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Thomas McKenna
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Thomas McKenna is an aspiring writer and blogger from New York. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2013 with a degree in English; while there he was also a chief film critic for UD's student newspaper, The Review.

He's worked as an Editorial Fellow for the Huffington Post, contributing to its Sports, Entertainment & Books verticals. He's also had bylines for Gawker, Maxim, NowThis News, Sports World News, ScoreBig, Rant Sports, & Hollywood Take.

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E-mail him tmckenna@udel.edu

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2014 in Sports: 6 Takeaways From the Complicated Year That Was

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 2:44 PM

In many ways, 2014 was a year to forget in the world of sports. The instinct in most fans is to try and use sports as an escape from the problems or bad news of everyday life, but this year sports themselves were often the bearer of bad news. Donald...

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44 Haunting Photographs Of Abandoned Sports Venues

(13) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 6:08 PM

While some sporting venues become iconic characters in their own right, others are just discarded. Unlike Madison Square Garden and Old Trafford, these places aren't renovated or beloved, they are abandoned.

Whether they were used but briefly during the Olympics or once housed a team that moved on to either...

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The Definitive Ranking of Ballpark Food Items

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2014 | 4:06 PM

No American sporting event is as closely tied to food as a baseball game. Chowing down on a good snack isn't just an incidental part of the experience, it's an integral part of it, and it has been for more than a century.

However, in the many years since...

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For The Yankees, #RE2PECT Is Gone And Fans Will Be Asked To #FORG1V3

(6) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 4:50 PM

For New York Yankees fans, the party is over. After two seasons spent celebrating franchise icons Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, it's time to face reality -- and likely Alex Rodriguez.

With Jeter and Rivera jerseys only turning up in the stands in 2015, the Yankees...

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Here's What It Really Looks Like To Be An NBA Rookie

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 10:27 AM

When it comes to living the dream in 2014, you'd be hard-pressed to find better examples than those NBA rookies on the verge of their first season. Countless years of practice and preparation have finally paid off. These young men have been drafted or signed by NBA teams and they're...

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Scoring Against The Jets Is 'Too Easy' For Broncos Tight End Julius Thomas

(3) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 2:42 PM

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas was one of the prime beneficiaries of Peyton Manning's dominant performance against the New York Jets on Sunday. Of the three touchdown passes Manning threw, Thomas came down with two of them. And on the second one, Thomas was quick to let MetLife Stadium...

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U.S. Soccer's Goodbye Video Gives Landon Donovan The Send-Off He Deserves

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 11:29 AM

Landon Donovan is retiring at the end of the LA Galaxy's season, and he's making one final appearance for the U.S. men's national team on Friday.

In preparation for his send-off, Team USA released a video compilation of the midfielder's finest moments, and it's a...

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Let The Cleveland Cavaliers' Hype Video Get You Ready For LeBron's Homecoming

(8) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 1:34 PM

LeBron James' regular season return to Cleveland is just a few weeks away, and the Cavaliers have created quite the hype video in anticipation of his homecoming.

The montage (which predictably features Young Jeezy's "Put On" for a soundtrack) debuted before the pregame introductions of Cleveland's...

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Lions Receiver Golden Tate Calls Bills' Postgame Celebration A 'Total Douche Move'

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 2:40 PM

The Buffalo Bills carried off defensive coordinator and former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz following their comeback victory against his former team at Ford Field. Lions receiver Golden Tate was none-too-pleased with the celebration.

Appearing on Detroit's 105.1 WMGC-FM on Tuesday morning, Tate did not...

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Paul Pierce And Joakim Noah Aren't Waiting For The Regular Season To Go At It

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 1:11 PM

Even during a preseason game on Monday night, tempers between Wizards forward Paul Pierce and Bulls center Joakim Noah were in midseason form.

The scuffle started after Pierce committed a hard foul on Bulls guard Jimmy Butler. Noah came to his teammate's defense, and from there the pleasantries were exchanged. Eventually, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and the officiating staff were able to cool the commotion....

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The Cleveland Browns' Locker Room Is One Big Dance Party

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 4:10 PM

What does a football team do when they've just mounted a 25-point comeback win? Bust a move, of course.

The Browns' locker room was in an understandably upbeat mood after earning their improbable 29-28 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Luckily, Browns defensive end Phil Taylor had...

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Here's How Derek Jeter's Busy Love Life Matched Up With His Even Busier Baseball Career

(11) Comments | Posted October 4, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Derek Jeter will go down as a New York legend, on and off the field. Not only did the Yankees' longtime shortstop appear in the World Series seven times and earn 14 career All-Star Game appearances, but he established himself as one of the Big Apple's most eligible bachelors. While...

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Derek Jeter: My Final Yankee Stadium Game Was 'Like You're At Your Own Funeral'

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 11:57 AM

Amid the celebrations of his career, a somewhat morbid thought crossed Derek Jeter's mind during his unforgettable final game at Yankee Stadium.

While visiting the "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday, Jeter offered some details on his experience of that dramatic night in the Bronx. The All-Star...

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This Is What The World Was Like The Last Time The Yankees & Red Sox Both Missed The Playoffs

(7) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 1:02 PM

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are usually fixtures of October baseball. Between them, the rivals have represented the American League in 10 of the last 18 World Series. But both will be watching the 2014 postseason from home.

This will mark the first time since 1993...

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Brazilian Goalie Scores Own Goal In The Flukiest Way Possible

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 12:27 PM

Well this is one way to use your head. Unfortunately.

Goalkeeper Joao Carlos of Brazil's second-tier Boa Esporte experienced a fluky case of Murphy's Law in a recent match. Carlos failed to clear a crossed ball and was out of position. After an opposing player took a shot...

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The Thrill Of Victory And The Agony Of Defeat For NFL Fans, As Presented By Babies

(3) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 1:56 PM

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers lit up the Chicago Bears 38-17 on Sunday afternoon. Afterward, one photo began making the rounds on Twitter that perfectly -- and adorably -- summed up what it felt like to be a diehard fan of one of the NFC North...

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This Baseball Player's Home Run Trot Shows What Toughness Really Means

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 10:58 AM

Less than 10 seconds after hitting a game-tying home run in an Atlantic League playoff game, Sean Smith of the York Revolution was crumpled on the ground beside first base. The York outfielder had slipped while rounding the bag, tearing his ACL in the process.

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This Fans' Eye View Of Derek Jeter's Final Yankee Stadium Hit Will Give You Goosebumps

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 2:53 PM

You may have seen footage of Derek Jeter's walk-off single in his final game at Yankee Stadium. But only 48,613 lucky fans saw it like this.

Here is one fan's video of the final time that Jeter rocked the Bronx.

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Floyd Mayweather And Manny Pacquiao Are Fighting ... On Twitter

(234) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 2:36 PM

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao may never trade actual punches, but the social media sparring is well underway.

Two days after Pacquiao took shots at Mayweather and his apparently fictionalized reality Showtime series on Twitter, Mayweather fired back with a tweet and Instagram post:

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Phil Jackson Says Kobe Bryant 'Went Beyond' Michael Jordan In His Training

(10) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 2:27 PM

The never-ending MJ vs. Kobe debate rages on, and now someone who coached both of them has added a new wrinkle to it.

Phil Jackson recently sat down for an interview with the New York Post and was asked whether Carmelo Anthony should seek to model his...

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