College football is supposed to be back “home” in 2021, but my fandom hasn’t recovered from 2020.

College football has been my favorite sport for as long as I’ve been watching sports. One of the first memories I have of watching sports was the fall of 1988, when I was six, and my Notre Dame alum Dad was celebrating their wins over Miami and then West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl to win the national title.

Every August since has been spent reading preview magazines, going over the first week schedules, and counting down the minutes until it returned. …


The FedEx Cup playoffs started today and it’s hard to overstate how little I care.

The PGA Tour has been trying to make fetch happen with the FedEx Cup playoffs for 15 years. It hasn’t worked. It didn’t work when it was in September. It won’t work when it’s in August.

Similar to how NASCAR’s playoffs have failed to boost its struggling fall schedule, the PGA’s efforts to gain an audience during football season simply have not succeeded. It’s similar because people watch a golf tournament or a NASCAR race to see who will win that race. …


If ballots were counted on time in 2020, Joe Biden would’ve won before bedtime on Election Night.

The collective political news media, as well as too much of the general public, seem to forget how Republicans engineered a “close” election where one didn’t actually exist. The “red mirage” was discussed for weeks, if not months, as Republicans fought the counting of mail-in ballots prior to Election Day in key states such as Pennsylvania and Georgia.

As we saw on Election Night, it was actually very easy to count ballots prior to Election Day. Florida, which had been processing mail-in ballots…


Horse racing is one of my favorite sports and it can be impossible to defend.

My wife, like millions of others across the country, loathes horse racing. They only see and hear the bad news, like horses breaking down at Santa Anita or drug cheats like Bob Baffert. They liken it to animal abuse and, if that’s all you see, it’s hard to argue.

For me as a fan of the sport, I view it differently. I see horses that love run and the vast majority of humans around them that care for their horses. I see the trainers and…


“Life is short” used to be a cliché. It’s now a fact of life.

If the COVID-19 pandemic taught us anything, it’s that our time on Earth is short and precious. We’ve lost more than a year to the pandemic and the impact will be felt for the rest of our lives. None of us that lived through this pandemic will ever be the same. And that’s okay.

Regardless of how you personally dealt with the pandemic, or if you were fortunate enough to avoid personal loss, the past 15 months have been hard. We’ve lost hundreds of thousands of…


All that’s left when it comes to TV ratings is sports, and that’s rapidly becoming a problem.

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged for the past 15 months, everything is now altered forever. When it comes to television, it appears the pandemic was finally the tipping point for the long-feared and much-discussed cord cutting.

With a dearth of new shows on broadcast and cable, millions flocked to streaming services for their entertainment fix. …


American sports fans have been mistreated for decades and they do nothing about it.

In other countries, fans understand the power of their collective voice and they use it. Soccer fans in Germany pushed back successfully against the Bundesliga moving around game times for television. The doomed European Super League met its fate because soccer fans across the continent rose up as one to express their extreme displeasure.

Things reached a dramatic new boiling point on the fabled grounds of Old Trafford when Manchester United fans broke into the stadium before a big game against Liverpool and took over the…


“This is a great-to-be-alive kind of moment” said Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

The Jags drafted generational QB Trevor Lawrence at the 2021 NFL Draft. It was a historic moment for Khan and the franchise. Having that pick gave them the ability to hire Urban Meyer. Suddenly, the NFL’s worst-run franchise in the smallest city with the smallest fanbase is now the envy of the pro football world.

None of it feels right.

Khan has terribly mismanaged the Jags for far too long. Just a few years ago, the team was in the AFC Championship Game, taking the Patriots to the…


LeBron and Luka are upset because the NBA is making them earn their playoff entry. And I love it.

At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of the NBA’s play-in tournament for the 7–10 seeds in each conference. It felt like a gimmick. The regular season doesn’t mean that much in the NBA, and I wasn’t sold on this making any impact.

I’m here to say I could not have been more wrong, as the negative comments from LeBron and Luka in recent weeks reveal.

Both star players are upset because they feel that a whole season should not…


I wanted to start writing this today. I almost put it off until tomorrow. I didn’t.

For the vast majority of my life, I have procrastinated. Anything and everything, it’s easier to do something later. I procrastinate too much. Whether it was big, important things in my life, or menial tasks like emptying the dishwasher or folding laundry, I put it off.

The last year and counting have changed me. I no longer feel like procrastinating. I feel like it’s time to start doing stuff.

COVID-19 has changed so much about our world, and that’s been a huge focus as…

Sean O'Leary

Life ain't chess.

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