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Brian Reese

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I am a sports fanatic in every sense of the expression. I was born and raised in Chicago, but now reside in Jacksonville, Florida. I am a huge baseball fan and I try to follow the entire league as much as possible. I am also an avid basketball and football viewer, but I can watch any game for any sport. I am a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago and earned my degree in English with a focus in media studies and a minor in Moving Image Arts

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There is nothing worse for a fantasy football junkie then checking your team Sunday night and seeing that your top receiver had two catches for 34 yards and no touchdowns. Whether you are in a PPR league or standard scoring this weak performance will dramatically hurt your chances of winning your weakly match-up. In my personal opinion, a good receiver can be more valuable than any other position, especially when drafting in the first two rounds. The problem with waiting to draft receivers is that in a 10-12 person league, it is nearly impossible to find a quality wide out on waivers by week three, especially if each player in your...

The 2014 trade deadline came and went with surprising deals that even the most respected baseball analysts could not have predicted. Some trades will set up teams nicely going into the post-season, while others deals have us scratching our heads. Even worse for some teams was not making a move at all and other deals are too early to deem successful or not. Below is my list of the three winners from the trade deadline and the three losers, as I see fitting.   Winners at the Deadline   Detroit Tigers The clear winners in this year’s trade deadline were the Detroit Tigers. Anytime that you aquire a former Cy Young Award...

This weekend Cooperstown, New York will add six more names to be forever enshrined in the baseball Hall of Fame. Highlighting the six inductees is Gregory Alan Maddux, who had a legitimate chance of being the first unanimous inductee voted in on his first ballot. However, the biggest adverse working against this historic feat was said to be because Maddux played during the dark ages of baseball, the steroid era. Ken Gurnick, a former reporter for the Los Angeles Harold and Hall of Fame voter, said that he would exclude “everybody from the steroid era.” Gurnick did not imply Greg Maddux was a user, but instead grouped together all of...

Before the 2014 baseball season was underway the Chicago Cubs upset some of their fans by introducing Clark, the new team mascot that would coincide with rebuilding process of the Theo Epstein era. The newest addition to the Cubs family was viewed as "childish" by many Cubs faithful, who appreciated the Cubs long history of not having a masked character gallivanting around Wrigley Field. The Cubs, on the other hand, brought Clark in as a way to attract younger Cubs fans and promote a more family friendly atmosphere. However, a non-Cubs affiliated mascot named Billy Cub has been hanging around Wrigley Field all season long and has...

The best starting pitcher still available before the trade deadline has to be Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. With his team having a rather disappointing first half of the season, the Rays must put some serious consideration into making Price available via trade. Price, 28 has been rumored to be on the trade block before, most notably before the season started, but the Rays have yet to pull the trigger because they know they would need a package of young talent in return. The two sides tried to reach a long term deal during the 2012-2013 off-season, but a deal was never reached and Price has since come to terms with the financial...

The 2014 MLB All-Star rosters were announced over the holiday weekend with teams comprised of the best players in baseball and 25 first-time All-Stars named to the Midsummer Classic. The rosters are not officially set with one spot open to both squads based upon fan voting, which will be finalized Thursday at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Chicago White Sox pitcher, and serious Cy Young contender, Chris Sale has not made the roster and this should absolutely come as a surprise to baseball fans everywhere. His absence on the roster might have to do with the fact that Sale missed a month of basbeall this season with a flexor strain in his...

  If I gave you a pitchers career resume and told you that included two Cy Young Awards, two World Series Championships, two no-hitters, and being named a three time strikeout champion with over 1,500 k’s all at the age of 30, most would be quick to categorize his career as Hall of Fame worthy. At the very least, baseball fans would say this pitcher is in the middle of his prime with a number of great years still ahead. That is how we as baseball fans, or sports fans in general, separate great players from the rest of the athletes they play against. We have this desire in sports to separate the greats from the rest in an effort...

One of the beautiful aspects of baseball is the development that takes place for most young athletes before they see time at the major league level. For basketball and football, college has become a sort of minor league for young athletes and these raw talents are often brought up to the pros long before they have fully developed mentally or physically. Some baseball players show signs of unmistakable talent early on and it doesn’t take long to translate to the major league level (think Mike Trout and Bryce Harper that last two seasons). This year has been no exception for rookie talent making their early mark in the league and...

After being placed on the disabled list nearly a month ago, Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz is getting ready to rejoin his teammates in Boston. Buchholz has been on the disabled list since May 25th because of a hyper-extended left knee, but allowed only two hits while striking out five in his Thursday start in Triple-A Pawtucket.   “He was able to get up to nearly 90 pitches in six shutout innings of work,” said manager John Farrell. His changeup feel and execution was much improved, and the shape to his overall pitches was consistent, particularly with the way he threw his changeup today. A lot of strikes.   He comes...

In the fifth inning of Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, a single to right field solidified Jimmy Rollins legacy in Philadelphia. The 3-1 single off of Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson meant that Rollins had officially passed Hall of Fame third baseman, Mike Schmidt, to become the Phillies all-time leader in hits with 2,235. Now just days after the record setting hit, the reality of Jimmy Rollins career coming to an end in Philadelphia might be just weeks away. A couple of days before the start of the 2014 season, Rollins made it clear that he has no intentions of waving his no-trade clause with one year left on his...
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