The Clog

In which Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija conditions, exfoliates, poses, and changes the game forever. Or at least back to the mid-to-late 1980s.

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Even in his weird basketball afterlife, hip-hop is a long way from done with Allen Iverson. If you only listen to one song today that uses as its chorus some choice samples of Iverson's most Iverson-ian moments, you should probably make it Don Trip's "Allen Iverson."

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A fleeting exchange during the All-Star Game offered some stunning insight into the inner workings of the league's hottest alley-oop connection. Also, Kevin Durant was there, being smart. 

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Mary J. Blige's "Star-Spangled Banner" may not quite have been on par with Marvin Gaye's—what is?—but more than Pitbull or Nicki Minaj, it brought out what's great about All-Star Weekend. 

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Randy Moss is working out with the Dolphins, and apparently having fun again. How are we the first people on this story?

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In which JaVale McGee shows us where the action really is on All-Star Weekend. UPDATED: With additional slang editorializing.

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Ryan Braun's PED suspension was overturned, and a bunch of older tough guys got really angry-sad about it. Only one of those things is worth feeling bad about.

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Even after two AL East titles, a wild-card berth, one World Series appearance, a contract extension, and two AL Manager of the Year gongs, Joe Maddon is not even close to done. The plastic-glasses-wearing, hipster-grandpa Maddon is now tackling something way more serious: racial strife in his Pennsylvania hometown.

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For the seventh year running, some intrepid fans have sought to recreate, and update, one of the most immortal moments in rap/hoops crossover: the time ABC thought it was a good idea to pay Kool Keith for a peppy introduction song. 

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For reasons cultural, basketball-ological and otherwise, Jeremy Lin has fascinated and inspired pretty much everyone who cares about basketball. But Brad Kaplan was the only one to see the mixological possibilities in Lin's rise to and over the top.

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