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New Theme: Sapor

Today, I’ve got a great new theme for you called Sapor. Sapor is a minimal theme that lets you showcase your passion, whether it’s cooking or gardening or healthy living. Whatever you enjoy, Sapor allows you to easily share that passion. This theme lets your content shine and adapts effortlessly to any device you view it on. I designed this theme with food blogging in mind...
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September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Week 2 Rankings and Commentary

I’ll just start by mentioning a couple of other blogs and then get to the rankings. Recap and reaction to the LSU-Mississippi St. game Rivalry Series: LSU vs. Auburn Week 1 top 25   New Top 25 Rank Team Previous 1 Ohio St. 1 2 Alabama 2 3 TCU 4 4 Mich. St. 5 5 Baylor 3 6 USC 6 7 UCLA 8 8 Clemson 9 9 Ole Miss 11 10 Oregon 7 11 LSU 10 12 Florida St. 12 13 Ga. Tech 13 14 TX A&...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

LSU Barely Holds on in Starkville

I’ll probably do the top 25 tomorrow.  Had LSU continued on the road to what should have been an easy win after being up 21-6, I wouldn’t have seen the need for a post-game blog for this game. Not to gloat—far from it after the end of this game—but this was LSU’s 8th win in a row and 12th win in 13 tries in Starkville.  For more about the series history, please see the...
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September 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Friday Picks: Week 1 (2015-16)

What insanity does the new season hold? Week 1 will give us our first look. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Well it’s not Friday, but tradition is tradition so I’m keeping the title. It’s time to kick off the new season with some weekly picks! We know the deal by now; the season is unpredictable, we’re really excited, and everyone else’s Super Bowl pick is wrong. So let’s just...
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September 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Conference Report Week 1

The new inter-conference week doesn’t start until Utah/Utah St. tonight.  A formerly WAC and Mountain West and currently Pac-12 team against a formerly WAC and Sun Belt and currently Mountain West team. Louisiana Tech, a former WAC team, is now in the same conference as Western Kentucky, a former Sun Belt team, so that was not an interconference game last night. A couple of disclaimers...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

2015-2016 NFL Predictions

Time for the Super Bowl matchup we’ve all been waiting for? Or will somebody new finally make it click? The Super Bowl XLIX Champion New England Patriots kickoff the season tonight at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With that game quickly approaching, I figured now would be as good a time as any to finally release my predictions for the 2015-16 season. I believe accountability...
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September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Engineering Happiness in Brazil: WordCamp Rio de Janeiro and beyond

Karen Arnold and Erica Varlese work on the Happiness Hiring team at Automattic, where they hire new Happiness Engineers who support users on WordPress.com and Automattic products. They met with the Brazilian WordPress community last week and wanted to share their experiences. On August 29th, 2015, we traveled to Brazil to attend WordCamp Rio de Janeiro and meet the Brazilian WordPress...
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September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

College Football Week 1 Top 25

Rank- Team-Previous 1 Ohio St. 1 2 Alabama 4 3 Baylor 2 4 TCU 3 5 Mich. St. 5 6 USC 6 7 Oregon 7 8 UCLA 8 9 Clemson 9 10 LSU 10 11 Ole Miss 11 12 Florida St. 12 13 Ga. Tech 13 14 Notre Dame 14 15 Georgia 17 16 TX A&M 25 17 Auburn 20 18 Boise St. 16 19 Wisconsin 18 20 Missouri 19 21 Arkansas 21 22 Arizona St. 15 23 Okie St. 23 24 Oklahoma 24 25 Kansas St. — Out of rankings...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Thorson, Walker Earn Weekly Big Ten Honors

Coming off their 16-6 upset victory over Stanford on Saturday at Ryan Field, more good news was announced today as sophomore linebacker Anthony Walker was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, and redshirt freshman Clayton Thorson was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson (18) outruns Stanford linebacker Jordan Perez (15) en route to...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

The Bills and Texans Experiment: How far can a great defense take you with a below-average QB?

The Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans boast a couple of the best defenses in the NFL this year. Their weakness lies on the other side of the ball at QB. We’ve seen great QBs carry poor defenses to the playoffs, but can either of these elite defenses pull off the reverse for their QB? No offense will look forward to facing Buffalo’s defense this season. Photo credit: WGRZ.com...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

10 years: Les Miles and Hurricane Katrina

It was oddly fitting that 10 years after the LSU-North Texas game was postponed due to Hurricane Katrina, another game that was scheduled for Tiger Stadium was cancelled. That North Texas game was supposed to be the home opener of the Les Miles era at LSU. Instead, this strange guy from Ohio with a goofy grin (his original nickname at LSU was “Less Smiles”) found himself in the...
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Northwestern on the Defensive in upset of Stanford

The Northwestern Wildcats entered this season with a lot of new faces in new places, and after their 16-6 upset over Stanford on Saturday, the faces are becoming more familiar and the questions are starting become answered. So much of the focus this offseason has been on the quarterback position, with the job ultimately going to freshman Clayton Thorson. Thorson was far from perfect...
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Mostly High’s on Northwestern Basketball’s Trip to Spain

The Northwestern men’s basketball team just completed their trip to Spain, which featured five exhibition games against European professional teams.  The Wildcats finished the trip 4-1, their only loss coming in the trip’s opening contest against Estudiantes. While the all around level of competition may not be on par with what the NCAA, or certainly the Big Ten, have to offer...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Northwestern Football Preview: Running backs

We are ten days away from the start of the college football season and as this article is being written, no decision has been made about who will be starting at quarterback for the Wildcats when they open the season on September 5th against Stanford. We still don’t know exactly how the offense line will be put together or who  the top wide receiver targets are going to be with...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Monday Night Raw – Tampa Florida

Time to run a muck and see what we can get up to tonight Night of Champions is starting to take shape, with Sting and Seth Rollins for the WWE belt. I honestly can’t see the John Cena story being over by a long shot. All belts will be defended. Sting has just walked out. He is pissed off and on a mission. He is going after Seth and the WWE belt. **Ryback/Big Show – The belt in...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Full Preseason Top 25

I’ve already elaborated on these in my top 10 blog, but here they are again, with last year’s final rankings: Ohio St.           1 Baylor             12 TCU                6 Alabama         4 Michigan St.   8 USC                20 Oregon          3 UCLA             7 Clemson         ...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

New Themes: Colinear and Franklin

On this Theme Thursday, we have two new free themes for you: Colinear and Franklin. Colinear Colinear — our update to the older Coraline — is a squeaky-clean theme featuring a custom menu, header, background, and layout. Colinear supports featured images and six widget areas — up to three the sidebar and three in the footer. Primarily designed for magazine-style sites, Colinear...
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August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Introducing: Our New Action Bar

We strive to make all aspects of using WordPress.com streamlined and intuitive, from following a great new blog to editing a post on the go. Today, we’re happy to present the new action bar, which allows you to do all this (and more) no matter what device you’re on. Following and more When you visit a site you’re not yet following, look to the bottom-right corner of the...
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August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Get Up to Speed at learn.wordpress.com

If you just started a spandy new WordPress blog or site and want to work on setup and configuration in your spare time, we’ve recently refreshed a resource that might be just the thing for you: learn.wordpress.com. Have you just created a blog or website to: Showcase a personal project? Maybe you’re working on a photo-a-day project, some short stories, poetry, or a memoir? Highlight...
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August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Northwestern Basketball Gears Up for Spain Trip

Northwestern basketball embarks on a trip to Spain this weekend, where they will tour the country and play five exhibition games against professional European teams. Schools are only eligible for the trip once every four years, the last one made by Northwestern was in 2010. Collins is clearly setting the pace and the mindset for the players as they prepare for the trip, where they...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Summer Slam 2015 from Brooklyn

The biggest show of the season, Summer Slam 2015. Jon Stewart is the host. Be prepared for anything to happen today. **Randy Orton and Sheamus to open the show. Thanks to the Bro Kick, Sheamus gets the win. It was tough, Randy was bleeding but give it a good go. It was on OK match, typical Randy Sheamus fight. **Fatal Four Way for the Tag Team Belts: The New Day, Prime Time Players...
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August 23, 2015  |  Discuss

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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August 23, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
Via In The Neutral Zone
August 21, 2015  |  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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August 21, 2015  |  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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August 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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