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NFL Against The Spread Week 16: Holiday Edition

Picking games in the final two weeks of the NFL regular season tends to be less complicated as teams have different agendas heading towards the end of the year. Which teams desperately need a win to stay in the playoff picture? Who has a division title sewn up and is merely looking to get to the postseason healthy? Who is out of the playoffs and using the final two weeks to evaluate...
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14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Week 15 NFL FanDuel Advice: No More ‘Johnny Bench’

To be honest, I struggled with my NFL Week 14 FanDuel selections. Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has been worth every bit of his salary over the past three weeks, racking up games of 29.2, 35.4 and 44.5 points. He is winning owners of season-long fantasy leagues a lot of money as well. Jonathan Stewart ($5,200) was a key to daily league success last week with a 21.5 point...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Against The Spread Week 15: Rivalry Week Edition

In recent years Week 17 has been designated for divisional play in the NFL, but this season, Week 15 provides a preview with 11 divisional games, 10 of which have playoff implications. And I have gained some separation from the .500 level, this is always a good time to finish strong. Week 14 record: 10-5-1 Season record: 113-92-2 Arizona Cardinals (10-3) +4.5 at St. Louis Rams ...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Baylor, TCU Did Not Get Snubbed

Two plus two does not equal five, or even six. That is the reality of the College Football Playoff. With five major conferences, it was that assured at least one would not be represented and that their would be the inevitable controversy surrounding one team being “snubbed.” (Side note: “snub” is one of my favorite terms in sports media — right alongside “choke”...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Week 14 FanDuel Advice: Six-Patrick Rides Again

Outside of Thursday Night Football, 30 NFL teams will be playing on Sunday and Monday, allowing for numerous options in one-week leagues. Last week I suggested several bargain plays such as Ryan Fitzpatrick, Shaun Hill, Tre Mason, and Kenny Stills — all of whom worked out quite well. Out of over 80,000 entries, the $175,000 winner of last Sunday’s Million Dollar contest racked...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Ten Championship Game Preview: Will Legends Be Made? (Or Playoff Spirits Broken?)

The 2014 Big Ten Championship game is set for this weekend in Indianapolis. The Ohio State Buckeyes and Wisconsin Badgers will face off with the winner claiming the conference title and … actually, we don’t know what else. For the first time ever, we really can’t be sure if the Big Ten’s champion even has a shot at playing in the Rose Bowl. That’s probably okay. Nothing...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Week 14 NFL Against The Spread: Contenders and Pretenders

Unlike the charade that will envelop college football this weekend, it is sheer wins and losses that will determine the NFL playoff field during the next four weeks. There will be no 12-person committee sitting behind closed doors to determine who is worthy of championship contention. All division winners (even the NFC South) and two wild cards from each conference get in. Style...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Bo Pelini's firing could haunt Nebraska

What is wrong with this picture? On Monday, Steve Spurrier announced his intentions on remaining at the University of South Carolina, where he has gone 83-45 over the past 10 seasons. Meanwhile, Bo Pelini was shown the door at Nebraska over the weekend after going 67-27 in seven seasons. Judging by negative reaction from the football program and fans, it may be a decision Nebraska...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

FanDuel NFL Week 13 Advice: Stills The One

You see the adverts about selecting your FanDuel lineup in just seconds. Just click Jamaal Charles Le’Veon Bell, Demaryius Thomas, Odell Beckham, et al. But obviously no one can create an All-Star team that will fit under the $60,000 cap. The utilization of value plays is what makes it all work. Fortunately, strategies exist in Week 13 for contestants to take advantage of matchups...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

49ers Can’t Allow Seahawks to Eat Turkey On Logo

It is one thing to be embarrassed by the Seattle Seahawks on your own turf before a national television audience, it is another realizing Colin Kaepernick has regressed as spectacularly as Robert Griffin III over the past two years. And it is quite another for the National Broadcasting Corporation to set up shop on your team’s midfield logo and have Russell Wilson and Richard...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Week 13 Against The Spread Picks – Feast Mode Edition

With all the byes now complete, 80 games remain over the final five weeks of the 2014 football season. Just in time for Thanksgiving, some of the NFL biggest turkeys have brought their act to the buffet table. And then there is the curious tale of the NFC South. Be sure to make room for seconds and dessert. Week 12 record: 6-8 Season record: 94-80-1 Chicago Bears (5-6) +7 at Detroit...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 13: Where The Buck Stops

Week 13 of Big Ten football brings several critical matchups, some important “yardstick” games, and also Northwestern versus Purdue. We’re heading into the silly season for coaches as, if history is any guide, this will be the penultimate game for at least one Big Ten coaching staff. So this week I’m giving extra attention to coaching, particularly in those situations where...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Week 12 Against The Spread Picks: Lake Effect Edition

On the heels of last week’s hugely successful Polar Vortex edition of Against The Spread we bring you the even harsher Lake Effect version. If you happen to be hunkered down in a western New York snow cave while reading this, don’t fear. Not only do I bring you successful picks, but also the best FanDuel plays for Week 12. You might as well make a profit if cooped up inside...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Melvin Gordon, Packers combine for memorable weekend

In Gene Rayburn style, a local radio station asked the following Sunday morning via Facebook: “Melvin Gordon’s record-breaking 408 yard rushing day is the greatest athletic performance since ________.” Many answered Aaron Rodgers throwing six touchdowns in the first half six days earlier. Gordon’s historic Saturday remained the greatest event until Rodgers stepped back...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

FanDuel NFL lineup advice (Week 11) – Blue By You

Looking for the best Week 11 investments in the wildly popular FanDuel contest? We provide some recommended plays, along with dark horses and some players I might shy away from. (Budget $60,000 – one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker, one defense) Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers ($10,100) – Rodgers is actually ranked behind SNF participants...
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November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 12: How The West Will Be Won

Big Ten football last Saturday was all about who was going to win the East. We’re pretty confident who that will be now. But what about the West? Two huge games will sort that out for us — and one is a total surprise. Click onward and let’s get to it. The post Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 12: How The West Will Be Won appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Projecting the 2014-15 NCAA Tournament field

College basketball season tips off on Friday, which means it’s time for me to recklessly speculate on which teams will hear their names called on Selection Sunday. While I might be crazy enough to make projections on something that’s more than four months away, I focused more on selecting and seeding the field as opposed to bracketing all of this out. There will be plenty of...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Week 11 Against The Spread Picks: Polar Vortex Edition

The first Polar Vortex of the season has descended onto the NFL world. That only means one thing: big boy football has begun. Outside of the NFC South, all the NFC contenders held serve in Week 10, some in emphatic fashion. In the AFC, no less than 12 teams remain in the hunt for the playoffs. It may be cold outside, but the action over the next seven weeks will be more than hot...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland’s Corey Kluber earns AL Cy Young

It was a tale of two 28-year-olds, but did you know who Corey Kluber was before the 2014 season began? Surely everyone knew his competition in Seattle, but unless you’re an Indians fan or follow baseball closely, perhaps not. Wednesday night the Birmingham native hopefully became a household name after capturing the 2014 American League Cy Young Award. Though he was strong down...
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November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

I’ve never been more embarrassed to be a Chicago Bears fan

Words escaped me as I watched the Chicago Bears look like a happy but blind birthday kid aimlessly swinging at an pinata against the rival Green Bay Packers. I didn’t expect the Bears to win at Lambeau, but I did expect some effort or, at the very least, not an embarrassing performance. Before the kickoff Bears players were happy and looked ready to play. I asked my roommate,...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 11: Annual Game Of The Century

We all know there’s a pretty huge Big Ten football game this week, so how much of an introduction do we really need to this week’s picks? Wouldn’t it be better to just skip right to the game that’s on everybody’s mind? It absolutely would, so just click on to see my prediction. The post Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 11: Annual Game Of The Century appeared...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Predictions for 2014 MLB Postseason Awards

The end of Daylight Saving Time, frigid weather, and the conclusion of a stellar World Series make November a sad time for many baseball fans. Thankfully the sport gives us one last treat by recognizing the season’s best players during the 11th month. Announcements run this coming Monday through Thursday, so let’s take time to offer predictions on the winners. Rookie of the...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Week 10 Against The Spread Picks: Separation Sunday Edition

A quick look at the NFL standings suggests a mad stretch run to the playoffs begins in Week 10. In the AFC, the current first place teams are New England, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Denver. The pre-season prognosticators had all four as contenders, so there are no surprises there. But several other teams continue to be in the mix. Buffalo, Miami, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten’s Got 99 Problems, But A Bias Ain’t One

Big Ten football fans are in a bit of a funk lately. It’s been years since the conference was a legitimate threat to win a national title. It’s even been a while since the Big Ten has made a good showing of itself in bowl games. Throw in the media’s tendency to dogpile on the conference and you’ve got the makings of some world-class conspiracy theories. The most prominent...
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November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s time to get rid of Ice Girls

In the early years of sports broadcasts, when CBS, NBC, and ABC ruled the airwaves, networks used a lot of “T & A” to attract and please their mostly male audience. It was most definitely sexist and alienating to female fans. Sadly, times haven’t changed much since then. Almost every sport has some kind of its own “T & A,” and hockey is no different with its “ice...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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