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Offsides with Marc Ryan
July 11, 2019 - 12:47 pm
I was the kid who waited by the mailbox for his Beckett Baseball Card Monthly to arrive. You know, the monthly price guide in the late 80’s and early 90’s that told you what your baseball cards were worth. I knew every stat back then: Wade Boggs .357 and Don Mattingly .352 in 1986. Some of them...
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Mike Venditti
July 10, 2019 - 10:02 am
Ah yes! Bases Loaded is back! Welcome in to the premier baseball blog on ESPNUpstate.com! For those who aren't familiar, Bases Loaded was originally a baseball podcast I did in Orlando. I then created this segmented blog to accompany the show. So, now that the blog is back stay tuned for more...
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Straight Up With Sturg
July 08, 2019 - 3:04 pm
This is an opinion piece, as I’m entitled to mine just as anyone else is entitled to theirs. You will find various sports sayings intertwined throughout. The US Women’s Soccer Team captured a fourth World Cup title today by “not holding anything back”. Congrats to the ladies, as they “left nothing...
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Offsides with Marc Ryan
July 05, 2019 - 4:45 pm
This Sunday, all of you will have a choice; you can choose to be an American, or choose to be un-American. You see, at precisely 11am eastern time, our United States Women’s National Team will face the Netherlands in the Women’s World Cup Final. Our women’s team won the World Cup in 2015 and is...
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Mike Venditti
July 03, 2019 - 10:20 am
Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Hornets are not committed to winning. Since buying into the Hornets organization back in 2010, acquiring controlling interest of the team, Jordan's Hornets have been far from spectacular. The Hornets since the 2010-11 season have made the playoffs just twice and...
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Diesel
July 02, 2019 - 8:30 am
No amount of Wi-Fi, special-made stadium cups, or chachkies at the gate will bring fans back to college football games. In 2017 college football saw its largest year-to-year attendance drop in 34 years. On average, among the 129 FBS teams attendance was down 1,409 fans per game. 2017 also marked...
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Offsides with Marc Ryan
June 27, 2019 - 1:17 pm
Clemson football has been anything but forthcoming with regards to sharing what its own investigation revealed into how three players tested positive for the banned substance Ostarine, and the lack of transparency is incredibly disappointing. Gene Sapakoff of the Post and Courier thoroughly details...
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Mike Venditti
June 26, 2019 - 10:26 am
Rays owner Stu Sternberg has officially quit on the Tampa Bay area. Tuesday, Sternberg discussed with the media a plan to split future seasons of Rays baseball between Tampa/St. Petersburg and Montreal, Canada. He claimed that the Tampa area was incapable of supporting the team on their own and...
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Diesel
June 25, 2019 - 10:00 am
Realignment for basketball? What? Can they even do that? Last week the University of Connecticut announced their intentions to leave the American Athletic Conference and seek entry into the Big East. But why? Why would a team that’s earning close to $7 million per year leave? Simply put, for the...
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Cole Bryson
June 19, 2019 - 4:56 pm
As several teams from across the Upstate are traveling through the season of passing leauges, Byrnes gets set to host the Palmetto State Showdown on June 28th & June 29th. Twenty teams will be participating in the 7 on 7 next weekend on the campus of Byrnes High School; at the soccer field and...
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