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The Grand Daddy (of Rowing) of Them All

“Rowing is perhaps the toughest of sports,” wrote Daniel James Brown in his classic The Boys in the Boat.  “Once the race starts, there are no time-outs, no substitutions.  It calls upon on the limits of human endurance.” Held on

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Friday Night Lights (Dimming)?

The fall football landscape has been filled with noise this fall.  Everyone is talking about the Chargers and their stadium filled with fans of their opponents; and the Twittersphere has been filled with pictures of empty seats across the League.

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The Moose Is Loose

On Wednesday, September 20th, Mike Moustakas hit his 37th home run of 2017.  The “Moose” now holds the record for the most home runs in a single season by a Kansas City Royal.             Moustakas

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The Final Slam: US Open 2017

Flushing Meadows incapsulates the best things about tennis. The final tennis slam of the year may not have the whites of the All-England Club or the sun-dappled splendor of the clay at Roland Garros.  The U.S. Open is tennis with an

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Ben Hewitt: The Town That Food Saved

Ben Hewitt’s The Town That Food Saved chronicles the rise of the local foods community in Hardwick, Vermont.  Hewitt makes the compelling case that a collection of agri-preneurs helped “save” this small Northeastern town.             The

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Sporting KC Owner Neal Patterson

Neal Patterson, businessman and long-time owner of the professional soccer franchise Sporting KC, passed away this last weekend.  He was 67. On Tuesday night at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Mr. Patterson was recognized during the match against FC Dallas in

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Going, Going, Gone: A Quick Look at the Home Run Derby

[The Midsummer Classic is a great midpoint to the summer.  It is a tradition that dates to 1933 and, in my opinion, is one of the best all-star formats in major professional sports (along with the MLS which, as many readers

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Iconic Sportswriter Frank Deford Passes Away

He was, without a doubt, one of the true giants in the field of sports journalism.  Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Deford III passed away at his home in Florida this week.  The American sportswriter and novelist was 78. In chronicling his

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Readership Jumps (Again!)

MyESPNforkids.com is a commitment from a small group of students that love sports.   We hail from cities all across the country, giving us different teams that we champion.  We also follow certain games with more intensity than others.  We hope the result

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NCAA: Final Four Cancelled!

In an amazing development, the NCAA has cancelled the Final Four tournament in Phoenix, Arizona.   Many theories are circulating on the Internet and social media surrounding the cancellation. Among widespread speculation, here are several theories that seem to carry

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March Madness: Coach Cal’s Cats Gone Wild

[Even our baseball expert Adam “Shem” Shemesh has caught the Madness!  You have to love the single-elimination craziness that is March. Adam weighs in here with a piece on the Cats and their win in Memphis. My position on Calipari is well-established (and documented),

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NCAAB: One Shining Moment

March Madness is the pinnacle of college sports. One only has took look at the annual March Madness video.  It offers the Why. Last-second heroics.  Stunning upsets.  Blinding emotion.  It is quintessential encapsulation of the iconic phrase,  “the thrill of

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MLB: Show Me the Money!

[The Reserve Clause.  It used to be that contracts in Major League Baseball (MLB) contained something called the Reserve Clause.  It meant that once a contract for a player expired, the team continued to control the rights to that player.

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John Feinstein: A Transformative Author

[Every kid that loves sports and reading has enjoyed the books of the great John Feinstein.  A number of years ago, I did a report on Coach Bobby Knight in lower school.  A Season on the Brink, a Feinstein classic,

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Super Bowl 51: One Central Question

After several weeks of build up, it is finally here.  One game.  One global stage.  One key question.  Does the experience of the Belichick-Brady team prove determining against Matt Ryan and an amazing, diverse array of offensive weapons?  Can Belichick

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Baseball is in Mourning this Morning

[This morning, we all mourned the passing of Yorando Ventura and Andy Matte. Our thoughts go out to their families, friends and teammates. Senior East Coast Correspondent Ezra Troy delivers for all of us with a touching article about both

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NFL: Conference Playoff Clashes!

[This article was written and adapted from my school paper.  It should be an incredible weekend of football before we take a one-week break and prepare for the event that the late great Lamar Hunt helped bring to life and

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2016 Postmortem: Can 2017 Possibly Come Close?

[As we reflect on our website over the course of 2016, one of the standout dimensions has been the work of Ezra Troy and also new correspondent Roey Herzfeld.  The DC duo has made a big impact with some really great

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2016: An Epic Year in Sports

[2016 was an incredible year –for better and for worse.  We cheered for the Cubs as they broke their 108-year Curse.  We bemoaned Kevin Durant as he said a fair weather goodbye to OKC.   It was, like every year, what

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Should College Football Embrace the Madness?

March Madness is the pinnacle of sports. 68 teams. Underdogs.  Upsets. Yale beating Baylor. It is a single-elimination thriller that has become one of the greatest events in sports.   As a result, many fans think it makes sense for college

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MNF: Panthers v Skins

[I am still reeling from a disastrous Sunday loss by the Chiefs.  Arrowhead was a frozen tundra, and Kansas City squandered a consistent lead throughout the first three quarters to fall to defeat on a last-second field goal by former Chief Ryan Succop from 53

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NCAAF: It’s Time to Go Bowling

[The College football playoff system has taken a little bit of the luster from the bowl game tradition.  If you love the game of football and like to assess talent striving to play at the next level, however, you are still excited about

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Best Books on Sports: The Blindside

The Blindside: The Evolution of the Game You probably have seen the movie. Everyone seems to have watched it. And while movies almost never are better than the book, I don’t subscribe to the notion that you can’t enjoy them both.

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Best Books on Sports: Ballpark Mysteries

Ballpark Mysteries by David A. Kelly  The Ballpark Mysteries is a fantastic series written by David A. Kelly.  Two young kids, Kate and Mike, are the main characters.  They solve exciting mysteries while teaching you a lot about baseball.  There

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A-Disgrace? A-Rod and His Path Back to MLB Respect

[MyESPNforkids is lucky to have our own Peter Gammons: Adam “Shem” Shemesh.  When you contemplate the biggest names in baseball during our time as young fans, you have to think about Alex Rodriguez.  At the same time, the word steroids

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NFL Jersey Rules: Here is the 101

The NFL has not been without controversy this year.  National Anthem Boycotts.  Concussion Protocol.  Declining TV Ratings.  Amid the journalist and social media noise, let me add another topic: fan jerseys. In my family, there are a set of longstanding rules surrounding

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Let’s Spur Some Debate: How Would Golden State Do Against San Antonio in the David Robinson Era?

[The NBA season began on October 25th.  It seems amazing to think that a new season has commenced.   With Kevin Durant joining the already stacked Golden State Warriors, most pundits are assuming that Curry and Co are poised for a World Championship

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A Puzzling Pat: The Curious Trades of Bill Belichick

[I have had the chance to read a couple of great books on the enigmatic Bill Belichick, including The War Room and also the awesome The Education of a Coach by David Halberstam.  ESPN once called him the greatest enigma in sports.  Some

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Big Controversy in the Big D: Tony Romo or Dak Prescott?

[Here is another solid piece from Adam Shemesh, looking at the drama playing out in Jerry Land. Jones has a big stadium in a big state with a big appetite for football.  He also has a big QB controversy.   Adam gives us a fresh, timely set

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NFL: Color Rush Match Ups

[MyESPNforkids regular Ezra Troy joins together with his DC-based friend Rami Sloan for a fun look at the top color rush match ups in the National Football League.] Dolphins vs. Bengals (Week Four) Dolphins – The all-out orange is straight-up

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NFL: Upside Surprise

[There is a new voice shaping the narrative at myespnforkids.com.  It’s Roey Herzfeld.  The Washington, DC-based Herzfeld has a passion for sports, a keen eye for the top storylines and weighs in with his second piece in as many a days on something

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In Memoriam: Jose Fernandez

This morning, I was sitting with my friend and he showed me his phone. It was an ESPN alert “Breaking.”  It said, “Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez has been killed in a boating accident”. No way! I thought. It must be

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2016 World Series: Chicago vs. Cleveland

The tale of two cities. Cleveland and Chicago. With the baseball season coming to an end, the remarkable seasons of both the Cubs and the Indians led me to wonder which team is more destined to win it all this

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Great Eight: Troy’s Top NFL Performers in Week Two

[Here are Ezra’s top performers in Week Two.  I am calling this list the “Great Eight.”  It is a QB-heavy catalog with some marquee running backs and wideouts rounding out the second half of his short list.  Every time you

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Readership Growth Continues!

It is a great time of year for sports as the MLB pennant race heats up, the NFL kicks off and CFB ramps into high gear.  There are lots of storylines to cover.  We have had some solid new articles

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Ole Miss and a Small Winning Tide: A Look Back at Ole Miss and Alabama

[It was a great weekend of college football.  Unfortunately, it included a devastating loss for my Texas Longhorns to the California Golden Bears.  Among the other big games, Ole Miss and Bama was one of the better match ups.  Ole

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NFL: Week Two Picks

[Ezra gives us one more installment of his thinking before the whistle sounds on NFL game day.  You will quickly see that he has my Chiefs as one of the top three games of the week.  We not only won

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A Hat Tip to the Major Sports Leagues for Getting 9/11 Right

There has been controversy in recent weeks surrounding the National Anthem prior to the start of NFL games.   It has dominated Talk Radio and Social Media alike.  As 9/11 approached, the NFL again “braced for possible widespread player demonstrations…at

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NFL: Top Week One Performers

[Here is the second in a series of pieces from the great Ezra Troy.  If you are playing Fantasy, you need to be reading his stuff. You also can be glad that he isn’t playing with you –and winning your

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Will “Tebow-ing” Make It to a Ballpark Near You?

[Adam Shemesh, one of the best writers on the great game of baseball, weighs in with a pitch perfect piece on Tim Tebow and his foray into baseball.  September is a great month where we have both baseball at its highest

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Crisp Autumn Air, Smash-Mouth Football and Storied Rivalries

When former Ohio State Coach Jim Tressell spoke at his opening news conference, he said, “You will be proud of our young people in the classroom, in the community and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan.”  Setting

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The Devil is in the Details: A Deeper Look at the Angels Draft Picks

[Editor’s Note:  Our longtime readers know Adam Shemesh and his reputation as one of the best thinkers and writers on what is happening in the game of the baseball.  This piece speaks for itself.]   In 2009, the Angels drafted

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Big Man on Campus: Three QBs to Watch this Fall

In The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks, Bruce Feldman writes, “You don’t play quarterback. You are quarterback.”  The QB position, as Feldman rightly suggests in his masterful book, requires a leader.  The success of a young athlete in stepping

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Top Sports Moments of All-Time: Number Four

We turn from college football to the tennis court.  As long-time readers of the site know, I am fond of the graceful, poised play of the inestimable Roger Federer.  He is one of the great champions of the modern era.

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My Top Five Sports Moments

Sports bring us joy.  They make us cry.  They inspire us.  Over the next several days, I will be posting my top sports moments of all-time.  It is impossible for team and geographic bias to not play some meaningful role

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What is the Best 30 for 30?

[Editor’s Note:  We get another great story from Kansas City-based Mac Trigg looking at 30 for 30.  Every reader of this site loves this series.  You may disagree with his picks, but you surely agree that 30 for 30 is

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Federer: Game, Set, Match?

In the Wimbledon semifinals, the inestimable Roger Federer fell to Canadian Milos Raonic in an epic 5-set thriller. His age was evident, particularly as the match progressed.  It left his fans wondering if the best player ever to live was

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YES! Readership Growth Continues

It is a phenomenal window in the “wide world of sports.”  NBA offseason activity has been feverish with the Durant departure for Golden State causing a major splash.  Wimbledon has been amazing with Federer and Venus Williams providing compelling narratives as

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Lovable Losers: Part Two

[Ezra Troy writes his second in a two-part series called, Lovable Losers.  This piece looks at two tragic lists: a) most losses in a row; and b) most wins only to come up short in pursuit of a championship.]     Lovable Losers come

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Brad Gilbert’s All-Court Broadcasting Game

We find ourselves in the grandest window of the major tennis season.  The All-England Club offers pageantry.  The Wimbledon Championship evokes passion.  The end result is a magical two-week smorgasbord of tennis without parallel in the sport. For those of

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Lovable Losers: Part One

[Washington, DC-based Ezra Troy offers the first of two articles on a topic that will be (devastatingly) dear to the hearts of anyone that resides in one of the cities on this list.  He alliteratively calls it, Lovable Losers.  The key thing, of

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Do the Warriors Need Even More Splash? Dodson Dissects the Roster, Details Offseason Plan

[This piece is the second of two articles from Golden State super fan Lucas Dodson. He explores the changes the team needs to consider, and make, to not only return to the NBA Finals, but to prevail in the postseason.  Lucas isn’t content to

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Golden State: Season of Sweetness With a Final Blow of Despair

[Editor’s Note:  This article is the first of a two-part series exploring the post-season journey of the Golden State Warriors from the perspective of one of their great fans.  Lucas Dodson bleeds blue and yellow.  Fortunately, as he contemplates a long offseason,

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Blooming Rose or No Rose Without a Thorn?

[Washington, DC-Based Ezra Troy makes the case that the Knicks were the big winner in the Derrick Rose Trade.  His argument is as solid as the Rose highlight reel.] Sitting at the dentist yesterday, I got hectic texts from my

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Freedom’s Frontier Award: Thank You

Missouri became a state in 1821.  Then, after passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854, the North and South flooded the territory that is now Kansas as the issue of whether it would enter the United States as a “free”

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The Future of U.S Soccer: A Deeper Look at Three Rising Stars

It is truly the summer of soccer. With Euro 2016 and the Copa America Centario consuming significant bandwidth on every sports fans calendar, it can be difficult to focus on the youth aspect of soccer.  We focus on the marquee names of

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Summer Reading: Tennis

With Nadal a no-show for the French Open, the tournament held the risk of being a rather dual affair.  Instead, it offered a compelling story around Novak Djokovic and his amazing ascent (12 majors).  It also foisted Andy Murray onto

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Top NFL Drafts of the Modern Era

[Editor’s Note: I want to welcome Washington, D.C.-based Ezra Troy as one of our new staff writer for myespnforkids.com.  With school closing out in the DC area, Ezra will be a growing presence on the site this summer.  He brings not only

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To Bee or Not to Bee: Is the National Spelling Bee a Sport?

The fervor. The despondency. The joy. No, we are not talking about the final games of the NBA conference finals. We are talking, instead, about the Scripps 2016 National Spelling Bee.  I can already imagine the outrage from our readers.

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Sporting KC: Where the Fan Comes First

The Sporting KC ownership team is one of the best in Major League Soccer (MLS). The Sporting Club mission statement says it all, including phrases like “high performance” and “experiences” brought to life within “world-class facilities.” Cliff Illig, Cerner Corporation

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The Tennis Parent

The tennis parent is a special breed.  What are his core attributes?  He brings a force-fed practice regiment; showcases a troubling amount of competitiveness; and delivers an irksome level of meddlesomeness during tournament play.  In a phrase, insane parentes. Let’s begin with a

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MyESPNforKids: Readership Skyrockets

This note is a short one to say: thank you.  A number of us write for this site because we have a deep love of sports and an interest in sharing our thinking with others that share that passion.  We aren’t

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Are Youth Athletics Too Competitive?

[Editor’s Note:  I want to welcome one of our new writers for this summer, Mac Trigg.  He brings a passion for basketball and also plays football, tennis (and a little bit of lacrosse).  Many of our readers play competitive and

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Forget Bobbleheads. Think Monarchs Fedora.

Promotional nights are, for the most part, a B-team distraction.  If you love the game of baseball, you don’t head to the ballpark for a bobblehead (Writer’s Note: If you are under the age of ten, I am going to

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NFL Draft: The Biggest Busts of of All-Time

[Editor’s Note: As long-time readers of the site know, Adam is one of the best junior writers on baseball.  He recently did an awesome National History Day on Babe Rush, laying out his impact on baseball and the country.  He weighs

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Shaping Baseball with Words

This piece is the first in a series of profiles on the top sportswriters and broadcasters of all-time.  Peter Gammons was one of the true greats. He changed how we read, watch and think about baseball.  About thirty miles outside

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Baseball is Back (With the Longest First Pitch in History)

As the late, great broadcasting legend Mel Allen liked to say, “How about that!” As the tulips bloom, convertible tops come down and the spring air hits us like a screaming line drive, baseball is back.   In Kansas City, the Royals are

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March Madness: A Longhorn Stampede?

As Ronald Reagan famously framed his 1984 campaign, “It’s morning again in America.” No, we are not talking about American politics. We are talking about an end to the so-called Dead Zone.  It is the awful window between the Super

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A Morning with Bulldog Bob and the Team at 610 Sports

When Bob Fescoe was in elementary school, he began contemplating a career in sports broadcasting.  He loved the legendary John Madden (former coach of the Oakland Raiders turned CBS commentator and namesake to EA’s Madden video game).  If Fescoe couldn’t

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Why Sports Matter

Some people think that sports are just sports.  They say it doesn’t really matter.  Games are, well, just games.  I have been thinking about this topic a lot lately as I have been researching Negro Leagues Baseball and its impact

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The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum: A National Treasure

As the Super Bowl festivities kick into full swing, I am thinking instead of the great Roger Hornsby.  He once famously said, “People ask me what I do in the winter when there is no baseball.  I will tell you what

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Beware the Phog! The Best College Basketball Venues

In the late 1980s, on the front end of a game between KU and Duke, a large banner was placed inside Allen Fieldhouse.  It reads, “Pay Heed, All Who Enter: BEWARE Of ‘THE PHOG’”.  It is a tribute to the namesake of the

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Top Sports Moments of 2015

Have you been reading the list of top sports moments in 2015? Do you like what the major media players like the Associated Press, PTI and Sports Illustrated have to say about the big stories of the year?  Simply put, does anyone that

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Let’s Talk Dinner with Three Greats

Which Leading Sports Figures (not to exceed three) Would You Invite to Dinner? There are many important and interesting people in the sports world. Therefore, it makes a question like this very hard to answer. However, if I could only

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Rug Burn Ball (RBB): Even a Great Game Needs New Rules

Let us begin with an obvious question: what the heck is Rug Burn Ball? The game is an evening staple at Play-by-Play Sports Broadcasting Camp in Boston (www.playbyplaycamps.com). It is a pastime in which players advance a foam tennis ball

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Ringing in Our 2014 Predictions

It’s a new year, and with that, it’s a whole new ballgame in sports. In our first article of the New Year, let’s ring in 2014 with the three top predictions from myespnforkids.com for the coming calendar year. Winter Olympics:

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Why you should read My ESPN for Kids

In the world, there is not a lot of sports coverage by kids, for kids.  One of the main reasons is the monopoly of children’s sports coverage by SI Kids magazine. I have often wondered why ESPN has not started

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