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His hat is bumped. His starchy banana-like fruit of choice may or may not be supernatural. Fernando Rodney is a closer, and an imperfect one, but thankfully he's also a lot more interesting than that.

How did one of baseball's most free-spending and extravagant franchises become one of the game's messiest and most endearing teams? The awesomeness of Yasiel Puig helps, but it's not the whole answer.

Domonic Brown was a prodigy, then a bust, now he's spent two weeks becoming  a superstar. For a guy who swings at everything, he's been mighty patient getting there.

Most of us have a pretty good idea of what we think Ultimate Frisbee is. Even if it may not be entirely accurate or unbiased, it's stayed the same since the sport started in 1967. But, as money enters the picture, and Olympic dreams begin to grow, the sport has begun to change in a way that not even those involved totally understand. 

As a tennis player, John Isner has his strengths and weaknesses. But the experience of watching him play one of his signature, self-annihilating marathon matches is like nothing else, even for non-fans.

Major League Baseball's rules regarding PEDs aren't perfect, and neither is the league's enforcement of those rules. Neither of those is a reason to surrender, or a reason not to applaud MLB's recent attempt to enforce those rules.

Neil Gaiman once wrote that writers are liars. I respectfully disagree. Writers, like most people, are salesmen. Michael Jordan certainly is. He sold the idea that winning could bring happiness, that work was art and mattered more than life itself. The problem is he bought his own sales pitch. We all did.

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Jay Buhner's kid is named Gunnar, and he is about to be a professional baseball player. Bud Selig is a renegade lawman. Chuck Knoblauch's nephew wants to play flip-cup. Terry Collins is possessed by a demon that loves bunts. Nothing will ever be the same.

"I saw the following things at TNA Slammiversary: American flag Zubaz, a Juggalo in Crocs, a replica WCW Television Title belt, a DX tattoo on the back of a man’s neck, a couple of 45-plus-year-old 'goth kids, and a group of certified ring rats being led to the back by a burly security guard. The effect of all this: the biggest boost of self-esteem I’ve had in months."

Grant Hill was a great player who could've had a greater career if some things had gone differently. Instead, over the course of a long career defined first by ease and then by struggle, he embodied a different type of greatness.