John Calvin

John Calvin is the pen name of a sports executive who has been actively involved in professional sports for over 20 years.

‘Take My Wife’ Is Out

 

“I know you guys may be angry with me, but I’m used to it because I have a black wife and three mixed kids, so I’m used to people being angry and argumentative.” With those 33 words, which probably took less than 20 seconds to utter, Atlanta Hawks General Manager Wes Wilcox’s reputation has been […]

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Beleaguered Like Beckham

 

Is social media and modern technology turning us all into a bunch of worrywarts and wannabe nannies for people who didn’t ask our opinion in the first place? An insignificant incident this past week involving some players on the New York Giants football team that generated way too much publicity than it warranted has me […]

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A Schilling for Your Thoughts

 

Is former Major League pitcher Curt Schilling too conservative to be allowed into baseball’s Hall of Fame? As outrageous as it sounds, this seems to be one of the criteria that was considered by many Hall voters. To give some perspective on Schilling’s Hall of Fame credentials, Schilling finished his career with more than 3,000 […]

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Quitters Never Win

 

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once quipped, “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” Some current football players, however, are betting otherwise, and their actions speak volumes about our modern time. Outside of opening presents on Christmas morning and the ball dropping in Time Square on New Year’s Eve, nothing says the holiday season more […]

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Baseball Changes Its Dress Code

 

Everyone knows there is no crying in baseball, but apparently now there are no dresses either. With this development, players both past and present aren’t happy, and you can thank a double-dose of political correctness for making sure fun and frivolity has struck out in Mudville. To explain, Major League Baseball and the Players Association […]

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This Bud Wasn’t For You

 

During the Watergate era the phrase “What did he know and when did he know it?” became part of America’s lexicon and the rallying cry of the press while hounding Richard Nixon from office. The same question should have been asked and answered last week before Bud Selig, former longtime owner of the Milwaukee Brewers […]

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The Top Ten Sports Grinches of 2016

 

With another year almost over and at a time when the old Dr. Seuss classic gets plenty of airtime, it is appropriate to look back and recognize the biggest Grinches of the sports community in 2016. These Grinches are the people and organizations that did their best to ruin the simple pleasure of being a […]

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There He Goes Again: Colin and Castro

 

They say timing in life is everything, so it seems in death as well, as it was sweet coincidence that Colin Kaepernick, the floundering NFL quarterback, found himself on the defensive while defending Fidel Castro in the days preceding the brutal dictator’s death. In a matter of a few minutes Kaepernick proved what an empty […]

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A Posse for Your Thoughts

 

If the English language had an equivalent of the endangered species list, it would be growing exponentially. This year, for example, the use of gender identifying pronouns such as he, her, his, and him are strongly being discouraged by the censors and administrators on college campuses. Now the speech police are playing a new game […]

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The NBA Joins the NFL in Driving Trump Fans Away

 

If you’re a fan of the National Football League or the National Basketball Association, and you voted for Donald Trump, be aware they consider you deplorable. Who says so? They do. If you’re a player in the aforementioned NFL or NBA and you support Donald Trump, be prepared to work in a hostile environment. Who […]

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