April 24, 2014

The Designated Player: A Tale of Two Red Bulls Seasons, and News on the Soccer Stadium Front

The Red Bulls have now won two in a row. Or they were beaten two games ago. Depends how you look at it.

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Cheap Heat Podcast: Daniel Bryan, ‘Legends’ House,’ and the Ultimate Warrior

Davis Shoemaker joins the show to talk Daniel Bryan, ‘Legends’ House,’ and the Ultimate Warrior.

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Let’s Talk About Tony Parker’s Hyperbaric Chamber and His Eddie Van Halen Lambo Truck

Until this video, I had not realized that Parker had earned more than $100 million playing basketball.

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Aaron Donald Is the NFL Draft’s Interior Terror

No one has checked off the draft boxes quite like Donald has in the past three months. He’s moved from the second round to the middle of the first round to a possible top-10 pick.

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Do You Believe in the Bolivian Soccer Ghost?

Imagine an NBA or an NFL or an MLB ghost. You can’t. Do you know why you can’t? Because we have no sense of wonder when it comes to sports.

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Captain Obvious: Michael Pineda, Pine Tar, and the Neck Smear That Shattered Baseball’s Code of Silence

Everyone was prepared to forgive, forget, and ignore Michael Pineda Pine Tar Gate 1.0. Of course, nobody expected Pineda to have a veritable “I DARE YOU” sign pine-tarred on his neck the very next time he faced the Red Sox, leaving Boston manager John Farrell no choice but to defy baseball’s snitches-get-stitches ethos.

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The Island of Dr. McDowell

This spring, many prognosticators shied away from the Atlanta Braves following a rash of pitching injuries that knocked the team from its perch as the NL East co-favorite. Well, serves us all right for doubting a Roger McDowell staff.

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The Rocket Killer: Breaking Down LaMarcus Aldridge’s Playoff Scoring

There are two things you should know about LaMarcus Aldridge: (1) He’s an incredible scorer who balances a freakish midrange game with strong interior offense, and (2) he’s playing the best basketball of his life right now.

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The Time to Become a Blue Jackets Fan Is Now (Sorry, Penguins)

Today is about love and the Blue Jackets and loving the Blue Jackets.

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NBA Playoffs Overnight: LAMARCUS!

After LMA’s 46-point, 18-rebound outburst in Game 1, the Rockets managed to hold him to a paltry 43 points on 64 percent from the field in Game 2. The irony is delicious: the analytics-inspired layups-and-3s Rockets, laid low by an avalanche of midrange 2s.

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About Last Night: Miami’s Vice

In case you were busy ruining your own 100th anniversary party, here are the top five stories you missed in sports on Wednesday.

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April 23, 2014

Charlie Strong and Accepting the Unreality of 110 Percent

New Texas football coach Charlie Strong offered an honest assessment of his team this week, saying the Longhorns will not compete for a national championship in 2014. Surprisingly, the anticipated FIRE STRONG uproar never came. Was this backlash-that-wasn’t a blip, or does it herald a bright new dawn of embracing matter-of-factness?

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Derek Jeter’s Diary: Wardrobe Centaurs and Supervillains

It’s like you’ve got this suddenly limited supply of W’s that are being handed out, one by one, and you don’t know exactly how many W’s are in your pile; all you know is they will definitely run out at some point relatively soon.

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Men in Blazers: With Special Guest Landon Donovan!

Rog and Davo mourn the passing of David Moyes, “Dare to Jozy,” and welcome their hero, Landon Donovan.

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Bradley Beal Will Break Your Heart, and Other Thoughts About the Wizards

The Wizards are up 2-0 on the Chicago Bulls, Simmons picked them to make the Eastern Conference Finals, and Charles Barkley picked them to sweep the Bulls and thinks they have one of the best teams in the East. What the hell is happening right now?

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The NHL Playoffs Start Getting Real: Say Good-bye to Young Tampa Bay

Sixteen teams stood before us in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, but only 15 teams remain. Sorry, Tampa Bay Lightning, but it’s time to hit the showers.

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Inflexible Indy Finally Bends to Beat Atlanta

The Pacers’ season was very much in jeopardy on Tuesday, and they did what desperate teams do: They stepped far outside their comfort zone, adapted to a new reality, and survived.

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Slump City: Why Does the 2014 MLB Season Suddenly Feel Like 1968?

It’s early, but one MLB-wide trend has reared its ugly head with all the subtlety of a Bartolo Colon at-bat: Nobody, it seems, can hit worth a damn. What’s going on? Blame rising strikeouts and defensive shifts.

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NBA Playoffs Overnight: Air Canada and ‘Survivor: Indiana’

Celebrating a night of DeMar DeRozan, Paul Pierce, and D.J. Augustin.

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About Last Night: D.C. Road Warriors

In case you were busy camping outside of NFL headquarters waiting for Wednesday’s schedule release, here are the top four stories you missed in sports on Tuesday.

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