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Chris Davis And The Greatest Out-Of-Position Performances Of All Time

Yesterday afternoon I was treated to one of the greatest endings to a baseball game I have ever seen. No, it wasn’t the playoffs. No, there wasn’t a dramatic walk-off homerun. No, it didn’t involve Bryce Harper. What made the Baltimore Orioles’ 9-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox yesterday so special is that by the end of it, the 17th inning, the two pitchers of record were both position players.

What made it even more special is that the Orioles first baseman Chris Davis not only picked up the win—the first for an American League position player since 1968—but he was also downright filthy. When a position player is called upon to pitch, you generally expect to see him throwing fastballs in the low 80s, maybe mixing in a slow curve or a bad slider just to mix things up. Continue reading

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From Junior To Jered: The Tragedy And Jubilation Of Sports

I was in my car on my way to work yesterday afternoon when I heard the news about Junior Seau. I was listening to Jim Rome around 11:45 a.m., near the end of his show, when he usually takes the time to recap what he talked about for the previous hours. But yesterday, of course, the final fifteen minutes took on a somber and chilling tone.

He relayed that Seau was being reported as dead from an apparent suicide. As he read from different sources, it became clear to him and his listeners that this terrible tragedy had actually happened. Continue reading

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NFL Draft 2012: The Best And Worst Day Of Mel Kiper’s Year

The day after the Super Bowl, discussions about the NFL on television and radio turn immediately to the draft. And the coverage goes on…and on…and on…In fact, the NFL draft coverage was summed up beautifully by Phil Connors on a bleak February day: “It’s gonna be cold. It’s gonna be gray. And it’s gonna last you the rest of your life.” Continue reading

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Roger Goodell Should Have Let Players Handle ‘Bounty’ Punishment

I’m not going to pretend that I know more than NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. He’s a smart guy. He was presented all of the facts. He personally knows all of the parties. And at the end of the day, he was appointed to role of decision-maker because he, above all, understands how to make the NFL better. And it has certainly worked. The NFL is the highest-rated and most popular sport in America. But despite what I believe were his best intentions, the punishments handed out today to the New Orleans Saints were ridiculous.

Everyone is probably familiar with the story by now. The Saints defense operated a bounty system over the past three seasons that compensated players for injuring the opposition. For example, if you knocked the QB or another star player out of the game you might collect $10,000.

And this led to quite the punishment. Continue reading

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Somebody At ESPN Mobile Is Very Confused

I guess the whole Payton/Peyton thing could be a bit confusing. Either that or they didn’t have any pictures of Sean Payton because he was too busy offering bounties… Continue reading

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