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Stephen Curry Gets Warm Welcome at San Francisco Giants Game, Crowd Chants ‘MVP’

Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry won the NBA MVP and led the Dubs to the Finals this season.

So, he pretty much owns California (and the rest of the universe) right now.

On Friday, the point guard made an appearance at AT&T Park to watch the San Francisco Giants host the Atlanta Braves. As soon as the PA announcer introduced him, fans burst into an “M-V-P!” chant:

Curry and his wife, Ayesha, even got put on the kiss cam.

Steph and the rest of the Curry clan also met another local icon, Hall of Famer Willie Mays.

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Cal Ripken Jr.’s Shares His Favorite MLB All-Star Memory

Cal Ripken Jr. joins Behind the Mic just as MLB holds one of its most celebrated events in New York City, the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. While Cal was obviously in town for the game, he was also in town because he’s been working on providing children in need with eye exams and new eyeglasses fitted with Transitions lenses while teaching the kids life lessons through baseball.

What’s your favorite MLB All-Star Game story? Let us know in the comments.

communities across the country by providing children in-need with eye exams and new eyeglasses fitted with Transitions lenses and teaching them life lessons through baseball.

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7 Teams in Need of a New Venue

With the economy in the shape it is, fans are being more select with their money. Season tickets aren’t being purchased at as high a rate as before.

Many venues simply aren’t good enough to draw fans into spending hard earned cash. While more nice sites than poor are provided by the majority of American pro franchises, that still doesn’t guarantee successful ticket sales.

Whether it’s history or an inability to generate revenue, these 10 franchises are in need of a new place to play.

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Ranking the All-Star Games in the Four Major Sports

The NBA All-Star Game is to be held on Sunday, and we have every reason to believe it will be a terrific event for fans and families alike.  

But how does it compare to the games in the other professional sports?  

Certainly, all of the games have their own strengths and weaknesses, but which one is the best overall? Here is a comparison of the games for the NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLB.

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Which All-Star Weekend Is the Best?

The NHL All-Star Game was a blast this season; however, the NFL All-Star Game was not amusing at all. Now, the NBA All-Star Game is coming up.

Which All-Star Game would you prefer to watch if you had to choose just one?

In order, I break down the worst to the best All-Star weekends in the major four sports. Needless to say, the NFL needs to do some studying.

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Philadelphia Sports: Best Sports Quotes in Philly History

Philadelphia has had its fair share of interesting athletes throughout the years. Along with interesting characters, Philly sports figures have also been known for their infamous quotes.

Whether it was directly after a loss, or a miraculous fourth down reception or at a World Series parade, some Philly sports stars really knew how to blow a gasket or pump up a crowd.

No matter if it’s the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, 76ers or Big 5 basketball, these quotes will definitely bring back some memories.

So without further ado and/or eloquence, here are the best/most ridiculous/most passionate quotes in Philadelphia sports history.

Warning: Some quotes have rather distasteful language

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The 20 Greatest Individual Seasons in Sports History

Brady and Moss both had great 2007 seasons, but were they good enough to crack the top 20?

The athletes on this list had absolutely amazing and dominant seasons. There are some names you know will be on this list and there may be some you did not expect.

The list consists of athletes from sports that are big in America: football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, tennis, etc. Sorry soccer fans but there are no soccer players on the list. Also there are no rugby, cricket, Formula 1 racing, or athletes from other sports that are popular around the world but not in America.

So here it is; the 20 greatest individual seasons in sports history.

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Stan Musial, Bill Russell Presented with Medal of Freedom by President Obama

The St. Louis Cardinal’s Hall of Famer Stan “The Man” Musial, along with Boston Celtic legend Bill Russell, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

The Medal of Freedom is the highest honor a civilian of the United States can receive for making an exceedingly great contribution to the interests of our country.

Stan Musial was one of the best baseball players of all time and played in the MLB for 22 years. Along with his service to the league, Musial also served his country in the Navy during World War II.

After his service to both baseball and country, Musial has spent the rest of his life helping those in the St. Louis area. He is a true leader.

Along with his astounding 11 NBA Championships, Bill Russell was also the first African American head coach in the NBA.

Furthermore, Russell led the United States men’s basketball team to a gold medal in the 1956 Summer Olympics.

Along with these two great athletes, 13 other individuals received the award from the President.

Some of the other recipients were George H. W. Bush, Maya Angelou, Yo-Yo Ma and Warren Buffet.

When President Obama spoke of the recipients, he was quoted as saying that they are “the best of who we are and who we aspire to be.”

To spend your whole life working to be the best in a professional sport is one thing. But to then, after you are retired, continue to inspire and be apart of a community is something else altogether.

Working to see that future generations grow to help this country not only showcases the greatness Stan Musial and Bill Russell encompass, but it reveals how genuine they are as individuals.

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The Daily Fives For November 2nd, 2010 From The Sports Mac

Top Five Stories From Yesterday


1.  The San Francisco Giants win their first World Series title since 1954 after Game 5, and the series four games to one.

2.  The Colts take the lead in the AFC South after cruising to a Monday Night Football win over the Texans in Indianapolis.

3.  The Vikings cut WR Randy Moss less than four weeks after acquiring him from the New England Patriots.

4.  The Bulls hand the Trail Blazers their first loss of the season behind a huge night from Luol Deng.

5.  The Flyers move into first place of the Atlantic Division after defeating the Hurricanes in Philadelphia.


Top Five Games From Yesterday


1.  Giants 3, Rangers 1: San Francisco won the World Series behind a three-run Edgar Renteria HR in the seventh inning, and a superb performance from Tim Lincecum.

2.  Rangers 3, Blackhawks 2: Eric Christensen scored the game-winner 6:30 into the final period to break up a tie game, and help New York to a home win over the defending champs.

3.  Flyers 3, Hurricanes 2: Scott Hartnell scored 6:30 into the final period to stretch the lead to 3-1, and led Philadelphia to the win despite a late goal from Carolina’s Joe Corvo.

4.  Kings 111, Raptors 108: Sacramento was down by 17 after the first quarter, but chipped away and sealed the win with two Beno Udrih free throws with 12 seconds left.

5.  Spurs 97, Clippers 88: San Antonio won its 17th straight game over Los Angeles as Tony Parker led the way for San Antonio with 19 points and nine assists.


Top Five Performances From Yesterday


1.  Tim Lincecum, Giants SP: One run on three hits with 10 K’s over eight IP, helping San Francisco clinch the World Series with a 3-1 win over Texas in Game 5.

2.  Luol Deng, Bulls SF: 40 points and four rebounds in Chicago’s 110-98 win over Portland.

3.  Roberto Luongo, Canucks G: 30 saves for his first SO of the season and 52nd of his career in Vancouver’s 3-0 win over New Jersey.

4.  Kelvin Hayden, Colts CB: Had five tackles, and returned an INT 25 yards for a TD in Indianapolis’ 30-17 win over Houston.

5.  LaMarcus Aldridge, Trail Blazers PF: 33 points and nine rebounds in Portland’s 110-98 loss to Chicago.


Five Performances That Weren’t So Good From Yesterday


1.  Rudy Fernandez, Trail Blazers SG: Just 3-of-10 shooting, and only six points in Portland’s 110-98 loss to Chicago.

2.  David Murphy, Rangers LF: 0-for-3 with three K’s in Texas’ 3-1 Game 5 World Series loss to San Francisco.

3.  Matt Taormina, Devils D: Had a minus-two in New Jersey’s 3-0 loss to Vancouver.

4.  Chris Pronger, Flyers D: Had a minus-two and two penalty minutes in Philadelphia’s 3-2 win over Carolina.

5.  Matt Schaub, Texans QB: Threw for only 201 yards, and committed both turnovers in Houston’s 30-17 loss to Indianapolis.


Top Five Events To Follow Today


1.  NHL: Canadiens (7-3-1) at Blue Jackets (6-4-0), 7:00 PM: Two teams off to solid starts this year face off in southern Ohio.

2.  NCAA FB: Middle Tennessee State (3-4) at Arkansas State (3-5), 7:00 PM, ESPN2: Both teams are trying to catch Troy in the Sun Belt, and a win will keep them in the race.

3.  NBA: Magic (1-1) at Knicks (1-2), 7:30 PM: Orlando makes the trip north in the first of many meetings between Dwight Howard and Amar’e Stoudemire.

4.  NHL: Sharks (5-3-1) at Wild (4-4-2), 8:00 PM, Versus: San Jose makes a Midwest stop to take on Western Conference foe Minnesota.

5.  NBA: Grizzlies (2-1) at Lakers (3-0), 10:30 PM, NBA TV: The latest meeting of the Gasol brothers also showcases a good start to the season for Memphis this year.

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ALCS Preview and Prediction: New York Yankees Vs. Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers have played the New York Yankees three times in the postseason and won a grand total of one game. The Rangers played the Yankees in the 1996, 1998 and 1999 ALDS and went 1-9 in those games.

They are hoping for better results this time around. Let’s take a look at the 2010 American League Championship Series…


Game 1: Friday, October 15 at 8:00 PM est. CC Sabathia vs. CJ Wilson

Game 2: Saturday, October 16 at 4:00 PM est. Phil Hughes vs. Colby Lewis

Game 3: Monday, October 18 at 8:00 PM est. Cliff Lee vs. Andy Pettitte

Game 4: Tuesday, October 19 at 8:00 PM est. Tommy Hunter vs. AJ Burnett

*Game 5: Wednesday, October 20 at 4:00 PM est. TBD vs. TBD

*Game 6: Friday, October 22 at 8:00 PM est. TBD vs. TBD

*Game 7: Saturday, October 23 at 8:00 PM est. TBD vs. TBD

*Denotes If Necessary

Season Series

Tied 4-4


Things have shaped up very nicely for the Yankees so far. They got to play the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS, a team they have some sort of Jedi power over, and now they get to play the Rangers in the ALCS and won’t have to see Cliff Lee until Game 3 of the series.

While everyone seems to be making a big deal of Lee not starting until Game 3, I don’t feel it’s that big of a deal. This is a seven game series, not a five game series.

Even if Lee started Game 2, he would still only make two starts in this series. Someone other than him would still have to win two games. That’s why I feel CJ Wilson, Tommy Hunter and Colby Lewis are the keys to this series.

Which one of these guys is going to win a game besides Lee in this series? And which one of these guys is going to step up if Lee doesn’t win Game 3?

Wilson, who will start Game 1, was 0-1 and gave up 18 hits and had a 5.65 ERA in three starts against the Yankees in 2010. He only pitched 14.1 innings in those three starts.

Lewis has a shot in Game 2. He pitches well at home. I don’t have much hope for Hunter at Yankee Stadium in Game 4.

My biggest concern with the Rangers is their bullpen. It’s not outs 25,26 and 27 I am so much concerned about, but it’s outs 18-24 I am concerned about.

I like Darren O’Day against Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, but the Yankees have so many switch-hitters and lefties in their lineup that it comes down to does Ron Washington want a guy who throws sidearm, and whose ball goes down and in to a lefty, pitching to Mark Teixeira with a short porch in righfield?

Let’s say O’Day does get through the seventh and Jeter and ARod. Who is pitching that eighth inning? Darren Oliver against Robinson Cano, Jorge Posada, and Curtis Granderson is the most likely matchup.

Does any Ranger fan feel comfortable in that spot? I wouldn’t. I have seen how that movie ends.

The key, offensively, for the Rangers will be Josh Hamilton. There is no way the Rangers can win this series with Hamilton hitting .111 like he did in the ALDS.

Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz come in red hot for the Rangers.

As for the Yankees, I like the way they are playing. What makes them very tough right now is that they are getting so much production from the bottom of the lineup. Granderson is on fire and when the Yankees get production from guys like Marcus Thames, then it’s good night nurse.

Where the Yankees have the clear advantage in this series is in the bullpen. As long as Mariano Rivera is in a Yankee uniform, the game is an eight inning game.

Kerry Wood is pitching better now than he has in maybe five-to-six years. And if Boone Logan continues to get lefties out, this bullpen becomes very tough. Logan vs. Hamilton is the matchup to watch in this series.

The one thing that concerns me about the Yankees is that Lee is already in their heads. The fact that Joe Girardi is starting Andy Pettitte in Game 3 to face Lee instead of his customary Game 2 start is a very odd decision.

Any time a team starts taking away from their strength to match another team’s strength, is a bad sign. This isn’t as egregious as Avery Johnson going small when the Dallas Mavericks played the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs, but it’s not too far behind.

When I think of the Yankee playoff runs, I think of Pettitte pitching Game 2. That’s his game. Of course Girardi will give you the whole Phil Hughes pitches well at Texas, which he does (2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.46 WHIP in three career starts), but I don’t buy it.

I am very torn on this series. My gut tells me the Yankees will find a way. My gut tells me that AJ Burnett, in classic Yankee fashion, pitches seven innings of two-run ball in Game 4, while Lee lasts only four innings because it magically rains in the fourth inning in the Bronx and there is a two hour rain delay.

I have lost 10 lbs in the last month, so my gut isn’t as big as it used to be.

Rangers in 7

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