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Tiger Woods And His Pursuit of Jack Nicklaus Take a Detour

(52) Comments | Posted May 13, 2011 | 8:31 AM

Back in 2006 we all knew Tiger Woods was eventually going to race past Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships and set a new standard which would likely never be broken. It was a fact of life.

Fast forward to 2011, and it is looking like a long-shot at...

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Why We Care About Brett and His Little Favre

(44) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 11:42 AM

When the long-awaited confirmation came last week (via Deadspin) that Brett Favre had, indeed, sent pictures of his junk to Jenn Sterger, reaction from the sports world was immediate. Many thought Deadspin shouldn't have dignified Favre's actions or Sterger's claims with space on the site. Others thought it...

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NFL Week Three Roundup

(6) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 1:18 PM

Looking around the NFL this week I thought maybe the lockout happened a year early, since so many replacement players were taking over. Turns out, injuries and awful performances have led to backups taking on starting roles.

In Philadelphia, Michael Vick has been named the starting quarterback for the...

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The Death of the American Sportswriter

(10) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 12:23 PM

I woke up Thursday morning and it was like coming out of a haze that had enveloped the last few years of my life. I realized, maybe a little too late, that the profession I love isn't slowly dying, it's already dead.

I'm of the opinion that sports can change...

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Can Stephen Strasburg Be Baseball's LeBron James?

(4) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 3:36 PM

When Stephen Strasburg took the mound for the Washington Nationals Tuesday night, a lot more than a Major League Baseball game was on the line. Strasburg represented baseball's foray into the world of "super hype" that has surrounded players in other sports but had yet to break through into our...

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Herculez Gomez Represents What America Is All About

(5) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 11:50 AM

Herculez Gomez waited quietly for his opportunity in international soccer. He watched for years as a cavalcade of players were called to audition as strikers for the United States. They were younger, faster and surrounded by more hype, but still Gomez sat by patiently.

A Mexican-American born in Los...

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Amir Khan Could Be Boxing's Next Big Thing

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 2:06 PM

Amir Khan has finally arrived in America and the British boxer could be here for quite some time.

Khan (23-1, 17 KOs) announced his presence with authority last Saturday night by decimating the brash Paulie Malignaggi at Madison Square Garden in front of a worldwide HBO audience. The 23-year-old...

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Soccer Truly Is a Beautiful Game

(32) Comments | Posted May 14, 2010 | 6:30 PM

In America we generally treat soccer as a second class sport. We devour information on baseball, football and basketball, and occasionally feast on anything related to golf, hockey, NASCAR or the so-called "extreme sports." But despite a slight uptick in interest in the United States, soccer has yet to capture...

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Mayweather Smacks Mosley, Must Now Take Pacquiao Fight

(16) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 11:57 AM

Floyd "Money" Mayweather finally did it. He finally proved himself to a doubting public. He fought a game, bigger, all-time great fighter and came out on top. The Pretty Boy came through despite facing adversity early to put on a show last Saturday night in Las Vegas. He cemented his...

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The NFL Draft Could Be Ruined By New Format

(28) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 9:14 AM

For the past decade, I have devoted one Saturday at the end of April to sitting on my couch and watching ESPN for upwards of 11 consecutive hours. Over the years only my stomach or bladder could induce me to move from my appointed post. I was a lone soldier...

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Why Pacquiao - Mayweather Is Important for Boxing

(31) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 1:28 PM

After watching Manny Pacquiao utterly dominate Joshua Clottey last Saturday, the sports world has turned it's attention to the future for the Filipino sensation. Now that I've digested Pacquiao's performance - which more closely resembled a Class B Felony than a boxing match - I'm now convinced, more than ever,...

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