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Michigan Football vs. Penn State: Under the lights preview

I remember my first night game in the Big House. I was a wide-eyed freshman, still new to the spectacle that was Michigan football. I’ll never forget the sea of maize, and being lost in a crowd of 114,804 cheering fans. Saturday, Michigan (2-4) faces Penn State (4-1) in the (originally) highly anticipated “under the lights” football game in Big House. This will be the third night...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls Season Preview: Projections and conference analysis

This is part two of a three part season preview for the Chicago Bulls. For a roster analysis, check out part one in the series. Along with the Pacers, Pistons, Bucks, and Cavaliers, the Bulls are in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference. Everyone knows what Cleveland has done this offseason and as of now, they are by far the biggest threat in the Central Division. The Pacers...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas Mavericks season preview: Team projections

Fall is even more upon us, as those of us in the Midwest have sure to take note of this last week. If you’re wondering why I worded it as “even more upon us” instead of just “upon us,” this is part two of a three part season preview before the NBA season tips off. In case you missed it, part one was a look at the Mavericks roster which has seen some drastic change this off-season...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Rangers preview: defense and goalies

Tonight begins the New York Rangers 2014-15 season, their second under coach Alain Vigneault and his offensive-minded style of defensive play. Monday night’s announcement of Ryan McDonagh taking over duties as team Captain further establish coach Vigneault’s stance on his D. The new captain was last year’s team MVP and top defenseman, finishing the year with a career high 43 points...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: 4 burning questions this offseason

Finishing baseball’s regular season at 73-89 may not seem like much, but for fans of the Chicago Cubs, 2014 was successful and gave hope for the future. With the Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein, announcing the team’s goal in 2015 being the NL Central title, this offseason looks to be a meaningful one. Here are four burning questions about the Cubs’ offseason...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw and more

On Tuesday, Clayton Kershaw was rolling. He was wheeling and dealing. The breaking ball of the Los Angeles Dodger ace was fooling so many hitters in that St. Louis Cardinal lineup. Pitching on three days rest, the only hit he gave up within the first six innings was to right fielder Randal Grichuk. The Dodgers were up 2-0, and it looked like the National League Division Series was...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington’s Roster Finalized Day Before Season Opener

Coach Barry Trotz announced the Washington Capitals’ 23-man roster a mere day before the team’s Oct. 9 opener against the Montreal Canadiens.   By placing four players on injured reserve (IR), Trotz was able to whittle his roster down to the desired amount. Forward Jay Beagle has been placed on IR as he continues to fight an upper body injury. He, along with forward Tom Wilson who...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Predicting the Chicago Blackhawks opening night lineup

With opening night quickly approaching in Dallas against the Stars, many wonder what the Chicago Blackhawks’ lineup is going to look like. Head coach Joel Quenneville has come out and said that he would like to carry 23 total players: 13 forwards, 8 defensemen, and 2 goalies. Quenneville’s insights on his plans for shaping the team gives us a pretty solid base lineup allowing us...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Iowa football: Analyzing C.J. Beathard

C.J. Beathard has looked good this season but Ferentz is sticking with Jake Rudock as the starter. These next two articles are going to analyze Iowa’s two quarterbacks fighting for the starting position. Today: C.J. Beathard Earlier this week it was announced that quarterback Jake Rudock would be the starting quarterback for the Iowa Hawkeyes, but is that the right decision? It seems...
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Michigan State Hockey falls 0-1 in a shootout against The University of Windsor

Tuesday night, Michigan State hosted their first exhibition game of the year against the University of Windsor. The period first started off scoreless, yet aggressive. A total of 15 penalties were accumulated in just the first period alone, with MSU’s JT Stenglein having the high of three penalties that period for roughing. About all of the penalties given throughout the first period...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Philadelphia 76ers season preview: Team projections

Can the Philadelphia 76ers pick up the pieces after a 19-63 finish last season? Find out in this second installment of the season preview. How will Tony Wroten and the rest of the 76ers stack up against the rest of the league in the upcoming season? Philadelphia 76ers season preview: Roster analysis The Sixers finished second to last in the Eastern Conference in 2014. Those poor...
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Charlotte Hornets: Team projections

The Charlotte Hornets kick off their preseason schedule tonight with a game against the Philadelphia Tankers 76ers.  Before we get a chance to see the Hornets in action this season, I thought I’d continue my season preview for the team.  Part 1 of my preview was posted last week and featured a roster overview, team strengths, and the “Best Offensive Player”, among many other superlatives...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Five reasons why the Giants beat the Falcons last Sunday

Within a suddenly competitive divisional race in the NFC East, the Giants triumphed over the Atlanta Falcons 30-20. The victory led to the Gmen’s third straight win and they are currently sitting at 3-2 through the first five weeks of the season. Here are five factors leading to their impressive success: 1) Limited Amount of Turnovers: Eli Manning went 19 for 30 for 200 yards and...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Buffalo Bills: Pegula is a done deal

The Buffalo faithful are happy that Pegula is keeping the team in Buffalo It’s official. The sale of the Buffalo Bills has been finalized and Terry Pegula is now officially the owner of the team. It’s a bitter sweet moment for the Bills community. Terry Pegula, also the owner of the Buffalo Sabres, plans to keep the team in Buffalo where it belongs. But, this means that the Wilson...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

St Louis Rams quarter season recap

At the quarter season mark four games into the NFL regular season, the St Louis Rams are sitting at 1-3 and last place in the NFC west. This is definitely not the start Jeff Fisher was looking for going into his third season with the team. This was supposed to be the year the Rams finally made it over the hump and would start to play winning football. They need to turn things around...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers: The resurgence of Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers One play.  That was the difference between Julius Peppers staying with the Chicago Bears or moving on to the Green Bay Packers.  Flashback to week 17 of last season between the Packers and Bears.  The Packers were facing a fourth down and eight from the Bears’ 48 yard line, trailing 27-28 with the NFC North crown on the line.  As Aaron Rodgers rolled to his left, Peppers...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: GM Dave Dombrowski’s slump proving costly

Could the incredible run of dominance from Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski be coming to a close, or at least be mired in a rare, and deep, slump? Important note that you will probably forget by the time you’re done reading this: I still think Dave Dombrowski is a tremendous GM. I believe that Brad Ausmus made his fair share of mistakes too. This article is merely pointing...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Redskins : Keys to loss against the Seahawks

With a week and a half to prepare for the Seahawks, the Washington Redskins still managed to add another loss to their prime time game moments. After suffering a 31-point loss to the New York Giants in their previous game, the Redskins played much better against the defending Super Bowl champions. Although they played better this week, the Skins still ended up losing their third...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State Football: Boilermakers have been a thorn in the Spartan’s side

Often times in the world of college football, you’ll hear the phrase “trap game” thrown around as the season moves along into the conference schedule. So called “trap games” are where a team that is clearly superior is matched up with someone of far less quality, usually on the road. Every season, you’ll see one of the powerhouses of any of the Power 5 conferences head on the road...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 5 Michigan basketball players in John Beilein era

Trey Burke: The Shot Michigan basketball has been known for great players, especially the Fab Five. But I am not addressing those players in this ranking. I am here to rank the Top 5 players in the Coach John Beilein Era and the Beilein era only. Now, I am not taking NBA career or draft stock into account. The Top 5 will be based upon collegiate success and performance. Coach Beilein...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe, Nash look healthy in preseason debut

As  preseason games begin to start, Los Angeles Lakers fans have been anxiously waiting to see what this year’s team would look like in game action. Fans looking to see a team that could potentially be competitive in the Western Conference and put an abysmal 2013-14 season out of memory were not disappointed Monday night when the team played its first preseason game against the Denver...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Bucks season preview: Team projections

In part two of the Milwaukee Bucks season preview, we will be looking at the team’s expectations for the 2014-’15 NBA season. To see part one of the Bucks’ season preview focusing on the current roster, click here. Central Division While the Eastern Conference is considered by many to be the weaker NBA conference, the Central Division will be one of the toughest in basketball. The...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: Kicking themselves in loss, Lions find replacement

We can all recall a moment we blamed the kicker, looked at his comparatively easy job and got frustrated that he couldn’t have made the simple motion that would have won his team the game. Personally, I can recall multiple times my favorite team failed because they let the game come down to the final seconds. In an attempt to remain objective, it’s important to remember that the...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Alert: Trading No-Arm Revere, Phillies?

On the surface, finding a center fielder with average throwing ability should be easy for the Philadelphia Phillies after a change away from Ben Revere. Is that your thinking too? There will be a published Red Alert and/or Storyline each week. Please, scroll down for this edition of Pinstripe Focus: The Alternatives. Welcome, Newcomers: This article represents the thinking of...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers eliminated in four games

I told you guys, Cardinal’s devil magic is a real thing. For the second consecutive year, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ playoff hopes were dashed by the St. Louis Cardinals. Game four was all too familiar for Dodger fans. In game one, Clayton Kershaw was great through six innings before falling apart in the seventh. In game four, Kershaw was better than great through six innings, even...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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