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Woe is Buffalo: America’s Most Miserable Sports City

Friday, July 11th, 2014

LeBron James' decision to return to Cleveland has had an unintended consequence: sealing Buffalo, New York's fate as the most mind-numbingly depressing city in which one can be a sports fan. For years, the competition on the opposite ends of Lake Erie was fierce and unrelenting. The resumes are remarkably similar: ...

Putting Germany’s historic beatdown of Brazil in context

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Few ass-kickings in sports history can measure up to Germany's 7-1 annihilation of host Brazil in the World Cup semifinals. It was Brazil's first loss on home soil in a non-friendly match since 1975, and tied a 1920 loss to Uruguay for the largest margin of defeat in the nation's ...

Jeff Samardzija ruled ineligible for All-Star Game

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Hey now, Jeff Samardzija's an All-Star. But he can't get his game on and go play. And yes, I really am using this scenario as an excuse to open a blog post with Smash Mouth lyrics, because I'm dropping the gauntlet on the rest of the blogosphere's lack of awesome ...

Tim Kurkijan is a subpar sausage racer

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

ESPN baseball reporter Tim Kurkijan made a foray into gonzo journalism by participating in the Sausage Race at Milwaukee's Miller Park during Monday night's Brewers-Nationals game. But to paraphrase famous Kazakh journalist Borat, it was not a great success. (Or maybe it was since we're talking about it). Kurkijan dressed up ...

Possible new names for Washington’s football team

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

It would seem the writing is on the wall for the Washington Redskins nickname no matter how hard owner Daniel Snyder continues to pound his drum and say "Hey look! I'm pounding a drum! That means I'm pro-Indian! Hey-a hey-a, hey-a hey-a!" The U.S. Patent Office canceled the team's trademark on ...

Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard doing better than his ’11 Draft classmates

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Sage veterans Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have been the heart of San Antonio's championship dynasty, but it was young gun Kawhi Leonard who helped the Spurs push through for the franchise's fifth NBA title. The third-year player from San Diego State averaged 17.8 points per game on ...

Landon Donovan ad has terrible (or terrific) timing

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

I finally got around to reading Sports Illustrated's May 26 profile of Adam Silver, but amazingly that wasn't the thing that stuck out the most in the magazine. And not their profile on Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, either. Which is stunning given that both pieces were superbly done. So what could ...

Heat beats the Heat, creates need for David Caruso memes

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The Spurs opened the NBA Finals with a 110-95 win over the Heat, but in a most unusual circumstance for an indoor sport, the temperature played a big role in the outcome. The air conditioning system went kaput at San Antonio's AT&T Center, forcing the temperature in the arena to hover ...