Why Wrigley Field still matters at 100

April 24, 2014 – 4:59 am by Hickey

    wrigley 100

Most stadiums are just places to put butts.

Like a living organism, it takes time for these inanimate objects to grow into something more meaningful. The majority of Major League ballparks have not yet had this opportunity — 24 of the 30 have been built in my lifetime, and I’m still young enough to have lived my whole life within the frame of MTV’s existence.

Like a good child actor, some still create a convincing atmosphere despite their youth. But a facsimile is not the original, as the new Yankee Stadium has proven. There’s no substitute for soul. And that’s why Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday is a big deal.

It is the ancestral family home for those of us who don’t have an ancestral family home.

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Report: Frank Vogel ‘coaching for his job’ with Indiana Pacers

April 23, 2014 – 10:23 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Frank Vogel

The Indiana Pacers were one of the NBA’s best teams all season and head coach Frank Vogel was seen as a major reason why the young roster had come together so well. The Pacers started the year 40-11, but now, just a few weeks later, it appears Vogel may be coaching for his job.

The Pacers earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference over the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat and looked poised for a great playoff run just a few weeks ago. Things were looking great in the Circle City.

But the Pacers fell apart down the stretch and the past three months have been less than encouraging. Then they shockingly fell to the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks in the teams’ playoff opener 101-93. While Indiana rebounded for a 101-85 win in Game 2, the team is still looking shaky at best. Which is why reports now suggest Vogel could be gone if he doesn’t right the ship.

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College football team suspends accused rapist!

April 23, 2014 – 12:50 am by Hickey

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In a move that is sure to send seismic waves across the college football landscape, the University of New Mexico suspended a player accused of rape on Tuesday.

That player is Lobos running back Crusoe Gongbay, who seems like he could have gotten by in life on cool name alone. Unfortunately, that is no longer possible. Gongbay turned himself in to campus police as he and another man face charges of second-degree criminal sexual penetration and kidnapping. According to state law, the second-degree charge is applicable when the accused party is “aided and abetted by one or more persons.” (Why anyone would want to do anything sexual with their buddy in the room, I will still never understand. But that’s a whole different matter).

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Teddy Bridgewater’s stock is plummeting and it’s not surprising

April 21, 2014 – 2:30 am by Ryan Phillips
    Teddy Bridgewater

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was long considered a lock to be a top five selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. For months Bridgewater and South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney battled it out for the top spot in most mock drafts. But as we’ve gotten closer to draft day, the Louisville signal-caller’s stock has sunk like a stone. And if you watch tape on him, it’s not hard to understand why.

While I do see why Bridgewater’s stock is falling, let me preface this post by also saying that I’m not as low on him as some people. I still think he’s far more NFL-ready than both Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel. But I certainly get why some scouts are souring on Bridgewater. Heck, ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper knocked Bridgewater out of the first round of his most recent mock draft.

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Minka Kelly needs to be famous again

April 20, 2014 – 12:30 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Minka Kelly

Remember Minka Kelly? A few years ago she was widely considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. But ever since she and Derek Jeter broke up she’s kind of fallen off the map. She’s currently starring in Fox’s Almost Human, but the show is likely headed for cancellation.

We miss seeing Ms. Kelly all over the Internet on a weekly basis, so with that in mind we decided to put together a photo tribute to her hotness, just to remind you what she brings to the table.

Enjoy, and you’re welcome.

This video of James Harden ‘playing defense’ is amazing

April 17, 2014 – 6:17 pm by Ryan Phillips
    James Harden

Houston Rockets guard James Harden is one of the most explosive offensive players in the NBA. The 24-year-old, two-time All-Star averaged 25.4 points and 6.1 assists per game during the 2013-14 regular season. Simply put, he’s one of the toughest covers in the NBA and drives opposing defenders nuts with his ability to get to the rim and hit long jumpers.

With all of that said, the man is an absolute sieve on defense. Seriously, Harden might be the NBA’s worst defensive guard. Don’t believe me? Oh man do I have evidence for you.

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Report: Florida State, Police did “virtually no” Winston probe

April 16, 2014 – 9:40 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jameis Winston

The New York Times published an article on Wednesday that blasts the lack of any real investigation done by Florida State and the Tallahassee Police Department into the rape allegations leveled at Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston.

The article states that “there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university.” State Attorney Willie Meggs is quoted as saying that the police, “Just missed all the basic fundamental stuff that you are supposed to do.” Meggs was also upset by the fact that the police waited two weeks to finally contact Winston after the accuser identified him as her attacker, and only did so by phone, not with a formal, in-person interview.

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