Early specialization has been a problem for youth sports, but the Centers of Excellence program at Shattuck-St. Mary's School offers a different approach for specialized high school athletes.
The current culture of youth sports is one that aims to funnel athletes at an early age to the biggest and best club programs with the ultimate goal of both the athlete and the parent being a college scholarship, or at least a spot on a roster. These families spend gobs of money for personal … Continue reading Club Teams, High School Coaches, and Return on Investment
When I was in high school, I mismanaged my time by spending free periods in the computer lab reading Bill Simmons articles on ESPN.com. The articles were long enough, engaging enough, funny enough, and clever enough that they didn't feel like critical pieces of writing. They had an informal voice that belonged to a fan who wrote about … Continue reading On Grantland, Journalism, and the Modern World
Back in the 1960s, Charles Dederich started a drug rehabilitation clinic called Synanon that morphed first into a cult then a church. Synanon's slogan was the now-popular sarcastic saying "Today is the first day of the rest of your life." The connotations of this saying today are typically negative, but now that we're a week … Continue reading The First Year of the Rest of Your Life
The 2013-14 college football season technically begins on the first day of training camp in August, but for many the season kicks off when coaches and players meet the media on Media Day. For the UMass Minutemen, their second season in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) unofficially kicked off at MAC Media Day in … Continue reading UMass Football 2013 Media Day Notebook: Mike Wegzyn, John Bond, and more from MAC Media Day
New England ruled the first decade of the 21st century. Three Patriots Super Bowl championships, the Red Sox won two World Series titles and the Celtics won their 17th championship in 2008. With the exception of the Bruins' 2011 run to the Stanley Cup, the final game or series since 2010 has been a source … Continue reading Bruins’ Stanley Cup loss the latest in a decade of disappointments for New England fans since 2010
LeBron James is to today's NBA what Michael Jordan was to the NBA I was born into back in October of 1990. Jordan fell short in 1991 to the Detroit Pistons, James couldn't get past the Celtics. Jordan broke through in 1992 with his first tile, leapfrogging the Pistons and cruising past the NBA's living … Continue reading LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and how important Game 7 really is
The Big Three era in Boston began with Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers. Without those two there's no way Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are coaxed into coming to Boston and there is one less banner hanging at the TD Garden. So with Rivers, Garnett and possibly Pierce on their way out of town, the … Continue reading With Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett on their way out, what’s next for Boston Celtics?
Lacrosse has many nicknames. The Fastest Sport on Two Feet. America's First Sport. But the one that has perhaps carried the most weight is "The Fastest Growing Sport in America," even if the attendance numbers at Championship Weekend haven't exactly backed that up. However, the case for lacrosse received a big assist this week when the sports' winngest program, Johns Hopkins University, announced it would be joining the Big Ten Conference as it's sixth team in 2015, thereby giving birth to B1G Lacrosse.
The world of Division III Men's Lacrosse is a tough one to comprehend. There are hundreds upon hundreds of schools that compete for 16 spots in the postseason where they will collide with either Salisbury (Md.) or Cortland State and likely come out worse for wear. However, the excitement of the tournament is ever present in the conference tournaments and Wednesday will feature a battle for one of the North region's most hotly contested conferences.