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Can Preller fix the mess in San Diego?

Last weekend, while browsing daytime television I stumbled upon one of my favorite underrated sports movies—The Replacements. It’s a funny and dramatic football movie starring Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman. In one scene Gene Hackman’s character, the head coach, asks his team what their fears are, and Keanu Reeves, the team’s quarterback, answers, “quicksand.” Initially...
Via isportsweb.com
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

With 2015 free agency dwindling down to restricted free agent Tristan Thompson and a lot of bench players looking for a spot on an NBA roster, we can look ahead at the big names set to be available in the summer of 2016. Players like LeBron James, Tim Duncan and other star players hold options for 2016 and will likely join this list when they opt out, but for this exercise, let’s...
Via The Sports Quotient
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Who is the National League's new top shortstop?

By Matt Whitener Earlier this week, the Colorado Rockies finally pulled the trigger on trading away the player who has been the sun in the galaxy of the Major League Baseball rumor mill universe for the past few years, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Despite his long-standing place on the trade rumor block, it was a trade that came sort of out of nowhere. In the shockingly sudden move...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

The Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday formally introduced Jen Welter, who is believed to be the first woman to ever serve on an NFL coaching staff in any capacity. It goes without saying that Welter, who will serve as a summer coaching intern and work with the team’s inside linebackers, is indebted to Cardinals head coach...Read More The post Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians calls...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets continue to act like a small-market team

The New York Mets have been one of the more active teams leading up to the trade deadline, trading for Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson, and Tyler Clippard, but the Troy Tulowitzki-Jose Reyes/Jeff Hoffman trade between the Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies has raised questions about the moves New York hasn’t made. The Mets are […]
Via Fangraphs
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong, replaced a broken phone

Tom Brady released a statement on Wednesday morning addressing the NFL’s decision to uphold his four-game suspension. Sticking with the theme of the past six months, the New England Patriots quarterback claimed he is completely innocent. “I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me,” Brady began. “I...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

NFL upholds Tom Brady's suspension, legal battle likely

It was announced on Tuesday that the four-game suspension the NFL levied against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady stemming from his alleged role in Deflategate has been upheld. NFL upholds Tom Brady's 4-game suspension, per source. Story continues. Now on to court. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 28, 2015   Here’s the full statement from the league regarding...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals make Jen Welter first female NFL coach

The concept of female NFL coaches may seem foreign, but the idea is not too far-fetched. In fact, a woman was just brought in by the Arizona Cardinals in a coaching capacity and is believed to be the first woman to ever hold a coaching position in the NFL. The Cardinals on Monday brought in...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Larry Bird is one of the greatest basketball players of all time and rarely conceded anything on the court. The Hall of Famer is 58 now, and he admits that former rival Michael Jordan could take him one-on-one. Check that, he says MJ would “kill” him on the court now. “I hate to admit this,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Junior Seau family says Hall of Fame went back on its word

A legal adviser for the family of Junior Seau sent a statement Monday indicating that the family is still unhappy with the way the Pro Football Hall of Fame has handled the impending induction of the late linebacker. Last week The New York Times wrote an article saying that Seau’s family would not have an...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kobe will probably see time at power forward next year

The Lakers are going to be a mess of overlapping ball-dominant guards next season, and head coach Byron Scott is scrambling for ways to even out what could be a very unbalanced rotation. One of Scott’s bright ideas could be to deploy Kobe Bryant out of position at times. In an interview with David Aldridge...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel as Browns starter

After a tumultuous offseason, Johnny Manziel might still have a shot to earn the starting quarterback spot for the Cleveland Browns. Speaking with local media, head coach Mike Pettine said “I’m not guaranteeing Josh [McCown] will start against the Jets” on opening day, according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer: #Browns Pettine said McCown is still likely opening...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss
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Can Preller fix the mess in San Diego?

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Who is the NL's new top shortstop?

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Mets still act like a small-market team

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong

NFL upholds Tom Brady's suspension, legal battle likely

Cardinals hire first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Seau family: HOF broke their word

Kobe to see time at power forward next year

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel

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