Woe is Buffalo: America’s Most Miserable Sports City

LeBron James’ decision to return to Cleveland has had an unintended consequence: sealing Buffalo, New York’s fate as the most mind-numbingly depressing city in which one can be a sports fan. For years, the competition on the opposite ends of Lake Erie was fierce and unrelenting. The resumes are remarkably similar: Cleveland hasn’t won a title since 1964, Buffalo since 1965...
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Masahiro Tanaka reportedly has a partially torn UCL

Oh man, this is bad news. Masahiro Tanaka, the New York Yankees’ stellar Japanese hurler was placed on the disabled list yesterday with “elbow inflammation,” but after an MRI the news got much, much worse on Thursday. Tanaka has reportedly been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. That injury almost always leads to Tommy John surgery...
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Nets set to pay record luxury tax bill for 2013-14 season

The Brooklyn Nets and owner Mikhail Prokhorov have never been shy about spending money, but this is a little crazy. On Wednesday the NBA released its audit of teams ahead of the start of the new fiscal year (which starts at midnight) and the Nets will pay a ridiculous, record luxury bill. According to Brian Windhorst, the Nets owe $90.57 million in luxury taxes for the 2013-14 season...
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Putting Germany’s historic beatdown of Brazil in context

Few ass-kickings in sports history can measure up to Germany’s 7-1 annihilation of host Brazil in the World Cup semifinals. It was Brazil’s first loss on home soil in a non-friendly match since 1975, and tied a 1920 loss to Uruguay for the largest margin of defeat in the nation’s history. But even a soccer power like Germany rarely beats the scrubs of the world by such a large...
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Would it be better for the Yankees if CC Sabathia retired?

Just a few years ago New York Yankees lefty CC Sabathia was one of the most feared pitchers in baseball. Now, at 33 years old, there is a chance his career will never get back on track. But would it actually be better for the Yankees if Sabathia wound up retiring? Lots of experts seem to think so. At the height of his prowess, Carsten Charles (no, CC does not stand for “chewy...
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Jeff Samardzija ruled ineligible for All-Star Game due to trade

Hey now, Jeff Samardzija’s an All-Star. But he can’t get his game on and go play. And yes, I really am using this scenario as an excuse to open a blog post with Smash Mouth lyrics, because I’m dropping the gauntlet on the rest of the blogosphere’s lack of awesome writing skills. C’mon, internet. I dare you to try and up the ante with some Sugar Ray or something. Anyway...
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Lakers reportedly offer Carmelo Anthony huge deal

The Los Angeles Lakers met with New York Knicks free agent forward Carmelo Anthony for nearly three hours on Thursday and apparently offered him a max contract during that meeting. Reports now claim that the Lakers offered the 30-year-old a four-year, $97 million deal. While details are still emerging about what the team’s plans are to build around Anthony and star guard Kobe Bryant...
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Agent refutes report about Wade, Bosh taking big pay cuts

Earlier on Tuesday a report surfaced that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had signed contracts with the Miami Heat for reduced amounts of money in order to give the team room to improve under the salary cap. The report made a lot of sense and was largely expected. But later in the day Henry Thomas, the agent for both Wade and Bosh, refuted that story. The original report claimed that...
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Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings agree to seven-year deal

Marian Gaborik was an integral part of the Los Angeles Kings’ run to a Stanley Cup title this season. While he didn’t arrive in LA until the trade deadline, Gaborik settled right in and went on to lead the NHL in postseason goals with 14. The 32-year-old forward was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but on Wednesday the team announced it had re-signed him...
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Report: Cavs leaning towards Jabari Parker at No. 1

Ever since presumptive No. 1 overall pick Joel Embiid went down with a foot injury, speculation has run wild as to what the Cleveland Cavaliers would do with the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Most reports have said the team had narrowed its focus to Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins or Duke forward Jabari Parker. Well, we may now have our answer as to who Cleveland is leaning towards...
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That time Latrell Sprewell threatened to kick my ass if I didn’t delete a photo of him

Those who know me will know that this is my final week living in Milwaukee, which is a very sad thing. Apparently Milwaukee native Latrell Sprewell won’t be as sad as others to see me go. On Monday night I was out at the bar Rogue’s with several friends when I spotted Sprewell and his trademark dreadlocks hanging out across the way from me. Being the sports journalist I am...
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Tim Kurkijan is a subpar sausage racer

ESPN baseball reporter Tim Kurkijan made a foray into gonzo journalism by participating in the Sausage Race at Milwaukee’s Miller Park during Monday night’s Brewers-Nationals game. But to paraphrase famous Kazakh journalist Borat, it was not a great success. (Or maybe it was since we’re talking about it). Kurkijan dressed up as the Hot Dog for the fifth-inning race, which pits...
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Padres fire GM Josh Byrnes

On Sunday the struggling San Diego Padres fired general manager Josh Byrnes. The move was abrupt and caught many in Major League Baseball by surprise but in truth, this had probably been coming for a while. Padres president and CEO Mike Dee said in a statement that the search for a new GM would begin immediately and in the interim, senior vice president for baseball operations Oman...
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Report: Joel Embiid out 4-6 months after foot surgery

Joel Embiid was widely expected to be the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, but the Kansas center was hit with a terrible blow this week. He has a stress fracture in his right foot and on Friday he underwent surgery to repair it. Now Embiid is expected to be out for four to six months. Embiid’s agent, Arn Tellem, said in a statement that his client had surgery at the Southern California...
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Hail to the… Pigskins? Possible new names for DC’s football team

It would seem the writing is on the wall for the Washington Redskins nickname no matter how hard owner Daniel Snyder continues to pound his drum and say “Hey look! I’m pounding a drum! That means I’m pro-Indian! Hey-a hey-a, hey-a hey-a!” The U.S. Patent Office canceled the team’s trademark on Wednesday, ruling that the name is disparaging to Native Americans. Naturally...
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Wanderlei Silva admits taking banned substance

In a bizarre story a few weeks ago, UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva comically avoided taking a drug test by simply leaving the gym he was working out at and running away from the test collector. Well, on Tuesday he admitted to avoiding that May 24 drug test because he was taking banned substances at the time. The 37-year-old Silva went before the Nevada State Athletic Commission at an...
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Video: U.S. fans react to John Brooks goal

We all remember this video of fans reacting to Landon Donovan’s extra time goal against Algeria that sent the United States through to the knockout round of the 2010 World Cup. It was a fantastic shot of joyous, spontaneous reactions that showed soccer’s growing presence and popularity in America. Well, we may have found the 2014 version. When 21-year-old defender John Brooks...
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Tony Gwynn has passed away at 54 years old

Tony Gwynn was one of the best hitters baseball has ever seen. There was nothing a pitcher could throw at him that he wouldn’t figure out how to get his bat on. He just figured out ways to not get beat when he was at the plate. On Monday morning the sad news broke that he had finally run into something he couldn’t overcome. Tony Gwynn, Mr. Padre, passed away Monday at the age...
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Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard doing better than his ’11 Draft classmates

Sage veterans Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have been the heart of San Antonio’s championship dynasty, but it was young gun Kawhi Leonard who helped the Spurs push through for the franchise’s fifth NBA title. The third-year player from San Diego State averaged 17.8 points per game on 61 percent shooting from the field in the title series. It’s quite the feel-good...
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Cavs doctors clear Joel Embiid

Kansas center Joel Embiid has become the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft over the past few weeks. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the top pick in this year’s draft and rumors have persisted that they preferred Embiid over both college teammate Andrew Wiggins and Duke’s Jabari Parker. The only issue surrounding Embiid was his health as he suffered a back...
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Video: John Oliver eviscerates FIFA and the 2014 World Cup

If you haven’t been watching “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” you should really start. The ex-Daily Show correspondent has been fantastic during the first season of his new Sunday night HBO show. His protracted rants about one subject each week have been absolutely perfect and this Sunday was no exception. Oliver’s target this week? FIFA and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil...
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Landon Donovan magazine ad has terrible (or terrific) timing

I finally got around to reading Sports Illustrated’s May 26 profile of Adam Silver, but amazingly that wasn’t the thing that stuck out the most in the magazine. And not their profile on Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, either. Which is stunning given that both pieces were superbly done. So what could possibly be more eye-catching? An unfortunately timed ad starring one Landon...
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Video: Montage of Darryl Sutter press conferences is wonderful

Monday night the Los Angeles Kings moved themselves one game away from hoisting the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years. Their 3-0 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden gave the Kings a 3-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. It has truly been a remarkable run for the Kings, who opened the playoffs down 3-0 to the San Jose Sharks, before reeling off four wins...
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Martin Brodeur to test free agency

It appears that Martin Brodeur’s time with the New Jersey Devils has finally come to an end. After 24 years with the Devils organization, Brodeur claims that he will test free agency this summer. Brodeur is widely considered the greatest goaltender in NHL history. During his 21-year career, he has set dozens of records and won three Stanley Cups. He has also spent his entire career...
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It’s summer, so it’s time to get a Custom Koozie

Summer is finally here after what seemed like a 10-month winter in the Midwest. For me, one of the best parts of summer is sitting outside and tailgating before a baseball game. If you’re tailgating, you’re going to need a beer in your hand and that means you’re going to need a koozie to keep that thing cold. We all have random koozies for teams or companies we don’t care...
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