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Is ESPN A Dead Man Walking?

News comes today of dozens of layoffs at ESPN.  The cuts mostly affect on-air personnel, which makes you wonder who will be standing in front of the random stadium telling you what brilliant thought Jerry Jones just had, now that Ed Werder is no longer available. Last time I looked, my archaic cable system still gives […]

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The Leafs Are Budding Again

In their golden days, the Toronto Maple Leafs were a model NHL team. As one of the league’s “Original Six”, they have established a long and rich history of success. Their 13 Stanley Cups are second only to the Montreal Canadiens for most in NHL history. They have iced legendary players like Tim Horton, Frank […]

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2017 NFL Mock Draft

The 2017 NFL Draft is upon us. Tomorrow, 32 young men will be chosen as the next class of NFL first-round picks. For the rest of us, it’s anarchy. Fans are wandering around in a haze as if the night before a test they didn’t study for. If you see a Browns fan console them, […]

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The Playoff Bulls Almost Make Sense

If you go to your local carnival the morning the crew packs up, you can get a pretty good picture of what the Chicago Bulls’ season looked like; it was a roller coaster, but one with frayed seatbelts and rust in suspicious places. Ultimately, the 14 men who got on that ride (and the varied […]

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Trouble Along the Ohio River

26 years ago, the Cincinnati Bengals did something they have yet to replicate, and something that every other team in the league has done at least once since: win a playoff game. After that (in)famous day on January 6, 1991, the Bengals suffered through fourteen seasons of play without a postseason appearance, during which time […]

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Idiosyncrasies of the Past NBA Season

This, as you may have noticed, was a fairly ridiculous season for statistics. What with Russell Westbrook’s usage, three-pointers being heaved like never before, and the most efficient offenses basketball has observed, plenty of trends have been noticed, spoken about, written about, complained about, yelled at about and informed condescendingly about. Not all outlying statistics […]

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From Chubs to Triple Dubs

I would not consider myself an early adopter of Nikola Jokic. While many casual fans may have just read (and subsequently mispronounced) his name for the first time this season, his phenomenal advanced statistics throughout last season drew plenty of attention on NBA forums such as Reddit’s “/r/NBA” subreddit or RealGM. His PER (Player Efficiency Rating), which […]

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Just a Kidd

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has never particularly been known for his offense – at least not in a positive way.  The most famous picture of him, in fact, is his jump shot form, which looks actively unpleasant to try to replicate. However, what’s going to be shown here is that, while he’s still got flaws, MKG has […]

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Mismatches from Game 1

We got through the first weekend of the NBA playoffs with three upsets (almost a fourth in Cleveland) and we now have a taste for which players have created issues for certain teams. This is just a brief preview on what to look for in the remainder of the first round: Indiana @ Cleveland Lance […]

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The Music Never Stops

It’s really fucking hard to build a successful NBA team. We all like to sit back and laugh at the David Kahns and Billy Kings of the world, but we also seem to conveniently forget that widely-respected basketball savants like Michael Jordan, Steve Kerr, and Doc Rivers floundered when given similar tasks. It’s especially tough […]

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The Perseverance That Saved Pittsburgh

If you’re old enough, you can actually remember a time when the Steelers were a joke and the Browns a powerhouse, rather than the other way around. Dan Rooney would get unanimous support for sainthood in the city of Pittsburgh, but when he ran the team, he hired his drinking buddies as scouts, and based […]

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