7/21: Baseball Thrown Out as America’s Pastime?

By John Sparks Has baseball lost its place as America’s pastime?  CBS Sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist, who admits he’s lost enthusiasm for baseball, talks to the Marist Poll’s John Sparks about why and shares his thoughts, both, on the proposed realignment of the American and National Leagues and this year’s pennant races. John Sparks Verne, […]

1/25: Welcome to the World of Sports Signings!

If ever there was a blank slate, I was one. It was June of 2009, and I found myself amid a crowd of basketball fans at my local shopping mall.  No, there wasn’t a sale at Modell’s, Champs, Foot Locker, or any other sporting goods store.  We were gathered for an autograph signing by former […]

10/1: College Football in the Lone Star State

By John Sparks **Editor’s note—in the interest of full disclosure, in addition to being part of the Marist Poll team, the author is also on the faculty of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. Something strange is in the air.  It’s the final week of September in Texas. No one […]

7/7: Kids and Sports

By John Sparks Carol Anne Riddell is a veteran reporter who specializes in issues dealing with children.  She is also a mother.  And, when she talked with the Marist Poll’s John Sparks, they discussed sports and what it teaches our children.  Listen to the interview or read the transcript below. John Sparks Carol Anne, the […]

9/2: Is This the Year?

By Dr. Lee M. Miringoff If this fall’s re-election campaigns of NYC Mayor Bloomberg and NJ Governor Corzine don’t provide sufficient distraction for the staff at The Marist Poll, you can count on the intense rivalry of baseball’s “Three Hundred Club” to test the statistical savvy of Poughkeepsie’s pollsters.  Dating back to 1949, two Boston […]