way if it actually made sense to wear a black and orange Oakland A’s hat, to an Oakland A’s game at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Or, how about the name, “The Oakland Athletics of San Francisco?”

On Sunday, sources confirmed with the San Francisco Chronicle’s Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross about Major League Baseball willing to help the A’s play at AT&T Park if the officials of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum can’t agree to a deal on a new short-term lease for the club.

The move out of Oakland would be the first step to the... (more)

Tags: baseball, mlb, oakland athletics, san francisco giants, 2013

As If It Was Scripted: Boston Wins the World Series

By Jeff Weisinger, published on Oct 31, 2013

Maybe they finally found something to play for. Maybe that’s why everything happened in Boston for the Red Sox the way it did Wednesday night when they hoisted their third World Series in 10 years in Fenway. Sure, it might have ended the “1918” curse of the Sox not winning a title at Fenway, or maybe it was something more.

Something tragic, that was turned into triumph.

If it’s true that sports can heal a city after tragedy, the 2013 Boston Red Sox are living proof. Much like the 2001 Patriots and the 2001 Yankees were after the attacks of September 11.

It seems like... (more)

Tags: baseball, world series, mlb, boston red sox, 2013, boston

Time to Panic in the Bronx?

By Jeff Weisinger, published on Apr 4, 2013

Let's be honest for a second. It's not like anyone expected the Yankees to start the season 3-0 after their opening series against the Boston Red Sox after the team lost Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixiera, and Curtis Granderson during Spring Training.

It's not as if we didn't think that the lineup would struggle to score runs during the first month of the year either, only scoring a total of six runs despite 15 hits throughout the first two games of the year.

But after a disappointing first outing by pitcher C.C. Sabathia and a bullpen that just got rocked on Wednesday... (more)

Tags: baseball, new york, yankees, mlb, 2013, opening week

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