I Have a Few Gripes with this “Most Famous Athlete” List

June 1, 2016

ESPN come out with something called the “World Fame 100” today. Here’s an explanation of what it is: “It started off with a simple question: Who’s the most famous athlete in the world? Ben Alamar, ESPN’s director of sports analytics, devised a formula that combines salary and endorsements with social media following and Google search popularity to create the ESPN World Fame 100 rankings. The names might be familiar, but…

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NBA Finals: Complete Preview and Predictions for Cavaliers vs Warriors

June 1, 2016

I’ve heard a lot of people knock the NBA, saying that its postseason is inferior to both the NFL and NHL playoffs. There is some validity to that sentiment, particularly given how anticlimactic the first and second rounds usually are in basketball. But admit this: at its best, when two heavyweights like the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers meet in the Finals, the NBA is absolutely epic. Just look…

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Your Ultimate Stanley Cup Finals Preview

May 30, 2016

  The battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup begins Monday night in Pittsburgh. After upsetting the President’s trophy recipients-the Washington Capitals-and dethroning the reigning Eastern Conference champions-the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Pittsburgh Penguins are back in their first Cup Finals since 2009, when they defeated the Detroit Red Wings in seven games. Many thought that Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pens would have many more opportunities to hoist another Cup….

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Introducing My Weekly MLB Power Rankings, Featuring Comparisons to TV Shows

May 30, 2016

  Alright….so how do I explain how this is going to work……Well does anyone read weekly power rankings? I’m sure you have. They mostly look like this. They’re all pretty boring. The only one that’s any good is Jonah Keri’s “The 30” for SI.com (I’m sure some of you will remember Keri from the ol’days of Grantland; now I’ll be back in a bit while I quietly sob alone for…

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Are the Thunder Dead on Arrival?

May 30, 2016

  That’s it. Call off the dogs. After squandering a chance to close out the Golden State Warriors on their home court Saturday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder must travel back to Oakland in a do-or-die Game Seven. I’m sure many are saying the Thunder are done. They may be right. Having picked Oklahoma City to win this series in seven games, I don’t want to write them off. But…

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Top Four Storylines in Stanley Cup Finals

May 27, 2016

This article was originally published in the latest edition of The Morning Mando.  Once again, we have a Stanley Cup Finals matchup that practically no one saw coming. The Penguins being here isn’t much of a surprise. After a slow start to the season, the Penguins turned things around after interim coach Mike Sullivan took over and they have thrived since. Even though the Tampa Bay Lightning gave them all…

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Pressure on Thunder as Series Heads Back to Oklahoma City

May 27, 2016

This article was originally published in the latest edition of The Morning Mando.  Facing elimination, the Golden State Warriors regained their swagger in a 120-111 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. In my estimation, it was Golden State’s most complete performance of the series, which should serve them in good stead as the series heads back to Oklahoma City Saturday night. There was a lot to like about the Warriors…

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