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Written by Ben Pogany
  • The Mendoza Line- The .200 AVG threshold, below which a player is essentially considered unstartable. Poor Mario. There have been countless hitters throughout baseball history who have sucked it up at the plate, but none are indelibly linked to batting ineptitude quite like 1970's shortstop Mario Mendoza. Though in fact a lifetime .215 hitter, his frequent dips below the .200 threshold earned him constant taunts from teammates. After a horrendous start one year by George Brett, colleagues began jokingly warning him about the danger of sinking below the dreaded "Mendoza line." Brett passed the running joke on to Chris Berman, who in turn disseminated it to the masses from his pulpit on Sportscenter, and the rest is history.

  • Soccer- There are two things Americans will never go for, rest of the world be damned: the metric system and calling soccer anything but. But the next time an uppity European gives you crap for calling "football" soccer, you can remind them that it was their idea in the first place. During the mid-1800's when the rules of "football" were first being officially established in England, they called the sport association football to distinguish it from rugby football. The slang term for rugby at the time was rugger, and so over time, fans took to abbreviating association by taking the third, fourth, and fifth letters to in kind form the term soccer.

  • Haymaker- A wild, swinging, no-holds-barred punch with intent of a knockout. Back in the day, preparing hay for one's livestock was an essential part of daily life, and certainly no easy gig. The word haymaker most likely derives from the swinging motion of a scythe one would use to chop down hay for animal fodder. Another theory surmises that the term derives from "hitting the hay" as in putting the opponent to sleep.

  • Turkey- Bowling three strikes in a row. Believe it or not, the origin of this achievement is more literal than you might think. During Christmas and Thanksgiving, alley owners were often known to present an actual turkey to anyone who bowled three consecutive strikes as a promotion of sorts. Nowadays, just the thought of consuming anything prepared in a bowling alley, let alone holiday turkey, is enough to turn one's stomach.

  • Flea-flicker- A trick play in which the running back "flicks" the ball back to the quarterback in the hope of fooling opposing cornerbacks into letting their guard down. Originally credited to Illinios' coach Bob Zuppke, the phrase was supposed to evoke "the quick flicking action of a dog getting rid of fleas." If you say so...
  • Hat Trick- A momentous three-goal performance in either hockey or soccer. The term hat trick owes its roots to cricket, after HH Stephenson took three wickets in three consecutive balls in a 1958 match.  Stephenson was presented with a cap by his  fans for his heroic feat, and soon the practice became customary any time one duplicated the extremely rare accomplishment (there have been only 38 hat tricks in the history of Test cricket.)  As for the term's introduction into the American lexicon, the Hockey Hall of Fame credits Sammy Taft, a local Toronto businessman who in 1946 promised Blackhawk forward Alex Kaleta that if he scored three goals against Taft's beloved Maple Leafs, he would award him a free hat from his shop. Kaleta would in fact score four that night, and Taft was forced to make good on the deal. Today, most hat trickers are awarded not by hat shops but rather their fans, as it has become customary for hundreds of hats to reign down on the ice after #3.

  • The Golden Sombrero- The dreaded 4-strikeout game for a hitter. Think hat trick, but bigger and, of course, ugly.

  • Birdie, Eagle, and Albatross- In golf, completing a hole 1 under par, 2 under par, and 3 under par, respectively. "Birdie" was derived from the 1800's American slang word "bird," which was used to connote something good as in "a bird of a shot".  From there, the logical extension went the bigger the bird, the better the score.

  • Southpaw- A left-handed pitcher. Baseball diamonds are historically laid out with home plate on the western side of the field, so that the afternoon sun would not be in batters' eyes. As a result, a left-handed hurler's paw would be on the south side of his body when on the mound.

  • Alley-oop- A basketball play in which one passes the ball near the rim for his teammate to slam home. One of the most exciting plays in hoops got its name from, of all things, French circus performers. Before take off, acrobats were known to exclaim allez hop! The English translation made its way into the American lexicon during the 1950s in describing an arcing pass for which the receiver would out-leap the opposition during the course of a football game. Somewhere along the way, the term made the transition to basketball, though thankfully, players do not cry 'alley-oop!' before going airborne.
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  1. Louis CK
  2. Bill Burr
  3. Hannibal Buress
  4. Amy Schumer
  5. Tina Fey
  6. Jon Oliver
  7. Stephen Colbert
  8. Will Ferrell
  9. Dave Chappelle
  10. Seth MacFarlane
  11. Matt Stone and Trey Parker
  12. Kevin Hart
  13. Conan O'Brien
  14. Ricky Gervais
  15. Nick Offerman
  16. Chris Rock
  17. Amy Poehler
  18. Andy Samberg
  19. Jim Gaffigan
  20. Kristen Wiig
  21. Aziz Ansari
  22. John Mulaney
  23. Jimmy Fallon
  24. Larry David
  25. Pete Davidson
  26. Anthony Jeselnik
  27. Brian Regan
  28. Kyle Kinane 
  29. Ron Funches
  30. Melissa McCarthy
  31. Jon Stewart
  32. Seth Meyers
  33. Jeff Ross
  34. Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer
  35. Michael Che
  36. Maria Bamford
  37. Demitri Martin
  38. T.J. Miller
  39. Howard Stern
  40. Zach Galifianakis

Bubble: Bill Maher, Charlie Day, Jimmy Kimmel, Daniel Tosh, Rob McElhenney, Bobby Moynihan, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, Jane Lynch,  Jim Parsons, Ty Burrell, JB Smoove, Charles Barkley, Justin Timberlake, Jerry Seinfeld, Jordan Klepper, Tig Notaro, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jason Sudeikis, Lena Dunham, Adam Carolla, David Cross, Paul Rudd, Marc Maron, Rebel Wilson, Neil Patrick Harris, Tracy Morgan.

Written by Ben Pogany
For all the complaints about the one-and-done epidemic in college hoops, the none-and done nature of baseball seems almost barely worth mentioning.  In 2009, the Wall Street Journal found that there were only 26 college graduates among the 780 players and managers in Major League Baseball, good for a whooping 3.3% of the league.  It's practically the rule that ballplayers expect to get drafted out of high school, heading straight to minor league rosters at the ripe age of eighteen.  Then there's the roughly quarters-worth that are discovered as youngsters on the ball fields of the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, and a host of other predominately low-income nations for whom higher education is often simply out of reach.  (The percentage of foreign-born minor leaguers is closer to half)  And this is nothing new; neither Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken Jr, or Greg Maddux ever so much as glimpsed the inside of a college classroom.  For what we think of as such a cerebral sport, the shear absence of academia is hard to comprehend.
College baseball will never achieve the notoriety of its counterparts in large part because there are just so few stars to be found.  Still, there are those few scholars among the masses for whom higher education was a reality, fewer still who have made it to Omaha.  He is a look at the ten most successful college baseball programs and the talent they bequeathed to the Bigs.

1)  USC
12 World Series titles and 21 appearances
Illustrious alumni: Tom Seaver, Randy Johnson, Fred Lynn, Mark McGwire, Barry Zito, Mark Prior, Ian Kennedy, Jeff Cirillo
2)  Texas
6 World Series titles and 34 appearances
Illustrious alumni:
Roger Clemens, Drew Stubbs, Huston Street, Burt Hooten, Greg Swindell, Shane Reynolds
3)  LSU
6 World Series titles and 15 appearances
Illustrious alumni:
Albert Belle, Brad Hawpe, Ben McDonald, Brian Wilson, Aaron Hill
4)  Arizona St
5 World Series titles and 22 appearances
Illustrious alumni:
Barry Bonds, Reggie Jackson, Dustin Pedroia, Andre Ethier, Sal Bando, Rick Monday, Jason Kipnis, Mike Leake
5)  Miami
4 World Series titles and 23 appearances
Illustrious alumni:
Ryan Braun, Greg Vaughn, Pat Burrell, Charles Johnson, Aubrey Huff, Chris Perez
6)  Cal St Fullerton
4 World Series titles and 16 appearances
Illustrious alumni:
Tim Wallach, Aaron Rowand, Mark Kotsay, Phil Nevin, Kurt Suzuki, Ricky Romero
7)  Arizona
4 World Series titles and 16 appearances
Illustrious alumni:
Kenny Lofton, Trevor Hoffman, Scott Erickson, JT Snow, Ron Hassey
8)  Minnesota
3 World Series titles and 5 appearances
Illustrious alumni:
Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor, Terry Steinbach, Denny Neagle, Dan Wilson
9)  Stanford
2 World Series titles and 16 appearances
Illustrious alumni:
Mike Mussina, Jack McDowell, Bob Boone, Rick Helling, Jeremy Guthrie, Carlos Quentin, Jed Lowrie, Drew Storen, Sam Fuld
10)  South Carolina
2 World Series titles and 11 appearances
Illustrious alumni:
Brian Roberts, Mookie Wilson, Roberto Hernandez, Gene Richards, Dave Hollins
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Definitive Dose fondly recalls the 20 most hilarious Chappelle's show skits.  Mmm Mmm bitch!!

  1. Reparations
  2. Tyrone Biggums Classroom Visit
  3. The N*ggar Family
  4. Jury Selection
  5. Rick James: Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories
  6. HBO: Real Sex Street Interview
  7. R. Kelly's "Piss On You" music videos
  8. Wayne Brady's Show
  9. The Mad Real World
  10. Samuel Jackson Beer
  11. Clayton Bigsbey, Black White Supremacist
  12. Zapped
  13. Wrap It Up
  14. Fisticuffs: Turn My Headphones Up
  15. Dave on MTV Cribs
  16. Black Bush
  17. Trading Spouses
  18. Wu-Tang Financial
  19. Prince: Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories
  20. When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong
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  1. James Bond
  2. Star Wars
  3. Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit
  4. The Godfather
  5. Batman
  6. Indiana Jones
  7. Rocky
  8. Toy Story
  9. Terminator
  10. Alien
  11. Harry Potter
  12. The Clint Eastwood Dollars Trilogy
  13. Die Hard
  14. The Fast and the Furious
  15. The Bourne Franchise
  16. Jack Ryan
  17. Matrix
  18. Superman
  19. X-Men
  20. Spiderman
  21. Star Trek
  22. Back to the Future
  23. Hannibal Lector
  24. Shrek
  25. Jurassic Park
  26. The Avengers
  27. Mission: Impossible
  28. Pirates of the Caribbean
  29. Dirty Harry
  30. Naked Gun
  31. National Lampoons Vacation
  32. Austin Powers
  33. Lethal Weapon
  34. Friday the 13th
  35. Beverly Hills Cop
  36. Nightmare on Elm St
  37. Halloween
  38. Ocean's Trilogy
  39. Scream
  40. Saw
  41. Ice Age
  42. Jaws
  43. Mad Max
  44. Karate Kid
  45. Major League
  46. Rush Hour
  47. Cheech and Chong
  48. The Mummy
  49. Mighty Ducks
  50. Rambo

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Last Updated (Thursday, 08 June 2017 10:39) Written by Ben Pogany
1) Real Madrid (1902)- La Liga, Spain
Hardware: 33 La Liga titles, 12 Champions League titles, 19 Copa del Rey Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups, 2 UEFA Cups, and 3 Intercontinental Cups.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 1
Greatest Players: Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás, Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Raymond Kopa, Luís Figo, Emilio Butragueño, Amancio, Francisco Gento, Iker Casillas, Fernando Redondo, José Santamaría
2)Juventus (1897)- Serie A, Italy
Hardware: 31 Serie A titles, 2 Champions League Cups, 2 UEFA Super Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 2 Intercontinental Cups, 9 Coppa Italias.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 5
Greatest Players: Gianluigi Buffon, Gaetano Scirea, Roberto Baggio, Michel Platini, Dino Zoff, Paolo Rossi, Alessandro Del Piero, Zinedine Zidane, Omar Sívori, Luis Monti, John Charles
3) AC Milan-(1899)- Serie A, Italy
Hardware: 18 Serie A titles, 7 Champions League titles, 3 Intercontinental cups, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 5 Coppa Italias, 5 UEFA Super Cups.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 25
Greatest players: Marco van Basten, Franco Baresi, Kaká, Gianni Rivera, Ruud Gullit, Paolo Maldini, Juan Alberto Schiaffino, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, Marcel Desailly, Nils Liedholm, Frank Rijkaard, Rui Costa, Cafu, Gennaro Gattuso.
4) FC Barcelona-(1899)- La Liga, Spain
Hardware: 23 La Liga titles, 5 Champions League titles, 27 Copa del Rey Cups, 5 UEFA Super Cups, 2 FIFA Club World Cups.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 3
Greatest Players: Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi, Xavi, Hristo Stoichkov, Andrés Iniesta, Luís Figo, Michael Laudrup, Samuel Eto'o, László Kubala, Ronald Koeman
5) Bayern Munich (1900)- Bundesliga, Germany
Hardware: 25 Bundesliga Championships, 5 Champions League titles, 1 UEFA Cup, and 2 Intercontinental Cups.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 2
Greatest Players: Franz BeckenbauerLothar MatthäusGerd MüllerPaul BreitnerSepp MaierUli HoeneßMehmet SchollKarl-Heinz Rummenigge
6) Manchester United (1878)- Premier League, England
Hardware: 20 First Division/Premier League Titles, 3 Champions League titles, 11 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 15
Greatest Players: George Best, Bobby Charlton, Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, Nemanja Vidić, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Denis Law
7) Liverpool (1892)- Premier League, England
Hardware: 18 Premier League titles, 5 Champions League titles, 7 FA Cups, 7 League Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups and 3 UEFA Cups.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 35
Greatest Players: Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan, Steven Garrard, Jamie Carragher, Ian Rush, Phil Neal, Ray Clemence
8) Inter (1908)- Serie A, Italy
Hardware: 18 Serie A Championships, 3 Champions League titles, 3 UEFA Cups, 2 Intercontinental Cups and 7 Coppa Italias.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 31
Greatest Players: Guiseppe Meazza, Giacinto Facchetti, Tarcisio Burgnich, Sandro Mazzola, Luis Suárez Miramontes, Armando Picchi, Javier Zanetti,
9) Ajax (1900)- Eredivisie, Netherlands
33 Eredivisie Championships, 4 Champions League titles, 18 Dutch Cups, 2 Intercontinental Cups, 2 UEFA Super Cups and 1 UEFA Cup.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 26
Greatest Players: Johan Cruyff, Dennis Bergcamp, Johan Neeskans, Johnny Rep, Velibor Vasović, Frank Rijkaard, Arie Haan
10) Chelsea (1905)- Premier League, England
Hardware: 5 First Division/Premier League Titles, 1 Champions League title, 1 UEFA Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 7 FA Cups, and 4 League Cups.
Current UEFA Coefficient Ranking: 10
Greatest Players: Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba

Honorable Mentions: Club Atlético River Plate (Argentina), Arsenal (England), Porto (Portugal), Boca Juniors (Argentina),
Rangers (Scotland), São Paulo (Brazil), Roma (Italy), Valencia (Spain), Parma (Italy), Benefica (Portugal), Celtic (Scotland).

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As the days get shorter, the air gets colder, and the leaves start to change, its hard not to long for the dearly departed days of summer.  That is, unless you happen to be a sports fan.  It just doesn't get any better than October, where scarcely a night goes by without some truly must-see tv filling out the prime-time lineup.  And no, I'm not talking about Hawaii Five-O.  Daily playoff baseball, weekends saturated in football, fresh hope on both ice and hardwood.  Gotta love it.  Here's how the rest of the year stacks up.
  1. October- Playoff baseball, NFL in full swing, NBA begins, NHL begins, college football in full swing.
  2. April- Final Four, opening day for MLB, The Masters, crunch time for NBA, NBA and NHL playoffs begin.
  3. November- World Series, NBA and NHL get going, NFL in full swing, college football in full swing, college basketball begins, World Series of Poker finals.
  4. June- NBA and NHL Finals, US Open (golf), French Open finals (tennis), Wimbledon begins, MLB in full swing, MLB all-star game, Belmont Stakes, Main Event (poker).
  5. January -NFL playoffs, college football national championship and the top bowl games, Australian Open, college basketball in full swing.
  6. September- MLB crunch time, NFL begins, US Open finals (Tennis), college football begins.
  7. March- March Madness, NBA and NHL in full swing.
  8. December- NFL crunch time, college football bowls begin, NBA, NHL, and college basketball in full swing.
  9. May- NBA and NHL playoffs, MLB in full swing, French Open begins (tennis), Kentucky Derby, Preakness.
  10. February- Super Bowl, college basketball crunch time, Daytona 500.
  11. July- MLB in full swing, Wimbledon finals, British Open (golf).
  12. August- MLB in full swing, PGA Championship, US Open begins (tennis).

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