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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: Covid Sports Changes We Should Keep, Yankees Rolling, NFL Injuries

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STAMFORD, CT –When Angry Ward and Dude (get well soon) were falling over each other to predict the doom of all sports in 2020, I was here to reassure you. Maybe it’s because as much as 90% of positive PCR tests might not mean much, according to the #failingNYTimes, but let’s not go down that […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: Go With It or Nah, That’s Horse Sh!t – Week One Knee-Jerks

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STAMFORD, CT – Week 1 of the NFL season is usually pretty tough to predict. Throw in no preseason, no fans, players opting out, and plenty of player and coach movement, and this one was even tougher. We saw some expected dysfunctional teams looking quite functional (Jax, Wash), some powerhouses looking powerful (NO, Balt, KC), […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: If 2020 Were A… New York Sports Edition

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Stamford, CT: If 2020 were a Saturday Night Live cast member, it would be Gilbert Godfried. You all know the “If 2020 Were A…” game. Let’s play, NY Sports Edition. If 2020 Were… A New York Yankee, it would be Giancarlo Stanton. When the Yanks acquired Stanton, many joked/fumed that Jeter was still on the […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: A Controversial Look-Back at Five Fired Sports Pundits/Contributors

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MTM HQ – Last week, I ruffled some feathers and got a stern text from Short Matt. It really pissed me off (not really, but go with me) and made me want to double-down and offend even more people this week. But I got sidetracked wondering if anyone had ever gotten 86’ed from this thankless […]

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Big Ben: Covid-Ranting, 77 NFL Players Test Positive then Negative, Election Day Meteor

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WARREN, VT – I’m on vacation in Vermont. I saw a bear banging at the dumpster right by our condo. She was large. And I just read that 77 NFL players Tested Positive for the Coronavirus. Crap, the season is in trouble! Er, hold on. It seems that a Jersey lab screwed up. They were […]

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Big Ben: Astros Can’t Hit Without Stealing Signs, Red Sox Pitching Woes, Isles Try to Steal Stanley Cup

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STAMFORD, CT –  MLB could have easily pulled the plug on the season when Marlins and Cardinals were testing positive right and left. But kudos to them for sticking to the plan and pressing on. There is a lot to like in this weird season, including some Struggling ‘Stros and Sucking Sox. And as a […]

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Big Ben Grateful Tuesday: NY Rangers Hit the Jackpot in Alexis Lafrenière

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STAMFORD, CT -Tropical storm Isaias took out a few telephone poles and trees in my neighborhood and I’ve been without power for a week. Crews keep coming to “access” but no one ever comes to fix. It’s the fixing that’s important, really. It would be easy to be all #2020Sucks and most certainly, it does. […]

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Big Ben: Bombers Bombing in Bumpy Season, Rangers on the Brink, Swan Song for The King

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STAMFORD CT – The New York Yankees are storming through a season that might get shut down before it gets going. The New York Rangers are one game away from being ousted in a Stanley Cup tournament that looks like it will have a champion. I might be a week or so away from going […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: Hiding from ‘Rona in NHL Bubble, Yankees Pitching Problems

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STAMFORD, CT – Friday was my 10-year wedding anniversary. My wife and I both forgot. #2020. The big news is several thousand Florida Marlins tested positive and the baseball season is already in jeopardy. God, I’m sick of this crap. I really want to write about our inept government response on every level and the […]

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Big Ben Tuesday: Sports are Almost Back – Weirdness in the NBA Bubble, NHL August Insanity, Short MLB Season with Quirks

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The Bubble with Ugly Anna, Undisclosed Location: Don’t look now folks, but we are a mere two days from baseball and a little over a week away from basketball and hockey. Giddy effin up. Our national nightmare of no team sports is nearly over. NBA players didn’t hesitate to start whining about the torturous conditions […]

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