Author Archive for Ben Whitney

Ben Whitney comes from journalistic stock. Aside from his brothers, rumor has that his great-great grandfather was the youngest brother of Eli Whitney and covered the earliest "rounders" games. Big Ben is also another New York Rugby Club player/pal of Different Matt, Short Matt and Junoir Blaber. He likes film noir discussions, has twin girls and took up ice hockey after retiring from rugby.

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Big Ben: Die Hard Proves NHL Superior to MLB

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STAMFORD, CT – As superfan Laila kissed the Cup during the Blues’ championship celebration, a tear rolled down my face. This was the first tear I’ve shed since I was six, when my dog Dozer was hit by a car. It was a heartwarming moment. (Laila, not Dozer.) As we move past eventful NBA and […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: NBA, NHL Finals Drama, KD and Get Well Big Papi

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STAMFORD, CT – If this were a real blog, we would have an editor and maybe some occasional support. But here at MTM, we have an annoying jackass who stops by one a month to give us a hard time about capitalizing the “d” in deGrom or not capitalizing the “B” in LeBron. It is […]

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Big Ben Special: St Louis Blues 1 Win From Stanley Cup as Berube Works Over Refs

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BOSTON, MA – The Blues won game 5 in Boston, 2-1, taking a 3 games to 2 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. The game was not without controversy as the refs kept their whistles in their pockets for several plays that could have been penalties. After St. Louis Blues coach Craig Berube complained about […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: The NBA Finals and Five Annoying Things about Basketball

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Toronto, Ontario: I watched the first two games of the NBA Finals, which brings my season total of playoff games watched to two. This is mainly because hockey is about 78,000 times better, but it didn’t take me to long to realize I was way out of my element when I predicted an easy finals for […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: Boston Sucks, NHL and NBA Finals Predictions

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STAMFORD, CT – Billy Buckner died on Monday at 69 of dementia. If you were treated like Buckner by the Boston fans and media, you might want to forget who you were, too. Sure, they “forgave” him and gave him the #StandingOvation in 2008, but we all know that never would have happened had the […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: The Ranch Accident and Bleak Outlook for the Mets

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Flushing, Toilet: I’m back from a hockey weekend in Nashville where my mighty beer league team managed one tie in three games. After a brutal travel day with delays and broken airplane air conditioners, I rushed home to catch a disappointing Game of Thrones finale. I should have stayed there. But here I am on […]

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Big Ben: Searching for the Next Ovibender; Stanley Cup Bingers

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SAN JOSE, CA: When the Caps won the Stanley Cup last season, Alexander Ovechkin went on a month long celebratory bender. In the process, he transformed himself from weird Russian buddy of Putin, to a partying legend. I’m looking at the four remaining teams in the NHL playoffs to see if anyone can pick up […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: The Rangers Reboot Looks Promising, but Patience is Needed

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Madison Square Garden, NYC: The NHL playoffs are providing thrilling games on a nightly basis and some surprising teams are muscling their way into the final four. Meanwhile in Gotham, the New York Rangers continue to stockpile assets and position themselves to make a run at the big silver cup in the years to come. […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: Dave “The Dunce” Gettleman’s Nonsensical Post-Draft Babbling Horrifies Giants’ Fans

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East Rutherford, NJ: I’ve been trying to talk myself into the pick of Eli Jr. since the draft. If the New York Giants identified Daniel Jones as the guy, Dave Gettleman had to make sure to get him at six. But several things have chipped away at my efforts to be positive, not the least […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: Wide Open NHL Playoffs, Yankees All-Star DL Lineup

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TAMPA BAY, FL – You thought your NCAA bracket was busted, how’s your NHL bracket looking? The top teams are getting knocked off like Yankees regulars and the NHL playoffs are wide pucking open. The top two teams are out. The two teams with the next best records, the Caps and Bruins, are going to […]

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