1. The Behind the Scenes Villain: LeBron James Fiasco Is Not His Fault

    When Chad Ochocinco is the voice of reason, it means something. The oft-volatile Cincinnati Bengals receiver told The Dan Patrick Show : "I wouldn't really blame it on LeBron. I would blame it on the media...

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  2. Extreme Makeover Home Edition: U.S. Soccer Still Needs Change

    I didn't bother. I didn't feel like it. I delved into the realm of full-on fandom. I didn't feel like doing much else, because, for once, it felt like the right thing to do. Easiest group ever...

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  3. Stuck on Cloud No. 9: Utah Jazz Forced To Take a Shot in the Dark at NBA Draft

    So after all these years, this is it? After all these years of holding out hope that a monumental bonehead move by Isiah Thomas would prove to be another franchise savior, this is it...

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  4. Conservatism Killed The Cat: Utah Must Take Risks To Ascend

    Deron Williams knows it. And so does the rest of the league. The Utah Jazz need something new. They need something more than what they already have...

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  5. Missing The Memo: Utah's Okur Ruptures Achilles in Game One

    Well, boom goes the dynamite. That's the sound of the Utah Jazz playoff window crumbling to the ground below after sustaining another devastating injury...

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  6. Butler Falls Short: If That's the Way You Want to Look At It

    The 2010 NCAA national championship trophy will wiggle its way into the trophy case somewhere at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. For the Duke Blue Devils, good things don't come in threes...

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  7. Ali Farokhmanesh: Northern Iowa's Shrewd Conquerer

    On the first day of spring, No. 1 has fallen. Not exactly "do you believe in miracles?", but it's faultlessly uttered...

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  8. Why USA Soccer Fans Should Breathe a Huge Sigh of Relief

    The sport of soccer has lost one of its present-day pioneers for five-to-six months. Potentially for forever and ever, amen. It's a damned shame, too...

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  9. Hollywood Ending? Los Angeles Lakers Are Mirror Image Of L.A. Arrogance

    The Los Angeles Lakers have now lost three games in a row for the first time in three seasons; the first time since they acquired Pau Gasol. It was in late January of 2008 that the Lakers last dropped three straight...

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  10. Boylen Point: Runnin' Utes at an Impetuous Crossroads?

    I know Jim Boylen.  Now, I don't know him as well as, say, his wife Christine, but I spent a year and a half off-and-on sitting on press row at the Huntsman Center.  So I've had long conversations with the vehement Runnin' Utes head coach...

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  11. Back To the Future: The Utah Jazz Need a Newfangled Approach

    Everything good needs replacing. Some raspy-voiced, crooning dude holding a guitar said that once. Forgot his name. I doubt Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor’s heard the song, but it just ...

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  12. That Silver Lining: USA Hockey Awakes a Sleeping Giant

    Don't get me wrong; I was born a fan of almost every sport other than hockey. Hockey ranked right above squash, tennis, and all those guys that drive around in circles for three hours and dignify themselves as "athletes"...

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  13. Third...At Best: The Utah Jazz Are a Good Team, Nothing More

    Holster your six-shooters. Put down your torches. This is just an observation. Some will say that it's a mountain made out of a molehill. For those folks, I say to just look at the track record...

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  14. Andrei Kirilenko: The Resurgence of the Utah Jazz X-Factor

    Talk about your second-coming. It has been quite a while since the Utah Jazz have played up to their level of abilities. Most commonly, they play down to the Minnesotas and Sacramentos and up to the Clevelands and Kobe's squad...

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  15. Dem Patron Saints: Arguably the Greatest Sports Story Ever Told

    "Way down yonder in New Orleans, in the land of dreamy scenes, there's a garden of Eden, you know what I mean." -Louis Armstrong When I visited New Orleans for the first time, I had no sense of what to expect...

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  16. The Ultimate Co-Signer: Whittingham Rakes In Recruits for 2010

    The University of Utah sees itself as a top-notch institution.  That credence trickles down onto everything from the business school and bleeds into every facet imaginable. The football program is a different beast...

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  17. My Managing Act: Which Utah Jazz Players I'd Keep Around

    Officially 41 games through the 2009-10 season, the Utah Jazz are exactly where they were a year ago. Well, not exactly, but damn-near close enough. Once the Jazz hit the halfway mark a year ago, they were 24-17 with 41 more games to come...

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  18. I Voluntarily Decline: Kyle Whittingham Says No Thanks to Tennessee

    Kyle Whittingham is a tough guy to figure out.  He protrudes an impenetrable outer shell.  His business is to do just one thing: win football games.  In five seasons, that's all he's really done...

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  19. Utah Jazz Still Need to Implode And Rebuild

    My generation never had its own Cold War. We didn't fear nuclear disasters and the prospect of being overrun by a supposed "evil-empire," no. But take it from the Utah Jazz, who are in the midst of a nuclear fallout...

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  20. No Dice: The BCS Has Struck Out Yet Again in 2009

    The Bowl Championship Series threw out its best prevent coverage.  And to much dismay of those who have seemingly been thrown under the bus, it worked out.  College football missed this flag, yet again...

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  21. Keeping It Classy: Max Hall's Rant a Mirage of Own Convictions

    First thing's first.  He's sorry.  Well, thank goodness for that, right? After all, we've seen what kind of hellfire and brimstone can come spewing out of the mouth of the winningest starting quarterback in the history of BYU football...

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  22. Build It and They Will Come: RSL's Transformation Worth Noting

    It's funny how things can go from one extreme to the other. It's funny how a little elbow grease, work and determination will get you to where you need to go...

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  23. Maybe Next Year: Utah bulldozed by dominating TCU

    The first thing Kyle Whittingham said when he addressed the media in his weekly Monday morning press conference about summed it up to perfection. "We got beat by an outstanding TCU team this weekend," the Utah coach said...

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  24. It's All On You, Kid: Utah's Frosh QB Is Key Against TCU

    Make no mistake, sometimes it's best to see things with a sort of blurry haze.  It helps ease the anticipation and veracity of certain happenings...

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  25. That's a Bingo!: Utah's Offensive Fix Is Closer To Home Than You Think

    Call it a consultant, if you may.  That's what the Washington Redskins called it when they brought in Sherman Lewis to call the offensive plays for their stagnant and molassed offense...

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