Eric DePriester

As a Los Angeles Dodgers fan transplanted in the Bay Area, I am a true believer embedded deep within enemy lines. From the flocks of San Francisco Giants jerseys crowding the train to the slurred rallying cries echoing from every bar, I am surrounded by hostility, by a sea of swarming, insolent fools clamouring for […]

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First and foremost, for all you Michael J. Fox megafans (and really, who isn’t one?) expecting a recap of the delightful romp Doc Hollywood– a winning film concerning the comic and romantic entanglements of a big city doctor stuck in a small town- I sincerely apologize. This is not that article and, in all likelihood, […]

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In the days between Game 6 and 7, I dreamed of the article I’d write after the Spurs won. Championing coherent role players, fluid ball movement, and hard nosed defense, another ring for Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, and the rest of the silver and black would cement their legacy as the only true post-Millennium dynasty […]

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I want to give you a comprehensive overview of every struggle, every triumph of the Eastern Conference in the vein of this companion piece, but I’m afraid I lack the experiential evidence necessary to provide fresh insight. During the heightened feast of playoff season, particularly the earlier rounds, there are so many games, of so […]

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The Western Conference playoffs started with a bang and ended in a whimper. Not to say the Spurs put down the Grizzlies without a fight, because the noble bears certainly mounted a worthy struggle, but after the first two dominating games, there was no competitive tension left in the series, the San Antonio victory already […]

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Once again, the King was crowned MVP. Yeah, he had a stellar season and deserves it, but the vaulted company he joins as a four time winner feels more than a little premature. Like every step of his career, we rushed to decorate the greatest player in the world, fueling his sense of entitlement and […]

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Following a Game 5 loss to the Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson accused the victors of “dirty plays” and intentionally targeting Steph Curry’s bum ankle. Whether or not he had ground for the insult, and it’s fairly clear he didn’t, it was a punk move by a supposed proponent of “old school” […]

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For the first time in nine years, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the playoffs. I repeat, the Leafs are in the playoffs. If you’re in the Toronto area, you are already very aware of this and I’m sure extremely excited. For any casual sports fans that aren’t actively invested in the NHL, the excitement […]

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In Los Angeles, we have a special way of solving just about any problem: throw money at it. Be it luxury homes, street whips, blockbuster movies, or sports franchises, the solution to Angelino woes is often a swift financial influx trying to buy the problem away. As often as it works, we are also given […]

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In the fourth quarter against the Warriors, Kobe Bryant moved against Harrison Barnes and began a cut to the rim, falling well short with minor defensive contact and a sudden twist, an improbable foot placement and tension tweak that lead to a tear in his Achilles. Staggering, he made two free throws, tried to walk […]

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Jay-Z loves the Game, any Game with a capital ‘G.’ He’s a born hustler, thriving off struggle and success, figuring out situational specifics on the fly. Having conquered the crack Game, the rap Game, and the entertainment mogul Game, he’s hungry for another contest and it’s led him straight to sports. Last week, Yankees second […]

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There’s a lot to nitpick in college basketball, the often sloppy recklessness unappealing to seasoned NBA viewers accustomed to a more polished level of play. And the playoff system itself- the randomness of letting a small conference nobody knock a top contender out in the first round- seems sacrilegious to a viewer raised on grind-out […]

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Over All-Star Weekend and weeks prior, we celebrated a legend’s 50th birthday, the maturation of the greatest basketball player to ever grace the court. Viewers were force-fed career highlights and barraged by personal profiles; Michael Jordan was everywhere and everyone had nothing but the best things to say. Though deserved, the celebration came at the […]

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The NBA season is winding to a close but the playoff picture is incomplete. With many significant teams still jockeying for position, the squads best poised to play through June are already clear. You may say it’s early, that I’m too quick to be dismissive, or that my analysis is erroneous. All these are fair. […]

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Lance Armstrong has gotten a lot of heat for his doping confession, and rightfully so. We believed in him, raised him as our champion, and he betrayed our trust through the use of performance enhancing drugs. We could leave it at that, but it’d be unfair to someone who worked so hard, trained so long, […]

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The 2013 campaign is over. Best case scenario, the Lakers squeeze into the playoffs and lose in the first two rounds, the Western Conference Finals if there’s a miracle. For a team with two more years of Kobe Bryant and an all-star squad full of potential, this is a failure. With so much talent on […]

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Manti Te’o is the latest athlete to be outed as a creative deviant, clutching onto the childhood convention of imaginary friends long past its accepted expiration date, but he is by no means the first to have such a fantastic crutch. It is a long tradition for the most stressed, expended minds to swing towards […]