Jesse Chiang

Miami New Times Uncovers East Coast Balco: A-Rod, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez Among MLB Players Busted

on January 29 2013 2:30 PM
Miami New Times Uncovers East Coast Balco: A-Rod, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez Among MLB Players Busted

Miami New Times Uncovers East Coast Balco: A-Rod, Melky, Gio Gonzalez Amongst Named

I guess Victor Conte was right after all.

A stunning report released by the Miami New Times has uncovered a lab run out of Miami by Dr. Tony Bosch has been selling performance enhancing drugs to professional athletes. Among the people named: Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Yasmani Grandal, Gio Gonzalez and Nelson Cruz.

San Jose Sharks Spend Offseason Growing a Pair, Defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-1

on January 28 2013 12:24 AM
San Jose Sharks Spend Offseason Growing a Pair, Defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-1

 

In previous seasons a physical game with the San Jose Sharks would go something like this:

Sharks:  Hey guy, that was dirty hit. That was really mean of you.

Opposing Player: Get over it man, we’re playing hockey. Oh is that your captain? I’m going to hit him in the back.

Sharks: You know what I think I should stand up for myself. I’m going to—oh looks like we already lost the game. Next time, I guess. Say, is Jeremy Roenick still playing?

And that’s how it has been for the last nine years. Every year, the Sharks would march in to the season with a ridiculously talented roster and then lose in the playoffs to a scrappy underdog whose only real accomplishment was leading the league in courage. This year, however, the Sharks are coming out with an edge and mowing down each opponent like it’s Chuck Norris versus the Teletubbies.

Take the Canucks tonight. Cheap shots galore. Early lead by the Sharks cut down to one on a bad luck deflection. Canucks pressing and causing a lot of turnovers in the Sharks’ zone. This would be where you expect the Sharks to begin to unravel.

From Patrick Willis To Frank Gore: Ranking the San Francisco 49ers' 9 Pro Bowl Selections

on December 26 2012 9:54 PM
From Patrick Willis To Frank Gore: Ranking the San Francisco 49ers' 9 Pro Bowl Selections

This year the San Francisco 49ers continue their annual Pro Bowl party in Honolulu, sending nine of their players to the Pro Bowl and seven as alternates. The tendency for many players to cancel on this event could mean the 49ers sending even more to the Pro Bowl, provided they don’t end up going to a different Bowl (an awesome one, no doubt). 

The Niners Pro Bowl selections reflect the 49ers core strengths. Their outstanding running attack is led by an outstanding offensive line (the entire line is either in the Pro Bowl or is selected as a Pro Bowl alternate) and perennial Pro Bowler in Frank Gore. The defensive side of the ball, led by a dominating front seven, continues to be amongst the leagues’ best each year.

But which of these Niner Pro Bowl selections are the best? Which ones are at the bottom? Here is my list.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions Preview: 4 Keys To The Game

on October 13 2012 10:26 PM
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions Preview: 4 Keys To The Game

Coming off their bye week, the Lions hope to turn the season around—before the team permanently takes itself out of playoff contention.

The Eagles meanwhile, frustrated that they have repeatedly “dropped the ball,” hope to regain the sole lead in the NFC East. All fumble jokes aside, with both teams needing to win desperately, who will prevail? Here are four factors that will determine the fate of this game.

1. Michael Vick vs. Himself: Simply put, Vick gave away the game to the Steelers the previous weekend and it is certainly not the first game he has cost the Eagles this season. There are those who are asking for Vick’s job but it is not as if Nick Foles would provide even the slightest of upgrades. Still, it is an important week for Vick to show everyone he can actually lead his team to victory. Speaking of quarterbacks, Vick is not the only one who needs to have a good Sunday.

Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers Preview: 5 Keys To The Game

on October 13 2012 6:20 PM
Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers Preview: 5 Keys To The Game

Despite the difference in record the Broncos, not the Chargers, might actually be the team to beat.

Taking a look at each team’s schedule, you see that the Broncos have had the tougher schedule. The Broncos’ three losses have been to three legitimate Super Bowl contenders (the Falcons, Texans and Patriots) and the Broncos have put up a good fight in each (losing by six to both the Falcons and Texans, ten to the Patriots).

Meanwhile, the Chargers are coming off an embarrassing loss to a Saints team that came in to that game winless.

While the Chargers have a home game against the Broncos, the game will be tightly contested. Here are five keys to the game:

1. The Irresistible Force vs. The Immovable Object: The Broncos’ fifth- ranked rushing attack faces off against the Chargers’ fifth-ranked run defense. Who wins? The edge should be given to the Chargers who have slowed down a slew of premier running backs (Turner, McFadden, Johnson, and Chaarles).

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