Author Archives: The Sportsnista

My First Baby: How understanding fastballs prepared me for an RBI in life Pt2

I wish I could summarize how this happened in some sort of a wit filled, pithy post. It just wasn’t easy. It was work to modify my schedule and really understand how to unconditionally love a child who wasn’t my own. Forget dating, we were in outright parent mode. In the interest of full disclosure, the relationship with his mom wasn’t

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CLARESSA SHIELDS’ HISTORICAL GOLD IS ABOUT MORE THAN BOXING

Claressa Shields is the two-time Olympic gold medal winner. The first American boxer to do so. She surprised the world at 17 to capture the championship in London. At 21, she was the heavy favorite in Rio. The middleweight made a statement right away as her opening fight was stopped at the end of the third by way of TKO.

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Deconstructing the Roster in Youth Sports

This week thousands of parents and siblings will find themselves perched on a hill behind the outfield of Howard J. Lamade Stadium. The iconic seating arrangement in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania will once again be descended upon during the Little League World series (LLWS). It isn’t the most comfortable seat in the house. It is the most comforting though. Siblings slide

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Pieces of a Champion: In Defense of Gabby Douglas

Everybody seems to want a piece of a high profile athlete. A piece of their personal lives. A piece of their success. A piece of their failure. Not to mention a piece of their bank account. So many pieces are pecked away until all that remains are exactly that-pieces. Gabby Douglas is a 20-year-old, Olympic gymnast who despite her accolades

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How we source our lives from sports: Mental Health

Last summer a close friend got an unannounced visit from a sibling. We’ll call him Tony. Tony has been homeless for close to six years now. The 26-year-old was last seen featured in a gorilla style video of a street fight in Chicago, 2,000 miles from his legal place of residence. It did not go well for the gentleman who is one

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Q&A: WELTERWEIGHT JOSE BENAVIDEZ JR. HAS A LOT ON THE LINE

Saturday, July 23 welterweight Jose Benavidez Jr (24-0, 16 KO) will face Francisco Santana (24-4-1, 12 KO). Here’s my candid Q&A with the boxer who definitely has something to prove. You’ve come a long way since defeating Herrera and moving up to welterweight. What has been your biggest career challenge since moving up? “I haven’t really had a lot of time

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