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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 Tuesday: Knee-Jerking the NFL Draft

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Stamford, CT: Hello May. The month where Mets’ fans realize their team isn’t that good. This weekend we’ll have insufferable hipsters saying “May the 4th be with you” and falling down drunk on Cinco de Mayo. But I’m still thinking about the most intriguing NFL draft in years, and I have a few knee-jerk reactions. Knee-jerks are different […]

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Big Ben Whitney: My Five Best Yankees Games in Person

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BRONXX, NY – Monday night was my first New York Yankees game on the season. Hopefully, they’re turning the bus away from an unexpected detour in Mediocrity City and have set the navigation to Dominationtown. In the meantime, I thought I would re-live the top 5 Yankee games I’ve seen in person. Enjoy. October 1, 2002: Bern […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: Giants Honing in on Saquon Barkley, the Near Perfect Prospect

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Giantland, USA: Saquon Barkley was spotted wearing a New York Giants hoodie in a barber shop over the weekend. He looked glorious. There are a lot of ways the Giants can go, but signs are pointing to Saquon Road. Is he the right pick? My sixteen month old twin daughters are now pretty comfortable on their […]

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Big Ben Whitney: Big Changes for NY Rangers; The Russians are Coming, Viggy Gone

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MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NY – There has been some big New York Rangers news over the past few days; Alain Vigneault is gone and they are bringing back Russian exile Ilya Kolvachuck. If you think I’m talking Rangers because I don’t want to face up to the ugly play of the Yankees, you’d be right. But still, […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: Giants to Stand Pat and Draft Barkley or Darnold

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Stamford, CT: The Big Ragu really saved Villanova last night, eh? But the most interesting thing going on in New York at the moment is the still the NFL draft. There are endless possibilities at the top and the New York Giants and New York Jets are pivotal players. There are four billion ways it […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: Yankees Preview – How Could it Fall Apart for the 2018 Bronx Bombers?

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The Bronx, NY: Ah, baseball season is finally here. It’s time to breakout the grill and the mankini. I’m pretty fired up for this year’s version of the New York Yankees, but I was fired up for the Giants and Rangers too. We know how that ended. Could it all go wrong from my beloved […]

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Big Ben Whitney: Trump Tweets the NFL Draft – What Will Giants, Jets, Browns do?

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WHITE PLAINS, NY  –  This upcoming NFL draft is the most interesting one in these parts in a while. My parts are excited. The Jets plowed into the top three and it looks like the big four QBs will come off the board quickly. Meanwhile, Mueller’s Noose is closing around the neck of our “President.” […]

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Big Ben Freaky Tuesday: Josh McCown, Tom Brady Swap Swap Careers

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Stamford, CT: The QB firedrill is about to kick into high gear, with free agency set to begin on Wednesday. When Kirk Cousins flaps his butterfly wings and chooses his landing spot, the repercussions will flutter across the league. The losers will be scrambling to decide whether to make a push for Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater, […]

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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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