Sabathia should join Thome as former Burlington Indians in Cooperstown

When C.C. Sabathia took the mound for the Burlington Indians in 1998, he was a long and lanky 17-year-old from California. Three years later -- after minor league stops in Kinston, Columbus and Akron, the 6-foot, 6-inch tall lefthander was on a Major League roster, posting a 17-5 record for the Cleveland Indians, the team … Continue reading Sabathia should join Thome as former Burlington Indians in Cooperstown

Elon provided foundation for Brebbia’s rise to the Major Leagues

I asked John Brebbia the same question I ask everyone I interview who is associated with the university where I now work as a staff writer: "How did you get to Elon?" Some of the answers are surprising, others not so much. Elon does rate highly in a number of those college rankings released annually, … Continue reading Elon provided foundation for Brebbia’s rise to the Major Leagues

Updated: So what might college athletes be endorsing? An interesting question

UPDATE: On Tuesday, Oct. 29 the NCAA made a move toward allowing athletes to sell their brand while still on campus and playing for athletic teams -- something it seeks to put in place in 2021. This belated action is in response to the California measure passed a  couple of weeks ago and similar actions … Continue reading Updated: So what might college athletes be endorsing? An interesting question

(Updated) John Brebbia: A former Elon player to watch in the baseball playoffs

UPDATE: John Brebbia did get in Thursday's game one, but just for a short time. He was, however, involved in what was seen by analysts as a key play in the game. Coming on in the seventh inning, leadoff hitter Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a screaming shot to right field. Thinking it might be a … Continue reading (Updated) John Brebbia: A former Elon player to watch in the baseball playoffs

Snow in April? Remembering the Frozen Greater Greensboro Open of 1987

A couple of years ago when sorting through old boxes I happened upon a column from April 4, 1987 during sports writing days that I wrote for the Burlington Times-News. Back then, the Greater Greensboro Open  was played the week before the Masters. — which would be this particular week. It was a popular tournament … Continue reading Snow in April? Remembering the Frozen Greater Greensboro Open of 1987

Book review: ‘Football for a Buck”; or, how Donald Trump killed the USFL

'Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL'; by Jeff Pearlman; 2018; Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt Publishing Co.; 366 pages. Near the end of "Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL," author Jeff Pearlman's 366-page lament about the brief three-season life of a professional football … Continue reading Book review: ‘Football for a Buck”; or, how Donald Trump killed the USFL

When it comes to blown calls fans have long and bitter memories

New Orleans Saints football coach Sean Payton declared on Sunday that his team will never get over what happened in the Superdome earlier that day when a missed call by  game officials opened the door for the opposing Los Angeles Rams just enough to force overtime and ultimately defeat the Saints in the NFC championship … Continue reading When it comes to blown calls fans have long and bitter memories