Once the Thunder were down 3-1, the Russell Westbrook obituaries had already begun to roll in; down 25, the eulogizers had probably started dipping their quills back in purple. What we’d already heard many times over was going to be repeated once again, at blaring, self-satisfied volume: You can’t win with Russell Westbrook as your centerpiece. Russell Westbrook … [Read more...] about Russell Westbrook Played Basketball And Stayed Alive
On Wednesday night, baseball’s top positional prospect, Ronald Acuña Jr., finally made his long-awaited major league debut, after he’d struggled through weeks of service time with the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate. The sole, obvious purpose of this delay being that the Braves could add an extra year of contract control during the arbitration process. During … [Read more...] about Ronald Acuña, Who Should Have Been Here Weeks Ago, Flashed What He’s Capable Of
For one of the two men who have made it to this year’s Name of the Year final, destiny awaits. By this time next week, Canadian hockey player Jimbob Ghostkeeper or California family practitioner Dr. Narwhals Mating will be etched in NOTY lore. By navigating another wildly competitive field, the 2018 winner will join an exclusive club—one that brings deserved glory, … [Read more...] about Here Is Your 2018 Name Of The Year Championship Match
Last night, top NFL draft prospect Josh Allen joined the long list of young athletes who have seen their old, problematic tweets resurfaced. Yahoo compiled the since-deleted tweets, which were sent between 2012 and 2013, when Allen was still a teenager. He used the n-word a bunch, in that way that dumb, white teens often use the n-word. “(uhh) stay schemin… Niggas … [Read more...] about Josh Allen Called Stephen A. Smith At 2 A.M. To Apologize For His Racist Tweets
With BC Vytautas needing to win their last two games to avoid relegation from the Lithuanian first division, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are headed back to the United States, thus ending LaVar Ball’s misguided attempt to keep his family in the news. Ball told Donatas Urbonas, who first reported the news, that LiAngelo needed time to rehab his ankle before the draft and … [Read more...] about Ball Brothers' Short, Bizarre Lithuanian Experiment Comes To Predictably Silly End
By now the thought has surely ocurred to you. After watching enough replays of LeBron James’s stunning, game-winning shot to wrap up Game 5 of the Cavaliers’ series agains the Pacers, it’s impossible not to recall one of James’s earliest buzzer-beaters. That happened in 2009, when LeBron James was 24 and still searching for his first championship. The … [Read more...] about Old LeBron Is Young LeBron
The new Avengers movie drops tonight and so, bereft of better ideas, we thought now would be a good time to kick up a needless fanboy argument and ask: Do you prefer the Star Wars movies, or the Marvel MCU movies? Which one has your childhood stored in a crystal locket, soon to be crushed by an incompetent screenwriter? Which franchise do you pray is a WIN for Disney? Which … [Read more...] about Marvel vs. Star Wars: WHO YA GOT???!!?!?!?!
If it seems like every NFL reporter or analyst does a mock draft or four, that’s because just about NFL reporter or analyst does a mock draft or four. If you’re wondering why so much pre-draft coverage is saturated with glorified guesswork, consider this: People really, really want to read mock drafts. “People talk more about the draft than NFL games,” … [Read more...] about What’s The Point Of Mock Drafts?
This was its own collapse, in its way. Sure, it was not as shocking or brutal as 2013, but few things in sports history are. In 2013, the Leafs entered the third period of Game 7 against the Bruins with a lead and surrendered four unanswered goals to lose 5-4. In 2018, the Leafs entered the third period of Game 7 against the Bruins with a lead and surrendered four unanswered … [Read more...] about So Much For The Leafs
Track and field’s international governing body announced this morning that women who compete internationally in events from 400 meters to the mile will have to maintain natural testosterone levels below a certain limit in order to be eligible to compete. (Those with more testosterone will be required to take hormonal birth control pills.) This is the most recent … [Read more...] about The Only Point Of Track’s Dumb New Testosterone Rules Is To Make It Illegal To Be Caster Semenya