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2015 Preseason Football Top 10

There has been some confusion on this in the past, so I wanted to start with my general philosophy on pre-season rankings. I do use a formula starting around the beginning of October for ratings, but that has nothing to do with pre-season. Everyone starts fresh in that formula when we get around to it. What I start with is a subjective evaluation of how good the team was last year...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Next Stop for Accelerate.LGBT: Dublin, Ireland

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, is committed to diversity: providing a platform for everyone to publish on the web and building a diverse, distributed workforce around the world. A collaborative effort between Accelerate with Google and Automattic, the Accelerate.LGBT conference series is designed to help diverse businesses and nonprofits optimize their web presence...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

The confusing world of running back production

We all love a good running back, but much does a good one matter and how has their impact changed over the past 20 years? Watching what they do in the 2015-16 season may help clear things up. DeMarco Murray led all running backs last season. Can he soar again with his new team in Philly? (Photo credit: ESPN.com) There’s been a lot of movement in the backfield this season....
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Ahead of Schedule, But Fans Should Still Practice Patience

The Cubs’ 9-game win streak came to an end this weekend, after a dominant 15 strike out performance by Chris Sale in a loss to the White Sox on Sunday at U.S Cellular Field. And this is no disrespect to the Cubs, but when I saw Sale vs. Haren, I knew the end of the road was near.  The loss ends an exciting run of games by this young Cubs team who are performing well above expectations...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

G1 Climax 2015 Winner Crowned, New #1 Contender for IWGP Heavyweight Title.

  Often times, I find myself being let down when I expect a wrestling match to be great. Then, I’m reminded that the big events of New Japan Pro Wrestling delivers the goods on a consistent basis. That tradition continued on Sunday as Hiroshi Tanahashi squared off against Shinsuke Nakamura in the finals of the G1 Climax tournament.  The word “great” fails to describe...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

What a difference a header makes!

Our websites are our online homes. It makes sense that we want to give them personality and warmth, just like we do with our physical homes. One of the simplest updates with the biggest impact is a custom header, a completely free feature that’s available to the majority of themes on WordPress.com. A header instantly sets your blog apart — and with free online photo and graphic...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Last Raw Before Summer Slam

Morning all It’s the final Monday before Summer Slam, so it should be interesting. The final card should be set for this coming Sundays show. Stephanie and Triple H giving the whole card. It is one of those, anything can happen days Hosting Summer Slam will be: Jon Stewart *Undertaker against Brock Lesnar, *Seth Rollins against John Cena (title for title), *Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Jets in the playoffs? It’s not as crazy as it sounds

History tells us one of six very bad teams from last year will make it to the 2015-16 NFL Playoffs. But can we trust it? When thinking about the playoffs, some teams just seem like a lock even before the season starts. Betting on the Patriots, Packers, Colts, or Seahawks won’t lose you any money this year. But I’ll be keeping a close eye on a small handful of teams that seem...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

New Theme: Independent Publisher

On this Theme Thursday, we’re happy to announce the latest addition to our collection of free themes. Independent Publisher Independent Publisher is a clean and elegant theme by Raam Dev, with a clean and responsive layout ideal for personal bloggers and writers alike. Featuring clean and readable posts, the theme can be enhanced with Featured Images. Your personal Gravatar...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Heather Matarazzo’s Personal Stories from Inside and Outside Hollywood

Actor Heather Matarazzo has only published a few posts on her new blog, but each one has stirred up an incredible response from inside and outside the WordPress.com community. Her first essay in February, “What the F— Is F—able,” took direct aim at what it’s like to be a woman in Hollywood — an industry she’s worked in since childhood, and as a teen starring in 1995’s...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

AAA: TripleMania Flops On The U.S. Stage

The Lucha Libre style of professional wrestling has really never been my cup of tea. However, with more and more international wrestling promotions trying to enter the American market, I decided to be supportive by ordering TripleMania 23, an event held by AAA (Asistencia Asesoría y Administración). To say I made a big mistake in ordering this show would be an understatement...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox at The Cell

It’s the first game of this home stand against the Los Angeles Angels and I have two single words for you: Avi Garcia. I have two other words for you, Chris Sale First: Chris Sale finally back on track in a much-needed positive outing. Chris went 7.1 innings, giving up 5 hits with only 2 runs allowed with 2 walks and 7 strike outs, faced 29 batters. Sale’s era now sits at 3.47...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Hall of Fame Class

The Hall of Fame weekend just took place in Canton, Ohio this weekend. I am just now getting to watch the Hall of Fame ceremony as it was on late here last night. 8 former players will take their place in the Hall including Jerome Bettis from Pittsburgh Steelers. 1993 to 1995 with the Rams;1996 to 2005 with the Steelers – Inducted by John Bettis Tim Brown from the Oakland Raiders...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE Raw in Seattle

2 weeks before Summer Slam and it is going to be interesting. The final card should be set tonight along with the NXT card. The NXT event is a sell out the night before Summer Slam. Stephen Amell from the show Arrow is in the building tonight. For a possible face off against Stardust. Here comes Seth Rollins and who knows what garbage is coming today. Seth bringing up his challenge...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Northwestern Basketball Names 2015-2016 Team Captains

Entering his third full season as Northwestern basketball head coach, Chris Collins has named his team captains for the 2015-2016 season – redshirt senior Tre Demps, senior Alex Olah and redshirt junior Sanjay Lumpkin.  Last season was a mixed bag for this young but promising Wildcats team. After a strong start to the season, the team went on to lost ten straight games, before...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Musings — My thoughts so far

It has been an interesting season so far, everyone has had their moments and basically want results yesterday but what do you do. Been sitting back and watching this all play out. The boys are in a series with the Royals now and we are getting hammered. They are setting the bench mark. We are getting back to where we need to be, holding our own. Sure we have had hiccups but what...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

New Theme: Blask

Today I’m happy to introduce Blask, a free portfolio theme designed by Mel Choyce. Blask Blask is a modern portfolio theme that uses a clean, minimal layout to showcase your work. The bold grid design keeps the spotlight on your projects, and scales to fit any screen size. Blask also lets you share your thoughts and engage in a conversation with your visitors through the...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Northwestern Football Preview: Offensive Line

I’m sure you’re noticing a theme running through all of these positional previews – “uncertainty”.                                                              And while there is still a lot of mystery on the other positions we’ve covered on offense, at least there are specific players we can turn to and anticipate what their role might...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Whimsical Worlds: Artists to Follow Now

From colorful journal pages to creatures made of salvaged materials, here’s a glimpse at the imaginative worlds of textile and multimedia artists on WordPress.com. The Pale Rook We discovered Glasgow-based textile artist Johanna Flanagan after stumbling upon her post, “Artist’s Statement: Part Two,” and were immediately pulled into her curious world of dolls that are...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE — #RIPHotRod

It was sad to learn the news over the weekend on the passing of Hot Rod Piper. I do know that the opening tonight will pay respects to Hot Rod. Everyone is wearing “Hot Rod” t-shirts tonight. The tribute oped with a single shot of a kilt hanging on a directors chair that said “Hot Rod”. It was fitting that they showed a picture of Hot Rod with Dusty. Brock Lesnar is back...
Via In The Neutral Zone
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Northwestern Football Preview: Wide Receiver

For all of the questions surrounding who will be under center for Northwestern this fall, the group of guys catching the passes may be an even more unknown group.  The wide receivers are one of the position groups that were hurt most in the off season with the losses of their top two targets from last year, Kyle Prater and Tony Jones. And with these two gone off of a group that...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia Predictions

On Saturday, UFC 190 will emanate from the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. This event will be bigger than most as the main card will be four hours with seven fights as opposed to the standard three hour show with five fights. This might have something to do with Ronda Rousey finishing her last three opponents in 1 minute and 46 seconds combined, and many expecting her to do...
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August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Google Fonts: Free Typefaces for Your Site

We’re really happy to announce that we’ve added over 30 free Google Fonts to your Theme Customizer. Even better, you don’t need any upgrades to access them; these fonts are free for everyone. Go to WordPress.com → Customize to see the new Fonts section in the sidebar. From there you can browse and preview typefaces like Gentium Book Basic, Libre Baskerville, Merriweather...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

WordPressers Making a Splash

We read hundreds of blogs and websites every day, from up-and-coming voices and established pros alike. We love visiting those sites on WordPress.com, but it’s just as rewarding to see other platforms embrace the work of writers, journalists, and artists who regularly publish here, introducing it to new audiences. Here’s a selection of WordPress.com bloggers who recently...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Angels Acquire Victorino, Murphy, & DeJesus

On Tuesday afternoon, the Angels acquired, in separate deals, David Murphy from the Cleveland Indians and David DeJesus from the Tampa Bay Rays. This comes on the heels of a deal that brought fellow outfielder Shane Victorino from the Boston Red Sox. All trades cost nothing more than minor league prospects.Monday evening saw OF Shane Victorino come over from Boston in a deal that...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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