Badgers Enact Revenge, End Kentucky’s Bid For Perfection

  On a wild Saturday night in Indianapolis, the Wisconsin Badgers earned a victory that’s significance rivals that of any other in program history. The Badgers brought down previously unbeaten Kentucky 71-64 in a Final Four rematch at Lucas Oil Stadium, which not only ended the Wildcats’ quest for perfection, but also sent Wisconsin into the national championship game for the...
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild-Avalanche Rivalry Reaching New Heights

In sports everyone loves a good rivalry, and the National Hockey League is no exception. From Bruins-Canadiens to Red Wings-Avalanche, the NHL has a rich history of intense rivalries between teams and fan bases that love nothing more than to hate one another. Well, the league’s next rivalry might be brewing out in the Western Conference’s Central Division between the Minnesota...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Super Bowl XLIX Is Tom Brady’s Crowning Achievement

Regardless of what happened Sunday night in Glendale, Tom Brady was going to go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. But after helping spark the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in Super Bowl history, Brady now finds himself on equal footing with childhood idol Joe Montana in the annals of NFL history. Facing a 24-14 deficit in the final quarter of Super...
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February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Royal Rumble: Triple Threat Title Match Steals Show

Thanks to a Philadelphia crowd that sucked all the energy out of the Wells Fargo Center after Daniel Bryan was eliminated, the main event of the WWE’s Royal Rumble was a bit of a disappointment this year. However, the triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight championship that preceded it more than made up for that. Brock Lesnar, who was competing for the first time since...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick Delivers Press Conference for the Ages

Bill Belichick has accomplished a ton throughout the course of his Hall of Fame coaching career, including 211 regular-season wins, an NFL-record 21 postseason victories and three Super Bowl titles. But on Saturday afternoon, he delivered his magnum opus. Though Belichick’s press conferences are infamous for being monotonous and mundane, his presser on Saturday was anything...
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January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The NFL is not rigged, it’s all in your head

I have mostly ignored the ongoing NFL playoff games, but I found myself on the couch watching the last quarter of the Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game on Sunday. I turned it on just in time to see the reaction to the reversed Dez Bryant fourth-down reception. The overturned call would end the Cowboys’ drive and season, and I would witness a peculiar trait some humans possess...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

The Best of Sports in 2014

There’s never a dull year in the world of sports, and 2014 was certainly no exception. While it definitely had its low points (Donald Sterling, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson), 2014 still produced more than its fair share of memorable games, performances and moments, so let’s take a look back at some of the best things that the world of sports had to offer in 2014. The post The...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Bengals: It’s Time to Finally Fire Marvin Lewis

Other than enjoying Skyline Chili, I have no allegiance to the Queen City. That said, I was a constant critic of Cincinnati’s baseball manager, who was rightly fired after another postseason choke job in October 2013. Therefore, to be fair, like last year on this very weekend, I see the same things wrong with the city’s football coach. I believe the Cincinnati Bengals should...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears: Three positive takeaways in a season to forget

It’s finally over, Bears fans. No more watching a passionless, unmotivated football team every week. Your energy can now be used watching the Bulls and Blackhawks – teams that are among the best in their respective leagues. The 2014 Chicago Bears season was the franchise’s worst since 2002 under Dick Jauron when the team went 4-12. Despite this year’s marginally better record...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Against The Spread Week 17: Last Call Edition

It all comes down to this, one last Sunday to close the 2014 NFL regular season. With most fantasy seasons now completed attention this Sunday focuses on daily games, with several strategies in play and all 32 teams in action. I hope you have enjoyed this year’s editions of Against The Spread, it has been a successful year from a won-loss perspective! Week 16 record: 8-8Season...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Milwaukee Bucks for Real?

The Milwaukee Bucks have been far better than expected this season. Despite losing No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker for the season with an ACL injury, Milwaukee is still in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. But are the Bucks for real, or will they fade as the season continues? During the 2012-13 NBA season, the Milwaukee Bucks seemed to be stuck in a never...
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December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

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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December 18, 2014  |  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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December 12, 2014  |  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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December 11, 2014  |  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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December 09, 2014  |  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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December 05, 2014  |  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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December 05, 2014  |  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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December 04, 2014  |  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...
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December 01, 2014  |  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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November 30, 2014  |  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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November 28, 2014  |  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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November 27, 2014  |  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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November 21, 2014  |  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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November 20, 2014  |  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
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