Author: Mark Patrick Spencer

All Good Things Come To An End?

  Well, here we are. The possible end for Full Sport Press, a blog that I’ve been writing for you for the past five years. A blog filled with sports and hopefully some laughter. Along the way, we’ve anguished over…

MLB is Back!

  Major league baseball has returned to the field. Teams won. Teams lost. Players popped up fly balls. Players popped up positive for the coronavirus. Lacking for anything else to do whatsoever I dove headfirst into watching the games, lived…

Training Camp

  Training camps are possibly the most boring sporting events on the planet. No, actually the NFL Combine is worse. The NFL Combine is so bad that I remember the first time I ever saw it televised. I stood dumbfounded…

Champions*

  The pro leagues are attempting to pull of the impossible in a season that, no matter what, will always be remembered. Hopefully, it will be remembered for the greatness of athletes and the organization’s mindfulness in keeping everyone healthy…

Sports Gumbo Recipe #12

  It seems like the sports world is one big waiting game at this point. Hockey is trying to come back. Baseball is trying to come back. The Pelicans and NBA are doing the same. It could get interesting at…

In Search of a Team

  It seems that Major League Baseball is going to attempt to take the field and play a 60-game season. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know I’m not the biggest fan of Major League Baseball because…

Crazy Year

  Let’s just call it like it is. Everything is wild and is going to remain on the weird tip for a long time, even in the sports world. So, it comes as no surprise (because, 2020) that the Belmont…

Major League Returns (or not)

  I wrote a few weeks back that the major leagues were creeping closer to returning for all of our viewing pleasure. Which is cool but on the flip side, they’re still in creep mode. The NBA’s return to the…

Pelicans To Take Flight (Again)

  It seems like a lifetime ago in a galaxy far, far away but it was less than three months ago when the NBA decided to suspend play due to the pandemic. It was obviously the right call but the…

Sports Gumbo Recipe #11

  Another week of phase one in the books. New Orleans is starting to reopen and I hope everyone is still practicing social distancing and all of the things that will help us win this battle. Here comes another batch…

What Could Have Been

  In an alternate universe, one before lockdowns and cancellations, I would have titled this piece, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” in honor of college baseball, which would have just finished conference tournaments and the fans would…

Signs of Recovery

  The nation of sports is still, for the most part, shut down but is starting to show signs of recovery. There’s a lot of money to be made (or lost) so the major leagues are not just going to…

Let’s Make A Date

  Much like last month’s NFL Draft, many football lovers eagerly awaited the release of their favorite team’s upcoming NFL schedule. The NFL, never missing the opportunity to make some cash, turned the affair into a three-hour event. To be…

Virtual Derby

  In this time of new normals I experienced a first this Saturday. I was awake for hours and just having a normal socially-distanced Saturday before I remembered exactly what Saturday it was. It was the First Saturday Day in…

Sports Gumbo Recipe #10

  I never made gumbo before getting to New Orleans. I took a couple of cracks at it and it started eventually turning out OK. I’m not going to enter any gumbo competitions, but I’m proud of it. I just…

What If…

  Strange days call for strange scenarios, stories and other words that start with “s.” In the times of pandemic a lot of people find themselves playing the “what if” game. What if we took a different path? What if…

TV is the New Sport

  Isn’t it funny how someone saying, “we don’t watch TV” is one of the most pretentious sounding statements of all time? I mean not being addicted to TV is a good thing, right? It still just sounds weird. Anyway,…

The Block

  Here we are in April after the longest March known to man. As sports fans, we have no idea when the Major League baseball season will start or even the NFL. College baseball, March Madness and the rest of…

Saints Stuff

  In case no one has told you, I appreciate each and everyone of you who are washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, staying at home as much as possible and keeping six feet away from other folks…

Sports and TV

  Since everything in major live sports has come to halt, I wanted to share with you some nice alternatives. Couch potatoes rejoice! There are still plenty of options to veg out on some sports. Let’s go.   Sports Movies…

Now What?

Now that we have entered what feels like year eight of no sports being televised my mind has begun to slip. Every ball I see mocks me. A surge of crowd noise taunts. I will not make it through another…

Sports Gumbo Recipe #9

  I’ve said it a million times. I just love me some New Orleans winter. Especially one in which it was cold for what, a weekend? The days are beautiful and the nights get just crisp enough to let you…

Fresh Faces

  As the old saying goes insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Another saying is you have to shake things up. Another saying is he who stands on toilet high on pot…

Farther Flung: Georgia On My Mind

Some towns are cut from a different cloth than the state they inhabit. Obviously, New Orleans is different from other parts of Louisiana, Austin is still a bit different than the rest of Texas, and, within the borders of the…

Mardi Ball Part 2

The roughest part of my, and every Gulf Coast college baseball fan’s viewing season is the first two weekends of the schedule. There’s nothing worse than wanting to check out some parades and knowing that there is baseball to be…

I Love Mardi Ball

It’s awesome that New Orleans loves the kick off of the college baseball season so much that they throw parade after parade for it. The throws, the marching bands, the guys in weird masks all come together to tell the…

Watch The Wave

There hasn’t been a more intense year from day one for the Tulane Green Wave baseball team since I’ve started writing this blog. If you’ve read my humble corner of the web more than once you know that I am…

High On Zion

  I can’t say I’m a big fan of the NBA. If I were to guess the last time I’ve watched an entire NBA game it probably starred the incomparable Michael Jordan. If I mention it on Twitter I’m most…

Sports Gumbo Recipe #7

Now, it seems like a year ago but I assure you it was only a matter of weeks when the weather took a turn for the chilly and everyone started talking about gumbo recipes. Then, spring returned in December and…