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Remembering Roy Halladay’s 2010 Playoff No-Hitter

The MLB playoffs are about to start and after a competitive finish to the season we finally have all the matchups for baseball’s big dance set. The divisional series will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, and to get you ready for October baseball we have been taking a look back at some of the best moments in MLB playoff history over the next few days. Today we’re remembering Roy...
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Paul Konerko: Celebrating a legend as he walks away from the game

This weekend, a legend is taking his final swings in a baseball stadium full of cheering fans and standing ovations. No, not that legend. I’m talking about Paul Konerko, first baseman for the Chicago White Sox. After 18 seasons in the majors, he’s decided to retire from the game of baseball. In many ways, it’s fitting that Derek Jeter is getting all of the media attention...
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Oakland A’s: Anatomy of a Collapse

On August 9th, things were still looking good for the Oakland A’s. The club had just won a 9-4 contest against the Minnesota Twins behind a 3-for-4 day from then-MVP candidate Josh Donaldson. Prized acquisition Jeff Samardzija toed the slab that day and scattered seven hits over six innings, allowing just two runs and giving manager Bob Melvin and the A’s a quality start. After...
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Remembering David Ortiz’s two walk-offs in the 2004 ALCS

The MLB playoffs are about to start and eight teams have already punched their tickets to baseball’s big dance. The divisional series will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, and to get you ready for October baseball we’re going to take a look back at some of the best moments in MLB playoff history over the next few days. Today we’re remembering David Ortiz’s heroics from the...
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Defending Derek Jeter’s Career

There are lies, damn lies and then there are statistics. There are also computers and the opinions of Keith Olbermann. I actually agree with most of Olbermann’s near-seven minute rant on the nauseating year-long celebration of Derek Jeter, the parting gifts received at 18 ballparks and during the 2014 All-Star Game. Olbermann provided statistical and computer evidence that Jeter...
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Remembering Derek Jeter’s “Flip”

The MLB playoffs are about to start and eight teams have already punched their tickets to baseball’s big dance. The divisional series will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, and to get you ready for October baseball we’re going to take a look back at some of the best moments in MLB playoff history over the next few days. Today we’re looking back at Derek Jeter’s iconic “flip”...
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Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 5: Ice-Cold Hoke Zero

The Wheel of Narrative has spun once more, and this week the Big Ten’s arrow is pointing to “hopeful.” (WARNING: Not valid in Washtenaw County, Michigan.) Can the conference keep the good football rolling? Or, now that conference play begins in earnest, are we just being set up for another five-loss conference champion? Your answer begins … now. The post Pickin’ On...
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NFL Week 4 Against The Spread Picks

I had a very good Week 3, going 12-4 and now sit at 27-21 on the season. Maybe this a good time to bow out. There are larger opportunities out there than prognosticating NFL games. As noted by Peyton Manning, the legalization of marijuana use in the state of Colorado has led to booming business for pizza delivery. So I’ve decided I am going to devote all my time and energy into...
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Looking back at Ozzie Smith’s 1985 NLCS Walk-Off Home Run

The MLB playoffs are about to start and eight teams have already punched their tickets to baseball’s big dance. The divisional series will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, and to get you ready for October baseball we’re going to take a look back at some of the best moments in MLB playoff history over the next few days. Today’s edition of our MLB playoffs flashback focuses on...
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Mike Trout: Thrice an AL MVP bridesmaid?

Mike Trout is the best all-around player in Major League Baseball. There are decent arguments he should have won the American League MVP during his first two full big league seasons, which is remarkable, and he’s probably the front-runner in 2014. But my vote this season goes to Victor Martinez. When he wasn’t being chirped at by Chris Sale Wednesday afternoon, Detroit’s first...
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Remembering Curt Schilling’s Bloody Sock Game

The MLB playoffs are about to start and five teams have already punched their tickets to baseball’s big dance. The divisional series will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, and to get you ready for October baseball we’re going to take a look back at some of the best moments in MLB playoff history over the next few days. Today’s edition of our baseball playoff flashbacks comes from...
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Packers’ Offense Goes Missing In Detroit

In their loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers put forth one of their worst offensive performances of the Aaron Rodgers era. Their run game was nonexistent, many of Rodgers’ passes were off and their wide receivers dropped too many catchable balls. The seven points scored by the Packers were their fewest in a game since Rodgers took over as starting quarterback...
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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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12 days ago  |  Discuss

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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15 days ago  |  Discuss

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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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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19 days ago  |  Discuss

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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