Amanda Rykoff is a New York City-based writer. She’s a sports fan, proud Penn alum, recovering attorney, devoted aunt, and voracious consumer of media. She has contributed to ESPN, ONE World Sports, The Outside Corner and previously co-hosted the ESPN podcast, “Play Ball!” Follow her on Twitter.
Spring training is in full swing, Team USA is contending for the World Baseball Classic title and Opening Day is less than18 days away (but who’s counting?). We’re also less than a month from another major baseball milestone -- the release of “42,” the highly anticipated film about Jackie Robinson and his struggle to break Major League Baseball’s infamous color line.
Bring sixteen die-hard baseball fans from around the world, put them in a fully-loaded apartment in New York City, deck them out in colorful team garb and have them tweet, post and blog about watching every World Baseball Classic game at all hours of the day and night. That’s what’s been happening since the first pitch of the 2013 WBC as part of MLB Fan Cave: World Baseball Classic Edition.
Duane Brown of the Houston Texans isn’t a household name, but thanks to his superb work in the trenches as an All-Pro offensive lineman, he helped lead his team to the playoffs by anchoring a line that garnered the Texans a 1,000-yard rusher for a third consecutive season. That running back, Arian Foster, demonstrated his appreciation for the offensive line’s hard work by purchasing Segways for Brown and the other members of the o-line for Christmas.
In the wake of the Baltimore Ravens’ thrilling Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, GuySpeed had the chance to talk with Fox and NFL Network broadcaster Brian Billick, who coached the Ravens to their first Super Bowl championship in Super Bowl XXXV twelve years ago.
In a normal NFL year, Redskins running back Alfred Morris would have been a leading contender for Rookie of the Year. But with teammate RGIII’s sensational debut behind center and Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson making headlines at quarterback, Morris had to be content with being named to the Associated Press All-Pro team.
The Super Bowl isn’t just a great opportunity for football fans to gather and celebrate the Big Game, but for former players to do the same, including many members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. On Sunday morning, the NFL Players Association hosted its third annual Legends Brunch at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.
Marshawn Lynch helped lead his Seattle Seahawks to the NFC Championship game after a superb 2012 regular season. Thanks to his 315 carries for 1590 yards and 11 touchdowns, “Beast Mode” was also was honored as a finalist for the FedEx Ground Player of the Year.
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