50 stops to Super Bowl 50

Every year since Super Bowl XL, I have used this blog for my "Stops To Super Bowl" list.  Every year, I create a list of smart, dumb, inane and chat worthy items for you to use in any banter leading up to and during the Super Bowl.This year, it is 50 Stops to Super Bowl 50 and I'm back with some more (and some of the same) little items for you about the upcoming big game.#50-NO...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

No Team Has Hosted A Super Bowl? No Team Has Even Been Close!!!

New Orleans has played host to the Super Bowl ten times, but the hometown Saints have only been to one title tilt. No team has ever played on their home field in the Super Bowl.  It has never happened.  Never.  Most fans know that.  But if you really look into it, it hasn't even been close.  First, some stats on this.*Of the 50 Super Bowls, 43 of them were played in a stadium...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

49 moments for 49 Super Bowls

Vince Lombardi carried off the field after the Packers'Super Bowl II victory over the Oakland Raiders. Remember the hit show Friends?  The name of each episode always began with "The One Where ... " and then some moment from that week's program.  The Super Bowl is sort of like that.  Each Super Bowl has its own flavor.  Its own memory.  Sure, there is a lot more to a...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Redskins 2016 Schedule Is A *****!

The Washington Redskins are NFC East Champions.  Excuse me while I soak this in.  This was not supposed to happen. This team was a wreck coming out of preseason.  Next Sunday, the Redskins will host the Packers in the wildcard round and this magical, unexpected season could come to an end (or it could extend into the next weekend in Arizona or Carolina).I'm going to enjoy every...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

NFC Is Hot Heading Into The Postseason; So Are The AFC's Wildcard Teams

The playoffs should be great.  In the AFC, you actually have the "bottom" three teams a bit in a better place than the top three teams.  *Broncos have lost 2 of last 4*Patriots have lost 2 straight; lost 4 of 6*Bengals have lost 2 of 4; lost 4 of 8 Meanwhile, you have the Chiefs on a 10-game winning streak.  The Texans have won 7 of their last 9 games.  The Steelers have won...
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January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Are there just too many bowl games? Or not enough?

We are nearing the end of bowl season.  We have a full slate today and then the National Championship game in about 10 days.  As usual, bowl season has had its ups and downs ... but is it the right amount of each?  Is the bowl season too long, not long enough or just right?I've always subscribed to the thinking that there can never be "too many" bowl games.  Ultimately, the...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

State Of My Teams 2015

The end of 2015 is near, which means it is time to take a look at the state of my favorite teams.  The good, the bad, the firesale.  So let's get to it.NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS BASKETBALL:  I feel pretty good about the Heels.  While their preseason #1 ranking is gone and they have lost the lone two "true road" games this season thus far, I like what this team should be when March...
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December 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Could The Redskins Really Win The NFC East?

In life, goals change.When I was a little kid, I wanted to draw cartoons.  That was until I wanted to be a baseball player.  Then a basketball player.  Then working for Nike.  Then work in marketing.  Finally, I ended up doing none of those things and taking a job that paid well but has zero allure.  So on the side, I write about sports and the teams I love.One of those teams...
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December 24, 2015  |  Discuss

What Week 17 Game Should Be Flexed

Week 15 is nearly over (the Lions and Saints face off Monday night in the week's finale) and the end of the season is near.  What game could be the flex game in Week 17 and the final game of the regular season?  The NFL likes to have a game with a lot on the line (mainly a playoff spot up for grabs).1-EAGLES AT GIANTS:  The NFC East has practically owned the final game of the...
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December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

How Are QBs Getting Hurt When We Have All These QB-Protection Rules?

Tom Brady had his knee run into by Bernard Pollard in Week 1 of the 2008 season, and since then we've seen rules protecting quarterbacks get stiffer.  You can't touch their helmets, you can't tackle them low, you cannot hit them hard unless they pretend they aren't a quarterback for a second. The thinking was that we were seeing all these quarterbacks injured and QBs, as you know...
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December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Transforming college conferences into 10-team memberships

The ACC logo in 1995 when only nine teams made up the league.Now 15 teams are in the basketball league making for anoversized conference where teams don't play each other as often. I've felt this way for a long time.  I have felt that the college conferences should be no more and no less than ten teams.  Ten members.  Each conference.  That's it.  That's simple.Now,...
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November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking At The Three Remaining Undefeated Teams

CAROLINA PANTHERS (8-0)How they got here:  Some dismissed the Panthers because of their relatively underwhelming early schedule.  However, Carolina has now beaten the Seahawks in Seattle and the Eagles, Colts and Packers in Charlotte.Most impressive win:  27-23 at Seattle.  Anytime you can win in Seattle is impressive.  Marching down the field with time running out and scoring...
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November 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking The NFL's 10 Biggest Disappointments

The Lions Matt Stafford has already been benched in a game this season. What is a disappointment?  A team that didn't meet our expectations for where they should be at after Week 6 of the NFL season.  There is a variety of reasons the teams who are featured here are on this list.  Injuries have hit a few hard.  Age has hit a couple.  Tough schedules have felled others.  Some...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking all 30 NBA logos

The NBA season is almost here and we have an opportunity to look at the NBA logos. I've been wanting to do this for some time, so here it is. Ranking the logos.Now, this is all me and what I like. So here we go. 30-LOS ANGELES CLIPPERSThis is awful.  Their longtime one was bad too, but at least I get it.  This is just bad.  Looks like the NBA Live logo from the 1990s and...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking At The NFL's Undefeated Teams After Week 6

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady know a thing or two about starting seasonsoff strong, but there are three other teams who are enjoying record starts. CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-0)How they got here:  It isn't like the Panthers have been blowing teams out all year.  Their first four wins were over underwhelming opponents and made people feel this team was fools gold.  However, their win...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking all 30 NHL logos

The NHL season is here and we have an opportunity to look at the NHL logos.  I've been wanting to do this for some time, so here it is.  Ranking the logos. Now, this is all me and what I like.  So here we go. 30-FLORIDA PANTHERS Where do I begin with this?  I don't like the leaping in 3-D panther ... or is it walking towards me on its hind legs?  Plus when up against the...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Super Bowl rematches

There are 19 games this NFL season which feature matchups of old Super Bowl foes.  With this being the NFL's 50 Super Bowl season, the league wants to make a note of these games ... though I haven't really seen much of anything they've done.  I'd like to see maybe the uniforms worn in those Super Bowls reused.  Maybe have a notable presence of those who played in the Super Bowl...
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September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA Makes Playoff Change ... Now Let's Scrap Divisions

The NBA has decided to seed playoff teams according to record and not if they are division champions.  This means that a division champion with a poor record could end up as an 8th seed.Moving in the right direction.The next step is just eliminating divisions altogether.While I understand the point of divisions in sports and even like when some leagues add or subtract divisions...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL's Head Coach Hot Seat

10-CHUCK PAGANO (COLTS):  I know.  I must be smoking something.  However, Pagano's contract expires after this season and it isn't out of the realm of possibility that if he fails to get to a Super Bowl or back to the AFC title game then he could be replaced for a closer.  We've seen it happen in other places (namely Tampa Bay with Tony Dungy, plus what Denver just did with John...
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August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Sportz Assassin's NFL Predictions

Will Russell Wilson and Tom Brady meet up again in another Super Bowl? I love predictions because they are useless.  Yep.  I'm writing this knowing it is pointless.  We all can make these predictions with educated guesses ... and some picks will be spot on and some will be way off. Knowing this, I'm making my predictions is a very unlike-me way.  Instead of burying my head...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Wants To Expand? C'mon Montreal and Charlotte!

Will the Expos return to Major League Baseball? The MLB is talking about expanding for the first time since 1998.  Nice.  Expansion in pretty much all the major league sports has died off since the early 2000s yet all we see are skyrocketing values in franchise values.  Makes sense for leagues to start to kick around expansion. Baseball can see itself expanding soon and two...
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July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

What Cities Should Host World Cup Matches If The United States Has To Host?

What if FIFA decided to strip Russia and/or Qatar of their World Cup bids in 2018 or 2022, respectively?  That could happen if the bribery and kickback scandal reaches to the awarding of their bids.  While that would be a historic decision, it isn't one that is out of the realm of possibility.  If that did happen, there must be another country willing to step in on short notice...
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June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA should have 'legacy contracts' for long-time players

By Sportz Assassin. By now, most of you have heard about the contract issues with Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.  In a general nutshell, Wade has had a great career in Miami and has taken a lot of sacrifices for the team to be able to make moves to win championships.  Now he's in the latter end of his career, he's banged up, but he wants some financial security from the team...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - Final 4

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch all four games going on at the same time.  This one will take the entire Final Four as one day.GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Wisconsin vs Kentucky. This was what everyone outside of the Bluegrass state wanted.  To see Kentucky beaten.  Maybe that's a bit drastic, but the SEC wasn't challenging enough...
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April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

ACC Dominant In NCAA Title Game Again

*Since 1982 (34 years), the ACC has won 11 NCAA tournaments.  That's nearly one-third of the time. *Current ACC membership has won 13 of the last 34 NCAA tournaments (and 14 of 36).*The ACC is now 6-1 vs Big Ten in NCAA title games. *Conferences in that span ...ACC: 11 titles (13 from current members)Big East: 7 titles (only 2 from current members)SEC: 6 titlesBig Ten: 3 titles...
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April 07, 2015  |  Discuss
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