TV networks celebrate ego trips, not Barkley’s classiness after TD

Saquon Barkley (Saquon is Iroquois for “breaker of tackles”) scored on a determined run Sunday, then appeared headed to hand the ball to the nearest official. That’s when Odell Beckham Jr., the newly enriched more mature version, intercepted Barkley, swatted the ball from his hand and invited his Giants teammate to join him in a gyrating dance. Barkley shook his […]

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There’s no defense for continual NFL ‘plantation’ comparisons

Recently, “outspoken” NFL defensive back Richard Sherman made big news and noise when he became the latest to equate employment in the NFL or NBA with slavery in America’s antebellum South. Sherman is given to reckless screeds. Perhaps you recall his on-field interview with FOX’s Erin Andrews after Sherman’s Seattle team defeated the 49ers in the 2014 NFC Championship. Sherman […]

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Mets can’t escape justified wrath coming from SNY booth

Watching baseball die by its own hands, a TV-side vigil: It’s a slow, steady death by institutional neglect. Game-changing failures of fundamental forethought have become routine at the highest-paid level of The Game, now in desperate disrepair. Between Wednesday’s local teams’ games of easily preventable failures, perhaps the most ridiculous scene came when time was called, although it went unspoken […]

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ESPN making baseball tougher to watch by trying too hard

Here’s the offer, no service or “convenience” fee tack-ons: Tomorrow morning I’ll pick you up at the train station, bus stop or just give you directions to my house. I’ll even have coffee and rolls, whatever your breakfast pleasure, my treat. Then you — ESPN’s top content producers, top shot-callers — and I will go through the DVR of last […]

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Fox didn’t wilt under US Open pressure like Phil Mickelson

Nearly a week after Phil Mickelson’s shocking galloping polo putt in the third round of the U.S. Open, the debate, rationalizations, criticisms of Fox’s coverage of it and farcical takes continue. My take? On the largest stage of the sport, Mickelson committed a contemptuous, flagrant violation of the rules. He should’ve been disqualified on the spot, no matter whether he […]

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