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Devil's Advocate Playoff Previews: Rockets, Trail Blazers, Clippers, and Warriors

This is the final part of the Devil's Advocate Playoff Previews, a four-part series looking at the weaknesses of every team in the 2013-14 NBA playoff bracket. You can find Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here. Houston Rockets Unlike truly elite teams, the Rockets have the potential to give up 130 points in one night to a lowly team like the Lakers. Unlike truly elite...
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No Relief: Closing by Committee

Every couple of seasons a new pitcher comes along and is lights out for awhile. Then a season or two later said pitcher regresses badly enough to warrant a demotion from his current role. He stays on the team, however, but is used mainly in low-leverage situations. He is a closer, and he has one of the most difficult jobs in baseball. Usually when I speak of a specific position...
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Joakim Noah and Centers Who Know How to Pass

From the sidewinder jump shot to the patchy beard, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah plays with an unorthodox style. But one unusual skill has really set him apart from the competition this season: his prolific passing. Centers aren’t typically tasked with dishing out the ball, but Noah leads the Bulls with 431 assists this year—5.4 assists per game—128 assists more than point...
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Devil's Advocate Playoff Previews: Spurs, Mavericks, Thunder, and Grizzlies

This is the third part of the Devil's Advocate Playoff Previews, a four-part series looking at the weaknesses of every team in the 2013-14 NBA playoff bracket. You can find Part 1here, and Part 2 here. San Antonio Spurs The Spurs, from the onset, count on opponents' superstars getting their own numbers but limiting—almost eliminating—any impact from an opponent’s...
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What If Terrell Owens Had Been Traded to the Ravens?

After the 2003 season, San Francisco 49ers star receiver Terrell Owens was set to opt out of his contract and become a free agent. His agent, David Joseph, didn't file the paper work in time, and Owens was not granted free agency. Sensing a potential grievance, the 49ers traded Owens to the Baltimore Ravens for a second round pick. Owens was furious, stating that he was a free...
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The Wind Up: Early Favorites and Fantasy Failures

We're about a month into the season now and I don't know what's more surprising: another Tommy John surgery, Prince Fielder hitting under .200, Dee Gordon hitting close to .400, or the Milwaukee Brewers starting the season 11-4. Okay I lied, I do know what's most surprising. Yes, it's still early days yet and samples are small, but we've all got to start...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Draft Day and the Future of Sports Movies

You’ve seen Hoosiers, right? Good, you’ve officially seen every sports movie made before 2008. No genre is more formulaic than sports movies. Every team is a scrappy underdog. Every coach has personal demons. Every star is either too old or too short or too this or too that. Every leading man has a plucky love interest who either knows an unrealistic amount about his game or...
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Devil's Advocate Playoff Previews: Heat, Bobcats, Pacers, and Hawks

This is the second part of the Devil's Advocate Playoff Previews, a four-part series looking at the weaknesses of every team in the 2013-14 NBA playoff bracket. You can find Part 1 here. Miami Heat Watching the Heat this year, all strengths and weaknesses of the actual team aside, has been like watching one of the less impressive episodes of the old MTV game show Silent Library...
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Second Chances: Justin Smoak and Melky Cabrera

In 2012, the Boston Red Sox finished at the bottom of the AL East standings. Entering the 2013 season the Toronto Blue Jays were the team to beat.  After a busy offseason and a flurry of trades bringing in new players to bolster their existing core of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, things were looking good.  Of course, the Red Sox won the World Series and the Jays never...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Drawing the Line Between Sport and Entertainment

Mixed Martial Arts has been called the “fastest growing sport in the world.” However, in actual fact, MMA falls under the category of sports entertainment. It is not a thoroughbred sport in a traditional sense. In legitimate sports leagues like the NFL, NBA, or NHL, the champions win their way to gold. Those who compete for the top spot were the winners out of a series of brackets...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Devil's Advocate Playoff Previews: Bulls, Wizards, Nets and Raptors

This is the first part of the Devil's Advocate Playoff Previews, a four-part series looking at the weaknesses of every team in the 2013-14 NBA playoff bracket. Chicago Bulls The Bulls’ largest weakness can be sadly summarized in two words: Derrick Rose. He’s not on the court, and it truly does diminish their chances of beating Miami, Indiana, Brooklyn, Toronto, or even...
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Jackie Robinson's Election to the Hall of Fame

Today marks the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Though not technically the first black player in the major leagues—that distinction belongs to Moses Fleetwood Walker of the American Association’s Toledo Blue Stockings in 1884—Robinson destroyed the unspoken yet visible barrier constructed in the late 1880s preventing blacks from joining...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Maxx Tissenbaum Writes His Way Through Baseball

During spring training, I was lucky enough to chat with Maxx Tissenbaum, catcher for the Class A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (Tampa Bay) and blogger at Red, White and the 3-0 Green Light, to talk all things baseball and writing. Tissenbaum, who blogs about his experiences on a regular basis throughout the season, is providing baseball fans with something really valuable: an...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Juice This: Draft Day, Johnny Manziel, and Colin Kaepernick

This week, we give you the drift on the draft, Draft Day, that is, the movie starring Jennifer Garner and a few guys who want to get into her pants. We also scratch our heads over those Wonderlic scores we've been hearing about and we probe Colin Kaepernick's alibi. He has one, right? DRAFT THIS! The movie about the Browns' performance in the NFL Draft has hit...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Hunter Morris

Two seasons ago down in AA Huntsville, Milwaukee Brewers farmhand Hunter Morris started making a very strong case for himself to be the future first baseman of the Brewers. In fact, several fans were confused as to why the organization didn't give him a shot last season when that position was in shambles. Could he have been more productive than players like Yuniesky Betancourt...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Injuries That Will Make You Cringe

Last week, Los Angeles Angels batting coach, Don Baylor broke his leg catching an errant ceremonial first pitch from Vlad Guerrero. It was as brutal as it was bizarre. Baseball is not generally considered to be a contact sport but sometimes we get some horrific, gruesome and downright odd injuries from America's past time. This is a look back at some of baseball's most...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

What If the Eagles Drafted Ricky Williams?

Leave it to Eagles fans to get pissed over the right decision. In 1999, Philadelphia chose Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb with the No. 2 overall pick, leading to a parade of boos from fans who wanted Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams. McNabb spent a decade as Philly’s quarterback; Williams had one of the strangest careers in NFL history. Needless to say, the Eagles aren’t...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Zipper Cuts Are All the Rage in the NBA

My tone may sound suggestive when I say this, but the modern NBA offense has become a tricky, lecherous behemoth. Every coach in the league has turned to complex, multi-step offensive action just to initiate a possession and, while the whiteboards may show good intentions, not every team succeeds. Teams who run particularly advanced stuff—extended motion, side-to-side pick-and...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Another Day, Another Tommy John Surgery

If there's anything in baseball that annoys me more than hypocritical fans, it's season-ending injuries. To be fair, the distance between the two isn't even close; season-ending injuries almost hurt me. This 2014 season has already presented plenty, all in the name of Tommy John. How is it that every name on the following list is a very notable one? Are we any closer...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Can't the Brooklyn Nets Win the Eastern Conference?

Why can’t the Nets win the East? No, really, I’m asking. Someone give me a reason. Someone tell me why this team is going to lose their edge in May when they’re 33-13 in 2014. That’s better than Indiana (28-20). That’s better than Miami (27-17). Explain to me what’s wrong with a defense that has completely retooled itself around bizarre lineup combinations and length...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Howard Jones and the Long Road to the NFL

The story of Howard Jones is an important one for high school athletes that want a chance at playing Division I. It's not the standard fairy tale story that portrays making it to the big stage a cake walk. No, this story is chock-full of disappointment and failure. Don't worry all of you Disney lovers: he is getting his own draft profile, after all. Jones is where he wants...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: How Early is too Early?

Understand it's only been a couple of weeks, ladies and gentlemen. While doing so, celebrate it anyway. If the team you support is leading their respective division, shout it to the rooftops. If the team you support is dwelling in the cellar, don't worry because it won't last forever! No team has played more than ten games yet this season – not even those pesky LA...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

PEDs and DUIs: Dissecting Fan Culture and the new MLB Drug Agreement

Whenever Major League Baseball plans to make one of their “important announcements,” I couldn't care less. At this point, I know exactly what it's going to be about: PEDs. What else would it be?  All baseball has been about for the last three seasons is the worn out "How can we clean up this game?" rhetoric. That is why MLB recently announced improvements to...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Draft Coming Up for Jerry Reese

Throughout his tenure in the Giants’ front office, Jerry Reese has enjoyed a reputation as a draft guru. He first cultivated it as the Director of Player Personnel and right-hand man of then-GM Ernie Accorsi, when he was tasked with overseeing the scouting process and running the team’s war room at the draft. In that role, which he took over in 2002, Reese can claim credit for...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

March Madness Obituaries: Shabazzketball Dooms Kentucky

March Madness is a great time of year. But the sad truth is that 68 teams compete for a prize only one will win. To that end, we present our March Madness Obituaries, which mourn the fallen teams left behind on the road to the national championship. A new national champion has been crowned, and the “hungry Huskies” of Connecticut now stand alone atop the college basketball world...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss
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