NBA Superteams Are Nothing New

It was March when a Sports Illustrated article declared the NBA season done, that June’s champion already a foregone conclusion:

All of the Greats Take Losses

“I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.” — Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali was “The Greatest.” Everyone knows that, but there’s something that seems to be lost inContinue reading “All of the Greats Take Losses”

I Was There: Michael Jordan’s Final Game

Last week, I read (with escalating anger) the story of the Kobe Bryant fan who had the foresight to purchase tickets to what will almost certainly be Kobe’s final NBA game, only to later be screwed by StubHub’s greed. (StubHub has since apologized and promised to make things right, but only because of the outcryContinue reading “I Was There: Michael Jordan’s Final Game”

The Revolution Will Be Live-Streamed

If you’re like me, when you got to work today you probably had at least one conversation about the NFL Wild Card games that took place over the weekend. For the past few years, I’ve often said that I’m far too busy to spend three-and-a-half hours sitting down and watching a game on TV. IContinue reading “The Revolution Will Be Live-Streamed”

Kobe, Peyton & Tiger Make Us Face Our Own Mortality

It’s nearly 2016, so that means it’s been a decade since three of the greatest athletes in American sports history were in their absolute primes. Kobe Bryant was leading a scrub-filled Lakers team that year, which included his absurd 81-point game in January, 2006. 2006 was the year Peyton Manning finally got over the hump,Continue reading “Kobe, Peyton & Tiger Make Us Face Our Own Mortality”

Michael Jordan’s Performance as a Wizard Was Far Better Than You Remember

The following is an excerpt from Christopher Pierznik’s new book In Defense Of… Supporting Underappreciated Artists, Athletes, Actors, and Albums, in which the author defends and celebrates individuals, teams, and projects that were unfairly maligned or misunderstood from the world of music, sports, TV & film. It can be purchased in both paperback and Kindle. It was the perfectContinue reading “Michael Jordan’s Performance as a Wizard Was Far Better Than You Remember”

Documentary Tuesday: “30 for 30 Short: The Deal – Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox”

  In late 2003, after losing to the New York Yankees in the ALCS again, the Boston Red Sox decided they needed to do something to get over the hump. At the same time, the Texas Rangers were beginning to regret their $252 million deal with superstar shortstop Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod had watched the ALCSContinue reading “Documentary Tuesday: “30 for 30 Short: The Deal – Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox””

Knicks Fans Owe Phil Jackson an Apology

As a lifelong fan of Philadelphia sports teams, I’ve seen more than my share of unpopular draft choices. Of course, the one everyone remembers is a small segment of the fan base booing the selection of Donovan McNabb with the second pick in 1999. In recent years, the narrative has shifted to make it seemContinue reading “Knicks Fans Owe Phil Jackson an Apology”

“Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals” [2010]

HBO Sports documentary on how the rivalry of Magic Johnson & Larry Bird shaped modern basketball and launched the modern NBA. Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. He has beenContinue reading ““Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals” [2010]”