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Missner’s Manifesto: You Can’t Make This Up Book Review

For someone who prefers to watch sports without announcers, I can’t say that I’ve spent much time thinking about Al Michaels. To me, the best an announcer can do is not take away from the action. I am watching what is happening on the screen, why do I need a person to tell me what […]

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Missner’s Manifesto: Free Agent Frenzy – All Things Flow From Portland

  There are probably many media members who think that the free agency period in the NBA is better than the actual season. They likely get more attention for breaking news during that period. The writers, like anyone, like all of the attention, even though most of these moves are largely inconsequential. While I find […]

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - AUGUST 14: Jamal Murray of Canada in action during the FIBA U17 World Championships Quarter-Final match between  Canada and Serbia at the Hamdan Sports Complex on August 14, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Kentucky Freshman Stars for Canada at Pan-Am Games

Kentucky Freshman Stars for Canada at Pan-Am Games Young Canadians have made their mark in recent NBA Drafts, with Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins leading the way as first overall picks in the 2013 and 2014 Drafts, respectively. Now, another young baller from the Toronto area looks poised to get serious consideration at the 2016 […]

DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 07:  Greg Monroe #10 of the Detroit Pistons during play against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on January 7, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Missner’s Manifesto: A Big Fish Called Greg

  I needed a few weeks to process and calm down from Greg Monroe signing with the Bucks. Now that I have done so, I can rationally state that Monroe is the biggest free agent signing in franchise history. This is a bit of a backhanded compliment since the Bucks have not attracted many free […]

Frank Kaminsky Off To Hot Start For Charlotte Hornets In Orlando Summer League

There were rumors that the Charlotte Hornets’ brass passed up on a big draft night package due to their fondness of last season’s National College Basketball Player of the Year Award winner Frank Kaminsky. Although it’s only been two games into an NBA Summer League, Kaminsky is proving he belongs amongst the competitors. The No. […]

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Golden Boys Book Review

After the Green Bay Packers lost the 1998 Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos, a disappointed Ron Wolf – the Packer general manager – called the team “a fart in the wind.” He had hoped he had assembled a dynasty that would win many championships for “Title Town.” The team boasted Brett Favre and Reggie […]

STORRS, CT - JANUARY 22: Brandon Goodwin #11 of the Central Florida Knights drives past Rodney Purvis #44 of the Connecticut Huskies in the first half during the game at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on January 22, 2015 in Storrs, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Jumping Back Into DFS College Basketball

Since I started writing this column a few years ago, I have dropped a number of things from my life. Most of them have had to do with sports and it was probably wise to take a step back from football, some fantasy sports (football and baseball), and coverage of college football. I started working […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]