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College / Aug 17, 2012 / 12:00 pm

From Dime 70: How Mark Titus Became One Of The Most Famous Basketball Players In America

Mark Titus

Mark Titus (photo. Ohio State Athletics)

This piece was originally published in Dime 70. Check national newsstands now to see the feature in its entirety…

The world of a Division I walk-on is simple: Pick up the towels, be the scout team and cheer on the players who matter. They come and go, and no one notices. But one walk-on was different. Mark Titus became one of the most famous players in America not because he was good at basketball, but because he could write. Read More »

NBA / Apr 25, 2012 / 11:00 am

Dime Q&A: Kyrie Irving Talks About Moving Past LeBron’s Shadow

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving (photo. D.L. Anderson)

With his first season nearly in the books, Kyrie Irving – the league’s No. 1 overall draft pick and likely Rookie of the Year, as well as our former cover boy – chatted with us about his young career thus far. The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard won’t be leading his squad to the playoffs just yet, but he does have a full 82-game schedule to look forward to next year and a new partnership with Pepsi MAX. He also had a few things to say about Steve Nash, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, LeBron James and his NBA Finals prediction. Read More »

College / Mar 27, 2012 / 2:00 pm

The Real Reason Why Kansas Will Win The National Championship

Thomas Robinson

Thomas Robinson (photo. Jeff Jacobsen, Kansas Athletics)

*This is the second edition in a four-part series this week where we will have four writers arguing the national championship credentials for the only NCAA teams left in March Madness: Ohio State, Kansas, Kentucky and Louisville. Yesterday, we brought you Ohio State. Today, it’s Kansas.* Read More »

NBA / Dec 25, 2011 / 10:30 am

The NBA’s Top 10 Santa Clauses

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah (photo. Monte Isom)

“Alas! How dreary would be the world if there was no Santa Claus!” Francis P. Church wrote those words in the New York Sun way back in 1897, responding to the inquiry of a young girl by the name of Virginia. Today, with the holidays in full swing and the (lockout shortened) NBA season set to begin, we wanted to take a look at the league’s most charitable on-court players – the ones you would much rather be playing with as opposed to against. Whether they are passing up shots in favor of assists, grabbing tough boards, playing tight defense, diving on the floor for loose balls, forfeiting minutes to youngsters and touches to superstars, or simply reveling in unselfishness and team leadership, these are the guys that will sacrifice and give of themselves for the betterment and happiness of their teammates and franchises. Read More »

NBA, Style - Kicks and Gear / Nov 16, 2011 / 2:30 pm

NBA Lockouts On Wax: The Music That Defined 2 Labor Disputes

Red Hot Chili Peppers

It doesn’t look like the NBA will be back anytime soon, as the lockout continues in the wake of the players deciding to dissolve the union. With games already officially cancelled through December 15th, it seems likely more of the same will be soon to follow.

Unfortunately, we’ve been in this position before when the 1998-99 season was locked out through mid-January and the schedule was shortened to 50 games. So what better way to pass the time than by looking at the best albums from each of the two (relatively non-existent) NBA seasons? Read More »

College / Oct 31, 2011 / 1:30 pm

There’s Nothing ‘Mid’ About Xavier’s Major Backcourt Talent

Tu Holloway

Tu Holloway (photo. Xavier University Athletics)

*College basketball is here (unlike the NBA), and this year might be one of the best in recent memory. The powerhouse is back, while the Cinderellas believe. That’s a deadly combination. We know some of y’all have been asking for some previews. We have you covered – the top 16 teams in the nation will be previewed individually in the next few weeks. After we broke down No. 16 Arizona earlier today, we’ll keep this going with No. 15-ranked Xavier (ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll).* Read More »

College / Oct 28, 2011 / 12:30 pm

Yancy Gates & The Cincinnati Bearcats Have Their Bite Back

Yancy Gates

Yancy Gates (photo. University of Cincinnati Athletics)

*College basketball is here (unlike the NBA), and this year might be one of the best in recent memory. The powerhouse is back, while the Cinderellas believe. That’s a deadly combination. We know some of y’all have been asking for some previews. We have you covered – the top 16 teams in the nation will be previewed individually in the next few weeks, starting Monday. After Oregon yesterday, we’ll keep this going with Cincinnati – not quite a top 16 team, but one of our favorites here at Dime.* Read More »

NBA, Video Games / Oct 20, 2011 / 11:30 am

MJ vs. MJ: Past and Present

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

One of the more prominently promoted features of the new NBA 2K12 is the ability to play with great teams from NBA history. Ostensibly, this would allow one to discover who the greatest squad ever was, albeit in a virtual and fictional setting. Is it Jordan and the 72-win Bulls? Bird and the ’86 Celtics? The Kobe-Shaq Lakers? The Duncan-Robinson Spurs? Make it a head-to-head contest, and you can find your answer. Read More »