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The Golden State Warriors Are In Uncharted Territory

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are going to laugh their way into history this season.

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are going to laugh their way into history this season.

– Bill Annechino

One of my favorite moments on Sportscenter happens when an athlete does something crazy and ESPN pulls up a statistic from the Elias Sports Bureau that says that this was the first time this has happened since 1991 (the year I was born).  Sometimes it feels like it’s all been done, but for 1 second I get reminded that there was something that happened today that has literally never happened in my lifetime.  It’s sort of like when a comet passes by Earth once every 200 years or something.  IN fact, you may have heard the expression that someone or something was a “comet” in that it was a once in a lifetime experience.  With that in mind, this year’s Golden State Warriors team is going to be a comet.  What you probably don’t know is how historic this is primed to be.  By adding Kevin Durant, the Warriors have paired two of the top three players in the NBA (Steph Curry is #1 and Kevin Durant is #3) for arguably the first time since the ABA/NBA merger.  Throughout the history of the league, there have been memorable groups of superstars; Kareem/Worthy/Magic in L.A., Duncan/Parker/Ginobili in S.A., Jordan and Pippen in Chicago, Shaq and Kobe in L.A.… you get the picture.  Rarely have these pairings resulted in 2 players from the same team finishing in the top 5 of MVP voting, however.  In this article, we are going to try to figure out just how historic the 2016-2017 Golden State Warriors could be, as well as how their pursuit of history meshes with their basketball philosophy.   Continue reading

Hard Foul Sports Podcast Ep: 52 – Matthew Coller of WGR550 and ESPN

San Jose's Joe Pavelski has been dominant in their first round series against Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

San Jose’s Joe Pavelski has been dominant in their first round series against Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

NFL, NBA, NHL. We talked about it all on this episode of the podcast. In our first segment, Jim Bearor joined Evan Sally and Steve Stich to talk about the Eagles trading to the #2 pick. We then took a look at the NBA Playoffs, the pathetic (Houston), the surprising (Miami) and the head scratching (Oklahoma City).

Evan and Stich were then joined by Matthew Coller (@MatthewWGR) of WGR550 and ESPN’s NHL coverage about 32 mins into the show. The guys dug deep into the Sabres season and take a look at what the future may look like. Hint: A lot of Eichel and Reinhart. We then took a look at the NHL Playoffs where Matt has an interesting pick as to who he likes to win the Cup and he makes the case for Alex Ovechkin being the greatest goal scorer of all time. We also briefly touched on the Bills, should they draft a QB? And if so, what round?

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NBA Westeros Conference First Round Preview: You Win or You Die

In the NBA, Steph Curry reigns supreme.

Jim Bearor

The regular season went out with a bang last Wednesday, delivering a satisfying finish to a wild ride of a season. The first round of the playoffs kicked off this weekend, but the second round doesn’t start until May, so there is still time to catch your breath before the playoffs really get fun.  This would be a very appropriate time to grab a beverage of your choice and sip on it while you ponderously stare off into the middle distance, asking yourself the difficult questions about the NBA. Continue reading

Eastern Promises: Breaking Down the NBA’s First Round

Evan Sally

LeBron James is looking to make the NBA Finals for 6th consecutive time. Step 1: Beat Detroit. (Getty Images)

LeBron James is looking to make the NBA Finals for 6th consecutive time. Step 1: Beat Detroit. (Getty Images)

What an incredible NBA season this was. Golden State sets the record for most wins in a season. Steph Curry shatters his own record for 3s in a season and set a new, probably unreachable standard for shooting in the NBA. We saw the end of Kobe, who despite suffering through the most miserable Lakers season in history, ended his career in the most Kobe-way possible, a 60 point, 50 shot stunner. Russell Westbrook had an incredible 18 triple doubles and Kevin Durant scored 20+ points in a ridiculous 64 games in a row. These feats along with so many other amazing performances came together to shape a uniquely special 2015-16 season. After many months and 1230 games, we’ve finally reached the playoffs, how could you not be excited? While some of the 1st round matchups are bound to be mismatches, it’s always interesting to see which players and teams can rise to another level in the postseason. The Eastern Conference Playoffs will be undoubtedly dominated by the spectre of LeBron James; the living legend has won the conference 5 years in a row, and his Cavaliers are poised to do it again. However, unlike years past, the Eastern playoffs will feature 8 teams all with winning records and I’d argue 8 teams that have hope for the future if not the present. For each series I’ll take a look at which narrative interests me the most.


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Hard Foul Sports Podcast: Episode 50 – NCAA Title Game, Sabres, NBA, MLB

Villanova celebrates after Kris Jenkins buzzer beater won them the National Championship. (Getty Images)

Villanova celebrates after Kris Jenkins buzzer beater won them the National Championship. (Getty Images)

Episode 50 is here! For the first episode of our second year of Hard Foul Sports, Steve Stich,  Mike Tolsma and Evan Sally discussed:

  • Villanova are the national champions as North Carolina loses in a heartbreaker. Have we reached the peak of the Crying Jordan meme?
  • The Sabres season is wrapping up. What did we learn from year one about Jack Eichel? What’s your favorite part of his game?
  • NBA Playoffs are just a week away. What are the biggest surprises of the season?
  • Baseball is back!

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Hard Foul Sports Podcast Ep. 47 – Brackets on the Brain

The University of Buffalo has a bad case of March Madness. (Getty Images)

The University of Buffalo celebrates winning their second straight MAC Championship. (Getty Images)

Brackets. Brackets. Brackets.

Tis the season for Bracketology. The country has March Madness and so does Hard Foul Sports. On this episode of the podcast Cruz Serrano, Mike Tolsma, Zack El-Sharif and Evan Sally all share their brackets, along with their upsets and who’s going to make the Final Four along with their opinions on St. Bonaventure getting snubbed, Buffalo’s matchup with Miami and some other Selection Sunday stories.

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Toronto Raptors: Charged Up for Summer ’16

As we enter the final stretch of the NBA season, it’s time to separate the pretenders from the contenders. While Golden State seems to have a stranglehold on the league, teams like Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Cleveland and even the Clippers are also in contention. But there’s one more team that’s getting lost in the shuffle. Evan Sally and Jim Bearor had an email exchange about the forgotten contender, the Toronto Raptors. How will they fare in the playoffs and how will they fare against Cleveland?

Led by DeMar DeRozan (left) and Kyle Lowry (right) have the Raptors winning more than they have before and they're having fun doing it.

Led by DeMar DeRozan (left) and Kyle Lowry (right) the Raptors are winning a lot and are having fun doing it. (Getty Images)


 

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Hard Foul Sports Podcast Episode 45: St. Bonaventure Basketball PA Announcer Adam Bennett

Marcus Posley exploded for 47 points against St. Joseph's and could make the Bonnies a tough out come March Madness.  (Getty Images)

Marcus Posley exploded for 47 points against St. Joseph’s and could make the Bonnies a tough out come March Madness. (Getty Images)

In the wake of St. Bonaventure men’s basketball winning 9 out of their last 10, Marcus Posley scoring an incredible 47 points and with the NCAA Tourney on the horizon it was the perfect time to have Adam Bennett back on the podcast with Mike and Evan. You may know him from his exploits with @HFSCleveland, but he also works with St. Bonaventure as their PA announcer and knows this squad inside and out. What makes this team so special, will they make the tourney, St. Bonaventure’s connection to Buffalo and much more were discussed.

We finished the show chatting with Adam about the unrest going on with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the lack of leadership in the Cavaliers organization. Looking at you LeBron.

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Hard Foul Sports Podcast: Episode 41

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Our Super Bowl 50 preview show! Evan and Steve break down every facet of the Super Bowl from favorite Super Bowl party food, to how will the Panthers offensive line handle the Broncos pass rush. If you thought it, chances are we talked about it in this wide  ranging conversation. We finished the show talking a little NBA.

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First Loaded Weekend in College Hoops

-Brian Wolf

First loaded Saturday of hoops is here!

There are always games. That is one of the best parts about the college basketball season, and sometimes we take that for granted. With the college football season now officially in bowl season, that means more free time on Saturday to watch college hoops. While we all enjoy a Monday night double header, nothing quite beats a full day of action on the hardwood. Sleep in a little bit, turn on GameDay, and then watch college hoops for twelve straight hours on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, CBS, the SEC network, the YES network. This is one of those Saturdays!

December 19th is the first really good hoops Saturday of the 2015-16 season. We have two quality neutral court doubleheaders, a top 10ish match up in Virginia, and at least 10 watchable fixtures to get you through 12 hours of the day. Now that college football takes a back seat and final exams should be wrapped up, it is time for some college hoops!

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