1. Only Joe Mauer Can Force The Minnesota Twins' Hand and He Has To

    "Save us Joe Mauer, you're our only hope." Okay so he's not quite Obi wan Kenobi and I'm not exactly Princess Leia but you get the point...

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  2. Analyzing Baseball's Contenders From the Pretenders at the Half

    Separating the contenders from the pretenders: Current MLB standings @ the half My Preseason pick AL East Boston Red Sox 54-34 ...

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  3. Placing Carl Crawford's First Half Run into an Historical Context (Part 2.5)

    Disclaimer: Frequent readers of my columns will note that I am not only a follower of the Rays but also a fan of Carl Crawford by default because he does what I like best, and that is steal bases...

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  4. Florida Marlins: Contenders in 2009

    A lot has been said about the six degrees of separation between a person and Kevin Bacon. Does anyone know if he's a Marlins fan because every six years we've seen the Marlins do what they are doing this year...

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  5. Don't Look Now: Justin Morneau Is Carrying The Twins... Again

    June 6, 2006. Justin Morneau and the Minnesota Twins sat comfortably in forth place in the American League Central, 11.5 games behind the first-place Tigers. Their record was 25-32...

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  6. The Quest for 100 Steals: Can Carl Crawford Do It? Part II

    If you've read my first two articles, "The Stolen Base: A Lost Art. Will we ever see a 100 Steal Man Again?" and "Gimmie Five! Dexter "The Prowler" Fowler Steals Five Bases in a Game," then you ...

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  7. Predicting the Minnesota Timberwolves' Draft Options Tonight

    It's an exciting time to be a Minnesota Timberwolves fan. Ever since new GM David Kahn took the job 33 days ago, he's already won over many of the hearts and minds of a dying and pessimistic fan base simply by doing two things: 1...

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  8. The Quest for 100 Steals: Can Carl Crawford or Anyone Else Do It?

    If you've read my first two articles, "The Stolen Base: A Lost Art. Will we ever see a 100 Steal Man Again?" and "Gimmie Five! Dexter "The Prowler" Fowler Steals Five Bases in a Game," ...

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  9. Locked and Loaded: With Vickers On Pole, Conract In Hand, Primed to Win?

    Taking a page from the Dale Jr. playbook, Tony Stewart was able to secure his first career win as driver-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing last weekend at Pocono Raceway...

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  10. Recent Trades Should Have Pittsburgh Pirate Fans Rethinking McLouth Outrage

    Growing up, the Pittsburgh Pirates were really good. They were always good and they were in the playoffs. Besides Barry Bonds who was the anchor of the teams, his notable teammates ...

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  11. 2008-09 NBA Finals Preview: Jameer Nelson Has a Chance To Be Willis Reed

    Even the most casual NBA fan knows the name Willis Reed and what he did for the New York Knicks on May 8, 1970. While I'm hardly a Knicks fan, nor NBA enthusiast, even I appreciate and know the ...

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  12. From the Beginning, NBA Finals Format Flawed

    Baseball, basketball, and hockey all follow best-of-seven formats in order to crown their champion at the end of a gruelling season...

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  13. RUMOR: Aurora, Colorado Set To Join NASCAR Ranks With $200M Track?

    In case you missed it, NASCAR continues to try and force its way into markets where it neither belongs nor has been successful...

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  14. The LeGone James Rap: Yeah, LeBron Couldn't Do It Without Me...

    Last year, Shaquille O'Neal offered this freestyle via TMZ that made all the major media outlets. Basically, Shaq freestyled the following after Kobe Bryant and the Lakers lost in humiliating ...

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  15. Will the Baltimore Orioles Pull a Longoria with Their Super-Stud, Matt Weiters?

    Apr. 19, 2008. The most important date in Tampa Bay Rays franchise history. Six games into his major-league career, in what came as a hasty, surprise move to many, the Tampa Bay Rays ...

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  16. Helluva Good! Weekend? Dover Preview, Debuts, & Three Teams to Watch

    This weekend at Dover offers many unique story lines to an otherwise mundane visit to the Concrete jungle known as the Monster Mile in Dover, Del...

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  17. Congratulations to David Reutimann, Rodney Childers, and Mikey Waltrip

    As a fan of Michael Waltrip and Michael Waltrip Racing, a lot of us knew it was just a matter of time before under-the-radar driver David Reutimann of the rapidly improving Michael Waltrip Racing was going to get his first career Cup win...

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  18. Game 5 Preview: LeBron's Last Stand? Star Has But One Card Left to Play

    In case you missed Mike and Mike this morning on ESPN, Cavaliers-Magic: How One Series Could Change the Face of the NBA">didn't read my recent article on LeBron's future in Cleveland regardless ...

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  19. Technically Speaking: Will Refs Face NBA Pressure to Bail Out LeCavs?

    If you read any of my articles than you know I think their abysmal playoff history, controversies, and lack of parity suggest that it is a joke especially when compared to other rival leagues...

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  20. Cavaliers-Magic: How One Series Could Change the Face of the NBA

    The New York Knicks' pursuit of 2010 free-agent-to-be LeBron James began November 21, 2008 when new General Manager Donnie Walsh shrewdly traded power forward Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford in two separate cap-saving deals...

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  21. Coca-Cola 600 Preview: Is This the Week Tony Stewart Breaks Through?

    Fresh off his 2009 Sprint-All Star Race win, Tony Stewart looks to build off this momentum. Forget the fact that he has five top five finishes in his last six races...

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  22. NBA Draft Lottery Part II: Five Teams That Desperately Need To Win

    First off, if you get a chance, first read my initial Part I article "Recapping a History of NBA Lottery Conspiracies, Fixes, and Spin" to get a brief recap of tonight's annual NBA Draft lottery history...

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  23. NBA Lottery, Fixes, and Spin: A History (Part One)

    Tonight's annual NBA Draft Lottery Selection show airs at 8:30 EST on ESPN. If you've kept up with its dubious history, then you know of its conspiracy theories and other discontent amongst fans mentioned in today's Memphis Commercial Appeal...

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  24. Do You Believe In (the) Magic? Comparing This Orlando Team to the Magic of Old

    First off, much to the NBA's chagrin, I want to thank the Orlando Magic for knocking out the nostalgic giant, the Boston Celtics, last night and thus bringing new excitement to new markets who are starving for it instead of the same tired, old fan bases..

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  25. Mark Martin's Latest Victory Leaves Earnhardt Jr. As Hendrick Weak Link

    Mark Martin's 37th career win this past weekend at Darlington continues what can only be described as a destined, dream season...

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