Joseph White

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Kentucky Derby Preview

  Picking the Kentucky Derby isn’t supposed to be easy.  It’s not a Thursday afternoon at Belmont, with a six horse field and only one that’s fast enough to beat its show pony to the wire. It’s the Kentucky Derby.  It’s 20 of the world’s best 3-year-olds in a cluttered, scattered scramble that’s impossible to predict.

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NFL Takeaways - Championship Weekend

I hate the Patriots. I hate how curt and dismissive their coach is.  I hate how their quarterback throws temper tantrums.  I hate that they cheat. I hate them. But god dammit are they good. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are about to coach and play in their seventh Super Bowls.  When the game kicks

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NFL Takeaways - Divisional Weekend

  Often, I like to start my columns with a sense of “…huh?”  Anyone who has read them before knows this.  But even for those familiar with my style, I think it’s important that in this case, I take a second to promise that the coming round-about metaphor will connect to football.  It will. The funniest

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NFL Takeaways - Wild Card Weekend

  The 2007 Patriots may be the greatest team ever assembled – in any sport. One of only two Super Bowl-era teams to go through the NFL regular season undefeated, the Pats set nearly ever record there was to set that year, becoming the most potent offensive force in the history of the league.  You

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NFL Takeaways - Week 17

  Steve Harvey announcing the wrong winner at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant was a horrible embarrassment to both the former King of Comedy and the pageant itself. It was also great for both, because no one cared about the Miss Universe pageant before that moment, and no one was paying attention to Steve Harvey

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NFL One-Liners - Week 17

  There is nothing quite like the nonsense of sports – because only sports could take something like Deflategate and turn it into a national story, or spark a lengthy debate over the difference between a turtleneck and a tie – as Cam Newton helped do this year. It’s at its worst during NFL season,

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NFL Takeaways - Week 15

  Somewhere, in the offices of the executives running each major sports league, there’s a board room.  And in the corner of that board room, there’s a chart.  And on that chart, there are two inverse, intersecting lines.  And at the point where those lines intersect, there’s a circle drawn in Sharpie marker, because that

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NFL One-Liners - Week 15

  In the NFL, the difference between good and bad isn’t hard to spot – because only certain organizations make certain decisions. Good teams pride themselves on stability.  The Patriots have had the same coach all century.  The Giants are on only their third coach since 1997. The Steelers have had only three coaches in