Author: Mark Knudson

The Mark Knudson Column: Sorry East Coasters, Mike And Mad Dog Didn’t Invent Sports Debate Radio…Meet Woody, Irv and Joe

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com Out here in the Wild Wild West, we’ve come to understand that every single good thing in the sports universe got its start on America’s east coast… and remains there. The east coast has the best teams, the best players and the best fans. We get it. And once again we’ve been reminded by the Eastern Sports Programming Network that sports media – specifically the sports talk radio “debate” genre – was invented and perfected in the Big Apple, circa 1989. That’s when sports reporters Mike Francesa and Chris Russo were teamed...

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The Mark Knudson Column: National League’s Top Manager For First Half Of The Season? Hint: He’s Not In The NL West

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to woodypaige.com  The Colorado Rockies shot out of the gate, shocking baseball observers who expected more of the same mediocrity from a team that’s historically been relegated to watching the post season from the couch. They’re now in the driver’s seat for a National League play-off spot. Same with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have fashioned a remarkable comeback season after firing most everyone in the front office after at dreadful 2016. Both Rockies skipper Bud Black and D-Backs head man Torey Lovullo have been handed imaginary “NL Manager of the Year” awards at various...

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The Mark Knudson Column: Veterans Not Invited – Home Run Derby Should Belong To Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger And Baseball’s Young Stars

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to woodypaige.com  Rookie sensation Aaron Judge has taken New York Yankees fans on a thrill ride during the first half of the 2017 baseball season. Already with a new franchise rookie-record 30 homers at the break, Judge capped his amazing first half by winning the All-Star Home Run Derby. He’s got to start in the All-Star game, too. Judge is what the Derby is and should always be all about – big, powerful…and fresh faced. You can say the same thing about runner-up Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins, as well as semi-finalists Cody...

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The Mark Knudson Column: NFL Owners Are Hypocrites For Blackballing Colin Kaepernick

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to woodypaige.com  There was a time not too many seasons ago when Colin Kaepernick was among the best young quarterbacks in the National Football League. That time is not now, not anymore. After leading the San Francisco 49’ers to the Super Bowl and nearly pulling off a miracle comeback to win it, Kaepernick’s career began to slide downhill. First the 49’ers went through a regime change that resulted the loss of his head coach, Jim Harbaugh at the end of the 2014 season. Then, more importantly, Kaepernick was injured midway through the 2015 season...

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The Mark Knudson Column: MLB’s Best Division Won’t Be Won Easily – Dodgers, D-Backs And Rockies All Have Work To Do

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com Not many around Major League Baseball would dispute that the Los Angeles Dodgers are the best team in baseball’s best division, the National League West. As good as they are however, the Dodgers are still not a lock to capture their fifth straight NL West crown. There’s some stiff competition and as they say, “a lot of baseball left to be played.” LA still has a daunting stretch that lies ahead. The teams chasing the Dodgers – the upstart Arizona Diamondbacks and the surprising Colorado Rockies – have a Rocky Mountain to climb...

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