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A Midsummer’s Day Dream

It’s amazing how few articles there are worth writing anymore.

I’ve spent the last two hours blazing through sports sections, checking out college websites, doing obscure Google searches, but I’ve found nothing.

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The ESPY’s: A Show Not About Sports

Before my religious viewing of Fox’s Sunday night programming, I flipped the channel to watch the ESPY awards. In days of yore, it would be a no-brainer whether or not to watch the show. I watched Kobe effortlessly climb up the Laker ladder of history, and I watched Vince Young single-handedly run his team to victory. Reliving those moments is simply a Youtube search away. However, being a college kid, I left home and had something of a long distance relationship with the boob tube (too much homework). As a result, I made a vehement effort to catch the sports highlights I missed this year while not sacrificing an extravagant amount of Simpsons, Family Guy, and (dare I say it) American Dad content.

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The Life

It would be such a great life to be able to wake up every morning and to know that you are being paid to play a sport that you absolutely love.  It would be great to just have the opportunity to play the sport you love before a national audience.  It would be great to get that adrenaline rush from a game winning shot or run.  It would be a great life playing a professional sport.

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Modified Playoff System Needed in NBA- NHL- & MLB

With the playoffs having at last arrived for the NHL and the NBA, it is again time to speculate how meaningful the regular season has been when more than half of all teams qualify for the playoffs.  True, at least the very worst of teams have now been exiled from our viewing landscape.  Beyond this welcome respite, however, the whole point of the regular season seems unclear.  Suppose that, instead of the current system, all teams qualified for the playoffs.  The odds in Vegas would still be very high against any team beyond the top eight in a conference winning the championship anyway.  So, again, what then really was the point of these lengthy 82-game seasons?

Of course, having a better record entitles a playoff team to have home court/ice advantage in a playoff series.  But even this relatively minor perk can be largely removed by the opposing team merely being the first to win a road game.  With a view to making the regular season much more meaningful, I propose a simple but radical change in the way in which playoff match-ups are arranged: Let teams choose their own opponents.

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RJ’s Junk Drawer

Thank God it’s Monday, huh? Another week has passed in this never-ending sports merry-go-round. Who wants to get off now? Maybe Gene Upshaw. Not me, though. Not with all the fun stuff coming up. Baseball is about to dive head first into real international competition on this side of the globe after dipping it’s toe in the Far East. Hockey and pro basketball are still a few months away from a meaningful game, but hey, at least they’re not showing Hawks highlights (Chicago or Atlanta) on Sportscenter anymore.

Oh, and there’s that tournament that those college kids are going to play next week. Get your vacation days approved, yet?

So to celebrate, here’s another fresh batch of sports nuggets for your reading pleasure. Inside, you’ll read the dirtiest thing ever written on Sportscolumn (you should’ve already read one), but that won’t keep the cheerleader with the broken neck from Southern Illinois from reading them. And of course, I will honor the two “Major League” quote limit for the year.

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RJ’s Junk Drawer

With the sporting world in a virtual holding pattern over the next few weeks while we wait for March Madness and the baseball season (i dunno – April Ardor?) to give us some real sports stuff to talk about (what’s this O-limp-ix thing they’ve been yapping about these past two weeks anyway?) here’s a fresh list of sports notes to whet your appetite until the real fun begins – bashing Alex Rodriguez. Oh, wait, they started that already.

Oh well, here goes. Have fun and don’t read it all at once, thus frying your brain and losing points on the Wonderlic test.

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Pardon My Short Attention Span

What do sports writers and lazy journalism majors do when they have a deadline and no real story to turn in? Well, first they go to the bar. Then they fall back on the old standby: The “notes” column, or as some of our more clever ilk might call it, “Random Thoughts From a Random Mind.” Just string seven or eight different topics into one column. The suckers, er, I mean readers eat it up every time.

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Nothin’

Marcus Vick’s got legal troubles, a history of reckless and idiotic behavior, a year’s worth of suspensions and enough talent to make it to the NFL in spite of it all.

I got nothin’.

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The Ten Best Rivalries in Sports

by Trevor Freeman

Inspired by seven beers and a raucous Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins tilt on Monday night, I decided to have some fun and list the ten best rivalries in sports.  After crunching the keyboard and getting some sage advice from fellow sports fans, I arrived at this list.  Enjoy………  

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Then & Now – Boy- Has America’s Pastime Changed

   Not too long ago, oh…maybe 30 or so years back. The good ‘ol days for me. A time when we could actually watch games on regular TV. When there were scheduled double headers. When you had to watch the game to find out the score (no annoying little boxes in the corner). Before there were pitching changes every other hitter. When they wouldn’t toss every ball that hit the dirt to the side (even in the World Series).

   Unfortunately,our beloved baseball has become an full evening event, with the almost-entire night game schedule, dragged out for 3 hours or longer. How I long for the days when we played punch ball or wiffle ball in the street as we put a ball game on the portable transistor radio.