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Will the Boston Red Sox see Daniel Nava in the All-Star Game?

The Boston Red Sox will be well represented in the Midsummer Classic. As strange as it would have seemed a few months ago, onetime Independent leaguer Daniel Nava is getting attention for major league baseball’s All-Star Game. Not the first name you’d think of on the Red Sox in the ASG is it? It still is a long shot for the Boston Red Sox outfielder and occasional first baseman...
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June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Over 300 Penn State players and coaches support PSU lawsuit vs NCAA

The Penn State lawsuit against the NCAA, in response to the harsh sanctions levied against them, is beginning to gain a little traction. Maybe. You might have heard about this. The Joe Paterno family, in conjunction with some Penn State board of trustees, Penn State faculty, as well as some former players and coaches, filed suit against the NCAA. They hope to lift the NCAA sanctions...
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June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

White Sox should trade Chris Sale, everyone for right price

The Chicago White Sox have been nothing short of miserable in 2013. From a punch-less offense to losing three of four to baseball’s worst team in Houston, very little has come up White Sox. Sox GM Rick Hahn has said that the team is not looking to talk trades at this point because the team can still make a run. This would make sense if it was early May, but it is late June, and...
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June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Lewis Pugh: Swimming star and UN ambassador with a cause

A swimming article? Yes, a swimming article. Would you prefer more coverage of Chicago baseball? No, you wouldn’t. The numbers have spoken on that one. Quite loudly actually. And we need to know the name Lewis Pugh. Ocean advocate Lewis Pugh was named UN Environment Programme’s Patron for Oceans yesterday as he embarks on an epic circumnavigation of the globe. Lewis Pugh is one...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Case of Patriots Aaron Hernandez takes turn for the worse

To quote Snoop Dogg, “murder was the case that they gave” New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Two days ago Hernandez was investigated in a North Attleborough, Massachusetts murder mystery. Although Aaron Hernandez was not initially regarded as a suspect in the case, his home was searched, a vehicle implicated in the murder was rented to Hernandez, and the body was...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Mock Draft: 6-21-13

It’s never too early. 2014 NFL mock draft time. Team needs were taken into account sometimes, but often were not. The 2014 NFL mock draft order is completely randomized, as it will change numerous times between now and February. Some of the 2014 NFL mock draft player descriptions will be rounded out and filled in later. Our NBA mock drafts: 2013 and 2014. 1. Jacksonville, Johnny...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Hawks facing roster makeover this NBA off-season

With only three players guaranteed under contract for next season, the Atlanta Hawks will face a massive roster overhaul this NBA off-season that will likely include Josh Smith leaving via free agency.  While landing Dwight Howard and/or Chris Paul is the dream scenario, the franchise needs to have a more realistic plan of attack this summer. Atlanta Hawks (44-38 last year) 2012...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Illini Brandon Paul: NBA Mock Draft Composite

Time to focus on the NBA Draft. It seems possible that the Illinois Fighting Illini will once again have representation on draft night. Guard Brandon Paul was at the draft combine and he’s had contact with the L.A. Clippers, Lakers, Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls. Two years ago was a disaster for Illini nation when both Demetri McCamey and Jereme Richmond went undrafted, despite...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Will wine lover Danica Patrick succeed in Wine Country?

Goddess of NASCAR Danica Patrick is a lover of wine. She, and her ex-husband Paul Hospenthal acquired a very impressive wine cellar with over 1,000 bottles. (More on the Danica Patrick wine collection here) After she divorced Hospenthal so that she could date Ricky Stenhouse Jr., I don’t know what became of the wine collection accrued with her ex-hubby. Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Chris Bosh calls out deserter, non-believing Miami Heat fans

Miami Heat Forward and Struthiomimus lookalike Chris Bosh called out non-believer, pessimistic Heat fans who abandoned them early in game six of the NBA Finals. He declined to invite them back for game seven. Chris Bosh had a lot to say at the Heat’s Wednesday practice, calling out the “fans” who left  American Airlines Arena early when the Heat were down 5 with less than...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NBA Summer League schedule; new tournament format

Viva Las Vegas! The 2013 NBA Summer League in Sin City will feature 22 league teams competing in a 61-game schedule. All games will be July 12-22 at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion at UNLV. Good, so we’ll actually have something to talk about during that super boring week of the MLB All-Star break. This 2013 NBA Summer League debuts a tournament style schedule; making...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

#72 Boston College: College football 77 in 77

You mean the people of Boston aren’t busy looking ahead to Boston College football right now? The sports fans in Boston have something better to keep them occupied? With the murder investigation linked to Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez, the Bruins leading the NHL Stanley Cup Final 2-1 (game 4 tonight) and the Red Sox having their dysfunctionally obsessed fanbase (my home town has...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Blackhawks celebration videos in Chicago streets: MEATHEAD style

The Chicago Blackhawks are down 2-1 to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final, with a chance to tie the series tonight. Whether they do or don’t, there will be a very ridiculous overreaction by the people of Chicago and Blackhawks fans. Today, is a good day to flash back to this video I shot right after the Blackhawks captured the Cup in 2010. It is MEATHEAD at certain points...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots Aaron Hernandez implicated in murder case

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is being investigated in a North Attleborough, Massachusetts murder mystery. Although Aaron Hernandez is not being regarded as a suspect in the case, his home was searched, a vehicle implicated in the murder was rented to Hernandez, and the body was found about a mile from his house. Hernandez, who has earned NFL Pro Bowl honors, is...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Tim Donaghy describes how the NBA allegedly fixes games (exclusive)

You remember Tim Donaghy? I had a very in-depth exclusive with him in 2011. Time to rerun some of the highlights today as it’s NBA Finals time once again. In the third and final installment of my exclusive with ex-NBA referee Tim Donaghy we discussed the issues you really want know about, is the NBA fixed? A lot of people thought last night’s game between the Spurs and Heat was...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Steak Shapiro, insulter of Steve Gleason, explains himself to Brooke Baldwin (video)

From Brooke Baldwin/CNN Newsroom: Steak Shapiro, one of the fired morning show hosts of Atlanta sports radio station 790 the Zone spoke with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin about his firing. Yes, Steak Shapiro is an actual person, not the name of a specially prepared dinner entree. He did acknowledge the poor taste of his joke mocking former New Orleans Saint player Steve Gleason, who has...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Lebron James just inspires conspiracy theorists, and hate

The choice: game six of the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Sacramento Kings and L.A. Lakers or this game tonight, game six of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs; which is the bigger conspiracy theory contest? Discuss… Now, I’m not taking a side either way. I’ll let the “NBA is fixed” people make their case, but I’m not going to agree...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

#73 Syracuse Orange: College football 77 in 77

Sometimes the Syracuse Orange don’t make the cut for the college football 77 in 77. There’s a whole lot of ACC in the 70s and 60s ranked teams; and a ton of basketball schools. Syracuse is usually down here in the dregs with Duke, Kentucky, Boston College, Indiana, Virgina, every season. It’s b-ball schools and ACC; or both. And that’s a shame because the Syracuse Orange...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

South Carolina Gamecocks land recruit due to LOW academic standards

Just when you thought the academic standards for SEC football players couldn’t get any lower. (believe me they’re in the Mariana Trench right now) The Steve Spurrier led South Carolina Gamecocks usher in a new low. Or at least this new blue-chip Gamecocks recruit is…not so much for intellectualism and studying. And he said something very unintelligent to the press. Arden Key...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Blackhawks Playoffs Most Wanted

The Chicago Blackhawks have had their hands full through three games against the Boston Bruins. While the series is not over, it is safe to say that game four is a must-win for Chicago. In 25 series that have been tied after two games, the team that won game three has gone on to win 21 of them. That is a pretty telling stat, but not a forgone conclusion. What/who has been to blame...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

NASCAR Nationwide leader raises money for Jason Leffler’s son

Yesterday, NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Travis Pastrana and Regan Smith passed out ice cream downtown in anticipation of Chicagoland Speedway’s Rally, Rock & Race weekend of NASCAR Nationwide racing. Smith and Pastrana raised over $600 throughout the day, with Chicagoland Speedway’s R.A.C.E. Foundation making an additional donation, the total charitable contribution was...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Former Detroit Pistons hostess Erin Nicole: rumors

You haven’t heard of former Detroit Pistons in-arena hostess Erin Nicole yet, but I guarantee you won’t forget the name after seeing this post today. The singer, actress, spokesmodel continues the tradition of hot girls named Erin (Andrews, Sharoni, Hawksworth etc.) in sports media, and models becoming “journalists.” Erin Nicole today works as a traffic and entertainment...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Jay Cutler Wedding Article: Dumbest. Thing. Ever

Obviously, I’m someone who enjoys reading news about Jay Cutler; and often writing about Jay Cutler. So when my girlfriend handed me an US Weekly with “Kristin Cavallari Country Wedding” featured in the top corner on the cover I wanted to take a look. I skipped past all the fashion crapola and straight to what I thought would be a 2-3 page article about the details of the Jay...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Blackhawks claim they’re losing money?? Huh??

When I hear the Chicago Blackhawks complain about how they’re losing money still it makes little sense to me. It makes as much sense as when Pro Football Weekly claimed the reason they went under is the NFL lockout. One NFL preseason game and OTAs was missed; that’s it. The NFL lockout occurred during the time of the year when no one cares about football anyway, yet it killed...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Kate Bolduan becomes youngest major anchor

Kate Bolduan (pronounced ‘Baldwin’) made history this morning by becoming the youngest news anchor on a major network at 29 years of age by being named to co-host CNN’s new morning news show, ‘New Day’.  CNN, however, is banking on this being more than a mere publicity stunt. Kate Bolduan, a native of Goshen, Indiana (same hometown as former Notre Dame and Chicago Bears...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss
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