“Viva Puig!” It’s a battle cry heard across Los Angeles as the Cuban defector leads the Dodgers back into NL West contention. Across the United States, that sentiment is shared by fantasy owners who won the bidding war for Puig’s services. For the past several days, Major League Baseball pundits, former players and fans have […]

As longtime readers know, I grew up on the South Side. Yes, it needs to be capitalized. The White Sox have long turned to trainer Herm Schneider to monitor player health, and his ability to rehab players is the stuff of baseball legend (Bo Jackson, anyone?). Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports wrote a piece chronicling […]

Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie claimed his third consecutive victory on Thursday against one of his former teams (Baltimore). Guthrie scattered seven hits and three walks over six innings pitched, allowing a single earned run (two total) to reduce his season ERA to 2.28. He possesses a pedestrian strikeout rate (5.7 per nine innings pitched), […]

Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel, untouchable in 2012, blew his third save opportunity in his past five tries on Tuesday night against the Reds. Kimbrel allowed two home runs in this outing (Shin-Soo Choo and pinch-hitter Devin Mesoraco) and raised his ERA to 3.38. He’s still striking out batters at a strong pace, but he’s been […]

As free agency loomed, NFL fans, particularly those in Baltimore, were curious to see what Ozzie Newsome and his team would accomplish. We knew that that Ray Lewis was set to retire. Matt Birk did so shortly thereafter. Fans knew that Joe Flacco was coming back on a big contract. And though those fans were […]

Over the past several weeks, Percy Harvin’s name came up in myriad trade rumors. One of the top suitors for his services appeared to be the San Francisco 49ers. Harvin will join the NFC West. On Monday morning, the Vikings reportedly (per Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com) consummated a deal to send the receiver/returner to Seattle […]

We worried about the potential overkill of stories about Ray Lewis and the Harbaugh brothers in the two weeks leading toward the Super Bowl in New Orleans. We should have known that myriad new stories, some of the most unbelievable origins, would offer us a shield and deflect attention from those gigantic, obvious tales. As […]

On Thursday morning, the long-awaited report from Louis Freeh (read the summary here) was finally released. In short, Freeh’s investigation concluded that Joe Paterno and senior officials at Penn State demonstrated “total and consistent disregard … for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims.” The report discusses at length Paterno’s knowledge of the 1998 […]

When Baron Davis was dealt from Los Angeles to Cleveland, it came as a shock to no one. Donald Sterling had openly mocked his point guard from courtside about his conditioning. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports takes a look at Sterling’s handling of his coaches and the iron fist of David Stern. Feel the wrath […]