Mentz’s Minute

Mentz's Minute: This is goodbye

Truth be told, I don’t know how to start this column. I’ve written dozens and dozens of columns before, most of which have been about sports. But this column is different, and I know exactly why: it’s the last column I’ll ever write as editor in chief of The Carroll News.   I started writing…

Mentz's Minute: Collins, Sam setting precedent

Last February, few people knew who Jason Collins and Michael Sam were. And frankly, no one cared.   After all, at the time, Collins was a bench player for the NBA’s Washington Wizards and Sam had just completed his junior season of football at the University of Missouri. Both were athletes, one professional and one…

Mentz's Minute: Thanking the Captain

In the entire history of the sport of baseball, there have been hundreds of thousands of talented, unique players. Therefore, standing out among the rest of the competition isn’t exactly an easy thing to do, yet that’s exactly what Derek Jeter has done for nearly two decades now – and for all the right reasons.…

Mentz's Minute: Cleveland, we have a problem

As recently as three months ago, there was optimism in the Cleveland air surrounding the Cavaliers, their playoff chances in the 2013-14 season and perhaps even the idea of LeBron James returning home in the summer of 2014.   Fast-forward to present day, and that optimism has been buried by snow, frozen over and completely…

Columns: The Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes

Come one, come all – and welcome to the 2014 Masahiro Tanaka Sweepstakes. For the price of roughly $120 million, give or take, your baseball team can have its very own Tanaka. I know what most of you are thinking: What/who in the name of Zeus is Masahiro Tanaka? Let me explain. Masahiro Tanaka is…

Mentz's Minute: No Fun League strikes again

From the beginning of September through early February, almost every single Sunday is highlighted by a full slate of NFL action. With each NFL game comes a unique gameday experience, and that experience begins as soon as you arrive on site of the home stadium. Tailgating is an essential part of the gameday experience; anyone…

Columns: Making the case for Manning

When it comes to debating sports, one of the more popular and overdone questions is, “Who’s the best quarterback in NFL history?” Ask a group of people for their opinions and you’re bound to get answers ranging from Joe Montana to John Elway to Johnny Unitas to Tom Brady. Dan Marino? Maybe. Brett Favre? You…

Mentz's Minute: Notes and tidbits from the 2013 MLB season

  “If you’re lonely when you’re alone, then you’re in bad company,” French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre said. I’m not going to pretend that I ever read any of Sartre’s work (except what I was assigned for class, of course). But, as baffling as philosophy is to me as a whole, I’ve got to admit that…

Mentz's Minute: Say it ain’t so, Mo

The old adage goes, “all good things come to an end,” and that’s certainly the case for New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. The 43-year-old Yankees pitcher is just days away from his final pitch in pinstripes, as he announced before the 2013 season began that this season would, in fact, be his last. In…

Mentz's Minute: Johnny Football and the giant media-stalk

Odds are that if you’ve ever watched an episode of SportsCenter in your life, you’re more than familiar with some of the following names: Tim Tebow, LeBron James, Tiger Woods and now, Johnny (Football) Manziel. As quarterback of one of college football’s best teams, Texas A&M, it’s understandable that Manziel would receive some attention (and…

Mentz's Minute: The final chapter

Hello, hello. It’s been a while since I’ve done this; so, in the words of DJ Kool, let me clear my throat, y’all. Now, in the words of Ari Gold, lets get down to business. Finally, in my own words, let me say this much: It’s great to be back in Cleveland, a city that…

Mentz's Minute: Thank you, Jason Collins

On April 15, 1947, a 28-year-old Jackie Robinson sent shockwaves around the world by breaking racial barriers and becoming the first African-American baseball player to play in the Major Leagues. Sixty six years later on Monday, April 29, Jason Collins of the NBA’s Washington Wizards broke down yet another controversial cultural barrier. Unlike Robinson, Collins…

Mentz's Minute: With Mike Brown at the helm, what’s next for Cavs?

When Byron Scott was fired as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 18, the Cavs’ upward climb from cellar dweller to eventual title contender was immediately put on pause. What once seemed like an incredibly bright future for the Cavs was now suddenly in question, as this young and upcoming team momentarily had…

Mentz's Minute: Cherishing the gift

As a sports guy, I was originally planning on writing this column about Kyrie Irving and the future Cleveland Cavaliers. But, as we’ve all learned by now, life doesn’t always go as planned. And life sure as hell didn’t go as planned for the runners who competed in the Boston Marathon this past Monday, April…