1. Ndamukong Suh Named Player of the Year, AP Recovers Heisman Voters' Fumble

    When the Downtown Athletic Club presented the Heisman Trophy to Mark Ingram, those of us who disagreed with the selection took a considerable amount of heat for various reasons...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 4 years ago 566 reads 19 comments

  2. John Lackey Dons a Boston Red Sox Uniform: As One Story Ends, Another Begins

    If you were listening very closely, you would've heard a determined cheer from a small group of San Francisco Giant fans when John Lackey signed with the Boston Red Sox...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 586 reads 4 comments

  3. Roy Halladay Trade Another East Coast Conspiracy Against West Coast Baseball

    That's right. Few will have the courage to agree with me, but I'm sayin' it anyway. In 2009, the San Francisco Giants' superlative right-hander, Tim Lincecum, won his second consecutive National League Cy Young award...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 717 reads 13 comments

  4. Nick Johnson Won't Be THE Cure for San Francisco, but He Could Be Part of One

    The San Francisco Giants, like most teams, won't find the answer to all their 2009 problems via the free agent waters. There are no magic bullets available this year—even the biggest catches aren't panaceas...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 2,607 reads 25 comments

  5. MLB Free Agent Market Might Force the San Francisco Giants' Hand (Yikes)

    With Christmas about a week away and Major League Baseball's winter meetings in the rearview mirror, it's a perfect time to see what juicy acquisitions might be possible for your favorite baseball team...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 1,880 reads 17 comments

  6. Heisman Trophy Farce Perfect Ending to Another Year of College Football Mockery

    This seems like a good time to offer my sincerest thanks to the Football Gods. From now on, I have a nice, neat answer whenever anyone asks me why I'm not a bigger fan of college football...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 1,087 reads 65 comments

  7. B.J. Penn Makes It Official: UFC Lightweight Division Is a Dead Zone

    Before Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida took on Mauricio Rua, I wrote an article about the developing trend of untouchable champions atop each of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's five divisions...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 41,162 reads 50 comments

  8. Pittsburgh Steelers' Troy Polamalu Won't Win, but He Really Is the NFL's MVP

    Way back in September, when my fantasy league held its draft, I struck gold with the first overall pick. One of the many benefits of picking first is you can square away all your crucial positions ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 1,274 reads 17 comments

  9. Roy Nelson Is the Ultimate Fighter, Just Don't Try To Convince Dana White

    As Brendan Schaub found out on Saturday night, it's not smart to underestimate the power of the belly. The world flipped on the Hybrid just as he seemed to be settling in and getting comfortable—his ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 2,957 reads 16 comments

  10. The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights Prove They Can Bring The Crazy, Too

    Aficionados of The Ultimate Fighter have a dirty little secret. Much as we might hate to admit it, the actual fighting is only part of what has made the show successful...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 795 reads 18 comments

  11. NFL Cornerbacks Threatening to Throw a Wet Blanket on Age of the Wide Receiver

    At some point in the not-so-distant past—probably around the time Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson were at their shucking-and-jiving peak—the National Football League gave itself over to the Age of the Wide Receiver...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 781 reads 28 comments

  12. Tiger Woods Crashes Into a Tree and Now He's Stuck In One

    Hey, did you hear Tiger Woods crashed his Escalade over the holiday weekend? Any shred of doubt as to who the most influential professional athlete on Planet Earth is should be gone...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 586 reads 4 comments

  13. Albert Pujols and MLB Must Eventually Face the Barry Bonds Problem

    Whenever performance-enhancing drugs rear their head, you often see the phrase "innocent until proven guilty" thrown around the discussion...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 1,889 reads 23 comments

  14. Casting My Vote For the Baseball Writers' Association of America in 2009

    In the convoluted spheres of American democracy, the voters rarely deserve praise. With so much misdirection, so much double-speak, and so many battling special interests, true merit almost ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 151 reads 4 comments

  15. Manning's Legend Enhanced By Focus on Numbers as Fantasy Becomes Reality

    Whenever you pump the brakes on the adoration showered upon a great player, the torch-wielding mob comes a-runnin'. Instead of axes and pitchforks, they're armed with t-shirts featuring said ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 335 reads 11 comments

  16. Mark Mangino's Attackers Are as Soft as His Midsection

    I'm a little confused. No, I'm a lot confused. One minute, these high-octane athletes are gladiators, soldiers, or any manner of rugged testaments to perseverance in the face of physical duress incapable of being understood by mere mortals...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 652 reads 4 comments

  17. Tim Lincecum Again Living the High Life, Wins Another Cy Young

    For the second consecutive year, San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum has been named the National League Cy Young Award winner following one of the closest races ever. Phew.....

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 403 reads 22 comments

  18. Reign Him In: LeBron James' Ego Threatening to Ruin a Wonderful Thing

    Uh-oh. Like many around the globe, I've been fascinated by the premature legend of LeBron James and even more stunned by his ongoing realization of it...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 3,314 reads 32 comments

  19. In South Bend, the Sky Has Fallen on Notre Dame's Golden Dome

    When the 2009 college football schedule made its debut last winter, there were two very distinct camps of Notre Dame observers...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 1,066 reads 3 comments

  20. Stanford Cardinal Puts 55 on the USC Trojans, Totally Blows Its Cover

    Given my extreme-bordering-on-unhealthy devotion to the San Francisco Giants, some might be surprised to learn there are many athletic teams whose exploits I take far more personally than those of the Orange and Black...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 79 reads 6 comments

  21. MLB Regular Season Awards: Chrome Bats and Pyrite Gloves Gotta Go

    For those distracted by football and basketball, Major League Baseball is in the process of recognizing its outstanding players from the 2009 season. The biggies are still in the pipe, but those generally go to the right individual...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 440 reads 17 comments

  22. Vampires, Ventriloquists, and NL Gold Gloves: What the %$@! Is Going On?

    There are lots of worldly occurrences that make absolutely no sense to me. For instance, popular American culture is apparently obsessed with vampires at the moment...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 415 reads 11 comments

  23. Oakland Raider Coach Tom Cable Is Innocent Because We Don't Know If He's Guilty

    Last Wednesday, the president of the National Organization for Women, Terry O'Neill, emailed the USA Today and announced that Oakland Raider Head Coach Tom Cable should be suspended ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 551 reads 22 comments

  24. Oregon's Blount In, Oklahoma State's Bryant Out: Makes Perfect Sense in the NCAA

    In a story that's likely to gain momentum as the college football season winds down, LeGarrette Blount has been reinstated by both the Oregon Ducks and Pac-10 Conference...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 400 reads 11 comments

  25. Fedor Emelianenko Shows His Subjects The Full Arsenal Against Brett Rogers

    In many respects, the Fedor Emelianenko on display Saturday night at Strikeforce/M-1 Global's inaugural event was every bit the vintage Last Emperor. By that, I don't mean it was one of the Russian's best fights or most convincing victories...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 2,710 reads 45 comments