Jimmy Graham took to Twitter to express his feelings about the NFL penalizing dunk celebrations this coming season. (Photo courtesy of Jimmy Graham!)

Starting next season, the NFL will no longer allow players to dunk the ball over the goal post crossbar in celebration of scoring a touchdown.

Insert obligatory joke about the NFL standing for the “No Fun League” here.

Awful acronym jokes aside, I am disappointed that I won’t be seeing any celebratory dunks this coming season. But not for the reason you might think. (Hint: I don’t care to see New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, who inspired the rule change, show off his ups.)

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Jim Irsay

Sunday night Indianapolis police pulled over Colts owner, Jim Irsay, under suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He was driving slowly, nearly coming to a stop, and failed to use a turn signal.  At the traffic stop police found prescription drug bottles in Irsay’s car and placed him under arrest. In addition, Irsay failed many field sobriety tests.

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Michael Hoomanawanui (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Patriots were very quiet during the first few hours of free agency, making headlines more for losing cornerback Aqib Talib to Denver than for any moves they made themselves. On Wednesday they made their first official transaction, re-signing free agent tight end Michael Hoomanawanui. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but an earlier report from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com had it at two years.

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The Patriots chose not to tag cornerback Aqib Talib. (bostonherald.com)

Even though there are 12 Patriots scheduled to be unrestricted free agents, only two were ever really serious considerations for the franchise tag. Julian Edelman and Aqib Talib were all the buzz after New England’s season ended in January. Both were key to the Patriots’ success, yet both were still deemed unworthy of the tag.

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"Pro Wrestling," NES

The Super Bowl is over, as is the 2013-2014 season. The 2014 draft should provide plenty of exciting moments, with several teams needing a franchise quarterback and several available. But that is a consolation to the fans for what was one of the more lopsided Super Bowls in recent memory. Peyton Manning and the powerful Denver offense looked like a JV squad at best for most of the game, moving up to the 31st overall pick following a 43-8 loss to Seattle.

With everyone picking the Broncos, the touchdown total was where our panelists got most of their final points in a push for positioning. Peyton Manning threw for only 280 yards, limited by two picks as well, which limited our own chances to get points out of the passing yards total.

But with multiple panelists still close together and doubled points, who came out on top? Without further ado, the winner of the 2014 NFL Playoffs Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Super Bowl Results »

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With all the talent and hype going into Sunday's contest, competition is sure to be ultra fierce. (Animal Planet)

The Super Bowl is underway. The top-ranked Broncos offense takes on the top-ranked Seahawks defense. Wily veteran Peyton Manning takes on Sophomore sensation Russell Wilson. The game is full of storylines, and we’re here to bring you our selections for how the big game will turn out.

A blowout offense and stifling defense are averaging out our guesses for touchdown totals, while passing yards are predicted to be down somewhat. Naturally, quarterbacks have an advantage in MVP voting because they’re quarterbacks, though Denver’s receiving corps and both running games are pretty good too.

In addition to adding an MVP category to our predictions, all point values are doubled!! Otherwise, scoring is similar to before:

  • Picking the winner of the game is worth four points.
  • Picking the total number of touchdowns scored by both teams combined is worth two points if guessed to within one, or four points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the yards thrown for by the game’s top passer (one top-throwing quarterback only) is worth two points if guessed to within 50, or four points if guessed to within 10, or a whopping ten points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the Super Bowl MVP is worth two points.

So now that that’s out of the way, complete picks are below, and be sure to check back upon the Super Bowl’s completion for final results and standings. Continue reading 2014 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Super Bowl »

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Denver was firmly in control of time of possession en route to defeating arch rival New England. Now, their elite offense meets an elite defense for all the marbles. (http://simplepimple.com/)

The Super Bowl is set; the Broncos’ most potent NFL offense ever will face Seattle’s very gung-ho and powerful defense with everything on the line in New Jersey in two weeks. Each team defeated in its chief rival in order to get there, with New England and San Francisco each falling in a difficult road match-up.

Seattle and San Francisco was a defensive game for much of the time as we suspected, but the surprise was the low-scoring 26-16 final in Denver. Peyton Manning did a great job of limiting Tom Brady’s time on the field, which no doubt was a huge reason the Broncos were able to pull out the win.

In our picks, some suffered more than others, with an even mix of picks for winners. Most points were won or lost based on passing yards and touchdowns, especially in the game in Seattle, where a match-up of field goals and some touchdowns was expected.

So check below for the complete results, and come back in two weeks for the Super Bowl picks. Continue reading 2014 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Conference Championships Results »

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