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Straight Up With Sturg
June 05, 2017 - 2:56 pm
Only four times in NBA history has a team trailing 0-2 in the NBA Finals come back to win. Yes, Cleveland was one of those teams least season against the very same Golden State Warriors. No, there won’t be a fifth time, at least this season. Golden State is better than they were last year for a...
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Straight Up With Sturg
June 01, 2017 - 9:04 am
I’ve been a long time Tiger Woods fan. And I’ve even been a Tiger Woods apologist. But not tonight. Not after witnessing the video and audio of Woods weekend arrest of DUI in Jupiter, Florida. I understand his Blood Alcohol Level was 0.0. Tiger was loaded, and this time it’s not about him. Tiger...
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Mike Venditti
May 31, 2017 - 2:58 pm
It finally happened. Somebody held a silly grudge, for three years, started drama on the diamond…and the other team didn’t retaliate! To quote Al Michaels, “Do you believe in miracles!?” To be perfectly honest, I’m shocked. I got to bed early last night to prepare for a long day today and totally...
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Mike Venditti
May 30, 2017 - 11:38 am
In 1996, the New York Yankees began their first dynasty since the 70s. They have failed to be one since. It’s been 14-years actually, but Yankee fans won’t have to wait much longer. Before getting into why the 2017 Yankees are better build for a long LONG run, let’s revisit the 1995 Yankees. You...
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Mike Venditti
May 30, 2017 - 10:49 am
Here we go...once again... A pitcher held a grudge for three years and he's the hero. Why? That's easy...hypocrisy. The hypocrisy surrounding the fans and non-fans of baseball has been mind-boggling from the start. Whether it's the "change baseball for me" crowd, the "baseball is boring" guy or the...
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Straight Up With Sturg
May 26, 2017 - 8:59 am
It may have felt like two years, but the Finals are finally here! The two best teams in the NBA are set to take battle on the biggest stage. It’s round three of the two most dominant teams this league has seen in a long time. The last two teams to face each other in back to back Finals were Bulls/...
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Mike Venditti
May 25, 2017 - 11:31 am
Jake Bentley said some things. For some reason, the fan base that's still celebrating a championship is obsessed with it. That's what I can't wrap my head around in this situation. Not Bentley, Clemson fans. What was Bentley supposed to say? "Yeah, well we were lucky to have even been mediocre last...
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Straight Up With Sturg
May 24, 2017 - 9:18 pm
I really feel like Jim Mora when it comes to this year’s playoffs. Honestly, who thought that the NBA Finals would not feature the Warriors vs. Cavs? We all knew that was inevitable as soon as KD put the ink to paper on July 4th and ignited fireworks across the free agency spectrum. Now were here...
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Mike Venditti
May 24, 2017 - 11:11 am
Normally, I wouldn't even mention LaVar Ball's name. He wants the free advertisement and is literally meaningless to the sports world. My feeling is that we should stop giving him clout and stop talking about him all together. Lonzo Ball is the only Ball we should be discussing in sports media. He'...
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Mike Venditti
May 23, 2017 - 9:06 am
As you can see from the picture above, Nolan Fontana was out. Problem is, the umpire (Hunter Wendelstedt), called him safe. Then something amazing happened.... Wendelstedt, after discussing the call with Rays manager Kevin Cash, realized he was wrong and reversed the call on the spot. Without a 5-...
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