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Sarah Braunstein

Question of the Week: Who is Clutch?


Another week, another question (and this time it IS about the Red Sox). But first we turn to last week’s question.

Your team is down, in the bottom of the ninth. There are two outs and the tying run in scoring position. Who do you want at the plate?

Read on for reader answers, and scroll to the bottom to respond to the next Question of the Week…

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Scott Jones

Tony Hawk Set to Revolutionize Skating Games


Let's be honest: No matter how much of a fan you are, the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series has been running on fumes the past few years. The last few Hawk games have been decent enough, but still couldn't hold a candle to EA's more innovative skate franchise. (If you haven't played skate 2, you're missing out on one of the great sports games of last year. Go play it. Like, now!)

The Sports Gamer recently heard rumors that there would be a "new, revolutionary Tony Hawk game" before the end of the year. I thought, I've heard that before.

Enter Tony Hawk Ride, the 10th in the Hawkman's series of games. And--surprise, surprise--it looks like it might finally deliver on this whole "revolutionary" thing.

Watch the trailer above and keep reading for a pic of the game’s unique new control system.

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Sachin Shenolikar

Why the Magic Won Game 1

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Sachin Shenolikar
  • May 21, 2009, 4:10 PM

All right, so I'll admit that I was shocked by the Magic's win over the Cavs last night. Cleveland had won all eight of its previous playoff games by double digits and seemed to be cruising to another blowout win after Mo Williams swished a three-quarters court shot to give the Cavs a 63-48 lead at halftime.

So how did the Magic pull off the upset? Here are the three reasons...

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Sarah Braunstein

What I Think about the New Yankee Stadium


Yankee Stadium: I came, I saw, I…

I had a pretty good time.

There is just something special about going to an away game to support your favorite team. Cheering for the home team is great, but dropping in on enemy territory makes you feel like a real fan. You have to watch your back, stand your ground, and pay attention to the game despite getting pelted with ketchup packets.

So last night I donned my orange and black, put on my best foam finger and headed to Yankee Stadium… my first trip to the Bombers’ new digs. I was there to see the Orioles, but I have to admit: as far as stadiums go, this one is pretty sweet.

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Paul Ulane

Spike Lee: The World’s Biggest…Lakers Fan?


If you’ve ever watched a New York Knicks home game—and the way the team has played lately, I don’t blame you if you haven’t—there are always a few constants. One, the fans will cheer loudly. Two, the fans will boo loudly. And three, Spike Lee will do both from the front row, sitting courtside with a baggy Knicks jersey on the whole time.

That leads us to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals and one of the biggest shocks of the playoffs so far.

If you watched closely, throughout the game you could see Lee sitting within whispering distance of the Los Angeles Lakers bench. Not only was Spike enjoying courtside seats for a team that plays six hours away from his hometown, he was slapping five with Kobe Bryant and shouting encouragement until the final buzzer.

Um, am I missing something here?

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Duane Munn

Dwight Howard: The Movie...

  • GearHead
  • Posted by: Duane Munn
  • May 20, 2009, 3:49 PM


Courtesy of Adidas

... or the cartoon, at least. To celebrate Dwight Howard's award-winning 2008-09 season (he won Defensive Player of the Year, if you didn't know), Adidas teamed with bball blogger FreeDarko to produce The Detailed Mechanics of a Commander. The animated short breaks down exactly what makes Superman so... super, recapping his many skills as eye candy aplenty pops all over the screen. There's also a quirky background beat that morphs and evolves each time a new skill is revealed; click the vid over on the right to check it out!

After the break, there's a second animated tribute to 2008-09 Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose...

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A Magical Upset on the Way?

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Robert Karpeles
  • May 20, 2009, 3:15 PM

Take the second-best player off of each of the four teams remaining in the NBA playoffs and what happens?

The Los Angeles Lakers would probably be sent home in the second round if it were not for Pau Gasol.

The Cavaliers make the playoffs without Mo Williams, but probably finish their season with a relatively early playoff exit as well.

And we all could just imagine where the Nuggets would be without Chauncey Billups. The Orlando Magic? They lose their All-Star guard, Jameer Nelson, in the middle of the season and end up making it to the Eastern Conference finals. They have proved to the doubters that they have depth, resolve, and a good chance at beating the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While the LeBron’s Cavs have dominated the playoffs thus far and are clearly the heavy favorites, here are four reasons the Magic might just pull off the upset...

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