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Profiles in courage: The Philadelphia 76ers

There has been a lot written the last two years about the Philadelphia 76ers and tanking for lottery position and potentially losing to a college team and these much studied American heroes are currently sitting at 0-14, potentially threatening the league record for least wins in an 82-game season, currently held by the ’72-’73 Philly […]Continue reading...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Down, 11/24/2014

What do I have to say? I’ve been saying for 3 months that Ferguson, as a situation, is never going to end. That was hyperbole but here we are. This whole cycle has been grimly predictable all the way down to the piece of **** D.A., Bob McCulloch, held back the announcement of the grand […]Continue reading...
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Your Guide To Degenerate Football on TV for 11/22/2014

This is all about gambling, I suppose. I don’t really bet but I understand the mechanics of it and I know why most people would get emotionally invested in a Fordham @ Army tilt. A tilt I won’t cover in spite of its early spot on CBS Sports because I don’t like wasting valuable capsules […]Continue reading...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

HEISMANIC: Week 13, 2014

Every time it gets late in any kind of season/cycle/deadline crunch I always get the Buffalo Springfield song “Down To The Wire” stuck in my head but I always think of it with Neil Young’s actual lyrics changed to, “Every time you see her sets your balls on fire.” And then I chuckle to myself […]Continue reading...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Charlie Sifford and Why His Legacy Is Limited

Last week, our friend @BushMush suggested a post on Charlie Sifford in light of the announcement of his honor by the White House. This was a rather obvious topic to tackle for a golf blog so I agreed immediately to do so with a guarantee of a post in our normal Thursday morning slot. That […]Continue reading...
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The Wind Down, 11/19/2014

I am tired, I am weary. I could sleep for a thousand years. There was a guy shooting people on the campus of Florida State tonight. I haven’t seen anything about who the guy was or what set him off or any specifics except that he is probably dead now and it happened in and […]Continue reading...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Lane Kiffin to the Swamp

BREAKING: Getting word that Florida IS interested in talking to Alabama OC Lane Kiffin about the Gators' head coaching position. — SST Radio Show (@SSTRadio) November 19, 2014 Rumors are shooting around the interwebs of Lane Kiffin being contacted by the University of Florida Athletic Administration in regards to their soon to be vacant position […]Continue reading...
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Breaking down the College Football Playoff Rankings for Week 13, 2014

So here we are. I’ve got a long-term theory about this whole stupid playoff committee and I think we’re seeing it play out the exact hateful way I expect it to. You know how we all take it on faith that Marshall doesn’t belong in the playoffs because **** them and who do they play? […]Continue reading...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Down, 11/18/2014

I’m falling so far behind on bigger topics that I keep meaning to write about. NFL drug raids? Is that story just gone? Yoan Moncada – maybe wait til he signs? Well, I think we’ll have a golf post tomorrow. Maybe Thursday? I’ll run through the playoff rankings tomorrow. In the meantime, read all of […]Continue reading...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

UPDATE!!! Giancarlo Stanton contract details

Okay, so we’re finally getting some breakdowns on the Giancarlo Stanton $325M contract and I’ll be damned if I wasn’t righter than I expected that this is a win for the Marlins. All of the money is wrapped up in the second, voidable half of the deal. It’s basically a 6-year deal for $107M and […]Continue reading...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Down, 11/17/2014

Where did I go, my lovely? I wanna know. Sorry, didn’t really mean to take two days off. I had ideas for posts today but just spent my free time with this weird pins and needles feeling about what comes next in Ferguson. It’s a public safety measure just to go ahead and indict Darren […]Continue reading...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

CFB in not quite Primetime: The games you will actually watch

This is a huge day for my inner homer but the real star of the day is in Tuscaloosa. Why is it starting so early? Because of this scheduling there will be a Texas-Okie State game on opposite Miami-Florida State. There are some big games coming that don’t even need gambling to make them interesting. […]Continue reading...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Viewer’s Guide to Degenerate Football on TV, 11/15/14

I’m starting this under the gun with only about 40 minutes to kickoff. Will you have a guide in time to know that the game you were considering adding to your parlay is on TV so you can have a heart attack in real time as SMU rises up to win against an 11-point spread […]Continue reading...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Hot stove hotness: Giancarlo Stanton

Baseball news outlets are tripping over themselves to figure out the exact terms of Giancarlo Stanton’s next contract right now. Remember earlier this year when Red Sox fans thought they might be able to get Stanton on the cheap because he got hit in the face by a pitch from Mike Fiers? Well, cheap is […]Continue reading...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Heismanic Week 12, 2014

It’s tough for me to keep my focus on the mission of the HEISMANIC NATIONAL VIRTUAL TROPHY AWARD: name the best player in the country, regardless of position and team situation. This shouldn’t be such a dynamic leaderboard but it’s really tough to hold an opinion for more than a few minutes at a time […]Continue reading...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Golf Is The Hardest Game

If you read sports blogs you were like me probably at least decent if not very good at a variety of sports as a kid. I was athletic but a mediocre athlete. That is to say I wasn’t terribly large, pretty slow, lacked quickness, couldn’t jump, had short legs, arms, small hands and a small… […]Continue reading...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN Hires Chael Sonnen, Can Never Mention PEDs Again

I suppose we should start with the obvious. If you were good at something and taking a drug would make you better at it, and being better at it could, and likely would, mean millions of dollars for you, you’d probably take it. If you were really good at a sport and loved it and you knew […]Continue reading...
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The Wind Down, 11/12/2014

I had this whole thing all typed up and then I lost half of it and had to write it again. It’s OK because I wrote about how there weren’t that many links but I’m looking at this and there are a lot of links. Tomorrow is Heisman post day and golf post day. I’m […]Continue reading...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

College Football Playoff Rankings, Week 12, 2014

Now we’re seeing some actual arguments about the College Football Playoffs so I guess the social conditioning part of the experiment is taking hold. Do I wish I had a better Veteran’s Day post than a breakdown of the teams in the top 25? Yes, I suppose. I’m not well-versed in military history. Or American […]Continue reading...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Down SPECTACULAR, 11/10/2014

Welcome back to the dump for the giantest dump that I will ever push out. Why the lay off for the past 10 days? I.. don’t… know. (I meant that to read like Homer Simpson answering, “What’s your first name?”) These aren’t new links, this is everything important in the world since the last time […]Continue reading...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Depth Isn’t There: WWE in Late 2014

Near the end of last night’s Wrestling Observer Radio, with Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez, Dave argued that various NXT performers (Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn specifically) should be brought up as soon as possible because the main event scene in WWE is almost barren. I can’t imagine how little a nonwrestling fan could follow that sentence, and since somehow there [...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

RELEVANT!!!! The college football games you actually want to watch

We don’t get the kind of commenter traffic right that makes an open thread anything more than sad but I’m still going all in for this afternoon. I was inspired by that sign I spotted when I switched to ESPN thinking they would have a game on. There was no game but the sign made […]Continue reading...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Guide to Degenerate Football on TV, 11/8/2014

While you haughty fans of “high quality” college football are over there watching Sparty and Ohio State with your trays of blue streak cocaine and medical marijuana, I’ll be right here with the bath salts and the rat poison, thank you very much. These are games for the gamblers and the drunken fools who have […]Continue reading...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Sparty blog guide to MLB Free Agency ’14: the guys that nobody really knows what to expect from

This is my last little list of free agents before they all start a-signin’ willy nilly and what not. The international free agent market is an inherently exciting and amazingly risky proposition. The recent early successes of Cuban ex-pats like Yasiel Puig and Jose Abreu has probably ratcheted up the dollars the bigger names can […]Continue reading...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Sparty Blog guide to MLB Free Agency ’14, Part 3: the guys you really care about

This is not a good year for superstars in free agency. The biggest names all have huge questions about them that might make a 6- or 7-year deal an impossible ask. How bad is it? Chase Headley and Alex Rios made Jeff Passan’s top 20 on his list of free agents. There is a ton […]Continue reading...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss
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