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The Knock Down

King of the Bunny Hill

I’m a good skier. Actually, I was a good skier. It really didn't matter. After filling out a brief application, I was accepted into Catamount Ski Area’s training program. Catamount, just two hours out of the city, is a powder-less pimple of a mountain. If there’s any fresh snow at Catamount, it’s quickly...

I Was a Bad Santa

I really didn’t want to be in the paper wearing a ridiculous, bright red outfit. But there I was, dressed as Santa, smack dab in the middle of it. I think it took up almost two full pages. I couldn’t bear to look. How’d this happen? Well, as usual, I brought it all on myself. Twenty-six...
Of the four major sporting leagues, the National Basketball Association is by far and away the most exclusive. The NFL operates with a 53-man active roster, and MLB and NHL active rosters consist of 25 and 23 players respectively. NBA active rosters pale in comparison, consisting of only 13 players. For young players seeking to find...
You probably don’t know the name Tabb Carter, but he’s part of television history. If you watch your share of television, there’s a good chance you’ve seen him. He’s black and diminutive, four feet seven inches to be exact. In the final episode of The Sopranos, he’s featured in an extreme...
Every notification could have represented the opportunity of a lifetime; that’s the way Rashaun Claiborne looked at things. After spending two years at the University of North Alabama and graduating college, the 23 year old set about pursuing his professional basketball career like any millennial would — on social media. “I met this dude...

JAMES BLAKE, THE COPS & ME

I had a moment with James Blake on The Grandstand Court at the U.S. Open. This was back when Blake was a rising player with flamboyant dreads, and I was a ball boy with  bad allergies. During the match, Blake smashed a serve directly at me. I didn’t move my hands because I didn’t want to interfere with the return....