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Squirrel Nut Zippers: Inevitable, Perennial, Timeless Bedlam
“Ain’t a man alive can shuck and jive better than Grandad
can!” Unless, of course, we include Jimbo Mathus and his merry mix
of Squirrel Nut Zippers, who were kind enough to visit Houston a week or so
ago. This here Grandad may not know a chord of music fro...
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WNBA “20”16: 10-Week Progress Report
Heading into the WNBA’s most recent Olympic sabbatical four
seasons ago, Dan Hughes’s San Antonio (then-Silver) Stars were playing the bestball in the league . Alas, the Becky Hammon Bunch never recaptured their
mojo, were summarily eliminated from the 2012...
Heading into the WNBA’s most recent Olympic sabbatical four seasons ago, Dan Hughes’s San Antonio (then-Silver) Stars were playing the bestball in the league. Alas, the Becky Hammon Bunch never recaptured their mojo, were sum...
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WNBA “20”16: 8-Week Progress Report
In a sport so predicated on snap decisions made in the
course of fast-moving play, the combination of a sound, versatile skill set
with exceptional court awareness is a valuable commodity. My paragon for this
under-appreciated role on a successful team is J...
In a sport so predicated on snap decisions made in the course of fast-moving play, the combination of a sound, versatile skill set with exceptional court awareness is a valuable commodity. My paragon for this under-appreciate...
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Two Shades of “Equal” Opportunity, through the Lens of Sport
In a typical Major League Baseball game during the sport’s
first, oh … century or so, the winning team would score more runs in one inning
than the losing team did for the entire game. This little peculiarity occurred
with uncanny frequency, like four games...
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L. O. S. T.: “Dominate” Syntax Rules!!
The Language of
Sports Talk ESPN vets Linda Cohn and Shelley Smith seemed to be doing a
quick Mike and Mike imitation one Sunday morning a few weeks back. Smith’s
reference to the crowd at a Justin Bieber concert – which had apparently been
the prior evenin...
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NBA 2015-16 21-week Power Ratings
I suppose it was inevitable the
unfortunate passing of Minnesota Timberwolves’ guiding light Flip Saunders just
prior to the season would spark some extremes in the performance of a young
team trying to find its way. Early on Coach Sam Mitchell’s crew
hit t...
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WNBA: “20”16 12-Week Progress Report
Here’s a head-scratcher for ya –
in three fewer games played this season, Elena Della Donne has two more
defensive rebounds than Brittney Griner. In an average 2016 game, a team will
miss 36 or 37 field goal attempts. Griner is corralling just under five op...
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MLB Pitching 2016: The “Heavy-Duty” Contingent
Entering the 2016 All-Star Break, the St. Louis Cardinals
had used five starting pitchers … the same five, over and over again, for 88
games. Can you believe it? The rest of MLB has trotted out a whopping 243 dudes – and
three of them have suited up for two...
Entering the 2016 All-Star Break, the St. Louis Cardinals had used five starting pitchers … the same five, over and over again, for 88 games. Can you believe it? The rest of MLB has trotted out a whopping 243 dudes – an...
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WNBA “20”16: 6-Week Progress Report
Rookie WNBA Commissioner Lisa Borders seems to be taking an
aggressive approach to providing more wide-spread exposure for her league. Not
only were she and her people able to garner a Friday prime-time slot on NBATV
for Week 6’s rematch between the unbeate...
Rookie WNBA Commissioner Lisa Borders seems to be taking an aggressive approach to providing more wide-spread exposure for her league. Not only were she and her people able to garner a Friday prime-time slot on NBATV for Week...
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WNBA “20”16: 4-Week Progress Report
The toughest gig in professional sports just might be WNBA
rookie. We’re not referring to some nominally first-year player with oodles of
international experience, but the top-notch collegiate players. NBA rookies tend to hit the proverbial wall as the new ...
The toughest gig in professional sports just might be WNBA rookie. We’re not referring to some nominally first-year player with oodles of international experience, but the top-notch collegiate players. NBA rookies tend to ...
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WNBA “20”16: 2-Week Progress Report
The WNBA’s historic twentieth season has kicked off (sooner
than normal in deference to the lengthy quadrennial mid-season hiatus) with new
leadership (President Lisa Borders), a re-vamped playoff format and more
balanced schedule, a couple of farewell tour...
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NBA 2015-16: Third Quarter Ratings
Last season , NBA offensive production went into hibernation during the third
six-weeks of play; the FG shooting of 18 teams (60% of the league) dipped to
its lowest level during this stretch while nearly half the league (13 squads)
was playing its best FG ...
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"Sustained Excellence," my series of articles about the Celtic Dynasty and early years of the NBA, is available here: www.celticslife.com/2016/10/sustained-excellence-article-index.html 

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