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article January 31, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX: The Stakes

The way we talk about the Patriots and Seahawks now is dramatically different than the way we'll talk about them late Sunday night. Here's what we'll be saying about both of these teams, in either scenario. This is how history will be made. More»
RogerGoodell article January 30, 2015

The Unsinkable Roger Goodell

Reporters were looking forward to grilling Roger Goodell on Friday, but did the NFL commissioner look chastened? From where we stood, this was the old Goodell: cocksure, dismissive and absolutely in control. More»
SB-Glendale article January 29, 2015

The Super Bowl's One-Week Stand

As a Super Bowl host city, Phoenix may fall on the upper-middle tier when compared to places like New Orleans, San Diego and Indianapolis. But the main problem with this Super Bowl is Glendale, a prime example of what happens when sports venue plans go disastrously wrong. More»
TomBrady-MediaDay article January 28, 2015

NFL Still Living in Fantasyland

To look at downtown Phoenix right now is to see a constructed world where the NFL has built every edifice in its own image, a massive corporate #brand maze with all paths leading to The Shield. It's their fantasyland. Except now: The fantasyland is the real world. More»
BillBelichick-MediaDay article January 27, 2015

The NFL Needs Deflate-gate

Hardcore sports fans have been tired of Deflate-gate from almost the moment the story broke, but controversies like this aren't for the die-hards, but rather for the casual viewers the NFL is courting for the Super Bowl. In other words, Deflate-gate is great for business. More»
trout selfie article January 26, 2015

Embracing Baseball's Evolution

New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred caused a stir recently when he suggested he would consider banning infield shifts. But when you look past that you see a man who has a smart vision for MLB, and know that appealing to younger fans is the key to it all. More»
Brady article January 22, 2015

Ranking 2015's Idiotic Controversies

Maybe the Patriots deflated the balls, maybe they didn't. This is officially idiotic in every possible way, and the worst part is we're not even sure where Deflate-gate ranks on 2015's list of moronic sports controversies, let alone the all-time list. More»
HughGreenwood article January 22, 2015

How to Truly Defeat a Troll

New Mexico guard Hugh Greenwood played one of the best games of his career last night against UNLV, an effort he said was motivated by a particularly ugly Twitter troll who was taunting him about his mother's breast cancer. But his response may have just fed the hate. More»
Belichick-Deflate article January 21, 2015

Deflate-gate FAQ: Let's Air It Out

With the Chris Mortensen report that 11 of the 12 footballs used in Sunday's AFC championship game were underinflated, and the Vice President himself weighing in on the controversy, it's time to finally take a closer look at the Patriots' "Deflate-gate." More»
TigerWoods-freak article January 20, 2015

Tiger Woods, Freak Show

There was a time, not too long ago, when Tiger Woods was the biggest and most powerful figure in sports. He was revered at Obama's 2009 inauguration. Ten months later, everything would fall apart. And now he's showing up at ski events out of nowhere with no front tooth. More»
SeahawksLuck article January 19, 2015

Seahawks: Masters of Their Fate

The Seattle Seahawks needed the impossible to happen, and to happen entirely out of their control. But they didn't act that way toward the end of the NFC championship game when all looked lost. And why would they? More»
BestConfChampGames article January 16, 2015

Ranking the Championship Games

The NFL's conference championship games don't get the credit they deserve, thanks mostly to the Super Bowl hype. So in advance of Sunday's games, let's look at the best ones since 2010, honoring both the winners and losers. More»
Patriots-likeable article January 15, 2015

Are The Patriots Likeable Again?

The team left standing in the NFL playoffs that has gone the longest without winning a Super Bowl is … the Patriots? Unbelievably, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have gone a decade without a ring. Here's why it's not so crazy to root for them now. More»
CardaleJones article January 14, 2015

Don't Blame Cardale for the Truth

Some people continue to use Cardale Jones' long-deleted tweet about school as a cudgel. But this week, Jones made Ohio State a lot of money -- and he won't see a dime of that, while his career could be over with one wrong step. Explain how important school is supposed to be there? More»
OhioStateWins article January 13, 2015

Buckeyes Win: Back to the Future

On Monday night, national title winners Ohio State reminded us what college football is capable of, and they did it while both hanging onto the sport's past and hinting at a possible direction for an even more bountiful future. More»
CFP-ChampionshipScene article January 12, 2015

The Super Bowl Imitation Game

Organizers for the first-ever College Football Playoff national championship game desperately want this thing to be a Super Bowl Lite. But if we remember what the first Super Bowl was really like, we should know that things should evolve quickly. More»
QBs-Divisional article January 9, 2015

QBs With Least and Most to Lose

Let's take one last look at the best NFL weekend of the year by focusing solely on the quarterbacks, ranking them on how much they have at stake, historically, career-wise, all of it. The one with the least on the line is eighth, down to the one with the most. More»
LambeauField article January 8, 2015

NFL Vs. CFP: Setting the Scene

Over the three days of football from Saturday to Monday, we will see the NFL sell itself as a wonderful in-person fan experience when it's the exact opposite, and we will see college football look like an empty corporate event when it's so, so much more than that. More»
TroutStantonHelton article January 7, 2015

Predicting Team Firsts for HOF

After July, there will be six teams in baseball with no official Hall of Fame representation. Let's take a look at each of those teams and see if we can figure out when their cap is finally going to make it on a plaque. More»
HOF-Class-2015 article January 6, 2015

Hall Voting Process Still Flawed

We originally gave writers the power to decide who gets into the Hall of Fame because they had first-hand observation and at least the pretense of impartiality. But now it seems personal bias, remote from the reality of baseball's evolution, has made the Hall voting process an anachronism. More»

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