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Why ESPN Is Failing
10,000 — the amount of subscribers ESPN loses on average per day. That alarming number seems to be taking its toll on the ‘Worldwide Leader in Sports.’ Want to know just how big this toll is? ESPN laid off almost all of their hockey staff, during the middle of the NHL playoffs. They also laid off some of their best reporters: Brett McMurphy, Jeremy Crabtree, Max Olson, and Ed Werder, to name a few.
Aaron Nola: Changed and Better Than Ever
Everyone knows the Phillies are rebuilding. It’s a bleak time for any franchise, but it generally looks even worse especially considering the Phillies are supposed to better than their record right now. The few bright spots? Well you really have the Aaron’s to thank: Alther and Nola.
America’s Black Athletic Conscience
I am white. Too many of my musings require that disclaimer these days. But there it is, I am white. Therefore I have no idea how it felt as a black family to see Allen Iverson, braided and brash and black as dice craters snarl and spin his way to an MVP award.
Why Your Team Should Sign Jaromir Jagr
The case is actually pretty simple. If it were anyone else, and certainly anyone who wasn’t over the age of 40, a player of Jaromir Jagr’s ability would have been signed on July 1 without prejudice. With the field of available players thinning out and Jagr relegated to the bargain bin, NHL teams should relish the chance to sign the league’s No. 2 all-time scorer.
Islanders Fans Must Be Prepared for the Unthinkable
Folks, I really didn’t want to write this article. I’d been delaying it for weeks, because I don’t want to think about this.
NFL’s Overtime Is Perfect As Is
Super Bowl Sunday’s wild, record-setting finish brought up an age-old discussion in the NFL: are the overtime rules as good as they could be? And with that, are they fair?
Fox Sports Made a Really Poor Decision
It’s almost certainly not my place to say. But as a writer, I feel the need to criticize Fox Sport’s decision to move their website’s content from text and video based to solely video based.
Adapt or Be Left Behind
Look, I want to start out by saying I’m not a fan of Kevin Durant’s move to the Warriors. But I have to say I’m a fan of what it may cause GM’s and players to do come this summer. If KD stays with the Thunder chances are none of these changes are made. I still think the finals have the same two teams. This move is forcing change. Players like Chris Paul, Kyle Lowry, and Gordon Hayward are now forced to look into options that may not be the highest paying. Would Chris Paul who was so influential in the new collective bargaining agreement really be thinking about passing up a 200 million dollar pay day had Durant stayed? Honestly I don't think so. Now I'm not saying Chris Paul is for sure out the door. But he has to think about winning. Paul just turned 32 May. The idea of teaming up with LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi has to entice him. However a reunion in New Orleans has to be considered as well. Pairing a guard with CP3 skill set along with Demarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, two of the best bigs in the league would bring them into title contention. The real question is how his insurance agent Cliff Paul would feel about him leaving 80 million on the table for one of these moves.
Colin Kaepernick Is Being Blackballed and Everyone Knows It
Why can’t Colin Kaepernick find a job? For a while, many brought themselves to believe, or made themselves so shallow that they didn’t want to believe, that Kaepernick was being blackballed for his stance on recent social issues. It was these same idiots, who said that he “just wasn’t good enough”, when we knew it was because of those things he believes in. You can believe what you wish, but as a brown person in this “bleach white” society, I know that when you stand up for something you believe to be wrong and someone of another particular lineage disagrees, you will be chastised, blasphemed, and condemned for it. In Kaepernick’s case however, “Black Balled”, and unable to find a job, even as a backup.
The Sacramento Kings and Sam Hinkie — Pro Basketball Guerrilla
Earlier this week, ESPN and Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Sacramento Kings’ interest in hiring an executive above Vlade Divac. Divac is the Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager of the Kings. He has constantly been criticized and ridiculed for several of the Kings’ roster moves. These include the Nik Stauskas trade and the DeMarcus Cousins deal, most notably. Divac has the reputation of being one of the nicest guys in basketball.
How Eliminating Conferences for the NBA Playoffs Makes No Sense
This NBA offseason has been a wild ride. It’s been so wild that we’ve completely forgotten just how top-heavy and boring the NBA proved it was after this postseason. That’s what happens when fireworks have been going off on a daily basis like the 4th of July was a month long. Now that the dust has mostly settled and we’re turning off Woj and Shams notifications to avoid being updated about players like Ekpe Udoh finding teams, we know one thing:
Joey Gallo Is Killing the Importance of Batting Average
We’ve talked a lot about the “fly-ball revolution” lately — the idea of elevating and making hard contact to increase production. Yonder Alonso has used it to his benefit, as have players like Mike Moustakas and Brett Gardner.