1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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 649 reads 4 comments

  4. 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 400 reads 22 comments

  5. 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 3,303 reads 32 comments

  6. 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 1,059 reads 3 comments

  7. 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 75 reads 6 comments

  8. 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 439 reads 17 comments

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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 398 reads 11 comments

  12. 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 2,708 reads 45 comments

  13. Fedor Emelianenko: Russian Experiment Enters New Phase Against Rogers

    Once upon a time, being a faithful worshiper at the church of Fedor Emelianenko was easy. In the heyday of PRIDE Fighting Championships (circa 2004-05), the man absolutely dominated the heavyweight division...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 2,749 reads 0 comments

  14. Lincecum Cited for Possession: Hitters Aren't the Only Thing He Smokes

    If you're under 35 or have spent ANY time on the West Coast, the news that Tim Lincecum was pulled over and arrested on misdemeanor charges for marijuana possession isn't exactly surprising...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 989 reads 45 comments

  15. Philadelphia Phillies: World Series Shows Why Chase Utley Is Underappreciated

    If the Philadelphia Phillies had forced a Game Seven of the 2009 World Series, Chase Utley would have had a genuine chance at the Series' Most Valuable Player award...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 294 reads 21 comments

  16. Michael Crabtree's First Start Stops the Bleeding In More Ways Than One

    Many in the national media and almost everyone around San Francisco have been openly critical of rookie wide receiver Michael Crabtree's decision to hold-out for more money...

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  17. San Francisco Treat: Freddy Sanchez Proves It Isn't All About the Money

    Although it's making headlines, Freddy Sanchez' new two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants doesn't really qualify as news...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 427 reads 10 comments

  18. A World Series In New York: The National Media's Dream Come True...Again

    To some degree, I sympathize with New York Yankee fans. Granted, my tears are largely of the crocodile variety because I readily acknowledge they bring a lot of the exploitation on themselves...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 156 reads 8 comments

  19. Cowboys Beat a Winning Team: Get Ready for the Annual Dallas Deluge

    A bygone birdie told me I should write something about the National Football League since America's Table is on hiatus. I've found it's usually a good idea to listen to such voices. Plus, the timing is perfect...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 680 reads 35 comments

  20. The Beauty of Subjectivity: Machida Still the Champ Even if Shogun Really Won

    If you happen to know a fan of mixed martial arts and want a laugh, approach said fan and remark as to how flawlessly the judges performed their jobs during the Mauricio Rua–Lyoto Machida title bout at UFC 104 on Saturday night...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 903 reads 23 comments

  21. What Would Another Untouchable Champion Mean for the UFC?

    A not-unpleasant thought occurred to me when I was writing about UFC 104's main event between Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua. To appreciate just how dominant the Dragon has quietly become, you must take a closer look at his resume...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 2,243 reads 25 comments

  22. Lyoto Machida Not Getting Much Love: It's Never Wise to Wake a Sleeping Dragon

    One phenomenon I will never understand in sports journalism is the strange need for large swaths of its foremost practitioners to force-feed particular stories down the masses' throats...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 775 reads 13 comments

  23. What Will Manny Ramirez's October Shower Bring in April?

    Much has been made of Manny Ramirez' location during the National League Championship Series Game Four rally that essentially killed the Los Angeles Dodgers' 2009 season...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 267 reads 12 comments

  24. Giants' Offseason Sitting In Hitter's Count Despite Loss Of Batting Coach

    Sooner or later, I'll get around to writing my thoughts on the San Francisco Giants' 2009 season. Right now though, there's still some unfinished business i.e. the Los Angeles Dodgers...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 402 reads 12 comments

  25. Deja Vu All Over Again: Could The Yankees Be Going On Another Run?

    Most fans of Major League Baseball can remember the Fall of 1996. Back then, the New York Yankees were a far more lovable bunch (unless you were a Boston Red Sox fan)...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 846 reads 15 comments