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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 ...

Cubs, WGN Radio to end 89-year relationship

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

They say the first 80 years of a marriage are the toughest. The Chicago Cubs and WGN Radio made it that far in their relationship, but it turns out there will be no ninth decade of the arrangement. Chicago media guru Robert Feder confirmed Tuesday night that the two sides will ...

Hunter Pence’s stolen scooter returns

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The nation breathed easier on Wednesday night as San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence's missing scooter was returned to its rightful owner. In an incident that will no doubt be remember as this generation's version of the Lindbergh Baby kidnapping and Patty Hearst's disappearance, Pence's regular ride to the ballpark was ...

Cubs targeting catcher Max Pentecost with No. 4 overall pick

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

"Are you interested in being a Chicago Cub at the No. 4 pick in the draft?" That, according to a friend of Rumors and Rants, was the question posed to Kennesaw State catcher Max Pentecost by Cubs president Theo Epstein in a conversation this week. It would appear Pentecost didn't say ...