MVP Rankings, Edition IX: Curry Wins … in NCAAs

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The team that passed on Stephen Curry oh so many years ago got beaten in the NCAA championship game by what else? A 3-pointer. You have to believe the folks at Davidson, especially one particular ex-student, took a little extra gratification from Kris Jenkins’ title-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer that lifted Villanova over North Carolina. Because it was Davidson, you may recall, that benefited most from the decisions by North Carolina and Duke to take a pass on the player who

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MVP Rankings, Edition VIII: Coaches Weigh In On Their Own Award

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We publish these rankings roughly twice a month, an exercise in futility tantamount to being a 50-year old on a beach in Panama City looking to re-live his conquests of the mid-1980s back when Fort Lauderdale and The Button were the hot spots. So now that I have revealed my Easter weekend plans (not really, but it is not 100 percent out of the question), I will reveal my mid-April plans: I am going to fill out my MVP ballot, and

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Sheridan: MVP Rankings, Edition VII: Super Tuesday, with Curry, Trump and Hillary

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What’s left to say about Stephen Curry following what was arguably the most remarkable week of the most remarkable season we’ve ever seen from the most remarkable shooter in the history of the NBA? Yes, some folks have run out of superlatives. But not everyone. As we publish on the afternoon of Super Tuesday and await the outcome of 11 presidential primary contests, it is worth noting that Donald J. Trump is saying that Curry has already made America Great Again. OK,

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Sheridan: MVP Rankings, Edition VI; Ah, the All-Star Break

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Ah, the All-Star break. It’s like spring break for ballers, except it’s too damn cold unless you do what the non-All-Stars do and head to the tropics while the NBA takes a week-long break that really isn’t a break – not with the trade deadline coming Thursday. Imagine you were a college student and you were spending several days drinking Natty Lights, watching wet T-shirt contests, throwing up and using your best “Feel the Bern” lines to piss off Gloria Steinem

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Sheridan: MVP Rankings, Edition IV: The Post-Blatt Effect

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What is the takeaway from David Blatt’s shocking dismissal as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers? A few things, all of them related to the Cavs being weak-minded. (Hey, you make a move like that, and you open a window into dysfunction junction.) 1. The East is now a lot more wide open than people might have realized. Exhibit A was the Cavs’ mail-it-in effort in Saturday night’s home loss to the Chicago Bulls, with new coach Tyronn Lue explaining afterward that his

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Sheridan: MVP Rankings, Edition IV — Powerball Mania

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Like millions of other Americans, I awoke this Sunday with a losing Powerball ticket. The $900 million jackpot will now move past the $1 billion mark by the time the next drawing is held in the middle of the week, and we all are going to have to wait to see if we become the next instant billionaire. Then, for someone,  it will become a question of what to do with the winnings. Maybe become the next Mark Zuckerberg, and give 99

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Sheridan: MVP Rankings, Edition III: On Kobe Bryant, Steve Harvey & Ish Smith

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Pre-Christmas week brought a foreshadowing of what was coming, as an e-mail from columnist and NBA Encylopedia author Jan Hubbard (who lives in Dallas) included a notation that he was in Los Angeles, where the locals are still infatuated with Kobe Bryant to an extreme degree — or so it seemed to an outsider and objective observer, as Hubbard was. Christmas then brought the news that Bryant is running away with the lead in All-Star balloting, which is always a popularity

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Sheridan: MVP Rankings, Edition II: Who’s Vying for Runner-Up?

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Ever heard of a racehorse named Twice a Prince? Ever heard of a young woman from Nevada named Nia Sanchez? Or how about the poker player Joshua Beckley, who had a whole bunch of TV time in November. Any of those names ring a bell? Probably not … and you know why? They all finished second. Twice a Prince finished a mere 31 lengths behind the legendary Secretariat in the 1973 Belmont Stakes. Sanchez, despite a controversy over whether she qualified for Nevada residency or

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