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Jason Keidel

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees speaks at a media availability on Feb. 19, 2014, at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Keidel: 20 Years Later, We Still Don’t Know Who Derek Jeter Is

We can’t say exactly why Derek Jeter made it seem so easy. We only know that he did. Perhaps it’s because he played every game with the grace of a legend but the grit of a Little Leaguer.


Defensive lineman Michael Sam #52 of the Missouri Tigers is congratulated by teammates after sacking quarterback Taylor Kelly #10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Keidel: Sam Is Very Brave, But Media Quick To Laud Him Are Just Self-Serving

I’m so sick of watching major media figures rushing to the front of the line, trying to sound more enlightened than the last person, belching the bromides of tolerance and understanding.


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Keidel: NFL Mansions And Expansions

Forever high on hubris, the sport is pondering extra games, playoff teams, and new franchises, perhaps in London or Los Angeles. And it feels like all are in the name of profit, not principle.


Hall of Famer and former Mets announcer Ralph Kiner waves to the fans prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Mets’ game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on April 8, 2011. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: All New York Baseball Fans Were In Kiner’s Korner

Ralph Kiner was the Mets’ iteration of Phil Rizzuto, the former player and Hall-of-Famer who converted us more with his wisdom and charm and anecdotes than his chalkboard banter.


Peyton Manning (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Keidel: Peyton Personifies How We Label Athletes Too Quickly

After just a few seasons we find reasons to jam the eject button on an athlete. Manning went from G.O.A.T. to goat in just 60 minutes. And from winner to loser.


Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks talks with teammate cornerback Walter Thurmond #28 during Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Keidel: Peyton Failed, But Seahawks Snatched And Swallowed This One

It’s unfair to say that Denver lost it. Seattle snatched it and swallowed it. This team was bigger, faster and bionic in the way that it smashed the Broncos.


Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Keidel: Manning’s Manifest Destiny?

What will matter most? The fact that Seattle has no players with Super Bowl experience, or their youth and speed and top-ranked defense? Or will the game be won by Denver’s suddenly stout rush defense and Peyton Manning’s blessed right arm?


Detail photo of logos from past Super Bowls at the Wilson Sporting Goods football factory on Jan. 19, 2014 in Ada, Ohio. Wilson Sporting Goods has been making all of the Super Bowl footballs since Super Bowl I in 1967. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Keidel: The Super Bowl Is All About Each Of Us Reliving Our Youth

This is what we love about sports, and what we adore about football. We have the zero-sum certainty of the final score, and the game we’ve watched since birth has ballooned into the singular American event.


Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch sits in front of the media during an availability on Jan. 29, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will meet at Super Bowl XLVIII at Metlife Stadium on Feb. 2, 2014. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Keidel: From ‘Beast Mode’ To ‘Least Mode,’ Mute Marshawn A Shame

It’s easy to frame the Marshawn Lynch affair as the quiet athlete pummeled by the press, the self-righteous media wronged by an entitled player who should be honored to be there and to be coveted by the masses. But it’s hardly the case.


Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square (credit: Jason Keidel/CBS Local Sports)

Keidel: Super Bowl-ing On The Boulevard

Everything is larger in New York, and Super Bowl Boulevard is no exception. It has the obscene, fun-house distortion you expect when a party is thrown in Times Square.


Super Bowl Boulevard at 42nd Street. (Photo: Jason Keidel,

Keidel: Boulevard Is Surely A Sight, But So Far This Super Bowl Lacks Sizzle

This game hasn’t grabbed America’s five-second attention span as it normally does. For lack of a more creative characterization, the Super Bowl, up to now, has been boring.


Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos addresses the media on January 26, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Keidel: If Peyton Wins On Sunday, Is He The Greatest QB Ever?

It’s not as toxic a topic as the New York/New Jersey border war, or as socially inflamed as the Richard Sherman saga. But, in a strictly sporting sense, it really is the topic du jour. If he wins Sunday’s Super Bowl, is Peyton Manning the greatest quarterback in NFL history?


MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Keidel: Being A Slave To Weather Gods Is Not What Super Bowl Should Be About

If it took 48 years to get the Super Bowl in a cold-weather state, there’s a reason. It’s a bad reason. This game is meant to be played in warmer weather, for a thousand reasons.


Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks (credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Keidel: Richard Sherman Is Not A Thug

In the days since his rant, Sherman has moonwalked from his outburst. Well, kinda. He didn’t apologize for humiliating Michael Crabtree, but insisted he was sorry for deflecting from his team.


The exterior of Yankee Stadium (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Keidel: There Remains Something Charmingly Evil About This Empire

It seems the Yankees were steadfast in their budgetary discipline. Until they weren’t. And thank goodness for that. Not only are we spoiled Yankees fans better off, but so is baseball.