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Thoughts On CM Punk Signing With UFC

credit espn.com This past Saturday at UFC 181 in Las Vages, it was announced that former WWE Superstar CM Punk has signed to fight in UFC and will make his Octagon debut sometime in 2015. Punk was interviewed at cage side by Joe Rogan and said he is done with professional wrestling and that MMA is his full-time career now because it’s now or never for him. Punk said that the...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Upgraded Stats and Navigation Enhancements

We’ve been updating WordPress.com to make it faster and more powerful behind the scenes. We’ve now introduced some changes to the WordPress.com interface as well, making website, blog, and content creation more intuitive and consistent across devices. Here’s a roundup of some of the enhanced functionality that you’ll see in WordPress.com starting today, with more updates...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Pre-Bowl Rankings and Why the SEC Is Still #1

My Top 25My Rank/ ‎ Mock BCS” target=”_blank”>BCS/team/prev 1 ( 2 ) Florida St. 1 2 ( 1 ) Alabama 2 3 ( 4 ) Ohio St. 3 4 ( 3 ) Oregon 4 5 ( 5 ) TCU 5 6 ( 20 ) Boise St. 6 7 ( 6 ) Baylor 14 8 ( 9 ) Ole Miss 8 9 ( 7 ) Miss. St. 9 10 ( 10 ) Arizona 7 11 ( 13 ) UCLA 11 12 ( 27 ) Marshall 16 13 ( 8 ) Mich. St. 12 14 ( 12 ) Ga. Tech 10 15 ( 18 ) Wisconsin 13 16 ( 15 ) Missouri...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

New Theme: Museum

We’re excited to introduce Museum, a new free theme! Created by WordPress.com’s own Kelly Dwan and Mel Choyce, Museum is crafted to showcase your best photographs, drawings, or illustrations. Featuring elegant, museum-inspired typography and ample room for your images, Museum pays special attention to category and media attachment pages to help your collections shine. Image...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

New Theme: Museum

We’re excited to introduce Museum, a new free theme! Created by WordPress.com’s own Kelly Dwan and Mel Choyce, Museum is crafted to showcase your best photographs, drawings, or illustrations. Featuring elegant, museum-inspired typography and ample room for your images, Museum pays special attention to category and media attachment pages to help your collections shine. Image...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Final Thoughts on CFP Bowls

I know this is early in the day for most of you, but I’m not the one who decided to make the selection show so early for west coasters like me. I’ll just have to find out the final verdict after I get up and have breakfast. I’ll just do my regular top 25 blog later in the week, but for reference here are my ratings results. I use the numbers there below. Final Resumes ...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Final Thoughts on CFP Bowls

I know this is early in the day for most of you, but I’m not the one who decided to make the selection show so early for west coasters like me. I’ll just have to find out the final verdict after I get up and have breakfast. I’ll just do my regular top 25 blog later in the week, but for reference here are my ratings results. I use the numbers there below. Final Resumes ...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Stop with the “JJ Watt for MVP” talk

J.J. Watt is a lot of things, but not an MVP. J.J. Watt has done some remarkable things this season. He has 11.5 sacks, already more than he had last season, three forced fumbles, and a pair of defensive touchdowns. He even has three offensive touchdowns, making him the first DL since 1944 to have five touchdowns in one season. He is quite arguably the best defensive player...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers Preview

The Falcons will need to be perfect against the Packers on Monday night. (John Bazemore) For the third week in a row, the 5-7 Atlanta Falcons are in first place in the NFC South with a head-to-head tie-breaker over the New Orleans Saints. After handling the division-leading Arizona Cardinals last Sunday, the Falcons are set to face off against another division leader in the Green...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Friday Picks: Week 14 (2014-15)

Mark Sanchez has done a nice job filling in for injured Nick Foles. The Seattle defense will be his toughest test yet. Only four games remain in the NFL regular season. Teams and fans can visualize the wins and losses ahead. They can see what needs to be done to reach the postseason and for some, win the division. Some of the most critical of those four games are this week. Take...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Calling The Shots Of UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II

UFC 181 features two championship bouts to close out the promotions pay-per-view calendar for the year. With an unprecedented 45 events scheduled for 2015, this card will go a long way in bringing clarity at the top of the welterweight and lightweight division. From top to bottom this looks to be the most intriguing and action packed card of the year. - Tony Ferguson vs. Abel...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

SEC Strength and Potential Bowls

I don’t like to post something on the same day as a major game, but the Pac-12 championship doesn’t really affect what I’m talking about here. I do think the Pac-12 is pretty strongly the second-best conference, and I believe a 2-loss champion (if Arizona wins) is probably good enough to be in the top four. Anyway, my feeling on the conference does not change based on the...
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December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

New Themes: Plane and Capoverso

We’re excited to introduce two brand new free themes today for your blogging pleasure! Plane Say hello to Plane, the newest addition to our theme collection. Based on the Flato theme by ThemeMeme, Plane combines clean and modern design and a classic two-column layout. With support for both a custom header and a logo, it’s easy to make your site stand out from the crowd. Plane...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Celtics end losing streak in overtime as Green drops 32 on Detroit.

The Celtics who came into this one on a 5 game losing streak would be looking to end this at home against Detroit. Helping the cause would be Marcus Smart who returned from an ankle injury that had him sidelined for 10 games. Jeff Green would open the scoring for the game with a 3 before some sloppy play by both teams but Boston would take the early 11-4 lead following a Rajon Rondo...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Green Kicks of the Month – November

This 2014-15 season is looking like it will be a tough one for the Celtics. The extremely frustrating loses are starting to pile up, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the kicks being rocked by the C’s. Each month I will compile a top 3 kicks of the month list. So here is November’s list, in no particular order. Anta RR2 – Rajon Rondo Rajon Rondo has been wearing...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Bulls Spreading the Love

Try this on for size: Player A: 21.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.53 SPG, .498 FG% Player B: 19.4 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 2.07 BPG, .493 FG% Player C: 17.3 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 0.27 BPG, 1.7 3PM (per game), .439 FG% Now if you could only choose two out of these three players for your team, which two would you choose? I believe the majority would select Players A & B. Time for the big reveal: Player...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Green Runs Deep #6 – Bethany

Our sixth edition of ‘Green Runs Deep’ features Bethany, a Celtics Down Under friend from Massachusetts, in the United States of America. ‘Betsy’ as she prefers to be called, was one of my earliest followers on Twitter, and I was all the more fortunate for getting to know her. Not only is she a truly wonderful person, die-hard Celtics fan, and all-around Boston &...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Push on Through to Tea

December 3 2014 was supposed to be just another day. Instead, Phil and I took the train to the city and made our usual walk across the Riverbank Footbridge to the Adelaide Oval. We had been to the Oval for other events but today was our first sporting event. Not to cheer on our beloved Crows or to attend a T20 match but to farewell Phillip Joel Hughes. My daughter shares her birth...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels non-tender three players

The Angels announced on their Twitter that they have non-tendered INF Gordon Beckham, LHP Wade LeBlanc, and RHP Yoslan Herrera, making them free-agents.Beckham, 28, was acquired from the White Sox in August, and the Halos used him at second, third, and shortstop. He predicted to make around $5 million via arbitration if he was tendered. LeBlanc, 30, had a 3.45 ERA in 28.1 innings...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Sweet Home Month in Review: November

Its been a strange November here in Chicago. Winter came early, and much like the Chicago Bears, like a slap in the face. The Bulls and Blackhawks started off a bit bumpy, have overcome some core injuries and ended the month hot. The White Sox were the first to strike in free agency while the Cubs have been silent, at least on the personnel front, as the Wrigley renovation is finally...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 14 College Football Rankings 2014

My current top 4 My Top 25My Rank/ ‎ Mock BCS” target=”_blank”>BCS/team/prev 1 ( 2 ) Florida St. 1 2 ( 1 ) Alabama 2 3 ( 5 ) Ohio St. 3 4 ( 3 ) Oregon 4 5 ( 4 ) TCU 8 6 ( 22 ) Boise St. 12 7 ( 7 ) Arizona 10 8 ( 11 ) Ole Miss 14 9 ( 8 ) Miss. St. 5 10 ( 12 ) Ga. Tech 15 11 ( 15 ) UCLA 6 12 ( 9 ) Mich. St. 17 13 ( 13 ) Wisconsin 18 14 ( 6 ) Baylor 13 15 ( 14 ) Missouri...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Julio Jones dominates as Falcons win 29-18 over Cardinals

Julio Jones could not be stopped Sunday. (Brynn Anderson) Patrick Peterson said he wanted Julio Jones one-on-one. Be careful what you wish for. Jones turned in a stellar performance, catching 10 balls for a career-high 189 yards and a touchdown as the Atlanta Falcons improved to 5-7 to remain atop the NFC South after beating the Arizona Cardinals, 29-18. Harry Douglas, Matt...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

#63 not out and #53 forever

Earlier this week in Australia, the news came through that Australian Cricket Player Philip Hughes had passed away from a freak accident. He had been hit by a cricket ball, while batting in a state match. Sunday the 30th of October would have been his 26th birthday. His funeral is on Wednesday and we will be going to the Adelaide Oval to watch the service. In the mean time, news...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals Preview

Julio Jones and Roddy White will have a tough matchup against Antonio Cromartie and Patrick Peterson. (John Bazemore) It’s division leader versus division leader as the Atlanta Falcons host the Arizona Cardinals, who have the best record in the NFC at 9-2. On the other hand, the 4-7 Falcons made NFL history by being the first team to ever lead a division while being three games...
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November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Friday Picks: Week 13 (2014-15)

The Packers are rolling. Can they keep it going against 9-2 New England? The Patriots apparently have a saying in their organization that says, “the real season starts after Thanksgiving.” That’s great news for the Patriots because they have to travel to Lambeau to take on the Packers in the Game of the Week. It’s also good news for 1-10 Oakland. This week is full of great...
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November 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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