A love letter to Bud Selig

October 5, 2015 – 12:29 am by Hickey

Bud Selig

Dearest Bud,

I just wrote to say I love you. From the bottom of my heart.

This may come as a surprise given that I haven’t publicly said anything positive about you since, well, ever. But that was all a front. Privately, I’ve always admired your visionary genius, especially this whole deal where you created a second wild card entrant before making your exit from the commissioner’s throne.

Imagine the uproar there would be right now if the third-best team in baseball couldn’t qualify for the postseason. But I’m sure you did imagine that, which is why you came up with this whole idea in first place, right?

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Chargers could be missing four starting linemen in Week 4

October 2, 2015 – 5:35 pm by Ryan Phillips
    D.J. Fluker injury

The San Diego Chargers have struggled mightily protecting quarterback Philip Rivers and opening lanes for rookie running back Melvin Gordon so far this season. Don’t expect that trend to be reversed on Sunday when the 1-2 Bolts welcome the 1-2 Cleveland Browns to town.

As of Friday afternoon it looks like the Chargers could be missing as many as four starting offensive linemen this week thanks to injury. Four starting offensive linemen sidelined. That is absolutely insane.

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Bears wave white flag with trades of Allen, Bostic

September 29, 2015 – 1:04 am by Hickey


Not even the French have ever capitulated this quickly.

Three weeks into the the 2015 season, the Chicago Bears have come to official grips with what anyone who has watched them this year already knows: they suck. So the Bears are punting on the ’15 campaign — which given Pat O’Donnell’s prominence in Sunday’s 26-0 loss at Seattle is a perfectly apt metaphor.

Mid-season trades are exceedingly rare in the NFL, but the Bears made a pair on Monday, sending veteran defensive end Jared Allen to the Panthers for a conditional 2016 draft pick. It’s a good deal for the Bears as the 34-year-old Allen was a waste of a roster spot during his two seasons with the team after dominating in Kansas City and Minnesota. He had 5.5 sacks last year and was an unnatural fit as an outside linebacker in Chicago’s new 3-4 scheme, so the move to Carolina back into the 4-3 should do him so good. For the Panthers, it is certainly worth the gamble.

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San Jose Earthquakes form human shield in attempt to prevent red card

September 28, 2015 – 12:09 am by Kevin Johnston

It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and go ape shit immediately after scoring a goal. Unfortunately, it’s also possible to forget about a previous yellow card in doing so.

Just ask San Jose Earthquakes attacking midfielder Matias Perez Garcia.

After getting cautioned in the 77th minute for unsporting behavior, Perez Garcia netted the game-winning goal for the Quakes on a deflected shot in the 87th minute and promptly removed his jersey – by rule an automatic yellow card for delaying the restart of play – in a celebratory fit of joy.

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Fat, shirtless Memphis fan steals show with megaphone air guitar

September 25, 2015 – 12:56 am by Hickey

“Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.” — Dean Wormer, Animal House

Fortunately fat, drunk and brilliant is a way to go through life!

One shirtless Memphis Tigers fan stole the show on Thursday night during the Tigers’ wacky 53-46 win over Cincinnati that gave the school its first 4-0 start to a season since 1961.

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Johnny Manziel headed back to the bench for Browns

September 23, 2015 – 2:59 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown was cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol Wednesday and that means Johnny Manziel is headed back to the bench. McCown was back at practice on Wednesday and will start against Oakland this weekend, retaking the role he was given before the season.

Manziel made one start with McCown out, and he was adequate in leading Cleveland to a 28-14 win over the Tennessee Titans. Manziel completed 8 of 15 passes (53.3 percent) for 172 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed three times for just one yard and fumbled twice.

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Yankees legend Yogi Berra dies at age 90

September 23, 2015 – 2:03 am by Hickey

New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra poses at spring training in Florida, in an undated file photo. (AP Photo)

One of the most iconic and quotable figures in baseball history was lost late Tuesday night.

Yogi Berra, three-time American League MVP, 18-time All-Star and 10-time World Series champion as a player, died at the age of 90.

Despite playing for the team that many people love to hate, Berra is one of the most lovable figures in baseball history thanks to his personality and the plethora of paradoxical sayings that have been attributed to him over the years.

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The bell is tolling for Payton and Brees in New Orleans

September 21, 2015 – 12:12 am by Hickey


They can put the headstone at the Superdome’s 35-yard line.

That’s where the Sean Payton/Drew Brees era of Saints football effectively came to its end early in Sunday’s slop-riddled 26-19 loss to the woeful Buccaneers — a team that allowed a perfect passer rating to Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota in his first game as an NFL player.

Knowing just how pathetic Lovie Smith’s Tampa defense happens to be, Payton elected to punt from the Bucs 35 when he faced a fourth-and-5 on New Orleans’ opening possession. The same Sean Payton who boldly attempted an onside kick to open the second half of a Super Bowl was now punting on a makeable fourth down against a defense that a week before, and over the course of the opening drive, demonstrated that it was one of the worst in recent human memory.

Whether it was a lack of faith in Brees, a lack of faith in his line, a lack of faith in his targets post-Jimmy Graham or a lack of faith that his defense could force a quick three-and-out against a rookie quarterback in a hostile environment, it was a disturbing lack of faith.

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