Best of FanRag Sports: June 21

Every morning we collect the most entertaining, intriguing and informative stories from around the FanRag Sports network and bring them to you all in one place. Here you can find the top NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NCAA and fight-sport stories of the day prior to get caught up on the news you need to know before starting your day.

Today’s edition features an MLB team that is as hot as can be, a little bit of advice for hockey fans and what the next step is for the Golden State Warriors.

Sit back, relax and take a look back at an exciting day in the world of sports. Here is the best of the best courtesy of FanRag Sports.


Today’s Slapshot

NHL: MAY 23 Western Conference Final - Game 4 - Ducks at Blackhawks

Just Let People Love Hockey

Hockey fans are a unique breed. They are extremely passionate about their sport and will go to great lengths to defend it, even to its detriment.

In his latest column, Jaime Eisner examines the issue some hockey fans have with newcomers. Many new fans are labeled with the term “bandwagoner” or are shunned completely. He says if hockey fans truly want the game to grow, everyone has to be more welcoming to those who have just discovered a passion for the sport.


Today’s Knuckleball

MLB: JUN 14 Phillies at Pirates

Pirates Offense Fueling Hot Stretch

Although they were no-hit by Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals on Saturday, there is no denying how hot the Pittsburgh Pirates have been as of late. They are 21-7 in their last 28 games and their offense is leading the way.

Knuckleball’s Ryan Davis says Pittsburgh in a good position to make a deep run into the postseason this October. Their pitching will have to lead the way, but the Pirates won’t get there without a consistent offensive presence.


Today’s Fastbreak

NBA: JUN 19 Golden State Warriors Championship Parade

What’s Next for the Golden State Warriors?

The Golden State Warriors are NBA champions. Star player Stephen Curry was the league’s regular season MVP. What’s next for the Warriors?

Fastbreak’s Trenton Jocz asks that very question. Golden State still has a long way to go if they want to be considered a franchise to be remembered…a dynasty, if you will. Jocz lays out the road ahead as the Warriors look to defend their championship.


Today’s Pigskin

NFL: DEC 14 Bengals at Browns

Balanced rushing attack critical for Cleveland Browns

For the Cleveland Browns to be successful in 2015, they must establish the running game. While they have no feature back to speak of, the three-headed monster of Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell and rookie Duke Johnson should be more than enough to get the ground game going.

Pigskin’s Andy Dudones breaks down Cleveland’s backfield and the path the team needs to follow if they want to get out of the AFC North cellar.


Today’s U


Remembering USM’s NIT Title and the Rule Change That Made It Happen

U’s Mark Hostutler chats with Randolph Keys about his time with Southern Mississippi. The Golden Eagles benefited from a controversial rule change en route to an improbable championship in the National Invitation Tournament.

Find out more about this incredible story on Today’s U.


Today’s Knockout


The WWE Should Stop Promoting Violence that Doesn’t Exist

The WWE has transitioned its content away from the adult, ultra-violent style it had in the late 1990s and early 2000s in favor of a more kid-friendly, family-oriented product. However, the way they promote their events has not made that much of a change.

Knockout’s Arik Wonsover points out a handful of incidents where WWE promotes its events through brutal violence, yet shy aways from that content at all other times.

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