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THE LOWEST FORM OF FLATTERY

Make no mistake, I've been on both sides of the desk. I've issued -- and received -- pink slips. I know how it feels to look someone in the eye and tell them their services are no longer needed. Unfortunately, I've also had the initimate emotional … [Read more]

CITADEL GRAD BREAKS SILENCE

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Norman Seabrooks clutched his diploma in one hand; the other was balled in a fist. He accepted his degree from The Citadel in honor of Charlie Foster and Joe Shine, who came before him; Red Parker and Keith Roden, who struggled beside him; Herb … [Read more]

CARDS RUN A MATHEMATICAL MIRACLE

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Baseball has always been a game of numbers, in fact, the romantic and comedic angles of the game have been replaced in movie theatres with storylines founded on statistics and finance -- or, numbers (see Moneyball). … [Read more]

‘IT’S THE WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD’

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Jerry West is the NBA image. He has won NBA titles as a player and general manager. West's No. 44 has been retired by the Los Angeles Lakers.He has been immortalized in bronze -- twice -- by the University of West Virgina, his alma mater, in 2007 and … [Read more]

OH HENRY

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Boston Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry made a poor choice when he decided to act on his emotions Friday afternoon and visit 98.5 The Sports Hub, a Boston sports-talk radio station. Instead of pulling over, taking a couple deep breathes -- or … [Read more]

A FRANCHISE TIPPING POINT

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New York Mets president Al Harazin was less than two years removed from watching a ball roll through Bill Buckner’s legs; he didn’t need to be reminded just how fragile a post-season lead is. The Mets trailed by two runs and were reduced to a skinny … [Read more]

A BAG OF BALLS, A LOT OF QUESTIONS

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Former New York Mets catcher Ed Hearn says he has a bag of baseballs in his cellar. They are all from 1986, all from the National League Championship Series and they are all evidence that Michael Warren Scott cheated. … [Read more]

HARDBALL COMMENTS FROM ODDBALL

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Ryan Braun warned us about Zack Greinke. The Milwaukee Brewer leftfielder told Yahoo! Sports last week, "There's not much that Zack does that's smooth or cool ... we'll give him a pass for being awkward, because he lives his life awkwardly." … [Read more]

YANKEES LOSE IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE

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Success is a great debate topic. In sports, how do you measure success? On the field the formula appears simple: wins = success, right? The New York Yankees won 97 games, won the American League East and were one of eight teams to make the post … [Read more]

PERFECT FOR A DAY

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New York Yankee pitcher Don Larsen stood on the mound at Yankee Stadium, legs wobbling, sweating, short of breath and all alone in a stadium packed to the rafters. Some 791 miles west of the Bronx, a Chicago taxi cab driver listening on his radio … [Read more]