Ryan Braun (Photo Courtesy of Jim McIsaac from Getty Images)

Last Saturday night, the news broke that National League MVP Ryan Braun failed a performance-enhancing drug test in October. This dramatic truth revealed is devastating for MLB, which seemed to be beginning truly moving past the “Steroids Era” that began in the early 90’s.

Braun is an established superstar of the game, arguably the very best hitter around, but he now faces a 50-game suspension at the start of next season. Braun is an critical part of the Milwaukee Brewers team, which will already likely lose slugger Prince Fielder this offseason in free agency, and the loss of Braun for a third of the year will be a tough blow even after the acquisition of third baseman Aramis Ramirez. But more damaging in this story is the disappointment of one of the most gifted young players in the game. Continue reading Ryan Braun Should Keep MVP Despite Positive Steroids Test »

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Tiger Woods Claims First Victory In 2 Years

December 6, 2011 at 10:21pm in National
Tiger Woods (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

After two years plagued by scandal, injury and swing changes, Tiger Woods finally got the victory that has been eluding him.

Woods came into the final round of the Chevron World Challenge trailing former Masters Champion Zach Johnson by one stroke. The final pairing went back and forth for most of Sunday, until Johnson holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 16th to take a one-shot lead.

Johnson then watched his birdie put lip out on 17 while Woods birdied the whole to make thing all square going into the final hole. Continue reading Tiger Woods Claims First Victory In 2 Years »

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Yes, "Get Out of My Face" is just a satire of "Pardon the Interruption," but an argument can be made that it's entirely better sports coverage than the more serious ESPN hit.  (www.timwasher.com).

Could it be that when it comes to sports coverage, The Onion’s hillarious “Get Out of My Face” keeps sport insights more real than its satirical targets, ESPN sports debate shows “Pardon the Interruption” and “Around the Horn”?

Well, for one thing, “Get Out of My Face” broadcasters Kenny Kennedy and Reggie Greengrass are easily more entertaining (not to mention, their allocution more engaging) than their counterparts on ESPN. Kennedy and Greengrass defy stodgy sports fans who have no sense of humor whatsoever, like the “owners” of my fantasy football league who constantly get offended at my offers of Cincinnati Bengals field goal kicker Mike Nugent for Aaron Rodgers or Matt Forte.  Or, for that matter, those fans who seem to laugh only when discussing a “poor trade” or a dominating performance by their favorite sports team. Continue reading Onion Report: Tom Brady & Mark Sanchez Have Sex, Eli Manning Elite For 4 Days »

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Rex Ryan (TYSON TRISH/NorthJersey.com)

If I say “Adam Sandler movies,” what comes to mind? Billy Madison? Happy Gilmore? Waterboy? The Wedding Singer? Big Daddy? Many of these movies were hilarious. But, the other common attribute these movies share is that they were released in the 90’s. All of them.

Notable movies since? Little Nicky (ugh). Mr. Deeds (meh). The Longest Yard (double ugh). Funny People (such a disappointment). Let us not forget his new release, Jack and Jill, staring Adam Sandler as Jack, and Adam Sandler as Jill. Sandler, you’re not Eddie Murphy or Tyler Perry, and you never will be.

But, in Sandler’s latest flick currently slated to come out in 2012, “Donny Boy” (which was filmed in Massachusetts), there may be a few reasons to watch. First, it was filmed in the Bay State, so any of you Massachusetts natives may enjoy the setting. You also may enjoy that Jets coach Rex Ryan will play a Boston lawyer and Patriots fan in the film. Continue reading Rex Ryan to Play Patriots Fan in Adam Sandler Movie “Donny Boy” »

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Early Stage of the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event (photo courtesy of www.onlinepoker.org)

The 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event commenced in July as a giant window into the world’s poker ecology. With more than 7,000 entrants in this no limit hold’em tournament, Day 1 of the event sported a motley crowd of amateur online qualifiers adorned with various online poker company badges and lapels, a dwindling number of tough hew faced roadside gamblers, nice and predictable family men looking to “take a shot,” elite engineers and wealthy businessmen whose abilities in the workplace translate well at the poker table, cagey live professionals who made their riches playing in swanky underground games and Vegas Casinos, and finally, the lords of the room, baseball cap adorned, early to mid-20s “online ballers.”

Seven days later, the event has dwindled down to a nerve-manglingly quiet four remaining tables, populated with whip-smart online players from across the globe.  The remaining 37 players are competing to make the “November Nine” final table, which will be covered live by ESPN during the first week of November. First prize is close to $8 million, and 9th place is guaranteed $700K and change. Now, so close to life changing money, each cackle of shuffled chips sounds like a death knell. Continue reading World Series of Poker 2011 Hand Review: A Ballet Between Luck and Skill »

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Look, I don’t know much about IndyCar racing or Nascar, but it’s clearly among the most dangerous sports in the world. On Saturday night, Jimmie Johnson was involved in a head-on crash, but walked away. On Sunday, IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon was not so lucky.

Wheldon started last among a field of 34 cars, the largest field of the season. He could not avoid the gigantic pileup in front of him, and unfortunately lost his life. The 33-year-old leaves behind his wife and two young children. Continue reading Video: Dan Wheldon Killed In 15-Car Crash at IndyCar Race in Las Vegas »

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Hank Williams Fox News Interview (image courtesy of Fox News)

In response to musician Hank Williams Jr.’s comparison of a meeting between Barak Obama and John Boehner to a golf game between Adolf Hitler and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, ESPN pulled Williams’ 20-year-old opening song “All My Rowdy Friends” from its “Monday Night Football” telecast. In a statement made to the press on Sunday afternoon, ESPN explained its decision:

“While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”

The First Amendment does not limit a corporation’s rights to curtail employees’ or colleagues’ exercises of free speech.  So, if ESPN wants to cease its broadcast of a song that has become as much a part of American lore as baseball and apple pie, it is in no danger of withstanding a First Amendment lawsuit, even if the contents of that song and its performer’s political comment are entirely unrelated. Continue reading ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr’s Monday Night Football Song After Hitler Comment: Wrong Move? »

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