1. A Fond Farewell to The Bleacher Report Community

    On April 30, 1939, Yankee immortal Lou Gehrig played his final baseball game.   In 17 years of professional competition, Gehrig belted 493 home runs, drove in 1995 of his Yankee teammates, and posted a ...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about over 4 years ago 2,091 reads 113 comments

  2. San Francisco NFL Draft Weekend: Living in the Past with Steve Young

    As We the 49er Faithful look ahead to this weekend’s NFL draft, it’s easy to feel an overwhelming sense of dread. Let’s face it, our team hasn’t been “good” since the days when MTV played music videos...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about 5 years ago 763 reads 11 comments

  3. Why Jayson Stark Is Wrong About Alex Rodriguez and Steroids

    This past Sunday, Alex Rodriguez confessed to taking steroids while playing for the Texas Rangers.Shortly afterwards, ESPN columnist Jayson Stark went on a rant proclaiming that A-Rod had officially destroyed the history of professional baseball...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about over 5 years ago 1,003 reads 65 comments

  4. The Top 10 Reasons To Root for the Cardinals on Sunday—49ers Edition

    In just a few short days, the Arizona Cardinals will pour out of the gate onto Raymond James Stadium as the underdogs in Super Bow XLIII...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about over 5 years ago 1,082 reads 44 comments

  5. National Disgrace: Graham Harrell Told To Stay Home on Heisman Night

    This Saturday at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time, college football fans from around the nation will tune in to ESPN to see which of three talented gunslingers will win the coveted Heisman Trophy...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about over 5 years ago 2,092 reads 74 comments

  6. Goodbye, Yankee Stadium: A Tribute to Charmian Kaplan Freund

    I've always been a nostalgic person; remembering and reflecting on the past is one of my favorite hobbies. I find that clinging to memories of simpler times can often be a comforting tool in embracing the challenges that adulthood presents...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about almost 6 years ago 2,617 reads 53 comments

  7. Memo to the IOC: Gymnastics Needs Sudden Death

    After an exhausting day of moderating Alan Bass's latest article and assuring L.J. that Bleacher Report wasn't going to give the boot to the network's lesser-known writers, I finally managed to climb into bed last night and turn on some Olympics...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about almost 6 years ago 4,777 reads 82 comments

  8. Move Over Barry Bonds: That's Why I Play in Center Field, Part III

    No. 3: Oscar CharlestonOscar Charleston will never get the recognition he deserves due to Major League Baseball's "color line" policy, which existed from the late 1800s through 1946...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about almost 6 years ago 2,408 reads 34 comments

  9. Move Over Barry Bonds—That's Why I Play in Center Field, Part II

    No. 6: Joe DimaggioThere was another center fielder that played long before Ken Griffey Jr. who possessed similar type of wheels—the kind that get you from second to home faster than a speeding bullet but don't produce a lot of stolen bases...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about almost 6 years ago 2,056 reads 28 comments

  10. Move Over Barry Bonds—That's Why I Play in Center Field, Part I

    No 10: Andruw Jones With his unmatched defensive skills and home-run-happy tendencies, Andruw Jones is unquestionably the best center fielder of the last 10 years...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about almost 6 years ago 1,826 reads 25 comments

  11. Move Over Barry Bonds—That's Why I Play in Center Field, Introduction

    Duke Snider, Kenny Lofton, and Cool Papa Bell. Jim Edmonds, Dale Murphy, and Earle Combs. Richie Ashburn, Larry Doby, and Fred Lynn. All center fielders—dynamite center fielders at that...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about almost 6 years ago 1,831 reads 15 comments

  12. Memo To Packers Management: Lay Down the Crack Pipe and Bring Back Brett Favre

    In case anyone has yet to hear the news, Brett Favre has formally requested, in writing, that the Green Bay Packers release him. I've stayed silent on the entire Brett Favre situation since he announced his retirement...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about 6 years ago 1,376 reads 50 comments

  13. Why Americans Can—And Will—Embrace Soccer

    Since we initiated our weekly Open Mic about the beautiful game of world football (aka "soccer") and its future in the United States, I've read a handful of pieces suggesting that the sport will simply never catch on in this country...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about 6 years ago 858 reads 24 comments

  14. Why Kobe Bryant Should Give the MVP to Chris Paul

    Hey Kobe—you wanna be a man? Then own up to what isn't yours and hand Chris Paul that MVP trophy.You heard me Kobe: Chris Paul is the rightful winner of that award, not you...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about 6 years ago 341 reads 86 comments

  15. Why Josh Howard's Marijuana Confession Makes Him a Good Role Model

    Last Friday, Josh Howard of the Dallas Mavericks admitted on Michael Irvin's radio show to smoking pot during the NBA off-season.Seconds later, the relevant parties were notified and the story was the top headline on ESPN...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about 6 years ago 7,730 reads 55 comments

  16. The All-Time San Francisco 49ers Roster

    The 49ers went 5-11 this year—needless to say, the organization has seen better days.Some fans may be interested in analayzing who the Niners might be drafting next season in order to improve ...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about over 6 years ago 10,890 reads 32 comments

  17. Why Brett Favre Doesn't Need to Win on Sunday

    442 touchdown passes. 5,377 completions, 61,657 total yards. 255 consecutive games started. At 38 years of age, Brett Favre holds nearly every significant career passing record in NFL history...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about over 6 years ago 2,127 reads 32 comments

  18. Why Tebow, Daniel, and White Should All Be Considered for the Heisman

    My last two columns have focused on who shouldn't win the Heisman this year. On Monday, I argued that Darren McFadden's brilliant season shouldn't garner him the trophy, due to his inability to lead the Razorbacks into the BCS...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about over 6 years ago 2,073 reads 6 comments

  19. Why Hawaii's Colt Brennan Does Not Deserve The Heisman

    As I pointed out in a column I wrote yesterday, the 2007 Heisman Trophy belongs in the hands of one of the nation's many great quarterbacks...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about over 6 years ago 3,910 reads 50 comments

  20. MLB Players To Tell My Kids About, Vol. 5: Ivan Rodriguez

    "Pudge was his name—catching was his game."Imagine trying to explain to your baseball-obsessed child that a guy named Pudge Rodriguez was the best damn defensive catcher the world has ever seen...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about over 6 years ago 2,188 reads 9 comments

  21. Why Arkansas' Darren McFadden Does Not Deserve the Heisman

    By all objective measures, Darren McFadden had quite a ridiculous year.He rushed for 1725 yards on the season, leading the SEC and placing him third in the nation. His 5.7 yards per carry was equally impressive, as were his 15 rushing touchdowns...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about over 6 years ago 3,051 reads 32 comments

  22. NFL Feast: Giving Thanks for Brett Favre

    Did anyone catch that postgame interview with Brett Favre today?The contrast between the boys in the studio and the player on the field was fascinating—both physically and in terms of attitude...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about over 6 years ago 2,155 reads 10 comments

  23. Comparing Peyton Manning and Tom Brady

    NFL-New_England_Patriots-Peyton_Manning_vs_Tom_Brady_A_Debate_Resolved_-131107">Chris Radez's recent article, which asserts that Tom Brady is a better quarterback than Peyton Manning, really got the wheels spinning in my head...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about over 6 years ago 2,933 reads 22 comments

  24. Cheer Up, Comissioner Stern: Bright Days Ahead in the NBA

    Dear Commissioner Stern,After reading your diary and seeing how upset you were about the upcoming season, I figured I would write you a response to try to cheer you up...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about over 6 years ago 1,368 reads 2 comments

  25. MLB Players to Tell My Kids About, Vol. 4: Don Mattingly

    "Just Win, Baby." That's not only the slogan of the Oakland Raiders—it's also the philosophy that the majority of 21st century American parents subscribe to."Not me," says soccer mom Mary Beth...

    Zander Freund Written by Zander Freund about over 6 years ago 1,974 reads 7 comments