John Calvin

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

What’s in a Street Name? Any Name Except Yawkey

 

After months of bellyaching and threats by current Red Sox owner John Henry, the official purging of former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey is upon us as the Red Sox appear to have the proper paperwork in order to change the name of the famed Yawkey Way outside Fenway Park. One imagines if he could, […]

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An Offensive Lineman

 

Political correctness giveth and taketh away, where one can be a PC rock star one day and shown for who one really is the next. Remember former Miami Dolphin lineman Jonathan Martin? If the name rings a bell it is because several years back in 2013 Martin, who is African American, had been an alleged […]

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Mike Pence, America’s Class Act

 

Did you hear the one about the gay U.S. men’s figure skater in the Winter Olympics? No, this isn’t the start of a barroom joke, but just more of the same PC drivel that has been leveled at Vice President Mike Pence since he became a nationally known politician. Bad enough for the Vice President […]

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Baseball Loses It

 

“You could agree there is more competition to get the number 1 pick in the draft than to win the World Series.” — Jerry Dipoto, General Manager of the Seattle Mariners That one quote illustrates the current crisis baseball finds itself in, where more teams are trying to lose, and lose rather badly, than trying […]

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Please Stand for the Super Bowl, Goodell Edition

 

Welcome to Super Bowl week, which should be the pinnacle of good feelings and excitement for the game of football and the NFL. Instead, a new report just hit the newswire showing that the NFL is the sixth most toxic brand in America. If you’re wondering how something so All-American and vanilla as a football […]

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Throwing the President’s Weight Around

 

When the president’s annual physical results were released, you knew anything short of White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson announcing that Mr. Trump was suffering from late stage dementia and was in desperate need of a heart transplant was going to outrage the media, who, of course, know better about the President’s health than his […]

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Figure Eight Diplomacy

 

I’ve heard of gunboat diplomacy before, but I never thought I’d live to see the world putting its eggs in the basket of figure eight diplomacy. In Korea, we are witnessing a series of diplomatic maneuvers revolving around ice skating, the Winter Olympics, and a dance troupe. Talks have begun between the two Koreas about […]

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What a Bunch of Hockey Pucks

 

The lady doth protest too much, methinks. The words may be from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, written over 400 years ago, but the Bard of Avon sure knew people. At issue is the latest sports National Anthem protest controversy, this one courtesy of actress Debra Messing, and how she used and politized her 13-year-old son for cheap […]

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NFL Wrestles With a New Problem

 

The NFL, under the stewardship of its $200 million-man Roger Goodell, is in such bad shape that it’s on the verge of blowing its one trump card: a virtual monopoly on professional football in the United States. Last week that showman of the sports community, Vince McMahon, sold $100 million of his WWE stock to […]

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Finally, a Colin Kaepernick Connection

 

As predicted when Harvey Weinstein first made news for being a letch, the sexual harassment hysteria that is sweeping the nation has now officially hit the sports world like a ton of bricks. This time the NFL Network, ESPN, and 81-year old Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson have found themselves on the wrong end of accusations […]

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