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Pickin’ On the Big Ten: I’m OK, You’re OK, It’s Not OK

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: The Big Ten plays some pretty important non-conference games in front of millions of eyes, but things don’t quite go according to p- (The Internet, as one: “Stop! We’ve heard this one!”) Gladly. You think you’re sick of hearing it? Think how sick I am of writing it. The post Pickin’ On the Big Ten: I’m OK, You’re OK, It’s...
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NFL Week 3 Against The Spread Picks

Robert Griffin III, Jamal Charles, Adrian Peterson, Knowshon Moreno, A.J. Green, Ryan Mathews, Doug Martin and Vernon Davis. The attrition, epidemic of injuries and other issues has turned the NFL upside down in the last fortnight. This week’s Against The Spread picks includes analysis plus fantasy and other ramifications moving forward. 2014 ATS record: Week 2: 9-7, Season: 15...
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Talk Like a Pirate Day with Jay Glazer and Captain Morgan

Wednesday morning, I had the opportunity to interview FOX Sports football reporter Jay Glazer to help promote “Talk Like A Pirate Day” – or #TLAPD – which is this Friday, September 19. It’s a partnership with Captain Morgan to not only encourage everyone to channel their inner buccaneer, but also raise money for charitable organizations. For every tweet that uses the hashtag...
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The Big Ten’s Real Problem Isn’t What You Think It Is

The 1993 movie Indian Summer will never make any list of all-time great films. It’s the umpteenth remake of The Big Chill (which was itself a remake). Watch the first 15 minutes, long enough to establish the characters and the major plot questions, and you’ll probably come to a bunch of conclusions: the alpha-male jerk will be humiliated by his young girlfriend, the bad boy...
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Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 3: All Thy Sins Laid Bare

I don’t know if you noticed, but the Big Ten lost a few important non-conference games last week. In this week’s Big Ten football picks I’ll be looking at each team, evaluating what’s working and what clearly isn’t. Well, as clearly as anything can be evaluated after just two weeks. To the games! The post Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 3: All Thy Sins Laid Bare appeared...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tortoise and the Hare: NL Central Edition

You might be familiar with one of Aesop’s Fables, entitled “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Either way, let’s take a journey, if you will, back to a magical time that Milwaukee Brewers fans called “June.” At the end of that mysterious, wonderful month, the Brewers held a 6.5 game lead in the National League Central, after taking three of four in a midseason series with the...
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NFL Week 2 Against The Spread Picks

Pittsburgh (1-0) +2.5 at Baltimore (0-1) This wasn’t what CBS and the NFL Network had in mind for their much hyped Thursday Night Football debut, as Baltimore stands at the epicenter of the Ray Rice/Roger Goodell fecal storm. By this point Keith Olbermann has called for the resignations of Goodell, Ozzie Newsome and practically everyone else in position of authority in the Ravens...
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WATCH: Keith Olbermann calls for Roger Goodell to resign

As I’ve often said in this space, I was never a fan of Keith Olbermann as a political commentator. I loved his work on SportsCenter in the 90s and believed he was a phenomenally talented broadcaster, but disliked the over-the-top nature of his political show. But since returning to ESPN and sports with his nightly show “Olbermann” the man has found his fastball again. And...
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Life is better without fantasy football

Football fans are told they must participate in fantasy football. I am told by friends, commercials, and even TV shows like “The League” that I am not a football fan or expert until I show I can win my fantasy league. This season I said to hell with all that and decided I wasn’t going to participate in any fantasy football leagues, and because of my decision, I’ve never had...
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Focus on Baseball, Not Identity Politics or Manufactured Issues

Lloyd McClendon is guiding the Seattle Mariners to their best season since 2007 and perhaps their first playoff visit in 13 years. Yet when Houston’s Bo Porter was fired last week and Texas’ Ron Washington simply quit on his club Friday, ESPN’s Calvin Watkins couldn’t help but distract from Seattle’s success when the Mariners visited Arlington. McClendon, in case you didn’t...
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Seahawks Roll Over Packers In Season Opener

With Aaron Rodgers healthy, the Green Bay Packers entered the 2014 season with expectations of contending for a Super Bowl title. However, they’ll have to improve significantly if they want to dethrone the defending champion Seattle Seahawks should they meet again in the postseason. Behind Marshawn Lynch’s 100-yard, two-touchdown performance, the Seahawks thoroughly dominated...
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Miami gives Al Golden the dreaded vote of confidence

One of the worst things that can happen to a coach in any level of sports is getting the dreaded “vote of confidence” from his boss. I don’t care if it’s a U-13 girls softball league, you don’t want someone coming out and defending your job publicly, especially not early in the season. Unfortunately for Al Golden, that’s just what happened on Thursday. University of Miami...
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Week 1 NFL Against The Spread Predictions

Many people don’t know that I was once a semi-professional prognosticator on football. I will use those talents again this year to pick all National Football League games against the spread. Green Bay Packers +6 at Seattle Seahawks There may not be a Fail Mary, but the new enforcement of illegal contact after five yards may give early season games a replacement ref feel. This point...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Kurt’s Annual NFL Prediction Spectacular

Now that fantasy drafts have been completed (I think), I can get down to prognosticating the final win-loss records for all 32 NFL teams for 2014. People continue to warn me against posting such predictions, since it only opens one up to ridicule come December. All of this is true. But what is the fun of not making educated guesses and a writer putting his or her rear end on the...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

After last September’s heroics, where are Cleveland Indians fans?

I wrote a similar piece last year and in 2012, but didn’t think I’d need to opine on the same topic again this season. I was wrong. Last September, the Cleveland Indians seemingly regained fan confidence when, under the stewardship of veteran skipper Terry Francona, they won their final 10 games to finish 92-70, capturing the top AL Wild Card spot. Not bad for a squad that...
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What's wrong with Wisconsin QB Joel Stave?

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more frustrating/bizarre for Wisconsin Badgers football fans, a confounding situation involving quarterback Joel Stave unfolded Tuesday. In the morning, Wisconsin officials announced that Stave would be out indefinitely with an injury in his throwing shoulder. This seemed to make sense, considering how many questioned head coach Gary...
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Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 2: The Something Strange Is Always Les Miles

Big Ten football didn’t have too many shocks last week. There were only two real surprises, one pleasant (Rutgers’ win over Washington State) and one unpleasant but probably not all that surprising (Northwestern’s loss to Cal, which is the fault of everybody but Pat Fitzgerald, to hear him tell it). What’s in store for week two? Click through and see how I’m calling the...
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Mike Fiers Should Stay In The Brewers’ Rotation

With Matt Garza slated to return to the Milwaukee Brewers’ starting rotation in the not too distant future, manager Ron Roenicke will have to decide whether to keep Mike Fiers or Jimmy Nelson as a starter for the stretch run in September. While decisions like these can leave a manager tossing and turning at night, the choice Roenicke must make upon Garza’s return is quite clear...
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Unlike Josh Shaw, Joey Delaney and Shannon Smith are Real Heroes

Hero and liar have become four-letter words thrown out far too often. In less than 48 hours USC football player Josh Shaw became both after making up a story of jumping off a second-floor balcony to save his seven-year-old nephew from drowning as a cover-up for something else that resulted in two high-ankle sprains. From the moment media ran off with USC’s press release the story...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 1: Appalachian State and Other Disasters

Week One of the 2014 Big Ten football season is here. I’ve already given you my picks for the three early games this upcoming week, but what about the games that are being played when they’re supposed to be, on Saturday? Click on, pilgrim; I’ve got some picks for you. The post Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 1: Appalachian State and Other Disasters appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.
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Will the Big Ten ever be an 'elite' football conference again?

There used to be a time when a smash-mouth style of football was the only way to play the game. The outcome of a game was usually determined by what happened at the line of scrimmage, “the battle in the trenches” it used to be called. Good college football teams could run the ball down the defense’s throat. Elite programs could run it down the throat of any opponent. Speed...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 1: Weird Non-Saturday Games

The 2014 Big Ten football season is finally here, and like everyone else, I too am ready to pretend I actually know a thing or two about Rutgers and Maryland football now. There is room in my brain since I have already forgotten which teams were in the Leaders division and which were in the Legends. I may never forget that’s what the two divisions were called. This will be the...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Did former referee Mike Carey really dodge “Washington” games?

We begin, and end tonight with even more news regarding Washington’s NFL team, none of which includes activity on the field such as Robert Griffin III possibly losing his starting job. In the past week television commentators Phil Simms, Tony Dungy and Mike Ditka have all chimed in on using the team’s name being used on telecasts. Simms and Dungy hint they will not say the...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Five must-watch college football games in Week 1

Finally! You can breathe a sigh of relief as the 2014 college football season is now upon us and opening kickoff is just a few short days away. Since it’s been more than six months since we’ve last seen action on the college football gridiron, any game on television will be welcomed into your home. But not all football games will carry the same weight in the opening week as...
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Roger Federer Faces Golden Opportunity at U.S. Open

With defending champion Rafael Nadal announcing Monday that he was withdrawing from the 2014 U.S. Open due to a wrist injury, Roger Federer now appears to have his best shot at winning a Grand Slam title since his Wimbledon triumph in 2012. Due to Nadal’s absence, Novak Djokovic and Federer will now be the tournament’s No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively, meaning that they...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss
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