Portland Timbers Missed Chances Result in Draw Against Colorado

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The Portland Timbers ran into the buzz saw that is the Colorado Rapids defense on Independence Day. It didn’t help that the stingiest defense in MLS only got better with the addition of Tim Howard between the sticks. The Timbers still felt the full force of the raging Rapids defenders even though despite Howard was hardly […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Episode 14: Baseball Milestones and Firsts

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One of the things we love about baseball is how new things happen all the time. Last week, we saw Kris Bryant do something that’s never been done before, Bruce Bochy hit a milestone that only one other has accomplished, and Joe Maddon pull off some rather unorthodox moves with his pitching staff playing the outfield. […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Episode 13: 2016 MLB All Star Ballots

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Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen give their 2016 MLB All Star Ballots. Do the Chicago Cubs dominate theirs like they are in the overall vote totals? Is Greg’s ballot composed entirely of Detroit Tigers? Before that, last night was Bark at the Park Night at Comerica Park. That has Greg thinking about lots of stupid ballpark gimmicks. […] READ MORE



Argentina vs. Venezuela Recap: Higuaín, Messi Roll Into Semis

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Argentina have been one of the Copa America Centenario favorites since the beginning. Their quarterfinal match agaisnt Venezuela did nothing to dispel that notion. Lionel Messi and company are now on their way to the semi-finals, where they will face the United States on Tuesday night in Houston for the right to play in the tournament final. […] READ MORE




Brazil vs. Haiti Recap: Seleção Dominate, But Still Incomplete

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Copa America Centenario Group B’s Brazil vs. Haiti match went just about as most people expected. Brazil’s skill was far too much for the Haitians to overcome and this match became a blowout very quickly. Brazil vs. Haiti Recap Philippe Coutinho had himself a brace within a half hour thanks to a blistering shot in […] READ MORE