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A Super Bowl history primer

Given that the newest edition of the biggest sporting event in the world is occurring this weekend, perhaps it's appropriate to look at the phenomenon's history, including why Roman Numerals are used.

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January 31, 2012  |  Discuss

The 11 Best Super Bowls of All Time…That Never Happened

We are less than a week out from Super Bowl XLVI, but we’ve technically already seen this game before, so what’s the fun in talking about it? Instead, let’s talk about the best Super Bowls that never happened. Talking hypothetical is one of my favorite things to do because there is really no right or wrong answer, because we don’t and will never know. What would have happened...
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January 31, 2012  |  Discuss

The 11 Greatest Super Bowls of All Time…That Never Ended Up Happening

We are less than a week out from Super Bowl XLVI, but we’ve technically already seen this game before, so what’s the fun in talking about it? Instead, let’s talk about the best Super Bowls that never happened. Talking hypothetical is one of my favorite things to do because there is really no right or wrong answer, because we don’t and will never know. What would have happened...
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January 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Blake Griffin’s Dunk Over Kendrick Perkins or Over Timofey Mosgov…Which Was Better?

When I woke up this morning and popped on the TV, the first thing I heard was, “Twitter it exploded last night! Find out why next.” My first thought was that Rob Lowe had said something provocative. Then I had an awful thought that maybe someone had gotten injured, sick, or worse…but I immediately was reassured by the tone of voice of the speaker. No, this wasn’t a negative...
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January 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Novak Djokovic Is The Most Dominant Athlete In The World

I realize that this is Super Bowl week and that the Super Bowl is the preeminent event in American sport. But since the Big Game is still 5 days away, let’s take a day or two to appreciate and reflect on the 6-hour, 5-set masterpiece we witnessed on Sunday. World #1 Novak Djokovic outlasted world #2 Rafael Nadal to win the Australian Open in the longest Grand Slam final in history...
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January 31, 2012  |  Discuss

March Madness 2012 Bracketology: January 31st

In just six weeks and one day, the first game of the tournament will tip off in Dayton. Despite the fact that March Madness will be here before we know it, the exercise to find the last few at-large teams seems to actually be getting worse as each week passes.  At this point, I’ll actually be hoping for some conference tournament bid thefts! Below are my latest projections through...
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January 30, 2012  |  Discuss

What if U.K. Premier League Teams Were Countries?

There’s a lot of ink given to the high salaries of sports stars in the United States. Last year, not including endorsements, for example: the MLB’s Alex Rodriguez earned $32 million, the NFL’s Tom Brady was paid $20 million, the NBA’s Kobe Bryant took in a cool $24 million and NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson pulled in $7 million. If you add endorsements into the mix, pro golfers...
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January 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Six Super Bowl 46 Halftime Show Ideas Better Than Madonna

As you surely know by now, Madonna will be providing the halftime entertainment on Sunday at Super Bowl 46. Consider me unexcited. Steve Kubitza recently counted down the five best and five worst Super Bowl halftime shows of the last decade, and my prediction is that Madonna’s will settle in nicely somewhere among the worsts. That is why I have decided to highlight a handful of...
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January 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Bottoms Line College Basketball Power Rankings: Week of January 30th

It sounds a bit odd to say this, but last week was relatively tame in the college hoops world since “only” nine teams in the Top 25 lost.  Even so, there are no new teams in this week’s edition of my power rankings, just some jostling of positions. The great news is that in a mere six weeks, we’ll have a bracket in our hands with March Madness just days away. College Basketball...
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January 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Could Brittney Griner Make an NBA Roster?

Could Brittney Griner be the first female to make an NBA roster? The suggestion of her making it to the ‘Association’ has been asked before, but the topic deserves a refresh. She’s 6 foot 8 inches tall with a wing span of 86 inches.  The most impressive aspect of her athletic sculpture is her leanness.  Though she currently does most of her work in the post, she looks like...
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January 29, 2012  |  Discuss

The Top 5 Best and Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows of the Last Decade

The halftime show at the Super Bowl is second only to the commercials as the most talked about event that is not the actual game. In this post, we remember the iconic halftime show that started it all and then count down the five best and worst of the past decade. The Super Bowl halftime show really became a major focal point in 1993, when Michael Jackson performed at the Rose Bowl...
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January 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Indiana-Iowa Preview: Analysis, Point Spread, Prediction, TV Time and Announcers

On Sunday at 6:00 ET, the 17th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (16-5, 4-5) return to Bloomington to face the Iowa Hawkeyes (11-10, 3-5) on the Big Ten Network. As always, Jerod, Ryan, and Andy will be here with another episode of The Assembly Call as soon as the game ends with instant analysis and fan reaction. IU-Iowa Gameday Info Date: Sunday, January 29th Time: 6:00 ET, 5:00 CT TV...
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January 29, 2012  |  Discuss

The Seattle Sounders and the Turning Point in MLS History

Is it possible there wouldn’t be an MLS if the Seattle Sounders hadn’t joined?  Prior to Seattle’s first season in 2009, the league was still struggling and there were some doubts as to whether it would survive. As soon as Seattle started playing in the league, an immediate difference could be detected.  The impact was undeniable on MLS’s bottom line.   It was apparent...
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January 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Why Major League Soccer should attempt to turn Jim Rome from a basher into a supporter

Whether you are a fan of Jim Rome or not, his influence on the American sports world is undeniable.  He has a daily 3-hour national sports talk radio show and had a half-hour TV show on ESPN, Rome is Burning (He is leaving ESPN and taking his show with him to CBS). His style is different than other personalities in that he references his followers as ‘clones’ and what they...
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January 28, 2012  |  Discuss

MLS More Than Halfway to 36 Teams

With currently 19 teams in its league, MLS is more than halfway to 36.  No other major team sports league in the U.S. has more than 32 teams.  The NHL, NBA and MLB leagues have 30 and the NFL has 32 teams. What would be the sense in MLS practically doubling its size? It is the perfect sense. It gives MLS strategic positioning for all areas of the U.S. and Canada. It would make...
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January 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Bottoms Line College Basketball Stock Watch

March Madness 2012 can’t get here soon enough for me, although last Saturday’s action brought plenty of madness on its own. Interestingly enough though, finding teams for this week’s stock watch was tough because so many teams appear to be locked into win-one, lose-one mode. Bottoms Line: Stock Up Davidson After beating Chattanooga on Thursday, the Wildcats improved to 9-0...
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January 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Pro Bowl 5 P’s: Preview, Point Spread, Pick, Prediction, and Poll

It’s that time of year again ladies and gentlemen. Of course the Super Bowl is next week, so this is Pro Bowl week! The NFL’s annual all-star game is being played on Sunday in Hawaii, and it features all the stars of today’s game, minus those who are in the Super Bowl and preparing for their game next week. Pro Bowl Preview The game is in its third year of being played the...
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January 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Friday Freeroll No-Brainer: Sign Up For the FREE $200 Tournament For MSF Readers at DraftStreet

As I write this, you and everyone you love* has five hours, 59 minutes, and 27 seconds to sign up for the Friday night freeroll tournament presented to MSF readers by our friends at DraftStreet. To sign up for free right now, click here. * – If you really love them, and they love sports, you’ll pass this win-win opportunity along to them. My team for tonight is set. Here is...
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January 27, 2012  |  Discuss

What Is A Sport, Anyway?

Yesterday Reddit user SpottedJack asked, “What is your definition of a ‘sport’?” sparking lively discussion about which physical and/or competitive activities qualify as sports. Several months ago I asked, “What Is ‘Midwest,’ Anyway?” In the interest of continuing that analysis of the name of this website, and in the interest of bringing new life to a conversation...
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January 27, 2012  |  Discuss

GIF: Pau Gasol Gets Burned Playing ‘Doggy Paddle’ Defense

It is officially Pau Gasol Week here at Midwest Sports Fans. Yesterday, after re-setting my lineup for this weekend’s DraftStreet freeroll tournament (click here to join here for free), I counted down the 22 most unintentionally hilarious pictures of the famously photogenic Gasol. I had no intention of posting again about Gasol today, because I was Gasol-ed out after yesterday...
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January 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Super Bowl 46 Preview: Patriots-Giants Prediction, Keys To Victory, and Is It Really a ‘Rematch’?

When the New England Patriots take the field versus the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, several of the same names, players, and stars from their first Super Bowl encounter, Super Bowl XLII, will be back. But perhaps not as many as you think. Patriots-Giants “Rematch”? In total, of the 106 players on the active rosters for the Giants and Patriots in Super XLII, only 23 are...
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January 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Prince Fielder’s 10 Greatest Milwaukee Moments (Before He Returned to Motown)

The Prince formally known as a Brewer is no more – Prince Fielder is now a Detroit Tiger – this after the franchise came out of nowhere with a 9-year, $215 million contract offer. Midwest Sports Fans has done a couple pieces in the past few days regarding the end of the Fielder sweepstakes. If you are a Milwaukee Brewers fan, you have had plenty of time to face the inevitable...
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January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Prince Fielder’s Greatest Hits (Before He Returned to Motown)

The Prince formally known as a Brewer is no more – Prince Fielder is now a Detroit Tiger – this after the franchise came out of nowhere with a 9-year, $215 million contract offer. Midwest Sports Fans has done a couple pieces in the past few days regarding the end of the Fielder sweepstakes. If you are a Milwaukee Brewers fan, you have had plenty of time to face the inevitable...
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January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

The NFL’s One Hit Wonders: Single Season & Super Bowl Outliers…With Songs To Match

You know how sometimes when you hear a one-hit wonder song on the radio or on the jukebox at a bar, it makes you think of a certain time in your life and all of the memories of that time come flooding back? For some reason, those songs resonate.  They are the songs that everyone knows the words to, even if they are embarrassed to admit it.  The best one-hit wonders activate that...
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January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Pau v Paul and the 22 Most Unintentionally Hilarious Pau Gasol Pictures Ever

Pau Gasol is one of the hot names in this morning’s sports highlight cycle after his Lakers won their cross-city matchup against the Clippers last night. This Battle of L.A. featured a brief disagreement among stars after Gasol placed his hand on Chris Paul’s head, an act that Paul immediately responded to in kind. He didn’t appreciate being treated like a child, or something...
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January 26, 2012  |  Discuss
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