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Team on the Run

In Baseball, Football on July 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Can you imagine the New England Patriots ditching Boston for greener pastures, or the Philadelphia Eagles playing in the desert? CDH’s Ian Brickey looks at six franchise relocations that almost occurred.

It’s hard to imagine your favorite sports franchise moving to a different city. Fans tend to blend civic identity with sports success, to the point where teams become synonymous with the city. But those connections that seem so permanent one minute can quickly be undone, and the next minute, you’re redeeming your season tickets in a different time zone — just ask fans of the Baltimore Colts, Brooklyn Dodgers and Los Angeles Rams.

As painful as they can be, many team relocations have come to define the modern leagues, and reinvigorated languishing franchises. It’s difficult to imagine Atlanta without the Braves, Pittsburgh without the Steelers or Detroit without the Red Wings. But for every successful relocation, there are multiple proposed moves. Here are six franchise moves that almost happened. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Curious Case of Jamie Moyer

In Baseball, Long form on April 18, 2012 at 9:17 am

He left it up. Damn. He thought he could sneak another changeup past Martinez, but he had left it up, and Martinez had knocked it out into left field. The scoreboard flickered: 3-0 Astros. You’re welcome, cheap seats. Enjoy your souvenir.

He’d gotten careless. He’d fooled the rookie Martinez into biting on the 1-0 change. Rookies ate that kind of stuff up. You’re just up from the minors. You need to impress someone — this might be your only chance. So, you wait for that fat 1-0 pitch, and you’re going to knock the hell out of it. But instead of cowhide, all you hit is air — not a crack, just a whoosh. Rookies were a lot of things, but smart wasn’t one of them. Rookies didn’t know 1-0 was the perfect count for a changeup. Read the rest of this entry »

Who the #%@! is Lavoy Allen

In Basketball, Long form on September 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Morrisville, Pennsylvania’s Lavoy Allen is one of the best basketball players in Temple’s history and, apparently, the worst of the NBA.

They say you can nail a job in the first 90 seconds of an interview. Eye contact, a strong handshake, a relaxed smile and a subtle compliment can do wonders. Balancing deference with measured confidence, carefully telegraphing that this is their house, but you belong here.

Some players fall in the draft out of concerns that they’re closet headcases, arrogant jackasses who make great AND1 tapes but terrible teammates. Others have the opposite problem.

Make no mistake, Lavoy Allen is the latter, and he is the worst player in the NBA.

He is 22 years old, 6’9”, 228 lbs. He grew up outside Trenton in Morrisville, Pennsylvania and is coming off four years of Division I basketball at Temple University. He holds the Owls’ record for career rebounds.

During that time, he averaged 11.6 points per game, 2.3 assists, 8.6 boards and 1.8 blocks, anchoring a team that made the NCAA Tournament in each of his four years. His junior year, the year he really should have gone out for the draft, he posted a double-double on points and rebounds for the season.

The Philadelphia 76’ers, his hometown team, selected him in the second round with the 50th overall pick of this year’s NBA draft.

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