Weidner’s Words: The Magic is gone

The Los Angeles Lakers’ season began with more promise than most — the NBA’s premier franchise once again had the best player in the NBA suiting up for them every night. Lakers legend Magic Johnson was on board, and he was reformulating the roster into one that would win again. Then he signed Lance Stephenson and Rajon […]

Weidner’s Words: Leadership in NBA Locker Rooms

For the first time since 2011, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics are dominating the headlines of the NBA. It’s not because they are the favorites to compete for the title like almost a decade ago, but rather because they seem to be stuck in an endless cycle of team dysfunction. Whether the coverage […]

Weidner’s Words: Subconscious racial biases in sports journalism

In January 2015, the Comedy Central sketch comedy series “Key and Peele” (2012-2015) ran a segment titled “Predicting the Biggest on the Field Battles.” The segment poked fun at the trope of the blindly racist sports commentator. Fake commentator “Harry Peters” describes white and black athletes from the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, characterizing the […]

Under the Lights: California dreaming

The team that provides the most pleasurable rooting experience in sports today is not a contender for any kind of championship this season. It does not feature anything close to a real superstar, a player who can transcend the entire experience of watching a team with their remarkable acts of athleticism on the field or court. […]

The Coin Toss: NBA season predictions

Welcome to The Coin Toss, where I make some bold, unlikely predictions every week about some of your favorite professional sports. First, a quick recap of last week. I had the Browns topping their season high in total offense. They didn’t perform horribly against the Bengals, but their 352 yards were about 80 short of my […]