July 28, 2015

The NHL Has a Breaking News Problem

When the hockey world announces a new contract, it keeps the details secret. The weird part? None of that information is actually a secret.

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A True Blue (Jay) Blockbuster: Parsing the Rockies’ Long-Anticipated, Utterly Unpredictable Troy Tulowitzki Trade

After years of trade rumors, the Rockies finally dealt star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, sending him and LaTroy Hawkins to Toronto for Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects. The haul was enough to move the reaction from downtown “What were they thinking?” into the suburbs of “Actually, that sorta makes sense.” So let’s summarize the conceivable arguments against this trade from Toronto’s perspective, and for it from Colorado’s.

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The 30: Don’t Break Up the Tigers

Detroit might want to rebuild, but it’s already too late. Meanwhile, Boston can’t escape its bad contracts. Toronto still needs pitching. And Kansas City brings in a new ace right as the original no. 1 finds his footing.

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MLB Trade Deadline Prep: How to Participate in Hug Watch 2015

To better understand the nuances of baseball’s hugging culture and prepare to monitor all relevant activity this week, let’s examine what different forms of nonverbal communication mean.

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Gone Baby Gone: Boston Tells the Olympics to Get Bent

Rejoice! A bad idea that should have never gotten this far was killed.

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Good Charlotte? The Hornets and the Sliding Scale of NBA Mediocrity

How do you build a contender in the East when you’re not bad enough to get a no. 1 pick, but not good enough to make the playoffs?

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July 27, 2015

How Did USA Basketball Win Only Bronze at the Pan Am Games? And What Are the Pan Am Games?

Perhaps you’re like me. Perhaps, while cruising your television channels sometime in the past week, you suddenly smelled a whisper of cotton candy, caught sight of the strange, colorful tents, heard the lilting calliope music, and found yourself saying, “Is that Anthony Randolph in a USA Basketball jersey?”

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Ay, There’s the Chubb: Is the Latest Star in Georgia’s Running Back Pipeline Built to Last?

Nick Chubb burst onto the scene last year as a true freshman, posting eye-popping numbers and generating considerable offseason hype. Now, he’s the latest elite Georgia tailback to earn unenviable comparisons to Herschel Walker. If Chubb helps the Dawgs regain title form, though, the shadows will vanish.

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Silenced: The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Junior Seau Bungle

Deflategate? Nothing but a distraction from the real issues facing the NFL and its players.

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No More Royal Pains: Kansas City Takes Full Aim at a World Series Title by Trading for Johnny Cueto

Until Sunday, the Royals had never cashed in the farm system down the stretch to acquire the missing piece. But making the playoffs is no longer the goal; now, all that matters is actually winning it all. And Johnny Cueto can help with that.

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A Culmination in Cooperstown: Pedro Martinez Enters the Hall of Fame

There might be better pitchers, but there will never be another Pedro. Plus: a Ric Flair sighting, Craig Biggio in kindergarten, and ranking the five best Hall of Fame classes of all time.

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A Fitting Farewell? Cole Hamels No-Hits His Way to Even More Trade Hype

Cole Hamels’s no-hitter would make a fitting farewell, but the best gift he could give Phillies fans is enough of another team’s talent to fan a smoldering organization’s embers into a flame.

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Dusty in the Wind: The Sad Saga of Dusty Coleman, Kansas City’s Modern-Day Moonlight Graham

Dusty Coleman waited seven years to get his shot at The Show. And when he finally did, he blew it. Twice.

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The Introduction to the End in New Orleans

The release of Junior Galette, and its salary-cap aftermath, could be the beginning of the end of the Saints’ Drew Brees era.

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