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article January 18, 2017

In Defense of Sports' Biggest Villains

Those who are aren't New England Patriots fans will certainly be rooting against the Pats during the AFC Championship Game. They're universally accepted villains, and that's a good thing, because we need villains. More»
GettyImages-631702342 article January 17, 2017

Dome Sweet Dome? A Fond Farewell

When Matt Ryan and the Falcons host Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, it will be the last-ever sporting event held in the Georgia Dome. The Falcons can end the era by rewriting their disappointing history, or they can simply continue it. More»
GettyImages-630523010 article January 13, 2017

The Chiefs' Moment Has Arrived

The Chiefs are one of the NFL's more formidable, sustainable, signature franchises, but that hasn't translated to postseason success. On Sunday, they host the Steelers in a playoff game that could give Arrowhead Stadium something to celebrate. More»
GettyImages-630213182 article January 12, 2017

The Plight of the Atlanta Sports Fan

Atlanta fans have been through this. Everything is looking good for the Falcons. Matt Ryan is an MVP candidate and QB for a historically good offense. They could really go all the way. But for Atlanta sports fans, they'll believe it when they see it. More»
USATSI_9587396 article January 12, 2017

Pitt-K.C. Preview: Steel Certain?

The grind-it-out style of the Kansas City Chiefs can keep any game close. But the Pittsburgh Steelers have that high-powered offense, led by their "Big Three." So however this shakes up, it's going to be an intense playoff game at Arrowhead. More»
packerscowboys article January 12, 2017

GB-DAL Preview: Clash of NFC Titans

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have been red-hot, winning their past seven straight games. But now, they have to go on the road to play the Dallas Cowboys and their high-powered offense. Something's gotta give. More»
GettyImages-607350168 article January 11, 2017

CFB's Tortured Fan Base Rankings

Now that another college football season is in the books, we must regroup and figure out which college football team is most desperate for a national title. After all, every team wants to win one. But these 25 teams need to win a championship. More»
GettyImages-615054904 article January 11, 2017

Falcons vs. Hawks: Bird's the Word

The Falcons and Seahawks have both been successful over the past decade. But only Seattle has broken through in the postseason. Will the divisional round be Matt Ryan and the Falcons' turn to finally start a deep playoff run? More»
GettyImages-631369740 article January 10, 2017

:01 Second Chance Champ: Clemson!

We thought we knew how this title game was going to go. The Tide kept coming. They were relentless. But this time, it didn't matter. Deshaun Watson and Clemson went on the attack, leading the Tigers to an epic 35-31 victory on a last-second TD. More»
GettyImages-630499608 article January 10, 2017

Pats-Texans Preview: Um ... Yeah

After winning a terrible division and then beating a depleted Raiders team in the wild-card round, the Texans must face the heavily-favored Patriots in Foxborough. Barring some sort of miracle, this one should be smooth sailing for New England. More»
USATSI_9670844 article January 9, 2017

Abide By The Tide: Bama Will Roll On

At this point, Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have accomplished too much for anyone to doubt them in the CFP title game. And yet, plenty still think they might lose. They forgot that Alabama has already solved this game. More»
bama-clemson article January 6, 2017

A Fifth Bama Title? Ho Hum For Tide

When your team regularly wins championships, like Alabama will try to do Monday night for the fifth time in eight seasons, the joy you experience is real, but also one that can't help but be diminished. A Clemson win would feel much different. More»
GettyImages-613709050 article January 6, 2017

Packers-Giants: Saving Best For Last

The two hottest teams in the NFC will go at it in the last game of the Wild Card round. The Packers are on a six-game winning streak, while the Giants have won three of their past four. Only one of them will advance, but the winner will be very dangerous. More»
USATSI_9612845 article January 5, 2017

Steel Hurtin': Pitt, Miami Meet Again

The Miami Dolphins contained and battered Ben Roethlisberger back in October, holding the Steelers to just 15 points in a win. But now they meet again in the Wild Card round, and Pittsburgh's high-powered offense could go off. More»
lionsseahawks article January 4, 2017

Lions-Hawks Preview: A Flawed Fight

The Lions limped into the playoffs, losing their last three games while QB Matthew Stafford deals with an injured finger. The Seahawks look vulnerable too, playing with a poor o-line and without Earl Thomas. One of them will advance. More»
GettyImages-51540799 article January 4, 2017

Being Kurt: Warner Belongs In HOF

The NFL announced its 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Kurt Warner was named for the third time. And that's ridiculous. Why? Because the former star quarterback should have already made the Hall on the first attempt. More»
GettyImages-625014288 article January 3, 2017

Texans-Raiders Preview: Win Ugly

It might not be a game you're waiting all week to watch, but the Texans are still hosting a playoff game against the Raiders on Saturday. And it's all set up perfectly for Houston. Can the Texans finally advance in the postseason? More»
USATSI_9613869 article January 3, 2017

NFL Playoffs Rootability Rankings

Only 12 teams out of 32 make the NFL playoffs, so the odds are that your team isn't in. But everyone watching should still have a rooting interest. That's where these rankings come in. Here's your postseason cheering guide. More»
USATSI_9768676 article December 30, 2016

One Hundred Predictions For 2017

Just like we did for 2016, we've compiled a list of 100 predictions for 2017. And just like last year, many of these will probably be wrong. But that doesn't matter. The new year is rapidly approaching. So here's what I think is going to happen. More»
GettyImages-474628268 article December 29, 2016

The Dumbest Sports Stories Of 2016

Remember when the NCAA Tournament bracket was leaked? And when Ryan Lochte acted like Ryan Lochte in Rio? Also, Tim Tebow is a baseball player now. Seriously. Those stories and more made my dumbest sports stories of 2016 list. More»

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