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Jason Keidel

Inductee Joe Torre gives his speech at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown, New York. Torre managed for 29 seasons with 2,326 victories and led the New York Yankees to six American League pennants and four World Series titles. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Keidel: Torre’s Amazing Success Was His Curse, But He Always Knew The Score

Beyond his stellar, All-Star career, Joe Torre knows why he was standing next to Greg Maddux and a conga line of newly-minted luminaries in Cooperstown this past weekend. He was a Yankee.

07/28/2014

Documentary subjects Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson from 'Champs', during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at the Monarch Room on April 19, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival)

Keidel: No Holy War For Holyfield

Mike Tyson has been chosen to present Evander Holyfield for his induction into Nevada’s Boxing Hall of Fame on August 9, in, of course, Las Vegas, the scene of many crimes, factual and fictional.

07/25/2014

Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Keidel: The NFL Is Giving Mixed Signals, And It’s Very Alarming

Empires die from within. They collapse on themselves, and they fall by the hybrid disease of hubris and complacency. The NFL’s worldview is increasingly blurry, slowly unable to separate grand from grandiose.

07/25/2014

Michael Vick (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Keidel: Vick Is The Better Option For The Jets In Any Scenario

As always, the Jets enter a season draped in uncertainty. They have a coach already on the hot seat, a general manager ready to can him, and a young quarterback who’s a few wind-swept throws from being plucked from the lineup.

07/24/2014

Jets head coach Rex Ryan (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Keidel: Who Is Rex Ryan, Really? We’re Going To Find Out

Rex Ryan knows a false start to the season could end his tenure long before Week 17. Mike Tannenbaum and the rest of his yes-men can’t save his skin now.

07/23/2014

Billboards light up signaling the return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers after a short 'detour' on July 11, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (credit: David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: LeBron’s Summer Of Love

Since this has become LeBron’s summer of love we can turn this into a campy double-entendre, with the lights squarely on Kevin Love, who is supposedly LeBron’s 7-foot bridge to bringing the Larry O’Brien Trophy to Cleveland.

07/18/2014

David Wright and Derek Jeter (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Keidel: Mets About To Own NYC, And Yankees Have Only Themselves To Blame

This is not a question you could ask in the last 20 years without getting laughed out of the room, but as we enter the second half of a sterile baseball season in New York City, it’s fair to ask now. Who has a better future: the Mets or Yankees?

07/17/2014

American League All-Star Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees acknowledges the crowd after being pulled in the fourth inning during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Keidel: Captain’s Curtain Call — In His Own Regal Way, No. 2 Is No. 1

It’s time we tip our caps to the captain. Few Yankees — few humans — deserve it more. Millions of moms and dads, and even baseball deities, know royalty when they see it, and we’ve seen it since 1996.

07/16/2014

Knicks swingman Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Keidel: Hats Off To Carmelo … No, Seriously

Hopefully, you are sitting, because I am about to do something unprecedented — praise Carmelo Anthony.

07/15/2014

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes to the basket for a slam dunk against the Denver Nuggets on Nov.12, 2007 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Head Up, Chest Out, LeBron Is On A Righteous Path Back To Northeast Ohio

LeBron James, de facto commissioner of pop culture, just decided to run against every grain television has taught us. And God Bless him for it.

07/11/2014

Boxers Canelo Alvarez (L) and Erislandy Lara face off onstage prior to the press conference for Canelo Alvarez v Erislandy Lara (credit: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Keidel: From Cuba To Canelo, Erislandy Lara 12 Rounds From ‘American Dream’

If boxing is to save its vitality, it needs vital boxers to fight each other. Seems simple enough, an athletic algorithm that serves the sport and its fans.

07/11/2014

Boxer Erislandy Lara speaks onstage during the press conference for Canelo Alvarez v Erislandy Lara on May 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

CBS Local Sports Q&A: Erislandy Lara ‘Chopped’ Alvarez’s Pride To Get The Fight

From fiction to reality, the underdog often chirps until he’s champ. So it is with Erislandy Lara. While technically the champion here and universally respected as a fighter, Lara has little of Canelo’s cash or cachet, and just a fraction of Canelo’s traction among the media.

07/11/2014

Canelo Alvarez, former WBC & WBA Super Welterweight World Champion, trains during an open workout at the House of Boxing Gym July 1, 2014 in San Diego, California. (credit: Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

CBS Local Sports Q&A: Canelo Alvarez On His Fight Against Erislandy Lara

On July 12, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara are fighting in Las Vegas. While technically not a title fight, it’s considered the de facto championship bout at 154 lbs.

07/10/2014

LeBron James (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Keidel: This LeBron Is Hardly Some Brat Who Can’t Handle The Heat

King James has reached that rare air of celebrity where every tentacle of American media has a stake in his stardom, from pundits to paparazzi. He has mutated into a seamless, crossover celebrity.

07/10/2014

Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Keidel: If Tanaka Goes Down, He’ll Take Yankees With Him

Not even Captain Kirk could find life in the Yankee Universe. Not after the latest bomb to drop on the Bronx.

07/10/2014

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