Amanda Rykoff is a New York City-based writer. She’s a sports fan, proud Penn alum, recovering attorney, devoted aunt, and voracious consumer of media. She has contributed to ESPN, ONE World Sports, The Outside Corner and previously co-hosted the ESPN podcast, “Play Ball!” Follow her on Twitter.
Spring training is in full swing, Team USA is contending for the World Baseball Classic title and Opening Day is less than18 days away (but who’s counting?). We’re also less than a month from another major baseball milestone -- the release of “42,” the highly anticipated film about Jackie Robinson and his struggle to break Major League Baseball’s infamous color line.
Bring sixteen die-hard baseball fans from around the world, put them in a fully-loaded apartment in New York City, deck them out in colorful team garb and have them tweet, post and blog about watching every World Baseball Classic game at all hours of the day and night. That’s what’s been happening since the first pitch of the 2013 WBC as part of MLB Fan Cave: World Baseball Classic Edition.
Marshawn Lynch helped lead his Seattle Seahawks to the NFC Championship game after a superb 2012 regular season. Thanks to his 315 carries for 1590 yards and 11 touchdowns, “Beast Mode” was also was honored as a finalist for the FedEx Ground Player of the Year.
All the stars are out this week in New Orleans for the Super Bowl. Stroll through the French Quarter and you’re sure to see current and former NFL players, familiar faces from stage and screen (this intrepid writer spotted Neil Patrick Harris and Alec Baldwin at dinner on Friday night), television personalities and even a famous musician or two (you may have heard that Beyoncé is performing the National Anthem on Sunday).
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past two weeks (or just arrived from another planet), you probably know that this year’s Super Bowl not only matches up the 49ers and the Ravens, but two brothers, John (Ravens) and Jim (49ers). The Harbaughs are also the son of coaching legend Jack Harbaugh, who along with his wife Jackie held his own press conference yesterday. Yes, this is the Super Bowl. Everything and everybody gets a press conference.
In the week leading up to Super Bowl 47, you’re probably going to hear a few things about Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis or 49ers sophomore stud quarterback Colin Kaepernick or the Harbaugh brothers. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but did you know Jim and John are the first pair of brothers to coach against each other in the biggest of all the Big Games?
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