Jason Keidel

Alex Rodriguez (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Keidel: Let’s Give A-Rod A Chance To Tip His Cap And Redeem Himself

At the risk of public redundancy and personal duplicity, I say give Alex Rodriguez a chance. A chance to show his face. A chance to swat a single to win a game.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. attends the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Keidel: The Money And Mouth Of Mayweather

In the endless nuance, childish pride, and politics of the most-publicly and endlessly negotiated sporting event in human history, semantics matter. More than the money, more than the fight, more than legacy.

02/20/2015

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Melanie Fidler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Knicks’, Fans’ Obsession With Melo Has Done This Franchise Great Harm

What have the Knicks done over the last decade to earn your time, trust or cash? Is your income so disposable that you can drop a grand to watch the home team get vaporized by sub-.500 clubs?

02/20/2015

Alex Rodriguez (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Keidel: A Tale Of Two Empires — Yankees, Rodriguez Deserve Each Other

This isn’t just about A-Rod or the public’s contempt for him. This is a treatise on the fall of two empires — A-Rod the man and brand, and the Yankees.

02/19/2015

Jorge Posada of the New York Yankees hits a two-run single against in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sept. 21, 2011 at Yankee Stadium. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Keidel: Yankees Putting Jorge Posada In Monument Park Is Just Absurd

I guess Butch Wynegar wasn’t available. The Yankees, who wear the most celebrated uniform on Earth, are handing out plaques like popcorn during a doubleheader.

02/17/2015

Shaquille O'Neal, Ernest Johnson Jr., Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley speak onstage as Fall Out Boy takes the stage at American Express All-Star Live at Hammerstein Ballroom broadcast live on TNT to tip-off NBA All-Star 2015 on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for American Express)

Keidel: Certain Irony To Having NBA All-Star Game In New York City

There’s a certain irony to having the NBA All-Star game in New York City. For more years than we New Yorkers care to admit, both NYC and MSG have been basketball mausoleums, places where hoop dreams go to die.

02/13/2015

The scoreboard at the Thomas & Mack Center displays a message in support of former UNLV head basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian before a game between the Fresno State Bulldogs and the UNLV Rebels on February 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Keidel: Reflecting On The Special Soul That Was Jerry Tarkanian

Maybe Jerry Tarkanian can’t be fit for halos. But if there’s a heaven, he’s in it.

02/12/2015

NFL Films creator Ed Sabol waves to the fans at the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony on August 6, 2011 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Keidel: Ed Sabol Made The NFL The Visceral, Unforgettable Experience It Is

Ed Sabol lit the NFL fuse with his fusion of prose, promotion, and prophecy. It’s not embellishing to say that Sabol did more to propagate pro football than Pete Rozelle.

02/11/2015

Knicks owner James Dolan (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Keidel: Dolan’s Unacceptable Behavior Resembles That Of A Social Media Troll

Calling a customer a possible alcoholic and questioning his influence over his family is exactly what Fan Guy does, not an entrenched member of the aristocracy.

02/09/2015

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 13: Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on while taking on Marcos Maidana during their WBC/WBA welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: Final Round For Manny And Mayweather

A report just crawled across my flatscreen, with Bob Arum asserting that the dueling networks, HBO and Showtime, have basically agreed on broadcasting rights for a Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao bout in May.

02/06/2015

Marcus Mariota of the Oregon Ducks scrambles in the first half against the Arizona Wildcats during the PAC-12 Championships at Levi's Stadium on December 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Keidel: Jets Better Be Damn Sure Either Way If Mariota Falls To Them At No. 6

The Jets have the sixth pick. No doubt there will be a stud sitting in a cheap suit, flanked by family and friends and agents. It’s Gang Green’s job to find out which one can actually graduate from Saturday to Sunday.

02/05/2015

Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks looks dejected after defeat to the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Keidel: Pete Carroll Should Have Admitted He Made A Mistake

Failure teaches us infinitely more than success does. And if Carroll wants more of the latter, he has to admit the former.

02/03/2015

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots celebrates with head coach Bill Belichick after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Keidel: Seahawks’ Stupidity Shouldn’t Overshadow The Greatness Of Brady

We can now finally and forever say that Tom Brady broke through that historical membrane between three and four Lombardi Trophies, which just made him part of a most holy trinity of quarterbacks.

02/02/2015

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images); Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Keidel: Old Adage Will Again Be Proven True — Seahawks Win With ‘D,’ Ground Game

All Super Bowls need a gridiron narrative, and this one has a few. We have the Patriots’ pyrotechnic offense against Seattle’s wrecking ball defense, red zone efficiency, turnovers, and New England’s quest to stop Marshawn Lynch.

01/31/2015

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 27: Boxers, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather on January 27, 2015 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: Perfect Confluence Of Timing, Talent, History For Mayweather

Floyd, you’re great. While I can’t concede the greatest, and I wince when you compare yourself favorably to The Greatest (Muhammad Ali), I’ll give it that you’re the best of your time.

01/30/2015

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