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Dubsism

Today, we are going to explode a big misconception about booze, namely that it always impedes athletic performance. Babe Ruth used to have a pint of bourbon for breakfast, then slam three homers. Ex-major league pitching coach Barney Schultz used to implore his players to “pound those Budweisers, boys.”  Now, according to CBS Chicago, we have Dennis Rodman.

When an athlete abstains from substance abuse, typically their career will flourish.

According to a report, however, that’s not the case for former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman. The Hall of Fame center said he became “boring” when he got sober briefly eight years ago and that no team wanted anything to do with him.

“People wouldn’t even touch me,” an emotional Rodman said. “I was boring. I wasn’t the Dennis Rodman of old.”

Boring? Really? This is the same guy we’ve seen show at book signings in a wedding dress…

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1) Los Angeles Dodgers ↑ 1

What We Originally Said:

Upside:  Clayton Kershaw won the NL Cy Young last year and is a contender for the award again. He is signed with the Dodgers through 2013.  Matt Kemp was the runner-up for the NL MVP Award, and was a single dinger away from joining the 40HR/40 stolen base club.  The Dodgers have him locked up through 2019.

Downside: They still have yet to rid themselves of Frank McCourt.

What Actually Happened:

This team has Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw, and neither of those two are the reason headline reason right now this team is the currently best in the National League.  Matt Kemp is hurt,  Kershaw is doing what Kershaw does, but check out these pitching facts:

  • After 44 team games, the Dodgers had two starters with at least 50 strikeouts
  • After 44 team games, the Dodgers had two starters with at least…

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils will meet in the Stanley Cup Final, beginning on Wednesday night. Both teams won the Western and Eastern Conference titles respectively in overtime.

The Los Angeles Kings won the Clarence Campbell Bowl for their efforts. The New Jersey Devils captured the Prince Of Wales trophy for their accomplishment. Both teams carried the tradition of NOT touching the trophy afterwards. The reason given is that they are not playing for those trophies. The only one that matters is the Stanley Cup and that touching the other trophies is considered bad luck. What a bunch of horse manure!

For the record, here’s where this “tradition” started. Back in 1996, the Florida Panthers shocked the hockey world, by upsetting Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final. The Panthers celebrated by hoisting the Prince…

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I grew up watching the Los Angeles Kings.

I’m old enough to remember those purple and gold uniforms with the giant crown which was more reminiscent of Imperial Margarine than a hockey team. I’m old enough to remember when the Kings were essentially an NHL after-thought, when their line-up consisted of Hall-of-Famer Marcel Dionne and little else; his supporting cast was a collection of the likes of Butch Goring, Steve Jensen, and Mario Lessard.

Obviously, that also means I’m old enough to watch the transition of this franchise which occurred once Wayne Gretzky hit town. In the B.G. (Before Gretzky) era, the Kings would play in front crowds consisting of about 2,000 Canadian expatriates, almost as if the Forum was Southern California’s own “Bob and Doug McKenzie” farm.

Then in the D.G. (During Gretzky) era, Kings games took on a distinctly “Hollywood” feel, the seats…

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This is the series I’ve been looking forward to with great anticipation. It took a little while to decide, but everyone knew that the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs would meet in the Western Conference Finals. After all, they were the 2 best teams in the West all season, and it was just a matter of time before these teams would face each other in a best of seven.

The Spurs demolished the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers to reach this point. The Thunder dominated the defending champion Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers to earn a trip to the Alamo City.

Many members of the media have portrayed this series as young vs old. However the Spurs average age of their roster is only 27.4 while the Thunder’s average age is 26.4. What the Spurs do have that the Thunder don’t is championship experience. The…

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Painting the Black

The Indiana Pacers had the Miami Heat on the ropes but couldn’t finish them off. They set themselves up for a storybook ending. Alas, it was not meant to be.

How typical.

The Pacers were outmatched. Much like a boxer without that knockout punch or a closer without a strikeout pitch, the Pacers needed something more. They just didn’t have it though. Larry Bird’s squad is another prime example of the necessity of having a star player in order to win meaningful games in the NBA.

Balance alone doesn’t cut it in this league.

The Heat should never have been seen as on the ropes by so many people (yes, guilty as charged). Not when they feature 2 of the best players on the planet while the Pacers feature player is a fringe all-star center. Indiana didn’t go soft in game 6. They couldn’t bring their game up a couple…

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For those of you who don’t remember, Chad Curtis was a “journeyman” baseballer who patrolled major league outfields for the then-California Angels, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers between 1992 and 2001.  Over his career he compiled a .264 batting average and hit 101 home runs

Before today, Curtis was probably best remembered for his stoning of NBC sportscaster and asshole extraordinaire Jim Gray after Game 3 of the 1999 World Series.   Curtis was the left-fielder for the New York Yankees at the time, and after winning Game 3 with a walk-off homer against the Atlanta Braves;  he refused to talk to  Gray in a post-game on-field interview.  This was done in response to Gray’s controversial interview with Pete Rose after the MasterCard All-Century Team ceremony before which took place prior to Game 2.  During this interview, Gray had badgered Pete Rose about his involvement…

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