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Mike Venditti
July 24, 2019 - 10:54 am
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York is a history museum. It exists to tell the story of baseball. It's a living document that is ever changing, growing and evolving. But it still doesn't tell the entire story. We've been practicing revisionist history in Cooperstown for...
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Straight Up With Sturg
July 22, 2019 - 1:43 pm
With the rate that simple civility in our country, much less the world, has gone down recently; we've always wondered what would be the big "what if" in sports if someone wanted to make a statement and implement a terrorist attack. Our answer has always been, attack a stadium. Saturday night at...
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Credit: © Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: © Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Offsides with Marc Ryan
July 18, 2019 - 1:05 pm
A family member known for outspoken takes that have gotten him in a bit of hot water at times did manage to produce one line that’s stayed with me over the years: What you fear is near. His belief is that much like the law of attraction works with our conscience to bring those things we desire into...
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Mike Venditti
July 17, 2019 - 11:28 am
Training camp is almost here and it’s time to start wondering what the Carolina Panthers will be in 2019. The 2018 campaign ended badly, with the Panthers finishing 7-9, missing the playoffs and seeing quarterback Cam Newton heading into off-season surgery. The future looked grim for the black and...
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Credit: © Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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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Credit: © Presse Sports-USA TODAY Sports
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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