1. Top 10 Seven Game Series of the Decade

    As the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics battled in another epic overtime contest, I began to wonder. Is this the best seven game series this decade? There have been 65 series that have gone the full seven games since the turn of the millennium...

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  2. Chicago Cubs Defeat Florida Marlins Behind Ryan Theriot's Grand Slam

    The forecast called for a 10 percent chance of rain in Wrigleyville, but that quickly turned to 100 percent when Rich Harden threw the first pitch to Emilio Bonaficio...

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  3. Hornets' Disgraceful Effort is the Second Worst in Sports History

    It has been widely publicized today that last night's annihilation of the New Orleans Hornets by the Denver Nuggets is the worst loss in NBA history...

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  4. A Pittsburgh Sports Tour: The Steel City In September

    I love going on road trips to see new sports venues. And to me, there is nothing better than finding a string of games in a multi-sport town so you can learn about the city and the stadiums, all in one shot...

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  5. End of an Era for Pistons

    During the 1985-1986 season, Joe Dumars became a permanent fixture in the Detroit Pistons starting lineup. His addition to the backcourt with star Isiah Thomas, began the slow ascension of the Pistons during the mid '80s...

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  6. 2009 All-Free Agent Team

    For those of you who may already be giving up on your team, and wondering what can be done to fix your team, know this: There are solutions...

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  7. The Story of a Smile at Wrigley Field

    Nine days after moving to Chicago, I attended my first Cubs game at Wrigley Field. It was a matinee against the Dodgers. My girlfriend—who would later become my wife—and I sat in the lower mezzanine seats on a sunny day...

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  8. Top Ten Pro Franchises of the Past 25 Years

    Recently I took nominations from esteemed Bleacher Report members for the best professional sports franchises of the past 25 years...

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  9. The Best Franchise Of the Past 25 Years Is...

    I recently had a debate with a friend about the best professional sports franchise in the past 25 years. Rather than make my case for one team over another, I propose a community suggestion box of sorts...

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  10. Ten Terrible Early Entries to the NBA Draft

    In 1990 there were only two non-seniors drafted in the first round of the NBA draft. This year, as few as four seniors may be first-round picks. An eagerness to get paid leads many underclassmen into the draft...

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  11. Top Seven Foods at MLB Ballparks

    With apologies to most of the west coast and Florida teams, here is my list of favorite foods all-time from my travels to various Major League stadiums...

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  12. Four of the Best Center Fielders of All-Time Are Playing Right Now

    Recently, I was watching a Tigers game and marveling at how quickly Curtis Granderson has become an all around threat, and possibly the best center fielder in baseball...

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  13. Five Days Without Sports: For My Wife

    Just prior to the NCAA championship game, my wife shared an e-mail with me. It was from a mutual friend, congratulating her on surviving another tournament with her basketball-obsessed husband...

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  14. Two Pre-Season Tournaments We Should See Next Year

    Now that North Carolina has completed their impressive march through the 2009 NCAA Tournament, my mind shifts to next year, and some match-ups I would love to see in November or December...

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  15. Pirates Start Season In First For 127th Consecutive Year (Satire)

    The Pirates are used to being in first place. They've been there for 127 straight years entering Monday's game against St. Louis...

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  16. Why the NCAA Tournament Should Be Expanded to 128 Teams

    Why have four separate tournaments, when you could have one ultimate extravaganza? With last year's addition of the CBI tournament, and this year's new CIT, the number of teams in the postseason has grown to 129...

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  17. Coaching Carousel Challenge

    I tried a game the other night that didn't quite work in the format I presented it, but I thought you college basketball junkies would really like it. So...I'm trying again...

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  18. Ian Kinsler: American League MVP

    That's right, mark it down. Ian Kinsler is ready to blow up this year and become the Rangers' first MVP since Alex Rodriguez left town...

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  19. Jay Cutler Joins Bears, Windy City Rejoices

    As news broke about the Broncos sending sensitive superstar Jay Cutler to the Bears in exchange for Kyle Orton and first round picks in 2009 and 2010, a collective sigh of relief was breathed by the people of Chicago...

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  20. Coaching Carousel Bracket Challenge

    'Tis the season for two things: brackets and coaching changes. As such, I challenge you, the reader, to connect the dots on the bracket of coaching connections a la six degrees of Kevin Bacon...

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  21. Oldest Coaches To Win Championships

    Jim Calhoun is in position to be the oldest man to lead his team to an NCAA basketball championship if Connecticut can get by Michigan State on Saturday, and the UNC/Villanova winner on Monday...

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  22. The Top 10 Semifinal Games of the Past 20 Years

    Thinking back on the Final Four weekends that I remember, I realized that by and large, the National Semifinals have been a bit of a dud. Here's to hoping that we get a pair of great games this Saturday...

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  23. Can Geovany Soto Have a Stellar Sophomore Season? History Says Yes

    Geovany Soto's rookie year was the best by a catcher since Mike Piazza and his 35 home runs in 1993. Cubs fans are wondering if he will do it again. History suggests that he will...

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  24. Go to Go-Go: Goran Suton Leads Michigan State Past Louisville

    Goran Suton is called Go-Go by his teammates, and while he is not flashy or prone to the spectacular, his solid play has been fundamental to Michigan State's success all season...

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  25. How to Choose the Next Kentucky Coach

    For the second time in two years, the Roman Empire of college basketball will search for a new Caesar. After compromising itself with the hiring of Billy Gillispie in 2007, Kentucky must maintain ...

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