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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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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

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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October 05, 2014  |  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! ...
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October 03, 2014  |  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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October 02, 2014  |  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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October 02, 2014  |  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...
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October 01, 2014  |  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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October 01, 2014  |  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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September 30, 2014  |  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...
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September 29, 2014  |  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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September 27, 2014  |  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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September 27, 2014  |  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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September 26, 2014  |  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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September 26, 2014  |  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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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

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’...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

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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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

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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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

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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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

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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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

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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September 18, 2014  |  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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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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