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#3 to Ride Again?

It is very difficult to imagine, but the #3 that has been held inactive since the passing of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. may soon be put on the active roster again. Richard Childress, who has held the number since the passing … Continue reading

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Good Work If You Can Get It: The Jamarcus Russell Story

It’s been well documented what a disaster Jamarcus Russell has been. How his attitude and lack of football acumen set the Oakland Raiders back potentially a decade after they picked him #1 in 2007. By selecting the quarterback out of … Continue reading

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There’s a Market For Everything: The Case for Greg Oden

It seems in sports there is a niche for everything. Player who cannot shoot but can play lock-down defense for a few minutes in the forth quarter? Check. Player who can return kicks (but not punts) and nothing else? Sign … Continue reading

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Arsenal in Japan: Yesterday and Today

As Arsenal are in the Far East, Bob Wilson discusses his trip with the club to Japan in 1968. Very good piece. Check it out here.

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Gambling your future for no present: Life at Barclays with the Nets

So, the Nets pulled off the blockbuster deal of draft day with the Celtics. The Nets ship three first-round picks (2014, ’16 and ’18) along with Kris Humphries’ expiring contract, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks and a sign-and-traded Keith … Continue reading

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Player Profile: Julio Franco

The man played forever. And he had the sweetest batting stance EVER! Consider that the Phillies traded him and 4 other players for Von Hayes in 1982. Sweet move by the Fightin’s. Here is a writeup I did for Ask … Continue reading

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Gambling on MLS? Yes.

England has an amazing. They bet on anything. I mean anything. What will the nationality of the first goal scorer in an EPL game be? Yeah, they have that covered. Just sink into Ladbrokes for a little bit and you … Continue reading

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Doing the Opposite of Jordan: The Latest Harlem Globetrotter??

The Harlem Globetrotters held their annual draft selecting five players including current WNBA rookie Britney Griner (she passed on the offer). The most controversial selection came from outside the basketball world. Retiring New York Yankee (the last player to actively … Continue reading

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Good for Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has paid back some 10 million Euro in back taxes. I am sure this most likely came from his ash tray and couch cushions. I wonder what the Vegas odds are that he will be in this fix … Continue reading

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When the FIFA substitution rules go wrong:

The Confederations Cup is in full swing in Brazil. Yesterday, Spain, the reigning World Champions and currently ranked #1 in the world, played Tahiti who is currently ranked 138 in the world right ahead of powerhouse Afghanistan. Spain were only … Continue reading

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