1. 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 over 5 years ago 2,820 reads 0 comments

  2. 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 over 5 years ago 413 reads 21 comments

  3. 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...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 650 reads 0 comments

  4. 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 over 5 years ago 430 reads 10 comments

  5. 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 over 5 years ago 167 reads 8 comments

  6. 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 over 5 years ago 681 reads 35 comments

  7. 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 over 5 years ago 906 reads 23 comments

  8. 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 over 5 years ago 2,247 reads 25 comments

  9. 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 over 5 years ago 782 reads 13 comments

  10. 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 over 5 years ago 277 reads 12 comments

  11. 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 over 5 years ago 407 reads 12 comments

  12. 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 over 5 years ago 856 reads 15 comments

  13. Irish Shows Plenty Of Fight Against USC—Bad News For The Skeptics

    During my year and change on Bleacher Report, I'm sure I've demonstrated some tendencies that anyone watching closely would be able to enumerate quickly and persuasively...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 655 reads 7 comments

  14. The Dodgers Vs. the Phillies in the NLCS: Fuss Over Bullpens Is Bull****

    I wouldn't want to be a Los Angeles Dodger fan for a variety of reasons, mainly because I've lived in San Francisco or its suburbs for most of the last 22 years. As such, I'm a die-hard fan of the Giants and I loathe the Bums...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 289 reads 14 comments

  15. MLB and Instant Replay: What's So Impure About Getting It Right?

    It's not often I change my mind. Friends and family would say that's because I'm stubborn. I think it's because I don't rush to judgment...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 198 reads 11 comments

  16. Warriors' Colorful Stephen Jackson Is Another Golden Boy for the Apologists

    In the wake of outrageously boorish behavior by high-profile individuals, I'm repeatedly stunned that so many apologists step forward...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 387 reads 26 comments

  17. San Francisco Giants Roundtable: Contract Extensions for Management

    Sadly, the San Francisco Giants' 2009 season is already growing cold. It was a fantastic ride—better than most people expected—but it's time to close the books on another 162-game campaign...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 321 reads 7 comments

  18. Deion Sanders Is All About The Kids...As Long As It Works For Him

    When I ran across Deion Sanders’ interview on the NFL Network this morning, I was gonna let it go. Notwithstanding my skepticism about officially clearing the air via an interview on your ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 1,235 reads 17 comments

  19. Cal Bears' Head Coach Neil McGuire Throws His Cubs to the Wolves

    OK, OK, so maybe they weren't wolves. Still, the Santa Clara Broncos can aptly be described as carnivores on the terrain of women's soccer...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 1,316 reads 39 comments

  20. Baseball Gods Spare C.B. Bucknor One Night, Skewer Phil Cuzzi the Next

    During Thursday night's American League Division Series game between the Anaheim Angels and Boston Red Sox, first base umpire C.B. Bucknor had an absolutely horrendous evening...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 1,257 reads 17 comments

  21. In the World of Modern MMA, the Fat Man Is King

    OK, so maybe he's not quite a king, but bear with me. After a decade of watching mixed martial arts, certain truisms are becoming obvious even as the sport continues to evolve...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 1,437 reads 14 comments

  22. Torii Hunter Saves C.B. Bucknor and MLB from Total Humiliation...For Now

    Torii Hunter's three-run big fly on Thursday night pleased a lot of people. The Anaheim Angel fans—no disrespect intended, but the team simply is NOT anywhere close to Los Angeles—in attendance were audibly ecstatic...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 355 reads 4 comments

  23. Detroit Tigers Not the Only Ones Hurt By Miguel Cabrera's Egotism

    When I was in high school during the mid-1990s, we had what would now be called a strength-and-conditioning coach. He was an ex-coach/administrator who volunteered to help around the edges of the program because he loved athletic competition...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 305 reads 7 comments

  24. When Numbers Lie: Why Tim Lincecum's ERA Is Better Than Chris Carpenter's

    I'm a shade unclear as to the specific voting rules for Major League Baseball's regular season awards. Common sense would dictate the writers who select the winners have to wait until the last ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 783 reads 40 comments

  25. Say It with Me: Tim Lincecum Is the 2009 National League Cy Young

    The three-horse race for the National League Cy Young Award is officially over. The votes haven't been cast or tallied yet as the Major League Baseball season still has some leg in it, but Chris ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 746 reads 58 comments