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NFL Week 11 Against The Spread Picks: Polar Vortex Edition

The first Polar Vortex of the season has descended onto the NFL world. That only means one thing: big boy football has begun. Outside of the NFC South, all the NFC contenders held serve in Week 10, some in emphatic fashion. In the AFC, no less than 12 teams remain in the hunt for the playoffs. It may be cold outside, but the action over the next seven weeks will be more than hot...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland’s Corey Kluber earns AL Cy Young

It was a tale of two 28-year-olds, but did you know who Corey Kluber was before the 2014 season began? Surely everyone knew his competition in Seattle, but unless you’re an Indians fan or follow baseball closely, perhaps not. Wednesday night the Birmingham native hopefully became a household name after capturing the 2014 American League Cy Young Award. Though he was strong down...
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November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

I’ve never been more embarrassed to be a Chicago Bears fan

Words escaped me as I watched the Chicago Bears look like a happy but blind birthday kid aimlessly swinging at an pinata against the rival Green Bay Packers. I didn’t expect the Bears to win at Lambeau, but I did expect some effort or, at the very least, not an embarrassing performance. Before the kickoff Bears players were happy and looked ready to play. I asked my roommate,...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 11: Annual Game Of The Century

We all know there’s a pretty huge Big Ten football game this week, so how much of an introduction do we really need to this week’s picks? Wouldn’t it be better to just skip right to the game that’s on everybody’s mind? It absolutely would, so just click on to see my prediction. The post Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 11: Annual Game Of The Century appeared...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Predictions for 2014 MLB Postseason Awards

The end of Daylight Saving Time, frigid weather, and the conclusion of a stellar World Series make November a sad time for many baseball fans. Thankfully the sport gives us one last treat by recognizing the season’s best players during the 11th month. Announcements run this coming Monday through Thursday, so let’s take time to offer predictions on the winners. Rookie of the...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Week 10 Against The Spread Picks: Separation Sunday Edition

A quick look at the NFL standings suggests a mad stretch run to the playoffs begins in Week 10. In the AFC, the current first place teams are New England, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Denver. The pre-season prognosticators had all four as contenders, so there are no surprises there. But several other teams continue to be in the mix. Buffalo, Miami, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten’s Got 99 Problems, But A Bias Ain’t One

Big Ten football fans are in a bit of a funk lately. It’s been years since the conference was a legitimate threat to win a national title. It’s even been a while since the Big Ten has made a good showing of itself in bowl games. Throw in the media’s tendency to dogpile on the conference and you’ve got the makings of some world-class conspiracy theories. The most prominent...
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November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s time to get rid of Ice Girls

In the early years of sports broadcasts, when CBS, NBC, and ABC ruled the airwaves, networks used a lot of “T & A” to attract and please their mostly male audience. It was most definitely sexist and alienating to female fans. Sadly, times haven’t changed much since then. Almost every sport has some kind of its own “T & A,” and hockey is no different with its “ice...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 10: Playoffs?

The first College Football Playoff rankings came out this week and, well, there weren’t any Big Ten teams in the top four. If you find that news surprising, let me also break it you that the stuff in the middle of a Twinkie isn’t actually whipped cream, either. For the rest of us, there are six games that need our attention, so let’s give it to them, shall we? ...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Did latest World Series win establish Giants as a dynasty?

With their 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night, the San Francisco Giants have now won three World Series titles in the last five years and established themselves as the latest dynasty in American sports. The Giants became the first team since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates to win Game 7 of a World Series on the road, defeating the Royals before a raucous Kauffman...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 9 NFL Against The Spread: Mid-Term Edition

As the calendar turns to November and the cold starts to carry some bite, the NFL’s contenders will separate themselves from the pretenders. At the season’s halfway point, this weeks Against The Spread continues to evaluate trends along with other interesting nuggets. Week 8 record: 6-9 Season record: 63-57-1 New Orleans Saints (4-4) -2.5 at Carolina Panthers (3-4-1) The first...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers: Is It Time to Stress Out Over 2014 Team?

I have a very special message for Packers Nation. It contains five letters: P – A – N – I – C. When the 2014 NFL schedule came out most realistic Green Bay Packers fans knew Week 8 in New Orleans was likely going to be a hiccup. The Packers have fallen short there in past trips. The Superdome could serve as the Metrodome of the South. Silver linings could be found in...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 9: All These Miles, None of Them Les

This week’s Big Ten football schedule features two of the longest roads trips possible for conference teams — and the absolute shortest. No doubt some of these teams will be wishing they’d just stayed home. But who? And why? Well, that’s why I wrote the article, so go read it. The post Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 9: All These Miles, None of Them Les appeared...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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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October 17, 2014  |  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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October 16, 2014  |  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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October 16, 2014  |  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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October 14, 2014  |  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...
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October 10, 2014  |  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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October 10, 2014  |  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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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

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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October 09, 2014  |  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...
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October 08, 2014  |  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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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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