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Seattle Mariners rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki, left, celebrates with first baseman Justin Smoak after beating the Oakland Athletics 3-1 in their American League season opening MLB baseball game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

The Rant: Wait, the MLB season started?

By Brian Thomas | March 28, 2012

For those of you who were wondering when the MLB season started, it already did. Last night in Tokyo, Japan at 5:10 in the morning U.S. time, the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics kicked off the 2012 campaign in an 11 inning thriller. The question...

The Rant: Buy into the Lin hype

By Dustin King | February 20, 2012

Every once in awhile, an athlete comes along that's so polarizing, he is always the topic of discussion.Jeremy Lin has become just that.About two months ago, he was a free agent and clueless if his NBA dream would become reality.Now he's been receiving...

X has yet to hit his mark

By Brian Belford | February 14, 2012

Xavier Silas always seemed destined for success.If you call success the NBA Developmental League, then he's achieved it.Yes, the Silas of the surplus Twitter followers and never-ending NBA dreams now toils away under the radar on the Philadelphia 76ers'...

The Rant: James not the next Jordan

By Brian Belford | June 16, 2011

The Dallas Mavericks have been named 2011 NBA champions after defeating the Miami Heat four games to two.Before this series, LeBron James of the Miami Heat was arguably the best player in the NBA.Should a player who loses confidence in his shot and never...

“Didn’t you get the memo?”

By Chris Dertz | March 7, 2011

Derrick Rose doesn't want anyone to think the Bulls can make a playoff run. He wants the league to forget about them. He wants them to forget that Chicago is second in the East. Sorry, Derrick; you just swept the most publicized team in the history of...

Commentary: Changing the perception of women’s basketball

By Katie Leb | February 28, 2011

While flipping through the television channels on Feb. 19, I stumbled upon the NBA dunk contest just in time to see the flashbulbs go off. As has been the case in the NBA, attention has been paid to what is flashy, showy, ostentatious or whatever synonym...

The Rant: The West is not the best

By Jimmy Johnson | February 24, 2011

Apparently the Western Conference isn't where it's at anymore in the NBA. In the past 72 hours, we've seen Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams jump ship from the one-time powerhouse conference in the West to the up-and-coming Eastern Conference. The Nuggets...