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It’s Never Too Soon for MLB All-Star Voting

April is almost over and that can only mean one thing:  The MLB All-Star Game is right around the corner! News flash: We’re actually not at all close to the midpoint of the Major League Baseball season (22 games in, 140 to go), but MLB unveiled its All-Star ballot yesterday, thus launching the 2013 campaign. […]

Wake me up when the NBA playoffs end

We are only five days in, and already I am just about done with the NBA Playoffs. I’ll admit that I have never been the biggest NBA fan. But after such a wild year of sports characterized by so much unpredictability, professional basketball is a dull affair to me. It may sound stupid, but here’s […]

Chris Paul Ignites “Real” Playoff Basketball

Chris Paul crossed over at the top of the three-point arc, took five aggressive dribbles, and attacked the right side of the lane. As the floater left his fingertips, there was no doubt over what the result would be. There was nothing the outstretched arms of Tony Allen and Darrell Arthur could do. The shot […]

The Daily Trojan NBA Playoff Preview

The NBA Playoffs are finally here, so I reached out to Daily Trojan sports editor and NBA diehard Alex Shultz to do a back-and-forth for this week’s Trojan Fix. This is a slightly edited transcript of a back-and-forth between the two of us that occurred during the last game of the regular season last Wednesday. […]

MLB’s Finest Pitchers Slumping Early

April is when baseball players and teams stumble to find their footing, but it is also an opportunity to get away with early mistakes. So there’s time to remedy all the wrongs that have been committed—of which there are many. The theme of this young season: Down goes Goliath. In recent years, glory in the […]

Fallen Angels

The first month of the baseball season means little to me. It seems as though every year some team that has no business being in first finds themselves at the top of the standings come late April. The first month can be completely deceptive, like when the 2005 Houston Astros began their season 15-30 only […]

Boston bombing reveals America’s character

There are times in life when we are no longer divided by a city, but united by our nation. Yesterday was one of those times. When two explosions went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring over 100 people, Americans were stunned and in disbelief. How could this happen? […]

Kobe’s absence a blessing in disguise for Lakers?

Two weeks ago, I said that the Lakers were probably going to miss the playoffs. They must have heard me, since after that they reeled off four straight and to pull one game ahead in the loss column over the Utah Jazz, while a resurgent Dirk Nowitzki wasn’t able to pull the mediocre Dallas Mavericks […]

Losing and fan loyalty in baseball

Take me out to the ballgame. It’s a phrase customarily sung, but not as often spoken in earnest. The experience of witnessing a baseball game in person is completely unparalleled. The yard evokes eternal summer by day, and at night the stadium lights glow like a Christmas tree. Baseball games aren’t deafeningly raucous the way […]

Mid-Major Madness

Thank goodness for the NBA and MLB. If those two leagues weren’t there to take the place of March Madness, I probably would not have been able to get out of bed Tuesday morning. But who am I kidding? How can anything possibly replace one of the greatest NCAA Basketball Tournaments in recent memory? In […]