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Oakland Raiders Name Beth Mowins Preseason Play-by-Play Announcer

The Newhouse Sports Media Center presented the Marty Glickman award for leadership in sports media to ESPN play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins at the Time Warner Center in New York City on Wednesday Night. It was the third straight year the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University honored an alum with the Marty Glickman award. NBC sportscaster and...
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2015's Top Five 3-4 Front Sevens: The Formerly 4-3 Bills At #1?

The order is determined by how well they are projected to play in 2015.   Honorable Mentions The Eagles' are not known for having a lot of talent on defense, but with one of the most underrated defensive ends in Fletcher Cox to go along with two athletic linebackers in Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso, they very well could have a top-flight front seven in 2015. The Jets possess...
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Big Ten Football 2015: Top 20 Players In The Conference

It seems as though the Big Ten is flying high again. So much so, that arguments are being made that the Big Ten is better than the SEC. Speaking of those two conferences, look out for my article "NCAA Football 2015: Big Ten vs. SEC" coming August 4th. Yes, I'll publicize myself in any means necessary, oh well. Anyways, the Big Ten seems to push out NFL talent with the best of them...
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Ranking the Best QB's in the SEC West Entering 2015

The 2015 college football season is right around the corner and this is the time of the year all sorts of preseason rankings and evaluations are in the headlines. The SEC West has been one of the best divisions in all of college football, but with several new quarterbacks in 2015 how will this division look? We are going to look at the seven teams in the SEC West and rank how we...
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Ten Ideal Zero Running Back Targets

When using the basic strategy of drafting your first round picks to not lose you the league, you take on the responsibility of winning your league with your middle round picks. Even more so when you decide to use the zero running back strategy.  In my last article, which can be found here, I broke down how to use the zero running back drafting strategy, but I also broke down the...
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Ten Ideal

When using the basic strategy of drafting your first round picks to not lose you the league, you take on the responsibility of winning your league with your middle round picks. Even more so when you decide to use the zero running back strategy.  In my last article, which can be found here, I broke down how to use the zero running back drafting strategy, but I also broke down the...
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NFC South: 5 Practice Squad Sleepers To Watch

Training Camp opens this week around the NFL, and all fans are more than ready for some football. Camp is always a time for teams to find hidden gems, and discover what they have in certain players. The NFC South figures to be as competitive as ever, as all four teams have position groups in need of some spark. These are my 5 NFC South players that I believe will make a splash in...
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It's Not Too Late : Hop Aboard The Zero Running Back Train

Let's make it clear. If I hold a top five pick in this year's fantasy football draft, I am undoubtedly taking one of the top five running backs (Bell, Peterson, Lynch, Charles and Lacy). If you possess a top five pick, this is not the strategy for you, at least this year. Just as clear to me is that I will not touch a running back after those five in the at least the first two rounds...
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Tom Brady: He Allegedly Cheated And Got Caught - Boo Hoo!

If you don't live in New England, the chances are that you love to hate Tom Brady. He is good looking, married to a super model and he is a very talented quarterback. I mean how good can it get for one person! So he won his last Super Bowl because of a very bad play call from the Seahawks sideline but he won nonetheless. It seems that apart from thinking that they are invincible...
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Arizona Cardinals: Hire First Female NFL Coach

The state of Arizona isn't exactly known as the most liberal place in the United States. It's football team, however, is a different story. Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, along with the full support of the entire organization, hired Jen Walter to a six-week internship to coach the inside linebackers through training camp and the preseason. Walter is believed to be the first...
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Brandon Graham: The Most Under-Appreciated Eagle

It's incomprehensible that the Eagles almost let Brandon Graham slip away. That Graham was close to becoming a New York Giant this past March, as close as you can be without applying a signature to a contract, is positively astounding. On March 11, the second day of free agency, the Eagles managed to lure Graham back into the nest with a four-year, $26M deal in which just over...
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Emperor Goodell and the Pro Football Kangaroo Court

In what country can the same judge who makes a ruling on a case hear the appeal and render a second decision? Apparently in the United States of America when it is the NFL. Now I know that there is a collective bargaining agreement at play that changes the landscape of the discussion. But there is arrogance in a man who will insist on declaring himself judge, jury, and executioner...
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Assessing the Fantasy Value of Jacksonville Jaguars Players

August will soon be here. Training camps are opening. Fans, well they have been salivating for months. Everything appears to be in place for the NFL season to begin. Including this hot, stifling heat. And soon enough, there will be trade discussions, parties and lots of beer flowing as fantasy football gets itself into high gear. The high stakes of fan ownership, building a roster...
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Surviving Last Season Will Make Blake Bortles Better

Blake Bortles has his work cut out for him. He knows it, the Jaguars coaching staff knows it and the fans know he should be better in 2015. What degree of improvement the second-year passer makes depends on others as much as it depends on himself. If it were just the former UCF star who made the progression, there is no doubt it could be great based just on what he has told the media...
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Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension

The NFL on Tuesday upheld its four-game suspension of Tom Brady, the star quarterback of the New England Patriots — and said he had his phone destroyed just before he met with Deflate-Gate investigators.Unless Brady takes the league to court and wins, he will sit out a quarter of the Patriots' season as they defend their Super Bowl title.Stay tuned for more information on this breaking story.  
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Le'Veon Bell Gets Suspension Reduced, Tom Brady Does Not

We have some breaking news coming from the National Football League's headquarters today. The NFL has announced Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Le'Veon Bell, will get a reduced punishment for his DUI/Marijuana charge from last year. Bell's suspension is reduced from three games to two. Even when Bell was scheduled to serve a three game suspension, we still loved him as a Top 3...
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Cleveland Browns: Josh McCown Not Guaranteed to Start Week 1

The 2014 season for the Cleveland Browns was the most successful in terms of wins for the franchise since 2007, but it was also filled with controversy at the quarterback position. Apparently controversy is something head coach Mike Pettine doesn't mind. Despite signing 36-year-old quarterback Josh McCown in order to bring a veteran presence under center while second-year signal...
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Tyrone Swoopes or Jerrod Heard? Who Should Start For Texas in '15

The University of Texas has a rich history and tradition in the sport of college football. They are top three in all time wins and win percentage, but as of late those historically great numbers have not been present. The number one reason for those lack of winning numbers has been the lack of production and injuries at the quarterback position. Texas left a period of time from 2003...
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Russell Wilson At A Crossroad As He Approaches His Prime

Russell Wilson has earned everything he has received since his first year in 2012. He was drafted in t he third round. Tom Brady, who can be argued as anywhere in the top five all-time quarterback list as high as number one, was drafted in the fourth round and it took an injury to Drew Bledsoe to give him the opportunity to show his ability. So clearly, not being drafted in the first...
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2015 Rookie Running Backs: Fantasy Football Rankings

Rookies Rookies Rookies. Fantasy Football players have been obsessed with Rookies since the creation of this fun game we all love. Is it an ego thing? Draft the right rookie and you look like a genius in front of your league. A player you can stake your claim to and be remembered forever as the 1st guy to draft Rookie X. Is it a strategy thing? Drafting rookies late hoping they...
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Byron Maxwell Bolsters Eagles Pass D, But Questions Loom Vs. Run

There aren't too many questions about the Eagles' front seven on defense. Spry, run-smashing Brandon Graham (23 run stops, 39 quarterback hurries) demonstrates the backfield intrusion that easily upgrades over aging headhunter Trent Cole. Kiko Alonso, assuming he's able to get back to his whirling dervish 2013 form, brings pivoting aggression that allows him to both blanket tight...
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2015 Fantasy Football: Call me Crazy but ... Sophomore QBs

                                  Welcome to a new series I’m trying out in 2015. We all go into our fantasy football drafts thinking we have the best sources of information. We all think we are calm and level headed and we won’t end up doing something stupid, but there is always that one move we make that makes the rest of our league look at us like “What...
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Mariota Will Crumble Around Mediocre Talent

With the first two selections in the 2015 NFL Draft, decisions were made on two franchise quarterback hopefuls. While Tampa Bay selected quarterback Jameis Winston, Tennessee decided to go with former Oregon duck Marcus Mariota. Coming out of a spread, hurry-up offense, Mariota will have to make the enormous leap into an NFL playing style. With a slight deficiency in arm strength...
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Key Cogs In Patriot Offense To Repeat As Super Bowl Champs

  It is amazing to me that after winning a Super Bowl, the championship team is not considered the favorite to win it all again the next year. Even in the era of free agency, barring a mass exodus from the best team in the NFL, the champs should be rated at the top until proven otherwise.   The New England Patriots did lose their two top corners to free agency, but have retained...
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Fantasy Football 2015: An Early Preview Of The Quarterbacks

These guys are almost certainly the highest scoring position on your roster year in and year out, yet as a fantasy football community we have contrarily witnessed their draft values decrease each year. Due to an abundance of talent at this position, Quarterbacks are often passed over by owners looking for the next big thing at running back or wide receiver. The 2015-2016 season...
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