The Early Season NBA MVP Race

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It is still very early in the NBA season, and there is plenty of basketball to be played, but if the first few weeks are any indication, this years NBA MVP discussion will be even more hotly debated than many recent years. First, we need to mention Chris Paul while he is putting up the […] READ MORE


LeBron: Did Game 6 of the 2013 Finals Cement his Legacy?

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Jordan’s “flu game”, where he scored 38 points in game 5 of the 1996-1997 NBA Finals despite being visibly ill… Magic starts at center and plays all 5 positions in game 6 of the 1979-80 NBA Championships… Larry Bird stealing the ball late in game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals… Provided you were […] READ MORE


A Quick Guide to Essential NBA Finals Records

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UPDATED 2015 Welcome back to Peculiar Side of Sports.  Every so often something in sports perplexes me, and I just hate not knowing something.  So, I do what any normal, sane sports fan does – I search ad nauseam for the answer by any means necessary.  The good news is that I take all my hard work […] READ MORE


Jason Kidd – All Good Things Must Come To An End

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Here’s how you know you’re getting older as an NBA fan: another first-ballot Hall of Famer that I grew up revering finally called it a career Monday. It saddens me to finally write that Jason Kidd, the workhorse of a point guard who dominated the NBA’s most important position for much of the last two […] READ MORE



Saying Good-Bye to Jerry Buss and the Showtime Era

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Jerry Buss was one of the few men who can be called a basketball legend without ever having stepped onto the court. The Los Angeles Lakers majority owner who was best known for his contribution to the “Showtime Era” of basketball passed away today at 5:55a from an undisclosed form of cancer. What made Buss […] READ MORE


Why Earvin Johnson is Still 'Magic'

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The news hit like an earthquake, and almost immediately the shockwaves radiated worldwide.  The news was so shocking it was difficult to absorb.  I’m sure you remember where you were when you heard… It was November 7, 1991, and staring into a sea of reporters and flashing cameras, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson announced his retirement after […] READ MORE


Red Sox and Dodgers Close to Making Blockbuster Trade

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The Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers are in the process of completing the biggest trade of the baseball season.  Boston is reported to be sending Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Dodgers for James Loney, and prospects Jerry Sands, Rubby De La Rosa and Ivan DeJesus.  Both […] READ MORE


Why Dynasties are Important in Sports

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*EDITOR’S NOTE*  This is in response to our first article, “Death of Dominance and the Rise of Parity in Professional Sports“.  In that article, we compared the seeding of championship winners from the 1980’s with those over the past 10 years.  Before reading this, I highly recommend you read yesterday’s article so you are familiar […] READ MORE