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The Knock Down

There is no box score for the game, only a grainy hand-held recording that shakes every time the crowd moves. Not that there was much of crowd; maybe 200 people dotted the roll-out bleachers. Hell, it might have been closer to 50. In May of 2012, the top-ranked Palmieri Jeans...
Dear Steve Bartman, Just a short note. You don’t know me. I feel like I know you though. I guess so many of us do. You entered our lives just over twelve years ago for a moment and then, well, you disappeared. And now, I wonder about you. I wonder what would have happened...
Troy Barnies couldn’t help but wonder where he was. A month previous, he was safe, at home in the comfort of quiet New England. Now, he found himself surrounded  by crumbling houses, stray cats and dogs, and shoeless people roaming the streets of one of the world's largest cities. Culture shock is...
It’s easy to remember Moses Malone: late 20’s, omni-googles, clinging to the seedlings of an afro the same way Jean Luc Picard coped with male pattern baldness. And an ass the size of a chevette — that Malone `used as a dangerous weapon en route to becoming the greatest offensive rebounder in the history of basketball. It was truly...
Over the 13 months leading up to the 2004 summer games, the U.S. had dispatched Puerto Rico five separate times. Julio Toro, then the head coach of the affectionately nicknamed ‘magnificent twelve’ christened the American squad ‘the colossal from the north.’ It had been 12 years since the Dream Team...
Last September, the ‘Silverbacks’ of Uganda etched out regionally dominant Rwanda, as well as Kenya and Somalia, to finish second to Egypt in the Zone 5 FIBA regional qualifier for this year’s Afrobasket. On Wednesday, the East African nation will make their first ever appearance at Afrobasket. Anchored by players like Henry Malinga and John...