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Hey, it’s ‘only’ women’s basketball

I saw this line in a column today: “Was it worth stirring so much controversy over a scholarship release for a women’s basketball player?” This was, of course, in regard to the controversy that’s turned into a full-fledged embarrassment for … Continue reading

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A memory of Summitt’s No. 8

Note: Today, April 18, coach Pat Summitt moved into a new role at Tennessee – as head coach emeritus. She finishes with 1,098 victories, 18 trips to the NCAA Final Four, and eight NCAA titles. Here is a story I … Continue reading

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You can wake up, St. John’s. It wasn’t a dream

It’s not just that UConn seems to have many of its games won before tipoff. It’s that the Huskies seem to have the “W” just as soon as the schedule is printed. Opposing coaches watch film, do the scout, and … Continue reading

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The parallel sports universe, Part 1

It occurred to me driving home from work one night in 1997: To a degree, I lived in a parallel sports universe. I had never really defined it as such before that point, at least not with that specific term. … Continue reading

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The “empty-bucket” list

Ever since the movie came out in 2007, we’ve all heard people talking about their bucket lists: Things they hope to do before they “kick the bucket.” Or maybe you’ve made such a list yourself. I don’t know how long … Continue reading

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Back blogging again

There was a place called “Serendipity Cycles” in the park in Spokane, Wash., that caught my eye 10 years ago. I mentioned it in a March 2001 column for espn.com that previewed all the NCAA Elite Eight women’s basketball games … Continue reading

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Sisters lives forever intertwined

(Note from MV: I wrote on Feb. 14 about the anniversary of the 1961 plane crash that killed the U.S. figure skating team on its way to the World Championships in Prague, and how that event had prompted some essays … Continue reading

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Rhode: ‘You’d have to smile back at her’

(Note from MV: I wrote on Feb. 14 about the anniversary of the 1961 plane crash that killed the U.S. figure skating team on its way to the World Championships in Prague, and how that event had prompted some essays … Continue reading

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A journey that will forever continue

It was January in Greensboro, N.C. _ and a mecca of figure skating this is not. The most important sport in this city is ACC basketball, and that’s what often has filled the Greensboro Coliseum. Still, a decent-sized crowd came … Continue reading

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We can all enjoy someone else’s day from hell

Back in 2009, I wrote a blog entry reflecting on the 10-year anniversary of the famed ’99  Women’s World Cup, and a large chunk of it was about that being my first trip to New York/New Jersey. And how I … Continue reading

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