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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:

Mets off to fast start, but season is a long one

| May 8, 2018

Mets off to fast start, but season is a long one

Old MLB axiom: Don't believe what you see in April. Meaning, of course, that fast starts by previously downtrodden teams are often fool's gold. Most times they merely precede June swoons. Or May meltdowns. The New York Mets, after getting off to a team-record best start, are ...

NBA the latest to botch All-Star Game format

| Jan 23, 2018

NBA the latest to botch All-Star Game format

The one-upmanship never ends between the NBA, NHL and NFL regarding who can come up with the most ridiculous All-Star Game format. This year, the NBA is attempting to wrest worst setup dishonors away from the NHL, which currently lays claim to the title. If you ...

NFL seems to be getting stranger by the week

| Dec 26, 2017

NFL seems to be getting stranger by the week

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. A classic Clint Eastwood spaghetti Western flick. And, now, also an apt description for the current state of the NFL. In a nutshell, this season in pro football has been a mesmerizing mess. First the Good: ■ Turnaround teams — Jacksonville, ...

Trades of NBA stars all about team harmony

| Oct 31, 2017

Trades of NBA stars all about team harmony

Wonder why so many NBA teams were willing, almost eager, to trade away stars this past offseason? If one is adept at reading between the lines, all the mega-dealing is no mystery. Allow MAS to 'splain what his "See-thru" specs revealed about each of these swaps. Basically, ...

Questions abound as MLB postseason starts

| Oct 3, 2017

Questions abound as MLB postseason starts

Some burning questions (and answers) entering the 2017 MLB postseason. Will Cleveland and Arizona, record-breaking streakers, be able to maintain their regular season momentum? The Indians went on an American League record 22-game win streak near the end of the regular season. (The MLB mark is the ...