Earl

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Earl is currently the only member of TSB who is in an actual Hall of Fame. Among his many amateur athletic accolades, he is in the Bowling Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri for his multiple 300 games. He has also competed in an amateur golf tournament against Sergio Garcia, and played in the junior college national championships. Now that he's in the real world, he lives out his professional athletic fantasy through a men's house ice hockey team and Sunday morning tee times. Hit him up on twitter for his rants and "colorful" commentary on live games at @EarlTSB.

kobe last

It’s official: Kobe Bryant has retired after an illustrious 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant has matured into a household name over the years but the 37-year-old has now decided to hang up his sneakers and concentrate on his life away from the sport.

The Lakers will always have a special relationship with Bryant and it’s an affinity that is shared across the NBA. However, they must turn their attention towards the future. In Bryant’s absence, there are plenty of young stars waiting in the wings. Here are a few who could blossom into the new face of Los Angeles in the coming years. Read the rest of this entry »

LeBron
Could you imagine that the sports that you play could make you a millionaire? Sports were once something you do to relax, have a rest from a daily routine. It was never considered a serious job. Let us take a closer look at to what sports offer other than just some physical training and a break from reality.
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Nate Diaz choked out Conor McGregor in the second round at UFC 196. After a first round that was won by McGregor, Diaz caught McGregor with a right hand that wobbled the featherweight champ. Diaz turned it on and rocked McGregor with punch after punch. After a desperate attempt at a takedown, McGregor was laid out on the ground and was smothered by Diaz. Check out the victory after the jump.
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tate

Miesha Tate choked out former UFC Bantamweight champion Holly Holm in the 5th round at UFC 196, to capture the belt.  Tate had nearly choked Holm out in the second round, but with just seconds to spare in the round she slipped out.  Holm had come back to probably win the 3rd and 4th rounds.  But after takedown attempt after takedown attempt, Tate finally got Holm down and went to work.  Check out the chokeout after the jump.
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ufc196

UFC 196 is only about 10 hours away and we have some predictions for the Pay Per View portion of the event. According to UFC President Dana White, this UFC is going to be one of the most bought ever. If you don’t think there’s any truth to that, Conor McGregor will be taking home the first $1,000,000 paycheck in UFC history. Imagine being Nate Diaz and getting $500,000 for getting pummeled for five minutes by Conor McGregor?

Along with this crazy main event, the Women’s Bantamweight title is on the line. Holly Holm will be making her first title defense against Miesha Tate. It’s been nearly three and a half years since the Bantamweight title fight has not included Ronda Rousey.
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The great people at HEAD Tennis were gracious enough to send us one of their newest racquets to test out.  After trying to wait out this crazy weather, we finally got it out on the court to see what the Graphine XT Radical MPA was all about.

Quick Review:

Looks: A

Feel: A-

Power: A

Price/Value: A-

Overall: A-
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Photo courtesy of golfwrx.com

Photo courtesy of golfwrx.com

Last week I tested out the new Callaway XR 16 driver, and this week I got to hit the new XR OS irons.  The XR OS are now available just about anywhere for $799.  The XR OS iron is the new extension off the Callaway XR line.  The XR iron was the #1 iron sold on the market last year, and Callaway is all about trying to make clubs easier to hit and go farther.  Let’s see if they have done this.
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During the 4th quarter of the NFC Championship game, Carolina Panthers LB Luke Keuchley intercepted a Carson Palmer pass and took it to the house.  As Kuechly was celebrating with the fans, one of the fans flipped head over heels onto the field.

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Photo courtesy of GolfWRX.com

Photo courtesy of GolfWRX.com

Next week, Callaway Golf will be releasing its newest driver, the XR16 on 1/29.  This driver follows up on last year’s popular XR model.  I was able to get my hands on the XR16 today, and compared it to the XR.

Under the hood of the XR was the stock Blue Project X LZ shaft, with 9 degrees of loft.  I have hit this driver A LOT, and was easily my favorite driver of 2015.  After warming up, I took 5 swings and you can see the numbers I pumped out on the left.
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golf fitting

A club fitting like this one at the Taylor Made Performance Center, can do wonders for amateur golfers.

Working in the golf business, I get the same question pretty much every single day. How can I improve my game? I don’t have enough hours in the day to break down every person’s swing that I see on a daily basis, but there are a few tips on how amateur golfers can improve their game.

Be honest with yourself.

In the game of golf, there is no one else to blame but yourself. You are the singular reason for the result. You choose your equipment, you choose how to use that equipment, and you choose how to attack each shot based on the natural elements in front of you. No one is going to drop a pass, throw a ball into the stands, or call a bogus pass interference penalty.
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