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The torn tendon: Jake Peavy’s return from an unprecedented injury

Both the life and baseball career of Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy have been all about finding and claiming new, rare territory. He is one of just 10 pitchers in National League history to win the Cy Young Award with a unanimous vote, one of two players to ever win a Cy Young Award without pitching a complete game, and only the eighth player in the divisional era to win the pitching Triple Crown; leading his…

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Clint Hurdle: Even more popular with players than fans

When Pirates manager Clint Hurdle passed on a managing offer from the New York Mets during the offseason to become Pittsburgh’s new skipper, many reporters and baseball fans alike were quick to point out that he had his work cut out for him. They were right. Everyone knew about the Pirates’ stretch of 18 consecutive losing seasons, but the team’s performance in 2010 was more of an immediate cause for concern. In addition to ranking among the worst of…

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Embracing the Twitter craze; Biz Nasty and the Gang

Tim McKeown, ESPN columnist, provided some insight on the world of social media two years ago. In 2011, his words still ring true: “If you are open and honest, occasionally funny and usually available, you can use the media to become a star.” For Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette – better known as “Biznasty” on the interwebs – the journey from a self-described “fourth-line plug” to a social media superstar with over 114,000 followers on…

Football

The ethics of sport journalism: ESPN struggles with media responsibility

Coaches’ books have become quite a popular phenomenon recently, but few of them have any real news value. That’s not the case with former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach’s recently-released book, Swing Your Sword, which goes into substantial detail about the controversial saga that saw him fired over allegations he mistreated a player. That player is Adam James, and he’s the son of ESPN analyst Craig James; Leach’s book claims that Craig James and…

Basketball

The Legend of Rasheed Wallace

The NBA history books are rife with individual athletes who have lingered on in the hearts of fans who adored them long into retirement, but few stand apart as definitive representations of their generation like Rasheed Wallace. It’s a seemingly irrelevant grey day in early 2004 and the bitter winds whipping through East Rutherford make it neither pleasant nor particularly welcoming. The exhausted winter sun sets early and the afternoon gives way to a cold dark…

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Marlins Ballpark: New stadium poised to elevate franchise

For years, the Florida Marlins have struggled with attendance despite consistently fielding a quality product. That’s about to end next season with the opening of the Marlins’ new, 37,000-seat, retractable roof stadium located on the historic Orange Bowl site in Little Havana. The Marlins’ attendance is near the bottom of the league every year regardless of if the team is successful or not. In 2003, for example, when the Marlins won their second World Series,…

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Ryan Howard: The story that got no press

For the first time in three years, Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard will have the option of watching the MLB All-Star Game from the comfort of his own living room. Instead of representing his club in the Midsummer Classic he will, as any professional would, take the opportunity to rest up and prepare for the second half of the season – one which, given Philly’s dominance through the season’s first few months, could ultimately lead to the organization’s first…

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History behind the NHL’s salary cap woes

The salary cap era has added a new dimension to roster management in the NHL and, as a result, fans and journalists have never been as eager to crunch numbers as they are today. Over the course of the past half decade, general managers have discovered clever ways to circumvent the predetermined limit and ease cap hits by extending the contracts of their star players until they are 40 years old and sometimes older. Comparatively, in the pre-lockout era,…

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Logan Couture and the future ahead

Sometimes receiving a little less attention than your peers pays off in the end. In the case of Logan Couture, not having to shimmer the Calder Trophy every other day over the course of the summer could very well end up helping him in the long-run. A trusty young center for the new-look San Jose Sharks, the former ninth-overall pick is doing the usual professional athlete offseason routine. It’s just one of the many things he’ll be…

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The Jason Williams Effect

Say what you want about adolescence, at least it’s memorable. At least the idols and icons you admired back then, during the unnerving transition years of youth, still hold a significant place in your heart today. I’m not necessarily saying that our heroes of yesterday remain the people we look up to in adulthood – in fact, it’s likely just the opposite – but rather that the impact they had during those malleable teenage years…