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HARBAUGH GRACELESS IN DEFEAT

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Jim Harbaugh hates to lose more than he loves to win. He proved it Sunday after the San Francisco 49ers lost to the New York Giants in the NFC championship game. Harbaugh quickly congratulated his counterpart Tom Coughlin then disappeared. When Fox … [read more]

CUBAN’S PERSONALITY TOO BIG FOR MLB

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Mark Cuban moved to Dallas three decades ago and took a gig as a bartender to pay the bills. Today, he owns the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, Forbes Magazine estimates his value at $2.3 billion and he has placed a bid on the Los Angeles … [read more]

THE PROBLEM WITH TELLING THE TRUTH

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On an Alabama radio frequency hundreds of miles south of the ears of New York fans and media, New York Jet Greg McElroy spoke frankly about the his teammates. He described the teammates as “selfish” and the locker room “corrupt.” … [read more]

REDEFINING SUCCESS IN DALLAS

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Jerry Jones refuses to call the Dallas Cowboys 2011 season a failure; he prefers disappointing because using the word failure would be a confession of guilt by the owner and general manager and there's is no way Jones -- or Jones' elephant-like ego … [read more]

WINFIELD AND THE METS

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Dave Winfield got his first taste of the New York Mets over lunch. For the Mets front office team of Nelson Doubleday and Frank Cashen this was all new and, in hindsight, the 1980 Major League Baseball Reentry Draft, marked the organizations first … [read more]

CASHEN’S OPEN LETTER TO FANS

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While researching another story, I stumbled on to this "open letter" former Mets general manager Frank Cashen wrote for the New York Times. It is fascinating, to say the least, because: … [read more]

ONE PLAY, TWO FIRST BASEMAN AND THE ELUSIVE THIRD OUT

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Even in hindsight the story is hard to fathom. The New York Mets came to bat in the bottom of the 10th inning, at home, trailing the Boston Red Sox 5-3 in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. They were three outs away from losing the Series. Hold on, … [read more]

TIMING IS EVERYTHING ON WRIGHT DEAL

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The Hot Stove rumors about David Wright are both true and false. True: the Mets will trade write. False: a deal with the Colorado Rockies is in the works. New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has an impeccable sense of timing. Moving … [read more]

HIGH RISK, HIGH REWARD FOR DARVISH

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The chess game continues. With Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson relocating to the American League West, the Texas Rangers knew they must make a bold move to keep pace and stay competitive. That move transpired Monday night when Major League Baseball … [read more]