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T’Wolves Andrew Wiggins might UNDESERVINGLY win NBA ROY

The NBA rookie of the year race is pretty much a two horse race between the Chicago Bulls Nikola Mirotic and the Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins. Also, Philadelphia, as bad as they are, have a couple guys who could become dark horses in the race (as we’ve covered here). We’ve covered Mirotic in detail, now we’ll talk shop on Andrew Wiggins. Bruce Bernstein is the Coordinating...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Notre Dame football: Kiper analyzes NFL Draft prospects

Every offseason in South Bend brings a few NFL Draft early entry decisions to be made. This year was especially busy with the Notre Dame football program, as Ronnie Stanley and Sheldon Day had big decisions to make. ESPN Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr did a draft conference call with the media and I asked him about the Notre Dame football players who stayed in school. Having Stanley...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Julian Edelman, NBC, more HORRIBLE Super Bowl story pitches

    Not everything relates to the Super Bowl.  The entire publicity industry needs to realize this right truth; and right now. Of course they won’t. Shame on you Julian Edelman, for lending your name to a product that hired such a bad publicity team. Shame on you NBC, for taking the idea of “shameless self-promotion” and turning it into “we take pride in self-promotion”...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Buck very self-aware of why he’s HATED (and LOVED too)

Joe Buck  Twitter (@Buck) is quite the polarizing figure. Lots of people really love him or hate him. The same can be said of Johnny Manziel, so when Buck made his scathing critique of Johnny Manziel, the love and the hate erupted like a volcano. (You’ll want to hear this podcast by the way, of Joe Buck articulating his views on Johnny Football). So why the Buck backlash exactly...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Rob Gronkowski: paradigm of colorful guy Corporatized by NFL

Remember when Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowksi first entered the league and he used to do things like Tweet a shirtless photo of himself stroking an oversized phallic symbol at Kate Upton? And posted more shirtless photos of himself with a porn star wearing his jersey? Yeah, Rob Gronkowski doesn’t do things like that anymore. He hasn’t done things like that for years. It...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Notre Dame NFL Draft decisions evaluated by Mel Kiper Jr

Every offseason in South Bend brings a few NFL Draft early entry decisions to be made. This year was especially busy, with Ronnie Stanley and Sheldon Day. ESPN Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr did a draft conference call with the media and I asked him about the Notre Dame linemen who decided to return to school. Having Stanley and Day back makes Notre Dame a top 15 team in 2015 probably...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Andrew Wiggins: NBA Rookie of the year co-frontrunner

The NBA rookie of the year race is pretty much a two horse race between the Chicago Bulls Nikola Mirotic and the Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins. Also, Philadelphia, as bad as they are, have a couple guys who could become dark horses in the race (as we’ve covered here). We’ve covered Mirotic in detail, now we’ll talk shop on Andrew Wiggins. Bruce Bernstein is the Coordinating...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Troy Aikman says Tom Brady was complicit in “Ballghazi”

For the record, Troy Aikman did not use the phrase “ballghazi,” and I actually abhor that word. It’s just that I abhor “deflategate” or anything with the suffix “-gate” attached even worse than the word “ballghazi.” FOX Analyst Troy Aikman doubts any changes could have been made to the intentionally deflated balls without the approval of Patriots quarterback Tom...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Philadelphia 76ers have some sneaky good pieces

As horrible as the Philadelphia 76ers are, they’re on the right track now in their rebuild. They won’t be making the playoffs any time soon, but they do have some nice pieces in place. They’re building something, and with the soft underbelly of the NBA Eastern conference, it won’t be long before the Sixers are back in postseason contention. Drafting Evan Turner #2 overall...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Jim Boeheim gets CRANKIER and CRANKIER every season

Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim is a lot like myself- he looks for things to complain about. We find fault with life just for the sake of having something to complain about. In the run-up to last year’s draft, Boeheim made some remarks about his players’ NBA Draft stock that rubbed certain people the wrong way. Jim Boeheim advocating that his own players (Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Coach K 1,000 vs Steve Lavin at Madison Square Garden

Duke icon Mike Krzyzewski already has the most wins of any college basketball coach in history. He’s the rock star of all rock star college coaches. He’s simply Coach K. On the line for him this weekend is 1,000 career victories; a chance to become the first coach ever to reach this milestone. The Venue will be Madison Square Garden, The World’s Most Famous Arena. The opponent...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson set to surpass Jay Cutler in earnings

Both the Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks franchise QBs are set to get new contracts. And they are in line to get PAID. RIP “Jay Cutler is the highest paid player in the NFL” narrative, and good riddance. Both Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck are headed north of #CuttyDoesIt money. Yes, ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Adam Schefter, was gracious enough to give me a few...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls catastrophizing is completely unwarranted

The sky is falling with the Chicago Bulls. At least that’s what both the local and national media would have you believe. They’re all wrong. There have been plenty of “this Chicago Bulls team has quit on Tom Thibodeau” hot takes. The Bulls armageddonists all point to the Derrick Rose soundbite, which OMG had an f-bomb!!! That means the end times are coming! “I think...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Baseball Tonight’s Adnan Virk on Chicago Cubs HIGH HOPES (exclusive)

Adnan Virk (@AdnanESPN) wears many hats at ESPN: SportsCenter, NBA, college football, college basketball etc. Anchoring Baseball Tonight is one of his primary gigs, and he really knows his MLB. Virk was gracious enough to sit down with me for an exclusive chat about a whole host of topics, including some Chicago Cubs baseball. The interview (podcast below) occurred the day after...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

What could the Chicago Bears get for Jay Cutler? And when?

Newly minted Chicago Bears Head Coach Jake Fox referred to Jay Cutler as Jake not once but twice in his introductory press conference. Yes, it’s just a couple of verbal gaffes, not a big deal…On the other hand, it’s certainly not a good thing either. Fox certainly has plenty of time to get to know “Jake Utler” very well between now and the start of the 2015 NFL season...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Marc Trestman takes Baltimore Ravens OC job

What will become of Marc Trestman, the sports world’s version of “Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe” from those popular TV spots? He was heavily linked in a move to Atlanta, where he was said to be an Offensive Coordinator candidate who would work under Rex Ryan. Yes, the NFL odd couple indeed. Trestman are Ryan total anti-theses in every single way. Well, obviously that did not...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Nunn, Tate, Starks can get Illini basketball to NCAAs

As it currently stands, Illinois is a “next four out” of the NCAA Tournament kind of team. That means a win or two puts them in “first four out” territory. A small winning streak would get them off the NIT bubble. No small task given that the team’s best player, Rayvonte Rice, is out for a few weeks. The “Ewing Theory” manifested itself in a huge signature win over...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Seahawks fan, Sportscenter Anchor Lisa Kerney talks Super Bowl XLIX (exclusive)

SportsCenter Anchor and HUGE Seattle Seahawks fan Lisa Kerney sat down with us less than 24 hours after the Seahawks earned their place in Super Bowl XLIX. As you can expect, she’s very excited about the game coming up. In our exclusive conversation (podcast below), Lisa Kerney (Twitter @LisaKerney) talks about the Seahawks, Russell Wilson‘s contract situation, her journalism...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Peyton Manning going to play again?

Now that the Denver Broncos have hired a new coach in Gary Kubiak, what does it mean for the future of the face of the franchise? Will Peyton Manning ride of into the sunset? Or will he return? We talked to the “insidiest” (we just made that word up) of all insiders, ESPN’s Adam Schefter, about the future of Peyton Manning. The podcast of our exclusive conversation is below...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Super Bowl XLIX brings new Fox Sports, NFL Network features

Super Bowl XLIX! Super Bowl XLIX! Yes, before the NFL championship kicks off in a couple weeks in Glendale, Arizona, we have the NFC Championship Game in Seattle which will have a new, first of its kind option this Sunday: NFL Field Pass on Fox. A joint partnership between Fox Sports and NFL Media, NFL Field Pass on Fox is a digital experience that will deliver live streaming...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Manchester United drops out of ESPN FC Power Rankings

ESPN FC Analyst Shaka Hislop releases a power rankings of world football every week. And Manchester United showed up on December 18th. It was the first time that United cracked the ESPN FC top ten this season. That list was very unique in that it made Manchester one of three cities to place two teams on the ESPN FC list. Madrid, was there of course, with the two usual suspects...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Katy Perry “tops” five worst Super Bowl story pitches

Katy Perry and the Super Bowl truly deserve each other. The Super Bowl is watched by tens of millions of people who don’t like sports. Katy Perry songs are downloaded by tens of millions of people who don’t like music. Her inevitably horrendous halftime performance is still 12 days away, but NBC began started the obnoxious self-promotion of it days before the AFC and NFC conference...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Adam Schefter evaluates Chicago Bears offseason (exclusive)

New Head Coach John Fox was unveiled to the Chicago Bears community yesterday. New General Manager Ryan Pace was hired by the team on January 8th. Quarterback Jay Cutler is almost very likely staying. (We’ll discuss that topic with ESPN’s Adam Schefter here) Yes, ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Adam Schefter, was gracious enough to give me a few minutes of his time tim to talk...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Latest intel on Peyton Manning’s future

Now that the Denver Broncos have hired a new coach in Gary Kubiak, what does it mean for the future of the face of the franchise? Will Peyton Manning ride of into the sunset? Or will he return? We talked to the “insidiest” (we just made that word up) of all insiders, ESPN’s Adam Schefter, about the future of Peyton Manning. The podcast of our exclusive conversation is below...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Nunn, Tate, Starks can save the Illini basketball season

As it currently stands, Illinois is a “next four out” of the NCAA Tournament kind of team. That means a win or two puts them in “first four out” territory. A small winning streak would get them off the NIT bubble. No small task given that the team’s best player, Rayvonte Rice, is out for a few weeks. The “Ewing Theory” manifested itself in a huge signature win over...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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