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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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Mike Venditti
May 22, 2017 - 11:28 am
Hate and sports hate are supposed to be two different things. Real hate is a raw, strong emotion that should never be taken lightly. Sports hate is supposed to be casual and based on team loyalties...but in the end, out of respect. I hate intolerance. I hate liver and onions. I don't REALLY hate...
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Mike Venditti
May 19, 2017 - 11:54 am
So my plan to do these columns at the beginning of every week didn't happen...so now I am returning it to the end of the week, but probably not permanently...I'm bad at consistency. But, for now, here is this week's end of week notes! Beanballs win again... Yesterday, I wrote a piece asking the...
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Mike Venditti
May 18, 2017 - 2:22 pm
Here we go again with the unwritten rules nonsense. While I do side with the Braves when it comes to the situation in which Jose Bautista used his patented batflip...I'm much more worried about what might happen in Atlanta tonight. This should be over. Bautista even admitted that it was "definitely...
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