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Ten years of great sports

Moments after Adam Vinatieri's field goal split the uprights as the clock expired in the Louisiana Superdome on February 3, 2002, the streets of Boston were in bedlam. Drunk people dangled from trees and hung off lampposts. Motorists leaned on their ho
Boston's road from Loserville to Title Town
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 25, 2009
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Hoop nightmare

It wasn’t quite the world-shattering, where-were-you-when moment as the space shuttle Challenger exploding into cottony plumes earlier that year. But I still remember my naive and dazed disbelief upon hearing that basketball star Len Bias had died of a
Len Bias’s death was more than just a basketball tragedy.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 30, 2009
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Review: More Than a Game

Most know about the rise of LeBron James from impoverished Ohio roots (fatherless and raised in public housing) to mega-millionaire and NBA phenom, so why make a documentary?
More than a LeBron James showcase, too
By TOM MEEK  |  October 16, 2009

Love is nothing

Here’s what I know about tennis: if you’ve got love, you’ve got nothing. From love to 15 to 30 to whatever comes between 30 and the sets and the matches, with those advantage points and tiebreakers thrown in, tennis scoring is less intuitive to me than t
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 11, 2009
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Big story

On July 30, the New York Times revealed that David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez — heroes of the Red Sox' 2004 and 2007 World Series wins — are on the (supposedly) secret list of a hundred-plus major leaguers who tested positive for performance-enhancing d
Did the Globe drop the steroid ball?
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 07, 2009
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Review: Zidane: A Twenty-First-Century Portrait

It's an intriguing concept, but they wind up diminishing the French superstar midfielder.
Almost as boring as Major League Soccer
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 01, 2009


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Barkley edition

Thank you, Charles Barkley. Thank you!
Barkley Rules
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 07, 2009
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Wu-Tang Clan's essential flavor

Fortune magazine once estimated that Michael Jordan has fueled our economy to the tune of $10 billion. Wu-Tang Clan are responsible for the careers of about that many MCs.
Lupo's, January 2, 2009
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 06, 2009
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Eight is enough

Sometimes we’d rather root for the unknowns, the underdogs, and the uniques than the professional jerks who are only competing to sweeten their endorsement deals.
Olympians to watch
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 06, 2008
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The Baseball Project

The smart, funny, fanclub chants herein, each as catchy as Willie Mays in the ’54 Fall Classic, are gemlike tributes to the characters who’ve made that diamond shine.
Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails |  Yep Roc
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 08, 2008
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The 100 unsexiest men in the world

Welcome to the first installment of ThePhoenix.com's 100 Unsexiest Men in the World.
Who would Scarlett least like to be with?
By BILL JENSEN & RYAN STEWART  |  March 27, 2008


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Young people doing stupid things

“This isn’t fixin’ to stop me,” crowed a defiant Josh Jarboe.
Sports blotter: "Carrying a gun to a track meet" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 19, 2008
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Bases very loaded

Even as the sun rises on the new Major League Baseball season, skies are cloudy for the game we love.
Spurred by fans’ ’roid rage, new books focus on our national pastime’s dark side. Meet baseball’s seven deadly sins.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 19, 2008

The enforcer

Once upon a time, the washed-up hulking athlete didn’t have very many employment opportunities.
Sports blotter: "Real-life Rocky" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 13, 2008
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Bob's your uncle

When was the last time England was relevant at all in the sporting world?
Sports blotter: "Across the pond" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 28, 2007
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Bonds away

This Barry Bonds thing is going to be a big story, no doubt, but trust me: even bigger news is probably coming.
Sports blotter: "Barry's indictment" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 19, 2007


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Cheating rules!

Maybe we shouldn’t lament the sundry scandals that have made 2007 the Year of the Cheater.
Why steroids, spying, and all those other sports scandals are actually good for fans
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 03, 2007
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Good Shaq, bad Shaq

Say this for Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal: in Shaq’s Big Challenge , signs abound that his intentions are good.
Is O’Neal’s fat-camp show kind or cruel?
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 10, 2007
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America Blows

The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007
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Playlist: May 18, 2007

Mr. T, Urkel-Os, Bill & Ted's Excellent Cereal, and more.
Guster singer rates the top five real-life breakfast cereals based on non-animated movie characters, television characters, or Barry Bonds
By RYAN MILLER  |  May 22, 2007
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The diamond patriot

The plane shook. The cockpit coruscated with distress lights. And Ted Williams realized the landing gear was stuck.
Bill Nowlin's Ted Williams at War
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 16, 2007


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Number of the beast

It’s become the creationism v. evolution argument of baseball.
Baseball stats demystified
By RYAN STEWART  |  April 26, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 10-1


These guys couldn't turn on a radio
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Natural born liar

If you ever wanted a definition of “congenital liar,” just look at Dick “Big Time” Cheney.  
“Shots and Beer” lives in persistent denial
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  January 31, 2007
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Toothless

In the 2007 installment of the  Tiger Woods PGA Tour , what I found was a buggy, unfriendly experience that left me feeling as unwelcome as a woman at Augusta.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour  fails to burn bright
By MITCH KRPATA  |  October 18, 2006
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Gridiron Gang

A former college football star turned prison guard trying to make a difference in a juvenile-detention lock-up turns kids onto the game. Sound like a cog out of the feel-good factory? Watch the trailer for Gridiron Gang  (QuickTime)
Got grit
By TOM MEEK  |  September 13, 2006


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Games we'd like to see
By MITCH KRPATA  |  August 30, 2006
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The tale of the tape

Okay, so we know what the rivals’ all-time score is in terms of championship wins. It’s written — in hideously-stretched, mustard-stained bold face — on the reeking, pitted-out T-shirts of every 380-pound creep from the tri-state area. Jose Canseco re-
Sports Blotter:  Red Sox-Yankees Edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 21, 2006
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The return of trash talking

When French midfielder Zinedine Zidane pounded his bald, rock-hard noggin into Italian defender Marco Materazzi’s sternum during the World Cup final last Sunday, approximately 1.2 billion people gasped in unison.
Beavis and Butt-head
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 14, 2006
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Remember the '80s?

Times have been tough for professional baseball this year.
Sports Blotter: All-Star Break edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 11, 2006