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The Lesson of Joe Paterno

TIME IDEAS January 23, 2012 by Doug Glanville Sports legends make us forget about human frailty until, inevitably, they remind us again. If there ever was a ride into the sunset that would incite jealousy in Hollywood script writers, it...

Abuse Allegations Come to the Hall of Fame

We're used to scandals about athletes, but should sportswriter Bill Conlin be allowed to stay in Cooperstown? It was fairly common that when I went to eat at Villa Gallace restaurant during spring training in Clearwater, Fla., I would run into...

When an Athlete Dies

TIME IDEASJanuary 3, 2012By Doug Glanville Just before the midnight strike of 2011, I heard the news that a former teammate of mine, Rosman Garcia, had been killed in a car accident at the age of 32. I didn’t play with him for long, but I...

Why Big Contracts Are Bad for a Player’s Legacy

TIME IDEASDecember 13, 2011By Doug Glanville When a professional athlete is in the thick of his or her career, thinking about a legacy is not the first order of business. The game demands myopic focus, like a patient star-gazer honing in on a...

When a Pro Player Quits His Team

TIME IDEASDecember 6, 2011By Doug Glanville Of all the four-letter words that are taboo, nothing damages the reputation of an athlete like the word quit. Sure there are fancy ways to say it, like “ask for my release,” but once it leaves your...

The Long-Term Impact of the NBA Lockout

TIME IDEASNovember 29, 2011By Doug Glanville When I had to sit out during the Major League Baseball strike of 1994-5, I knew there were some hot button issues to resolve. Free agent rights, pension plans, revenue sharing, arbitration rules. I...

What Separates a Pro Athlete From His Money?

TIME IDEASNovember 15, 2011By Doug Glanville When Michael Vick declared bankruptcy, it raised our eyebrows. Sure, we knew his legal defense against dogfighting charges would have cost a lot of money, but not THAT much money. He, like a host of...

Silence in the Locker Room

TIME IDEASNovember 10, 2011By Doug Glanville As a former professional athlete, I understand team code as well as anyone. In fact, I understand why it is a necessary part of the landscape. When you are at the highest level, you also endure the...

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

TIME IDEASNovember 1, 2011By Doug Glanville If you are a professional athlete, you know that your dinner table has musical chairs. There is an in-season seating chart, an off-season seating chart, a playoff seating chart, even an “I’m on the...

Kid Sports: Is Our Obsession with Winning Making Us Lose the Point?

TIME IDEASOctober 25, 2011By Doug Glanville At the age of 7, I put on my first baseball uniform as a member of Joey’s Children’s Wear of Teaneck Western Little League. From that day forth, I would continue to wear team colors — through high...

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