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Sports | The Tim Tebow circus is headed for New England
by Mark Bergin
Posted 6/14/13, 01:00 am

When the New York Jets released backup quarterback Tim Tebow in late April, the two-time national champion in college suddenly found himself in a national silence. The phone simply didn’t ring. NFL teams appeared uninterested in signing a player whose 13-month stint with the Jets proved more distraction than production. Tebow took only 70 offensive snaps last season as the team languished to a 6-10 record. The general manager who acquired Tebow and the offensive coordinator who failed to use him were fired. Who would dare take a similar risk?

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Swing and miss

Sports | A wrong-headed remark recalls the moment that changed the face of golf
by Mark Bergin
Posted 5/31/13, 01:00 am

Tiger Woods knows the pain of public humiliation. The world’s best golfer has seen the worst of his life’s indiscretions splashed across most every media page around the globe. Nevertheless, when recently given an opportunity to forgive an indiscretion from a fellow competitor, Woods chose to pile on instead.

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Odd man out

Sports | The scorn many expected for the NBA’s first openly gay player has instead befallen an openly Christian pundit
by Mark Bergin
Posted 5/03/13, 01:00 am

For years, even decades, talking heads have speculated over what grief lay ahead for the first openly gay athlete in one of the nation’s three largest sports. They imagined scenarios something akin to the rancor Jackie Robinson endured when he broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947. Depictions of Robinson’s hellish experience sit fresh in many minds thanks to the recent release of the motion picture 42.

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