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The Weekend Kickoff with Chris Callaway

They fixed the Home Run Derby!

It might have been solely because of the superhuman performance by Giancarlo Stanton – 61 home runs, are you kidding me? – but last night’s Home Run Derby was immensely entertaining.

The other seven contestants, namely Mark Trumbo and Todd Frazier, gave at least a token effort at taking down Stanton, but he was simply too good.

The structure of the Derby is compelling. Mano a mano, 1v1 in a bracket-style format as the field moves from eight to four to two. It’s easier to digest, and rather than waiting for all eight contestants to cycle through, it’s matchup after matchup.

Also, […]

USA vs Argentina

Last night’s USMNT game against Argentina was one I was (extremely) cautiously optimistic about. I didn’t think that the Americans really had a chance to win, but I hoped they would be competitive.

Despite a 4-0 loss, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

The first goal, at under 3:00 into the game, was a lapse defensively by the US and a solid finish by Argentina. The second was a brilliant, world class strike by the top player on the planet.

Afterwards, I don’t think the Americans collapsed, but simply couldn’t hang with (one of, if not) the top team […]

Believeland

It’s hard to get away from recency bias – thinking what just happened is the greatest, best, most extraordinary thing of all time. It’s easy to fall into that line of thinking, especially having just experienced the moment and not fully being able to contextualize said moment in the vast history of its field.

All that being said, last night might have been the greatest NBA game of all time.

It had supreme individual performances, with Draymond Green’s 32 point – 15 rebound – 9 assist line bested only by LeBron James’ triple double, the third ever in Game 7 history, […]

SUPER ‘NOVA

Yeah, I know that headline was stolen from Sports Illustrated, but it was a spectacular finish for Villanova last night. What a game. Whatever opinion you had on the Final Four games, and the few rounds before changed on Monday night. Sure, Saturday’s games weren’t too close, the Elite Eight didn’t provide for a whole lot of drama, but wow. What a championship game. It’s up there with the Luis Gonzalez walk-off against the NY Yankees in 2001, the Adam Vinatieri game winning field goals, and Lorenzo Charles’ dunk for NC State in the 1983 title game. But there’s […]

Sweet Sixteen

That was a pretty spectacular 96 hours of basketball.

I know it’s easy to fall victim to a recency bias, but I’m not sure how the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament could have gotten much better. It had two 10-seeds, three 11-seeds, two 12-seeds and a 13-, 14- and 15-seed all winning in the first round. The upsets are nice, but for the most part, the big boys are still standing in the Sweet 16, which means that we’ll have some high quality games from here on out.

On a personal note, Sunday was thrilling. I have personal ties […]

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