Carrie Underwood and 9 other things sports media tried to pass of as “news” this week


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Welcome to the slowest sports news day of the year; residing in the midst of the slowest sports news week of the year.

We don’t have any sports this week, just the MLB All-Star Game. Seriously, in 2024, people will ask you why MLB is on par with MLS, horse racing and boxing. Remind them of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game- when the greatest hitter in a half-century, who died just one month before, was not even mentioned, not even once, during the entire telecast. 

Tony Gwynn played in 15 All-Star games, yet both Major League Baseball and Fox Sports didn’t even deem him worthy of being mentioned in the 2014 telecast; despite passing away 29 days before it was played.

That said, let’s move on to something less disgraceful and dark.

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More Money For Sports In Brazil And Chicago, More Problems


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Thing about television is that it only shows you the unpleasant and the uncomfortable when it makes for better theater. Rarely is such the case in viewing sports. Besides the actual game action, a national broadcast is going to feed you shots of local peculiarities and regional foodstuffs during timeouts.

Going in and out of commercials you get the blimp views of the stadia amid a lit up downtown at night, stock footage of hustle and bustle during the daytime, and shots of some unique piece of architecture soundtracked by a song from and/or about whatever city the game is in. Oh, hey, look at the city-native-but-now-probably-expatriate celebrity in the stands totally trying to go unnoticed in that black baseball cap. (8,974 screenshots get tweeted.)

And Drake. There’s always Drake.

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Why we should amnesty all four All-Star Games


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All four All-Star Games in American sports need to be done away with. We had a very productive pro and con debate on the MLB All-Star game here. Obviously, I took the con side. Here we’ll look at the other three.

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Baltimore Ravens: offseason greatly raises expectations


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With the NFL, there’s always a demand for discussion. In America, the NFL slaughters everything, while all other leagues are merely a niche sport. Even college football, which clearly comes in second, is a very distant second.

Anyway, let’s get this party started. We continue the never too early season preview series with the Baltimore Ravens.

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Pittsburgh Steelers: running game key to turnaround in ’14


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With the NFL, there’s always a demand for discussion. In America, the NFL slaughters everything, while all other leagues are merely a niche sport. Even college football, which clearly comes in second, is a very distant second.

 Anyway, let’s get this party started. We continue the never too early season preview series with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Raiders DL Justin Tuck: you can buy his truck for $50,000


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Former New York Giant’s star and defensive end, Justin Tuck, signed with the Oakland Raiders, and unfortunately for him, his 2010 Ford F-350 is not making the trip. Fortunately for Tuck fans, his Will Castro designed truck was just listed on eBay Motors with a starting bid of $46,500.

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Tennessee Titans Training Camp, Season Preview


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With the NFL, there’s always a demand for discussion. In America, the NFL slaughters everything, while all other leagues are merely a niche sport. Even college football, which clearly comes in second, is a very distant second.

Anyway, let’s get this party started. We continue the never too early season preview series with the Tennessee Titans.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Season Preview: never too early


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With the NFL, there’s always a demand for discussion. In America, the NFL slaughters everything, with all other games a niche sport. Even college football, which clearly comes in second. However, it’s a distant second.

Anyway, let’s get this party started. We continue the never too early season preview series with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Houston Texans Season Preview: never too early


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With the NFL, there’s always a demand for discussion. In America, the NFL slaughters everything, with all other games a niche sport. Even college football, which clearly comes in second. However, it’s a distant second.

Anyway, let’s get this party started. We continue the never too early season preview series with the Houston Texans.

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Carolina Panthers Season Preview: never too early


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With the NFL, there’s always a demand for discussion. In America, the NFL slaughters everything, with all other games a niche sport. Even college football, which clearly comes in second. However, it’s a distant second.

Anyway, let’s get this party started. We continue the never too early season preview series with the Carolina Panthers.

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VIDEO: Matt Schaub looking good so far with Oakland Raiders


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Matt Schaub went from a potential great situation with the Houston Texans, although 2013 was a very poor indicator of that, to the Quarterback valley of lost souls. The Raider landscape is littered with names like Jeff George, JaMarcus Russell, and Carson Palmer.

It’s where you go to phase out, not  a stepping stone to a better situation.The Raiders are still a proud franchise, however they just cannot seem to get things rolling like they once did. Once upon a time the Raiders were Super Bowl champions in multiple decades. But those days are long gone and it is going to take the right people at the top of the food chain to turn things around.

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Atlanta Falcons Season Preview: never too early


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With the NFL, there’s always a demand for discussion. In America, the NFL slaughters everything, with all other games a niche sport. Even college football, which clearly comes in second. However, it’s a distant second.

Anyway, let’s get this party started. We continue the never too early season preview series with the Atlanta Falcons.

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