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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’s Sports Oscars: Kobe Bryant Won an Oscar, But These Teams Got Snubbed

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – Scrolling through Twitter late Sunday night I called out to my wife, “Kobe Bryant won an Oscar and Larry Bird got snubbed?” “No,” dumbass, “Lady Bird got snubbed. But Kobe did win an Oscar.” Well, I didn’t see that coming, and it wasn’t great timing for the #MeToo movement. But hey, in […]

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Big Ben Whitney: 5 Reasons Trump Hates Yankee Stadium Netting, Los Mets

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The Bronx, NY: Last September at Yankee Stadium, a 2-year-old girl was hit by screaming foul ball into into the left field seats off the bat of Todd Frazier. In response, the New York Yankees have added additional netting down both foul lines. While the move was widely lauded, it didn’t please everyone. Some fans complained […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: Amazing PyeongChang-ing and an Epic Celebration in Philly

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Stamford, CT: We’re smack in the doldrums of post football, pre-baseball February, which is especially sucky when the Rangers and Knicks are both cooked. But there is plenty going on. Fergie sang a weird, sexy version of the national anthem; Lebron James lead the East to an All-Star victory; people are still trying to figure out […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: The QB Shuffle Heats Up, What Will the Giants Do?

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Mount Doom, Mordor: Now that the NFL season is over, the QB Shuffle is about to heat up. With a strong crop of young guns coming out of college and a plethora of teams in need of a competent QB, the jockeying for position is sure to be intense. Not as intense as the Philly […]

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Big Ben’s Super Bowl Recap: Brick Hands Brady Terminated by Pederson’s Mighty Balls

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Now that the Super Bowl is over, it’s time to talk about the Knicks. They suck. Now back to football. That game had more plot twists than the episode of This is Us that followed. You know, according to my wife. I didn’t watch it. Anyhoo, let’s try to make some sense of one wild […]

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Big Ben’s Worst Super Bowl Match-up Ever Preview: Getting in Brady’s Head, What’s a Giants Fan To Do? Go Pats?!

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – I am trying to find something to care about in the Worst Super Bowl Match-up Ever. When I heard about Tom Brady’s hand injury ahead of the AFC Championship Game, it seemed like classic Belichick superfuge. This is a guy who does not use the “probable” designation or give more than a […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: Things to do Instead of Watching the Worst Case Super Bowl

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  ANYWHERE BUT MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Man, I should have found a reason to boycott this NFL season. Jacksonville had Michael Myers on his back, but instead of driving the knife into his chest, they ran away and let him get up to kill again. But Mike’s killing spree was nothing compared to the Bloodbath […]

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Big Ben Whitney: The Wild Vikings Finish in Minnesota Needs a Nickname

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The walk off touchdown by the Minnesota Vikings was one memorable play. But it needs a good nickname like “The Catch,” “The Immaculate Reception,” and “The Holy Roller.” I’ve heard it called “The Miracle in Minneapolis“ but that’s too close to “The Music City Miracle.” We can do better. I’ve scoured the interwebs, […]

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Big Ben’s Wildcard Ramblings: Saints and Giants Trading Places, Belichick Losing it, Andy Reid Chokes Again

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STAMFORD, CT – I don’t know who told you I forget to write something for today, but it’s a lie. A very stable genius like me would never forget, in spite of a late hockey game and one-year old twins who just would not let me sleep last night. I’m not stalling at all right […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: A Wacky NFL Week 17 and Knee Jerk Wildcard Predictions

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Buffalo, NY: Happy New Year! Thanks for reading, Mom. May 2018 bring joy to you all, even Mets fans. NFL Week 17 brought a wild finish in the AFC, with four teams finishing 9-7. But the better wildcard games should be in the wide open NFC. Let’s try to make sense of some of the […]

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