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Greinke Injury

CHRIS PUMMER: Basketball isn’t a safe sport to dabble in. And if I were being paid millions of dollars to play baseball, I would probably not do anything that would compromise my ability to do that.

At the same time, Greinke’s already got all the money he and his family will ever need coming to him. Maybe gambling a possible $150-200 million payday for the sake of doing whatever the hell he wants right now is just fine with him. Continue reading

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Sportsman of the Year: Drew Brees, Michael Vick or LeBron James

Krysten Oliphant: The sports person of the year has to be New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

CHRIS PUMMER: Brees might be a nice guy, but nothing defines the competitive spirit of the modern athlete better than knowing you’re so good that you can tell everyone else to go fuck themselves. That’s why LeBron James is my Sportsman of the Year. Continue reading

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What the FIBA World Championships Meant

MIKE CUMMINGS: About 10-odd days ago, Team USA won its first FIBA World Championship in 16 years, defeating Turkey 81-64 in the final at — wait, you hadn’t heard? Well, for real, it seriously did happen, and it was actually kind of a big deal to basketball fans, apparently. But unless I was missing out on something, mainstream American sports fans didn’t seem to care. At all. While this raises the possibility of some bad forest-related jokes — ‘If Team USA won a championship and no one heard about it, did it really happen?’ — it also raises some interesting questions. Chiefly among them: What the heck happened to international basketball?

To me, the strange part of the recently-completed FIBA World Championships isn’t the lack of interest here in the United States. The Redeem Team simply reinforced for all but the most-observant fans that the USA reigns supreme, unless we send our B-team. And perhaps that is so.

But the difference in passion seen among the other countries this summer is what struck me. And there are several possible reasons. Continue reading

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UConn Basketball: Twilight?

JON DALY: I spent a Lost Semester in Storrs and was a fan of the team before that; I remember when they played at the Field House and Dom Perno was the coach. Jim Calhoun put that team on the map. They made three Final Four appearances; bringing home the title twice. 22 of his players went on to the NBA including ten who were active in ’09-’10.

HOWARD MEGDAL: It simply may be that Connecticut basketball doesn’t have enough horsepower to weather this particular series of setbacks. Continue reading

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Allen Iverson’s Legacy

STEPHON JOHNSON: Allen Iverson’s career arc marked the beginning and the end of the NBA’s connection to Hip-Hop music and culture. His image will always overshadow his greatness.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I don’t disagree with anything Stephon said, but I just wanted to further clarify the value Iverson brought to individual teams. Keep in mind, I also loved Iverson from his first flash of national action against Arkansas as a Georgetown freshman. He’s in the pantheon of athletes I remember the first time I saw, and for good reason.

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Print New York Times: Necessity OR Relic?

EMILY SAIDEL: Paper Beats Rock

JEFF ELDRIDGE: The New York Times website is so good that it might be backfiring against the paper. Continue reading

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Two Guides to Filling Out Your Bracket

HOWARD MEGDAL: Choosing the correct teams in your NCAA pool is easy, provided you have the proper background information.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Is Basketball the one with the big round ball you aren’t supposed to kick? Continue reading

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NCAA Bubble Watch: Conference Tournament Edition

STEVE KORNACKI: At the risk of further inflating his unwarranted stature, I’m going to begin this week’s bubble discussion by taking issue with Joe Lunardi’s latest tournament mock-up. Safely in the tournament (as in: not one of the “last four in”), Joe tells us, is UNLV, while San Diego State, the Rebels’ MWC rival, is at the top of the “first four out” list.

HOWARD MEGDAL: We’ve really come together on the tournament questions, though I do enjoy Joe Lunardi, and think your bashing of him is unwarranted. He gets 33 of 34 right every year, got all in 2008, and he’s got a degree in Bracketology! I wasted my college years on Lit.

As such, I never got the specialized knowledge required to understand how Penn State is a tournament team. They have an RPI of 63. 63! Georgetown is at 49, and most people (myself included) aren’t sure they make the tournament even with four Big East Tournament wins! And while Georgetown is 4-5 in its last nine… so is Penn State! Continue reading

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