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2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series

By on October 21, 2014 at 8:28pm
San Francisco and Kansas City will square off in the Fall Classic. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images) San Francisco and Kansas City will square off in the Fall Classic. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The World Series is here. Kansas City has won eight straight games to start the postseason (an MLB record) while San Francisco has won nine straight postseason series. San Francisco sends NLCS MVP Madison Bumgarner to the mound, while Kansas City’s three-headed monster at the back of their bullpen forces opponents to take an early lead. A balanced set of bats for both teams make it difficult to plan for either.

For the final series, we’re introducing the scoring category of home runs hit by both teams combined in the final game of the series. Furthermore, all points are doubled! Ties will be broken by guessing the combined ERA of both starting pitchers in the series’ final game. Otherwise, scoring is the same:

  • Picking the winner of each series is worth four points.
  • Picking how many games each series will last is worth two points.
  • Picking the MVP of each series is worth two points.
  • Picking the home run total of both teams combined in the final game of the series is worth two points.
  • Picking the combined ERA of both starting pitchers in the series’ final game is for tiebreaking purposes only. Combined ERA will refer to taking the total number of earned runs given up by both pitchers put together, then dividing it by the total number of innings thrown by both put together, then multiplying by nine to adjust for nine innings.

So with that out of the way, our World Series picks are below. Be sure to see how everyone’s doing, and come back once a champion is decided for the final results. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series »

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The Patriots bolstered their thin linebacking corps by trading for the Titans' Akeem Ayers. (NFL.com)

It may not be Vincent Jackson, but hey, it’s a start.

The New England Patriots sent a sixth round pick to the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday  in exchange for linebacker Akeem Ayers and a seventh round selection in the NFL draft. The deal is pending a physical.

Continue reading Patriots Trade for Titans LB Akeem Ayers »

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I thought, perhaps naively, that the disgrace and disgust of the 2014 Boston Red Sox season would end with Game 162.

I was wrong.

The reminders of the Red Sox season that (I wish) never was have been everywhere throughout the 2014 MLB postseason. The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals, two non-playoff teams last year, both swept through the LDS round in a wide open American League. Now two wild card teams, the Royals and the San Francisco Giants, will square off in the World Series starting tonight. Excuse me while I go eat a couch pillow.

Then, of course, there are the ghosts of Red Sox past. Let’s check in with some of the more notable former players who donned the Boston uniform to see how they’ve fared – with other teams, sadly — this postseason:

Continue reading Where Are They Now? How Former Red Sox Have Fared in the 2014 MLB Postseason »

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Sunday the Red Sox began the process of turning the page to 2015 when they reportedly reached an agreement with hitting coach Chili Davis.

Davis had been with the Oakland Athletics for the last three seasons.

Continue reading Red Sox Reportedly Make Deal with Chili Davis for Hitting Coach »

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Peyton Manning is now the sole record holder for most touchdown passes in NFL history, surpassing Brett Favre. (Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports)

Move over, Brett Favre. There’s a new sheriff in town.

Though he may not be the gunslinger Favre was, future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning is the new record holder for all-time touchdown passes in NFL history. He threw for his record 509th touchdown on an eight-yard pass to Demayrius Thomas with 3:09 remaining in the first half of the Denver Broncos’ Sunday Night Football contest against the San Francisco 49ers.

As a New England Patriots fan, I extend my begrudging congratulations to Mr. Manning. I pure hate you, but after playing you so many times after all these years, dang it do I respect you. Continue reading Peyton Manning Sets All-Time TD Record in First Half vs. 49ers »

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Jared Sullinger has always had a knack for rebounding. This can certainly be attributed to his oversized derriere, which effectively allows him to carve out space and grab loose rebounds which, on the offensive end, can turn into easy points. Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers recognized Sullinger’s talents on the boards early on, and primarily assigned him to maneuver around the block beneath the basket.

Brad Stevens, in his first training camp with the Celtics, hosted a drill in which all the players were encouraged to practice shooting three pointers. While most of the team’s bigs continued to refrain from long-distance shooting, Sullinger, who only took five shots beyond the arc in the previous year, upped his total to 208. Stevens employed three of the team’s bigs — Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Vítor Faverani — in a pick-and-pop role in an effort to space out the floor. However, more times than not the defense would allow Sullinger the space to shoot, due to his mediocre percentage, and he ended up only shooting 26.9 percent from three. Continue reading Can Jared Sullinger Become a Legitimate Deep Scoring Threat? »

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NFL Week 7 Betting Tips

October 19, 2014 at 11:00am in NFL, Opinion

It looked like it was going to be another tough day at the office, after the Houston Texans kicked off week 6 in the NFL with a tough 33-28 loss. Fortunately, my other three picks in the Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys all covered easily. My overall record this year is now looking a little better at 12-9, and we look to keep the trend of winning alive.

Take the New York Giants (+5) over the Dallas Cowboys.
Last week these two teams could not have been a part of two completely opposite games. The Cowboys traveled to Seattle and came out with a 27-24 victory; to give the Seahawks their first home loss in over two years. The Giants, who came into last week as one of the hottest teams in the NFL winning three games in arrow, got thumped by NFC East rival the Philadelphia Eagles 28-0. The Giants will rebound in their second consecutive NFC East matchup, after being thoroughly embarrassed one week ago. The Cowboys are going to still be riding high after getting a road win in the toughest environment in the entire NFL. The Giants are going to upset the Cowboys 30-21.

Take the New Orleans Saints (+2) over the Detroit Lions
The Saints are 0-3 playing on the road this season with losses to the Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons and the Cleveland Browns. Two things that will be going in favor of the Saints are they are coming off a bye week, and most likely have heard they can’t win on the road for two weeks straight. New Orleans is going to come into Detroit motivated, rested, and hungry for their first road won of the season. Detroit is the No.1 ranked team in total defense, so a road win coming against the No.1 defense will send a message to every team in the NFL that the Saints are still here. The Saints and Lions will both be without one of their best players in Jimmy Graham and Calvin Johnson. New Orleans will leave Detroit capturing their first road win 27-21.

Take the Indianapolis Colts (-3) over the Cincinnati Bengals
The Colts are now one of the hottest teams in the NFL, as they have now won four games in arrow. Indianapolis last win came 10 days ago at Houston, and they are now well rested, and back at home to take on a Bengals team that have struggled mildly on defense. The Bengals gave up 37 points at home last week against the Panthers, who have an average offense at best. Life is only going to become much harder for the Bengals having to play on the road against the NFL’s league leader in passing yards in Andrew Luck. The Bengals will also be without their best player for a second straight week in arrow in A.J Green. The Colts will defeat the Bengals rather easily 31-20.

Take the San Francisco 49ers (+6.5) over the Denver Broncos
This is the marquee matchup this Sunday, and these two teams are built on different principals. The Broncos are built on their overpowering offense, and the 49ers, despite being beat up, are built on their ferocious defense. The 49ers will be missing a lot of their key players on defense, but that has been the story all year, and they still own a 4-2 record. One thing the 49ers do very well which will help their defense in stopping the Broncos is run the football and run it well. The 49ers offensively lean on their run offense, and if they can continue to run the ball well, they will keep that high powered Broncos offense on the bench. I believe the 49ers will lose the game outright, but will cover 27-24.

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