Weidner’s Words: Mental health in the NBA

The past year in the NBA was highlighted by a variety of compelling stories, from Kawhi Leonard’s sudden rift with the Spurs to Bryan Colangelo’s burner Twitter accounts. Yet one story that didn’t gain the most news coverage but may end up leaving the most important legacy for the league is the emergence of a conversation […]

Weidner’s Words: Pettiness in the NBA

With all the stories coming out on a daily basis covering NBA injuries, potential trades and drama, you’d find it hard to believe that the NBA season still hasn’t even begun. It’s felt that way for nearly the entire summer, to be honest, as the NBA continues to prove why it’s the best sports league […]

Weidner’s Words: Weeding out the opiates

A few weeks ago, on April 20, people across the country participated in what has become known as the “weed holiday.” On the same day, Bleacher Report released several videos featuring former NBA and NFL players discussing their use of marijuana and use throughout those leagues, as they were aware of it. Athletes like Kenyon Martin, […]

Weidner’s Words: The problem with max contracts

The NBA playoffs are in full swing, and the fans of the 16 teams still in the mix get to hope and pray that somehow this could be their year. For the rest of us fans from teams on the outside looking in, we get to read a million articles about mock drafts and NBA free […]

Weidner’s Words: LXXXII games

The NBA has a serious injury problem. This past season alone, without even having to do a Google search, names of stars like Gordon Hayward, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Steph Curry and Kristaps Porzingis all come to mind as having missed significant time. Serious injuries such as ACL and MCL tears seem to have become commonplace across […]

Weidner’s Words: Stopping a bad beat

March Madness has drawn to a close and left in its wake countless busted brackets. Across the country this week, bracket pool winners will collect their money from reluctant coworkers and get ready for when the biggest gambling month of the year comes around again. It is estimated that wagers this year totaled almost $10 […]

Weidner’s Words: The role of the commissioner

The Chicago Bulls had lost six of their last seven games and were coming off a blowout loss to Boston when the NBA issued its warning on March 6. The Bulls, a team currently sitting at 23–43 and vying for the best possible draft position, needed to stop resting healthy players. Resting healthy players has been a […]

Weidner’s Words: A players’ league

The NFL Scouting Combine took place over the past week, where most of the draft locks and hopefuls hope to impress teams with their athleticism and skill. Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin stole the show with the fastest 40-yard dash time for a linebacker in more than a decade, running it in 4.38 seconds. Behind all the […]

Postgame Press: Parenting’s place in professional sports

Parents are a breed unto their own. Some kids love them, others not so much. Sports have had a long and complicated relationship with parents. Michael Jordan won his first title since his father’s murder on Father’s Day, resulting in an emotional display during the celebration. As of last year, Kirk Cousins lived with his […]

Bird’s Eye View: Winter Olympics and the NBA on Christmas

There is plenty to be excited about this winter in the wonderful world of sports. The 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea begins on Feb. 9. The NBA has scheduled a compelling series of games for Christmas day. With a host of changes coming to the Winter Olympics this year and an opportunity to take stock of the currently young […]