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A Tale of the NYC Marathon

It was the perfect fall morning. I had only gotten four hours of sleep, despite daylight savings. But that’s to be expected. It’s rare to get a good night’s sleep the night before a big race. With marathons, you typically focus on getting a lot of sleep the week leading up to the race. I hadn’t managed that either, but I knew I’d survive.

I was supposed to be on the 5:45am ferry to Staten Island. Yeah, okay. There was no way I was going to be on that ferry. I had no intention of spending multiple hours hanging out in Staten Island before a 9:10 start.…

Sports are back! Like for real!

Ok, look. I know sports have actually been back for some time. In fact, Major League Baseball has allowed full attendance for months now, with some folks like myself attending many more New York Mets games than your doctor would recommend. In a global environment in which sharing physical space with strangers is, at best, a questionable choice, I somehow managed to go to baseball games in five different stadiums across four cities this year.

I’m not saying it was wise. I’m just saying it was possible.

Still, this fall is cause for celebration in the sports world, and here’s why.…

The more things change…

Just before kickoff Sunday night, I tweeted an extremely clever and definitely-not-too-subtle-by-half joke about Tom Brady’s “dubious” claim to the title of GOAT (Greatest Of All Time). A while later, I did it again. I will be the first to admit that sometimes my sense of humor is a bit too dry, but more than one friend asked me what I was talking about, so after watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win Super Bowl LV in what could charitably be called a dismantling of the Kansas City Chiefs, I’d like to clear some things up.

Give me all the Kornacki my TV can handle

If you’ve been following my columns this year, (which I’m sure most of you haven’t, but hi, mom!) you’ve probably noticed I’m “the politics guy.” That is to say, I’m the Oppy staffer who got stuck with putting political opinions in a public space where they can do me only personal and professional harm. But did you know I’m into sports, too?

It’s true!

I’ve written about it for The Oppy once or twice, and would you believe I wrote about it professionally once upon a time? If you need any indication for how respected my critical eye was in the world of sports journalism, well, I’m in business school now.…

NBA Finals Recap

The Los Angeles Lakers capped off a wild 2020 season by defeating the Miami Heat 4-2 in the NBA Finals.  The Lakers were led by Lebron James, who averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 8.5 assists en route to becoming Finals MVP.  This was James’ fourth championship ring, and fourth finals MVP.

The 2019-2020 NBA season was unlike any seen before it.  The season was suspended on March 11, 2020 after Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.  With Covid leaving activities across the country in flux, the league remained suspended for months.  Finally, play resumed in July, with the teams staying together in a bubble the NBA organized in Disney World. …

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