NFL Draft 2016: Who the Packers Picked

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You know yours is a hopeless case when you get almost as excited about the National Football League’s player selection exercise as you do about an actual NFL game. Continue reading

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Deciphering the Mystery That Is Asafa Powell

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To many, Asafa Powell is an enigma, wrapped in a puzzle, and clothed with a big question mark. “Underachiever”, “choke artist”, and “flop” are just a few of the many uncomplimentary terms routinely tossed the big Jamaican sprinter’s way by those who fail to fathom how one apparently so gifted could perpetually fail to win the big one.

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The Benchwarmer’s Point-of-View: Easy Does It

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When I was growing up, there were few sights more mesmerizing than seeing Trinidad and Tobago’s former World Junior 100-metre champion Darrel Brown in full flight. Then again, that “full flight” characterization never seemed apropos because Brown, who also won a World Championship 100m silver in 2003, never ever looked to be going flat out. Continue reading

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10 Events to Watch at Champs 2016

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ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls Championships (‘Champs’) is upon us once again. As usual, the highly anticipated sprint clashes have monopolized most of the public’s attention on its eve. I, too, must admit that I’m waiting impatiently to see the likes of Nigel Ellis, Jhevaughn Matherson, and Raheem Chambers match strides down the National Stadium strip. However, there a number of less well-publicized showdowns in the hurdles and field events that could also be worth going many a mile to see. Here’s a preview.

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Back to the Future?

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Earlier this month, the West Indies pulled off an improbable victory over India in the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup tournament. The team’s triumph over the pre-tournament favourites propelled them one rung further up the ladder than their forerunners from 2004, who were felled in the grand finale by Pakistan. As was the case with that team, the exploits of this aggregation has once again raised hope of an imminent regional cricketing resurgence. History, however, provides precious little succour for anything but very heavily guarded optimism.

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Jamaican Mondo Musings from Moriyama

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Being unable to spend precious time with the people I care about the most is undoubtedly the greatest sacrifice I’m presently making in my pursuit of self-actualization. As an unrepentant athletics addict, not being able to ‘osmosize’ all of Jamaica’s domestic track and field action makes the medal podium as well. (It’s kinda hard to soak it all in from my current base of operation in Moriyama, Japan.) Nonetheless, I have been flashing a few glances – between class-filled work weeks and class prep-filled weekends – at the early season happenings back home. Here’s a quick look at some of the athletes (and performances) that have caught my eye.

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2015 IAAF World Relays Musings

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The US came, saw, and captured just about every title on offer at IAAF World Relays 2015. I think I can still hear the faintest strains of “The Star-Spangled Banner” reverberating in my noggin even now. Thankfully, it didn’t drown out these other reflections on a thrill-filled couple days of relay runnings in the land of Junkanoo and Goombay.

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15 Athletes to Watch at ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls Championships 2015

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Jamaica’s junior athletics starlets are set to shine when the 2015 edition of the most anticipated high school track and field meet on the planet – ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls Championships (“Champs”) – gets going inside the National Stadium on Tuesday, March 24. Featuring a couple thousand of ‘em on my Champs watch list wasn’t exactly feasible, so here’s the next best thing.

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It’s Time to Really Put West Indies Cricket First

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I’ve always admired the pride and unwavering commitment exhibited by the average Australian cricketer when they step out on to the field to represent their country. In the individualistic world in which we live, it’s really refreshing for me to see players who’re the product of a cricketing culture that inculcates a team and country above self ethos into their sporting ambassadors. This type of pride, commitment, and team-first ethos is something that’s sadly lacking in the makeup of far too many modern-day West Indies cricketers.

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5 Sporting Wishes for 2015

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This really should have been a Christmas wishlist article, but Santa encountered a few problems delivering everything to me in time. No worries, though. The imminent dawn of a hope-filled, sports-filled new year is as good a time as any for a fanatic like me to draft a sporting wishlist. So, here goes…

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