Jason B. Hirschhorn

GOP Candidates Make Super Bowl Picks

On Saturday, the Republican candidates -- headlined by Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio -- squared off in the last GOP debate before the Feb. 9 New Hampshire primary and tried to one-up each other on the hottest topic of the day: the Super Bowl. More»
Sports on Earth Staff

Super Bowl 50 Ultimate Preview

At long last, Super Bowl 50 is here. But before the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS at Levi's Stadium, there's still time to catch up on everything you need to know about this year's Super Bowl. More»
Terence Moore

Super Bowl 50 Odds & Ends

In honor of the previous XLIX league championship games, I'll use Roman numerals to list each of my observations, comments and predictions from my week in Northern California with the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. More»
Cy Brown

Leicester City is an unstoppable force

Leicester City cannot be stopped by any foe, Tottenham continue to be one of the hottest teams in world soccer, Liverpool gives up two goals and plays to a draw after fans walk out of Anfield in protest. It's the Week 25 English Premier League recap. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Oher's Second Hollywood Ending

After a promising start to his career, Michael Oher (whose story turned into the movie, "The Blind Side") became a journeyman before the Panthers decided to take a chance on him. Now he's back in the Super Bowl. More»
Terence Moore

Goodell Still Doesn't Get It

It's one thing to botch the serious issues that the NFL has faced in recent years. It's another to sound like everything is just fine in general, thank you. But Roger Goodell keeps smiling, and his bosses just pat him on the back. More»

Goodell's 'State of the NFL' Address

On Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media in San Francisco and discussed Johnny Manziel, Peyton Manning's HGH allegations, concussion concerns and letting kids play football. More»
Matt Brown

Louisville Imposes Postseason Ban

Louisville announced that it is self-imposing a 2016 postseason ban on its men's basketball team amid an ongoing NCAA investigation. The ban applies to both the ACC and NCAA tournaments, with Louisville missing the latter for the first time since 2006. More»
Cy Brown

Best pop culture Super Bowl moments

It should be no surprise that an event as big as the Super Bowl can penetrate all facets of pop culture. Because of the game's popularity, the plot or setting of lots of TV shows and movies have centered on the Super Bowl. Here are a few examples. More»
Will Leitch

The magnitude of Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50, the Super Bowl so big that they got rid of the Roman numeral, already feels like a landmark event. But the question remain: Is this the beginning of the story, or the end of it? Either way, this feels like a pivot point for the league and the sport. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Advanced stats give Carolina an edge

The debate about analytics in sports rages on, but in the end there is, of course, more than meets the eye. These numbers matter. So what do they say about Super Bowl 50? More»
Rufus Peabody and Will Leitch

Man vs. Machine: Super Bowl 50 picks

This edition of the eternal battle between robots and humanity end here, with picks against the spread for Super Bowl 50, Sunday's game between the Broncos and the Panthers. Nothing less than the survival of our species is at stake. More»
Michael Tunison

Manziel's Troubles Continue to Spiral

Johnny Manziel, still technically a member of the Cleveland Browns, was accused of assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend last week. Police declined to charge the quarterback with a crime. His family has begged Manziel to seek help. More»
Terence Moore

Denver's Golden Boy

John Elway has lived a charmed sports life. He dominated everywhere he went as a player and ended his on-field career with a pair of Super Bowl championships, and now he's on the cusp of another running the show for the Broncos. More»
Matt Brown

Mapping The 2016 Blue-Chip Recruits

The Gulf Coast area of the United States has dominated college football recruiting for years. With the class of 2016 mostly signed, let's break down how this year's class shapes up geographically, including a map of all of the blue-chip recruits. More»
Cian Fahey

Matchup Spotlight: Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50 will present the Panthers with a new challenge: a really, really good defense. The Broncos' pass rush, led by Von Miller and Demarcus Ware and coached by Wade Phillips, is unlike anything Carolina has seen this season. More»
Jared Wyllys

Kris Bryant and the sophomore slump

Tales of the Sophomore Slump are plentiful. The stories are built around the notion that, once players have spent a year in the Majors, their opponents more readily attack their weaknesses. Will that fate befall Kris Bryant? Let's examine some clues. More»
Alex Wong

The value of a players-only meeting

In today's NBA, it's rare to see a core group of players stick together for more than a few years. That makes establishing a rapport in the locker room a more pertinent issue. One way that happens: players-only meetings, often in a moment of crisis. More»
Tim Healey

Dave Mirra dead of apparent suicide

BMX great and pioneering X-Games star Dave Mirra was found dead of apparent suicide Thursday. Police in Greenville, N.C., said in a statement they found his body in a parked truck with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 41. More»
Joe Sparacio

Hail to the Chef! Dubs Visit Oval Office

The Golden State Warriors took a trip to the White House to celebrate winning the NBA Finals last year, and looked like they were right at home. Let's take a look at the top five moments. More»
Lindsay Gibbs

The Panthers Write Their Own Rules

The Carolina Panthers enjoy themselves both on and off the field -- and that's okay. It's this uniquely light-hearted culture that elevates their game and makes teammates feel like family. More»
Karim Zidan

'Greatest Show On Grass' Returns

he Waste Management Phoenix Open is the PGA TOUR's annual stop at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Scottsdale, and it's considered to be one of the most unique stops of the entire season, with concerts, rowdy crowds and plenty of big names. More»
Cy Brown

Your Super Bowl party guide

The Super Bowl is Sunday, so time is ticking away for you to prepare for your Super Bowl party. But if you don't feel prepared to host or attend a bash, we've outlined a few ways to make your party the best it can be for fans and non-fans alike. More»
Robert Weintraub

Super Bowl Predictions and Prop Bets

The Super Bowl hype keeps building as we approach the last few days leading up to the big game. To help pass the time, let's make some predictions -- from final score to the halftime show -- before the real action begins. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Campaign Slogans For Every MLB Team

The presidential race and the baseball season share a certain symmetry of scheduling: accumulate small victories early and obtain the big prize in the fall. With that in mind, let's reimagine each team's 2016 declaration of intent in the form of a political slogan. More»
Paul Casella

MLB's most likely turnaround teams

About one in four of MLB's postseason teams since 1995 were coming off of a losing season, and it's a safe bet we'll see more contenders this season that fit that mold. Here's a look at which team(s) is most likely to continue this trend in 2016. More»
Terence Moore

Which Super Bowl Team Is Relaxed?

Loose. That usually wins Super Bowls, along with flawless play from your quarterback and a disruptive force in your front seven. So my obsession this week in NorCal has been trying to determine whether the Broncos or the Panthers own the fewest jitters. More»
Will Leitch

Cam and Peyton: The Same Old Story

Out with the old, in with the new. It's a story that we've all seen before, but sometimes we lose sight of the cycle. Denver and Carolina's quarterbacks are more similar than you may think. Maybe, Cam Newton is simply the new Peyton Manning. More»
Ross Benes

Best fictional pro football players

There is little debate over who should win the NFL MVP award, with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton likely to snag that honor. So instead, we decided to examine a more uncertain question -- who is the best fictional pro football player of all time? More»
Andrea Hangst

Carolina's other Superman

Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has a broken arm suffered less than two weeks ago against the Cardinals, and he had surgery a day after that. On Sunday, he'll suit up against the Broncos. He wouldn't and couldn't have it any other way. More»
Robert Weintraub

The Super Bowl Rewatchability Index

There are few things to like about the endless two-week build up before the Super Bowl, but tripping down memory lane is one of them. Inevitably, the mind turns to ranking all 49 Super Bowls that have been played to date. More»
Joe DeLessio

Gaga and "Star Spangled" History

On Tuesday, the NFL announced that pop star Lady Gaga will sing the "Star Spangled Banner" prior to the Super Bowl kickoff this Sunday (scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS). Let's take a look back at the best performances of the anthem at the big game. More»
Alex Wong

Super Steph and Chef Newton

Stephen Curry and Cam Newton bring both impressive talent and infectious pizzazz to their sports. But because of their confidence, they both face similar pressures in their quest to lead their teams to victory. More»
Will Leitch

The Super Bowl Franchise Rankings

Close your eyes and think of "the Super Bowl." What teams do you imagine playing? That's what we're trying to figure out here. It's not the best individual team. It's not the team that has won the most often. It's just the ones who are The Most Super Bowl. More»

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