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Mike Tursi

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Mike is an avid sports fan who is passionate about his favorite teams. Despite being raised in Philadelphia, Mike is a fan of rival New York teams, the Yankees and the Giants. This outsider perspective brings a unique view to his writing. Mike has previously contributed to The Hockey Herald, where he covered the Philadelphia Flyers. He has also covered the New York Yankees for Empire Sports Now, Yankees Gab, and New York Sports World. In addition to these sites, Mike has also previously kept his own blog at Warming The Bench. He hopes that the opportunity to contribute to Sports Unbiased will continue to allow him to broaden his horizons.

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It's hard to say in the moment where a team may have squandered an opportunity. Over the course of an 82 game season, tough losses occur from time to time. Most teams apply the old cliche of picking themselves up and moving on to the next game. If the Flyers happen to turn their season around and come up just short of making the playoffs, they may look at these past two weeks as a huge missed opportunity. Even though they have struggled through the season's first six weeks, the Flyers, to a man, have stood by the fact they they are a good team in a bad funk rather than a bad team.  These past two weeks were a chance to prove that they...

It was a tumultuous week in South Philadelphia for the orange and black. Following a disheartening loss to Anaheim, General Manager Paul Holmgren followed through on his promise to hold the players accountable for their performance on the ice and record in the standings. On Thursday, the Flyers traded Max Talbot to the Colorado Avalanche for Steve Downie, who was the Flyers first round selection (29th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. On the surface it just seemed like more of the same. The "inbred" Flyers bringing back another one of their own and another "tough guy" (the organization calls it character players) to boot. However,...

It has been a week of firsts for the Flyers. Saturday's win over the New York Islanders, combined with last Thursday's win over the struggling New York Rangers, gave the Flyers their first winning streak of the season. Saturday also marked the first time this season that the team has recorded more than two goals in a game, as well as the first hat trick, recorded by big free agent signing, Vincent Lecavalier, who has given the organization a glimpse into why he will play such an integral role in just how far this team will go this season. It all began with a six day break that allowed Craig Berube to have a mini camp of sorts that...

October 16, 2013. An otherwise innocuous goal in the waning moments of a second period in which the Flyers were badly outplayed by their crosstown rivals. We may look back on this goal as the moment when the Flyers season began to turn around. While that goal cut the Penguins lead in half, it failed to pay immediate dividends as the Flyers went on to lose their seventh game in the season's first eight games. The goal, a deflection from Wayne Simmonds, did have a different kind of impact on the team. Dating back to last season, the Flyers have developed a disturbing trend for not playing 60 minutes of hockey and the frame in which they...

Bronx Bombers. Five O'Clock Lightning. Murderer's Row. Whatever the moniker, the New York Yankees are a team that is synonymous with winning and financial might. With the exception of a brief period from 1964 to 1972, when the Yankees were run (into the ground) by CBS, the franchise has otherwise been owned by men who were every bit as competitive as the athletes they employed to play for their team. From Colonel Jacob Ruppert to George M. Steinbrenner III, the Yankees have always enjoyed an economical edge that has allowed them to remain a dominant franchise regardless of the era. The Yankees financial might has also proven to...

After the waves had settled on the Flyers tumultuous first week, it has become apparent that this season cannot be corrected by the quick fix implementation of a coaching change. While the Flyers played better this week, their weaknesses remain a glaring problem in their attempt to turn their season around. In sports, there is no such thing as a moral victory, but the Flyers have to be encouraged with how their second week ended, especially after how it began. In what has become an all too typical trend, the Flyers looked bored, disinterested, and over-matched in large stretches of Friday's 2-1 loss to Phoenix at the Wells Fargo Center....

Joe Girardi probably already completed the most difficult task he would ever have to do in New York when he took over the helm of the New York Yankees from iconic manager, Joe Torre. However, this is New York, so the pressure and the expectations are always high. In his first six seasons as manager of the Yankees, Girardi has done more than just hold his own. He has managed the Yankees to a Major League best 564-408 (.580) record. He has guided the Yankees to the postseason in four of those seasons, winning three division titles ('09, '11, '12), appearing in the American League Champions Series three times ('09, '10, '12), and...

It was a tumultuous opening week for the Philadelphia Flyers. They opened the season with three consecutive losses to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, and Carolina Hurricanes. The lackluster performances, which saw the Flyers manage just one goal in each game, wound up costing head coach Peter Laviolette his job and had many fans, as well as media, questioning the culture surrounding the Flyers' top brass. Defense was already a primary concern coming into the season. Those concerns continue to come to fruition as the Flyers rank 23rd in the league in +/- with a -1 rating after the first week of the season. Defense is one...

At one time, just a few years ago, Peter Laviolette was two agonizing wins away from being a sports icon in the City of Brotherly Love. On Monday morning, he became just another name in an ever growing list of discarded coaches unable to deliver the Stanley Cup to the Flyers Faithful. Maybe he lost the locker room. It happens in sports. That's why coaches don't last forever. Was Peter Laviolette really the reason, last year, for the Flyers failure to reach the postseason for just the second time in eighteen seasons? More importantly, was he the reason for their 0-3 lackluster start this season? The answer is yes and no. If the front...

Time passes.  There is no way of holding it back, or slowing it down.  Try as we may, nothing can last forever.  A glorious era in Yankees history has now come to a close. Two of the Bronx' favorite sons said goodbye during the last week of the 2013 season.  Andy Pettitte pitching a complete game gem in the last start of his career and Mariano Rivera throwing his last pitches on September 26th at the Stadium.  It was in that moment, when Rivera was taken out of the game by longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte, that I relived all the joys and sorrows of the past eighteen years.  There, as Rivera openly wept on...
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