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What the crowd at Martinsville was cheering for

On Sunday we got to see some bite in sport that has a lot of bark. Continue reading

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Watching the Cowboys with my people

Thanks to the wonder of the Internet, I was with people who were in as a precarious state as I was. We high-fived, we fist bumped and we paced. All in the name of the Dallas Cowboys and the fear of 2-2 and Monday morning. Continue reading

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Big Ten Championship Sends Spartans to Rose Bowl

“This is the greatest day of my life!”

Proclaimed in the wake of Michigan State’s 34 – 24 upset win over second-ranked Ohio State, this sentiment wasn’t spoken by a usually subdued Mark Dantonio, sophomore quarterback Conner Cook or even an aging Spartan alumni.

It was screamed by a thrilled 7-year-old. Continue reading

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My Commandments of Sport Fandom

Maybe I’m not as strong willed as I’d like to think or I just had to satisfy my own morbid curiosity. Either way I bit a bullet I had been trying to avoid for years: the national phenomenon known as…Fantasy Football. … Continue reading

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A Month of NASCAR, Day 4: 2001 Cracker Barrel 500

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Both on and off the track, 2001 was a year for tears of pain and joy.

Part of the pain came from the death of Dale Earnhardt Senior on Feb. 18 at the Daytona 500. On that day NASCAR as we knew came to an end. There had been other deaths in the recent years, Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin in 2000, but it was the death of the Intimidator that shook the sport to its core.

But the pain was relieved pretty quickly when Steve Park, one of Dale Earnhardt Inc’s. drivers won at Rockingham on Feb 25 and once again two weeks later when Kevin Harvick, the driver who replaced Earnhardt, grabbed his first career win at Atlanta by defeating Jeff Gordon in a finish eerily similar to the #3’s win in the same race a year before.

Atlanta has see some great finishes in the last decade, but this one topped them all. Everyone in the crowd was cheering not just for Harvick, but for Earnhardt and the sport. NASCAR needed this race to help move on and those wounds would disappear a little more later in July when Dale Jr went to Victory lane at Daytona.

It’s been 11 years since this race and I couldn’t help but tear up during the the post race celebration as Harvick did a polo victory lap with three fingers lifted into the sky. There have been few days where an entire fan base could rally around one team or person, but March 11, 2001 was one of those days.

What do you remember about the 2001 Cracker Barrel 500?

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A Month of NASCAR, Day 3: 2000 Cracker Barrel 500

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I can remember watching this race, sitting on the floor of the living room as Bobby Labonte drew closer and closer to Dale Earnhardt in the closing laps.

But I can clearly remember my heart beating in my chest as the camera on the front of the Interstate Batteries #18 followed the Goodwrench Chevy down the back stretch.

It’s been awhile since there was a finish like this at Atlanta, but this one is a keeper.

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Ranking the First Time Winners of the Sprint Cup in 2011

       This has been a huge year for NASCAR, probably the most important one for the sport in years in my opinion. Since Jimmie Johnson has won five straight championships, not something to celebrate in my opinion, and … Continue reading

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