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I may never leave the couch again. I’m just doing my part.

If you’ve ever spoken to me in person, which, given that a pandemic struck four weeks after I began taking classes here, you probably haven’t, you might have picked up that I like sports.

A lot.

The logic follows that I like watching sports in person. A lot. In fact, in my 35 years, I’ve been to roughly 600 professional or major college sporting events across the planet. Baseball and a sumo tournament in Japan? Yup. Gaelic football in Ireland? You bet. English and American football in England? Sure, why not? The fact that I have a tendency to revolve travel plans around what sporting event I can see in whichever destination can be a bit irksome for my lovely and very understanding wife, but because I’m among the luckiest men I know, she generally humors me anyway. …

Kobe Bryant Memorial: Recap of an Emotional Night at Staples Center

By Sanjna Shukla

On February 24, 2020, over 20,000 people at the Staples Center and several more around the world honored the life of basketball legend, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.  The date was a special tribute to the No.2 of Gianna’s basketball jersey and to the No.24 that Kobe Bryant made an icon in not only Staples Center, but the entire basketball community.   

The memorial included tributes from several artists, basketball players, and public figures. Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, and Christina Aguilera performed heartfelt numbers, while Bryant’s good friend Jimmy Kimmel hosted the event. 

Earlier this year, it was reported that Bryant was at the top of the list of candidates for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020.…

Kansas City Finally Gets its Day?

Do you like football? I like football. 

Even if you don’t, statistically speaking, if you live in the United States there’s roughly a 1-in-3 chance you watched the Super Bowl last weekend, and boy was it a doozy. Some of you may not have noticed it if you were only in it for the commercials or, like the friends I watched with, continually confused Jimmy Garoppolo with Janeane Garofalo. That’s fine. But if that’s the case, it’s also possible you didn’t notice Pat Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback phenom, engineering a frenetic late-game comeback. Mahomes led the Chiefs to three touchdown drives in the game’s final eight minutes, erasing a double-digit deficit and ruining the night for dozens of sportswriters on deadline.…

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