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Duane Munn

BRAND NBA

  • GearHead
  • Posted by: Duane Munn
  • April 29, 2009, 3:48 PM


Courtesy of the NBA

The NBA’s new basketball apparel line offers high-quality shorts, warmups and shooter tops in colors that synch up with your favorite hoops teams. Which is plenty cool, all on its own. But what earns this collection the GearHead Stamp of Approval is the price. Every item from this line is super-affordable.

How affordable?

“Everything costs less than $15” affordable.

You can check out more items from the Brand NBA line after the jump. More »

Sarah Braunstein

Middle Relievers: Show them Some Love!


Yesterday, like every day during baseball season, a bunch of games were won after the starting pitchers had finished for the day. In some, it was all thanks to relief pitchers who preserved slim leads. Still, except for closers, it seems like the only time relievers are ever mentioned is when they mess up.

But if you’re wondering why your team can’t seem to crack the top of its division, look no further than middle relief. Of the six teams currently leading their divisions, four have bullpens with a combined ERA under 4.00. And all of those teams have used their bullpens frequently. In fact, the Blue Jays' pen, one of the best in baseball, has also pitched the third-most innings (71.1). And the Cardinals, Marlins, and Dodgers are all in the top 20 in bullpen innings pitched.

Second-place teams are relying on their bullpens as well. Seven of the Phillies' 11 wins have come thanks to the bullpen. And the Boston Red Sox won 11 straight games despite having a rotation that has pitched the 10th-fewest innings in the majors.

What all this means is that, even with the best rotation and the hottest hitters, teams are often going to rely on their relief corps to bail them out. At some point, every reliever is going to have a bad day. But here are five that deserve a little love for their performance so far...

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Alex Montag

Stephen Strasburg: The Natural

  • Kid Reporter
  • Posted by: Alex Montag
  • April 29, 2009, 12:07 PM

103 miles-per-hour. Yes, you are reading it correctly.

That’s what the radar gun said after Stephen Strasburg fired a ferocious fastball during one of his games at San Diego State University. Some might ask, who is this Stephen Strasburg who’s constantly throwing a baseball over 100 mph?

My answer to that: He is the best pitching prospect in the country, if not the world.

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Paul Ulane

The Cavs Are Really Good...and Really Goofy

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Paul Ulane
  • April 29, 2009, 11:32 AM

If you watched the Cleveland Cavaliers dismantle the Detroit Pistons during their first round sweep, you know the Cavs mean business on the basketball court. But LeBron and Co. also know how to keep it light and fun away from the gym. Check out this local commercial the team filmed heading into the playoffs and tell me you're not rooting for the Cavs to make a run all the way to the title. (Side note: Please watch until the end so you don't miss a very touching moment between Delonte West and Anderson Varejao.)

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Gary Gramling

Fantasy Fix: They (Still) Call Me Bruce

  • Fantasy Fix
  • Posted by: Gary Gramling
  • April 29, 2009, 10:25 AM

So last year The Wiz jumped the gun a bit on Reds RF Jay Bruce ($5,100,000).

He was the best player in the minors, and he was red-hot when he first broke into the bigs. I thought he was poise to run away with the Rookie of the Year and be baseball's next superstar.

Bruce wasn't terrible after that, but he wasn't great either. Of course, he also just turned 22 on April 3, an age when most players are in Double- or Triple-A. So when I saw Bruce return from a sore hand and launch four homers in a six-game span, I started to get that Jay Bruce fever again.

I know, I know. He's still very, very young. And he still strikes out a ton. But I still look at him and see Ryan Braun in the making. I think this could be the year Bruce breaks out.

Read on for the Wizzy of the Week and Smelly Human Being of the Week Awards...

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Paul Ulane

MLB Fiery Five


I’ve got a bone to pick with our resident baseball expert, Sarah “The Brain” Braunstein. See, while I spend my time tracking stats on the hottest teams in baseball to compile the Fiery Five, I also happen to be stuck following the hapless Chicago Cubs. Yes, while I’m almost ashamed to admit it, I am a Chicago Cubs fan.
 
The Cubs have gotten off to an absolutely rotten start, which is almost inexcusable, seeing as they might have the most talent, top to bottom, in the National League. Even more inexcusable is the Brain not including the Cubs in her list of the five most pathetic teams in baseball right now. Come on, Brain, put those underachieving Cubs in their place; it might be the only thing that lights a fire under the Cubbies and gets them going.
 
Now let’s go to a happier place. Here they are, this week’s five best baseball teams…
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Duane Munn

Joba Chamberlain Q&A (VIDEO)


Joba Chamberlain took some time out of his busy schedule a couple weeks back to host Powerade’s “Upgrade Your Game” challenge. As part of the event, one lucky participant was selected at random and tasked with throwing three straight pitches through a cutout roughly 60 feet away, with a $62,000 prize ready to be handed over should he pull it off!

Bad news? The would-be hurler was unable to make his three pitches count (there’s a video after the break of him attempting to pull it off).

Good news? Joba was nice enough to talk to us after the event about becoming a better pitcher, the Yankees and more! Check it out!

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