| Oct 23, 2013

No secret to consistency of Cardinals

Time was when nearly every baseball team, from Little League to the majors, endeavored to play the game “The Dodger Way” or “Cardinal Style.” For most of the 20th century and beyond, those two highly successful MLB ballclubs represented the gold standard for the ...

| Sep 24, 2013

Moneyball evolves as A's keep winning

So, you’ve seen the flick “Moneyball” and now you think you understand how the traditionally low-budget Oakland A’s still managed to capture the American League West title again this season. That film starring Brad Pitt as A’s general manager Billy Beane taught you all ...

| Sep 10, 2013

'Small' schools deserve bigger respect

The headline of a recent story on ESPN.com read: “Small School QBs Have Big Talent.” OK, you’ve got my attention, MAS thought to himself. So he read on, expecting to find out about hot quarterback prospects from colleges like Valdosta State or Mt. Union ...

| Aug 27, 2013

Leyland says Tigers no lock for World Series

“My new favorite ballplayer is Nick Castellanos (Detroit Tigers outfield prospect) — I just found out his father is a lung surgeon.” — Manager Jim Leyland Jim Leyland spanked his box of Marlboros and slid a ciggy out as he motioned to MAS to ...

| Aug 13, 2013

It's not easy being 'Johnny Football'

Up front, I admit it: MAS has a huge man-crush on “Johnny Football.” That, of course, would be Johnny Manziel, the sensational Texas A&M quarterback who last season became the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy. MAS likes and envies everything about ...

| Jul 31, 2013

Pirates aim to end epic futility streak

It’s hard to feel sorry for Pittsburgh sports fans, given all the Super Bowls, Stanley Cups and World Series titles their pro teams have won over the years. Pittsburgh even calls itself “The City of Champions”. Still, though, you would have to be pretty ...

| Jul 16, 2013

Gauging offseason moves in the NFL

In this age of overlapping pro sports seasons, the MLB All-Star Game is more than just a sign the baseball campaign has reached its halfway point. The Midsummer Classic is now also our annual heads-up that NFL training camps are just around the corner. ...

| Jul 3, 2013

Hard to see Heat becoming dynasty

“Not one (championship), not two, not three,” a beaming LeBron James promised Miami fans at a raucous 2010 celebration held soon after he joined the Heat. “More than that,” was left unsaid, but implied. And then, after a brief pause, James resumed counting. Everyone ...