Kendrick’s Korner: Tanking in Professional Sports

This week, the elimination of  “tanking” seemed to be on the agenda of every major professional sports league. Monday, the Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance against four teams for failing to fairly spend their revenue share on player contracts. The accused teams, which include the Pittsburgh Pirates

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My October Love Affair with the Houston Astros

  I found my baseball purgatory in the form of a never-ending Uber line against the callous blue backdrop of Dodger Stadium. Personally, game six of the 2017 World Series was a disaster in every imaginable way. From the beginning, I nearly missed my Union Station-bound train and later watched

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Kendrick’s Korner: The NFL’s Ratings Problem

The NFL’s recent decline in television ratings could be a reflection of the perfect storm of events that have transpired this season. It began with actual hurricanes, as viewers in the major football markets in Texas and Florida experienced massive cable outages during the season’s early games. Similarly, fans haven't

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Kendrick’s Korner: “It’s Gotta Be the Shoes”

Corruption in college basketball practically has its own film genre. Movies like “He Got Game” and “Blue Chips” have long captured the essence of the dark side of college athletics. For example, in “He Got Game,” Ray Allen’s notable Jesus Shuttlesworth character is recruited to colleges by boosters, coaches and agents,

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Kendrick’s Korner: Baseball’s Millennial Problem

Major League Baseball has finally overcome its millennial problem. Historically, baseball has provided a form of entertainment that is incompatible with millennialism. While young fans now understand sporting events through condensed highlights on social media, baseball offers a slow-moving, strategy-based game that is best consumed through a Sunday afternoon radio broadcast. When thinking about current

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Kendrick’s Korner: The Tournament’s One Shining Moment

Before Monday’s National Championship game between North Carolina and Villanova, I had already started to look forward to next year’s March Madness. Prior to the championship game, the tournament, with the exception of all games involving Northern Iowa or Middle Tennessee State, had been relatively dull. Although some of the

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Kendrick’s Korner: A Rumination on Steph Curry

An underrated determinant in the absurdly subjective but always spirited debate of an athlete’s greatness is how he or she literally changed the way a sport is played. Being a world champion, earning astronomical statistics, and playing for [insert favorite team here] are important supporting factors in this classic sports argument.  However,

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