Keith Strudler en Keith Strudler: The Return Of Michael Phelps <p>Welcome back Michael Phelps. After a year or two on dry land, it seems you’ve reentered your natural habitat.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Keith Strudler 88328 at Keith Strudler: Masiello Limps Back To Manhattan <p>The last few weeks have been rocky for Steve Masiello, to say the least. It started back in early March, when the Manhattan College head men’s basketball coach led the Jaspers to a berth in the NCAA tournament, where they almost upended the highly regarded Louisville Cardinals. On the backs of that, Masiello was offered the head coaching spot at the University of South Florida, a step into the big leagues for the high rising 36-year-old. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Keith Strudler 87807 at Keith Strudler: Tiger Surgery <p>Not to complain, but I’ve got a bad back right now. It’s nothing terrible, but just another reminder that I’m not 25 anymore. And that I shouldn’t carry either televisions nor four year old boys several city blocks.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Keith Strudler 87289 at Vox Pop : Sports : 4/2/14 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’re fresh off opening day for Major League Baseball, smack in the middle of a bracket-busting NCAA tourney and we may have witnessed history with a decision to allow college football players to unionize. Here with us to talk it through is our very own sports commentator and </span>Marist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> College Center for Sports Communication Director Keith </span>Strudler<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:30:00 +0000 87255 at Vox Pop : Sports : 4/2/14 Keith Strudler: UAlbany At "The Big Dance" <p>For all those in the Albany area that consider themselves fans of the U Albany Great Danes men’s basketball team, today is your day. Today is the day after your school’s first ever NCAA tournament victory, albeit one that came in the second-tier first round, or play-in game as it’s more commonly known, where the worst teams in the tournament play for the right to join the square field of 64. They handled Mount St. Mary’s last night, and early this morning landed in Orlando where tomorrow they’ll take on the #1 ranked Florida Gators, a team that’s won 26 straight and the SEC regular and tournament championships. For the sake of comparison, Albany did not win a single game against a team from a so-called “power conference,” even using the term loosely.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Keith Strudler 86213 at Keith Strudler: Phil Jackson In NYC <p>I don’t know if you can home again. But you can go back. At least that’s my take on Phil Jackson, since New York can’t truly be his only home, even with the considerable career he enjoyed as a player with the New York Knicks. But for someone who’s fairly synonymous with Chicago and the Bulls, and someone who won a fist full of titles coaching the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s hard to consider New York his only base. As someone recently told me when I asked where Pele the soccer player lives, Phil Jackson lives everywhere.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:51:00 +0000 Keith Strudler 85699 at Keith Strudler: Politics And The Paralympics <p>If you’re an American winter Olympian, you should be happy about one thing – that Russia waited until after the Sochi Olympic Games to roll troops into the Ukraine. So technically, Russia didn’t break the nearly irrelevant Olympic truce that harkens the ethos of the ancient games, where at least for two weeks or so, countries withhold from attacking other countries. Now that the final medal has been awarded, all bets are off on that front, not that Russia hasn’t violated that pact before, as recent as the 2008 Summer Games when Vladimir Putin led an invasion of Georgia the eve of the opening ceremonies.</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Keith Strudler 85198 at Keith Strudler: Language, Culture And The NFL <p>WAMC&nbsp;sports commentator Keith Strudler&nbsp;discusses the National Football League's newest penalty.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Keith Strudler 84705 at Keith Strudler: Sports Mount Rushmore <p>So for the record, there are no actual Mount Rushmores for sports. There’s no baseball Rushmore, with Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron chiseled into some rock ledge. And there’s no mountain with Johnny Unitas next to Jim Brown. So any discussion of the Mount Rushmore of any sport is purely hypothetical, as are many sports debates. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Keith Strudler 84182 at Keith Strudler: Michael Sam <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>It’s easy to root for Michael Sam. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year came from beginnings beyond humble, with most his siblings are either dead or in jail. His parents split, and he ended up the first in his family to even consider college, much less make it there on a football scholarship to Missouri. He came to campus as an average talent, undersized and anonymous. And after years of work, he led the SEC in sacks and tackles for a loss and now stands on the precipice of making an NFL roster as a star defensive end. He avoided the pitfalls that could have stopped him at any point, from childhood to emergent star on campus, to win the American lottery of sorts, to avoid the plague of poverty that sticks like a contagion in too many disadvantaged families. That, in itself, makes Michael Sam the kind of guy you’d like to cheer for.</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Keith Strudler 83745 at