Sports

Well yeah, of course sports. But not just baseball! (What? There’s other sports?)

For several years, I wrote commentary about NASCAR for an outstanding racing website called the Frontstretch. Writing for them…and being a voice for fans…was a great privilege, and I am still good friends with its owner Tom Bowles, who is always a first class guy.

As a devoted fan who loved the purity of NASCAR’s point system (okay, it wasn’t perfect, but it sure beats what they do today), I watched with dismay as a ridiculous playoff did devastating damage to the sport. I wrote many articles explaining to NASCAR why their ratings were in a steady decline, but obviously, they didn’t listen…especially when I told them that their top guy needs to be relieved from command. In all modesty, even I didn’t know just how prescient all of it was.

This was all some time ago, but I think quite a bit of it still holds up.

In addition to NASCAR rants, I’ve written pieces about other sports as well…I was fortunate enough to have a chance to interview Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, and Jack O’Callahan for the 40th anniversary of the Miracle On Ice, an article I’m most proud of. I’ve also had the privilege of writing about women’s tackle football, baseball for the blind (!), and wheelchair basketball. And I was even given tickets to a Philadelphia Union soccer match, for writing about their immediate success at the gate in Philly. (R.I.P. Kenny Hanson.)

And much more, including a story or two about growing up an Orioles fan.

Lots of entertaining stuff here. Hope you enjoy it.

 

What Caused The Decline of NASCAR? A Former Reporter’s Thoughts

What Caused The Decline of NASCAR? A Former Reporter’s Thoughts

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Keeping Up With Baseball Joe

Keeping Up With Baseball Joe

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Beepball Wizards – The Boston Renegades

Beepball Wizards – The Boston Renegades

When a magazine suggests you write a piece about blind baseball players, you have to take on the assignment just...
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Why Don’t The Rays Draw?

Why Don’t The Rays Draw?

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What Happened To The Montreal Expos?

What Happened To The Montreal Expos?

Like most baseball fans, I didn't know the full story of what happened to the Montreal Expos. When I read...
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Ten Minutes to Play, Forty Years to Remember

Ten Minutes to Play, Forty Years to Remember

My article celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Miracle On Ice was originally published in the Winter 2020 issue of...
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Atlanta Motor Speedway 2001: The Intimidator Lives On

Atlanta Motor Speedway 2001: The Intimidator Lives On

Eight years after Kevin Harvick's emotional first win taking over for the departed Dale Earnhardt, I wrote this piece for...
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Wheelchair Basketball – Rolling Thunder

Wheelchair Basketball – Rolling Thunder

I had never known that wheelchair basketball was as established as it was, with professional leagues and established teams, until...
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A Family of Renegades – Women’s Football in Boston

A Family of Renegades – Women’s Football in Boston

The Boston Renegades women's football team are the current champions of the Women’s Football Alliance. I spoke with several of...
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Where’s The Love For Pocono Raceway?

Where’s The Love For Pocono Raceway?

When I covered NASCAR for the Frontstretch in the late 2000s, there were quite a few motorsports writers that had...
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Solving NASCAR’s Racetrack Problem, Part 2 – Happy Hour Motor Speedway

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While writing for the Frontstretch years ago, I came up with a bunch of ideas for a new track that...
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Solving NASCAR’s Racetrack Problem, Part I – The Lesson From Baseball

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One of NASCAR's bigger problems in recent years is the preponderance of 1.5-mile speedways that produced boring, aero-oriented racing. In...
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Jerseyball – Millville’s Mike Trout and Aaron Cox

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Aaron Cox, Millville area baseball star and best friend of MLB superstar Mike Trout, was drafted by the Angels in...
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Expanding His Roots – Jeff Holman, Haddonfield High Tennis

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Jeff Holman is a member of the Holman family, a name you've heard if you've ever shopped for a car...
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The Old Ball Game – SJ Men’s Senior Baseball League

The Old Ball Game – SJ Men’s Senior Baseball League

The South Jersey Men's Senior Baseball League is a haven for men in their advanced years who still can and...
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The Power of Fun – Dave Raymond, The Original Phillie Phanatic

The Power of Fun – Dave Raymond, The Original Phillie Phanatic

The Phillie Phanatic is the greatest mascot in sports...largely because original Phanatic Dave Raymond simply put on the costume, went...
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Shooting For Greatness – Precision Pistol

Shooting For Greatness – Precision Pistol

Precision Pistol shooters are phenomenal at focus...it's quite a feat to be able to consistently nail an eight-inch wide target...
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Sons of Philly – The Philadelphia Union

Sons of Philly – The Philadelphia Union

When the Philadelphia Union were a relatively new Major League Soccer team, JerseyMan sent me to interview their then-CEO Nick...
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