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WATCH: Olbermann crushes NFL over Ray Rice suspension

I know the name Keith Olbermann is revolting to a segment of the population because of his past involvement in the political talk show world, but anyone who denies his ability as a broadcaster is fooling themselves. And Olbermann is at his best when harnessing his considerable talent towards something sports-related. On Thursday night we got yet another example of the man in his...
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Jordy Nelson wants $10 million a year from Packers

A few weeks ago I was told that the Green Bay Packers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson were close to agreeing on a contract extension that would keep him in green and gold for a long time. Since then, Nelson’s contract demands have apparently grown a bit and the two sides aren’t as close as they once were. A report on Thursday claims that Nelson is seeking “at least” $10 million...
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MLB managers on the hot seat

In the last few of months the landscape of Major League Baseball’s managerial dead pool has changed. As recently as a few months ago people were wondering if Mike Scioscia was done, as his high-priced Los Angeles Angels languished around .500. Then like the other Los Angeles team did last year, the Angels have caught fire and are on the verge of catching the Oakland A’s...
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Down on the Farm: Montgomery Exudes Southern Charm

This serves as the eighth post in my fourth season of a series called “Down on the Farm” that chronicles visits to various baseball parks throughout the 2014 campaign. (All prior editions can be accessed here.) I enjoyed my May visit to Birmingham’s Regions Field so much that upon a July return to Alabama, I headed 90 miles south to check out Southern League rival Montgomery’s yard...
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Padres continue fire sale, ship Headley to the Yankees

The San Diego Padres continued their fire sale on Tuesday, as they traded third baseman Chase Headley to the New York Yankees in exchange for almost nothing. The move was a clear salary dump by the Padres, who are clearly trying to free up their books for whoever their next general manager will be. Headley hasn’t been the same player since he blew up in 2012. That year he led the...
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Soccer is alive and well in the United States

It’s often said that Americans only care about soccer if the US national team is playing, but my visit to Indianapolis with my dad to see the Indy Eleven proved otherwise. The Indy Eleven is the newest team in the new-ish North American Soccer League (NASL), and the support I saw for the team was astounding. Hundreds came to tailgate at the game, kids were playing pick up...
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San Francisco Giants sign Braves castoff Dan Uggla

Dan Uggla didn’t have to wait long to get a new job after the Atlanta Braves released him on Friday. The 34-year-old veteran signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants on Monday and the team assigned him to Triple-A Fresno. Some believed that Uggla was done at least for this season after his behavior and performance with the Braves deteriorated to the point that they...
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Down on the Farm: The Other Mayo Facility in Rochester

This serves as the seventh post in my fourth season of a series called “Down on the Farm” that chronicles visits to various baseball parks throughout the 2014 campaign. (All prior editions can be accessed here.) A recent visit to southeast Minnesota wrapped up six days and 3,000 miles on the road during a pleasantly mild late July. Mayo Field is the fourth and likely final Northwoods...
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The Greek Freak blows up? A hypothetical NBA midseason tournament

This week NBA Commissioner Adam Silver floated the idea of a midseason single-elimination NBA Tournament. What’s not to like about his grandiose vision? The format works well for March Madness. My critique of the NBA playoffs is seeing too much of the same teams. Six weeks of Lance Stephenson can be a bit much. I enjoy the entire product. Being in the Minnesota market I got a chance...
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2014 Milwaukee Brewers: Top 10 Wins of the First Half

The first half of the 2014 season has been quite eventful for the Milwaukee Brewers, as they’ve done everything from scoring three runs on a wild pitch to literally hitting the cover off of a baseball. Through it all, they’ve been one of the biggest surprises in baseball, boasting a 53-43 record and a one-game lead in the National League Central entering the All-Star break....
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M's, Rays discussing trade for David Price and Ben Zobrist

The biggest name on this year’s baseball trade market is Tampa Bay Rays lefty David Price. No one knows where the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner will wind up but on Thursday we got a clue as to who was interested. The Seattle Mariners are reportedly in talks to acquire both Price and second baseman Ben Zobrist from the Rays. The surprising Mariners currently have a 51-44 record...
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No. 1 overall pick remains unsigned, in dispute with Astros

San Diego prep lefty Brady Aiken made history when the Houston Astros made him the first high school pitcher taken with the No. 1 pick in the MLB Draft since 1991. It was a huge day for the 17-year-old who had become the consensus top player in the 2014 MLB Draft class. But now with time running out for him to sign a contract with the Astros, issues are popping up in the negotiations...
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12 days ago  |  1 Comment

“The Battered Bastards of Baseball” is a film every baseball fan should watch

Every summer a group of my high school friends and I get together on the days where most of us are free from work and play a game or two of baseball at a nearby public baseball park. Most of use have played baseball, organized or not, ever since we were five or six and were strong enough to swing a bat. The games are a continuation of our livelong love of the sport. Almost every...
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When and how should Brett Favre’s number be retired?

Talking about Brett Favre in July is now a tradition, evolving from actually playing to whether his No. 4 should be retired by the Green Bay Packers. This marks Episode 1, Season 7. It started in 2008 when the protagonist retired, un-retired, then was told by the Green Bay Packers that his services were no longer needed. Retirement speculation started years before that. I wrote...
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Down on the Farm: A Visit to “MoonDog Country”

This serves as the sixth post in my fourth season of a series called “Down on the Farm” that chronicles visits to various baseball parks throughout the 2014 campaign. (All prior editions can be accessed here.) As the baseball world observes Minnesota’s love affair with the sport this week, I continued my trip to amateur yards around the North Star State. Franklin Rogers...
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Use Facts, not emotion, on Yasiel Puig

Question: Which NL All-Star starter  is hitting .253 with just one home run and only 11 RBIs since June 1, seeing his average fall 40 points during that time? He’s also no longer in the MLB Top 10 in any offensive category. Not only is this ballplayer still starting Tuesday’s All-Star game, but somehow was selected for the Home Run Derby, despite being on pace for fewer...
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Tracking NBA free agency moves after LeBron's decision

In case you’ve been under a rock so far today, LeBron James announced he is heading back home to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers. As soon as that news broke, all the major free agency dominoes began to fall. What follows is a quick roundup of what we know so far. LeBron is gone The Miami Heat are officially in scramble mode after losing James to his hometown team. Now Pat Riley...
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Video: Highlights from Germany’s beat down of Brazil with no defense

We have all been ranting about Germany’s epic 7-1 beat down of Brazil in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup for a few days now. Personally I’ve been scrambling for an explanation for how the host country fell apart in such epic fashion. Thanks to some digging, I may have figured out the real reason for A Seleção’s collapse. If you look closely at the video below, you...
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NFL teams split more than $6 billion in revenue last season

Anyone worried how all the bad press the NFL has gotten for its treatment of former players and worries about concussions would impact the league’s bottom line can stop worrying. It’s doing just fine. According to financials released by the Green Bay Packers on Thursday afternoon, the NFL’s teams split more than $6 billion between them last season, which was a record amount...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

‘Every Street United’ Features Sick Soccer Skill From Around the Globe

Content Sponsored by AT&T Here are my two favorite elements of the World Cup: The entire globe comes together for one sporting event The incredible skill of the world’s best soccer players is on the display So how about if we combine the two into one fun feature? The XBOX show Every Street United does exactly that. Here is an example, featuring Jose Perez of the United States...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox, Carlos Rondon agree to deal

The Chicago White Sox may have gotten a steal when they snagged N.C. State lefty Carlos Rondon with the third pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. Now, the Sox can officially see what the 21-year-old starting pitcher can do, as they have reportedly agreed to a $6.45 million deal. Rondon opened the season as the presumed top pick in the draft, but control issues knocked him down a bit. Still...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: LeBron James is done meeting with teams

As the speculation over LeBron James’ possible future home continues to swirl and different reporters handicap the race for his services, the most interesting report of all surfaced Wednesday night. David Aldridge of NBA.com is reporting that James has all the information he needs and will no longer take meetings with teams. The report has since been confirmed by Sam Amick, Marc...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Down on the Farm: Fargo Lives up to Expectations

This serves as the fifth post in my fourth season of a series called “Down on the Farm” that chronicles visits to various Minor and Independent League ballparks throughout the 2014 campaign. (All 2011-2013 editions can be accessed here.) When the Indianapolis Indians marked 15 years of baseball at beautiful Victory Field in 2011, the running local commentary was that few believed...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

UFC 176 canceled after injury to Jose Aldo

UFC 176 was set to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on August 2, but on Tuesday the company was forced to cancel the event. Thanks to an injury to featherweight champion Jose Aldo, the UFC couldn’t replace the main event on such short notice and decided to cut its losses. It is the second time Zuffa (which owns the organization) has been forced to cancel a major...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Kyrie Irving makes recruiting pitch to LeBron

LeBron James is in the middle of making what could be the biggest decision of his professional life right now. Most experts believe the NBA’s top free agent is deciding between returning to the Miami Heat and going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He got a pitch from an important source recently. Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving reportedly made a recruiting pitch to James and...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss
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