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2014 NFL Season Predictions

National Football Conference NFC EAST 
Philadelphia Eagles – 11-5 (4)
 New York Giants – 5-11
 Washington Redskins –6-10
 Dallas Cowboys – 4-12 NFC SOUTH
 New Orleans Saints – 13-3 (2)
 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 9-7 Atlanta Falcons – 7-9
 Carolina Panthers – 4-12

 NFC NORTH
 Green Bay Packers – 13-3 (1) Detroit Lions – 10-6...
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2014 Sleeper Targets

With one final weekend of drafting set to get underway following tonight’s preseason finales, it’s a good time to re-examine who some of the better sleepers are to snag in those mid-to-late rounds. Here’s a peek at my favorites, in the order I prioritize them, not the order I feel they need to be drafted. While I like Kelvin Benjamin a lot – particularly in keeper formats...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Preview of USA vs Belgium

Here are some things I think you should know before the USA/Belgium game. - I'm already tired of hearing that the USA "backed in" to the round of 16. It's as if those first two games against Ghana and Portugal didn't count. Plain and simple, USA didn't let Germany blow them out, Portugal did. Case closed. - Omar Gonzalez played good enough last...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets Draft Recap

GM Jarmo Kekalainen didn't have three first round picks this year to provide an immediate talent infusion to the organization, but coming off a welcome (if unexpected) playoff appearance he also didn't sacrifice draft picks in an effort to provide a quick boost to the NHL roster either. Here's the latest batch of kids striving to be part of the future in Columbus: ...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

What I Think You Should Know About The USMNT

When I first started walking, my parents put a soccer ball at my feet. I'm now 37 and have played soccer almost ever since then. You can say I?m pretty pumped up about the USMNT heading into the World Cup even if they?re not supposed to advance out of the group stage. Let's talk about the men's team. For years I?ve wanted for this country to send our best players overseas...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

La-La-La-L.A. Gets Lord Stanley!

Just a few things that caught my eye: Alec Martinez's Cup-winning goal celebration? # priceless. I wonder if he'll ever get his gloves back. Henrik Lundqvist stopped the 50th shot of the game; he couldn't stop the 51st. #connsmythe if the Rangers had found a way to come back in this series. Two Cups in three years. And this one was won on the back...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Stanley Cup Final: No Sweep

Just a few things that caught my eye: So, the Kings get to lift the Cup on home ice. Isn't that sweet. Then again, the Rangers could have been lifting the silver chalice tonight. They've played well, but have almost nothing to show for it. How many times can a puck stop on the goal line if a puck could stop on a goal line? Now I understand why my beer league goalie...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Stanley Cup Final Game 2

Just a few things that caught my eye: Justin Williams for Conn Smythe? It's really not a stretch any more. Anze Kopitar should get it, but he who gets quiet in the Final often gets the shaft. When is goalie interference not goalie interference? We shouldn't be surprised, though -- wasn't it the ref at center ice that made the interference call when Henrik...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Stanley Cup Final Game 1

Just a few things that caught my eye: Three goals, all on the blocker side. Coincidence or a ***** in King Henrik Lundqvist's armor? Note to the Rangers -- keep your foot on your opponent's throat once you have it there. Do not take pity on them. Do not let them up. Yoo-hoo, Ryan McDonagh -- I know you like to join the rush, but you can't leave the...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- The Cup Is Set

Just a few things that caught my eye: Three of the Kings' five goals were scored when blocked shots went wrong. Don Cherry is right in this case -- make damn sure you block it or get out of the bloody way. Two more points for Justin Williams. Most points EVER in the history of Game 7s. Seriously. Thanks for showing up, Patrick Sharp. Too little, too late...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Headed to Game 7

Just a few things that caught my eye: How is it that the deeper the Hawks go in a series, the better they get? They're 13-0 in games five, six and seven over the last two years. #clutch. Two words: Patrick Kane. No, Patrick FREAKING Kane. Four assists last game and now two goals and an assist this one? He had one point in his first four games this series. Conn Smythe...
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- One Down, One to Go

Just a few things that caught my eye: Was that Dominic Hasek inside Henrik Lundqvist's equipment? Holy twist/roll/backflip blocker save, eh! He was lucky he didn't accidentally score an own goal. Every year, there's a foreshadowing of future greatness one or two young players. Is Brandon Saad this year's version? I like what I see. A lot. There...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Lance & LeBron

Nice home victory by the Pacers last night to get back in the series. It's now 3-2, as you probably know, with the series returning to Miami. Lance Stephenson continued the trash talk and tight D on LeBron. But did he take things to far? See below. I think it's cute... Any thoughts, ballers?
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Conference Finals Nearing End?

Just a few things that caught my eye: #outofgas. Chicago and Montreal. Sad really. I wanted that final. Jake Muzzin: five goals in 18 playoff games. It took him 76 to hit that mark in the regular season. Sell high. Just because Frank the Tank has a Muzzin jersey doesn't mean you should, too. Dustin Tokarski was outstanding Sunday night. Just like he was...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Conference Finals Thursday

Just a few things that caught my eye: Puck luck. That's what you get when you just fire the puck at the net, Montreal. Good things happen ... like Alexander Galchenyuk scoring with his eye teeth. #takewhatyouget Six straight. L.A. out-Chicagoed Chicago. Wow. And now from the land of one bulb short of a tanning bed we have two nominees for weenie of the...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Conference Finals Monday

Just a few things that caught my eye: Four and done? I HATE the thought of the Rangers skating their way into the Cup Finals. Spit. Corey Crawford -- the Rodney Dangerfield of goalies. He don't get no respect. Pity. The guy has been dialled in for a few years now and people still doubt him. The Caps caught a break with Alexander Ovechkin's knee. That...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Eastern Conference Game 1

Just a few things that caught my eye: Do you think the Habs regret that Ryan McDonagh trade? Where are Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Michael Busto any way? Saturday night is for hockey. Saturday afternoon is for mountain biking, at least in my world. NBC ratings have sucked for years -- why does the league sacrifice -- or should I say, take for granted -- Canadian audiences...
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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- The Night the Lights Went Out in Boston

Just a few things that caught my eye: Is Zdeno Chara hurt or is he just getting old? Maybe it's a bit of both ... That own goal was unlucky, but that wouldn't have happened a couple years ago. Carey Price is so laid back he might actually be comatose. Don't crack a smile, dude. Don't do it. Is it me or is it just a bit too easy to knock Sidney...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two, Monday

Just a few things that caught my eye: Speed kills ... at least it does at home. It's clearly the Bruins' kryptonite. Now if only Montreal could figure out how to bring that game to Boston. I guess King Henrik Lunqvist didn't want to be outdone by a fourth-liner in Boston. Or maybe he thought the electrolyte mix in his bottle would be like salt in the wounds...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round 2 Saturday

Just a few things that caught my eye: Is John Gibson Bruce Boudreau's Ken Dryden? So ... you land here from outer space and you've never seen hockey. You've dropped into New York and you're watching the Rangers. Is it fair that you think Mats Zuccarello is a much better player than Rick Nash? The Hawks had their boots on the Wild's throat...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two Thursday

Just a few things that caught my eye: Matt Fraser -- the first player to score OT winners in both the AHL and NHL playoffs in the same season. #livingthedream. The Leafs re-upped Randy Carlyle. Really? Was firing all of his assistants, including "his" guys, a not-so-subtle signal that he needs to reinvent himself? Does a leopard ever change his spots? ...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Mock-It-Yourself: The Cowboys 3.0

Thanks to one of the writers at dallascowboys.com, I found a nifty site that allows you to select an NFL team and do a mock draft for them. http://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/ This is the third mock draft I've blogged about. Round 5 (158): Cornelius Lucas, OT, Kansas State (both mocks) In looking past the top-rated tackles, Lucas kept standing out as an intriguing pick...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Could Thunder Ride Durant's MVP Speech to NBA Finals?

Did you catch Kevin Durant's amazing 11 minute MVP acceptance speech? It was impressive. Very impressive. Have you ever heard a superstar be this team-oriented? Give it a listen. One has to wonder if this is the kind of event that can unify an already talented bunch to achieve great things. Now listen to him talk about his family. If you can keep a dry eye when Durant...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two Tuesday

Just a few things that caught my eye: The Kings and the Blackhawks are the class of the league. The Bruins are a step behind them. The rest? They might as well be in the AHL. Has Marc-Andre Fleury exorcized his demons? I thought not. Neither has Ilya Bryzgalov. David Krejci lined up against Pavel Datsyuk in the first series and now has Thomas Plekanec to manage...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two Sunday

Just a few things that caught my eye: Come here; go away. No, come here. No, no, no -- go AWAY. OK, come here. It's every fan's love affair with Marc-Andre Fleury. Bryan Bickell has three goals against the Wild. The Wild have three goals against the Hawks. Just saying. BTW, how much as the Wild paying those two big free agents? Welcome back, Kris Letang...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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