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Fox Sports’ Pam Oliver press release was very misleading

There’s “spin” and then there’s just outright lying. On July 15th, Fox Sports sent out a press release articulating what the new role of Pam Oliver will be within the network. Oliver was being demoted from first team NFL sideline reporter to the second string. Erin Andrews, after failing in her role as a studio analyst, was taking Oliver’s place. Fox Sports President Eric...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick admits she has “sucked” at Richmond

Danica Patrick said this week, via her publicity team, something that many auto racing fans and journalists have been saying for some time. Giving her thoughts on this weekend’s race at Richmond, Patrick said, via her PR team’s race preview/advance: “The first thing I think of when going to Richmond is we have sucked there each and every time (laughs). So we are going there...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Jay Cutler will be the NFL MVP, says Michael Irvin

With apologies to Jay-Z, Jay Cutler is “playing monopoly with real cash.” #CuttyDoesIt will be the highest paid player in the NFL this season, a million dollars more than Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons(source: Roster Management System, via ESPN). “Jay day” became payday largely due to the lackluster history of Bears quarterbacking. I did a story on this exact topic that...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 New England Patriots expectations are SKY HIGH!

Expectations for the New England Patriots are of the charts this season, and it’s easy to understand why. Pass defense has been this team’s Achilles heel for so long, but they went out and acquired the shut down corner of all shut down corners this season. With Revis Island in tow, as well as the other upgrades to their secondary and pass rush, expect huge things out of the Patriots...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Angel Di Maria: Real Madrid told me not to play in World Cup

Angel di Maria has spoken in-depth for the first time about his move away from Real Madrid, and his revelations did not disappoint. This is the first time Di Maria has opened up publicly about his relationship with the La Liga giants since he joined Manchester United. In a revealing interview with Radio America, Di Maria said that Madrid sent him a letter asking him not to play in...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Di Maria adds fuel to Cristiano Ronaldo to Man United rumor fire

Still not time to buy stock in the Cristiano Ronaldo coming back to Manchester United rumors, but Angel Di Maria gave a very telling interview that makes you think the idea isn’t as crazy as it may sound. “Cristiano was always on my side. I don’t know how much longer he can put up with it at Madrid,” said Di Maria who just left Real Madrid to join United.  Di Maria also...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Did Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli kick an opposing player in the head?

Twitter is abuzz right now about Mario Balotelli, and as usual when it comes to Balotelli, it’s something potentially scandalous? This time it’s not parking his car in the middle of a high traffic street, or being pulled over with a disturbing amount of cash on had in his high end sports car. No, supposedly Mario Balotelli may or may not have kicked a Wolves player in the head...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: how will Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao play together?

Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and now Radamel Falcao, who is the odd man out at Old Trafford? How is Louis van Gaal going to fit everyone in at Manchester United? Will he have to shift from his usual 3-5-2 to a Diamond? Or Maybe a 4-2-3-1? Van Gaal has said he’s stubbornly staying with his bread and butter formation, but given that he’s still winless with the Red Devils, it...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Kenyan couple have Manchester United themed wedding

There’s enjoying sports as an escape from your life, and then there’s making sports…YOUR LIFE! This is pretty insane: a Manchester United themed wedding. I saw this on Sir Alex Stand a couple days ago, but tonight ESPN FC picked it up from Nairobi Wire. If a picture says a thousand words…we’ll still keep this post under 200. It gets the point across better. However, I have...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

NY Jets just cannot lose to Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr

If there’s one category Rex Ryan is dominant in, it’s his ability to make rookie quarterbacks look like they don’t belong on the field. With a 7-3 record against rookie quarterbacks, Jets fans should look forward to seeing Derek Carr step out onto the MetLife Stadium turf with the Oakland Raiders. Some NFL pundits wonder whether Derek Carr should even be on the field this weekend...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

MUFC’s David De Gea might become Spain #1 GK

Manchester United  goal keeper David De Gea may no longer be the back-up goalkeeper to Iker Casillas for Spain moving forward. And if you witnessed Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and The Netherlands absolutely destroying Spain/Casillas in the opening match of the World Cup, you’ll understand why. Louis van Gaal’s Dutch side put up five goals on the defending champs in that match...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool FC closing deal for Victor Valdes

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 32, will join Liverpool next month once is fit enough for a medical after a serious knee injury, says a claim in the Daily Mail. Via “Paper Chase” in Fox Sports.  -Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to offer legendary former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes a way back into the game. Well, no one really saw this one coming...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United pursuing deal for Mats Hummels again in January

Manchester United went ALL OUT for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummel this past transfer window, and now they have declared their intentions to revive a deal as dead as doornail next transfer window. Or maybe the next transfer window after that.       According to the Times of London, via Fox Sports “Paper Chase,” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is set to continue...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Radamel Falcao to make Man United debut tomorrow

No Premier League actions this week, due to the international break, but it’s official now that Manchester United will get all of their new players on the field in their next game (a week from Sunday, on September 14th at home versus Queens Park Rangers). Man United’s official social media has said that Radmel Falcao will play. As will Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo. Yes, even Rojo...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Eli Manning, NY Giants offense could be really bad this year

From what we saw in the preseason, Eli Manning could be awful this season. He look’s anything but ELIte. The New York Giants offense as a whole has mad major issues. I wouldn’t be surprised if they ended up being kind of terrible in 2014. I’m not the only one who thinks so. Fox Sports Troy Aikman was on media conference call yesterday, and Aikman shares the concern that many...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs minor league all-star team part 1: pitchers

  It is time for the rollout of our second annual Chicago Cubs minor league All-Star team.  Today, we reveal the pitchers, two starters and two relievers, who made our squad.  In each subsequent installment, we will give All-Star nods to two or more position players until we have fielded a full squad. So let’s get to work revealing our All-Star pitchers. RHP Jen-Ho Tseng...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

How the Chicago Bears can win, lose Week 1

An interesting preseason for the Chicago Bears has ended and the wait for meaningful football is finally over. At noon on Sunday, the Bears open up their 2014-15 NFL campaign by welcoming the Buffalo Bills to Soldier Field. The Bills enter the season with as many issues and concerns as Chicago, meaning that this game may be a closer matchup than it appears. The main objective in...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Troy Aikman gives stance on Washington “Redskins” usage

As one of the premier announcers for one of the premier NFL broadcast partners, the opinion of Troy Aikman matters; a lot. Fox Sports Troy Aikman was on media conference call yesterday, and Aikman was asked about how he’ll refer to the Washington football team this year. “As long as their nickname is the Redskins that’s what I’m going to call them,” said Aikman. “That’s...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Fox Sports President Eric Shanks on Network’s “Redskins” policy

As one of the premier NFL broadcast partners, the opinion of the Fox Sports leadership matters; a lot. Fox Sports President Eric Shanks was on media conference call yesterday, and he was asked about the network’s official policy on the Washington football team name usage. “We’ve been pretty clear in our communication, both internally and externally that until the facts are...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United transfer period ranked #2 in Premier League

Manchester United outspent everybody in all of Europe this summer transfer window. As I wrote on September 2nd,  United led all the big spenders this summer with £199 million this window. Arsenal is second at £113m, so the Premier League took the top two slots. La Liga giant Barcelona was third at £100m, with Liverpool coming in fourth at 77 million pounds. So the PL took in...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool FC transfer window ranked 6th out of 20

As I wrote on September 2nd, it was about as interesting a summer transfer window as possible for Liverpool FC. They sold the best player in the entire Premier League to Barca, for a huge sum. And it all happened in the wake of an international controversy and extreme disgrace. The Reds then went on a buying spree with all that new cash. And one of their buys is another headcase...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Tottenham Hotspur transfer window ranked 17th out of 20

As I wrote on September 2nd, this was about as boring a transfer window as possible from Tottenham Hotspur. There really wasn’t much at all to ever talk about with Spurs. The North London side took awhile to name Mauricio Pochettino as the successor to Tim Sherwood. Then it took a real long time to add a single player at all. And in the end, there’s nothing about their transfer...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Does Derek Carr deserve Oakland Raiders QB1 gig?

Derek Carr, not Johnny Manziel, nor Blake Bortles, or even Teddy Bridgewater will become the first rookie quarterback to start in the NFL this season. Carr got the call for week one versus the New York Jets. Here’s a video with more on Derek Carr winning the job, the first Raiders rookie signal caller ever given the chance to start the opening game: Both Carr and Schaub are an...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Denver Broncos Super Bowl favorites among ESPN panel

When last we saw the Denver Broncos, they were performing in a Super Bowl in the same manner in which the 1980s Denver Broncos performed in Super Bowls. And despite Wes Welker picking the wrong week to stop sniffing Old Spice, and how his suspension will affect the offense early, Denver is still the odds-on favorite to win the Super Bowl. At least according to the ESPN’s panel...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Chelsea FC deservedly top AP global football poll

Chelsea FC had the best summer transfer window of anyone, and they got off to the best start of anyone in the English Premier League. The London side made all the right deals this summer and were the preseason pick of popular pundits to punish the Premier League. Many world football talking heads picked them to win the title, and with their fast start to the season, they’re making...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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