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Dave Wiggins

Former longtime Japan resident Dave Wiggins, who was a sports columnist and television analyst in Tokyo, is now a sports writer based in Vero Beach, Florida. He contributes a bi-monthly column on the North American sports scene to The Japan Times. Wiggins, who was a TV sportscaster in Hawaii for several years prior to his time in Japan, is known for his keen observations and acerbic wit. In 2006 he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Foreign Sportswriters Association of Japan.

For Dave Wiggins's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

NBA playoffs offer everything from sublime to ridiculous

| May 19, 2015

NBA playoffs offer everything from sublime to ridiculous

Some MAS musings on the disappointing-turned-exhilarating first two rounds of the NBA playoffs. (This, from a guy whose hoops career peaked when he was a starting guard on his junior high team and then went precipitously downhill thereafter.) ■ Gregg Popovich’s double-edged sword — ...

Ichiro stays ready as he learns National League game

| May 5, 2015

Ichiro stays ready as he learns National League game

It is pregame batting practice and new Miami Marlin Ichiro Suzuki is frolicking about the outfield pasture like a frisky colt. He’s bouncing about, playfully shagging fly balls, some of them BEHIND his back in his own inimitable fun-fielding way. And Ichiro’s cavorting doesn’t ...

NBA has a different look as All-Star break nears

| Jan 30, 2015

NBA has a different look as All-Star break nears

Up is down and down is up in the NBA these days. One look at the current standings says it all. Former powerhouses have fallen upon hard times. Meanwhile, the recently downtrodden have risen to unfamiliar heights. Some ballclubs are struggling like never before. ...

| Jan 13, 2015

New Year's resolutions Man About Sports hopes for

For an improved sports world, some better-late-than-never New Year’s resolutions MAS would like to see made — and carried out: ■ MLB — We will make the wild card round of the postseason a best-of-three affair and not a grossly unfair one-and-done deal following ...