Manual RedEye

Soap Box: Game Over

Shelby Dixon

May 17, 2010

Baseball has changed. The national pastime has once again shifted back towards the “Golden Age” that my father and grandfather grew up in. It was a time where pitching and defense reigned supreme and one power hitter couldn’t...

Soap Box: 40 Days of Hell

Shelby Dixon

May 17, 2010

It’s postseason time in the NBA and we all know what that means. It means being held captive for two months, (the league's advertising campaign is "40 days and 40 nights of NBA Basketball") while the league rakes in advertising...

Soap Box: a Shocking Occurrence

Shelby Dixon

May 11, 2010

It has been a source of national criticism and debating. During a May 3 game between the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals, seventeen year-old Phillies fan, Steve Consalvi, ran on to the field during the eighth inning. Af...

Soap Box: Taking the High Road

Shelby Dixon

May 3, 2010

Sometimes, superstar athletes have a propensity to be egotistical, arrogant and crude. And when you are as talented as LeBron James is, when you have garnered the global recognition he has, when you have dominated your sport...

Soap Box: Manny-being-Manny? No, Manny-being-Worthless

Shelby Dixon

March 16, 2010

With the start of the major league baseball season right around the corner, rumors are flying around. Players are worried about being traded, renewing their contracts, teams are worried about injuries and chemistry. With spring training in ...

Soap Box: Lackluster Shining

Shelby Dixon

March 6, 2010

It is time for the charade to stop. The gimmick is up. The joke that is the NBA All-Star Saturday Night is no longer funny. The evening, which included a H.O.R.S.E. competition, three-point contest, point guard skill challenge, a...

Soap Box: A Victory Earned

Shelby Dixon

March 6, 2010

Before I issue the obligatory congratulations to the New Orleans Saints for winning the Super Bowl, I must say that I predicted against them. Despite my immense hope that they would win, I picked against the Saints. After looking...

Soap Box: Dey Need It

Shelby Dixon

March 6, 2010

“Who dat, say dey gonna beat dem Saints?” It is the proverbial rallying cry of New Orleans Saints fans. And as the team prepares for its first Super Bowl appearance since its inception in 1966, the answer would appear to be t...

Soap Box: The Perfect Legend

Shelby Dixon

January 24, 2010

As members of the New Orleans Saints watched kicker Garrett Hartley’s field goal sail into the uprights in overtime of the NFC Championship Game, the camera panned to Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. And in his eyes, you could s...

Soap Box: Professional Idiot

Shelby Dixon

January 17, 2010

Why do professional athletes make it a habit to do stupid things? Why is it that these role models continually make fools of themselves by breaking laws, acting inappropriately and otherwise causing a ruckus? On Thursday, January 14, 2010, ...

Soap Box: McGwire’s Shame

Shelby Dixon

January 10, 2010

This week, Mark McGwire thrust himself back into the public spotlight, bringing back memories from the glory days. You know, McGwire and Sammy Sosa slugging it out in the summer of 1998, chasing one of the most hallowed records in all of sp...