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Pro Wrestling in 2016: End of the Year Awards

2016 was pretty wild for pro wrestling. After all, this was the year that saw both A.J. Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura leave Japan and win championship gold in WWE and NXT respectively. For women’s wrestling, 2016 was also historic; Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair broke barriers by not only competing inside Hell in a Cell, […]

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Boogie the Night Away

DeMarcus Cousins has never played in a playoff series of the NBA. That sole statistic is the source of infinite scrutiny around Cousins, who has toiled through six poor-to-downright horrendous seasons during his time with the Sacramento Kings. The talent around “Boogie” is constantly changing – Kings management let 2008 ROY Tyreke Evans slip away […]

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The Grind Game

It hasn’t gotten a great deal of notice, but in an NFL where everything was supposed to depend on quarterbacks, at least two teams have decided that the path to the Super Bowl is by 1970s style ground-and-pound running games. The Cowboys have lapped the field in the NFC while riding Ezekiel Elliot, who has topped […]

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Rest Trumps Being the Best

Assess the validity of the following premises: 1)       The Cleveland Cavaliers could, if they chose to do so, rest each of their players, including their three superstars, for ten to fifteen games between now and the end of the regular season and still win at least half of those remaining games. Except for Tristan Thompson. He […]

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Chief Wahoo Hangs On

The announcement by the Cleveland Indians that Chief Wahoo would be featured on their caps for the 2017 season sounded a lot like a last place manager getting a one-year contract extension. The assumption in the case of the manager is that something great has to happen for him to last beyond that one year deal; […]

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Craig and the Technicolor Dream Suit

There will be no shortage of obituaries about Craig Sager. The sports media world will be jam-packed with stories, laughs, memories, and praises of the man behind so many iconic NBA moments. And so, although it’s like shouting during an explosion, here is another. Sager deserves it.  “We lost a great one today. The epitome of […]

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Staff Picks: Best of 2016

2016 is finally winding down to its conclusion. While many will reflect on what was an eventful year (to put it mildly), let the Holyfield staff also help you reminisce on some of the year’s best offerings from music, movies, television, and video games. Cody Conley Yes, Blackstar gets extra credit because David Bowie passed […]

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NBA Time Machine: 2000-01 Toronto Raptors

For the fourth straight season, the Toronto Raptors are poised to make the playoffs and make some noise as possible contenders. Under Masai Ujiri’s leadership and the team’s core leaders, the Raptors are in a golden age of success for the franchise. As someone who has cheered for the Raptors for as long as I […]

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Alternate Jersey: Michael Vick's Dogged History

When you think great quarterbacks of the 21st century, a few big names probably come to mind. Tom Brady. Peyton Manning. Drew Brees. Aaron Rodgers. Ben Roethlisberger. And I’m sure there are many other names that you feel should be on this list and are mad that they aren’t — I see you, Ravens fans! But there […]

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Subjective Standards

It’s easy enough these days to assume that everything we hear in the media is bullshit that sometimes when someone tells us the truth it blows right by us. Listen to this quote: “It was determined that Washington was the more talented team.” That’s College Football Playoff Committee Chairman Kirby Hocutt, describing the rationale for […]

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The Hot Hand Theory

En fuego. In the zone. Lights out. We all know it by different names, maybe describe it with different terms. But even the shallowest of sports fans know about the hot hand theory. It doesn’t matter if it’s Steph Curry hitting 13 threes in a game or Joe DiMaggio putting together a jaw-dropping 56-game hit […]

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