Young Kicker Shows Courage In Coming Out

When I read the story about the first active football player coming out, two things impressed me. For those who missed it, Conner Mertens, a kicker at tiny Willamette University in Oregon, publicly came out this week. He’s the first active player on any level to have done so. First thing that got my attention…

Creating the Perfect Super Bowl Party Playlist

Last week, I accepted an assignment from Yahoo to come up with a Super Bowl music playlist, to liven up pre-game parties (I get paid per hit, so here it comes: shameless plug). As usual, I had to overthink things. Is there, I wondered, a difference between regular party music and Super Bowl party music?…

Reds Desperate For A Leadoff Hitter

So, after the 2013 season, Reds’ GM Walt Jocketty fired Manager Dusty Baker for two years of playoff futility. Then, he loses leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Chin to free agency, without having a legitimate replacement. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Jocketty to fire himself. Instead, the Reds are trying to sell rookie outfielder Billy Hamilton…

Memo to Grantham: Do Something First, THEN Talk

I don’t know much about Todd Grantham, but one thing’s for sure: Louisville’s new defensive coordinator has a big mouth. At his introductory news conference January 16, the former Georgia DC decided to forgo the customary modesty and humility, and instead decided to take credit for the Bulldogs’ two SEC East titles earned during his…

Don’t Be Too Rough On Andy Dalton

I would have fired Marv Lewis. If I owned the Bengals, he would been handed his walking papers before he left the field after losing to San Diego. I would have interrupted his postgame comments to fire him, live before a national television audience. Too many years of playoff futility. But the folks wanting to…

Kenny Miles Shines Light on Suicide

I like to think I follow college football fairly closely, but I never heard of Kenny Miles before this week. Until last year, Miles was a running back for South Carolina. He had a rather undistinguished playing career, rushing for 1,341 yards and four touchdowns, adding one touchdown reception, in four years. He graduated in…

Shifting Focus

I started this blog a few weeks ago, shortly after I began writing about the Louisville football team for Yahoo. My original intent was to set this site up as a go-to spot for local sports info, while promoting my writings. Two problems with that. One, there are many, many people doing that already; the…