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Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker gets funnier with age

Last night as Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker and Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman chatted live on the air, it became quite apparent that Uecker, formely known as Mr. Baseball to a different generation, had no such thoughts of retirement. Brennaman will call his final Cincinnati Reds game today on the radio ending a 46-year career. Retirement from a Hall of a Fame baseball career indeed. Uecker, 85, is also enshrined in Cooperstown (as a broadcaster despite his illustrious playing career). When asked by Brennaman’s son, Thom, the Red’s TV play-by-play guy, if he would consider going the route of retirement, […]

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Daily Reads: Feinstein, Gus Johnson, Juiced Baseball, David Ross as the next Cubs manager

John Feinstein with a few andecdotes and his love of radio, mostly sports on the radio. Radio.com The Wall Street Journal on the 71-year old woman with an amazing marathon time. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune on the possibility of David Ross becoming the next Cubs manager. SB Nation with a Profile of Fox Sports’ Gus Johnson Da Bears Superfans are still going Chicago Tribune Ron Kroichick at The Morning Read talks (from a golf perspective) about the California bill that would challenge the NCAA Jeff Passan on the mind-boggling increase of home runs in 2019.

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Urban Meyer would make a lot of sense at USC

Gene Smith the current Ohio State Atheltic Director is on the list as a potential candidate at Southern California according to Dan Patrick on his radio show Friday. Which, as Patrick speculated, would immediately bring into play Smith’s former football coach the current FOX College Football analyst Urban Meyer. As far as a return to coaching, most recently Meyer has said he’s not there right now but that his feelings could change in a year or two. Which could easily be interpreted as saying, if the right job came along he would be interested. Meyer in Los Angeles, the pressure […]

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Sports Media Daily Reads: Steve Spurrier, The Walker Cup, NFL Ratings

Steve Spurrier will host his own local sports radio show in Gainesville, Florida on the U of F owned ESPN radio affiliate WRUF, according to Barrett Sports Media. Here’s to the Ol’ Ball coach sharing his wisdom for the Gator faithful. The Walker Cup was not on TV, anywhere reports Alex Miceli of The Morning Read. The NFL’s Thursday Night Kickoff Game between the Bears and the Packers on NBC doubled its TV ratings from one year ago, per Deadline. Sunday Night Football between the Patriots and the Steelers saw a slight increase in ratings from 2018. According to Sports […]

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This is odd: Minor League Baseball Home Runs more than double using MLB baseball

Minor League Home Runs are up too…up 58% in 2019.

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NFL: Aaron Rodgers speaks the truth about Andrew Luck

Aaron Rodgers says Andrew Luck’s decision to retire was “selfless, not selfish”

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Rory McIlroy is still underrated

Rory cashes a check for $15 million by winning Sunday’s PGA Tour Playoff Championship at East Lake in Atlanta, he seemed more satisfied with winning his second Tour Championship than the $15 million

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Disguised Heroism: Andrew Luck retires for health and family

Andrew Luck chose his own personal health and the future of his family over football, and for that he should be applauded.

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The One Thing Magic Johnson Forgot to Talk About

Magic Johnson stepped down as the President of the Los Angeles Lakers. He called an abrupt news conference in the bowels of the Staples Center Tuesday night. The NBA is a reality TV show that never stops providing new scripts. He cited his trepidation of firing Luke Walton who his owner and best bud Jeanie Buss loved very much. Of course Magic Johnson was instrumental in luring LeBron James into LaLa Land away from Cleveland, although it doesn’t seem like it was a hard sell as LeBron appears to have strategically made his mind up to do so for some […]

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NBC and Golf Channel will broadcast 150 hours devoted to THE PLAYERS Championship

By Travis Duncan A fifth major? Not quite, although THE PLAYERS Championship has the highest total purse at $12.5 million dollars in Golf, it’s not a major. But it’s a pretty big deal due to the field which includes every top golfer in the world. As expected the Golf Channel and NBC are going all in on coverage. Between NBC and the Golf Channel, the two networks will have 22 hours of live tournament coverage and 150 total hours devoted to the tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The goal in moving THE PLAYERS from May to […]

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Tim Tebow headed back to the minors

Tim Tebow of ESPN’s College Football SEC Nation will continue his baseball career after being cut from the Met’s major league roster reports Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News. “Every day, I’m all-in in pursuing this,” Tebow said per the Daily News. “If you’ve been around here, you see that. And that’s just my goal and we’re going to give it as good a shot as we can.” Tebow has continued his duties in the fall for ESPN while playing in the Mets minor league system. For instance, this season if Tebow were to play the entire season […]

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Urban Meyer to FOX Sports College Football

Urban Meyer is a huge get for FOX Sports foray into college football.  The former Ohio State coach has joined the network according to multiple reports. Meyer will be a part of a new Saturday morning pregame show which will compete head-to-head with ESPN’s College GameDay. FOX has gradually increased its coverage in recent years. Beginning with Saturday weekly games in 2012. Meyer was a strong product at ESPN before leaving to coach at Ohio State, and most would assume that ESPN would be the first choice. But according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, the boys out […]

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James Dolan’s PR nightmare in New York

James Dolan is losing the PR battle. Well, he lost that battle long ago, but now it’s just basically over. Saturday a video taken from a fan’s cell phone shows the owner walking towards the tunnel after another Knicks loss. A fan yells “Sell the team”. Dolan confronts the fans and tells him he might enjoy watching the Knicks on TV instead of coming to MSG. Then tells his macho men to kick the guy out of the arena. After a loss? Either way, Dolan is losing the battle of public relations, which in turn devalues the franchise which he […]

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Justin Thomas is probably right but is wasting his time criticizing the USGA

By Travis Duncan Justin Thomas has become one of my, and about everyone else’s, favorite golfer on Tour.  He’s got a down to earthness to him, a quality that has made pro golfers famous for many decades.  In general we like guys we can relate to in some fashion, or in some cases admire. I first saw Thomas at the BMW Championship in Indiana and he was just different, no arrogance, no country club air about him. Just a regular dude beyond the sense of about every other golfer on the tour, not excessive in really anything. Then you find […]

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So Long, Johnny Miller

    I’m going to miss Johnny Miller for several reasons. Chief among them is this is the era of the robot announcer. Personality is often discouraged, Miller was grandfathered in for the most part but the day and age of honest analysis in sports is only granted to a precious few and those voices are being retired. NBC’s lead golf analyst Miller will step away mid-tournament this week at the Phoenix Open, a place where he won during his pro career.  Miller has been NBC’s lead golf analyst in 1990 and it’s been a full nearly 29 years. He […]

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Doing too much: The legend of Ho-Sung Choi continues

Rory McIlroy, probably one of the more honest superstars in the world of golf, was asked Wednesday his thoughts in internet sensation Ho-Sung Choi. Choi has gained some notoriety for his unusual post-swing finish, known as the “Fisherman swing” to the amazement of millions of viewers on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Ho-sung, the South Korean native is 45-years old who turned pro late in life on the Asian tours. When McIlroy was asked for his reaction Wednesday leading up to this week’s Farmers Insurance Open he smiled and laughed “I’m not sure a golf shot should mean that much to you […]

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Daily Reads: Duke keeps winning, Mariano Rivera landmark Hall entry, NFL sued by fans

  Duke’s really good. They’ve got a guy there named Coach K and all he does is win….he’s got such a one-and-done NBA factory going it makes Coach Cal’s program in the Bluegrass land look like make-believe playtime. Duke beat Pitt at Pitt Tuesday night.  Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett too much as Duke rolls over Jeff Capel’s Pitt Panthers  News & Observer Mariano Rivera’s Unanimous Induction Shows An Evolving Cooperstown  FiveThirtyEight.com Saints season ticket holders sue NFL to have end of Saint-Rams game replayed Yahoo Sports Although he’ll be yet another great ratings and hype generator, NFL fans actually don’t want Tom […]

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Here’s to hoping Phil Mickelson’s run at the Desert Classic is a sign of things to come in 2019

  Congratulations to Adam Long. His birdie Sunday on the eighteenth green at the Desert Classic to win his first PGA Tour event in six starts was nothing short of remarkable. Everything was riding on a birdie putt for the 31-year old, exemptions the biggest payday of his life and more. He nailed it. Not so for Phil Mickelson who could only stand back and watch on the 18th finishing T2. If Mickelson had won Sunday at PGA West, it would merely be just another victory, his 47th worldwide. A win at a tournament that is mostly sentimental, not on […]

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Phil Mickelson goes low at the Desert Classic

  Phil Mickelson shot 60 Thursday at the opening round of the Desert Classic at PGA WEST in La Quinta, California. He went 12-under, including an Eagle at the Par-5 sixth, to take a three-shot lead. He tied his PGA Tour low of 60 shot twice at TPC Scottsdale. Mickelson was playing on the Nicklaus Stadium course for his low round Thursday. Mickelson is a man of many surprises, as always. Thursday was no different, even Phil admitted he didn’t expect it. Here’s what Phil said after the round: “I really didn’t think that this was going to be a day that […]

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Why Rick Pitino to UCLA will never happen

    There’s been a little talk, mostly in the New York market ironically, that Rick Pitino could possibly end up at UCLA. Sounds impossible? It really is. According to reports, certain UCLA boosters were wanting to bring in the former Louisville coach. There are quite a few reasons why Rick Pitino won’t be the next head coach at UCLA and probably elsewhere in Division-I basketball. Currently, he’s coaching Panathinaikos in Greece Pro Hoops. Earlier this year when plotting a return to basketball he told ESPN,  “I love teaching basketball and am more passionate than ever.” Too often it appeared that Pitino grossly […]

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Bob Costas officially leaves NBC

Bob Costas and NBC have agreed to mutually part ways, and the final terms of a buyout have been reached, according to the New York Post. “It’s all settled quietly and happily for all concerned,” Costas says per the Post. Costas began at NBC in 1979.  

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The Cubs will not be signing Bryce Harper

Not that any serious Cubbies fan thought it was realistic, but today skipper Joe Maddon made it official during a fan Q&A session at the Cubs convention. Fan question to Joe: “What are the chances of Bryce Harper?” Maddon, no pause: “Not going to happen.” Jim Deshaies: “Lets move on” — Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) January 16, 2019

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Contrary to popular belief, the Warriors still have it

This was to be the season of doom and reality for the Golden State Warriors, a few early season losses. A disagreement between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. They should be fine. Tuesday’s 142 output against the Denver Nuggets says as much about the Warriors as it does the current state of defense in the NBA. In the 142-111 win, the Warriors made an NBA record 10 three-pointers in the first quarter and 21  for the game, shooting at a 60-percent clip.  The trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant scored 89 combined points. The Warriors hold the No. […]

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Rory McIlroy to play Farmers Insurance Open

  Rory McIlroy announced this week that he will play the Farmers Insurance Open next week, beginning January 24th at Torrey Pines in San Diego. It’s a big move for Rory as he shifts his focus to a mostly American golfing schedule as he let known during the winter. It’s a big win for Golf, in general, to get Rory on the national stage early in the calendar year at an American event. The idea is, of course, the always tricky scheduling to get one’s mind and body and game ready for the Majors. For Rory, it’s about winning the majors.  He’s […]

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Daily Reads: Golf in the Middle East, Drew Brees at 40, Mel Stottlemyre and iPhone controlled shoe

The most interesting sports content from around the web… suggestions: editor@digitalsportsdaily.com Golf Tiptoed Into the Middle East, Then Dived In-Jeff Shain, New York Times. Drew Brees turns 40: Untold stories of an ultra competitive QB- Mike Triplett, ESPN. A Pivot Back From Video Feels Unlikely for Sports Media in 2019 Joe Londergan, Front Office Sports Sarah Thomas makes more NFL history as first female on-field official in playoff game Des Bieler, Washington Post Mel Stottlemyre, Yankees’ Ace During Lean Years, Dies at 77 New York Times The Best Superbowl commercials of the 90s according to Ad Meter. USA TODAY. Nike unwraps iPhone-controlled, self-lacing Adapt […]

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No. 1 Duke goes down

 It was a quiet mid-January ACC game, a game that Duke and Syracuse faithful will be keenly aware of for the duration of the winter and one that will be fodder during the annual bracket debates. No. 1 Duke (14-2) lost at home to the unranked Syracuse Orange (12-5) 95-91 Monday night in overtime.  Duke lost freshman Cameron Reddish before the game to the flu, then fellow freshman Tre Jones went down with a shoulder sprain in the first half. Jones is expected to miss several games. Duke is now perennially super young. It’s the fab five every year. Freshman everywhere. Syracuse […]

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Manny Machado to the White Sox gains steam

According to ESPN, the White Sox are prepared to offer the farm for Manny Machado, risking 8-years of money to the free-agent superstar shortstop/third baseman. Jeff Pasan reports the Phillies are the favorite to land Bryce Harper leaving the White Sox as the top-dog for Machado who has the offer from the White Sox on the table who are awaiting a decision. At 26, that would put Machado in Sox pinstripes until age 34.  http://gty.im/961157332 The Chicago White Sox have offered Manny Machado an eight-year deal and could be compelled to go even longer, league sources tell ESPN. The Phillies […]

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Dustin Johnson is on the cover of February’s Golf magazine

  Golf magazine was purchased in 2018 from Time Inc. by Howard Milstein. The magazine gets a facelift in its February 2019 issue featuring Dustin Johnson on the cover. The print copy is out now, and the most noticeable thing is the dimensions of the magazine are a little bit larger now, coming in at 9 inches wide and 11 inches tall and a side stripe on the left side giving it more of a booklet, catalog feel. Golf magazine also owns golf.com and is under the footprint of a new company 8AM Golf, which also is now the parent […]

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Still hope after 40, Kuch wins in Hawaii, a win for the old guys

  40 is not old. Let’s start with that. But in terms of the PGA Tour it seems like it is. The young players on tournament can hit longer than anyone in history or course architects ever imagined, and they are winning a lot. Of the 10 winners on the 2018-19 PGA Tour season, starting with the Safeway Open in October, six players were born in the 90s, two in the 80s. Sunday in Hawaii at the Sony Open, Matt Kuchar, joined Charles Howell III as the second winner on Tour this season born in the 70s. At 40, (Howell III […]

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Red Sox-Dodgers World Series TV Ratings predictably down

Per Nielsen, television ratings for the Red Sox-Dodges five-game series dropped 25% compared to last year’s Astros-Dodgers telecasts. As expected most people didn’t want to tune into what was in many ways a boring World Series. Not great pitching or scoring.  A seven and a half hour Game 3 lasting until 3:30 a.m. on the east coast was exciting for those who could stay awake.  It also became apparent after Game 4 that the Red Sox were the vastly superior team. Still Major League Baseball managed to average 14 million viewers, according to Nielsen, and that’s not bad. The NHL […]

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Daily Reads: End of the Road for Cavs, Red Panda and home run decrease

LeBron James vs The Warriors has resulted in a 3-0 series lead, and by all accounts, LeBron alone cannot lead the Cavs back from down three games to become the first team win four straight facing elimination. LeBron had this to say after last night’s 110-102 loss to the Warriors: “The margin of error is very low,” James said of playing Golden State. “It’s almost like playing the Patriots. You just can’t have mistakes. They’re not going to beat themselves. Yahoo Sports. The Warriors are likely to be NBA title winners for the third time in four years, with no […]

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Daily Reads: The Hall of Famer who will play in the U.S. Open and the one who won’t, Belichick doesn’t like fun and more

Bill Belichick says that the Patriots are not about fun, after former player Lane Johnson said the New England football team was a fear based organization and his time there was miserable. Thursday the Patriots head coach responded to those comments and said “We feel what’s important to us is to win. So that’s really what we’re trying to do.”  USA TODAY Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz has qualified for the Senior U.S. Open. ESPN.com  Meanwhile, Hall of Fame Quarterback John Elway missed the cut at the Colorado qualifier of the Senior U.S. Open. DenverPost.com  T.V. Ratings for the […]

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Daily Reads: The Warriors winning machine, The best teams in Major League Baseball and Sam Hinkie’s new gig

Warriors-Rockets Game 7 The Golden State Warriors: the winning machine that refuses to break down– By Les Carpentar The Guardian.  Some are putting the blame for the Rockets Game 7 failures on head coach Mike D’Antoni-Mike D’Antoni Lost The Biggest Game Of His Career, And He Only Has Himself To Blame-The Big Lead.  Eric Gordon believes the Rockets would have advanced to the Finals had Chris Paul been healthy. Paul missed Game 7 with a hamstring injury. ESPN.com  Major League Baseball Rudy Giuliani was booed at the Yankees game Sunday. CNN.com  Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo broke up a double-play at […]

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What if I told you the Cleveland Cavs are the best team in the East?

LeBron James has found his grove. It’s igniting the Michael Jordan comparisons and even some of the strongest opinions in favor of His Airness are leaning towards a more equal comparisons between the King and No. 23. After two games LeBron James has scored 69 points, 43 of which came last night against the No. 1 seed Toronto Raptors. LeBron also threw in 16 assists and eight boards in a game that wasn’t close. Suddenly with the Cavs up 2-0 going home, they just need to win 2 of the next five possible games against Toronto to advance to the […]

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Daily Reads: Inside the Draft Room, Carmelo Anthony, Ichiro

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard relived his thought process as he drafted a team record 11 players last weekend in the NFL Draft. He reveals he didn’t bring his No. 1 overall pick in for a visit in order to throw other teams off the scent. He states certain teams who bring guys in for visits almost always are interested. Mike Wells ESPN.com  Igor Kokoskov is the new head coach of the Phoenix Suns. Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN.com  The market for Dez Bryant appears to be very small. ProFootballTalk.com  The Oklahoma City Thunder are ready to get rid of Carmelo […]

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Daily Reads: Don Nelson’s retirement years in Hawaii, The Kentucky Derby, Dez Bryant and more

Don Nelson lives in Hawaii opens up with the New York Times in a Q & A about his post life retirement. The Kentucky Derby is getting a lot of buzz and has been for months. As no surprise the ticket prices are up on the secondary market. CBS Sports Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo vouches that Dez Bryant will be a great teammate when the free-agent wide receiver find a new home ESPN. The NFL will change the way kickoffs are done in 2018 to increase player safety, but will not do away with them completely as some […]

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Cavs-Pacers: A Game 7 test fit for a King

As the Pacers and the Cavs enter Game 7 this Sunday in Cleveland, the common refrain is that the Pacers will need to shock the world in order to dethrone the King, LeBron James. In fact LeBron has never lost a first-round series as an NBA player. Embed from Getty Images   Victor Oladipo, the Pacers star, announced at the beginning of this season that he wanted to go “Shock the World”. In many ways Oladipo and his crew have shocked the local fans in Indiana, finishing fifth in the East and giving LeBron everything they had. The problem with […]

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Maybe it’s not the coach. Jeff Hornacek, Frank Vogel and Steve Clifford fired

Jeff Hornacek walked into a losing situation. Frank Vogel never got the talent, either did Steve Clifford. All were fired this week by their respective NBA franchises the Knicks, Magic and Hornets. Steve Clifford had a good run, five years with the Charlotte Hornets, but a new general manager will likely be in place in Charlotte and so will a be new head coach after the team announced Friday it had parted ways with Clifford. Sympathy should be the dominant feeling for Hornacek because well the Knicks have been a pure dumpster fire. Where was the talent on the team. […]

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The pressure is still on Lonzo Ball, sort of

Lakers President Magic Johson told Lonzo Ball during exit interviews this week that he needs to get stronger physically after the 20 year-old rookie missed 30 games this season due to injury. Johnson also told Ball that this summer will be the biggest summer of his life.  Pressure? Ball doesn’t exactly quiver and shake. He’s grown accustomed to the media spotlight and it doesn’t seem to phase him-at least not publicly. “He pretty much does what he does and I do what I do,” Ball told assembled media Thursday when asked for about the 400th time in the last year about […]

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Dick Enberg was happy to be there

“The one part of me that I think always comes through is I am a fan,” Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Enberg once said. “I really do get excited.” Perhaps no one ever turned the channel to NBC, or CBS just to listen to Dick Enberg call a football game, a basketball game, a tennis match or to hear an essay about a golf tournament. But many didn’t change the channel after listening to Enberg’s eloquence. For many Dick Enberg was NBC, but all in all, he was a bit player happy to be there just to call the game, […]

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Tony Romo is a hit for CBS

—Much like the peeks and valleys of his NFL career, we were not entirely sure what we would get with Tony Romo on TV. But people tend to like what he brought to Sunday’s game as the lead analyst teamed with Jim Nantz on CBS’ No. 1 NFL team for Sunday’s Titans-Raiders game. Romo had the freshness of someone who had just completed a 14-year playing career or as a mastermind in a film room letting us see what happens. But enough youthful enthusiasm that unfortunately many veteran broadcasters lose over time and especially tend to lack covering games of […]

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Right now the Cubs are just average, but believe they have an answer

2016 was fun. Young talent. A World Series. The Cubs did lose, but mostly they won. And when they lost it was in momentary stretches. The first three months of the 2017 season has been one big funk for the Cubs. Last year 103 Wins. 159 days in first place. Beating the Giants easily in the National League Division Series, beating the Dodgers pretty easily in the National League Championship Series. Winning the World Series. These days the Cubs are losing more than winning. As of Friday the Cubs are one game under .500 but only 4.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers. […]

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