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article August 3, 2015

July's 10 dumbest sports stories

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The next installment of our regular feature since January, here's a look at the dumbest things the sports world was obsessed with last month, with "news" about All-Star snubs, Mark Cuban driving around, Donald Trump, LeSean McCoy's party and, of course, Deflategate. More»
TuloPapCueto article July 31, 2015

Trade Deadline: 30 teams, 30 Takes

It's finally over. It feels like we say this every year, but this year we really mean it: This was the craziest Trade Deadline ever. Let's take a look at each MLB team, post-Trade Deadline, and see where they stand … and where they're going. More»
WilmerFlores article July 30, 2015

Much Ado About Nothing

Twitter is about speculation and guesswork and complaints and freaking out, especially during the Trade Deadline. It's a blast, but it's not real. We never saw this more clearly than with the Mets-Brewers Carlos Gomez-Wilmer Flores situation on Wednesday. More»
MLB-Deadline-Drama article July 29, 2015

At the Deadline, We Know Nothing

We think we know so much by July 31, how everything stands, how it's all going to go down. But we don't. A lot of things can happen in two months that come out of nowhere. Consider it a warning to the Nationals, Dodgers and other frontrunners. More»
GettyImages-481272658 article July 28, 2015

The Jays and the Risks of Going For It

The Blue Jays made a big move late Monday night, sending Jose Reyes and prospects to Colorado for Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins. As Toronto's lineup suggests, the Blue Jays are serious about ending their playoff drought this year and next. More»
MillerPriceLester article July 27, 2015

Revisiting last year's Trade Deadline

The week leading up to the MLB non-waiver Trade Deadline is usually an exciting one, but it's also almost certainly not going to matter at all. Here's a look at every 2014 Trade Deadline move and see what effect it had on the eventual postseason. More»
BiggioPedroSmoltzJohnson article July 24, 2015

Celebrating the new Hall of Famers

This weekend, four men will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. At the end, all that will be left is a plaque. Let's celebrate the new Hall of Famers with something more visual -- video. Here are three of the top moments from each honoree. More»
USMNT-Jamaica article July 23, 2015

Bad USMNT Loss, But Not a Crisis

The shocking 2-1 loss to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinal was the worst of U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann's tenure. Some believe his job is in jeopardy. But that would seem to be an overreaction. Let's see how the team recovers before jumping to conclusions. More»
Simmons article July 22, 2015

Simmons and HBO: Perfect Pairing

Bill Simmons is incredibly savvy about navigating the rocky, constantly shifting terrain of the media landscape. That's why HBO is the perfect fit for him. Simmons can just worry about doing great work without all the headaches that come with non-pay TV. More»
goldcup article July 22, 2015

The Best USMNT Experiences

All USMNT games are fun to attend. So for the casual fan, what are the best matches to see in person, in the U.S.? As the Gold Cup continues, we look at the best opportunities to see the USMNT play on American soil. More»
GettyImages-72169324 article July 21, 2015

Has The Tigers' Window Closed?

The Detroit Tigers, who will reportedly be sellers this Trade Deadline season, have seemingly missed their championship window. They came close a few times -- including 2006, plus 2011-13 -- but the future they mortgaged to win has arrived. More»
GettyImages-478797252 article July 20, 2015

When #LOLMets Isn't Funny Anymore

The Mets are in postseason contention as the Trade Deadline nears for the first time in more than a half-decade. But despite their excellent rotation and playoff standing, the fan base isn't happy. Is there any way to change the mood? More»
DonaldsonHarveyAltuve article July 19, 2015

Will These Postseason Droughts End?

Even with an expanding postseason field, every playoff game is precious -- you never know when it'll go away and never come back. Here's a look at six teams with the longest active postseason droughts, plus what it would mean to them if they could make it. More»
blog July 19, 2015

What Do You Love About Baseball?

Last weekend, Will Leitch caught up with FanFest attendees and spoke with them about the excitement surrounding the All-Star break, along with their passion for the game. More»
virginiatech article July 16, 2015

Ultimate College Football Road Trip

In the slowest week on the sports calendar, it's time to start figuring out how to make things exciting in the future. So, quit your job, find a large vehicle and get ready to hit the road all fall to as many college football games as possible, with this as your guide. More»
MikeTrout-ASG article July 15, 2015

We'll Always Need the All-Star Game

The Midsummer Classic just can't help but wiggle its way under your fingernails and into your bloodstream. Even when we're all complaining about it, we keep coming back. That may defy logic, but when you watch it, everything makes perfect sense. More»
ToddFrazier article July 14, 2015

The Home Run Derby Won Me Over

I used to dislike the Home Run Derby. But now I'm a convert. And all it took was a change so obvious in retrospect that it feels silly we didn't have it before: a clock. It also helped that Todd Frazier won the event Monday in thrilling fashion. More»
GettyImages-480522886 article July 13, 2015

A week to celebrate baseball

All-Star Week brings out a specific sort of fan. To use a political term, it turns out baseball's base. These are people who just need baseball, who are hooked. These people are all over Cincinnati this week. It's good to be a part of the base right now. More»
USWNT-Parade article July 10, 2015

The World Cup's start times lesson

The Women's World Cup final was the highest-rated soccer game in U.S. history, rivaling the College Football Playoff and beating the NBA Finals, World Series and Stanley Cup Final. The lesson here? Start big-time sporting events earlier in the evening. More»
RizzoCubs article July 9, 2015

Wrigley Field Has Gone Electric

Over the past three days, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs have played four games at Wrigley Field. Every single one was fantastic. It also reminded us of the sounds a crowd can make when fans finally get what they've wanted all along. More»

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