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Virtuous Hindsight: Looking Back at Bold Predictions for the 2010-2011 NBA Regular Season

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 6:45 PM

In the business of prediction, hindsight is as greatly feared as it is yearned for. With the NBA season coming to a close a few nights ago -- symbolically, in Sacramento -- here's a look at a few preseason predictions made by some full salaried basketball experts. These projections cover...

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San Francisco 49ers: A Slow Climb to the Top

(38) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 3:56 PM

My introduction to the game of football came on January 29,1995, Super Bowl XXIX. On that day, both before and after the Indiana Jones halftime show, Steve Young and Jerry Rice were seen bludgeoning the San Diego Chargers in front of millions of people.

My eight year...

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Buster Posey: Baseball's Most Important Player

(3) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 2:37 PM

In an early August game at San Francisco, with his team trailing by two runs with two outs and first base open, Joe Torre, manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, chose to intentionally walk Giants clean up hitter Buster Posey.

Pitching for the Dodgers was Clayton Kershaw -- a 22-year-old...

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Dustin Johnson: Golf's Most Curious Talent

(3) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 12:09 PM

He's been described as approachable; a humble man with a calm demeanor. Lost chances don't eat at his core like they do most of us.

Forget his $7.5 million career earnings and counting, an uncanny ability to hit his 8-iron over 220 yards, and the fact he spent the...

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Lance Armstrong: A Pariah on Hold

(9) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 2:20 PM

"I hope it sends out a fantastic message to all survivors around the world," he said. "We can return to what we were before -- and even better."
-Lance Armstrong after his 1999 Tour de France win

A few days ago I received the August 2010...

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Roger Federer: Greatest Ever or Second of His Era?

(13) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 2:42 PM

One day before Roger Federer nearly hiccuped away a chance at a remarkable seventh Wimbledon title to Colombian journeyman Alejandro Falla, The New York Times posed a question that tennis purists have been, and will continue, debating in both the present and distant future. How can Roger...

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Mike Holmgren: Cleveland's Knight in Shining Armor

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2010 | 1:16 PM

The fumble, this video, the possible loss of a home grown hero: the city of Cleveland is America's longest running practical joke. The people are a jumbled combination of resiliency, depression, hope and gloom. They deserve your sympathy, but laughing at them is more than justifiable. To put...

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Dwight Howard: Not Yet Superman

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 2:24 PM

Dwight Howard is not Superman. Superman doesn't get pushed out of his phone booth by Kendrick Perkins. He doesn't resort to a running hook shot 10 feet from the basket or rim out a bunny for the umpteenth time and incredulously glare at the referee.
Everything about his...

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Devan Downey: College Basketball's 2010 Cinderella

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2010 | 10:21 PM

He's been described as 5 feet 9 inches tall in heels -- one hundred and seventy five pounds draped in a wet blanket, after three Big Macs and a large order of fries. As uncooperative a cover as they come, Devan Downey is the most inspirational guard college basketball has...

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The Man Behind Sacramento's Resurgence

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2010 | 12:22 PM

Right now fans in Sacramento are in an admirable position. After dipping into a valley of disappointment for the past decade, the city's only professional sports franchise is currently undergoing a rebirth. They're young, exciting, financially in the green and have potential bursting at the seams.

Through thick and...

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John Calipari's Dancing on a High Wire

(5) Comments | Posted December 28, 2009 | 1:31 PM

John Calipari has a silver tongue. The gleaming organ could sell snow to a polar bear and wherever the 50-year-old savant has gone, two things have followed: success and controversy. Charisma drips from the man's forehead while culpability sits on his brow.

Currently the head coach...

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Joe Mauer: A $300 Million Dollar Man

(10) Comments | Posted December 10, 2009 | 4:15 PM

On January 26, 2001, the game of baseball irrevocably changed forever. Coming off a 41 home run, 132 RBI season that also saw an absurd .420 on base percentage, 25-year-old Alex Rodriguez signed a 10 year, $252 million dollar contract with the Texas Rangers.

Thanks to his new contract,...

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Phoenix Suns: A Futile Reclamation Project

(4) Comments | Posted November 25, 2009 | 2:03 PM

The late, brilliant author F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote there are no second acts in American lives. Despite having a Canadian point guard and two bench players from Brazil and Slovenia, the Phoenix Suns are currently pushing as hard as possible to make Fitzgerald's famous aphorism a false prophesy.

With...

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Pacquiao and Mayweather: Mirage or Reality?

(5) Comments | Posted November 19, 2009 | 4:30 PM

The fans fortunate enough to be on hand at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last Saturday night bared witness to boxing's best absolutely dismantling an over-matched Miguel Cotto. It was a fight that led promoters, hype men, boxing loyalists and fans everywhere to exhale a protracted, slow...

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What Do Jordan's Bulls Have in Common With Garnett's Celtics?

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2009 | 2:32 AM

Remember when Michael, Scottie, Dennis and Phil ran through the league like the bulls (no pun intended) in Pamplona? It was the 1995-96 season and there was simply no competition. No other team could so much as lay a penny down on their tracks to derail this once in...

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