Meet David Blatt, bold fighter pilot

May 11, 2015 – 6:47 pm by Hickey

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A day after committing a pair of decisions that would have been characterized as “boners” back in the day when they weren’t just a thing in your pants, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt was on the defensive trying to justify his actions against the Bulls late in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Decision 1 was attempting to call a timeout he did not have, which would have warranted a technical foul had any referee witnessed it. Decision 2 was to have LeBron James inbound Cleveland’s final pass of regulation rather than receiving it. Fortunately for the Cavs, LeBron vetoed his coach Jimmy Chitwood-style and nailed a buzzer-beater that sent the series back to Cleveland tied at 2 games apiece.

On Monday, Blatt admitted he screwed up. But in that admission, he also created a rather specious defense. You see, basketball coaches make A LOT of decisions each game. So many of them, in fact, that the only people who could possibly understand such pressure are…fighter pilots.

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Bill Simmons, we’re offering you a job (again)

May 8, 2015 – 5:21 pm by Ryan Phillips
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Back in September, ESPN suspended Bill Simmons for being honest about Roger Goodell (or for challenging his employers to suspend him) and we thought he got a raw deal. After all, he was just being a provocative voice about a sports-related topic, you know, the exact job he was hired to do. At that time we offered Mr. Simmons a sweet deal: a job at Rumors and Rants.

Now that it has become public that Boston Billy and ESPN are officially divorcing, we decided it was time to renew our offer. Bill, come work for us.

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Manny Pacquiao has successful shoulder surgery

May 7, 2015 – 2:05 am by Ryan Phillips
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After their mega-fight Saturday night, we found out that Manny Pacquiao entered the ring against Floyd Mayweather with a severely torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. While the fact that the Filipino slugger wasn’t 100 percent healthy may not have altered the outcome of the fight, it almost certainly changed how it was contested.

On Wednesday, Dr. Neal ElAttrache informed the public that Pacquiao had undergone successful surgery on the shoulder and that he expected Pacman to make a full recovery, but be out of action for nine months to a year.

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Stephen Strasburg is hurt again

May 6, 2015 – 2:18 am by Ryan Phillips

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On Tuesday night, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg left his start after just three innings thanks to a shoulder injury. Strasburg appeared to be in some discomfort in the first inning, but continued to pitch before leaving early. It is yet another set back for a guy who seems to always be getting injured.

Strasburg is set to see a chiropractor on Wednesday, so at least this doesn’t seem to be another arm injury. But for a guy who has had a multitude of shoulder problems and sat out a year following Tommy John surgery, this is just another ailment to throw onto the pile. It seems the 26-year-old’s violent delivery will always cause him health problems.

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KYLE FARNSWORTH IS PLAYING FOOTBALL

May 6, 2015 – 1:43 am by Hickey

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Some of us take a bit longer than others to find our true calling in life. Perhaps Kyle Farnsworth fits that bill.

Farnsworth, who spent 16 years in the Major Leagues pitching for 11 teams — 10 if you count his two separate stints with the Braves as one team, but much like Grover Cleveland’s presidencies we are counting them as different entities — has done so in his retirement from baseball.

Farnsworth, who remains the most imposing man in a pair of spectacles this side of Teddy Roosevelt, is now an All-Star defensive lineman for a semi-pro football team. For real.

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Brewers fire Ron Roenicke — Who’s Next?

May 4, 2015 – 1:13 am by Hickey

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Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was rewarded for his team’s first series win this season by getting fired on Sunday night. Of course, when you’re winning your first series of the season in May, it should be no mystery as to why you’re getting canned.

Milwaukee has the worst record in the Majors through 25 games at 7-18, but GM Doug Melvin said that last season’s tumble to the finish — the Brew Crew led the division for the majority of the year before stumbling down the stretch to an 82-80 record — was also a factor in the decision.

“Over roughly the last 100 games, we have not performed at the level that we should,” Melvin said in a team release.  “It’s all about wins and losses, and after the first month of play this year we didn’t see the progress and improvement we had hoped for.”

So now that Roenicke’s gone, which managers are next in line in the gallows?

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: Live Blog

May 2, 2015 – 4:13 pm by Ryan Phillips
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It’s finally here. The “Fight of the Century” is upon us, as Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) will step in the ring tonight after a five-year wait. They will battle for the title of best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and the best boxer of their generation at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

We will be live blogging all the action starting at 8:45 p.m. ET, with the main event expected to begin around 11 p.m. Check out our preview of the entire card here, and see who celebrities and experts are picking here.

Tune in and join us as we bring you all of the action.

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Celebs and experts make their picks

May 1, 2015 – 5:40 pm by Ryan Phillips
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The “Fight of the Century” is almost upon us. Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the two greatest fighters of their generation will step into a ring and finally settle their long-simmering feud. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will give us the fight we’ve been begging for and it should be one heck of a show.

Everyone seems to be focused on this fight, it has captivated the world and people from all walks of life are weighing in with their predictions. We have listed the latest celebrity predictions below, so check them all out to see who your favorite stars think will walk away victorious.

We will add to the list as more predictions come in.

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