The Meteoric Rise of the Golden State Warriors

March 8, 2016

By TJ Ram Follow TJ on Twitter @TheRealTJRam The Warriors’ incredible ascension to the top of the NBA has caused people to wonder what the reason for their success is. Whenever a sports team goes from mediocrity to dominance, the general consensus is that it is due to meteoric rise of a superstar or a single player. While the success of a team’s best player certainly has a lot to…

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Should the Warriors Really Pursue Kevin Durant?

February 14, 2016

By TJ Ram Follow TJ on Twitter @TheRealTJRam The possibility of signing Kevin Durant, a former MVP and bona fide superstar, already has Warriors fans getting excited. But should the NBA’s most dominant team go after him? No one questions the surreal talent Durant possesses. Now in his 9th year, Durant sports career averages of 27.3 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, and 3.6 assists per game. His 6’9″…

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Angel Pagan Won’t Be Terrible Next Season

February 14, 2016

By Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard Let’s not sugarcoat it: Angel Pagan was unabashedly terrible last season. Although as always, his hair was perfectly majestic, his defense was suspect and his offense was shoddy. At one point in August, he was the worst (WAR) San Francisco Giants player to ever earn enough at-bats to qualify for a batting title. Usually that means there’s no one to replace you, or the manager is…

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Sommer Finally Sets AHL Wins Record With Barracuda Win

February 10, 2016

By Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard SAN JOSE, Calif. — After eighteen seasons as a coach in the American Hockey League, it’s about time San Jose Barracuda coach Sommer got to wear his barracuda hat. The cap is literally a big fish, apparently a barracuda, but probably actually a koi, and is emblazoned with countless jewels and charms.  A “mail-order barracuda,” Sommer called it. Fit for a king. The honor of…

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Giants’ Bochy Ready For Season — But His Golf Game Isn’t

February 10, 2016

By Ben Leonard PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Even before they played their first game in 2016, the revamped even-year San Francisco Giants picked up their first win. Over a football team. On a golf course. The Giants team, headed by Matt Cain and Bruce Bochy, took down Steve Young, Dwight Clark and Co. in Chevron Shoot-Out at Pebble Beach, avenging their gut-wrenching loss last year. Per BASTA correspondent Joe Lami,…

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Giants Struggling to Replace All-Time Great Joaquin Arias

February 6, 2016

By Ben Leonard SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Faced with the prospect of replacing all-time great utility infielder Joaquin Arias, the San Francisco Giants have an uncertain future ahead of them. After the legend decided to take his talents to Phoenix, the team has scoured high and low for a replacement for jack-of-all-trades infielder– with no luck. The team has explored multiple options to no avail, including former Giant Juan Uribe, whom…

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How Christian McCaffrey’s Biggest Supporters Lost Him the Heisman

January 29, 2016

By Ben Leonard It’s a sunny day in Pasadena, right out of a postcard. Behind the Rose Bowl, the cragged, rocky San Gabriel mountains loom, the backdrop to Christian McCaffrey’s stage. It’s not one he particularly enjoys — the quiet sophomore meekly smiles when the roar of Stanford fans sends him off the field and into the locker room before the game. He keeps his head and electric blue eyes…

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Rose Bowl Caps “What Could Have Been” Season For McCaffrey, Cardinal

January 2, 2016

By Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard You know who Christian McCaffrey is now, Iowa? Also to you, Cole Fisher. Want to take this back? Iowa LB Cole Fisher also says he doesn’t expect Stanford’s offensive line or @IamJoshG to be all that much better than what he’s seen. — Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) December 28, 2015 With its dominant 45-16 win the 102nd Rose Bowl Game, McCaffrey and Stanford showed the nation…

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What Should the Giants Do About Their Outfield?

December 22, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard The offseason isn’t supposed to be the Giants’ time to shine. Usually, they let the big spenders take the spotlight in December and January, while they make moves in July to tweak their club — it’s a strategy that’s worked out pretty well for them the past few years.  But this year, the usually “frugal” Giants have started to spend like those teams that they…

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Christian McCaffrey Was Robbed

December 12, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard We all kind of knew it was coming, but there was nothing we could do to stop it. Christian McCaffrey had his Heisman trophy stolen right from his hands. The culprit (surprise, surprise): the almighty SEC. Numbers-wise, he arguably had the best season in college football history — breaking the legendary Barry Sanders’ all-purpose yards record — but it just wasn’t enough to prevent him…

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