The U.S. Olympic Swimming Team’s “Big Four”

With the dog days of summer upon us, the Copa America finished, the Euro 2016 coming to a close, and NBA Free Agency all but over (now that Kevin Durant has joined the “MVP” in Oakland), it is now time for us to turn our attention to Rio 2016. This year’s Olympic Games certainly come with quite the bit of controversy from the Zika virus to the contaminated bodies of water to the alleged corruption surrounding the Brazilian President. We have already seen several American athletes such as LeBron James, Steph Curry, and the USA’s number one cyclist, Tejay van Garderen, drop out of these Olympic Games citing these controversies as a major factor in their decision.

Despite all of that, the US will still be sending some of it’s greatest athletes to Rio. One of the most anticipated events for the Americans at every Summer Olympics is the 8-day swim meet that will be held at the Olympics Aquatic Stadium. Outside of Men’s Basketball, Women’s Soccer, and Women’s Gymnastics, swimming is what American Olympic fans watch. With the Olympic Qualifiers finishing up in Omaha yesterday evening and the Olympic Swimming Roster complete, here are a few swimmers (known as USA Swimming’s “Big Four”) to keep your eyes on when the Olympic Games kick-off on August 6, 2016.

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The Rematch of the Century: Previewing the 100th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Happy Independence Day Weekend! You know what that means. Family barbecues, trips to the beach, and some meaningless midseason baseball games. But most important of all, the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest! On Monday, the world’s foremost competitive eaters will battle in the 100th anniversary of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York.

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NBA Free Agency 2016 Preview

The Finals are over and the NBA Draft is complete. That means the real offseason has finally arrived! Free Agency officially begins this Friday and we wanted to preview our thoughts on where the top players are going to land and where we truly want the top players to land (mostly Washington).

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NBA Draft Live Blog

After all of the fun had making jokes about the Eagles in our NFL Draft Live Blog, we thought it would be a good idea to try our hats at it again for the NBA Draft. As always, this will be a mix of instant analysis, hot takes, and playful banter between our Head & Heart Sports contributors.

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NBA Mock Draft 2016

The NBA Draft is upon us. After a thrilling season and playoffs, it is time to look forward to the future. We are excited to see these star college and international players finally join the ranks of the Association. Experts have labeled this as a two player draft between Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, but we think there is value up and down the board for teams. Many of today’s stars were not top picks in the draft including Kawhi Leonard (#15 overall), Jimmy Butler (#30), Draymond Green (#35), and DeAndre Jordan (#35). When we look back at the 2016 draft in a few years, who will be the Kawhi and Draymond of 2016?

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USMNT: Final Four Edition

Look at that, we made the semifinals! Since I think the U.S. has now achieved exactly what the expectation should have been for the Copa America, they are playing with house money. The match against Ecuador was the ideal version of the current USMNT. The first half showcased the evolution of the team, as they did well in both controlling the pace, stringing together excellent passing sequences, and looking dangerous in controlled attacking moves. It all led to a Clint Dempsey goal that was very deserved. The second half, after absolute chaos resulted in two red cards, was a reemergence of the best of the older U.S. style of play, full of grit and fight, which also gave us a Dempsey-involved goal (albeit, in a more ugly fashion).

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Game 7 Instant Reactions

Wow. What a game, what a series, and what an NBA season. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the defending champion, record-setting 73 win Golden State Warriors. Here’s our reactions following an epic Game 7 including our winners, losers, and hottest takes.

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