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Would World Series win make the Giants a dynasty?

Sponsored by The Ford Motor Company The Kansas City Royals tied the World Series 1-1 on Wednesday night with a 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. While the Royals proved that this year’s Fall Classic won’t be a walkover for the Giants, they are still a long way from knocking off the franchise that has won two of the last four World Series. If Kansas City can’t stop San...
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Week 8 NFL Against The Spread: Raiders Chase ‘Perfection’

At least any talk about an undefeated season in the NFL ended early this year, as no team made it as far as 4-0. But the Oakland Raiders still have a shot at going 0-16. I don’t see the excitement in it since the Detroit Lions pulled off the feat just six years ago. Still, historically bad teams continue to bring the curiosity of a car wreck. Never mind the Raiders are only 37...
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Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 8: Regression Analysis

At first glance, this week’s collection of Big Ten football games looks uninspiring, without a true marquee matchup. At second and third glance it’s much the same. But burbling just below the surface like the spinach in a pot of minestrone, we find that just about every game is going to reveal something we’ll need to know on the way to Indianapolis. Click on and see what...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers Make Right Call By Retaining Ron Roenicke

Last Friday, Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin announced that Ron Roenicke will return to manage the team in 2015. It ended nearly two weeks of speculation about Roenicke’s job security following an astonishing September collapse by the Brewers. Despite holding the lead in the NL Central for a total of 150 days throughout the year, Milwaukee lost 22 of its final 31...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Against The Spread Picks Week 7: Cinderella Edition

Normally I do not cross  into the baseball world while doing my weekly football piece, but I have to give props to the Kansas City Royals. I did predict them to make the playoffs (at 89-73, thank you very much), but their historic run through the postseason was even beyond my expectation. It begs the question, is there an NFL team outside of the usual blue bloods capable of coming...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Fighting on the decline in NHL, and why that's a good thing

One of the biggest novelties in the sport of hockey is fighting. It’s the heart and soul of the “goon” mentality that has been immortalized in movie classics like “Slap Shot.” Fighting remains very popular with both fans and players, but, it’s use to sway the momentum of the game or to enact revenge, is declining. And that’s a good thing. Health is the No. 1 reason...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 7: Rise of the Two-Headed Quarterbeast

Week 7 of Big Ten football sees two prominent teams, Wisconsin and Iowa, finally admitting they don’t have a complete quarterback at the moment, but maybe they have the parts to assemble one. While turning to the Two-Headed Quarterbeast is usually seen as a desperation move, for both these schools, it just may be the fix they need. (Emphasis on “may be.”) Click on, as for the...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 ALCS preview: Good for baseball, good for fans

I am generally a National League guy, as more interesting, strategic baseball is played on the Senior Circuit. But with the NL featuring franchises we’ll see in the World Series for a fourth consecutive October, I’m more excited for the Royals and Orioles to open the ALCS at Camden Yards Friday night. For the first time in two decades the Yankees and Red Sox both failed to...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football: Lingering Questions for Week 6

As injuries and bye weeks begin to stack up, the questions about your lineup do as well. Here’s a look at a lingering question for each position heading into Week 6. The Third-Stringer Turned Starter QB: Austin Davis, St. Louis In a nutshell, the stat line was impressive: 29-of-49 for 375 yards with three touchdowns, no interceptions, and 30 yards rushing for good measure. That’s...
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Week 6 NFL Against The Spread Predictions: Hot Seat Edition

The 2014 season is barely a quarter of the way through, but the NFL has already seen its first coaching casualty in Oakland. Since speculating and wishing for coaches to be dumped is a passion of many fans and writers, this week’s Against The Spread speculates on those sitting on the hot seat, or with eyes wandering to their next destination. Week 5 record: 10-5 Season record...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Recapping College Football’s Historically Chaotic Week 6

Well, the landscape of college football has been left in smoldering ruin. Between this insanity and the MLB playoffs, we were treated to one of the most exciting weekends of sports in recent memory, so tip your hat to the Buffalo Wild Wings employee that went rogue and finally hit the big red button. Week 6 of the 2014 college football season will forever go down as one of the best...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Managerial Musings

Fellow MSF writer Kurt Allen compiled a list of baseball managers on the hot seat earlier this summer. Let’s take another look here in October, as we roll through an epic postseason and toward the League Championship Series. While some MLB managers (John Gibbons, Ned Yost and maybe Don Mattingly) performed well enough in recent weeks or months to get off the ledger, others ...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s time for Mike Scioscia to go

The Minnesota Twins fired manager Ron Gardenhire last week, leaving Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia as not just the longest-serving skipper in Major League Baseball, but by a landslide. After a first-round playoff debacle against the wild card Kansas City Royals — his team scored just eight runs in its last 52 innings — it’s long past time for the Angels to relieve...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 6: Negative Brand(on) Equity

I could write something snarky about Michigan, Brady Hoke, and/or Dave Brandon, but I don’t like to do what everyone else does. Besides, we all know there’s a huge game this week, one with potential national playoff implications, so why spend time discussing some school’s problems? Let’s get right to that huge game, my prediction is right there on the next page! The post...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football: Lingering Questions for Week 5

Four games is probably a bit too quick to judge a team, but it’s a good sample size to get an idea of how a team might be using different players this season. For some, there are lingering questions revolving around age, health and future with a team, each of which might have an effect on that player’s fantasy performance. Let’s take a look at some of those questions out...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Week 5 Against The Spread Picks: Employees of the Month

Against all better judgment, I have elected to do another special Employee Of The Month edition of Against The Spread. I initially rolled out Employee of the Month awards 11 months ago, inspired by a Sopranos episode of the same name. And like Dr. Jennifer Melfi, I quickly found myself appalled by my own selections. The ink no more than dried last November when nominees Richie Incognito...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Remembering Sid Bream’s slide from the 1992 NLCS

The MLB playoffs are upon us and we couldn’t be more excited for baseball’s big dance to start. The divisional round 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 last few days. Today we’re remembering Sid Bream’s game-winning slide from Game 7 of...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Resilient Royals Advance to ALDS in Instant Classic

Kansas City Royals fans had to wait 29 agonizing years to see their team in the postseason again, but Tuesday night’s dramatic win over the Oakland Athletics in the AL wild-card game just may have been worth the wait. Appearing in the playoffs for the first time winning the franchise’s lone World Series title in 1985, when Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” topped the charts...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Remembering the Steve Bartman Incident

The MLB playoffs are upon us and we couldn’t be more excited for baseball’s big dance to start. The divisional round 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 last few days. Today we’re taking time to remember the infamous Steve Bartman incident...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

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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24 days ago  |  Discuss

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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26 days ago  |  Discuss

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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26 days ago  |  Discuss

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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27 days ago  |  Discuss

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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27 days ago  |  Discuss

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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28 days ago  |  Discuss
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