1. Oakland Athletics Open a Window into the Reality of Major League Baseball

    During his pregame session with the media, before the Oakland Athletics took on the Texas Rangers, manager Bob Geren revealed that Justin Duchscherer "had an MRI and it said there's just some inflation" in his left hip...

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  2. Oakland Athletics Back in Town: Hope Change of Scenery Equals Change in Fortunes

    Don't ever let anyone tell you that the Baseball Gods lack a sense of humor; it's simply not true. The collective funny bone is intact—the problem is that comedy doesn't tickle it...

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  3. Time for the San Francisco Giants To Adjust Expectations?

    Before the 2010 Major League Baseball season began, I really wanted to put the San Francisco Giants atop the division when previewing the National League West ...

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  4. San Francisco Giants' Faithful Need To Show More Faith

    Every now and again, certain fans like to remind the sports' landscape that the word is short for "fanatics," which comes to us from the Latin "fanaticus ." The latter means "insanely but divinely inspired...

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  5. Oakland Athletics Are Only a Couple of Tweaks Away from the San Francisco Giants

    Northern California, like her sunnier Southern counterpart, is prone to drought. Despite the Hollywood imagery, the Golden State is not a naturally lush paradise with green hills rolling down to meet blue ocean...

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  6. Your 2010 Oakland Athletics: These Questions Will Determine Their Fate

    The Oakland Athletics were gracious enough to hook Bleacher Report up with a press pass and a closer look at their collection of young talent...

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  7. Jose "Junior" Aldo Sparkles Under the WEC 48 Spotlight

    Those of you who read my mixed martial arts writing—the use of the plural there might be overly optimistic—know that I lean toward the larger fighters...

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  8. San Francisco Giant Starters Declare Team Will Be a Contender All Year

    When the San Francisco Giants came limping home from what is becoming an annual spring tail-kicking in Southern California, there could've been a considerable panic growing and spreading from China Basin...

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  9. Needle Pricks Again: Cincinnati Reds' Edinson Volquez Revives Steroid Era Stain

    "The so-called 'steroid era'—a reference that is resented by the many players who played in that era and never touched the substances—is clearly a thing of the past...

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  10. San Francisco Giants Eckstein'd in the 10th, Must Dust Themselves Off Yet Again

    David Eckstein is 5'7", weighs 175 pounds, and both those figures might be generous. One of his affectionate (possibly not) nicknames is "Just Enough...

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  11. San Francisco Giants Foresaken by the Baseball Gods in the City of Angels

    For every Phil Mickelson Masters moment that fuels our optimism and confirms that the sporting fates have a firm sense of morality, there are at least as many examples of the contrary...

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  12. San Francisco Giants' First Trip to La La Land Feels Worse Than It Was

    Let's get it out there right up front—there is very little one can do to sugar-coat a San Francisco Giants loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers sealed by a Manny Ramirez pinch-hit, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning...

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  13. San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: A Blood Rivalry Revived

    San Francisco Giant uniforms do not like Los Angeles Dodger uniforms and vice versa. However, the hatred is only cotton-deep. Put the ballplayer in street clothes, stick 'em in a room, and most of the exchanges would be cordial...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 1,218 reads 11 comments

  14. Anderson "The Spider" Silva Is Almost Defenseless in Wake of UFC 112: Invincible

    Try as I might, I cannot find a valid explanation for Anderson "The Spider" Silva's descent into the theatre of the bizarre at Ultimate Fighting Championship 112: Invincible in Abu Dhabi...

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  15. UFC 112: Invincible Defines Irony for B.J. Penn and the Organization...Kind of

    The Ultimate Fighting Championship came into UFC 112: Invincible firing on all cylinders thus far in 2010. The organization was riding a string of successes that had mixed martial arts rocketing along the athletic landscape...

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  16. Frankie Edgar Takes Lightweight Belt at UFC 112: Congrats, Now You're a Dead Man

    "Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it."—George Santayana, Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1 B.J...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 1,406 reads 19 comments

  17. Lucky 13: San Francisco Giants Improve to 4-0 with a Little Help from Blue

    My diabolical plan worked. With the Atlanta Braves coming to town to open the 2010 Major League Baseball season at AT&T Park, and Jason Heyward's majesty gaining momentum, something had to be done for the benefit of our beloved San Francisco Giants..

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  18. The Jason Heyward List: MLB's 10 Most Outstanding First-At-Bat Home Runs

    When Atlanta Braves' rookie sensation Jason Heyward strode to the plate in his Major League Baseball debut, it sounded like the crowd knew what was coming...

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  19. San Francisco Giants' Big Weekend Still Has Room for the Jason Heyward Show

    When the San Francisco Giants break home ground on the 2010 season, there will be several compelling reasons to scale the walls at 24 Willie Mays Plaza...

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  20. UFC 112: Invincible—Is Phil Davis Another Jon Jones Lurking on the Under Card?

    When I was in Las Vegas covering Ultimate Fighting Championship 109: Relentless, I had the good fortune of being in the audience for Phil "Mr. Wonderful" Davis' UFC debut...

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  21. San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum, Aaron Rowand Show Spring Can't Be Trusted

    Ask around Major League Baseball and most people close to the game will tell you the same thing about Spring Training—it's an incredible window into the game that a true fan needs to experience...

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  22. San Francisco Giants Jump out of the Gates, as Pitching Provides the Spark

    Ordinarily, I'd be writing that opening the 2010 Major League Baseball season with two dominant wins over the Houston Astros is no reason for fellow San Francisco Giant fans to get excited...

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  23. 2010 NL West: Colorado Rockies Ready for Weight of Expectation This Time

    Saving the best for last is always a nice motivational ploy and, in my world, the National League West is the light at the end of any Major League Baseball tunnel...

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  24. Philadelphia Eagles Trade Donovan McNabb To Redskins, Hide the Women and Kids

    Congratulations, Kevin Kolb. The city of Philadelphia's fate now rests on your shoulders. Your right shoulder and the arm that hangs from it, to be exact...

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  25. 2010 AL West: Seattle Mariners Will Sail into Sweet Postseason Waters

    Whoa, look what happened to the American League West when nobody was paying attention. As usual, eyes were focused on the ongoing turf battle in the beastly AL East and for good reason—the ...

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