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Ben Shapiro is a freelance writer who has been living in New York City since September of 2000. Originally from Northampton Massachusetts, he remains a loyal Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and New England Patriots fan in spite of his mailing address.

He writes his own Red Sox blog that can be found on www.masslive.com or followed on Twitter @redsoxmonster


He is also passionate about politics, food, wine, music and his dog Max.

Entries by Ben Shapiro

Stop Telling Clippers Players the 'Right' Way to Handle Donald Sterling's Comments

(8) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 8:01 PM

At this point, the last thing anyone needs to read is another column or expose on the overt and repugnant racism allegedly displayed by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

We get it -- he's has no place as an NBA owner. At this point most people know, or...

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Michael Sam, Manliness, and Those Anonymous NFL Executives and Coaches

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 6:22 PM

Missouri All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam didn't go on a fact-finding mission to see if the NFL, and NFL team executives felt ready to deal with a college All-American and legitimate NFL prospect who just happened to be a gay man.

Nope, he just decided that he was proud...

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The St.Louis Cardinals: An Iconic Baseball Franchise Can't Escape Its Angry, Modern Fan Base

(6) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 6:27 PM

There's no questioning the history, success or relevance of the St. Louis Cardinals.

One of Major League Baseball's oldest franchises, the Cardinals are also among its most decorated.

The Cardinals are second only to the New York Yankees in World Series titles. In this century alone they've been...

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Major League Baseball: The Coming Storm of Suspensions and What Is Next for MLB

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 4:32 PM

Okay, we sort of saw this coming.

When Major League Baseball got involved in the investigation into a shady Miami sports clinic that was rumored to have supplied performance enhancing drugs to a group of professional baseball players the story felt like a ticking time bomb.

Tuesday...

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The Real Problems That Chris Broussard Exposed on ESPN

(40) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 6:13 PM

On Monday April 29, 2013 NBA veteran Jason Collins announced to the world that he was gay.

The announcement was met with near universal approval. Everyone from President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton voiced support. Collins' peers such as

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Jon Stewart Must Rescue Us From ESPN's First Take

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2013 | 7:51 PM

It has been over eight years.

Eight years since Jon Stewart was invited onto CNN's political debate show Crossfire.

In the eight years since, Stewart has emerged as one of the nation's biggest stars. The Daily Show has become must-see-television for left-leaning citizens with interests in comedy,...

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New York Yankees: Can the Yankees Still Win in 2013?

(9) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 2:45 PM

What is happening to the Red Sox arch rival this spring should be somewhat familiar to Red Sox fans, and not entirely shocking to Yankee fans.

After all, weren't the Yankees due for this?

By now just about anyone following baseball knows that the Yankees are currently the sport's...

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LeBron James: Time for the Media to Get Off This Star's Case

(31) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 4:29 PM

When LeBron James decided to leave Cleveland via free agency and announce it on a scripted made-for-televsion special, that was a bad choice. It was deserving of criticism, and while the criticism may have been at times over-the-top, even LeBron eventually admitted he could have handled that decision...

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LeBron James vs Michael Jordan: Let's Have a Debate That Can't Be Won

(68) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 10:19 AM

Just in case you haven't been paying attention to NBA Basketball this season, LeBron James has been impressive, to say the least.

How impressive?

On Tuesday Night against the Portland Trailblazers LeBron put up 30 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. That line is...

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Dwight Howard Needs to Listen to Kobe Bryant and Learn How to Win

(10) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 5:05 PM

Those that have seen the 1984 hit movie Ghostbusters may recall a scene in the early part of the comic classic.

A conversation between Dan Aykroyd's character and Bill Murray's character takes place in which Aykroyd reminds Murray that in the real world, "they expect results."

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Memo to Chris Culliver: There Are Probably Gay Men on Your Team, Get Over It

(38) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 6:03 PM

In America, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

In that spirit, San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver is quite entitled to the ignorant, bigoted statements he made to radio shock-jock Artie Lange this past Tuesday.

Of course Mr. Culliver will have to come to terms...

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Super Bowl XLVII: The NFL Is Having a Rough Week Leading Up to the Super Bowl

(11) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 1:58 PM

If you think you're having a bad week, think again.

It could be worse, you could be the National Football League.

Usually the week leading up the Super Bowl is one that celebrates the positives of the Nation's most successful professional sports league.

Media members from all...

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Boston Celtics: Will Rajon Rondo's Injury End the Team's Playoff Hopes?

(9) Comments | Posted January 27, 2013 | 5:42 PM

Of all the players on the Boston Celtics, Rajon Rondo was probably the most irreplaceable talent.

That's doesn't matter anymore.

Sunday afternoon the Boston Celtics tweeted the bad news that Rajon Rondo, the team's All-Star point guard -- and one the NBA's best all around basketball...

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Baseball Hall of Fame 2013: Why the Baseball Writers Struck Out on This Year's Ballot

(23) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 1:33 PM

Now we know.

Baseball fans now know the answer to the question about whether or not the very brightest stars of an era forever linked with performance enhancing drug use will pay the price in the form of Hall of Fame entry, or lack thereof.

The answer is...

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Brooklyn Nets Fire Avery Johnson: What's Wrong in Brooklyn?

(20) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 2:34 PM

The Brooklyn Nets entered the 2012-13 NBA season with high hopes.

They had re-signed key members of their team.

Deron Williams, Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez were all coming back. The Nets had also made a major trade to acquire shooting guard Joe Johnson.

The...

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The Ludicrous Arguments for the "Right to Bear Arms"

(9) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 2:19 PM

The Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre has brought the issue of gun control to the forefront of American politics and society as a whole.

Once again those that defend the rights of people to bear arms have employed their usual arguments.

The problem is that those arguments are...

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