1. Brett Favre Apologists, Meet Roy Halladay, the Genuine Article

    "I think I'm done talking about it for a while. You have a responsibility from time to time to address different situations. I feel like I've tried to do that to the best of my ability. At this point it's out of my hands...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 590 reads 33 comments

  2. Karlos Dansby: A Great Tackler Who's Just a Bit out of Touch

    Let's get this out of the way immediately. I'm not trying to disparage Karlos Dansby. As a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, I'm actually quite familiar with the Arizona Cardinals linebacker, as far as his exploits and excellence on the field are concerned

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 439 reads 22 comments

  3. Drugs In Baseball Vs. Tennis: A Contrast In Substance

    When Long John suggested the idea for this story, I jumped at the chance because I'm sick and you're tired of reading the same old Major League Baseball steroid schlock...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 250 reads 15 comments

  4. Time To Let the San Francisco Giants' 2002 Wound Heal

    The All-Star break is always a touch painful for me, and not just because I'm a National League fan. Frankly, the American League's dominance in interleague play is far harder to digest...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 330 reads 34 comments

  5. How Much Ya Bet?: Weighing in on MLB's Second Half

    Honestly, I went looking for the Saturday Night Live skit simply because of the tie-in to the theme of the article (I'll get to that). Then I watched it and realized the implications are treacherous as well as infinite...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 864 reads 37 comments

  6. The Curious Case of Jonathan Sanchez and The San Francisco Giants

    I've always been one of Jonathan Sanchez' biggest fans and even my patience has waned as of late. His stuff is undeniable, but Major League Baseball's graveyard is littered with young phenoms boasting incredible filth and little-to-no reins...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 799 reads 37 comments

  7. The 100 Greatest Fights in MMA History: Fights 10-1

    The moment of truth is upon us—the top 10 fights in the history of mixed martial arts. There are no interlopers here. Every fight features a pairing of iconic figures from the sports past, either immediate or distant...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 13,627 reads 28 comments

  8. The 100 Greatest Fights in MMA History: Fights 25-11

    In reality, all of the top 25 fights in MMA history feature what passes for non-stop action in the sport. People just don't realize that "non-stop action" after 10-20 (or 30 or 60) minutes of ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 5,532 reads 11 comments

  9. The 100 Greatest Fights in MMA History: Fights 50-26

    The land of meat and spuds, fight fans, that's where we are. The filet mignon, veal cutlets, and Lyonnais potato are still ahead, but Nos. 50-26 feature some tasty dishes in their own right...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 5,759 reads 16 comments

  10. The 100 Greatest Fights in MMA History: Fights 75-51

    Wow, the intro piece to this series got away from me and I didn't stop to think how long a piece of 25 short blurbs would be, proving, yet again, I'm not that bright. So I'll cut the chit-chat and dive right into this group...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 9,229 reads 6 comments

  11. Heading into MLB's Second Half, Only One Division Seems Settled

    Parity is usually a word reserved for the cash-leveled playing fields of the National Football League. In Major League Baseball, the "haves" are supposed to run away with all the choicest pieces ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 805 reads 20 comments

  12. The 100 Greatest Fights in MMA History: Fights 100-76

    If you’re not a fan of mixed martial arts, but think you might have the capacity, then Ultimate Fighting Championship 100 would be a great moment to give the sport a try. For one thing, it is an important milestone in the UFC’s history...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 14,528 reads 40 comments

  13. The Pittsburgh Pirates: What's a Minor League Team Doing in the Show?

    On the banks of the Three Rivers, the blood-letting continues. Jason Bay? Gone. Nate McLouth? Gone. Damaso Marte, Xavier Nady, Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett? Gone, baby, gone...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 627 reads 18 comments

  14. Tim Lincecum Channels Greg Maddux: The Rest of Baseball Watches Nervously

    "Oh, the places you’ll go...there are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all."—Dr. Seuss Uh-oh...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 718 reads 25 comments

  15. SF Giants' 2009 Season Already a Success—Now It's a Matter of Magnitude

    That might sound a little premature. Actually, it might sound a lot premature. After all, the San Francisco Giants have only played 74 of the 162-game slate. They sit a mere six games over ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 703 reads 31 comments

  16. Major League Baseball's Doomsday List

    Here is one of the scariest lists of baseball players you will ever see. I'm talking lights-on-deep-breath-before-looking-under-the-bed-and-still-no-sleep terrifying (names are followed by ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 5 years ago 202 reads 11 comments

  17. To the Poor Toronto Blue Jays: A Sincere Thank You from the Rest of MLB

    Back in December, I wrote the Football Gods must be crazy after a particularly surreal weekend on the National Football League's gridiron. Now, it's June and time for an article in similar spirit about Major League Baseball...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 854 reads 36 comments

  18. Don't Look Now, Here Comes Manny Ramirez...And The Money That Follows

    Who out there still thinks Major League Baseball is genuinely troubled by steroids and performance-enhancing drugs? I hope not too many hands are being raised...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 366 reads 25 comments

  19. If You See This Man, RUN AWAY!!!

    With all due respect to the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Anderson Silva, Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir, and Lyoto Machida, none of them represents a sincere danger to your average individual...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 2,045 reads 35 comments

  20. San Francisco Giants' Plan B for 2009 Is Looking A-OK

    "That's a healthy fastball right there, he's got some pop going."—Mike Krukow while observing Brian Wilson's flirtation with triple digits on the radar gun You gotta love Kruk—he's ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 424 reads 7 comments

  21. A Golden State Warrior Draft Day Retrospective—Oh, What Could've Been

    With the National Basketball Association draft about a week away and the Golden State Warriors sitting on the No. 7 pick in this year's lottery, I thought it'd be a good time to take a walk down Draft Day Memory Lane, Warrior-style...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 645 reads 0 comments

  22. Brett Favre: How a Hero Becomes a Goat Without Even Taking the Field

    I really don't see how you can defend the last couple years of Brett Favre's career at this point. Unless, of course, the explanation is, "Brett Favre was a football god for 16 years in a Green ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 833 reads 45 comments

  23. San Francisco Giants Roundtable: Reflections on the Big Unit's 300th Win

    For the latest edition of the San Francisco Giants Roundtable, we decided to revisit Randy Johnson’s historic accomplishment from a couple weeks ago...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 140 reads 24 comments

  24. San Francisco Giants Get Burned: Barry Zito, the Baseball Gods, and My Big Mouth

    For whatever reason, baseball players tend to be extraordinarily superstitious, and it’s not just the professional ones...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 589 reads 37 comments

  25. Dontrelle Willis: A Left-Handed Modern Greek Tragedy

    Over the summer of 2005, Bay Area newspapers were full of stories about a local, 23-year-old kid who was paralyzing Major League Baseball hitters with a fearsome arsenal and uncomfortable delivery...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 5 years ago 389 reads 16 comments