Level the Playing Field

Athletes in the NBA, MLB and NFL are rewarded with a higher average annual salary than any other profession in the United States.  While Cam Newton was paid 41.1 million dollars by the Carolina Panthers in 2016, some government employees including police officers, firefighters and public school teachers struggled to provide for their families. In an…

The Girl in the Pressbox: My sports wishlist

It happens each year. My dad gets a serious look on his face and I know it’s coming but I’m never ready. “What do you want for Christmas?” And then I roll my eyes and say, “It’s only September.” But hey, it’s getting to be that time of the year and it’s never too early…

The Garr Report: Saban is scary good

“You just took 10 years off my life,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said to Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, after his Tide edged out the Aggies 49-42 last Saturday. Sumlin must have been surprised when he heard that. Could there be any better compliment he receives for the rest of his life? Nick Saban,…

Sports reporting: A woman amongst men

I’ve been the only female in the press box. I’ve sat in a room full of men at press conferences. I’ve felt like I haven’t been taken seriously before. There are more like me, but I am definitely in the minority. It doesn’t bother me though. I knew going into the sports writing business that…

My summer in sports: Bez Saciri

The day was May 13 and the time was roughly 1: 30 p.m. I was reading up on the latest transfer news involving English Premier League clubs on my computer, and my phone went off. For me, that does not happen often. When I went to see who it was, it was a number I…

Octagon Control – May 2nd

Welcome to Octagon Control, the official mixed-martial arts podcast of Speakeasy Magazine. The podcast is hosted by Nikolai Gionti and Speakeasy sports writer Chris Manning. The duo uses a three-round format to discuss the latest news in MMA. This week, the duo discusses the legacy of Chael Sonnen, does some fantasy matchmaking in the aftermath…