1. Reality Is Not a Good Look For The Ultimate Fighter

    Has anyone else noticed that the Ultimate Fighter has lost some serious giddyup as far as legitimate mixed martial artists are concerned? When TUF first broke on the scene, it seemed to be considered a joke by those inside the fight game...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 843 reads 23 comments

  2. Love Him or Leave Him, Freddy Sanchez Will Be a Giant in 2010 (So Love Him)

    I'm not sure what to make of a headline that announced Freddy Sanchez is "open" to the idea of staying with the San Francisco Giants in 2010. In all honesty, my first reaction was to be a little perturbed...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 464 reads 6 comments

  3. Any Way You Cut It, Kimbo Slice is Nice

    There's a reason Seinfeld is considered one of the best sitcoms of all time. It was hilarious, but in a timeless and true-to-life sort of way. If you can tolerate the whining, it might be your perfect comedy...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 1,393 reads 13 comments

  4. The National League Cy Young Award and the Power of the Repeat

    Depending on what the top three candidates do in their final starts of 2009, the National League Cy Young announcement could be one of the most acrimonious days in recent Major League Baseball history...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 1,038 reads 16 comments

  5. The World of MMA Prepares to Fit Walker and Mayorga For Bad Idea Jeans

    Add Ricardo Mayorga and Herschel Walker to the list. Which list, you might ask? That would be the list of those severely misguided and misinformed individuals who think that jumping into the deep waters of mixed martial arts sounds like a good idea...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 262 reads 9 comments

  6. San Francisco Giants' 2009 Season Is Over: Time To Read the Writing on the Wall

    I have dreamed a dream, but now that dream is gone from me.—Morpheus, Matrix Reloaded (and San Francisco Giants fans across the country) Technically, which means mathematically, the San Francisco Giants are still alive...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 513 reads 25 comments

  7. Milton Bradley Strikes Out Again, Next Team to Offer the Guy a Shot Is Batty

    It's getting towards late September and that means several annual rituals are starting at the altar of Major League Baseball...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 959 reads 25 comments

  8. Angels and Demons: Giants' Villalona in Police Custody on Suspicion of Murder

    Whoa, I had a totally different article all lined up about the frustration of being a West Coast fan stranded on the East Coast for vacation during a Major League Baseball postseason chase. That's out the window...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 500 reads 7 comments

  9. UFC 103: dos Santos Answers the Skeptics, Franklin Proves Them Right

    UFC 103 didn't hold too much allure for me for two reasons: I've never been a Rich "Ace" Franklin fan and I never took Junior dos Santos very seriously...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 1,268 reads 10 comments

  10. The UFC's Kimbo Slice Experiment Gets Off on the Right Foot (or Fist)

    If you're even a casual fan of mixed martial arts, you know the name Kimbo Slice. You know that his street-fighting exploits became the stuff of YouTube legend; his subsequent pseudo-celebrity ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 5 years ago 2,833 reads 23 comments

  11. Rockies Place Final Nail in Giants' Coffin, Schedule Threatens to Drive It Home

    The San Francisco Giants' 2009 season might've cleared the point of no return the minute Ian Stewart's two-run bomb cleared the right-center field fence at AT&T Park...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 6 years ago 404 reads 10 comments

  12. Jay Cutler's Future Still Bright, but Luminosity Remains a Fair Question

    Despite my lack of affection for Jay Cutler, one cannot deny the kid has talent. No matter what I may say about the gray matter between his ears, the diva who forced his way out of Denver has a cannon hanging from his shoulder...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 769 reads 41 comments

  13. Brad Penny Gives San Francisco Giants' 2009 Season One Last, Fading Ray of Hope

    With all the hoopla surrounding the onslaught of the National Football League's Opening Weekend as well as a couple huge college football games, the San Francisco Giants' weekend series with the Los Angeles Dodgers flew almost completely off the radar...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 252 reads 8 comments

  14. Michigan Wolverines Start the Charlie Weis Doomsday Clock Ticking

    Well that didn't take long. When the 2009 college football schedules came out last winter, the cyberwaves were vibrant with stories about the resurgence of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football program...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 3,789 reads 138 comments

  15. A San Francisco Giant Die-Hard's Descent into the Belly of the Beast

    Here's a nasty little secret: I love Los Angeles—the sprawling city, not its sports teams. It's a rough admission because I'm a die-hard San Francisco Giant fan and, as such, there is no team on Planet Earth I hate more than the LA Dodgers...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 322 reads 15 comments

  16. If the Padres Killed the Giants' 2009 Season, At Least It Received Last Rites

    Never let it be said that my fear of the Baseball Gods' wrath is phobic. Exaggerated perhaps, but certainly not unfounded or illogical. "As a die-hard San Francisco Giant fan with a long memory pockmarked by devastation, I'm trying not to get too excited.

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 215 reads 7 comments

  17. Character Flaw: How the Twitter Obsession Will Ruin Sports if We Aren't Careful

    Phil Simms earned major points from me when he pointed out how sick he already was of Twitter on Showtime's "Inside the NFL." Bill Cowher retorted that the social-networking phenomenon is harmless...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 708 reads 25 comments

  18. A Star Is Born: Madison Bumgarner Makes Surprising but Successful Giants Debut

    For those of you breathlessly awaiting the story from my long weekend in Los Angeles—notice the optimistic use of the plural—I apologize, but you'll have to keep waiting...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 664 reads 13 comments

  19. Phillies' J.A. Happ Is the NL's Best Rookie—Sometimes the Truth Is Boring

    After a holiday weekend in Los Angeles (more on that later today or tomorrow), I'm back home in San Francisco and trying to get caught up on the baseball I missed. That means utilizing the mainstream media for its aspects that are still quite excellent..

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 260 reads 15 comments

  20. Brad Penny Investment Paying Off in San Francisco, Rotation Looking Money

    If I were a Major League Baseball general manager, I'd be seeing how easily I could get Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Tallet, or Scott Richmond—especially if I plied my trade in the National League...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 392 reads 27 comments

  21. The Continued Maturation Of the San Francisco Giants' Jonathan Sanchez

    The title might look odd following a game that saw Jonathan Sanchez exit after six innings and lose his 11th start of the year...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 369 reads 15 comments

  22. San Francisco Giants' Edgar Renteria Beginning to Deliver on Offseason Promises

    One of several dangers that accompany writing for public consumption is the liberal helpings of crow you must eat if you fancy yourself two things. One would be an individual unafraid of looking foolish while giving opinions about unwritten events...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 206 reads 8 comments

  23. No Surprise—San Francisco Giants Ride Strong Pitching to Happy Endings

    By now, the entire Major League Baseball world has seen highlights or heard stories of the Colorado Rockies' stunning return from the brink on Monday night...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 306 reads 6 comments

  24. Milton Bradley and Rick Pitino: Reflections in Narcissism

    It's a sad truth, but inordinate fascination with oneself is hardly reason to single out a professional athlete or high-paid coach...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 470 reads 8 comments

  25. Giants' Big Money Molina Pays Out Yet Again, Erases Bad Memories of Monday Night

    The forces of baseball good and evil are clashing in 2009 as they do every year. One theater of Major League Baseball war can be found in the San Francisco Giants' season and the current ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 127 reads 9 comments