1. Los Angeles Dodgers Building a Colossus in Southern California...on Paper

    If the rumblings around the baseball hot stove are to be believed, the Los Angeles Dodgers have made their first really troubling moves. According to numerous sources ( like MLB...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 1 year ago 1,183 reads 5 comments

  2. Red Sox Rebuild Already Needs to Be Torn Down After Napoli, Victorino Signings

    With two moves less than a week apart, the Boston Red Sox have managed to befuddle the entire baseball-watching world. First, the Red Sox signed Mike Napoli to a three-year deal worth $39 million ( via MLB...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 1 year ago 4,044 reads 84 comments

  3. Bye-Bye Black Beard: Brian Wilson Might Be Done with Giants and That's Just Fine

    Brian Wilson 's days with the San Francisco Giants appear to be over, as the rehabbing closer is officially a free agent ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 1 year ago 841 reads 44 comments

  4. The Steroid Era Has Given Way to the Age of Hypocrisy

    In 1998, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa held the Major League Baseball-watching world captive with their race toward Roger Maris' single-season home run record and beyond...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 1 year ago 275 reads 53 comments

  5. Dallas Cowboys' Mediocrity Is the Inevitable Downside of Being a Media Darling

    The Dallas Cowboys will not contend for another Super Bowl as long as owner Jerry Jones insists on presiding like an emperor over his club...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 1 year ago 3,855 reads 30 comments

  6. Marlins Complete Trade with Blue Jays: A Devil's Advocacy for the Salary Dump

    When you step back from the debacle in Miami, the Marlins' last full year bookends quite neatly. In December of 2011, the franchise made headlines by signing Heath Bell, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, in that order...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 1 year ago 2,172 reads 21 comments

  7. Is Buster Posey's Career off to the Best Start in Major League Baseball History?

    Buster Posey will be a star for years to come if he stays healthy; that much is already Skip-Bayless-is-an-idiot obvious. The youngster has played 308 games and accumulated 1,255 plate appearances over parts of four Major League Baseball seasons...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 1 year ago 11,404 reads 58 comments

  8. The Barry Zito Contract Revisited

    The San Francisco Giants 2012 World Series could wear many different subtitles. You had two improbable returns from the brink of elimination in the National League Division and ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 1 year ago 9,312 reads 20 comments

  9. San Francisco Giants' 2nd World Series Ring in 3 Years Completes Surreal Journey

    The San Francisco Giants ' improbable run to, and sweep through, the 2012 World Series has already been chewed up, merchandised and spit out as the 24-hour news cycle continues to churn...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 1 year ago 4,423 reads 5 comments

  10. Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves Are Going Home, but Umps Aren't to Blame

    The 2012 MLB Playoffs got off to a rip-roaring, bottle-throwing start in Atlanta as baseball fans got their first look at the one-game Wild Card playoff...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 2 years ago 2,451 reads 22 comments

  11. Buster Posey vs. Ryan Braun: The Absurd Hypocrisy of the NL MVP Debate

    The pressure of Major League Baseball's stretch run has boiled the race for the National League Most Valuable Player award down to two realistic options...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 2 years ago 14,493 reads 156 comments

  12. San Francisco Giants: Barry Zito Goes from Punchline to Playoffs in 2012

    Barry Zito won't win another Cy Young Award unless he starts mainlining HGH , synthetic testosterone and virgin tears (at 3:56)...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 2 years ago 3,886 reads 9 comments

  13. NFL Replacement Refs Are Awful, but They're Not the Real Problem

    The NFL replacement referees have gone from bad to putrid to someone-open-a-window-or-I'll-vomit. I originally intended to make the argument that the furor over the replacement officials was largely a media-driven farce...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 2 years ago 1,535 reads 2 comments

  14. UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones Is Beyond the Realm of Rational Thought

    UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been something of a divisive figure ever since his hype train left the station in the winter of 2009-10...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 2 years ago 6,791 reads 24 comments

  15. Ring Around the Posey: Buster Getting Help from Unsung Giants on Offense

    The San Francisco Giants are cruising toward the National League West pennant with less than 20 games remaining in the regular season, and they have Buster Posey to thank for much of the propulsion...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 2 years ago 3,674 reads 10 comments

  16. Jon Jones: Bloom Is Officially off the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion's Rose

    There was a time not too long ago when Jon Jones was the perfect UFC star. Those days are, most definitely, over...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 2 years ago 2,020 reads 16 comments

  17. Hitters Getting the Pub, but Josh Beckett Is the Key to Dodgers' Playoff Hopes

    Since the end of July, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been collecting high-priced talent like Mitt Romney collects luxury homes ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 2 years ago 622 reads 1 comments

  18. San Francisco Giants Largely Unfazed by Dodgers' Blockbuster and Rightfully So

    As far as baseball weekends go, the San Francisco Giants and their faithful have had better than the one that unfolded on Aug. 25 and 26...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 2 years ago 3,224 reads 21 comments

  19. Meet Madison Bumgarner, the Most Underrated Pitcher in Major League Baseball

    Madison Bumgarner isn't a household name (yet), but not for lack of bona fides. At the tender age of 23, the enormous southpaw tips the scales at 6'5", 235 pounds and already has three full years of major league service to his credit...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 2 years ago 173 reads 8 comments

  20. Melky Cabrera Tests Positive for PED: It's an MLB Issue, Not an SFG Issue

    Melky Cabrera tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone at some point around the All-Star break, then was suspended by Major League Baseball on August 15. And the baseball world lost its mind on August 16...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 2 years ago 142 reads 35 comments

  21. Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and the Idiocy of Hype

    Bryce Harper is to Major League Baseball what LeBron James is to the NBA. To a lesser and more imperfect extent, he is to baseball what Tim Tebow is to the NFL...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 2 years ago 9,864 reads 102 comments

  22. San Francisco Giants' Biggest 2nd-Half Keys NOT Involving Tim Lincecum

    There's a quiet little story seeping its way out of the San Francisco Giants ' camp this year. If you've been paying attention closely, reading the tea leaves, you might've divined ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about almost 2 years ago 3,187 reads 11 comments

  23. A Tribute to Peter Sauer: Former Stanford Basketball Team Captain Gone Too Soon

    Peter Sauer, captain of the Stanford Men's Basketball team that shocked the college basketball world by advancing to the Final Four in 1998, died tragically over the weekend...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 2 years ago 5,873 reads 2 comments

  24. Silva vs. Sonnen 2 Results: Silva Destroys Sonnen, Restores Order in His Kingdom

    Anderson Silva , the longest-reigning UFC middleweight champion in the organization's history, will reign for a few months longer. Maybe years. Maybe forever. Who knows? His latest title defense extends his record in the category to 10 in a row...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 2 years ago 85,107 reads 243 comments

  25. San Francisco Giants Absorb Cheap Shot from Mets GM, Shellacking from the Nats

    San Francisco Giants fans will have to forgive New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson; I'll make no such plea in regard to the Washington Nationals . But let's deal with the disgruntled GM first...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 2 years ago 2,525 reads 20 comments