NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Last year, the NBA created a hotline where players can voice their concerns about the officials, and since the NFL is a copycat league, it followed suit with its own referee hotline. Players can protest penalties, clarify rules and, if they have video chat, do that move where they call for a flag after a laughably small amount of physical contact. We've obtained access to the responses...
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January 17, 2018  |  Discuss

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames hope layoff won't cool them down

It's not completely clear what has gotten into the Calgary Flames, but they are currently enjoying their bye week sitting in second place in the Pacific Division with a seven-game winning streak under their belts. This same team, just a week before, wasn't even a wild card contender.So what is it, exactly, that has caused this sudden surge of brilliance? There are a couple factors...
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January 17, 2018  |  Discuss

The 'Fumble and The Miss' quiz

January 17 is a cursed day that lives in NFL infamy, and leery sports fans can be thankful the date falls midweek this year. No team and its fan base will suffer certain heartbreak. It was 30 years ago today when the Cleveland Browns felt the proverbial dagger in the chest for a second consecutive year in the AFC Championship Game at the hands of the Denver Broncos. Yes, the Browns...
January 17, 2018  |  Discuss

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

If Wild Card Weekend was largely a dud for the NFL, the Divisional Round more than made up for it. Sure, there was the predictable Patriots blowout — though the officials may have helped the process along — but the rest of the games delivered the goods. Purists got a defensive slugfest in Philadelphia with a surprising result, lovers of offense saw the Jaguars shock the Steelers...
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January 17, 2018  |  Discuss

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

With a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, the NFL Conference Championship Games have featured some of the most memorable moments in football history. From expected players rising to the occasion to becomes heroes to the stars shining brightest in the biggest of moments, some plays just leave an indelible mark.Here's a look at the 20 most memorable moments in the history of the AFC...
January 16, 2018  |  Discuss

The 'All Jolly Rogers at half-mast' quiz

It's been a rough few days for the Pittsburgh sports faithful.Getting Bortled is one thing, but getting Bortled so righteously at home in the NFL Divisional Round that the Jaguars QB starts likening himself to LeBron James is another. Sure, it's a tough loss for a storied franchise, but it isn't the end of the world and at least Big Ben is coming back next season, even if Mike Tomlin...
January 15, 2018  |  Discuss

Best players to debut on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

The crop of players to make their debut on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot is impressive and includes some surefire Hall of Famers. Here's a rundown of the 19 names first appearing on the ballot this year.
January 16, 2018  |  Discuss

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Once the NFL Conference Championship Games were set, the immediate narrative set forth by pundits and fans alike was that the remainder of the postseason will pit the big, bad Patriots with GOAT Tom Brady against a bunch of teams that have never won anything (in the modern era, at least) and a slew of quarterbacks the public only knows through mockery, if at all.Sure, it’s not like...
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January 16, 2018  |  Discuss

The 'It's a walk-off!' quiz

Well, that was fun.Sunday's NFL Divisional Round games delivered in a big way, giving fans two of the more memorable playoff games in some time. And with crazy games come crazy facts, so here are a few of our favorites from yesterday's matchups:Jacksonville Jaguars 45, Pittsburgh Steelers 42 Jacksonville pulled off the upset in a game that featured 87 combined points from both teams...
January 15, 2018  |  Discuss

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

The NFL Conference Championships are often thrilling games as two powerhouse teams who may have met during the regular season face the final hurdle before playing for football glory in the Super Bowl.The NFL is down to its final four teams. The second-seeded Minnesota Vikings head to Philadelphia to take on the top-seeded Eagles in the NFC Championship Game, while the No. 1 seed...
January 09, 2017  |  Discuss
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