Barnabas Piper

Barnabas is a former WORLD correspondent.

 

Associated Press/Photo by Jae C. Hong

The right kind of 'code' for men to live by

Sports
by Barnabas Piper
Posted 4/01/16, 12:51 pm

The locker room is a haven, a safe place for athletes. It’s an exclusive, members-only club of sorts, and what happens there between teammates generally stays locked away. For the most part this is fine, and it’s definitely necessary for athletes in an age when every publication, website, and TV network wants to know their personal business.

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Associated Press/Photos by (LaRoche) Ross D. Franklin and (Curry) Kelvin Kuo

Seeing the business side of sports for what it is

Sports
by Barnabas Piper
Posted 3/25/16, 02:56 pm

Adam LaRoche was a solid major league first baseman for more than a decade. After a rough time with the Chicago White Sox last year he hoped to bounce back this season. But a couple weeks ago LaRoche abruptly retired for personal reasons. A few days later we discovered that team management asked him to stop bringing his teenage son to the clubhouse, which he previously had permission to do. LaRoche decided he had to choose between baseball and family, so he chose family.

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Associated Press/Photo by Charlie Neibergall

Reject parity in basketball and in life

Sports
by Barnabas Piper
Posted 3/17/16, 11:53 am

I hope you have your brackets ready. It’s NCAA Tournament time! Sixty-eight teams started out looking for their “one shining moment,” and in a few weeks only one will be crowned champion. Each team has a chance to win, at least technically speaking. But not really, not usually.

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