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NCAA Football Bowl Season: What a Waste of Space

By Matthew Melton On December - 7 - 2012
It's the time of year for the three most nauseating words in our nation’s college sports landscape: “The Bowl Season.” It is the time of year where rivalries between strangers are forced upon us, and matchups between teams are created using every piece of logic except that which is in the game’s (and the fans') best interests.    This year we will be smothered with 35 games, involving 70 schools, stretched out well over the next month.  To put that into perspective, there are 120 total schools in the NCAA’s Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (there's a mouthful), meaning that almost 60 percent ...

Worst Sports State in America?

By Matthew Melton On August - 21 - 2012
Fans invest more time, energy and money than they would ever care to admit in supporting their hometown teams.  For the hardcore fans, this investment stretches beyond just the good, healthy or rich times. These fans are also passionate during the bad times, the poor times and the sick times.  Fandom is a marriage, and fans have a right to be in blissful wedlock.  I would imagine though that many fans have problems with the current and immediate futures of their respective states' professional and collegiate sports teams.  Those fans may not be ready to sign the divorce papers just yet, but ...

Career, Interrupted: Top 25 MLB Careers That Were Cut Short

By Matthew Melton On August - 8 - 2012
Baseball became America’s pastime almost immediately from the sport’s inception. The game’s greatness shines for several reasons.  The methodical pace of play between pitcher and catcher, as well as batter and fielder, allow for easy conversation among friends. The baseball season itself begins in the spring, coinciding in time with nature’s yearly rejuvenation, and continues through summer when the weather is dry and the days are long enough to play two. The creation of the sport is itself a tale of American folklore, and Americans are wary to trudge on the sagas of their history.  It also doesn’t hurt that certain men named Cobb, Ruth, ...

Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Baseball: Fair or Foul?

By Matthew Melton On August - 4 - 2012
Should there be performance-enhancing drugs in baseball?  I really do not see the difficulty in answering this question with a resounding “No.” For justification, I say look to the athletes currently playing today. How many of them have announced that they are using steroids or some other performance-enhancing drug?  Zero. How many athletes in the game today have publicized their belief that PED usage is appropriate?  Zero. If none of the athletes are willing to come forward, state their case and attach their name to PED usage, then why should we say the drugs have an appropriate place in today’s game? The reason no athlete ...

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