• Blog: Running As Punishment Does Nobody Any Good

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor October 2012

    When I played freshman basketball at a Catholic high school in Wisconsin back in the 1980s, one of my teammates earned the nickname "Plop" because of the sound his flat feet made when we ran laps around the gym. I remember running laps around that gym with "Plop" and the rest of my teammates a lot, often as punishment for forgotten indiscretions; in fact, the running is what sticks out most about that season - which was my last playing organized hoops.

  • Fighting in Ice Hockey Faces Unprecedented Scrutiny

    by Paul Steinbach April 2012

    Derek Boogaard's brain is handled with care these days. It resides with dozens of others at Boston University, donated to the Sports Legacy Institute so that it might be studied for signs of long-term damage.

  • How to Weed Out Trouble-Making High School Sports Fans

    by Michael Popke March 2012

    In a brief but volatile confrontation with a referee officiating his daughter's basketball game at Albuquerque, N.M.'s Volcano Vista High School in January, Paul Alfaro flung a vulgarity the official's way.

  • 'Battle of the Fans' Seeks Top High School Cheering Section

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor January 2012

    Who says school spirit is dead? Not students at the five Michigan high schools that have made it to the finals of that state's inaugural "Battle of the Fans." Developed by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the contest seeks to recognize the top student cheering section in the state. Organized by MHSAA staff and its 16-member Student Advisory Council, it will reward the section that best exemplifies the positive and festive atmosphere created when students show enthusiasm, unity and sportsmanship while rooting for their school's basketball teams.

  • Politics Pollute Inaugural Youth Olympic Games

    by Michael Popke August 2010

    Iran was accused of putting politics before sports at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore on Sunday after withdrawing from a taekwondo final against Israel. The Iranian delegation told the Games' internal news service that Mohammad Soleimani did not compete because of injury, while Israel called the withdrawal politically motivated. "My understanding is that he was taken to [a] hospital and unable to compete," International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams told the Associated Press.

  • Debate Brews at Syracuse Over the Practice of Retiring Numbers

    by Paul Steinbach February 2009

    The debate over whether retiring a number is considered historic preservation or lost legacy heats up at Syracruse University.

  • NFL Already Late In Announcing Fan Code of Conduct

    by Paul Steinbach August 2008

    When the NFL announced a league-wide fan code of conduct, it was already playing catch-up.

  • Abusive Student Sections Drawing Attention from Outside the Arena

    by Paul Steinbach April 2008

    Abusive student sections are drawing attention from outside the arena.

  • Mass. Lawmakers Propose Sportsmanship Bill

    by Michael Popke March 2008

    Massachusetts lawmakers hope a proposed bill will help student-athletes behave better on and off the field.

  • Founder of Discusses Hazing

    by Paul Steinbach February 2008

    Founder of the tongue-in-cheek web site,, speaks seriously about hazing.