“He Didn’t Cash In”

I was newly married, sitting in our apartment when it happened. It was October 14th, 2003, Game Six of the 2003 World Series. As a lifelong Cubs fan, it was a moment that moved from sheer joy to utter agony. A team that had not won a World Series since 1908 and had not appeared in the World Series since 1945, this was our moment. we were five outs away from the World Series. Then it happened. Marlins 2nd baseman Luis Castillo hit a fly ball to left field. It curled around and headed toward the stands. Outfielder, Moises Alou went up with his glove and, well you know what happened. A Cubs fan, Steve Bartman happened to reach out and try to catch the ball, apparently interfering with Alou. This incident has become one of the most famous moments in Chicago sports history and certainly one of strangest, most compelling incidents...

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Big Ben and The Sporting Culture

I am a huge sports fan. Every day I try to sneak in at least a few minutes of Sportscenter every day to get my daily fix. I regularly read espn.com and tune into sports radio in the car on occasion. I played basketball (not very well) in high-school and twice a week play pick-up games at a local church. My favorite sport is the NFL. I love football on Sundays after church. So you have to know that I've been following the Ben Rothlisberger story with interest. Ben is one of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks, but apparently off the field, his morality is very loose. It has the proud Steeler's organization thinking trade and the NFL talking suspension. But something struck me in the statement Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner made yesterday in a memo to all the NFL teams. He urged them to act and not cover up criminal offenses....

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