Category Archives: Sports

Cutting to 25: Opening Day previews for every MLB team

MLBBY TROY PHILLIPS

The start of baseball season has an elusive quality to it for sports fans. Unlike the start of comparable leagues like the NFL or NBA, which enter each year with a roar of anticipation, baseball is content to sneak in the back door with a whimper each April. Lo and behold, Major League Baseball decided to roll out an Astros home game to kick off the 2013 season.

The Final Four has an annual death grip on sports through the first week of April, and so baseball must take a backseat for a few days. There will, however, be a few long Summer months in which baseball is the only thing available in professional athletics, which is usually when fans begin to acknowledge MLB’s existence.

In the meantime, the real action begins today for anyone not residing in Texas. Anyone with a busted bracket like me will appreciate a chance to bask in light of America’s Pastime, at least for a few weeks until the Cubs go bust.

Since every team is required to enter their first contest with 25 men on the roster, I’ve taken the pleasure of writing a preview of all 30 MLB clubs in precisely 25 words. Some may call this concept unnecessarily tedious, and after repeating this exercise so many times I would tend to agree. At any rate, enjoy.

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Poor Scholars NCAA Tournament Observations

fgcBY POOR SCHOLARS STAFF

The Sweet 16 is upon us and the Poor Scholars staff spent some of the weekend catching the NCAA Tournaments “Second and Third Rounds.” Here are some observations from some staffers on the first weekend of action.

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Tim Tebow refuses to go away, gives rah-rah speech to Wichita State

This is what Tim Tebow looks like talking. Photo: dallasnews.com

This is what Tim Tebow looks like talking.
Photo: dallasnews.com

By PAT FLYNN

Tim Tebow’s back at it. Making headlines that have nothing to do with actually playing football.

Tebow, the most famous NFL quarterback in league history that can’t beat out Mark “The Butt-Fumbler” Sanchez, made headlines this week as he got on Wichita State’s team bus and did what it is he actually does professionally.

No, not walk around with a clipboard. The other thing. Speak publicly.

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Laching Class: Brian Urlacher burns bridges in Chicago

ChicagoBearsBY TROY PHILLIPS

Two Christmas’ ago, I was in the market for a new go-to Bears jersey.

My old Matt Forte jersey had served me moderately well, but I had outgrown number 22 both in practicality and perception. No longer was he the upstart halfback out of little Tulane; he had become another established commodity on his way to the Pro Bowl. And frankly, that wasn’t how I rolled. A trendsetter in outdated attire, my self-appointed role in the jersey industry was to represent the undiscovered and unappreciated. My Lamar Odom Lakers jersey still stands out as one of my favorites from grade school. I would seriously challenge the world to find another fifth grader who could say the same, much less one who had lived his entire life in Illinois.

There are, of course, exceptions to every rule. Brian Urlacher was no exception. Lach was a standard of his own. And so my choice for a new Bears jersey was never really a choice at all.

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Tiger is on the prowl

tigerBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

I certainly don’t have a “case of the Mondays” today. That’s because the Sports Gods told me, “Scott, you’ve been good lately, so we’re going to give you your precious NCAA Tournament and your good friend Tiger Woods on separate days,” and they rained out Sunday at Bay Hill to make it happen.

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Poor Scholars NCAA Tournament Friday Blog

HarvardBY POOR SCHOLARS STAFF

March Madness is here and the Poor Scholars staff is amped about it. Follow our live blog throughout the week for updates on the games and our take on things.

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Chalk it up to ignorance: How my upset empire crumbled

Photo Credit: AP/Journal-Sentinal

Photo Credit: AP/Journal-Sentinal

BY TROY PHILLIPS

This year, yes, this year, 2013, would be MY year.

2011 was supposed to be my year, once upon a time. But then Louisville lost in the Round of 64 instead of the Final Four and all of my other Elite Eight teams were heartbreakingly slaughtered to rest before they could complete their circuit through my bracket.

2012 was the year that I came in knowledgeable; I studied, read and projected my way through the entire month of February with a fervor. I knew that I had to adapt and learn from previous mistakes; I made sure that Louisville got bounced early and selected teams like Missouri to make their way to the final games with good guard play and positive momentum. Once again I was pommeled in the early rounds. I probably still owe Anthony Davis and the rest of last year’s Kentucky team a muffin basket, they were the only reason that I finished in the top half of my pool.

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Poor Scholars’ Mascot Bracket

Northwestern's mascot will never make the NCAA Tournament, so here's to Willie the Wildcat.

Northwestern’s mascot will never make the NCAA Tournament, so here’s to Willie the Wildcat.

BY BRIAN GODAR

March Madness is here, so along with it, Poor Scholars did some goofy brackets of our own. Poor Scholars’ own Brian Godar unveils our Mascot Bracket.

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Vegas on the Cheap: An Incomplete Guide to March Madness in Sin City

vegas-mgmBY ALEX RUSSELL

I’m hardly a “bro” in even the loosest sense of the word. I got a haircut today and my response of “none” to “what product do you use” was met with stunned silence. I say “And-1 Mix Tape” sometimes, but I’m pretty sure that might be the name of a guy in A Tribe Called Quest. I never say “epic.”

But I love Las Vegas, despite my lack of traditional bro qualities. (Brolities? Brahtributes? Broclivities?) It’s a fun town for a lot of the reasons some people hate it: the food ranges from amazing to disgusting, you can either drink at a fancy place or at Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, and you can do anything you want to do within reason.

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Yelling isn’t coverage: The best sports month of the year is the one with no ESPN

espnBY ALEX RUSSELL

I love March.

March is a beautiful month for sports for many reasons, but it’s obviously primarily about March Madness. I watch the “Second Round” (I refuse to not put that in quotes, we’ll call it the “Second Round” if you add more games, dammit) every year in Vegas. I have multiple screens going. I’m in too many pools to remember. I pretend I know anything about Vermont or Albany. I watch the tournament the same way a lot of people do: completely. THE ONLY WAY.

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