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The Dynasty


Trying to make sense of Steph Curry

By Matt Holt Last updated: 11/05/15 9:34pm

I don’t know what to make of Steph Curry. The reigning MVP and NBA champ put on a show last night against the Los Angeles Clippers, scoring 13 straight points in the fourth quarter to secure a thrilling 112-10 as the Golden State Warriors improve to 5-0. Sure, 13 points in a row is impressive, but it’s how he scored them which made it so spectacular.  Look at these back-to-back three pointers. In the first one, Curry gets a screen from Draymond Green, who forces a switch -- leaving ...

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Mourning the loss of Grantland

By Matt Holt Last updated: 11/02/15 6:08pm

On Friday, ESPN announced that Grantland, a sports and pop culture website created by Bill Simmons, would stop publication. The announcement came nine days after ESPN announced that the company would be laying off 300 employees. The news does not come as a big surprise. Simmons, the architect of the website, was fired back in May after his criticism of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Soon after ESPN let Simmons go, he signed a deal with HBO and brought most of his editorial staff from Grantland ...

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The Dynasty Washington Wizards Preview

By John Slights, Leo Versel Last updated: 10/15/15 2:00pm

What was the most rewarding offseason move for the Wizards?John: That’s a tough one, but I’ll say Alan Anderson. The Wizards added depth to their bench when they acquired Anderson for a low price from the Brooklyn Nets. Anderson is a skilled ball handler who possesses a strong shot as well. As a bench player, Anderson has averaged 7.9 points per game throughout his six seasons in the NBA (he spent quite a few years in China as well, let’s not forget). He’s a strong veteran presence and ...

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Nationals fail to bring fans a postseason bid

By John Slights Last updated: 10/07/15 6:39pm

The last time one of the major four Washington professional sports teams won a championship of any kind was in 1991-92 when the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills to win Super Bowl XXVI. The Nationals, however, expected that to change in 2015. After signing former Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, the Nationals were Las Vegas to become the next champions of baseball. Analysts sung their praises. Even the face of the franchise proclaimed, "where's my ring?"Things were going swimmingly ...

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No Nattitude: Washington Nationals surrender to the Phillies 8-2 to a disappointed crowd

By John Slights Last updated: 09/30/15 5:02pm

Jordan Zimmermann has been a Nationals fan favorite since his first Major League start in 2009.  His toughness, grit and pitching ability are undeniable, and each of these characteristics have certainly resonated with Nationals fans.  Zimmermann established himself in the Nationals record books when he became the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter for the club last September. On Friday night, Zimmermann was celebrated with a bobblehead on what would likely be his final start ...

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Contract Negotiations, 5 goals in 9 minutes and the Greatest Dunk of All Time.

By Matt Holt Last updated: 09/26/15 12:22pm

Although there wasn't a whole lot that happened in this sports this past week, here are a few things that caught my eye. 1. Tristan Thompson resigns with the Cavaliers? Yesterday, ESPN’s Chris Broussard forgot to turn his caps lock off when he tweeted that free agent power forward Tristan Thompson resigned with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a three year, $53 million deal. This was exciting news for Cavs fans, because Thompson had a phenomenal postseason last year and is arguably the best ...

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Dear Fantasy Football: I love you, and I hate you.

By Last updated: 09/18/15 2:26pm

Hello. My name is Matthew Holt, and I’m an addict. My addiction started in my sophomore year of high school, when my friends and I decided to create a fantasy football league. We each threw $10 in a pot before our draft for a little bit of incentive, and from that moment on, I was hooked. If you don’t know anything about fantasy football, the basis is quite simple. You draft players from around the league onto your team and win points based on their performances in games. A passing touchdown ...

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Football, futbol and the power of sports

By Matt Holt Last updated: 09/11/15 9:47pm

From lawsuits to tennis victories, athletes around the country put on a show for sports fans this week. Here is one writer’s take on five of the biggest stories in sports news right now. 1. It looks like Deflategate isn't going anywhere.   Please, make it stop. For the past seven months, the biggest headline out of the NFL has been this mess between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. For the complete summary and timeline of events, follow ...

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AU student joins nation in celebrating Women’s World Cup victory

By Jackson W. Pincus Last updated: 07/08/15 9:55pm

On July 5, the United States Women’s National Soccer Team completed a Women's World Cup run that saw them clinch a third Women’s World Cup title with a 5-2 win over Japan. The U.S. women dominated from start to finish, igniting passionate celebrations across the country. Just one day before I began my two-day Eagle Summit session at AU, I arrived in Washington to watch the USWNT take on the Japanese in the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final, a rematch of the World Cup Final that took place just ...

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A champion is crowned, a Folk Hero is born and a conspiracy in the NHL?

By Matt Holt Last updated: 06/12/15 1:14pm

Although I say this all the time, June is the best time for sports fans. Out of the four major leagues in the US (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB) two are playing their championship series, one is in full swing and the other is about to start their training camps. On top of that, the Women’s World Cup is happening. What a time to be alive. Here’s what I saw this week in sports. Barcelona is crowned champions of Europe. In my last post, I predicted that Barcelona would triumph ...

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