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Comparing Players Can Be Fun ... But It's Useless

Sports, by nature, is competition.  Teams and athletes compete to see who is better.  In most cases, we get a winner and a loser.  In a world filled with gray, sports is pretty black and white.When we start comparing players off the field, we get into a tough debate.  While it is usually fun to say this person is better than that one, it is just wasted time and energy.  Sometimes...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz Assassin's College Football Playoff

Okay, forget that controversial nonsense going on in real life!  Let's try my playoff!It's the same one I've had for years now.  Twelve teams make it with the champs from each of the "big five conferences" in and the top ranked champion from the non-"big five conferences".  Add in six at-large bids and we are all good.I'm seeding according to the AP rankings. FIRST ROUND BYES1...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Big 12 may look to expand, hold football title game

Would the Big 12 look west for a new member? The biggest loser on college football's Selection Sunday was the Big 12 Conference.  Baylor and TCU tied for champions of the league and both were the first two teams out of the Final Four.  TCU had the committee's love last week but Baylor owned the tiebreaker.  The Big 12 commish didn't do his league any favors by wavering...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' College Football Playoff Race (Dec 1)

Forget that College Playoff Rankings crap. I like my postseason better.I've done this for a few years now. My playoff is 12 teams where the champs of the big six conferences are automatically in, the top ranked champion from one of the other conferences and then five at-large bids (no more than three teams from one conference allowed). I seeded them by using the now-defunct BCS...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Who should Conference USA add to replace UAB?

UAB may shut down their football program this week. There are reports out there that the University of Alabama-Birmingham will be shutting down their football program.  That is a rather shocking bit of news since everyone seems to believe college football is such a cash cow no matter who the school is.  It is sad news for the students at UAB, their players, coaches and...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Mark Cuban Wants To Realign The NBA

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is always thinking outside the box ... I appreciate that ... and his latest idea is rather interesting. He is tired of the Western Conference being so much better than the East.  For example, his Mavericks finished as the 8th seed last season in the West, though they'd have been the No. 3 seed in the East.  His idea is to swap teams around.  Send the...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Please do not realign the NFL playoff format

Look, I've always been one for changing things up.  Just go through this blog from ... I dunno ... 2004 until now and you will see me realigning divisions, conferences and playoffs.  So I'm not that old guy that wants everything to stay the same.However, I'm not big on this talk of the NFL realigning their playoff format. A little background.Right now, the AFC North has the Bengals...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Ten Year 'Anniversary' Of The Malice At The Palace

                       Ten years ago today, the Malice At The Palace happened.  Watch above to relive the moment.
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' College Football Playoff Race (Nov 16)

Forget that College Playoff Rankings crap.  I like my postseason better.I've done this for a few years now.  My playoff is 12 teams where the champs of the big six conferences are automatically in, the top ranked champion from one of the other conferences and then five at-large bids (no more than three teams from one conference allowed).  I seeded them by using the now-defunct...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

It's been real tough being a decades-long Redskins fan

I've been a Redskins fan since the early 1980s.  That means I've seen the glory days of the franchise with their trio of Super Bowl titles from 1982 to 1991 ... and the tundra that has been the last two decades.  I've seen the amazing Hogs, Doug Williams' brilliant second quarter of Super Bowl XXII and that dominant season on 1991.  I've also watched the team I love turn into...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

If I Expanded The NFL To Six More Teams ...

Earlier, I wrote about if I expanded the NFL by eight teams, who would those teams be and where would they go.  What if eight was just waaaaay too much and the NFL just wished to expand by four teams?  That may be more likely.Using that earlier article, I'm going to use these as my new four franchises:  Los Angeles, London, San Antonio and Portland.  Frankfort just misses out...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

If I Expanded The NFL To Eight More Teams ...

If the NFL expanded to 8 more teams, of courseL.A. would get at least one of those teams. If I expanded the NFL to eight more teams, who would I pick?First off, let me just say that I'm not unsatisfied with the 32-team member league at all.  I like the setup of the 32 teams in eight 4-team divisions.  I love the schedule and the whole deal.But, ya know, let's just say that it...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Stop It With The College Football Playoff Rankings!!!!!

The college football playoff committee is entrusted to pick the newfour team playoff, but why do we need them to pick these teams now? Every Tuesday, ESPN and the sports world sets aside some time to unveil that week's college football rankings.  The committee who sorts through who will ultimately make the playoffs keeps releasing their "rankings" even though we are a month away...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Sportz Assassin College Football Playoff Race

Forget that College Playoff Rankings crap.  I like my postseason better.I've done this for a few years now.  My playoff is 12 teams where the champs of the big six conferences are automatically in, the top ranked champion from one of the other conferences and then five at-large bids (no more than three teams from one conference allowed).  I seeded them by using the now-defunct...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Coaches On The Hot Seat (Pre-Halloween Edition)

REX RYAN, JETS:  Ryan has survived the ax the last two years, but it seems all but inevitable that Ryan will be out of Gotham Green after this season.  They are 1-7 and Ryan's usually stout defense is giving up over 28 points-per-game.  Ryan has also wasted away two top quarterback picks in Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith. MIKE SMITH, FALCONS:  I thought Atlanta's sad sack season...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Redskins Are 1-5 ... And Check Out Who Also Sucks

You are what your record says you are.  So despite how you want to frame it, the Washington Redskins (my favorite team) is 1-5.Who else sucks?  Five other teams have 0 or 1 wins on the season and none of them are who you want to be associated with:ST. LOUIS (1-4):  The Rams have been competitive this year, but they are the lone team to lose to the Buccaneers.TAMPA BAY (1-5):  The...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Quick Eastern Conference 2014-2015 preview

LeBron is back in Cleveland.  But can he bring with himthe success he had in Miami? Later this month, the NBA season will be underway.  So let's look at how I ... the Sportz Assassin ... see the Eastern Conference unfolding (check the West here).1-CHICAGO BULLSGood:  The Bulls are a tough bunch.  They are defensively sound and won despite being limited offensively. ...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Cincinnati TV Station Gets Their Panthers Mixed Up

Cincinnati's NBC affiliate, WLWT, must have someone in the graphics department that doesn't know their football.  The Bengals, who lost badly to the Patriots last night, will face the NFL's Carolina Panthers next Sunday.The graphic says that the Bengals will instead play the Eastern Illinois Panthers.  Who?  Yeah, wrong Panthers.Eastern Illinois plays in the NCAA Division I FCS...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Quick Western Conference 2014-2015 preview

The Spurs are the defending champions.  But will the be thebest in the West this coming season? Later this month, the NBA season will be underway.  So let's look at how I ... the Sportz Assassin ... see the Western Conference unfolding.1-OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDERGood:  Kevin Durant is coming off an MVP season.  OKC is coming off a season where Russell Westbrook missed a lot...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

I'd Like To See NHL Add Two Teams, Go To 8 Divisions

If you know my blog, I like tinkering around with divisions.  In the NFL ... keep them the same.  In baseball, I'd like the old NL and AL East and West.  In the NBA, just give me a Western and Eastern conference and screw the divisions (or go back to the 4 division format of yore).In the NHL, I'm torn on the newer four division format.  The NHL, unlike the NBA, employs a division...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Derek Jeter Tour Overblown?

When you are rich, people just give you thingsWe are winding down the Derek Jeter era for the Yankees Major League Baseball world and many are asking the question of whether the Love Tour is necessary.  To me ... no.  While Jeter is a Yankee legend and one of the better players of our time, this is much too much. First off, the tour itself.  I hate them, unless you are really...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Hurricane Hugo Hit 25 Years Ago Today. How Sports Have Changed

Hurricane Hugo hit Charlotte overnight on September 22, 1989.  I was a 14 year old junior high football player when that happened and it was quite the event.  No power or school for nearly two weeks.  Gas lines, fallen trees, showers by candle light.  Ahhhh.I'm a sports nerd, so I look at things in a different way when it comes to timelines.  How did our sports look back in...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Yeah! The Citrus Bowl Is Back!

I've been for the college bowls going back to typical bowl names.  I don't mind the sponsorships, but I hate when the sponsors become the bowl names. Earlier this year, the Peach Bowl returned after a run where it became the Chick-fil-A Bowl.  Sure, it was a money motivated decision since the Peach Bowl wanted to be part of the college football playoff (which requires bowls to...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN ... Leave Michael Sam Alone (Other NFL Notes)

Michael Sam has become the new Tim Tebow.I'm not comparing their play, their social importance or whatever to the sports landscape or even their fanbase.  I mean that ESPN just won't leave them alone. During the Tim Tebow Era of ESPN, his name was all over the network.  It could be March and they were name dropping him.  First Take would spend pretty much every day bringing him...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Sportz' NFL Preview

Ahhhhhhhhh!  It is that time of year again.  Football is back, baseball is in the home stretch, kids are back in school, fantasy football drafts are being held and the sound of basketballs hitting gym floor is around the corner.After a month hiatus, I'm back refreshed to look forward to the fall.  College Saturdays and NFL Sundays.  And like every year at this time, I'm going...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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