Believeland: Sweet Masochism for Cavaliers, Browns, Indians Fans

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The ESPN Films 30 for 30 series is like eating pizza or having sex- it’s very difficult to get it wrong. Most of the time, the experience is very enjoyable. That said “Believeland,” the latest 30 for 30 entry, is a very solid entertaining viewing experience, and I’d rather watch Believeland again than just about anything else on television, but…..

…it falls a bit short by 30 for 30’s lofty standards, and it does so because it adheres way too strongly to the corporate culture and ethos of ESPN.

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2016 MLB Mock Draft Version 1.0

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It’s version 1.0 of The Sports Bank’s 2016 MLB Mock Draft. TSB is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

The 2016 Major League Baseball Draft is June 9th-11th. Let’s get started with the 2016 MLB mock draft.

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Troubled Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden Focus of Next 30 for 30

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The iconic but also very troubled 1980s New York Mets cornerstones Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden are the subjects in the very next ESPN 30 for 30 film. Bristol revealed today a preview, releasing a promotional snippet describing what’s to come. Given the issues that Gooden and Strawberry had over the years with substance abuse, I’m predicting this 30 for 30 to be the most compelling edition of the season.

As a child of the 1980s, this is the 30 for 30 that I’m actually looking forward to the most.

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How Vegas Dave Made Millions Betting on Baseball

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Vegas Dave is an example of the ultimate gambler. He took one of the biggest punts in sports betting history, and it paid off in the amount of $2.5 million when the Kansas City Royals won the World Series of baseball at the end of 2015.

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Ryne Sandberg returns to Cubs as club Ambassador

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It’s official, Ryne Sandberg or “Ryan Sandburg” as some Chicago Cubs “fans” refer to him, is returning to the club in an official capacity. Sandberg will be re-introduced tomorrow night as the Cubs new community and sponsor “Ambassador” during the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Cubs Convention.

Ryne Sandberg assumes this post just seven months after resigning as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Zach Randolph tops 10 best interviews of 2015

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As we continue our 2015 “best of” series, The Sports Bank counts down the ten best interviews we did this past year. As I’ve said repeatedly, 99% of media interviews and press conferences are utterly worthless and completely pointless.

However, I probably did well over a thousand or two thousand media opps this past year because everything that follows is pure gold.

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Jessica Mendoza on making baseball history, sexism in sports (exclusive)

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ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza has probably forgotten more about baseball than I’ll ever learn in my lifetime. We had an exclusive conversation with Mendoza, this past weekend, as the 2015 World Series shifted from Kansas City to New York. The first female panelist on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, Mendoza also famously became the first female to ever call a nationally televised MLB postseason game.

“I felt a responsibility, definitely, in being the first, but a lot of it was really just wanting to do a good job,” Mendoza said.

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World Series preview with ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza (exclusive)

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With game three of the 2015 World Series tonight, we previewed the Fall Classic with ESPN Baseball Tonight‘s ground-breaking reporter Jessica Mendoza. During this year’s AL Wild Card game Mendoza became the first female analyst to ever call a nationally televised MLB postseason game.

Monday, in part two of this exclusive interview we’ll cover Mendoza’s trail blazing and the social significance of her achievements. For now we focus on the Series as it now shifts to New York. The Kansas City Royals took game one 5-4, and then dominated game two by a score of 7-1.

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Media evisceration of DraftKings and FanDuel continues (video)

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Still think DraftKings and FanDuel aren’t up to malfeasant chicanery? We’ve already ripped apart how obnoxious and annoying Daily Fantasy Sports advertising is. I’m not the only person who thinks that their ads are ruining sports. #taeks

And simply, if you re-tweet a DraftKings or FanDuel ad, you are indeed a worse human being than Ayman Al-Zawahiri. #hottaeks. Paraphrasing George W. Bush in 2001, “you are either with us, or you are with the Daily Fantasy Sports advertisements.”

And now….

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Cubs-Mets rivalry defined by five memorable seasons

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With the Cubs vying for their first World Series berth since 1945, the National League Championship Series will pit the Cubs’ cast of young sluggers Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber against the Mets’ stable of young pitchers Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob DeGrom.

While these clubs have been in different divisions since the 1994 season, they spent 25 seasons (1969-1993) as rivals of the original National League East.  And many of the Mets’ and Cubs’ greatest triumphs and most painful defeats are as intertwined as strikes and balls.

Today, we add some spice to the NLCS stew by revisiting the rivalry’s five most memorable seasons.

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Jessica Mendoza to make Baseball history this MLB postseason

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ESPN broadcaster and current Women’s Sports Foundation President Jessica Mendoza will make Major League Baseball history on Tuesday night. According to a release sent out just now by Bristol’s PR:

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Cubs’ Minor League All-Star Team Part Four: Outfielders

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Today, we complete the third annual Sports Bank Cubs’ minor league All-Star roster by naming the starting outfield.  We chose whom we consider the three most deserving outfielders regardless of position. Previously, we named pitchers; a catcher and first baseman; and a second baseman, shortstop and third baseman to our squad.

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