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Scribe: My Life in Sports by Bob Ryan Book Review

  I have a giant stack of books in my room that I will probably never get through. This may be part of the reason why I did not read Scribe: My Life in Sports by Bob Ryan for almost a year after receiving it. Ryan is one of my favorite sports writers, so I […]

Pan American Games Initial Basketball Roster Announced

Earlier today, the roster for the 2015 United States Pan American Men’s Basketball Team was announced. USA basketball released a 22-player roster that will compete in Toronto from July 21-25, with 16 of those moving on to make the roster and compete at the Ryerson Athletic Centre. The 22 roster invites include: Ron Baker (Wichita […]

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Missner’s Manifesto: Looking Back, Looking Forward

The enjoyment of sports is largely about anticipation. Who is going to win the big game? Will we see something that has never happened before? When these things don’t happen – as they often do not – we simply forget about them. It seems amazing to me that the last game of the NBA Finals […]

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2015 Consensus NBA Mock Draft: June 12th Update

  Rather than fill cyberspace up with yet another mock draft, The Hoops Manifesto has determined the consensus top 60 prospects for the 2014 NBA Draft.  We took the mock drafts from four of the web’s best: DraftExpress,, NBA Draft Room, and, crunched the numbers and came up with our list.   2015 Consensus NBA Mock Draft […]

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Missner’s Manifesto: The Fix is In Book Review

Last year I was working on a weeding project at our library. Weeding is when a librarian looks at books for condition and/or usage and decides what to keep and what to dump. I know, I know: libraries should keep everything, but they do not. I came across a book called The Fix is In: […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 04: Karl-Anthony Towns #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats handles the ball against Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers in the second half during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Missner’s Manifesto: NBA Lottery Mock Draft

  Sports sell hope. Fans are taught to think this could be our year, our game, our moment. This feeling seems to buoy events like the draft in which seemingly every prospect will fulfill his complete potential and help his team win a championship. That’s what we’re being sold, right? However, all you have to […]

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Skechers GOrun 4 Shoe Review

    The Skechers GOrun 4 are the first pair of Skechers I’ve owned, and I have to say I’m impressed.  I’ve worn them extensively (240+ kilometres run) since I got them a few months back, and have enjoyed every step (well, that’s probably a bit of a lie, but still).  Other than occasional small […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: (L-R)   NBA analyst Bill Simmons, TV personality Michelle Beadle and NBA player Nick Young attend The 2014 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images For ESPYS)

Missner’s Manifesto: Bye Bye Sports Guy

In the end, Bill Simmons did not listen to the oft-made recommendation of Jalen Rose: “Don’t get fired.” While one person’s lack of contract renewal is another person’s firing, a week ago ESPN president John Skipper decided that Simmons wasn’t worth the headache. For whatever reason, this story has captured my imagination. I am a […]

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Missner’s Manifesto: #1 Point Guards

  For the majority of the history of the NBA, teams have drafted tall players with the first overall pick. From 1997 to 2007, the shortest player drafted at #1 was LeBron James. After the 76ers broke the mold with tiny Allen Iverson in 1996, the first players chosen were Tim Duncan, Michael Olowokandi, Elton Brand, […]

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2014/15 College Dunk of the Year Tournament: The Champion

Congratulations to Purdue’s Jon Octeus who is our 2014/15 College Dunk of the Year Tournament Champion.  Thanks to everyone for their votes.  To view all 16 dunks in this year’s tournament, click here. Finals Results: Jon Octeus beat Palm Beach State (100% to 0%)      

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Missner’s Manifesto: Every Town is a Sports Town Book Review

  One of the easiest things to do is to question leadership. This is something that happens all the time in sports. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, the sport media is always looking for someone to blame. If it isn’t the players or refs, then it is the coaches or general managers. […]

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2014/15 College Dunk of the Year Tournament: The Finals

And then there were eight.  We selected 16 of the best dunks from the 2014/15 college basketball season and paired them up in a single elimination tournament.  The Semifinals are in the books, and the field has been cut in half; The Finals are here. The rules are pretty simple: you, the reader, vote for […]

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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Colder

  After watching a season of college basketball, it is jarring to take in an NBA playoff game. The pace of the game is so quick. The players, all of them, are so good. As I’ve written before, no one in their right mind would say that college basketball is better than the pros (although […]