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contrarianfanatics – BallHyped Blog Network http://ballhyped.com Hyping up the best sports blogs and bloggers. Get posting. Get voting. Get Hyped! Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:33:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Saving NASCAR http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/27/saving-nascar/ Sun, 27 May 2012 18:19:17 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/27/saving-nascar/

TweetI’m going to piggyback on a post written by Rob: NASCAR’s Gimmick Problem. In the post, Rob targets the gimmickry of the All-Star Race & the convoluted ‘playoff’ system known as the Chase. There’s nothing I can really say about the All-Star Race. Every major sport has the same half-speed approach to exhibiting its stars… […]

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“Swing Your Sword” is a Great Read http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/27/swing-your-sword-is-a-great-read/ Sun, 27 May 2012 18:17:09 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/27/swing-your-sword-is-a-great-read/

TweetAs I watched the college bowls in winter of 2009 I wondered how anyone could send their son to Mike Leach. The folks at ESPN went out of their way to say that while Craig James was a colleague. The reporting on what transpired in Lubbock to poor Adam James was clear cut: he was […]

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NBA Western Conference Finals Prediction http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/27/nba-western-conference-finals-prediction/ Sun, 27 May 2012 18:13:00 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/27/nba-western-conference-finals-prediction/

TweetWith the Western Conference Finals kicking off tonight we’re right where I thought we’d be… Oklahoma City vs. San Antonio. To be fair, it didn’t take a genius to see this matchup coming as these two teams are obviously the elite squads in the West. I picked the Thunder to win it all way back […]

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Osi the Troglodyte Tweeter http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/14/osi-the-troglodyte-tweeter/ Tue, 15 May 2012 04:20:18 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/14/osi-the-troglodyte-tweeter/

TweetOh Twitter, how I want to embrace you. There are moments of laughter, joy and sometimes even information. But they are often drowned out by the wave of stupidity that floods your tubes. Such is the case with Osi Umenyiora, he of the constantly offended, who broke out his kindergarten playbook and called out LeSean […]

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2012 NHL Western Conference Finals Prediction: Bob Froese Will Not Win http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/14/2012-nhl-western-conference-finals-prediction-bob-froese-will-not-win/ Tue, 15 May 2012 04:18:26 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/14/2012-nhl-western-conference-finals-prediction-bob-froese-will-not-win/

TweetIt is just the way I saw it falling out. (Only not really). The Los Angeles Kings against the Phoenix Coyotes for the right to play for Lord Stanley’s Cup. Who didn’t have this match up penciled in back in April? It is very surprising to have a horse left in this race that I’m […]

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2012 NHL Eastern Conference Finals Prediction: Two Hated Teams Enter, One Hated Team Will Leave http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/14/2012-nhl-eastern-conference-finals-prediction-two-hated-teams-enter-one-hated-team-will-leave/ http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/14/2012-nhl-eastern-conference-finals-prediction-two-hated-teams-enter-one-hated-team-will-leave/#comments Tue, 15 May 2012 04:16:35 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/14/2012-nhl-eastern-conference-finals-prediction-two-hated-teams-enter-one-hated-team-will-leave/

TweetI was going to start with the hyperbolic, “this could only have been worse if X and Y were involved”. Then I realized that I hate most of the Eastern Conference. The only teams that would not have bothered me had they made it this far were the Florida Panthers, Winnipeg Jets and in spite […]

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The (Not So) Odd Couple http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/14/the-not-so-odd-couple/ Tue, 15 May 2012 04:14:41 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/14/the-not-so-odd-couple/

TweetBack in February, in my first post for Contrarian Fanatics, I wrote about Josh Hamilton and how he was a player – if only for the redemption angle to his story – we could all root for. It’s hard to be aware of Hamilton’s back story of drug and alcohol abuse and not pull for […]

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If I Were a Yankee Fan… http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/08/if-i-were-a-yankee-fan/ Wed, 09 May 2012 03:29:33 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/08/if-i-were-a-yankee-fan/

TweetIf I Were a Yankee Fan I would be happy about the return of Andy Pettitte, but for a different reason than most. The rotation looks a lot different from expected when Joe Camel signed back in March. The Yankees need a hero, and they are looking for #46 to turn back the clock. Based […]

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‘Talladega Nights’ Come True http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/07/talladega-nights-come-true/ Tue, 08 May 2012 03:29:59 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/07/talladega-nights-come-true/

TweetFully aware of the fact that his own free-fall has been compared to the now iconic NASCAR caricature’s, Kurt Busch took full advantage of his under-funded reality to promote himself in a way fitting of the venue: Busch became Ricky Bobby at Talladega. From the pre-race interviews in which he aped Bobby’s ‘what should I […]

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Freddy Back in the Fold For a Few More Seasons http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/07/freddy-back-in-the-fold-for-a-few-more-seasons/ Tue, 08 May 2012 03:27:46 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/07/freddy-back-in-the-fold-for-a-few-more-seasons/

TweetIn an off-season full of highs for Bills fans, today may have provided the peak. The Bills did the smart thing giving running back Fred Jackson a two-year extension worth 8 million dollars. The move last week to cut Drayton Florence has provided benefits besides getting rid of a sieve on the back end of […]

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Another Horse in the Race for the Cup http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/07/another-horse-in-the-race-for-the-cup/ Tue, 08 May 2012 03:25:51 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/07/another-horse-in-the-race-for-the-cup/

TweetI am not giving up on the Predators by any means. Though they are down 3-1 in the Western Semis they have a puncher’s chance. As consistent as the Coyotes have been, they are far from elite. If Nashville can play like they did in the Game 4 loss, it is easy to see them […]

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Breaking News: Albert Pujols Will Be Just Fine http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/06/breaking-news-albert-pujols-will-be-just-fine/ Sun, 06 May 2012 21:47:30 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/05/06/breaking-news-albert-pujols-will-be-just-fine/

TweetWhen Albert Pujols decided to leave St. Louis in his rear-view and head off to join the Angels in Los Angeles… Anaheim? Whatever. It was a given that there would be at least some negative fallout from that decision. There were no jersey burnings like we saw in the aftermath of LeBron ‘taking his talents […]

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