Keith Strudler

Sports
3:52 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Keith Strudler: NCAA Football Playoff Aftermath

The easiest way to ensure victory upon exit is simply to declare it so. Especially when success is a question of perception, it never hurts to proactively write history. It’s kind of the opposite of cut and run. It’s cut and win.

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Sports
3:52 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Keith Strudler: PEDs And The Baseball Hall Of Fame

I’m not a Hall of Fame guy. This isn’t just for baseball, but really for any sport. I’ve been to Canton, Ohio, and drove right past the Football Hall of Fame. I’ve been through Springfield and never thought about basketball. I don’t even know where hockey’s building is, much less the long list of secondary and college sports that maintain their own cathedrals.

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Sports
3:52 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Keith Strudler: End Of Year Sports Roundup

As is the case every year, New Year’s Eve is a moment to look back and reflect on the year that was. That’s always true in sports, which operate on yearly cycles, even if those periodic markers don’t align with January 1. But sports fans are remarkably adept at taking each year as a singular unit to be consumed and analyzed unto itself.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:45 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Keith Strudler: Big Struggle For Big Blue

More than a few middle aged adults would like nothing more than to go back to college. Jim Harbaugh, current head football coach of the San Francisco 49ers, knows all about that. He is currently being courted by his alma matter the University of Michigan to come on home. While no official offer is extended, at least none that's hit the press, the Wolverines reportedly would offer $48 million over six years to resurrect a program with more problems than answers. While their rival Ohio State enters the inaugural college football playoff this winter, Michigan is staring up at most of the rest of the Big 10. In Harbaugh, they seek a savior at a place that demands salvation.

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Sports
3:52 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Keith Strudler: Should The NFL Return To L.A.?

Los Angeles has a lot. It's got movie stars and great weather and Disney and beaches and enough night clubs to entertain the Kardashians. But what they don't have is an NFL franchise. They used to. In fact, they had two, assuming we count the LA metro area, which includes Anneheim, the former home of the then Los Angeles and now St. Louis Rams. At some concurrent moments, the Raiders called the Los Angeles Coloseum home, before they returned to Oakland. But since 1995, the city of angels has been home to exactly one less NFL team than Jacksonville, Charlotte, New Orleans, and Buffalo, respectively, cities that collectively don't approach LA's populace.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:51 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Keith Strudler: The Los Angeles Market For Professional Football

Los Angeles has a lot. It's got movie stars and great weather and Disney and beaches and enough night clubs to entertain the Kardashians. But what they don't have is an NFL franchise. They used to. In fact, they had two, assuming we count the LA metro area, which includes Anneheim, the former home of the then Los Angeles and now St. Louis Rams. At some concurrent moments, the Raiders called the Los Angeles Coloseum home, before they returned to Oakland. But since 1995, the city of angels has been home to exactly one less NFL team than Jacksonville, Charlotte, New Orleans, and Buffalo, respectively, cities that collectively don't approach LA's populace.

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Sports
3:52 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Keith Strudler: NCAA Football Playoffs

If you previously believed that God in fact cared about college football, last Sunday perhaps gave you pause. That’s because of the six schools in serious contention for the four college football playoff spots, the two left off the list were Baylor and Texas Christian – two religious institutions amidst a sea of state universities. Even though TCU seemed poised to make the final four, ranked third going into the final regular season weekend, it and Baylor were overlooked as Ohio State joined the presumptive list of Florida State, Oregon, and the consensus number one Alabama.

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Sports
3:52 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Keith Strudler: St. Louis Rams Protest

Perhaps the last thing the NFL needs right now is this. Just as league officials were looking for something, anything, to divert the national gaze from Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, they go from the frying pan to the bonfire. That oncoming train came in the way of the St. Louis Rams. During the introduction of Sunday's home game against the Oakland Raiders, five Rams exited the tunnel with their hands raised in the now familiar "Don't Shoot" pose synonymous with the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. These five athletes, all African-American, received far, far more attention than the reported 75 or so protesters outside the stadium doing the exact same thing, only for a whole lot longer. The on-field statement lasted all of a few seconds, before the Rams  proceeded to beat the Raiders by 52 points, which probably says more about Oakland than anything else.

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Sports
3:52 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Keith Strudler: The Rise And Fall Of RG3

The Washington NFL organization can finally rejoice that the public is talking about something besides their controversial name The Redskins. That’s the good news. The bad news is, that dialogue has been replaced with controversy on benching their beleaguered quarterback Robert Griffin III, or RG3. Two years ago as a rookie out of Baylor, Griffin was hailed the NFL prototype, a mobile quarterback that could create havoc by air or by land, stretching defenses and making the narrow confines of the 100 yard field feel much more spacious.

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Sports
3:52 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Keith Strudler: A Shorter Porch At Citi Field

It will be slightly easier to swing for the fences next year in New York’s Citi Field. That’s because those barriers have been moved slightly closer to home plate. Around 10 ten feet in right center field. This is the second time those pearly gates have moved in since the parks opening in 2009, both moves done to create more regular home run opportunities for Mets power hitters. This time it’s so that Curtis Granderson and others might reap the benefits of what this year were simply near misses. That, according to Mets logic, would increase Mets scoring, let them win more games, and, by default, fill seats, of which there will be a few more thanks to the extra space in right field.

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