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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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4 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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5 days ago  |  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...
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6 days ago  |  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...
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10 days ago  |  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...
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10 days ago  |  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...
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10 days ago  |  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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10 days ago  |  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...
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27 days ago  |  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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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'...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Cavs Making Moves: NBA Free Agent Freeze Ready To Thaw?

Will LeBron James come back to Cleveland, or willhe break Cavs fans hearts again.Eventually rumors can become facts.The NBA's free agency period (a moratorium right now until July 10th) has been not much more than rumors.  The fact that Josh McRoberts signing with the Heat is getting a lot of attention tells you just how little anything concrete is happening.  No, it has been...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Just Wait On Grading This NBA Draft, Let's Look At 2009 Instead

The NBA Draft is over.  Who won?  Who had the best pick?  Who had the worst pick?  Who got the big sleeper?  Who reached?  What trade was the smartest?Who cares.I know that's what draft nerds always do after the NBA and NFL drafts.  We try to break it down as if we are Miss Cleo.  Was is smart for Philly to draft Joel Embiid with that foot and back injury?  Should Andrew...
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

What is Jason Kidd thinking?

Who are the winners and losers in the Nets, Bucks,Kidd dance over the weekend?I like Jason Kidd.  I liked him in high school ... and enjoyed his play in college and the NBA.  He was a sensational passer who took his biggest flaw, outside shooting, and turned into one of the best three point shooters of all time. I thought it was a bit of a stretch for him to leave the New York...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

I Don't Get Soccer ... But I Get The World Cup

I like the World Cup.  I kinda, sorta get into it.  Just a little bit.  I will admit that 99% of all the soccer I will ever watch will be World Cup soccer.  I'm fine with that and I will always admit that.That's says more about the World Cup itself than the sport.  The same way I'll watch Olympic swimming or curling is the same way I'll watch World Cup soccer...
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June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

James Michael McAdoo Could Continue To Hurt North Carolina

This hasn't been a banner season of North Carolina basketball.  From the PJ Hairston thing to the losing in the Round of 32 thing and the Rashad McCants thing, the Carolina brand has taken huge hits. James Michael McAdoo may actually hurt the Tar Heels harder, however.The Hairston thing was his fault.  Losing to Iowa State to end the Heels season did place hope for a 2014-15...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the Lakers legitimately get LeBron and Melo?

We are at the eve of draft night and the selections are taking a back seat to the free agent frenzy that will happen less than a week later.  All we really know is that LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are opting out of their contracts with the Heat and Knicks, respectively. I firmly believe that both will eventually resign with their former teams.  Well, "firmly believe"...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Should Kobe Bryant Have His #24 or #8 Retired By The Lakers?

Kobe Bryant is one of the best players to ever play in the NBA.  He is a first ballot Hall Of Famer and will receive all the trappings of one of the true elite players in the game.  One of those things will be seeing his jersey retired at the Staples Center not too long after he retires.But what number will be on that jersey?  Number 8 or number 24?If it was me, both numbers would...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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