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Taking One for the Team. Or Not.

The New York TimesMay 23, 2012By Doug GlanvilleThe Mets were getting thrashed by the Milwaukee Brewers. In the late innings, the Brewers’ second baseman, Rickie Weeks, hit a “salt in the wound” home run to make the score 8-0. Then the Mets pitcher,...

Why LeBron Doesn’t Need to Win the Title

TIME IDEASMay 22, 2012by Doug GlanvilleCritics insist that he "win now," but with his ability and his age, he still has time on his side. Two years ago, LeBron James split the nation with his public announcement that he would be taking his services...
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Not Quite Closing Time

The New York TimesMay 10, 2012by Doug GlanvilleAs rare as a blown save from Mariano Rivera was the freak accident last week that put him on the disabled list for the first time since 2003, ending his season and perhaps his career.I was a Yankee once...

Why Delmon Young Should Challenge His Suspension

TIME IDEASMay 3, 2012by Doug GlanvilleWhat he did was indefensible, but baseball's community still needs to respond collectively to the problem. As a long time player rep for the MLB Players Association, I got involved in some tough cases. Strikes...

What Makes a Team Worth Saving?

TIME IDEASApril 24, 2012by Doug GlanvilleThe recent sale of the L.A. Dodgers shows that history can be more important to a team's legacy than performance. Sports dynasties are great for telling stories. They take us back to our high school...

Why Jackie Robinson Still Matters

TIME IDEASApril 10, 2012by Doug GlanvilleSixty-five years after he crossed the color line, his contributions to sport and to the U.S. are undiminished. Until April 15, 1947, blacks in America had been paying taxes, fighting in wars and voting for...

A Player’s Perspective on Fantasy Baseball

TIME IDEASMarch 27, 2012by Doug GlanvilleReal sports and fantasy sports are now inseparable. And that's not a bad thing.Baseball season is around the corner. But now, what goes hand in hand with the umpire yelling “play ball” in the first official...

The High Cost of Youth Sports

TIME IDEASMarch 21, 2012by Doug GlanvilleNothing opens a parent's checkbook like guilt and fear, as a new book on the big business of kids' sports shows. Organized youth sports are the way our young people connect the dots between a passion and the...

The Battle of the Blues: Could North Carolina’s Basketball Rivalry Backfire?

TIME IDEASMarch 13, 2012by Doug GlanvilleRivalries are fun, but often obscure the reality that rivals may have the same nemesis.The Florida State Seminole men’s basketball team knocked off not one, but two of the colleges that claim they are the...

NFL Bounty Scandal: The Sins of the Saints

TIME IDEASMarch 6, 2012by Doug GlanvilleWhy would a player making millions succumb to a bounty scheme that earns him peanuts? He just wants to be a part of the team. We know how peer pressure can poison a high-schoolers social life. Rash decisions,...

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