Author: Patrick Bovard

Wiffleball – The Real Midsummer Classic

Every July, one of the greatest sporting events on Earth takes place to a great deal of fanfare.    This event is a tradition unlike any other, unparalleled in pageantry, excitement, and talent.  An event that truly brings out the biggest and brightest stars of its sport to the forefront, with there always being a surprise or two up its sleeve.  Despite what you may be thinking, I am not referring to Wimbledon, the MLB All Star Game, the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, or even the NBA Summer League.  What I am referring to is the greatest bat...

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Make the All Star Game Matter Again

With the Home Run Derby over and the MLB All Star Game looming tomorrow night, the baseball season will take a pause as the game’s best take to South Beach.  However, this game will lose some of its luster from previous years, and will look and feel a little different.  The reason?  For the first time since 2002, the game will not decide home field advantage in the World Series. I will lead this off by saying that I am one of the few people I know (if not the only) that is pro-home field for the All Star...

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Clash of the Titans: Judge v Avi

Over the years, baseball has given us some incredible MVP races, including the Mantle-Maris Home Run chase of 1961 and the Season that Saved Baseball, the 1998 Sosa-McGwire slugfest.  This season, we’re lucky to have one that may end up surpassing anything previous:  Aaron Judge vs. Avisail Garcia.  OK, maybe I’m hyping this up as a Sox fan with nothing else to talk about this season besides Buehrle Day and the Giolito 7 Inning No Hitter. But with the Yankees in town this week, it got me thinking about this race that no one would have seen coming about...

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Warriors vs. Trail Blazers – NBA Playoffs First Round Preview

Regular Season Results: Golden State Warriors: 67-15 (1st Western Conference, 1st Pacific Division) Portland Trail Blazers: 41-41 (8th Western Conference, 3rd Northwest Division) Season Series: GSW 4 – 0 POR Series Schedule: Game 1 – Sunday 4/16 @ 2 pm CDT (at GSW) Game 2 – Wednesday 4/19 @ 9:30 pm CDT (at GSW) Game 3 – Saturday 4/22 @ 9:30 pm CDT (at POR) Game 4 – Monday 4/24 @ 9:30 CDT (at POR) Game 5 (If Necessary) – Wednesday 4/26 TBD (at GSW) Game 6 (If Necessary) – Friday 4/28 TBD (at POR) Game 7 (If Necessary)...

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CFB Power 5 Division Rankings by QB

As Spring Break season winds down, the season transitions from beaches and sunshine to the next best thing: Spring Ball season for College Football.  That’s right, only 4 months and change until College Football returns in earnest.  To celebrate this momentous time in the college football (off)season, let’s take a look through the divisions of the Power 5 conferences (Big 12, Big 10, ACC, SEC, Pac 12) to see where the best quarterbacks in the country reside, based off the projected starter at this moment in time.  We’ll also take a look at the signal caller most likely to...

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The Joke that is Hall of Fame Voting

It’s that time of year again, when hypocrisy is put on display to its fullest degree.  Of course, I’m talking about the annual announcement of the incoming class of the Baseball Hall of Fame, where the players lucky enough to be named on 75% of the ballots will be enshrined in Cooperstown.  Every year, the baseball world comes back to the same old song and dance – what to do with players who have either taken or linked to PED’s. The three players elected to the hall – Jeff Bagwell (86.20% of the vote), Tim Raines (86%), and Ivan...

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