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That First Moment

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This is the moment that the Portland Timbers fans have been dreaming of since the moment they won their first MLS cup at the end of the 2015 season. The moment they announce themselves as champions.

All-Star Baseball: What Matters is Feeling

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It’s perfectly reasonable that Tim would take me for a Strat-O-Matic fan. I write about baseball professionally; I wear t-shirts of long-retired, somewhat obscure players out in public; and I can name you the MVPs of the last 40 World Series pretty much off the top of my head.

The Prep-to-Pro Generation

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Stars like KG, Kobe, T-Mac, LeBron and Dwight ushered in a new era of prosperity and popularity for the league, despite not being able to legally spin a roulette wheel the first night they laced up their sneakers.

I’ll Take Charlie Ward for $5,000

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When it comes to sports, spring has it all. March Madness. Spring training. Opening Day. The NFL draft. The Kentucky Derby. But from a bettor’s point of view, all fall short of the majestic yet exasperating complexity of fantasy baseball.

A Road Trip to the Cactus League

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I figured if spring training could get me through five seasons of bad Mets baseball, it should also be the perfect way to reignite my obsession with the game. In order to do that I decided to drive into the desert and see as many Cactus League games as possible.

Etcetera 2.

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Paris is a city one would like to know. There are metal ping pong tables in the parks.
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Walking is one of the sports. The map is the playbook, how you use it is a question.

The First NCAA Tournament Champions

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So as the first NCAA championship game began, the atmosphere was a mixed bag, with the nation’s coaches in the stands; with a stand-in band playing “Mighty Oregon” whenever it had the chance; with a radio broadcast; yet with many empty seats.

Etcetera 1.

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If a kid can toss a ball before he knows how to read and write, then sports come before words.
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Fishing is one of the oldest sports. People even play it to survive. In that case, is it still a sport?

What’s Eephus?

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The eephus pitch is a wondrous thing found rarely in the game of baseball. Its originator, Rip Sewell, was a journeyman minor leaguer with average abilities until a hunting accident forced him to rework his delivery…