Michael Tunison

Wiig Out: Kristen Plays Peyton Manning

Kristen Wiig appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday night as Peyton Manning. The laughs, as they say, did ensue. More»
Matt Brown

Governor: LSU Football in Jeopardy

A budget deficit has become a crisis in the state of Louisiana, and Governor John Bel Edwards has taken a step to ensure that everybody will talk about it and start working to find solutions: He has threatened the future of the LSU football program. More»
Karim Zidan

Former UFC champ Randleman dies

MMA pioneer and former UFC champion Kevin Randleman, 44, passed away Thursday. His untimely demise left deep lacerations across the MMA community, much of which remembers some of his remarkable achievements from the previous decade. More»
Will Leitch

Trade for Howard at your own risk

When you get involved with Dwight Howard, your team ends up regretting it. Everyone wants a star. But Howard is not a star who has done teams much good at all. He is the cautionary tale of what happens when you want a star too badly. More»
Michael Tunison

Bear Market: Forte Is a Free Agent

Matt Forte announced on his Instagram account that the Bears will not attempt to re-sign the running back, making him an unrestricted free agent this offseason. More»
Matt Brown

No Catching Hield for Player of Year

It is typically a mistake to anoint a national player of the year several weeks before a season ends, but with a month until Selection Sunday, Oklahoma's Buddy Hield holds a commanding lead in 2016. Is anyone capable of catching him? More»
Andrea Hangst

Eight NFL Players Ready to Get Paid

Free agency is right around the corner. The signing period begins at 4 p.m. ET March 9, after a three-day "legal tampering" period in which agents and teams can begin negotiating new contracts. Here are eight players who could be in line for major paydays. More»
Terence Moore

Talking CBB parity with Dickie V

This 2015-16 season for college basketball is the most competitive we've ever seen, and it's true this time. In fact, the P word -- parity -- is manifesting itself in many ways. Here is ESPN's Dick Vitale's take on the unusually competitive season. More»
Erik Malinowski

The Warriors' best is yet to come

After a memorable first half, the Golden State Warriors are positioned to chase a lengthy list of historic achievements after the All-Star Game concludes. More»
David Ubben

NFL Combine: 5 Names to Watch

The NFL Scouting Combine is the biggest event leading into the draft, and every year, it makes a handful of players' stock. Here are five guys who could impress in this year's combine, which takes place from Feb. 23-29. More»
Mike Lupica

Heir Ball: A Lesson for King James

LeBron James is still the biggest star in American sports, and still just 31 years old. It doesn't change the fact that he might never win another NBA title. And if he doesn't believe that, he should ask Kobe Bryant, against whom he played Wednesday. More»
Will Leitch

Spring Training Road Trip Guide

With Spring Training just around the corner, there isn't a better way to celebrate than to take a trip down and watch the games for yourself! Here is the best way to see every stadium in both Florida and Ariona -- roadmaps included. More»
Paul Casella

Past century's best MLB sophomores

When it comes to attempting to dispel the concept of a "sophomore slump," look no further than here: the five players with the best sophomore seasons over the last 100 years, based on a player's WAR in the year immediately following his official rookie season. More»
Anthony Castrovince

A spring question for all 30 teams

The obvious truth is that Spring Training itself can't answer many of the questions facing every team. So the goal in this particular preview is to pose an actual, spring-specific question each Major League club is facing on the cusp of camp. More»
Robert Weintraub

10 Things You Missed From SB 50

Ordinarily, everyone is all Super Bowl-ed out by now. But overreaction to Cam Newton's sour grapes sucked the oxygen away from topics that should have been dissected by now. So here are 10 things that should have gotten more attention after Super Bowl 50. More»
Michael Tunison

Dalton needed help finding his bags

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton lost some luggage off the back of his truck on the way to the airport and is asking the Internet for help. More»
Matt Brown

College Football's New Great Rivalry

The SEC is mad at Jim Harbaugh again. This time, it's because the Michigan coach has decided to take the Wolverines to Florida for part of spring practice during spring break. There are some valid concerns, but mostly it's just fuel for a great new rivalry. More»
Will Leitch

NFL Tortured Fan Base Rankings

It is that time of year again, time for our third annual NFL tortured fan base rankings. These rankings alternate more each year than you might think, but, sadly, familiar names still sit as the most prominent franchises on the list. Sorry, Cleveland. More»
Cy Brown

Is West Ham the next EPL power?

West Ham is quietly putting together a fantastic campaign, as they are poised to make a run at the top four spots in the Premier League and a strong finish in the FA Cup. But with a move to the Olympic Stadium looming, West Ham is poised for years of success. More»
Alex Wong

Rambis' Knicks Follow Same Script

Derek Fisher is out in New York and Kurt Rambis is in as interim head coach. But with a lack of talent outside of Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony, can the Knicks realistically grind out enough wins to make the playoffs? More»
Joe DeLessio

Care Devils: Martin Brodeur Honored

The New Jersey Devils ceremony to retire goalie Martin Brodeur's number 30 Tuesday night at the Prudential Center was elaborate (one arena employee called it "D Day"). It was also fitting for a legend who helped define a franchise. More»
David Ubben

Marinovich on Manziel: He Needs Help

Better than most, former NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich understands the issues Johnny Manziel is dealing with. A quarter-century ago, Marinovich was a high-profile QB prospect whose brief professional career was cut short by substance-abuse issues. More»
Andrea Hangst

Never Too Early: Super Bowl LI Odds

The Broncos only just had their Super Bowl victory parade Tuesday, and already the favorites for next year's game are out. Here are the nine teams with the best odds (and the one team with the worst odds) of winning Super Bowl LI. More»
Matthew Leach

Somehow, Pujols is still undervalued

Last week we celebrated the life, career and birthday of the greatest right-handed hitter ever, Hank Aaron. But who's been the best righty since? No, it's not Miguel Cabrera -- not yet, at least. It's still Albert Pujols. More»
Matt Brown

CFB's Rising and Falling Teams

With signing day in the books, college football has moved firmly into the offseason. Based on recent trends on the field and in recruiting, here's a look at a team from each conference that is trending upward and trending downward. More»
Cy Brown

Relive the Broncos' victory parade

The Broncos celebrated their Super Bowl 50 victory with a parade and rally in downtown Denver Tuesday. Tens of thousands of fans gathered to celebrate the city's first major sports championship since the Avalanche lifted the Stanley Cup in 2001. More»
Cy Brown

No apology from Cam Newton

Cam Newton opened up to local Charlotte reporters about his brief press conference and general attitude after the Panthers' Super Bowl 50 loss on Sunday. In short, Newton isn't going to apologize to anyone for his actions. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Broncos facing uncertain offseason

For the past four seasons, the Broncos have largely featured the same cast of characters, headlined by Peyton Manning. But when the Broncos take the field for the 2016 season opener, expect to see a roster significantly different from the one that just won Super Bowl 50. More»
Cy Brown

Eli can explain his Dumbfounded Face

Eli Manning did not look very happy when the CBS cameras caught him moments after the Broncos and Peyton Manning essentially locked up Super Bowl 50. What was Eli's explanation for his expressionless response? More»
Ross Tucker

The case for Peyton to L.A.

What if Peyton Manning wants to keep playing? Joining the Rams for their first season in Los Angeles might make the most sense -- for on-field, marketing and (obvious) financial reasons. More»
Will Leitch

What Cam Says About Ourselves

Cam Newton, to a certain sort of person, represents all that's wrong with professional sports right now. He is also, to another type of person, exactly what sports needs. It has a lot to do with what you, as an individual fan, want out of sports. More»
Michael Tunison

Peyton Bids Farewell To Brands

Peyton Manning is known about as well for pushing brands and products as he is for playing football. Surely his eventual retirement speech will say farewell to football and endorsements. More»
Andrew Simon

Roster Hopefuls to Watch This Spring

It seems like every year several players turn a Minor League deal into Major League success. Here a five intriguing names looking to make that leap at Spring Training. More»
Matt Brown

Villanova Capable of Final Four Run

Villanova carries a stigma with it heading toward March, at it has developed a reputation for early NCAA Tournament exits. But as the Wildcats rise to No. 1 in the polls for the first time ever, they have shown the balance necessary for a deep tournament run. More»
Andrew Garda

What Cam Really Heard on Sunday

By now everyone not living under a rock has heard, seen or dissected Cam Newton's Super Bowl postgame press conference. But context is missing from a lot of the talk, and we should recognize that a bad media setup contributed to his prickly demeanor. More»
Terence Moore

Will Cam Newton Learn How to Lose?

Never has football seen the likes of a quarterback as big, fast and unstoppable against any defense without Broncos linebacker Von Miller. But Cam Newton was exposed on Sunday. Big time. More»
Cy Brown

Daniel Bryan says farewell on "RAW"

WWE star Daniel Bryan announced his retirement on Monday because of consistent concussion problems. He went on RAW in his home state of Washington, where he gave a retirement speech for the ages. More»
Brian Kenny

Hall of Fame's Anti-Recency Bias

When you analyze the numbers, it's clear that MLB players from 1980-99 are more deserving of Hall of Fame accolades than voters have allowed. Which candidates more than have the numbers to be in the Hall of Fame? Let's take a look. More»
Terence Moore

Miller the Man For Denver

Thee Broncos defense is now what the West Coast offense of the San Francisco 49ers was to another generation: The model for teams throughout the NFL on how to win it all. And leading the charge is the unstoppable Von Miller. More»
Mike Lupica

Last Rodeo? Peyton's Call, Not Yours

When Super Bowl 50 was over and the Broncos were victorious, Peyton Manning wasn't going to announce his retirement. He wasn't going to say goodbye, at least not yet. At the end of an imperfect game from him, it was merely perfect. More»
Michael Pina

Go Fish: Who Will Coach Knicks Next?

After going 1-9 in their last 10 games, the Knicks fired Derek Fisher on Monday morning, as first reported by ESPN. Assistant Kurt Rambis will take over on an interim basis, but the longterm answer could come from elsewhere. More»
Ross Benes

Defense Still Wins Championships

The defenses in Super Bowl 50 were so dominating on Sunday that the reigning NFL MVP and the NFL's all-time leading passer both put up pedestrian numbers. But was the game statistically the worst offensive/best defensive Super Bowl ever? More»
Andrew Garda

NFL Stars Who Went Out On Top

Is there anything more satisfying than a walk-off finish to a great career? With the tea leaves seeming to indicate that Sunday's Super Bowl win will mark the end of Peyton Manning's career, it's worth taking a look at others who left the game on top. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Newton Gives Critics Ammunition

PFW Nolan Nawrocki's famously scorching assessment of Cam Newton has been roundly mocked. But, in the wake of the QB's less-than-stellar outing on Sunday, there are still questions that Newton will need to answer in the future. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Kubiak, Phillips Get Last Laugh

Only winning can change one's perception in the NFL. With Peyton Manning's career winding down, Gary Kubiak and Wade Phillips' window of opportunity was closing just as they arrived in Denver, but they managed to prove the doubters wrong. More»
Andrew Garda

The 2015 Broncos Defense: Best Ever?

Led by Von Miller, the 2015 Denver Broncos put on a defensive clinic throughout the regular season and again in the Super Bowl. Where does this unit rank all-time when stacked up against the best defenses in history? More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Von In 60 Mins: Miller Is SB50 MVP

Denver's dominant defense benefitted from big games all over the field, but it all started with linebacker Von Miller, the Super Bowl 50 MVP. It was a fitting conclusion to a season in which the defense carried the Broncos start to finish. More»
Cy Brown

Gah! Thomas Davis' Arm Is a Nightmare

Just two weeks after breaking his forearm in the NFC championship game, standout Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis played in Sunday's Super Bowl loss to the Broncos. Afterward, he posted a photo showing just how much his arm had gone through. More»
Cy Brown

Ranking the SB50 movie trailers

Movie studios love to use the Super Bowl to get the word out about their biggest potential blockbusters every year, and Super Bowl 50 was no exception. More»
Will Leitch

Orange Crush: Denver D Conquers Cam

The Broncos' Super Bowl 50 win over the Panthers was't a particularly compelling performance, but they impressively dominated Carolina. That's all football is sometimes, and for Denver, the end result is all that matters. More»
Cy Brown

13 Best Super Bowl 50 commercials

On the field, the Super Bowl might not have been the most fast-paced of all time, but at least the ads provided some extra entertainment. Here's a look at the commercials that rose above the rest. More»
Michael Tunison

Cam Newton Hot Take 'Mad Libs'

A handy template for writing the most scalding Cam Newton take possible after the Super Bowl. Just insert your own damning words in the gaps. More»
Kenneth Arthur

Peyback For Teams Manning's Carried

For 17 years, Peyton Manning was asked to carry his team -- often a team with a bad defense -- to a Super Bowl championship. On Sunday, during the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 win, he had to lean on the defense to carry him. More»
Michael Tunison

Lynch 'Announcement' Oddly Timed

After a report surfaced about Marshawn Lynch discussing possible retirement, "Beast Mode" tweeted a photo suggesting he was done during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. Ultimate troll job to the league he's occasionally been at odds with? More»
Cy Brown

Beyonce Saves Coldplay's Halftime

Coldplay didn't inspire much excitement as the headliner for the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, and their performance was just sort of meh. Fortunately, Beyonce and Bruno Mars took over. More»
Michael Tunison

Refs Say No Cotchery Catch

On the Panthers' second offensive drive of Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Carolina lost a controversial challenge that ended up eventually leading to a Denver touchdown. Also: CBS officiating expert Mike Carey was wrong about the replay result. More»
Cy Brown

Gaga crushed the National anthem

The first big moment of the Super Bowl is the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Lady Gaga had the honor this year and she nailed it with an all-time great performance. More»
SoE Staff

Super Bowl Live Rewind

Congrats to the Broncos, who are now Super Bowl champs after a hard-fought 24-10 win over the Panthers. Check out what our live NFL writers and others said on social media during the game. More»
Anthony Castrovince

Tanks for Nothing? Losing to Win

Tanking is an increasingly common -- and increasingly accepted -- form of a rebuild, and there are situations in which fans will actually salute such sandbaggery. But does that make it right? Do the ends always justify the means? Let's discuss. More»
Cy Brown

Man Utd, Chelsea fight to draw

Manchester United played one of its most aggressive matches all season, a far-cry from the boring tactics usually deployed by Louis van Gaal. But Diego Costa scored a goal in stoppage time to help Chelsea draw with United. More»
Cy Brown

Leah Still Starred at NFL Honors

The most popular football players in the world attended the NFL Honors award show on Saturday night. But no person at the event was more popular than 5-year-old cancer survivor Leah Still, who presented the Comeback Player of the Year award to Eric Berry. More»
Erik Malinowski

Warriors Bowl Over Thunder

With Beyonce and Jay Z in the crowd and Super Bowl hype reaching a fever pitch in town, the Golden State Warriors took care of business against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena, 116-108. But it wasn't easy. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Cam the Man at NFL Honors

The NFL Honors provides the league its biggest platform for individual awards, helping it crown new superstars and recognize ones from its past. This year's highlights include an MVP for Cam Newton, a Hall nod for Brett Favre and Leah Still. More»
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»
SOE Staff

Super Bowl 50 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»
Andrew Garda

NFL Honors Could Use More Drama

On Saturday night, the NFL Honors ceremony took place. Cam Newton got his MVP award (no surprise there), while Brett Favre and seven other NFL legends got the final nod to head to Canton. But did anybody notice? 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»
Will Leitch

Roger Goodell Just Keeps Coasting

With the NFL's State of the Game press conference set for Friday, expect the same old story from Commissioner Roger Goodell: plenty of words but not a lot of substance. The NFL machine rolls on. 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»
David Ubben

Strong, Texas win big on Signing Day

What was looking like a subpar recruiting class quickly become one of the nation's best on Wednesday, as Texas went on a a borderline unprecedented two-day run highlighted by winning a handful of important battles on Signing Day itself. More»
Robert Weintraub

Super Bowl Predictions and Prop Bets

The Super Bowl hype keeps building as we approach 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»
Matt Brown

What We Learned on Signing Day

While signing day is an unpredictable spectacle, one thing about recruiting is more predictable than anything else in sports: Nick Saban signing a top-rated class. There were a lot of big stories Wednesday, but Alabama stole the show. More»
Will Leitch

January's 10 Dumbest Sports Stories

On the one-year anniversary of this list, Deflategate finally falls from the top. But there was plenty of material to replace it, including the John Scott All-Star saga, Brian Urlacher's hair and Russell Wilson's Google history. More»
Cy Brown

Top 5 Signing Day moments

If you had said the biggest National Signing Day 2016 moments would involve skydiving, Paul Wall, decoy cakes and Ric Flair, people would have called you crazy. But here we are. These are the top Signing Day moments of 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»
Terence Moore

Silent Architect of 49ers Dynasty

A historic franchise that boasted players from Joe Montana to Deion Sanders, the 49ers dynasties in the 1980s and the 1990s were quite a site to behold. But behind it all, there was one man who held it all together while staying out of the spotlight: John McVay More»
Matt Brown

Nation's Top Recruit Picks Michigan

Jim Harbaugh has kept himself in the headlines on a daily basis over the last year, and it has culminated in the biggest win of all for the recruiting class of 2016: Defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the nation's No. 1 ranked recruit, will be a Wolverine. 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»
Cy Brown

Recruit picks school while skydiving

Every year, high school recruits get more and more creative about the way they announce where they'll be playing college football. Four-star safety Deontay Anderson took it next level by announcing his choice (Ole Miss) while skydiving. More»
Molly Knight

NFL Filled With Recruiting Sleepers

Based on the trajectories of recent No. 1 recruits, it's more likely that the star of the 2026 Super Bowl will have a low-key National Signing Day celebration. Blue-chip recruits may be expected to make it as NFL stars, but it's a long road to the pros. 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»
Matt Brown

Instant Impact 2016 Recruits

The recruiting process for the class of 2016 finally comes to end an on Wednesday, as commitments will be made official. As the faxes roll in, attention will turn to which top recruits might see starring roles as soon as this fall. More»
Matt Brown

Recruiting Rewind: Class of 2011

Five years ago, National Signing Day featured an impressive list of burgeoning young football talent, from No. 1 recruit Jadeveon Clowney to three-star future Heisman winners Marcus Mariota and Johnny Manziel. How did the class pan out? 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»
AJ Cassavell

A problem with preseason predictions

Here's a secret about preseason predictions: Nobody really knows what they're talking about at this point, and certain clubs baffle us more than others. With that in mind, here's a look at the most unpredictable club in each of the six divisions. More»
Matthew Leach

Why I Love Signing Day

Wednesday's National Signing Day is one of the most bizarre events on the sports calendar. But I love it, because the day of college announcements is one of the great reality television shows of the year. 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»
Cy Brown

Stop doubting Leicester City

All season long, pundits and fans have simultaneously praised Leicester City and said it has no shot at winning the English Premier League. But after another big win, this time against Liverpool, what do the Foxes have to do to prove they're the best? More»
Michael Tunison

Brown Out: Manziel Likely Done in CLE

The Cleveland Browns put out a release that suggests they are moving on from troubled quarterback (and former first round pick) Johnny Manziel. The team won't be able to officially release him until March, though. More»
Cy Brown

Top 4 January transfers of 2016

The January European league transfer window has come and gone without too many major moves. But some teams are markedly better today than they were at the end of December. Let's look at four players who made their new clubs better. 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»
Terence Moore

NFL's Media Circus Is A Crowd Pleaser

The television ratings will have the final say, but what happened Monday night was NFL officials showing again why they keep adding billions to their billions. Simply put, they know the public can't get enough of the NFL, period. More»
Jason B. Hirschhorn

Wade Takes Odd Route To Super Bowl

Out of football a year ago, Wade Phillips has built the NFL's best defense in Denver. Now, faced with another uphill battle against Cam Newton and the league's top scoring offense, Phillips' men have a chance to shock the world. More»
Matt Brown

Harbaugh Tactics Working Perfectly

College football recruiting has always been crazy, but everything is magnified in the modern media environment. Nobody understands that more than Jim Harbaugh, who has quickly turned Michigan into a force while pushing the envelope. More»
Andrew Simon

New MLB bosses make their mark

Over the past couple of years, Major League front offices have seen significant turnover, and as February begins seven teams are nearing the end of their first offseason under new leadership. Here is a look at what each of those seven front offices has accomplished. 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»
David Ubben

SEC Threatens Big 12 in Texas

The SEC's run of national titles, the move of Texas A&M to the SEC and the decline of the Texas Longhorns have posed a big problem for the Big 12: The SEC has become increasingly successful landing top recruiting talent in the state of Texas. More»
Ross Tucker

What really matters in Super Bowl 50

They probably aren't the first names that come to mind, but it's the offensive and defensive linemen who will do battle in the most important aspect of Super Bowl 50. Whichever team can control the line of scrimmage has an excellent chance of being victorious. More»