April 22, 2014

Let the MLB Sack Race Commence

Let the MLB Managerial Hot Seat Watch (or Wobbly Chair Watch) (or Sack Race) (or whatever you want to call it) commence! Sorry, Ned Yost.

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Only Love Can Break Your Heart: On Rick Adelman’s Retirement

The press conference announcing Rick Adelman’s retirement from coaching was about as quiet and unassuming as the man himself. Multiple rows of chairs sat ready on the Timberwolves’ practice court inside the Target Center, but they were less than half full when president of basketball operations Flip Saunders and Adelman took the stage. On the […]

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Ruslan Provodnikov: The Siberian Rocky in Brighton Beach

A boxer may threaten to break you physically, mentally, contractually. He may threaten to break you, full stop. Ruslan Provodnikov, the Siberian WBO light welterweight champion, announced late last year, on Twitter, a kind of linguistic variation: He will break you morally. When Provodnikov was in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, the other afternoon, I asked him […]

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B.S. Report: J-Bug and Bill’s Dad

Bill calls his buddy J-Bug to talk about his experience at this year’s Boston Marathon. Plus, Bill’s dad comes on to discuss Boston sports.

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The Clippers and the Chris Paul Paradox

What happens with Paul the next few years is the difference between remembering one of the greatest point guards ever and remembering a point guard who was so great you appreciated him despite the disappointments.

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Modern Management Is Rubbish: Manchester United Move On From David Moyes

The tenure of David Moyes was a colossal institutional failure on Manchester United’s part, as well. Moyes didn’t fail United as much as the two of them failed each other.

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Is the NHL’s New Playoff Format … Not Awful?

Virtually every great NHL rivalry has been between division opponents. The league’s new format won’t guarantee those, of course, but it makes them a lot more likely, and that’s reason enough to give it a thumbs-up.

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Bendita Camino: Why I Love Atletico Madrid

I used to think I became an Atletico fan because of their checkered history, or because their fans could give a sermon on valor at a moment’s notice, or because the team reminded me so much of the Mets. That’s not really the point.

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How to Fix the First Round of the NBA Playoffs

Keep the first round of the playoffs as a best-of-seven series unless one team wins the first three games of the series. If a team gets up 3-0, the series is treated as a best-of-five and ends.

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NBA Playoffs Overnight: Thunder-Grizzlies, Explosions Everywhere

Watch the play of the year over and over and over. It doesn’t get any easier to believe.

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About Last Night: Dubs Demolished

In case you were busy seeing what happens if you mix some facts in with your “facts,” here are the six things you need to know from sports on Monday.

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April 21, 2014

Linsanity :(

Last night, the Blazers got past the Rockets in a game that will be remembered for Dwight Howard’s inability to make free throws. But the most memorable miss of the night didn’t belong to Howard; it belonged to Jeremy Lin, who launched what was arguably the least accurate 8-foot jump shot in NBA history late […]

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Jonah Keri Podcast: With Special Guest Keith Law!

ESPN’s Keith Law joins the show to discuss his process of examining prospects in the minors. Later, author Kostya Kennedy comes on to talk about his new book on Pete Rose.

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Georgia Tech Spring Football: Not Soft-Nosed, But Wet-Nosed

Why did no one show up to Georgia Tech’s spring football game? And how is Mark Richt to blame?

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Are the Defending Champion Blackhawks Now Playoff Villains?

If you were watching the NHL playoffs this weekend, I’m sure you saw Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook straight-up level St. Louis Blues center David Backes with a hit that could generously be described as “unfortunate.”

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Farewell, Woody: The Knicks Clean House

Mike Woodson had no chance of returning as Knicks coach once James Dolan shelled out that sweet, sweet Cablevision money for Phil Jackson.

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Premier League Takeaways: New Everton, Old Arsenal, and Jozy Altidore Becomes Suddenly Important

This weekend had lots of results we all expected and one we really, really didn’t.

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We Went There: A Night in the Shark Tank

Joe Louis Arena has its long history, TD Garden has its swagger, and the Bell Centre has that certain je ne sais quoi. But if I were compiling a list of favorite places to go to watch a hockey game, the Shark Tank in San Jose would be very close to the top. (Notice I […]

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NBA Playoffs Shootaround: Opening Statements

Indiana’s meltdown continues, the Raps and Nets get feisty, and more from the first weekend of the NBA Playoffs.

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The Borini Conspiracy: The Loaned-Out Striker, the Penalty Shot, and Liverpool’s 10-Year Plot to Win the Premier League

Some have said Liverpool are a team of destiny; others might say that destiny is just an opiate to numb us from the cruelly efficient, unspectacular, behind-the-scenes machinations of a handful of omni-powerful men and women who shape the world to their liking.

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About Last Weekend: Failure to Launch

In case you were out inspiring Bob Dylan to write a song about you one last time, here are the top five stories you missed in sports last weekend.

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