Keith Strudler: Sports and homosexuality

Feb 13, 2013
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Last week a sports writer visited campus to talk with students. Before the big presentation, a student asked him what he thought about Orlando Cruz, a professional boxer who recently announced he is gay, the first and only professional boxer to do so. And the writer simply said this issue is going to be the Jackie Robinson of this generation. The handful of 20 year olds sitting around the table got what he meant, maybe even more than 70 year olds that lived through baseball’s integration.

Keith Strudler : President Obama and Football

Jan 30, 2013
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The President of the United States has some tough questions to answer.  And how he answers might determine what he can do over the next four years, whether he’s effective or lame-duck, an elitist or a man of the people.

Keith Strudler - Ray Lewis at the Super Bowl

Jan 24, 2013
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So maybe in one way, the Super Bowl is a bit like a Jewish Holiday.  You start celebrating the night before.  For the big game, it’s actually the week before, or technically the week before the week before, to be exact.  That’s where we are right now, which puts us squarely in the thick of unnecessary hype.  So if you don’t like what you hear right now, just wait.  Because you’ll hate it even more the 500th time 10 days from now.

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Jan 24, 2013
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Brook Lopez strengthened his push for a spot on the All-Star team with 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting, helping the Brooklyn Nets hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves 91-83 on Wednesday night.

The Nets improved to 12 and 2 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. Lopez, the NBA's highest-scoring center, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans. Williams and Johnson scored 18 points apiece, and the Nets never trailed despite some sloppy stretches of play.

In the wake of Lance Armstrong’s mea culpa that he took performance enhancing drugs – and the recent Baseball Hall of Fame vote (where NOBODY got in) – we ask you: Does it matter to you if athletes use performance enhancing drugs?

Keith Strudler - 2012 In Review

Dec 26, 2012

So as years go, 2012 may not have been our finest.  But, alas, and mercifully, it is coming to a close.  Yet generally time is not the best aid to remembrance nor perspective.  And with that we look back on the year that’s nearly past, not with an acute vision on recent events but with a more reflective eye on this year’s whole body of work.  In other words, sometimes it’s hard to remember something that happened even a month ago, much less 10 or 11.

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Peyton Manning threw for 310 yards and had his 30th touchdown pass of the season on the game's opening drive to help the Denver Broncos roll to their eighth straight victory, 26-13 over the Oakland Raiders.

Coming up on Sunday, the Jets will play in Jacksonville, Buffalo hosts St. Louis at home and the Giants take on the Saints in the Meadowlands. New England will play the Texans on Monday night.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with NFL and College Football Hall of Famer and Syracuse University special assistant to the athletic director Floyd Little, whose new memoir is Promises to Keep: My Inspired Run from Syracuse to Denver to the Hall.

The word underdog is overused in the context of sports, but when it comes to Little, it’s an apt term. Little was born into poverty, one of six children raised by a single mother in Waterbury, Connecticut who struggled in school and had to keep his burgeoning football talent a secret from his protective and worried mother.

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Kobe Bryant has become the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points. He's also the youngest. The 34-year-old Bryant needed 13 points to reach the plateau before he scored 29 in the Los Angeles Lakers' 103-87 win at New Orleans. Wilt Chamberlain was 35 when he hit the mark, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone were each 36 and Michael Jordan was 38.

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Brooklyn was beaten by a division leader for the second straight game as Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook added 25 in Oklahoma City's 117-111 win over the Nets.

The Miami Heat had to figure their winning streak would come to an end one of these days. They couldn't have expected it to be stopped in Washington. The Wizards won for only the second time in 15 games, overcoming LeBron James' triple-double in a 105-101 win over the Heat, halting Miami's six-game winning streak.

The Knicks will play in Charlotte tonight and Boston will host the Timberwolves.