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Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Sports Thread #1 For 2/6/14: Ralph Kiner Has Passed at 91; Cavs Fire General Manager Chris Grant (Multiple Versions)


One of baseball's greatest announcers ever, Ralph Kiner, has passed today 91. 

Kiner is apart of the "Mt. Rushmore of Great Baseball Announcers and Broadcasters," with fellow long time partner, the late Bob Murphy, along with Vin Scully and Bob Uecker. 

More on him and his remarkable career as a player (he hit 369 home runs in his career) and an announcer in a bit.  Enjoy from The Daily News from the terrific Bill Madden. 

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Fresh off the most embarrassing loss in a season that has just turned downright ugly, the Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has fired general manager Chris Grant.

Grant takes the fall for one of the most disappointing teams in the league, as the Cavs look out of playoff contention even in the woeful Eastern Conference. The lack of anything from first round pick Anthony Bennett, the dismissal of Andrew Bynum from the team, the dysfunction and anger that both Kyrie Irving and Dion Waters have displayed, and just the miserable current start of affairs with their 16-33 team lead to Gilbert pulling the plug on Grant's tenure.

And this was all suppose to be the perfect recruiting year for LeBron James to return to Cleveland. That's what happens when you bring back a coach who ran his course the last time in Mike Brown and think something novel will happen.

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One of the quieter stories yesterday that definitely did raise an eyebrow was Peyton Manning playing golf with Bill Belichick at Pebble Beach in California.

Already major personal moves at the wide receiver spot for the Seahawks, as Sidney Rice sadly will see his time with Seattle end in injury. He will be cut after his ACL injury, the cruel treatment this league can easily give its players with how heartless it can be. However, Golden Tate says that he would take a hometown discount to stay with the new Super Bowl champions.

More to come in this thread at The Whole Delivery. 
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