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Venkataraman: Leicester who?

Like Worcestershire sauce or Gloucester, Massachusetts, the apparent birthplace of the pink lawn flamingo, the “ces” in Leicester is silent. Located in the East Midlands of England, in the ceremonial county of Leicestershire (pronounced similarly), Leicester is a city of roughly 340,000 residents. And Leicester City, the hometown football club for the city, are apparently…

Venkataraman: QB gamble too risky

The quarterback position has always been the most glamorous in football. From the days of Namath and Unitas to the present, the quarterback has always been the erstwhile face of the franchise, the leader of the team, the guy who takes credit when the team does well and also the guy who suffers the majority…

Venkataraman: 73, 60

Folks more capable than I will analyze, comment on and wax poetic about the Golden State Warriors and their mind-melding 73rd win of the season, about Stephen Curry’s induction into the hallowed 50-45-90 club and his 402 three-point baskets and his 30.0 PPG scoring average and his ridonkulous PER. I will say this: I watched much…

Venkataraman: The pressure of history

I’ve seen many a team spring a leak due to unmanageable expectations. I’ve watched with my own eyes as passes that would otherwise be caught uncharacteristically bounce off the hands, as simple throws that a QB makes in his sleep find themselves sailing over receivers’ heads, as shots that barely even touch the rim in…