1. 2010 Oakland Athletics Starting Pitchers: The JaMarcus Russell Edition

    After the Oakland Raiders traded for the Washington Redskins' Jason Campbell, the speculation in the swirling rumors of JaMarcus Russell's imminent demise was replaced with inevitability...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 1,355 reads 6 comments

  2. UFC 113 Results: Paul Daley's Rise Not As Spectacular As His Fall

    On Saturday morning, Paul "Semtex" Daley was one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's hottest welterweight commodities. The brash Brit was preparing to fight Josh "Kos" Koscheck for a trio of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 4,012 reads 59 comments

  3. UFC 113 Results: Shogun Rua Might've Taken His Time, But He Arrives With a Bang

    When Mauricio "Shogun" Rua came to the Ultimate Fighting Championship from the fallen Pride Fighting Championship, many observers who'd cut their teeth on the Japanese juggernaut believed he would quickly assert himself in the light heavyweight division..

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 813 reads 15 comments

  4. Pacman Jones, Cincinnati Bengals Decide Roster Roulette Is More Fun Than Winning

    I'm not all that excited about the National Football League when it's in season. The games are definitely exhilarating and can't-miss television—as long as decent teams are pitted against each other...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 1,403 reads 25 comments

  5. San Francisco Giants' Barry Zito and Bruce Bochy Keep Confidence High in 2010

    The San Francisco Giants sure aren't making it easy on a guy thus far in 2010. With Ultimate Fighting Championship 113 erupting this weekend in Montreal, I've been meaning to take ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 618 reads 4 comments

  6. 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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  7. 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...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 159 reads 0 comments

  8. 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 ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 1,674 reads 14 comments

  9. Hey NBA, Quit Whining and Play (or Just Shut Up If Your Name Is Mark Cuban)

    Now that the first month of the National Basketball Association playoffs has kicked off, it's time to start paying closer attention to the cagers...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 238 reads 12 comments

  10. 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...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 265 reads 14 comments

  11. 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...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 352 reads 1 comments

  12. 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...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 707 reads 4 comments

  13. 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...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 330 reads 4 comments

  14. 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...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 2,775 reads 13 comments

  15. Chicago's Carlos Zambrano To the Bullpen: How Can You Not Love These Guys?

    One of the beautiful things about fantasy baseball is that it opens up the Major League Baseball landscape for even the most die-hard fan...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 375 reads 15 comments

  16. San Francisco Giants Lose Again: Why Are the San Diego Padres So Happy?

    The San Francisco Giants are stranded in one of those offensive deserts where the run-scoring oases are replaced by shimmering mirages of runners in scoring position that dissolve into nothing...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 1,525 reads 17 comments

  17. 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...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 495 reads 28 comments

  18. 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...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 217 reads 5 comments

  19. 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...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 345 reads 8 comments

  20. 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...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 819 reads 8 comments

  21. 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 1,207 reads 11 comments

  22. 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...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 8,675 reads 74 comments

  23. 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...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 3,182 reads 31 comments

  24. 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 1,415 reads 19 comments

  25. 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..

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 443 reads 10 comments