Articles By Rob Doster

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 30:

 

, and it was just what you'd expect.

 

• This is pretty incredible: .

 

• While we celebrate Brady and Belichick, .

 

. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

 

. Handled it like a pro, though. 

 

• This one's for the millennials: .

 

• What's the deal with all the Super Bowl ads being released early? Anyway, . And .

 

• Just as a reminder, .

 

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• Matt Damon and Ben Affleck offer up a wicked smaht defense of the Patriots.

 

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Post date: Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:41
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 29: 

 

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, the PGA Tour's annual frat party.

 

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. Anyone monitoring Paul Allen's nocturnal activities?

 

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• Super Bowl week nugget: .

 

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. This is his time of year.

 

. Cue Tiger hole-in-one jokes.

 

. Time to retire the "You're not you.." bit; they're not going to top this one.

 

• Kyrie Irving had himself a night.

 

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Post date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:54
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 28: 

 

. Looks like pregnancy wasn't too rough on her.

 

. Although , like Progressive did.

 

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• Also throwing punches: .

 

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. I think these guys could beat the best guys who did.

 

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Then report back to me. I just can't.

 

• Steph Curry isn't just an unconscious shooter. He can also pull off Magic-style passes like this one.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 10:42
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 25:

 

. Her work is … unusual.

 

. Mr. Cub always loved the game like a little kid.

 

• Speaking of kids and baseball,

 

• This is cool: . And . Oh, and I guess .

 

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• Chris Berman was not happy about something at the Pro Bowl. Maybe he realized he was covering the Pro Bowl.

 

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Post date: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 12:06
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 23: 

 

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. What about the children?

 

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. (Kramer voice) yeye, catfight.

 

• Always fun: .

 

. Not bad.

 

• The Bucks did a little quality trolling of the Patriots.

 

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Post date: Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:45
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 22:

 

. Need I say more?

 

. If you're interested in parsing his statement, .

 

. Thank goodness.

 

• New wrinkle:

 

• I enjoyed the headline to .

 

• There is a football game coming up. . And no, I'm not talking about the Pro Bowl.

 

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. Worth a click just for the classic photo.

 

• Kevin Durant had an authoritative dunk over Marcin Gortat.

 

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Post date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 10:27
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 21: 

 

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. But doctoring balls is nothing new, if you believe former .

 

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• An alternate narrative is emerging in the Robert Allenby case: .

 

. Mazel tov.

 

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• Watch Alex Ovechkin shatter a net-cam.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 11:00
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 20: 

 

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• The tooth hurts: . And .

 

• In other weird golf news: . Kidnapping, random missing teeth — who said the golf beat was boring? And that doesn't even take into account .

 

. And in its own way, .

 

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• Got a few hours to kill? .

 

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• Bill Self angry. Bill Self smash.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:13
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are in the middle of a season quite unlike any they’ve had, since moving from Seattle in 2008.

 

 

Burdened with title expectations for the third year in a row — a premature Finals appearance in 2012 will do that to you — OKC started the year with a litany of crucial injuries, limping to a 5-13 record without Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Now, the championship hopefuls have a deadly sprint before them just to get into the playoffs. The Western Conference is just that good; at 20-20, the Thunder are currently three games behind the Phoenix Suns for the eigth and final conference postseason slot.

 

If the past two games are any indication, though, then the Thunder are trending in the right direction. OKC handled the Golden State Warriors, the best team in basketball, 127-115 on Friday night, behind a triple-double from Westbrook. And last night, they nearly set a record for the current season by dropping a whopping 79 points in the first half against the Orlando Magic.

 

Part of the success in their recent play is the emergence of Dion Waiters, a recent acquisition . Over the past two contests, the feast-or-famine Waiters is shooting 60 percent from the floor, thriving and confident in the free-roaming Oklahoma offense. He’s also been a surprising source of defensive steel, grabbing five steals over the weekend.

 

If the Thunder want a chance at our hearts again this Spring, they’ll have to keep it up. Phoenix is for real, and stealing the Suns' spot will likely require a 50-win season, at the minimum. That means OKC has to play .710 ball to give themselves a chance. It’s a tall order, but they look like they’re on the way to fulfilling it.

 

— John Wilmes

@johnwilmesNBA

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Post date: Monday, January 19, 2015 - 15:33
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 19: 

 

. Let's keep politics out of the pure, unspoiled world of beauty pageants, shall we?  

 

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, but I put that loss on Mike McCarthy. .

 

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• Deflate-gate: And if so, why?

 

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in which his wife called the cops on him.

 

• Michael Bennett went for a spin on a bicycle after the Seahawks' win.

 

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Post date: Monday, January 19, 2015 - 10:29
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 16: 

 

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• Bill Walton, Jay Bilas and Dave Pasch called last night's Arizona-Colorado game, and .

 

, like a couple of rec league geezers.

 

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• Rory McIlroy had his first professional hole-in-one today.

 

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Post date: Friday, January 16, 2015 - 10:48
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 14:

 

. Warning: Most of them are dudes.

 

• What is it with British royals and NBA royalty? .

 

 

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. Weird sport.

 

. If that's the case, probably not smart to slam her head into the wall, as Busch is accused of doing.

 

. Rickey Henderson approves this message.

 

• Ryan Suter delivered a nasty elbow to Steve Downie's face.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:21
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 13: 

 

• Sorry, Oregon. .

 

• Patrick Reed won the Hyundai TOC with an epic comeback, but it was .

 

. I think he passed St. Nick last night as the nation's best college football coach, and .

 

• I agree with this: . His stock will never be higher, and he didn't come to Columbus to play school anyway.

 

 

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• I haven't linked to the Onion in a while. .

 

• Feel-good video of the day: .

 

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• Watch Kevin Garnett head-butt Dwight Howard.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 10:42
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 12: 

 

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. Of course, .

 

• Big off-the-field NFL news today: .

 

• Sign of the times in college football: .

 

• This could get ugly: .

 

. One of Manning's own teammates .

 

. Dude can write.

 

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• In his rush to help, .

 

• Hannah Storm went Dikembe Mutombo on her makeup person, minus the finger wag.

 

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Post date: Monday, January 12, 2015 - 10:47
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Path: /nfl/afc-divisional-playoff-preview-and-prediction-indianapolis-colts-vs-denver-broncos
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Sunday afternoon’s Indianapolis vs. Denver AFC Divisional Round game will be the first postseason meeting between Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and the man he replaced in Indy, Peyton Manning — who is now the first quarterback to play at least 200 games with a team and then face that team in the playoffs. According to Football Perspective, the Broncos have the edge in yards per attempts, yards allowed per attempt, yards per carry and yards allowed per carry. Since 1990, there have been 16 games where a home team had the advantage in those four metrics, and the home team is 15–1 in those matchups.

 
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos

 

Kickoff: Sunday, Jan. 11 at 4:40 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS

Spread: Denver -7

 

Indianapolis’ Key to Victory: Andrew Luck

 

The spotlight shines on the respective quarterbacks in this one. When the two face off Sunday afternoon it will be the third meeting between the two signal-callers and the first rubber match. In 2013, Luck led the Colts to a 39–33 victory in Manning’s first game back in Indianapolis. Both quarterbacks threw for three scores in that game, while Luck was turnover-free and Manning had an interception. Luck has had better postseason success early on in his career than Manning, arriving in Denver this week with a 2–2 playoff record in his first three seasons. It took Manning until his sixth season to win a playoff game, and it was his fourth postseason contest that he finally got his first W. If Luck protects the football, and the Colts defense can force some miscues, then the road upset becomes very realistic. 

 

Denver’s Key to Victory: Peyton Manning

 

For whatever reason, Manning is not the same quarterback in the postseason that he is during the regular season. In 23 playoff games, Manning is 11–12 and has a passer rating of 89.2. Compare that to his regular season record (179–77) and passer rating (97.5). Granted, the opponents get tougher in the postseason, but Manning hasn’t exactly risen to the occasion with any regularity under the brightest lights. It’s important that the Broncos get at least a reasonable facsimile of October Manning (102.2 career passer rating) and not January Manning (83.5). “I think Peyton’s been doing fine. I don’t know if it’s about hype; I know it’s just another playoff game. I can’t answer that question for him but I think he’ll be fine,” Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas said. “We had them the first game of the season and he was fine. It’s a playoff game so it’s a little bit different because if you lose, you’re done and if you win, you keep going. I can’t really talk for Peyton but I think he’s fine.” Okay, fine. 

 

Final Analysis

 

Peyton Manning has been one-and-done in the playoffs eight times in his career, by far the most for any quarterback in the Super Bowl era, and he’s also the record-holder with 12 postseason losses. Those numbers have to be weighing on this proud warrior, who will be looking for vindication in this postseason. This week, at least, he’ll get it. 

 

Prediction: Denver 31, Indianapolis 24
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AFC Divisional Playoff Preview and Prediction: Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos
Post date: Friday, January 9, 2015 - 16:00
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 9: 

 

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, on Super Bowl Sunday. .

 

. It's the players who should be wearing them.

 

. But is he elite?

 

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• The Titans decided to "live-tweet" the Music City Miracle on its 15th anniversary. .

 

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• Marv Albert shared his all-time Albert Achievement Awards on Letterman.

 

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Post date: Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:27
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for January 8: 

 

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• This is somehow perfect: .

 

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• Not sports, but interesting nonetheless: .

 

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• Today in Steve Ballmer insanity: The Clippers owner flails around to Fergie.

 

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Post date: Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 12:08
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for January 7: 

 

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. Watch out, bars and strip clubs of Tallahassee.

 

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. In fact, someone did.

 

• Of course,

 

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• The Preds' Pekka Rinne made an insane backwards leg save.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 10:42
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 6: 

 

• While we all returned to work in the cold January air following the New Year holiday, .

 

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. I'd vote him in.

 

 

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• More hockey fun: .

 

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Post date: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 11:15
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The day your five-year-old has waited for his whole life for is finally here — the Dallas Cowboys are back in the postseason. Behind the record-setting offensive trio of Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant, Dallas won the NFC East with a 12–4 record and has returned to the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2009. A 4–0 showing in December has helped erase a stigma that surrounded a Cowboys franchise that could not win in the last month of the year, particularly under coach Jason Garrett and Romo. Dallas entered this season 8–11 in December in four seasons with Garrett, and Romo had gone 14–22 in the month.

 

Meanwhile, Detroit (11-5) is back in the postseason for the second time in three years after previously not having made it since 2000. The Lions are still looking for their first playoff win since a 38–6 Divisional Round win over Dallas on Jan. 12, 1992. That win was the first postseason victory for the franchise since 1957, with only two appearances in between.

 

Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys

 

Kickoff: 4:40 p.m. ET

TV Channel: FOX

Spread: Dallas -7

 

Detroit’s Key to Victory: Stafford to Johnson

 

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford carries this unfortunate bit of baggage into this game: He is 0–16 as a starting quarterback in road games against teams that finished the season with a winning record, the third-most losses without a win in such games for any quarterback since the 1970 merger. But he’s 2–0 against Tony Romo, which gives the Lions a glimmer of hope. Both wins featured dramatic comebacks, including a 31–30 win in 2013 in which Stafford threw for 488 yards and Calvin Johnson caught 14 passes for 329 yards, the second-best yardage total in NFL history. Johnson’s yardage total of 1,077 this season marks his lowest since 2009, but expect Stafford to look Megatron’s way early and often.

 

Dallas’ Key to Victory: Unleash DeMarco Murray

 

It’s been a season-long theme for Dallas: Use a powerful running attack to set up Tony Romo for success in the passing game. This week, the Cowboys are facing the NFL’s top rushing defense (69.3 ypg), but it’s critical that DeMarco Murray find some running room against the Lions' defense to open things up for Romo and Dez Bryant — a job that gets tougher with the unexpected availability of leg-stomper Ndamukong Suh. The grind of a long NFL season seemed to catch up with Murray, whose 1,845 rushing yards broke Emmitt Smith’s franchise record and were the third most in the NFL over the last eight seasons. In Weeks 15-16, Murray could muster only a combined 139 yards on 2.6 yards per carry, including a season-low 58 yards in a Week 16 win over Indianapolis. He recaptured some of his early-season form with 100 yards on 20 carries against Washington, his 12th 100-yard game of the season (second most in NFL history). We’ll see if the wear and tear of 392 carries hampers him on the postseason stage. 

 

Final Analysis

 

In an unexpected turn of events for two somewhat downtrodden franchises, both the Detroit and Dallas saved some of their best football for late in the season, combining to go 7–1 in the month of December. So which one is prepared to take the next step and win in January? Jerry Jones sees something he likes in his Cowboys, saying that, “This team has a uniqueness to it that could serve us well in the playoffs.” We tend to agree.

 

Prediction: Dallas 27, Detroit 21
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NFC Wild Card Preview and Prediction: Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys
Post date: Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 09:00
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The sports world bid farewell to some legends in 2014. We mourn their passing, but celebrate the memories they leave behind.

 

Marvin “Bad News” Barnes, basketball legend

Died Sept. 8, Age 62

In marking his death, the New York Times called Barnes “one of basketball’s most talented and defiantly self-indulgent players, whose career dissolved in a haze of drugs and alcohol.” But, as sportscaster Bob Costas said, “The truth is that there were many nights, even when Dr. J was in the game, when the best player on the floor was Marvin Barnes.” Barnes helped lead Providence to the Final Four in 1973 before spending two seasons for the Spirits of St. Louis in the American Basketball Association and then four in the NBA.

 

Rob BironasRob Bironas, Tennessee Titans kicker

Died Sept. 20, Age 36

One of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, Bironas holds the NFL single-game record with eight field goals against the Texans in 2007, a year in which he earned All-Pro recognition. Bironas died in a single-car accident in Nashville; witnesses reported that he had been driving aggressively, and tests revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.218.

 

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, boxer

Died April 20, Age 76

Immortalized in song by Bob Dylan and portrayed on screen by Denzel Washington, Carter was a middleweight boxer who was convicted of murder but freed after almost 20 years in prison via a petition of habeas corpus. Carter’s saga inspired the Dylan song “Hurricane” and the 1999 film “The Hurricane.”

 

Jimmy Ellis, boxer

Died May 6, Age 74

Ellis was a former WBA heavyweight champion who had memorable fights with Jerry Quarry, Floyd Patterson, Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, among others. Upon Ellis’ death, Ali said: “In the world of heavyweights I always thought him one of the best.”

 

Tom Gola, basketball Hall of Famer

Died Jan. 26, Age 81

One of the biggest basketball stars of the 1950s, Gola led La Salle to the 1952 NIT title and the 1954 NCAA title. Gola, who still holds the NCAA record for career rebounds with 2,201, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976. He was later elected to the Pennsylvania State House.

 

Tony GwynnTony Gwynn, Baseball Hall of Famer

Died June 16, Age 54

Quite possibly the hardest-working, sweetest-swinging player in baseball history, Mr. Padre used an incomparable mind for the game, tireless hours of film study and an uncanny ability to find gaps in the defense to win eight batting titles and rap out 3,141 career hits. His death from oral cancer made him a cautionary tale against smokeless tobacco use.

 

Frank Jobe, pioneer sports surgeon

Died March 6, Age 88

Countless athletes owe their careers to the pioneering orthopedic surgeon, who performed the first “Tommy John surgery” on the procedure’s namesake in 1974 and also performed the first major shoulder reconstruction for a pro athlete, allowing Orel Hershiser to continue his career.

 

Ralph Kiner, Baseball Hall of Famer

Died Feb. 6, Age 91

In the years following World War II, Kiner was the most feared slugger in baseball, leading MLB in homers every year from 1947-52 and surpassing 50 dingers twice. He then spent 53 years as a beloved broadcaster for the Mets.

 

Philip Lutzenkirchen, football player

Died June 30, Age 23

The former Auburn tight end was a fan favorite who played for the 2010 National Championship team and set a school record for tight ends with 14 career touchdown catches. He died in a one-car crash in his home state of Georgia.

 

Don Meyer, basketball coach

Died May 18, Age 69

Meyer held the record for most wins by a men’s college basketball coach with 923 until his total was surpassed by Mike Krzyzewski in 2011. A highly influential coach and teacher of basketball, Meyer was credited by Pat Summitt with teaching her “how to teach others how to play the game.”

 

Chuck Noll, Hall of Fame NFL coach

Died June 13, Age 82

Noll’s legendary 23-year tenure as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers produced 209 wins, four Super Bowl titles and induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. He was the architect of the Steelers dynasty of the 1970s and also was known for providing significant opportunities for African Americans, both on the field and on the sidelines.

 

Dr. Jack Ramsey, NBA coach and broadcaster

Died April 28, Age 89

A highly respected coach and broadcaster, Dr. Jack led the 1977 Portland Trail Blazers to the NBA title and won a total of 864 games as an NBA head coach. He then spent nine seasons as a color commentator for the 76ers and Heat. He also authored several books on basketball.

 

Oscar Taveras, Baseball phenom

Died Oct. 26, Age 22

Known as "El Fenómeno,” Taveras was a highly coveted baseball prospect from the Dominican Republic who drew comparison to countryman Vladimir Guerrero and spent one season with the St. Louis Cardinals before his death in an automobile accident in his home country.

 

Kevin Ward Jr., driver

Died Aug. 9, Age 20

Ward was an obscure young competitor on the lower levels of professional auto racing before his death in a controversial and tragic dirt-track incident with Sprint Cup star Tony Stewart. Angered by Stewart’s aggressive driving during a sprint car race at New York’s Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Ward got out of his car on the track to confront Stewart but was struck and killed by Stewart’s car.

 

Don Zimmer, MLB player/manager/coach

Died June 4, Age 83

Baseball lifer Zimmer spent 65 years in professional baseball as a player, manager and coach., winning 885 games as a big-league manager. From 2008 until his death, Zim was the last former Brooklyn Dodger still in the game.

 

Other Notables:

Jerry Coleman, baseball player-turned-broadcaster

Lou Hudson, basketball player

Hank Lauricella, Hall of Fame football player

Earl Morrall, Super Bowl quarterback

Robert Newhouse, NFL running back

Bob Suter, hockey player and member of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. team

Orlando Thomas, NFL lineman

Fuzzy Thurston, member of the 1960s Packers dynasty

Bob Welch, MLB pitcher

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Post date: Monday, December 29, 2014 - 11:30
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 24: 

 

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• For your Christmas Eve enjoyment, . Speaking of The Rock, .

 

. I'm sure I've linked to many of these this year.

 

• Amazing universe we live in: .

 

• Continuing our countdown theme: .

 

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• This is disturbing: . Not surprising, but disturbing.

 

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• Vlade Divac sank a halfcourt shot for charity and got a round of applause from Jack Nicholson.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 11:34
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 23: 

 

• The Jags haven't done much right in a while, but they did give us one outlet's .

 

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• BYU and Memphis played a great bowl game, .

 

• Related: .

 

• This is actually a little depressing: . His showing against Cincy led to .

 

. Not quite Vinsanity, but still.

 

. They also show us what happens .

 

 

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• Peyton threw what had to be the worst pick-6 of his career last night.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:14
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 22: 

 

. No. 4 is lovely tennis player Eugenie Bouchard (pictured). 

 

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• Despite yesterday's close game, .

 

. He's turned postgame lockerroom interviews into .

 

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• This is new to me, although they might have been doing it all year: , from NFL RedZone. 

 

 

 

 

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• Relive Marshawn Lynch's earth-shaking Beast Mode moment from yesterday.

 

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There’s plenty on the line tonight when the Seattle Seahawks take on the Arizona Cardinals on NBC. Not only is the NFC West Division title hanging in the balance, but the top seed in the conference could be as well.

 

The Cardinals (11-3) secured a playoff berth in their touchdown-free win against St. Louis. It is the first postseason trip for Arizona since 2009, Kurt Warner's last season. And they could use Warner now, as they will go into Sunday's game with third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley under center after injuries to starter Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton.

 

The defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks (10-4) won the first meeting between these teams this season 19-3, a game that kick-started their current four-game winning streak. Arizona is 7-0 at home this season, while Seattle is 4-3 on the road. 

 

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinalss

 

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC

Spread: Seattle -9

 

Seattle’s Key to Victory: Lower the Boom

The Legion of Boom defense is peaking at just the right time. Seattle has held its last four opponents to 27 total points and an average of 188.0 yards per game. In eliminating San Francisco this past Sunday, Seattle sacked Colin Kaepernick six times and allowed only 141 passing yards. They wouldn’t admit it, but the Seahawks’ defenders have to be licking their chops for a shot at Cardinals third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley. The Seattle pass rush has produced 16 sacks in the last four games, and the Seahawks will look to punish Lindley with frequency. “That is a real good part of our game right now,” coach Pete Carroll said of the pass rush. “We're going to try and keep pushing it. I always think it starts up front with the guys rushing the passer, but we certainly feed off one another and it will certainly be important down the stretch.”

 

 

Arizona’s Key to Victory: A First-string Performance from its Third-string Quarterback

We’re tempted here to say that the Cards’ key to victory is to force Kurt Warner out of retirement, but we’ll resist. Instead, we’ll merely say that Ryan Lindley, the Cards’ third-string quarterback, must do his best Warner impersonation and make enough plays in the passing game to keep the Legion of Boom from pinning its ears back and attacking. Lindley, who was signed off the Chargers’ practice squad a few weeks ago, feels like he’s come a long way since his 2012 start against the Seahawks — a 58–0 loss in which he completed eight passes for 59 yards. For Lindley’s sake, one would hope so. “It’s night and day,” he said. “The amount I've learned and not only grown as a person in two years, but from these guys — B.A. (Bruce Arians), from Carson (Palmer), from Drew (Stanton). I'm a totally different person and totally different player from that point.”

 

Final Analysis

 

Arizona should be able to play loose and relaxed, given that the Cardinals have clinched their first playoff appearance since 2009. But to have any shot at playing a home game on Super Sunday — the Super Bowl is at University of Phoenix Stadium — they need home-field advantage in the playoffs, meaning they need to win this game. When you’re on your third quarterback and facing the NFL’s most dominant defense, that’s too much to ask. 

 
Prediction: Seattle 21, Arizona 10
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