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Tuitt would be an intriguing pick for the Pats since he's so versatile, cbssports.com

With draft day just under 25 days away, the actual NFL draft and not the Kevin Costner film, speculation about which player a team is going to take are heating up. With the Patriots being one of the most exciting teams to watch in the draft, whether it be trading high picks for multiple lower round picks or drafting punters in the fifth round, New England never fails to surprise. And thus begins the speculation of “experts” and amateurs alike.

Heading into the 2014 season there are a few areas that New England could address. The offensive line could always use more depth, the wide receiver corps has been heavily criticized this past season, the tight end position has not been the same since ol’ what’shisname became one of the most notorious people in New England, and the defensive line could use a little overhaul. Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame »

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"Pro Wrestling," NES

The NBA season is over, and several seeds for the playoff teams were decided on the final day. That shifted around our Pick ‘Em results a bit. That’s especially true when the Thunder bested the Clippers for #2, securing home-court advantage in the second round. The Raptors were a surprise division winner in the East, and while the Pacers were a popular choice, rising all the way to the East’s #1 was unforeseen.

The East was a significant jumbling of seeds from what was predicted, and other the Clippers and Rockets, the West wasn’t too much better. And with the Spurs easily winning the NBA’s best record, the West was even better than the East than usual.

But how did that affect the Pick ‘Em results? Without further ado, the winner of the 2013-2014 NBA Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2013-2014 NBA Expert Picks Results »

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New York Jets Running Back Chris Johnson

Multiple news outlets are reporting Wednesday that the New York Jets and former Titans running back Chris Johnson have agreed to a two-year deal. Johnson was released by the Titans last week. The deal is reportedly worth $8 million over two years with $1 million in incentives. Johnson joins ex-Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker as the top Jets off-season signings. Since rushing for 2,006 yards in 2009, Johnson has been underwhelming by his standards. He’s averaged 4.5 YPC just once since his breakout season, and last season he was extremely mediocre averaging just 3.9 YPC. Johnson will join Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell in the Jets backfield, which figures to be one of the deeper rushing attacks in the AFC. Continue reading Jets Sign Running Back Chris Johnson »

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Notre Dame's Troy Niklas (Joe Camporeale, USA Today Sports)

Rather than chase after the next Aaron Hernandez, many Patriots pundits believe that the team would be better off selecting a more traditional tight end in the draft. The idea that the Patriots could play smash-mouth football using 22 personnel with Gronkowski, TE X, Ridley, and Vereen is an intriguing proposition. This year’s draft class is fairly deep at the tight end spot, and there are a few options that the Patriots might consider. Perhaps the best traditional tight end in the draft is Notre Dame’s Troy Niklas.

Gronkowski-Lite

One player Niklas has been compared to (thanks to his size and athleticism) is Rob Gronkowski. Niklas replaced Cinciniati Bengal Tyler Eifert in the Notre Dame starting offense last season and caught 32 balls for 498 yards and five touchdowns. Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Troy Niklas »

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Tim's Playoff Bracket (NHL.com)

The board has been set. With the conclusion of the NHL regular season yesterday, the match-ups for the first round are finalized and boy are there some exciting ones.

I filled out a bracket on NHL.com, which has a fun and easy tool to use (see the featured image).

As you can see, I have the Bruins winning it all (big surprise.) I do have a few interesting upsets, though, and the first round will be fascinating to watch.

Western Conference

Avalanche vs Wild

What a story for Colorado this season, going from a basement dweller to the top team in the West. On the other hand, Minnesota is a team that just squeaked by. This is an easy one. Avalanche in 5. Continue reading NHL Playoff Predictions: Bruins over Kings »

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With a huge turnaround from last season, Colorado is well-positioned. Now what can they do with it? (nsidc.org)

The NHL playoffs are here, and the annual playoff Pick ‘Em is back. And it should be a good one this year with the Wildcard format leading to divisional match-ups in the first two rounds, except for Wildcard Dallas shifting over to the Pacific Division. East newcomers Detroit and Columbus face tough challenges as Wildcard teams themselves.

In our Pick ‘Em, four of the eight series have unanimous winners selected, though most series look to be tightly contested. New York and Philadelphia was the hardest series to choose, though defending champion Chicago will have a difficult contest against St Louis.

Scoring in the Pick ‘Em is as follows:

  • Correctly picking the winner of a series is worth two points.
  • Correctly picking how many games a series will last is worth one point.

And with that out of the way, complete picks for the first round are below. Updated results will be posted when the first round is complete. Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round »

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Former Patriot, Aaron Hernandez is under investigation for allegedly threatening to kill a guard and his family.

Looks like former Patriot Aaron Hernandez just cannot keep himself out of the rumor mill. According to reports from TMZ Sports, Hernandez is currently under investigation for allegedly threatening to shoot and kill a guard at Bristol County Jail. This incident allegedly occurred sometime late last year when the guard put a stop of Hernandez’s antics of attempting to get more food.

According to the reports, the guard and Hernandez definitely were not friends. According to a former inmate who was cell neighbors with Hernandez, Hernandez was noticeably loosing weight and had been scheming for a while different ways to obtain more food. Apparently, Hernandez had pulled his schemes one too many times and the guard was fed up with his antics and finally put a stop to Hernandez’s schemes. This must have pissed Hernandez off as he supposedly threatened the guard. Continue reading Aaron Hernandez Allegedly Threatened to Kill Guard »

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