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Jason Keidel

Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with Aaron Harrison #2, Alex Poythress #22 and Andrew Harrison #5. (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Keidel: Kentucky Coach John Calipari Comes Of Age

Calipari embraces the sordid system, uses it, and dominates. He doesn’t pretend he’s taking kids for the leafy campus life, for the diploma that will never arrive, or even for a few classes. He wants talent. And talent he gets. And talented he is.

04/04/2014

Dakari Johnson #44 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives against Darius Carter #12 of the Wichita State Shockers. (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Keidel: March Sadness Ends Cinderella Story

We’re being told this is a classic tournament, with juggernauts about to collide like meteors over Texas, and a classic Final Four in store for us. Depends on your view of classic. Does an Arizona – Florida Finals sound unprecedented? Is that must-see TV?

03/27/2014

The Wichita State Shockers celebrate after beating the Missouri State Bears 68-45. (credit: Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Keidel: Ides (And Idols) Of March

March Madness is a lifeline in an otherwise barren winter sports calendar, an essential bridge between football and baseball

03/21/2014

Jabari Parker #1 of the Duke Blue Devils is congratulated by Rodney Hood #5 and Amile Jefferson #21 after scoring against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. (credit: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Keidel: NBA Needs To Raise Age Restriction

The player, college, and NBA have suffered greatly in quality of play and players. And for every Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett there has been a conga line of lost causes, teens who toiled in Europe or Asia or worse once their hoop dreams melted into memory.

03/07/2014

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Keidel: The NFL, ‘N’ Word, And Censorship

The NFL is considering a heavy tax on it, citing the fact that the gridiron is a workplace, and thus they can control the language and lexicon of its players. It’s probably the most delicate and toxic topic we’ll ever discuss in sports.

02/28/2014

Running back Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens (credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Keidel: Ray Rice Another Crack In NFL Shield

Even by the pro athlete’s subterranean standards, the Ray Rice video was shocking. He made no effort to heal or cradle or care for his unconscious fiancee.

02/21/2014

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.

02/07/2014

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?

01/31/2014

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.

01/30/2014

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

Keidel: Who’s Manning The Helm Better Than Peyton?

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?

01/28/2014

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.

01/24/2014

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Keidel: Final Chapter In Manning Vs. Brady?

No matter who has the edge Sunday, it seems the nation is rooting for Manning, because it’s been harder for him to win, because he’s not so pretty, because he’s considered one of us, because you get the sense that his aw-shucks, southern refrain is real.

01/17/2014

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Keidel: Divisional Round Picks – San Diego Chargers Super Bowl-Bound?

My hands may be white from all the chalk I pick, you know there will be one supreme surprise this week. But where? Since we went 3-1 last week – losing with the wretched Bengals, like everyone else – let’s try our hand at the most heavenly weekend of a most horrible winter.

01/10/2014

Aaron Rodgers (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Keidel: From Foles To The Frozen Tundra – Wild Card Weekend

Every game this weekend has fascinating plots, from Cincinnati trying to break their playoff futility to the Frozen Tundra earning its sobriquet with a 30-below wind chill expected Sunday.

01/03/2014

Tony Romo (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Keidel: The Loneliest Star In The Lone Star State

Despite their dearth of recent success, all eyes will be on the Cowboys. For the karma and the drama, for better or worse, they are America’s team. Mostly for worse. Just watch on Sunday.

12/27/2013

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