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NBA All-Star Break Notes: Blazers Up, Warriors Lost, by Chuck Strom

Last Wednesday, in their last game before the All-Star Break, the Portland Trail Blazers hosted the Golden State Warriors in a game that was not only a barn-burner but also illustrated the current state of both teams, who would meet in the first round of the playoffs if their current #7 and #2 seedings . . . → Read More: NBA All-Star Break Notes: Blazers Up, Warriors Lost, by Chuck Strom

Hot Takes As The Confetti Falls, by Chuck Strom

Next year belongs to Jimmy G.

The Philadelphia Eagles finally have a Lombardi Trophy to bring home, their first championship since Concrete Charlie Bednarik sat on Green Bay’s Jim Taylor to win it all in 1960. Hats off to them. They played unafraid, especially Nick Foles, and it took all of their successful gambles . . . → Read More: Hot Takes As The Confetti Falls, by Chuck Strom

Protect the Institution! The Catholic Church, Boy Scouts of America, Penn State University and the Newest Entrant, Michigan State University, by Mark Erickson

In these four high-profile cases, adults covered up sexual crimes. The Catholic Church moved priests. The Boy Scouts kept their Perversion Papers secret. Penn State preferred profits over boys. As the gymnastics’ story has already unfolded at Molestation State University against female gymnasts, there will be an expansion to female co-eds, making the travesty . . . → Read More: Protect the Institution! The Catholic Church, Boy Scouts of America, Penn State University and the Newest Entrant, Michigan State University, by Mark Erickson

Blake Bortles, The People’s MVP, Falls About A Foot Short, by Chuck Strom

​The NFC Championship Game has just concluded as of this writing, with the Nick Foles-led Philadelphia Eagles beating the Minnesota Vikings by a shocking score of 38-7. The Eagles will travel to Minnesota to meet the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, thus ruining Minnesota’s dreams of winning a Lombardi Trophy in their . . . → Read More: Blake Bortles, The People’s MVP, Falls About A Foot Short, by Chuck Strom

Baskery – Hard On You, Shut the Cat Flap (Live in Wishbone Studios, North Hollywood, CA)

Take a listen to the extraordinary musicianship and taut harmonies of Baskery, self-proclaimed QUEENS OF BANJO PUNK and a trio made up of sisters Greta (banjo, drums, vocals), Stella (double bass, vocals) and Sunniva (guitar, vocals) Bondesson. The electric live take (above) of one of their catchiest but still unreleased songs, “Hard On . . . → Read More: Baskery – Hard On You, Shut the Cat Flap (Live in Wishbone Studios, North Hollywood, CA)

The Nigerian Doctor Who Single-Handedly Tackled the Whole NFL, by Davin Michael Stedman

The news for American Football just keeps getting worse. The latest study points to repeated hits to the head, not concussions, and not even ‘stingers’ and ‘seeing stars’, as the main cause of CTE.

At first this was all just a wake up call for football players to realize that something they might experience . . . → Read More: The Nigerian Doctor Who Single-Handedly Tackled the Whole NFL, by Davin Michael Stedman

Cedric the Entertainer Crashes Blazers Post-Game Press Conference, by Chuck Strom

After the Portland Trailblazers’ win over the Indiana Pacers last Thursday night, comedian Cedric the Entertainer got up from his courtside seat afterward and took Coach Terry Stotts’ place at the podium for the postgame press conference:

Thanks to the graciousness of the Trailblazers, I’ve been in that briefing room a couple of . . . → Read More: Cedric the Entertainer Crashes Blazers Post-Game Press Conference, by Chuck Strom

After 42 Years, The Original Hail Mary Has Finally Been Avenged, by Chuck Strom

After the Minnesota Vikings’ miracle win in last night’s divisional playoff with the New Orleans Saints, ESPN was historically astute enough to replay footage of the original Hail Mary play from December 1975, when Drew Pearson of the Dallas Cowboys pushed off Vikings cornerback Nate Wright and caught Roger Staubach’s desperation pass from midfield . . . → Read More: After 42 Years, The Original Hail Mary Has Finally Been Avenged, by Chuck Strom

Jimmy G, Melodrama in New England, and the Beginning of the End of an NFL Dynasty, by Chuck Strom

For those who aren’t obsessive about sports, ESPN posted an article last Friday on the alleged circumstances behind the New England Patriots’ trade of Jimmy Garoppolo, now known to Bay Area fans as the return of Joe Montana, to the San Francisco 49ers last October. The article suggests that the trade, which happened suddenly . . . → Read More: Jimmy G, Melodrama in New England, and the Beginning of the End of an NFL Dynasty, by Chuck Strom

An Off-Night For LeBron James and The Cavs in Sacramento, by Chuck Strom

LeBron James, like his predecessors Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, is a star whose appearance in any city draws fans to an NBA arena like pilgrims to Mecca, and like the latter, he is a sight to behold in person at least once in your life. Accordingly, there were a lot of . . . → Read More: An Off-Night For LeBron James and The Cavs in Sacramento, by Chuck Strom

The NFL’s Best Defense: No Problem for Jimmy G, by Chuck Strom

In the buildup to last Sunday’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars, even the most gushing admirers of rookie 49er quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo anticipated a rough time. The Jaguars had allowed the fewest points and passing yards of any team in the NFL, and their defensive line, nicknamed “Sacksonville,” was . . . → Read More: The NFL’s Best Defense: No Problem for Jimmy G, by Chuck Strom

100 Miles of Sports: The Cartel Economy & How to Lose to the Bad News Bears, by Davin Michael Stedman

NBA super teams reflect the spirit of our economy. The haves and the have nots. Like our economy the f_ckery is accelerating and it’s damaging the true competitiveness that well regulated capitalism provides when more individuals and companies can compete.

I like Golden State but what a Cartel! Monopolies are emerging, even if . . . → Read More: 100 Miles of Sports: The Cartel Economy & How to Lose to the Bad News Bears, by Davin Michael Stedman

The only good Blair Walsh story of 2017, by Davin Michael Stedman

This is Max. Max is a Coug. Pound for Pound he is ranked as the biggest 12 in his neighborhood.

This is the only good Blair Walsh story of 2017: my friend’s 7 year old son Max is a huge fan of The Seahawks and the Cougars. Last night my buddy looked worried at . . . → Read More: The only good Blair Walsh story of 2017, by Davin Michael Stedman

Life in the NBA Cellar: Kings vs. Clippers, by Chuck Strom

Hield, Clipper defenders

The Golden 1 Arena is still a gorgeous building, but unfortunately for Sacramento’s NBA fans, the Kings are still the Kings, and last night they lost in mostly the same way they did on the two occasions I saw them last year. They built a lead in the first half, coughed . . . → Read More: Life in the NBA Cellar: Kings vs. Clippers, by Chuck Strom

How Should We Value Baseball’s Most Valuable Players? by Robert BC Carlson

Joe Dimaggio and Ted Williams, 1941

My perennial problem with any sport’s Most Valuable Player award is trying to guess how sportswriters will measure how “valuable” someone is. In baseball, I always wonder how they determine that a guy who hit 40 home runs but missed a lot of fly balls in the outfield . . . → Read More: How Should We Value Baseball’s Most Valuable Players? by Robert BC Carlson

Baseball Thoughts: Cy Young Awards, by Robert BC Carlson

Baseball thoughts:

— No surprise that Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger were unanimously chosen as the Rookies of the Year. No one else came close to their performances.

— I predict the Indians’ Corey Kluber will win the AL Cy Young Award, to be announced tomorrow night. While the Red Sox ace Chris Sale . . . → Read More: Baseball Thoughts: Cy Young Awards, by Robert BC Carlson

The Blazers Are Back, But With Or Without Nurkic? by Chuck Strom

For those of you who didn’t follow the Portland Trail Blazers last season, their biggest story was their February trade for Jusuf Nurkic, the Bosnian Beast and the West Coast’s answer to New York Knick sensation Kristaps Porzingis. With his shooting and rebounding, Nurkic turned around the Blazers’ season, helping them to an 18-8 . . . → Read More: The Blazers Are Back, But With Or Without Nurkic? by Chuck Strom

Your Boy Bob is Woke as F_ck, by Davin Michael Stedman

You can call it White-splainin’ or Man-splainin’ or man-spreading or cheese breadin,’ but Bob Costas just freestyled from his dome some of the greatest commentary on the intersectionality of Sports, Racism, and Patriotism OF ALL TIME.

PLEASE WATCH, especially my dear friends from other nations. This is a fellow Civilian I salute:

Donald . . . → Read More: Your Boy Bob is Woke as F_ck, by Davin Michael Stedman

Down to the Wire: The Cubs Make a Run for the Playoffs, By Robert “B.C.” Carlson

“Buckle up, hold on to your Cubs caps, and watch as the two most exciting weeks of the 2017 season are about to unfold.”

Early spark plug, Wilson Contreras.

As I noted in my last piece for this hallowed blog, at this year’s All-Star break, the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs . . . → Read More: Down to the Wire: The Cubs Make a Run for the Playoffs, By Robert “B.C.” Carlson

Oklahoma Sooners Defeat Ohio State (Again), Rousing 40 Years of Sooner Football Memories, by Mark Erickson

Forty years ago the #4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners traveled to Ohio to play the #3 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. I was home alone when I sat in my living room in Minnesota to watch the football game. This represented the first time I ever saw the exciting wishbone offense, which Oklahoma ran with QB . . . → Read More: Oklahoma Sooners Defeat Ohio State (Again), Rousing 40 Years of Sooner Football Memories, by Mark Erickson