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An Inside Look at the WSOP, by Mark McCarter


Mark McCarter tells you everything you've ever wanted to know about the World Series of Poker

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The Old Ballparks of NYC


NSMA Hall of Famer Jerry Izenberg, on the old ballparks of New York City.

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Weighing in On Chris Christie, by Mike Downey


Mike Downey's thoughts on Chris Christie, sports talk radio host.

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One of the Best Players You Never Knew, By Jerry Izenberg


NSMA Hall of Famer Jerry Izenberg with the story of one of the best players in the Negro Leagues, who never got the chance to play major league baseball.

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Junior's Leaving, By Mark McCarter


Mark McCarter on what Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s impending retirement means.

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​No Bull: The Real Story of the Rebirth of a Team and a City, By Ron Morris


NSMA member and contributor Ron Morris has written a book about the Durham Bulls minor league baseball team. What follows is the prologue for the book. Ordering information can be found at the bottom of the column.

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Show Me The Damned Game!, By Ron Morris


My voice is still hoarse from screaming during the recent NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and it had nothing to do with the officiating or my rooting interest in any team involved.

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Minor League Memory, By Mark McCarter


Any night, the phone will ring. It’s that time of the year. It’s a spring training tradition. Though with each passing year, the phone call seems to come earlier in the evening, with less background noise and less evidence of the callers being ambitiously served.

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The Joy of Covering HBCUs, By Ron Morris


I had the great fortune throughout my journalism career to cover many historically black college athletic programs. I say “great fortune” because I found over the years that nowhere is a reporter’s work better appreciated, nowhere is a writer’s access to subject matter greater, and nowhere is there more fertile ground for producing good copy.

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The NCAA Tournament: Elites Rule, By Bob Ryan


From NSMA Hall of Famer Bob Ryan, special to

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A Farewell to Salisbury, By MIKE DOWNEY


I knew little or nothing — no, absolutely nothing — about Salisbury, N.C., in my youth. Like a lot of other people (damn Yankees) living hundreds or thousands of miles from there, the extent of my knowledge about the entire state of North Carolina was minimal and stereotypical: tobacco, basketball, Andy Griffith.

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Jerry Izenberg Remembers NSMA Hall of Famer Sam Lacy


He never cared much for the new computer technology, and, as he aged, acute arthritis came between him and his typewriter. Because of this last, for the last 30 years of life, Sam wrote his weekly sports column for the Baltimore-based Afro-American in longhand on a plain paper tablet.

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