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SABR 45: A Trip to Wrigley


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My visit to Chicago for the 2015 SABR Convention couldn’t be complete without a visit to the legendary Wrigley Field for a Cubs game. And on Thursday, I did just that.

To make it extra special, I was lucky enough to go on the field before the game. It was amazing experience to stand on the dirt behind home plate in what many consider the cathedral of MLB stadiums. As my Nikes shifted in the dirt, I could imagine Babe Ruth calling his shot in the 1932 World Series just feet away from where I was standing.
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Christina M. Tapper

Behind the Scenes of the First Sneaker Pawn Shop


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Nearly three years ago, as his sneaker collection swelled to almost 250 pairs, 14-year-old Chase Reed asked his father, Troy, for $50 to hang out with friends. An innocent request, Chase thought. But for a dad who just spent close to $400 on two new pairs of Jordans for Chase, it was too much. So he made a deal with Chase. "I told him, 'Let me hold a pair of your sneakers as collateral, and I'll give you the money,'" Troy recalls. "Chase had a week to pay me back. He made the deadline, and I returned his sneakers. We did that a few times [when he asked for money]."

The father-son deals not only supplied Chase with some spending cash, but they also sparked an idea. "I told him, 'You're pretty much using your sneakers to get a loan,'" Troy says. So Chase started drawing up a sneaker business plan rooted in the same money-lending process his father introduced him to. "I thought, There have to be other people just like me, with tons of sneakers who need cash too."
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Will Foster

2015 Women's World Cup: Tournament Deserves More Attention


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They play on college football fields and training grounds in the middle of nowhere, in front of half-empty bleachers and a small YouTube audience, for peanuts because that’s the only way their league will be sustainable. They’re lucky now, though, because three years ago they didn’t even have a league, because yet another one had folded. 

Such is the reality for many members of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), already the third iteration of a women’s professional soccer league in the United States. 

With the U.S. preparing to face China Friday in the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals, we should take a moment to reflect on the state of women’s soccer throughout America. 
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2015 NBA Draft: Winners of the Draft

  • Hoophead
  • Shehan Jeyarajah
  • June 26, 2015, 1:39 PM

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The 2015 NBA Draft took place on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In all, 60 different players heard their name called and two dozen walked across the stage to shake hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum. 

Now the anticipation is over and the real work begins. Each team hopes the new addition to its roster will be the missing piece to a championship puzzle. 

Here’s a look at the biggest winners of the draft. 
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SABR 45: Chicago Broadcasters Talk Cubs Baseball


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Yesterday was the first official day of the 2015 SABR Convention. Since there was an afternoon ballgame to attend, the morning only featured one panel. It focused on broadcasters, featured current Cubs voices Len Kasper, Ron Coomer, and Jim Deshaies, and was moderated by Curt Smith.

Smith posed many questions to the panelists and got them talking about their favorite Cubs season, Kris Bryant’s arrival to the Windy City, and how previous Chicago broadcaster greats influenced them as professionals and the city of Chicago as a whole. In between their comments, Smith added fun anecdotes of his own that added to the attendees’ enjoyment of the panel. 
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2015 NBA Draft: Karl-Anthony Towns Goes First Overall

  • Hoophead
  • Associated Press
  • June 26, 2015, 7:19 AM

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

The Timberwolves went for the freshman center in their first time owning the No. 1 pick. They can add him to a young roster featuring Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, who was picked first last year by Cleveland and later dealt to Minnesota in the Kevin Love trade.

"I'm going to go in right away and be as versatile as I can be," Towns said. "That's the one thing I want Timberwolves fans to know, is I'm coming with a winning attitude, and I want to win, I don't want individual success."
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2015 NBA Draft: What to Watch For

  • Hoophead
  • Shehan Jeyarajah
  • June 25, 2015, 4:38 PM

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The 2015 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. For college basketball fans, it’s a time to see former stars move on to the next level. For NBA fans, it is a step toward the future.

Especially in recent years, the draft has become a spectacle for fans of all leanings. Whether or not your favorite team is on the clock, there is something to watch.

Here’s a quick look at things to watch during the 2015 NBA Draft.
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