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Miller

Charlie Blackmon's Trash 2004 Jeep Just One Layer of MLB's Quirkiest Superstar

Charles Cobb Blackmon, 31, Rockies leadoff man, hitting savant and all-around goofball, sees things that others do not. His mind works in ways that others do not. He knows this. "Yeah, I do some weird stuff," he says. This is not breaking news to any of his Colorado Rockies teammates. "He's not being funny," outfielder Carlos Gonzalez says. "He's just being Charlie. That's just the way he is. He's a great player and a great teammate."
Gruen

Michael Jordan's Former Teammates on How MJ Would've Handled the Modern-Day NBA

That Chicago Bulls charter flights served as de facto casinos throughout the 1990s was an open secret among NBA fans. There's the famous Sports Illustrated photo of Ron Harper, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan playing cards, thrown onto a perfectly folded blanket in the airplane's aisle. The setup prevented the cards from sliding away, its meticulousness indicative of the frequency of such games. But the back of the plane was the fiercely competitive high rollers' room. That's where you'd most often find Jordan, of course—until he learned of the role players' $1 blackjack games up front. Jordan wanted in.
Pompei

Prepare for AP 2.0: 'He Is Still Going to Be in That Upper 1 Percent'

It was late April, time for Adrian Peterson to make a decision about his future. He was back home in Houston after a free-agent visit to New Orleans. He was praying for a sign. Saints? Patriots? Seahawks? Another team? Then one day he was looking for a duffel bag in his home office. Things were out of place because the house was being cleaned, and he couldn't find the bag. So instead he grabbed a black leather bag he'd had for years. It had a piece of tape on it. Peterson had forgotten why it was there. He tore off the tape. And there was his sign. The logo of the New Orleans Saints.
Snowden

Sex, Drugs, Gangsters and MMA: Remembering Pride, UFC's Wild Predecessor

The UFC has become nearly synonymous with the sport of mixed martial arts. The Las Vegas-based promotion is home to many of the top MMA fighters in the world, and its events dominate the landscape. But that hasn't always been true. Before it was a piece in a billion-dollar company's portfolio, MMA was home to mavericks, outcasts and fanatics looking for a tiny slice of danger. The sport had an Eastern flair, and for nearly a decade, it called Tokyo its home. While the UFC was battling regulators, politicians and cable companies at home, Pride Fighting Championships was the dominant player in the space, featuring events equal parts ridiculous and sublime.
Peebles

Hot Dog Legend Kobayashi Answers the Big Question: Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?

Takeru Kobayashi—arguably the greatest professional eater of all time, a man whose records include eating 62 slices of pizza in 12 minutes and 13 grilled cheese sandwiches in one minute, a man whose uniquely positioned stomach and innovative nature allowed him to double the previous Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest record of 25 in his first try—is again not involved in America's most famous eating competition.
Martin

The Resurgence of Matt Kemp: How He Went from $160M Bust to Potential All-Star

On a late afternoon in June, Matt Kemp settles into the right-handed batter's box at SunTrust Park to take his cuts. The first few pitches tossed his way during batting practice end up sprinkled in the outfield grass. Then the power from the 6'4" Braves left fielder starts to show. Shots from his bat sail over the outfield wall. One flies over to the right of the 400-foot sign in right-center. Another lands in the Braves bullpen.
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