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Sports | New Rules Should Quicken Pace of MLB Games

March 2, 2015 |

As spring training gets underway fans will notice something different when they head to the ballpark this season – they’ll be heading home sooner. At least that’s what Major League Baseball hopes.

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Jackie Robinson West | A Cautionary Tale

February 16, 2015 |

There’s an old saying that goes in team sports: Players win games, coaches lose them and refs ruin them. In a sense, that is what Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West is dealing with after their successful 2014 Little League World Series Championship has been stripped. After being discovered for recruiting ineligible players outside of township lines. The whistle-blower in this case, Mountain Ridge Little League, the de-facto US championship as it so happens. A couple days of passed since the ruling, and the internet is buzzing with conspiracy theories, motivations, and plenty of victim claims.

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Super Bowl Bingo Cards XLIX

January 30, 2015 | 1

All boards designed by Desiree Duzich and individual bingo clues contributed by entire staff!

Be sure to check out the 2016 Super Bowl 50 version of our Super Bowl Bingo Boards.

Ok so we may be a little salty that … Read More

Cooking with Beer | Top 5 Recipes for NFL Sunday

January 30, 2015 | 1

Since the NFL Sunday is really just a weekly holiday of food disguised as a football game, I’m bringing you five recipes instead of one. If you follow Drink and Spoon religiously, you may have seen some of these recipes before. If not, welcome to the wonderful world of Cooking with Beer. As you travel through this list of good eats, you’ll see that I have laid out a step-by-step guide on how to properly prepare all of these dishes throughout NFL Sunday. Enjoy and may the best appetizer win!

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If Craft Beer Settled Super Bowl XLIX

January 29, 2015 |

As you’ve likely discovered by now, we’re not your average craft beer blog. And as such, we thought we’d take a bit of a different approach to this weekend’s Super Bowl by asking what Sunday’s outcome would be if craft beer settled Super Bowl XLIX. Read More

Blame the Media for Marshawn Lynch’s Interview Mockery

January 29, 2015 |

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

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The Good, the Bad & The Ugly | Sports Recap 1/27

January 27, 2015 |

The Good

Max Scherzer just hit the lottery in Washington, a contract that shaking plenty of heads. Putting together a “Thank You” ad for the fans of Detroit enhances his image more than than those 8 zeroes that are going to his bank account. Read More

When the Replay Booth Becomes Judge’s Chambers, We’ve All Lost

January 11, 2015 |

It should come as no surprise, especially after the conclusion of Sunday’s Packers-Cowboys game, that the NFL’s most famous referee, Ed Hochuli, is a partner in a law firm when he is not turning NFL games into his own personal … Read More

Sports | BCS Tournament Recap

January 5, 2015 |

With parades marching throughout the land celebrating another year of renewed energy and enthusiasm about the future, 4 teams took to the field to prove something as well: The Ohio State University, the underdog and Big 10 Champion, Florida State, ACC and defending National Champion, Alabama, SEC Champion, and Oregon, PAC 12 Champion. These conferences saw their constituents take to the boards and phone lines proclaiming their superiority and dominance over one another, but the time for talk was now finally over as New Year’s day arrived. What was to come at the end of this day, no one could have expected. Read More

The Worst of Sports in 2014

December 15, 2014 |

As we approach New Year’s Day and the new and improved college football postseason that awaits us in 2015, it’s time to look back at the year that was.  But why should we dwell on the positive?  Let’s say good … Read More

Four Team Playoff Should Be Eight – Still Better Than The BCS

December 7, 2014 |

With the four teams now unveiled for the first ever College Football Playoff, the debates will go on long into winter about whether or not the committee got the four teams right. Just like the BCS system, the CFP system is not perfect but in its inaugural year I think they got it right.

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How Bout Dem Bears? 3 Answers to the Dreaded Question

November 17, 2014 |

The game clock was broken at Soldier Field on Sunday, so if you asked anyone in the stadium if they really knew what time it was, they would have to reply no.  Fortunately, with the Bears playing the Vikings in … Read More

Cautiously Optimistic | The Cubs Got Their Man

November 10, 2014 |

For Cubs fans the holidays came early this year as the team announced Joe Maddon would be the next manager after bolting Tampa Bay for the Windy City.

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NCAA Basketball Preview | 5 stories to watch

November 7, 2014 |

And so begins another exciting season of college hoops in a short span of days. While the pain and joy of last March Madness may still be fresh, it is time to begin waltzing down the familiar path of preparing— and thinking you know college hoops— for your next pool to recoup your pride and treasure.

Preseason ranking have been posted and many sports analysts have already made their predictions….usually about how good Kentucky will be this season. But believing that we can all agree that BBN doesn’t deserve all the news and hype until regular season tip off on November 14, let us move onto some other interesting topics that are developing for the 2014-15 NCAA Basketball season.

And no, Rashad McCants and Roy Williams tiff doesn’t count as basketball news anymore.

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I sat through six and a half hours of baseball, and all I got was this crummy Nationals column.

October 20, 2014 |

By the 16th inning, I was getting pretty cold.  My wife and I were in the midst of experiencing what was about to become the longest postseason game in baseball history.  Sitting in the third row from the top at … Read More

Why you should be watching the SEC West on Saturday

October 3, 2014 |

October is such a great time for sports. The NHL returns, the World Series comes around and conference play in the NCAA starts taking place. This Saturday, however, should be getting most of your attention. 23 of the top 25 teams will be taking the field in many important conference showdowns (16 to be exact). Most notably, 6 of the top 15 will be playing each other in, yup, you guessed it, the SEC West. Here they are. Read More

Four Items the Next NFL Commissioner Should Address

September 22, 2014 |

If anything has become clear in the wake of the train wreck that has been the last two weeks of news in the NFL, it is that the league needs a new commissioner. The reasons for this have been laid … Read More

Goodell Misses His Adam Silver Moment

September 10, 2014 |

In April a commissioner got up in front of the entire sports world and took drastic action to start mending a wrong so horrible it threatened to destroy an entire team. Adam Silver banned Donald Sterling from the NBA for making terribly racist remarks and eventually forced him to sell the team.

In April another commissioner supposedly saw a video of a player doing a terrible act of violence and did nothing. Roger Goodell had his Adam Silver moment and has failed miserably.

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NFL Opening Weekend Kick-off

September 8, 2014 |

There are few things that keep me from bemoaning the end of summer: changing colors, lower humidity, upcoming fall concert calendar, and Sundays (pumpkin beer certainly would not be on that list). While I would hardly consider myself the die-hard … Read More

Rethinking My Baseball Monogamy

August 25, 2014 |

Baseball’s most exciting team (of at least the last two weeks) is playing in my town, and I feel like I am being unfaithful. When I was a little kid, I wavered back and forth between the Cubs and the White Sox, but Sammy Sosa’s home run exploits of 1998 and especially the Cubs disasters of 2003 and 2004 scarred me as a Cub fan for life. In no way has my devotion to the Cubs been reduced, but living in Washington and following the Nationals at close proximity has me rethinking my baseball monogamy.

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