sports http://wamc.org en Hockey Maven Stan Fischler Recalls An NHL Life http://wamc.org/post/hockey-maven-stan-fischler-recalls-nhl-life <p>June 14 marks the 20th anniversary of one the most memorable nights in New York hockey history, when the New York Rangers broke a 54-year curse and beat Vancouver for the Stanley Cup. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 92250 at http://wamc.org Hockey Maven Stan Fischler Recalls An NHL Life "The Magnificent Masters" By Gil Chapps http://wamc.org/post/magnificent-masters-gil-chapps <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In <em>The Magnificent Masters</em>, Gil Capps, a twenty-two-year veteran of the golf industry with NBC Sports and Golf Channel, recaptures hole-by-hole the thrilling drama of this singular event during golf’s golden era, from the media-crazed build-up and intertwined careers of the three combatants to the tournament's final dramatic putts that would change the game of golf forever.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87474 at http://wamc.org "The Magnificent Masters" By Gil Chapps Pete Rose: An American Dilemma http://wamc.org/post/pete-rose-american-dilemma <p>As we near another season, the sport’s all-time hits leader remains banned from baseball and its Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. It’s a stark problem in America’s pastime: some of its greatest players, including its home run champion Barry Bonds and other bashers from the steroid era, have an uneasy relationship with the sport and a worse one with fans, media and the record book. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 86721 at http://wamc.org Pete Rose: An American Dilemma "Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, And The Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty Of The 1980s" By Jeff Pearlman http://wamc.org/post/showtime-magic-kareem-riley-and-los-angeles-lakers-dynasty-1980s-jeff-pearlman <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s personified the flamboyance and excess of the decade over which they reigned. Beginning with the arrival of Earvin “Magic” Johnson as the number-one overall pick of the 1979 draft, the Lakers played basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed “Showtime” run-and-gun style on a league unprepared for their speed and ferocity—and became the most captivating show in sports and, arguably, in all-around American entertainment.</p><p>Bestselling sportswriter <a href="http://www.jeffpearlman.com/">Jeff Pearlman</a> draws from almost three hundred interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakers’ epic Showtime era in <em>Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, And The Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty Of The 1980s</em>.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:40:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86564 at http://wamc.org "Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, And The Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty Of The 1980s" By Jeff Pearlman "The Divine Nature Of Basketball: My Season Inside The Ivy League" By Ed Breslin http://wamc.org/post/divine-nature-basketball-my-season-inside-ivy-league-ed-breslin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Ed Breslin fulfills every college basketball fan’s fantasy of being an NCAA Division I coach in his new book: <em>The Divine Nature of Basketball: My Season Inside the Ivy League</em>. The book describes a season spent as a virtual coach in the Ivy League, shadowing head coach of Yale men’s basketball James Jones.</p><p>It’s sports journalism in the tradition of George Plimpton. But above all, it’s a celebration of basketball, of participation in life, of gifted mentors and coaches, and of the proper approach to collegiate athletics.</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86635 at http://wamc.org "The Divine Nature Of Basketball: My Season Inside The Ivy League" By Ed Breslin "The Fight Of Their Lives" By John Rosengren http://wamc.org/post/fight-their-lives-john-rosengren <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One Sunday afternoon in August 1965, on a day when baseball’s most storied rivals, the Giants and Dodgers, vied for the pennant, the national pastime reflected the tensions in society and nearly sullied two men forever.</span></p><p>Juan Marichal, a Dominican anxious about his family’s safety during the civil war back home, and John Roseboro, a black man living in South Central L.A. shaken by the Watts riots a week earlier, attacked one another in a moment immortalized by an iconic photo: Marichal’s bat poised to strike Roseboro’s head.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86183 at http://wamc.org "The Fight Of Their Lives" By John Rosengren Jeter: 2014 Season Is My Last http://wamc.org/post/jeter-2014-season-my-last <p>The Yankees will need a new captain: shortstop Derek Jeter, who played in the minor leagues in Albany, has announced the upcoming season will be his last. He turns 40 this season. The 13-time All-Star has won five World Series with the Bronx Bombers. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:49:19 +0000 Ian Pickus 83746 at http://wamc.org Jeter: 2014 Season Is My Last Seth Davis Of CBS, SI On John Wooden, NCAA Tournament http://wamc.org/post/seth-davis-cbs-si-john-wooden-ncaa-tournament <p>When you start talking about the greatest coaches in basketball history, the conversation starts and ends with one name: John Wooden, who led UCLA to 10 NCAA championships in 12 years, had a lifetime winning percentage of .804, and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield as both a coach and player. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:36:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 83612 at http://wamc.org Seth Davis Of CBS, SI On John Wooden, NCAA Tournament "The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals And Changing The Game" By Leigh Steinberg http://wamc.org/post/agent-my-40-year-career-making-deals-and-changing-game-leigh-steinberg <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Leigh Steinberg is renowned as one of the greatest sports agents in history, representing such All-Pro clients as Troy Aikman, Bruce Smith, and Ben Roethlisberger. Over one particular seven-year stretch, Steinberg represented the top NFL Draft pick an unheard of six times.</p><p>In <em>The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals And Changing The Game</em> real-life "Jerry Maguire," superagent Leigh Steinberg shares his personal stories on the rise, fall, and redemption of his game-changing career in the high-stakes world of professional sports.</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:30:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 82969 at http://wamc.org "The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals And Changing The Game" By Leigh Steinberg Delaware County Company Basking In Super Bowl Spotlight http://wamc.org/post/delaware-county-company-basking-super-bowl-spotlight <p>When the Super Bowl is played at MetLife Stadium — &nbsp;the home of the New York Giants and Jets that opened in 2010 — for the first time Sunday, there will be an upstate New York presence on the field. But it’s not in the form of a quarterback, coach or referee. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 82888 at http://wamc.org Delaware County Company Basking In Super Bowl Spotlight