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The Imperfect Bliss of Les Miles & LSU

It became increasingly obvious that this day was soon to come, but it feels so weird now that it has become a reality: The Les Miles era at LSU is over. For LSU and college football as a whole, this is a cause for mourning. While it was becoming more and more evident that it was time for a change in Baton Rogue, that doesn’t make it any easier to come to terms with the firing...
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The Buffalo Bills continue to have less than ideal luck

The newest ESPN 30 for 30 venture, “Believeland,” would easily have you convinced that Cleveland is the most star-crossed metropolis in these United States. But on the other end of Lake Erie, Buffalo could not wait but two days to show it’s still very much in the running for that ignominious distinction. On Monday it was reported that not one but both of the Bills last two...
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May 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Can the Cubs continue to be the Warriors of baseball?

Watching the Cubs these days brings to mind the single greatest reaction in the history of sports broadcasting. At the 1973 Belmont Stakes, CBS announcer Chic Anderson exclaimed “He is moving like a TREMENDOUS machine!” as Secretariat leaves the rest of the field eating his dust — or more accurately so far behind that his dust is already settled by the time they would have...
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May 11, 2016  |  Discuss

The Nats are unimpressed with Bryce Harper’s 6 walks

Bryce Harper became a witness to history Sunday afternoon, four pitches at a time. The Nationals slugger tied a big-league record held by Jeff Bagwell, Andre Thornton and Jimmie Foxx when he was walked six times by the Cubs in Sunday’s game. Only three of those free passes were intentional, but it was clear in the other three plate appearances that the Cubs weren’t going into...
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May 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Nyquist breezes past competition to win Kentucky Derby

Garry Jones/Associated Press As it turns out, the worries that Nyquist might have trouble running at 1 1/4 miles were totally off base. The three-year-old colt proved to be the class of the field of 20 Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs, sprinting home to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Exaggerator and Gun Runner. With the win, Nyquist improved to a perfect eight for eight in his racing...
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May 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Joe Buck and John Smoltz have some bad takes, don’t understand math

Joe Buck and John Smoltz are in the booth today announcing Game 3 of the Cubs-Nationals series. And while the (usually competent) broadcast team didn’t have to work too hard to make the game seem dramatic and important, the pair had a quick aside in the middle of the game about sacrifice bunts happening three times (to that point) in the game that, well, didn’t make them sound...
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May 07, 2016  |  Discuss

NY Islanders win first playoff series since 1993

Captain John Tavares’ game-winning goal in double-overtime of Game 6 propelled the New York Islanders to a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers Sunday night that clinched their first playoff series victory since beating the Penguins in the 1993 Patrick Division(!) Finals. The end of ridiculously long droughts allows for one of our favorite parlor games at Rumors and Rants (or, for...
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April 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Chicago Bears teammates reunite to discuss mental health

Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long met with former teammate Brandon Marshall to discuss mental health in an event called “Real Chats – Off The Gridiron” hosted by Marshall’s foundation Project375. The nonprofit organization’s goal is to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness and disorders. From his Facebook, Marshall released a nearly 10-minute video of...
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April 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Kobe Bryant steals spotlight on historic sports day

Christina House/Los Angeles Times April 13, 2016: A night that deserves to live on forever in NBA lore. Kobe Bryant played the final game of his Hall of Fame career, the Golden State Warriors surpassed the 1995-’96 Chicago Bulls with their 73rd win, Steph Curry became the first player in NBA history to make 400 3-pointers in a single season and Duje Dukan made his highly-anticipated...
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April 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: NBA owners expected to pass rule to allow ads on jerseys for 2017-18

According to ESPN, NBA owners are scheduled to pass a vote this week on putting ads on jerseys for the 2017-18 season. If approved, the ads would be placed in a 2.5-by-2.5-inch patch on the left shoulder. During an interview last month, NBA Comissionor Adam Silver told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that the ads won’t affect the competition, and that by allowing ads on jerseys, the...
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April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Cam Newton looks dangerous playing water polo

Marco? Polo? Neither, it’s Cam Newton. Even though he’s off the gridiron, Newton is no “fish out of water.” He looks to be in tip-top shape while playing water polo in Los Alamitos, California. This photo was shared via USA Water Polo on Twitter. You can see that Newton is sporting his No. 1 cap, but what’s capturing people’s attention is the powerful frame he is...
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April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Saints commentator Hokie Gajan dies at 56

It has been an absolutely brutal and sad week for fans of the New Orleans Saints. Two days after former defensive end and team captain Will Smith was shot and killed in New Orleans, the team’s longtime radio color commentator, Hokie Gajan, died at age 56 following a bout with cancer. Ironically, Smith and Gajan were already scheduled to be inducted together into the Saints Hall...
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April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Sean Payton: “Our city is broken.”

Sean Payton, head coach of the New Orleans Saints, continues to be unsettled after the death of former defensive end Will Smith who was senselessly shot Saturday night. On Monday, in his first interview since Smith’s death, Payton plead for more gun control. Although it might be an unpopular belief within the state of Louisianna, he said, “so be it.” Payton is not looking...
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April 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Thomas Bryant to return to Indiana for sophomore year

Indiana’s biggest question was answered Thursday as news broke that Thomas Bryant will return to Bloomington for a sophomore season. This is great news for the Hoosiers. Bryant’s return will help the team absorb the loss of senior point guard Yogi Ferrell. By putting off the NBA for at least another year, Bryant will anchor a strong frontcourt that arguably could be the best...
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April 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Big East basketball refuses to be killed off

Grigory Rasputin was a certifiable Russian weirdo and certifiable Russian badass. The mystic/royal family whisperer known as the “Mad Monk” survived stabbing, poisoning, being shot three times and beaten with a dumbbell before he was finally drowned in a frozen river at the end of 1916. And in this way, Rasputin is a lot like what used to be known as the Big East Conference...
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April 06, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Michelle Beadle continues to speak out against network for Greg Hardy interview

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, ESPN’s Michelle Beadle “feels dirty” that the network gave Greg Hardy an interview. In a nutshell, Hardy’s interview did not go over well. He showed no remorse for any of his actions. “Pictures are pictures, and they can be made to look like whatever they want to,” Hardy told Schefter, per ESPN.com, regarding images...
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April 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Twitter wins deal for NFL’s Thursday Night Streaming Rights

Roger Goodell went to Twitter early Tuesday morning to announce that the NFL has found a suitor to stream its Thursday night games — Twitter. Twitter beat out a number of competitors including Facebook, Amazon, and Verizon for the 10-game deal that completes the league’s “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast, cable and now digital. According to a press release from...
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April 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Canada shut out of Stanley Cup Playoffs

Woe, Canada. While many Americans are hanging on to their typical presidential election year promise to flee for the Great White North should such-and-such candidate be elected, they may want to reconsider. No one up there seems to know how to play hockey. With the Flyers beating the Capitals on Wednesday night, Philadelphia mathematically eliminated Ottawa from the playoff race...
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March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

How to Talk About Matt Bush in 2016

This is (technically) not a Matt Bush post. I, like many Padres fans, have strong feelings when I hear his name. It’s hard not to when the number one overall pick by the San Diego Padres in the 2004 draft spent most of his time in baseball getting arrested for assaulting high school lacrosse players while yelling “I’m Matt f–king Bush!,” crying uncontrollably while being...
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March 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Ex-Raven sentenced to jail for starving dog to death

According to The Baltimore Sun, former Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody was sentenced Thursday to nine months in the Baltimore County detention center on charges of animal cruelty. In November, he was convicted of multiple misdemeanors in connection with the death of his dog Taz, a Canary mastiff, that prosecutors said starved to death. During the trial in November, Prosecutor...
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March 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Baseball Diplomacy: Hope Comes to Cuba Amid Painful History

When Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road was published in 1961, many critics and readers dismissed it as yet another indictment of the American suburbs, a theme which even then had become trite (amazing how some things don’t change). For years, the best book of Yates’ career was essentially ignored, isolated to a corner of the literary community. When Revolutionary Road began...
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March 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Sweet 16 field proves football money matters even in hoops

Even in March, college football matters when it comes to advancing in the men’s basketball tournament. Not being good at football, of course, or Kansas wouldn’t have even made the CBI. But having access to the revenue produced by it is a game-changer that makes a difference in powering power programs past their mid-major brethren. Of the programs to advance to this year’s...
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March 21, 2016  |  Discuss

It takes Donald Trump to make Bill Belichick smile

Nobody likes the New England Patriots, at least outside of their natural constituency of Boston bonerboys the worst kind of bandwagon jumpers who have also been authentic Golden State Warriors fans since 2015. (They’d probably tell you they only root for teams not named for the city they play in, but “broad geographic areas.”) There are dozens of reasons to hate the Pats...
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March 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Indiana’s Tom Crean is the Big Ten coach of the year, and deservedly so

  Less than 24 hours after the Indiana Hoosiers finished the Big Ten season with a 15-3 record, it was announced that head coach Tom Crean won the Associated Press’ Big Ten coach of the year award. Tom Crean is the Associated Press’ Big Ten coach of the year. #iubb — Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) March 7, 2016 Some clamored that Wisconsin’s Greg Gard should win the award as...
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March 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Cardinals Jhonny Peralta out 2-3 months with torn thumb ligament

According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Cardinals All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta could potentially miss 2-3 months with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Langosch added that Peralta did get an MRI taken on his thumb, but that “the initial read is not positive.” As a result, Peralta is looking for a second opinion. Peralta will head back to St. Louis to receive a second...
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March 07, 2016  |  Discuss
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