The Sporting Iconoclast
Challenging the conventional wisdom, sowing new ideas, sending some old ones to the compost heap

Archive for February 2010

Why not let players who leave early for the pros return to college and play when their careers are over?

February 20, 2010

By Ed Cohen Imagine if instead of playing two forgettable seasons for the Washington Wizards, Michael Jordan had come out of retirement and gone back to…North Carolina. As in the University of. And that he played basketball for his alma mater again at age 39. Why not? Well, assuming he would have even wanted to, […]

‘NBA Cares’ commercial’s sentiment is nice but nonsense

February 19, 2010

By Ed Cohen Have you seen the “NBA Cares” commercial in which children and NBA stars solemnly declare that basketball is more than a game, that it’s filled with lessons for life? The message is that virtues like discipline, teamwork and hard work help you succeed not only on the court but in life. Fair […]

Olympic Games to drop all judged events – I wish

February 7, 2010

By Ed Cohen From my series of Sports News Stories I’d Like to See. And soon. LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The days when Olympic athletes and spectators waited anxiously for judges to decide whether a performance was medal-worthy are over. In a move considered long overdue by many sports analysts – most notably Ed Cohen of […]