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Who Are The Real Los Angeles Dodgers?

There’s a curious dichotomy over how the Los Angeles Dodgers are perceived and how they’ve performed on the field. Public perception—as measured by betting odds—says they’re the best team in baseball, a 5-1 favorite to win the World Series. The results on the field say they’re narrowly trailing the San Francisco Giants in the NL West, and are one of four teams tied in the loss column for two wild-card spots. Which is reality?

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A Season That’s Been A Long Time Coming For The Los Angeles Angels

This season has been a long time coming for the Los Angeles Angels and manager Mike Scioscia. It seems hard to believe that it’s been five years since the Angels last made the playoffs, when they reached the American League Championship Series in 2009.

Since then, there has been the rise and fall of the Texas Rangers and the Angels’ flurry of free agent spending. There has been massive underachievement and the perception of the franchise changed from that of smart, fundamentally-sound overachievers, to a poorly constructed team of fat cats.

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Tony Dungy On Michael Sam: Is It Possible To Agree & Disagree All At Once?

I’ve spent the last day and a half recovering from a 24-hour flu virus, watching a recorded Red Sox game about 12 hours after it finished and writing the Pac-12 football preview here at TheSportsNotebook.  I just returned to the sports media world about an hour ago and found that Tony Dungy had set the cat down amidst the pigeons when it came to Michael Sam. If it’s possible to strongly agree and strongly disagree with a statement all in one fell swoop, Dungy’s quote was it.

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Pac-12 Football: Should Oregon Be The Top-Heavy Favorite?

There’s been a clear contrast in Pac-12 hype and Pac-12 results over the last two college football season. The run-up to the seasons in 2012 and 2013, and much of the hype for a couple months always surrounded the Oregon Ducks and their national title hopes. Then the Stanford Cardinal, quietly, with sound fundamentals and physical play, smacked the Ducks in the mouth in November and walked off with the conference championship.

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Why The Kansas City Royals Aren’t Getting Over The Hump

This should be “the year” for the Kansas City Royals, to at least make it into the playoffs. Last year almost was. And maybe 2014 still will be—the Royals are only 2 ½ games out of the second wild-card spot going into their Saturday night game in Boston. But Kansas City is also only 48-47, they’ve been passed in the AL Central by the Cleveland Indians and both teams are still looking up at the Detroit Tigers. So what’s the deal, why can’t Kansas City get it done?

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