Happy Herald - Sports Feature https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8527-1-sports-feature.html <![CDATA[Baseball Sets The Table For An October–Feast]]> Fun fact: Did you know the traditional Oktoberfest celebrations, hosted by many of our fellow citizens of German-American ancestry, are not held in October? Nope. Traditionally the event, most closely associated with its roots in Bavaria, is held mostly during September, and done to honor the fruits of the harvest. How it became associated with the following month is grist for another column, but in this country, October also means another seasonal celebration: playoff baseball.]]> <![CDATA[NFL Preview: Florida Outlook? Sunny ]]> Given we are a monthly publication, the timing of some of our content can make season previews a challenge, nonetheless we will gaze into our crystal ball and make some serious (if not bold) predictions for the state’s NFL squads.]]> <![CDATA[2021 College Football Preview ]]> Part of the beauty of sports is the unpredictability of its outcomes. This is usually true of our second most passionate sport – college football (sorry, king NFL is still tops). But as we approach what we hope is a relatively normal 2021 season, a number of questions amass on the horizon.]]> <![CDATA[From Great Loss Often Emerges Great Triumph ]]> Hi. Time to enter our Wayback Machine and set the dials for December 22, 2003. It’s a Monday night, and the Green Bay Packers are in Oakland to play the Raiders. It’s three days before Christmas, and while the focus is on Packer QB Brett Favre, it’s not for the usual reasons. You see the day before, Brett’s dad – Irvin Favre – had passed away. ]]> <![CDATA[Why so much fuss over a third string TE? Because that’s who we are ]]> One of the benefits of writing this column the way we do is that it allows me the opportunity to be somewhat current in my choice of topics – as current as a monthly publication can be. So I had every intention of devoting this June column to a celebration of our dads, and how they influence our sporting choices, both big and small. ]]> <![CDATA[A Welcome Return to Normalcy ]]> Got a quick test for my readers out there: go to your favorite sports website, either by phone or computer (or if you’re really old school, the printed newspaper) and skip to the agate type page – you know the one where the standings and box scores for results are listed. What do you see? What stands out? I’ll tell what you don’t see – this: 0. As in zero people in attendance.]]> <![CDATA[Baseball Preview 2021: Same Game, New Rules ]]> Prior to attending law school, he was a political and sports reporter for television stations across the country. His career allowed him to cover everything from presidential elections to national championship sports teams, and he still maintains a passion to observe and discuss the world of sports.]]> <![CDATA[Hottest Team In Town? Head For The Ice ]]> There’s a tendency when writing or covering sports to engage in what I call the HSA Syndrome – or Hottest Story Around – and potentially overlook other intriguing events. So it is with our professional hockey team, aka the Florida Panthers, but who this year could be called the SST - Sunrise’s Surprise Team]]> <![CDATA[Parity In Sports? Often Sought, Rarely Found]]> Prior to attending law school, he was a political and sports reporter for television stations across the country. His career allowed him to cover everything from presidential elections to national championship sports teams, and he still maintains a passion to observe and discuss the world of sports.]]> <![CDATA[Watchword For 2021? Potential ]]> After nine months of depressing, desultory news – punctuated by occasional blasts of optimism – I assure you, good reader, no one is more anxious to move back to the land of ballin’ and scorin’ than am I. So let’s do it.]]> <![CDATA[My Sports Christmas Wish List ]]> As we (mercifully) count down to the end of 2020, it’s important to give thanks for what we have, and to hope for the best in the upcoming year (although it won’t be hard to top this one – in addition to COVID-19, any year that takes both Sean Connery and Alex Trebek within one week of each other can’t end soon enough).]]> <![CDATA[Time for some good news ]]> It can be a little overwhelming these days, what with daily reports of political unrest, divisive political discourse, weather disasters and of course, the continuing fight against the scourge of COVID-19. I’ve seen a change in my own attitude, especially towards sports and events I used to revere]]> <![CDATA[Athletic Protests Always A Part Of Our Sporting History]]> For a while, the athletes and the sports administrators seemed to learn how to carry on during the pandemic. I previously opined that I didn’t think it could be done. I was wrong. The NBA bubble, wherein all players, coaches and administrators live, work, and exist within a confined community in Orlando, worked. ]]> <![CDATA[Get ready for football in the age of COVID-19 (we think)]]> Normally (and that’s a word rarely heard these days) our fall issues would feature football previews – one for the pros and one for the college guys. But this year, like everything else, things are different. Let’s begin with the college game.]]> <![CDATA[Ready or Not, Here They Come (we hope)]]> If any reader has a special good luck charm, or special prayer, now would be the time to use it because this experiment fails it may be awhile before we’re discussing game results, and not the results which cause states to shut down. ]]> <![CDATA[The High Cost Of Sporting Immortality]]> While taking in for the umpteenth time the ESPN special “The Last Dance,” a 10-part documentary chronicling the 1997-1998 Chicago Bulls, the impact Michael Jordan had on his sport and on the lives of those who were in his orbit was obvious.]]> <![CDATA[Bored? Sorry, It’s Too Soon to Return]]> Ok, so you’re like me and bored to death with the offerings on television when it comes to sports. Yeah, the Jordan documentary was cool and somewhat insightful, especially when you examine how ego and selfishness essentially derailed the NBA’s dynasty of the 90s and essentially forced the sport’s greatest player to retire prematurely; but as the man once said, “pride goeth before the fall.” Still, you miss the vibe and excitement of live sporting events.]]> <![CDATA[The Resilience of the Human Spirit]]> That was the question many of us were left to ask following the postponement – and cancellation – of the professional and collegiate sports calendars. Not only were many of us without the outlet of following our favorite teams, our own local activities were curtailed in the wake of social distancing guidelines, which forced the closure of gyms, bowling alleys, most parks and golf courses. But it’s in this last area where the story picks up, at least for some of our South Florida neighbors.]]> <![CDATA[The Day The Sports World – And The Rest Of Us – Stopped]]> If you ask anyone over the age of 75 where they were on a certain date, at the time a certain historical event took place, they can tell you with amazing specificity. Doesn’t matter if it was Pearl Harbor, or the day FDR died, that person will explain to you exactly where they were and what they were doing when the news hit, even if they couldn’t tell you what they had for dinner the night before.]]> <![CDATA[What's Wrong With Us?]]> So, despite the recent national warming trends, we here in South Florida are still a destination for snowbirds – or coldbirds – who want to get away for a few days. And when they visit, many of those folks will tote their golf clubs with them – and why not? Quick quiz: Care to guess which state has the most golf courses? Yep, it’s us, with a whopping 1562 courses, far ahead of California, Texas and Michigan]]>