How did high-flying Syracuse (No. 22 in ESPN/USA Today poll), a team that began the year 16-1 on the strength of one of the most efficient offenses in the nation, become Syracuse, 1-5 in its last six games and edging toward NCAA tournament bubble status?
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun, whose Huskies handed the Orange their Read More
Brett Favre retired yesterday for the second time in 11 months, and if the New York Jets are lucky, this one will stick.
The decision to sign Favre last August was an unmitigated disaster, typical of the Jets’ blundering over the last quarter century. Stripped of the illusions the New York media wrapped it Read More
The report from Sports Illustrated that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids means many things. Foremost among them: the $423.5 million dollars the New York Yankees spent on free agents C. C. Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A. J. Burnett to make championship baseball the story in the Bronx is wasted money from a public relations Read More
Despite being ranked No. 1 in the country by ESPN/USA Today, it is far from certain that the University of Connecticut will even win the Big East regular season title—they are currently tied for second with Louisville, trail Marquette and sit just a game ahead of Pittsburgh.
But consecutive victories this past week at Providence Read More
No matter what the outcome of the tests now being conducted on the Roger Clemens-Brian McNamee syringes and no matter what the outcome of the anti-defamation suits Clemens and McNamee have filed against each other and no matter whether the government finds grounds to indict Clemens on perjury, there’s one issue that no one is Read More
While most of the sports world was gathered in Tampa over the weekend, the top of the Sports Illustrated masthead was left behind to schmooze with the media set Sunday night at the Oak Room at the Plaza. "Our sponsors are having very tough years," said S.I. editor Terry McDonell. (In flush times, advertisers like Read More
In a league as deep and challenging as the Big East, it was reasonable to assume that for some of the league’s better teams, making the NCAA tournament would be no easy task.
But few expected those teams to include Georgetown and Notre Dame, both ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25. No. 25 Read More
For everyone making Super Bowl predictions, I have a couple of questions: What exactly are your predictions based on? Is there any logic or analysis behind them? Or is it all just hunch?
I’m asking because I’ve been doing Super Bowl predictions for 20 years and have written three books on professional football and countless Read More
Six years ago my cousins in South Jersey told me a little joke:
"Why do the Eagles eat their cereal from the box?"
Answer: "Because they choke when they get close to the bowl."
It does seem that way, doesn’t it? Analysts argue endlessly about whether clutch performance actually exists in baseball, but it’s kind Read More
I hope that in about ten years when Pro Football Hall of Fame voters sit down to make their selections, they remember the greatest Giant of them all, Plaxico Burress. Burress is so good that his absence alone was responsible for New York not repeating as Super Bowl champs – which means, by extension, that Read More