Kevin Fixler
    Sport Matters

28 April 2014

The Age of the 40-Year-Old Sports Star

Most of us have seen it, not just the photo, but the image of Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Y.A. Tittle, bloodied and broken, hunched over on his knees in the end zone in the last appearance of his career. It is an indelible snapshot burned into our brains of mortality and sports at their highest level. He was 38.

Also freshly 38, and just off arguably the most successful season of his 15-year professional playing career, is quarterback Peyton Manning. The league’s first five-time MVP led the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl in a year that included breaking records in both regular-season passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns passes (55). Manning, of course, sat out the entire 2011 season after four procedures on his neck that included a fusion surgery and another to repair a bulging disk.


20 May 2011

Lance Armstrong: Another log for America’s smoldering celebrity fire

Whenever a beloved famous person gets skewered in the media for some heinous misdeed—and they all almost always eventually do—a good friend of mine often likes to say that this is why we can’t have heroes.

Lance Armstrong is yet again being thrust onto the forefront of the performance enhancing drug debate. The latest allegations came Thursday from former teammate and newly-admitted blood doper Tyler Hamilton.


24 January 2011

MeloDrama has Denver fans in the dumps

By now, it seems that absolutely everyone has weighed in on the saga that is the eventual trade of Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony. Because of its seemingly ceaseless life, it feels like we’re all watching reruns of “Days of our Lives.”

And while people like Kobe Bryant can boo and hiss about Melo getting booed and hissed at during home games, Nets owner Mikhail Prokorov can complain about the length of time it took to construct and subsequently nearly consummate the deal (twice!), and players potentially involved in the trade—Melo included—can get upset about having their names in the rumors, there is only one real loser in all of this: Denver fans.


13 January 2011

Lakers make selves at home, top Warriors in shootout

The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers faced off in an offensive slugfest on Wednesday night, but despite being ahead most of the game, the home team was unable to secure the lead when it mattered most, eventually succumbing to the more widely popular California team, 115-110.


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