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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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Cowboys vs Broncos: Week 7's prediction for the Super Bowl

After seven weeks, both conferences have new leaders. Multiple division leaders are starting to slip, while other teams are responding by making a move in the standings. Defending champion Seattle lost their second straight game, getting upset by special teams trickery in St Louis. The Jaguars finally got a win, leaving Oakland as the lone winless team. With plenty going on in late October, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 21: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 7 »

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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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1. Around the NFL:

* I hate the Patriots not playing on Sunday afternoon

* Hats off to the Rams coaching staff for taking risks – fake punt and a tricky punt return scheme

* Saints Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan is the most overrated coach in the NFL

* Redskins have two playoff wins since Daniel Synder bought the team in 1999 / They had twelve playoff wins and two Super Bowls in the previous fifteen years

* The NFC South has a combined record of 8-17-1 / 2-12 outside their Division

* The curse of the Tuck continues – Raiders 0-6

2. Around College Football:

* Playoffs right now is Miss State vs. Alabama / Florida St vs. Ole Miss (though the Miss teams play each other and one will get knocked off) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Off – Winter is Coming »

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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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