Josh McCown Deserves chance to be Bears regular starter

The unsung Josh McCown has the Chicago Bears right back in the playoff hunt after beating the Dallas Cowboys 45-28 on Ditka Day in Chicago. At 7-6, the Bears are tied with the Lions and remain one game in front of the Packers. Nothing is guaranteed though, as the Bears have games remaining against the resurgent Eagles and finish up the regular season against the Packers, who will...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan State's Win and the BCS mess

If you were otherwise occupied last night, Michigan State upset previously undefeated Ohio State last night to capture the Big 10 Championship. Michigan State is assumed to be on their way to the Rose Bowl as Big 10 victors. Which is fine, because that's the deal the Big 10 has in the BCS landscape.But do the 12-1 Spartans have a claim to the BCS Championship game? After all...
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December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

New York Yankees Dynasty ends with a whimper

Reports are coming from Robinson Cano's camp that he is head to Seattle, where they'll be backing up an armored truck to where ever he may take up residence. As for the Yankees, this could spell the end. Cano was the free agent headed into MLB's off-season, and he seems to have bolted for greener pa$ture$.Even looking beyond Cano leaving is that Curtis Granderson is...
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December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Dana Holgorsen Gets a reprieve at West Virginia

West Virginia Mountaineers Athletic Director Oliver Luck has come out in support of head coach Dana Hologorsen. Holgorsen, who's team just finished up a 4-8 campaign, is probably hearing the whispers, but at least he has the university's backing, for now at any rate.The Mountaineers finished one of their worst seasons in recent memory. In fact, the last time the Mountaineers...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Steve Sarkisian is the right choice for the USC Trojans

Earlier today, USC announced that Washington Husky coach Steve Sarkisian would take over in the land of Troy, replacing interim coach Ed Orgeron who replaced the fired Lane Kiffin. While not the sexy pick everyone wanted, including USC players we're lead to believe, USC AD Pat Haden made the right call.According to most experts, James Franklin would have been the right choice...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Charlie Weis gets some more time at Kansas

Charlie Weis will be back at Kansas, at least for one more year. But just how long does the coaching charade continue in Lawrence?Despite this being Weis's second season leading the Jayhawks, how telling is it that university athletic director, Sheahon Zenger, had to publicly announce that Weiss would be back next season? In his two years, Weiss has gone 1-11 and 3-9. He has...
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November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Adrian Peterson's tragedy will hide the bigger picture

News broke this morning that Minnesota Viking's running back Adrian Peterson's son was in critical condition in a South Dakota hospital. Peterson's simple statement to the press at that time was just to ask for privacy for him and his family. Then, later today, his son died.His son's death will be labeled a tragedy among family, media, and fans alike, as it should...
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October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Shannon Sharpe gets roasted by Saturday Night Live

It's always a good time when Saturday Night Live cast-member Jay Pharoah gets to lampoon a sportscaster during the Weekend Update. This time it was CBS Sports NFL Today's Shannon Sharpe.
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October 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Peyton Manning And the Denver Broncos could shatter records.

Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos cohorts could be well on their way to putting up staggering numbers this season, en route to breaking NFL records. It isn't enough that the Broncos are 4-0, but they are putting a hurting on opposing defenses, and probably giving coordinators across the league headaches.Just how good could the Broncos be this year?Currently, the New England...
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September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Leach Is trying to recapture the magic at Washington State

Don't look now football fans, but Mike Leach is quietly rebuilding the program at Washington State. The Cougars have already notched one upset this season, if one can call beating the once mighty USC Trojans an upset. But they did beat the Trojans 10-7 at the Rose Bowl, so that has to count for something. Before that, they did lose to Auburn by a touchdown at Auburn.This weekend...
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September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the anatomy of a sucker bet

I was watching some NFL action on Sunday with friend and sometimes-contributor, Andy. He noticed the line on the Chicago Bears as Pittsburgh Steelers game was only the Bears by a point. He was right. The Bears were only 1 point favorites in a game that most figured to be pretty awful, at least from a Steelers fans perspective. But why?Most Vegas books had the line starting at 2.5...
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September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Browns Coaching Staff could be backpedaling on success

After last week's trade of Trent Richardson to the Colts, many football pundits and fans thought for sure the Browns were all in for a top pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Then they went out and did the must un-Browns thing they could have ever done. They won. They freaking won.And now the Browns coaching staff sounds like their backpedaling on success. Allow me to channel my inner...
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September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

New Mexico State Aggies land back in the Bottom 5

The last time we visited college football's Bottom 5, we had the New Mexico State Aggies just outside, hopefully holding them at bay, giving them the benefit of the doubt. No more. Sorry Aggies, you belong here. You are who we thought you were, and we are NOT letting you off the hook.We also have some epic showdowns coming up that could determine if some teams are finally able...
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September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

College Football's Week 3 picks

Last week, I went 2-2-1, which looks good on paper, but bad on the balance sheet. Anyway, just like any other bum, we try to recover on the next week. Live and learn. Or get poorer.Virginia Tech at East CarolinaThe Hokies, favored by 7, might have one of the best defensive lines in the country. And after watching some of ECU's game against Florida Atlantic, Tech might be ready...
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September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

The Massachusetts Minutemen take over the top spot in this weeks Bottom 5 poll.

We are two weeks into the college football season and there are quite a few 0-2 teams out there. Not all of them are bad, but some haven't checked the win column yet because, well, they really are bad. We have some new teams this week and some that are looking into long-term leasing options. Welcome to this week's Bottom 5.1. Massachusetts.Welcome back, Minutemen. I was really...
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September 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Clay Matthews's Late hit on Colin Kapernick and other NFL Week 1 notes

We have almost a full slate of games under our belts for the first weekend of the NFL. We still have the two Monday night contests to go, but let's take a look at what's happened up to now. Jacksonville JaguarsBlaine Gabbert, Jaguars quarterback who is also doubling as a tackling dummy this season, was sacked 6 times by the Chiefs. Get used to it, Gabbert. Meanwhile, the...
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September 08, 2013  |  Discuss

The 2014 NFL Draft: Caving for Clowney, Volume I

Before the 2012 NFL Draft, Andy and I (mostly Andy), went long on how bad the Colts were stinking it up in order to land the top pick in the NFL Draft, and presumable select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. They did, and they did. This year in the NFL, there could also be some promising candidates to land a player a lot of national sports pundits are predicting, for now anyway,...
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September 08, 2013  |  Discuss

College Football's Week 2 picks & more Johnny Manziel!

Last week I went 1-3 with my lone victory coming with Northern Illinois upsetting Iowa on the road, as I said they would. Too bad those other teams couldn't follow the script. Hey, a little help over here! On to this weeks picks. South Alabama at Tulane Tulane is favored by 6.5 at home versus a team that's coming off a loss to Southern Utah (who?) at home. Yikes! Tulane...
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September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

The UConn Huskies take top spot in The Bottom 5 poll.

A new college football season is upon us, as I'm sure most of you are aware. While the rest of the college football universe will wage verbal wars about who deserves to be number one between Alabama, Ohio State, et al, we here at The Sports Rockers like to shine a light on the worst of the worst.Here is the opening edition for the 2013 season of The Bottom 5.1. Connecticut Huskies...
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September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Former NFL Players go for the money grab

The NFL Players Union and the league announced a few days ago they had come to a settlement between former players and families suing the league due to the effects of concussions and the concurrent results in long time care, especially on the part of the families. The reported settlement amount is $765 million dollars, not including lawyers fees and other league educational costs...
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September 02, 2013  |  Discuss

College football coaches on the hot seat: Week 1

We've only just begun this college football season, but for some programs, there is a fog of immediacy hanging over the practice field. It's time to win. Now. Not next year. This year. For some schools, they opened their 2013 season continuing a slide from the 2012 season, thus putting their leaders on the precipice of (more than likely short term) unemployment.Let's...
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September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

College Football Week 1 picks

Time for this year's first picks edition for college football. Here is where I'll tell you that I know just as much about college football as the average fan out there. The only difference is I'll probably lose money and you'll read about it (hopefully).On to this weeks picks.Buffalo at Ohio State Ohio State is 34.5 favorite. Buffalo is also one of the worst teams...
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August 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Rex Ryan needs to start Geno Smith

There. I said it. Rex Ryan should start Geno Smith at quarterback. Ryan, the head coach of the New York Jets, knows he has this year, and this year only to turn this franchise towards the playoffs, or he'll be elsewhere next season. He has this season and the 2014 season left on his contract. So, this year is essentially a make or break year for the coach. Enter Geno Smith.Smith...
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August 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves are capitalizing on a horrible NL East

If you were to look at last year's NL East standings, you would have thought this season would turn out to be pretty competitive. The Nationals won the East crown last year, and looked to be even better this year with a healthy Stephen Strasburg on the mound. The Braves traded for Justin Upton, giving them a complete set of Upton boys. The Phillies figured to have Ryan Howard...
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August 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Selling the USC Trojans

The preseason college football poll came out a few days ago. No big surprises. Alabama is number one, and Ohio State is number two. Nothing surprising on either of those. The Top 25 is pretty much a list of traditional college football powerhouses: Stanford, Georgia, Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame, Florida State, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Nebraska, and so on. You get the picture...
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August 06, 2013  |  Discuss
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