MLB Column: Mount Rushmores

It’s a fun debate: Which four players belong on baseball’s all-time “Mount Rushmore”? Which four pitchers? The four ballpark foods? Mascots? Find out my choices in my latest MLB column for CBS Local.

CBS Local: Baseball’s Mount Rushmores

MLB Column: Baseball Is Back

I’m excited to announce I’ll be writing a weekly column on Major League Baseball for CBS Local this season. The columns will be published every Thursday and will cover a major event in the game or something more off-beat, like baseball cards. My first, on the joys of Opening Day, has been published.

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Women’s College Basketball 2017-18 Early Top 10

The college basketball season just ended, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to look ahead to next year. For the first time since 2012, a program other than UConn will enter the season as defending champs. Is South Carolina the early favorite to repeat? Find out in my latest story for Excelle Sports.

Excelle Sports: 10 Best Teams for 2017-18

Get to Know the Final Four Coaches

If the Final Four coaches were to play a game of two-on-two this weekend in Glendale, it wouldn’t be great basketball. Semifinal opponents Gonzaga and South Carolina are coached by guys who did not play in college, Mark Few and Frank Martin. North Carolina’s Roy Williams played just one year on UNC’s JV squad, while Oregon coach Dana Altman played at a junior college in Nebraska and Division II Eastern New Mexico. “I didn’t have many highlights as a player,” Altman said Monday on a conference call. “I was awful. I would have sure hated to coach me, that’s for sure.”

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The UConn Way

Contrary to what many believe, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball program does not simply attract the nation’s best players, show up for games, and dominate. There is a lot more to UConn’s incredible winning streak, which stands at 111 heading into Friday’s Final Four. To gain some perspective and insight as to how the Huskies do it, I spoke with players and coaches who have been a part of other long winning streaks (UCLA basketball, Mount Union football, UNC soccer, and more) in a story for Excelle Sports.

Excelle Sports: The Secret to UConn’s Incredible Win Streak

Michigan’s Remarkable Run

Teams just don’t do what Michigan did this season. The Wolverines, seemingly overnight, became an excellent basketball team. The Big Ten Tournament champs were one shot away from the Elite Eight. In a story for UM Hoops, I reflect on the season—how Michigan turned things around and the lessons learned from covering this team on a regular basis.

UM Hoops: Reflecting on Michigan’s Improbable Season

Was the Big Ten Underrated? ACC Overrated?

Some feel NCAA Tournament results determine a conference’s value. To use this year as an example, many people think the Big Ten having three teams in the Sweet 16 proves the conference was underrated this season. Others disagree, believing the ACC is still elite despite just one league team still remaining. In this debate,  which I wrote about for CBS Local, everyone is right.

CBS Local: NCAA Tournament Results and Conference Perception

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