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Straight Up With Sturg
March 18, 2019 - 2:11 pm
I honestly don’t have too many complaints on my end when it comes to this years NCAA Tournament. Most of my complaints would be seeding, but I can live with that. The Southern Conference not getting a second bid as compared to other leagues whom got two, it makes no sense to me. But at least there...
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Mike Venditti
February 13, 2019 - 1:56 pm
The NBA is a players league, the NFL is starting to realize that they're going to have to become the same...but Major League Baseball is going the opposite way, and it's pretty embarrassing to see. In recent history we have seen players signed by MLB franchises for ungodly amounts of money, and yes...
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Mike Venditti
February 07, 2019 - 11:27 am
I've said it for years and have heard the same response every time, but the inevitable might finally be here. Major League Baseball is discussing the implementation of the Universal DH and it's about time they did. Deep breaths purists...your typical responses haven't swayed me yet and they won't...
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Mike Venditti
January 23, 2019 - 9:41 am
It took until 2019, but we finally have a unanimous vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame and it is in the form of former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. Good. Great. Now, BBWAA, DO BETTER! It is an absolute travesty that Mariano Rivera in 2019 is the first unanimous vote for the Hall. With...
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Mike Venditti
January 07, 2019 - 2:37 pm
For four straight years, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers have faced off in the College Football Playoff. Three of them, including tonight, for the National Championship. Typically, this would be an annoyance to most sports fans...but this one feels different. It's the Ali vs Frazier...
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Mike Venditti
December 31, 2018 - 3:14 pm
(Late post) Ditti breaks down the CFB Matchups and more!
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Mike Venditti
December 30, 2018 - 1:10 pm
Well...that was ugly... Our Gamecocks completely laid an egg in the Belk Bowl and were shut out by the Virginia Cavaliers. It happened, it's over and I promise you that Deebo Samuel wouldn't have made all that much of a difference outside it not being a shutout maybe. Of course, there is a lot to...
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Straight Up With Sturg
December 17, 2018 - 2:19 pm
Things I've heard in the last week as Clemson makes their fourth consecutive appearance in the College Football Playoff.... "Clemson wouldn't win nine games in a real conference like the SEC"; "Notre Dame is too big for a conference and therefor too big for Clemson"; "if they played a real schedule...
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Mike Venditti
November 14, 2018 - 4:15 pm
Crushing. Inexcusable. Frustrating. These are all words that us South Carolina faithful have used to describe the Gamecocks' 35-31 loss to the Florida Gators last Saturday in The Swamp. Carolina seemed to snatch defeat from the hands of victory as they blew a late lead in Gainesville and allowed...
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Mike Venditti
October 23, 2018 - 11:46 am
The year was 1916 and the Boston Red Sox were squaring off against the Brooklyn Robins in the World Series. Babe Ruth pitched all 14-innings in a 2-1 Game 2 victory for the Red Sox. Ernie Shore started and won two games for the Red Sox and in the end, Boston clinched another World Series...
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