New York pulled off a big upset over Green Bay. Could they be on another Super Bowl title run a la four years ago? (http://whiteknightchronicles.neoseeker.com)

The Divisional Round is now complete, and there was finally a road win. And were down to just the final four. Next Sunday, it’ll be Patriots/Ravens and 49ers/Giants for the right to play for the Lombardi Trophy. After the previous round, we’re sure to see plenty of action.

The Saints threw plenty of people for a loop, but other than that, it was easy enough to pick the games. Some of the yardage and touchdown totals were a bit surprising, but generally easy enough.

The standings are starting to open up a little, but there’s still three rounds to go. So check below for the results from the previous round, and check back Sunday for the Conference Championship picks. Continue reading 2012 NFL Playoff Expert Picks: Divisional Round Results »

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MLS SuperDraft

Similar to many American workers over the past 15 years, MLS players might be the only American athletes feeling the pinch of globalization. The Wall Street Journal’s headline this week basically sums up the problem with an article previewing the upcoming SuperDraft as “The Most Meaningless Draft in Sports.”

The SuperDraft is limping along like a dog on three legs. It used to be the premiere event in the American soccer world. With piggy-backing the event with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America conference, it was an opportunity for the industry to get together and advance the entire operation. The draft used to be 6 rounds with similar traditions to other, more well known, American college drafts. MLS draft picks would get their team scarf, shake the commissioner’s hand, and have a day to remember. Continue reading With MLS SuperDraft Fading Into Obscurity, What’s Next? »

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Jerome Simpson (Reuters/John Sommers II)

Thank the lord for YouTube.

Without it, we’d have to rely on TV to show us replays of Jerome Simpson’s incredible flip over the defender and into the endzone on Sunday against the Cardinals. He even stuck the landing, with one hand holding the football, the other breaking his fall, and his two feet landing flat on the back end of it.

Sure, the Bengals won and look to be on their way to the playoffs, but no one is really talking about that. Simpson’s catch will be replayed over and over for decades. Seriously.

Haven’t seen it yet? OK, I’ll stop yapping. Check it out: Continue reading Video: Bengals WR Jerome Simpson’s Touchdown Flip »

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Because of steroid use, Milwaukee's Ryan Braun should lose his MVP award, and Los Angeles' Matt Kemp should get it. (http://www.thesportsbank.net)

When you get caught cheating, you’re supposed to be punished. Copy your friend’s homework? Zero on the assignment. Run a red light to save a couple minutes? Ticket. Carry on an elicit affair? Divorce, and probably half your stuff.

Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun got caught cheating: he failed a drug test. While a 50-game suspension next season is a sizable penalty, it’s not a punishment.

Braun should lose his MVP award. That’s the punishment.

Continue reading Steroid Use Should Cost Ryan Braun MVP »

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Ryan Braun (Photo Courtesy of Jim McIsaac from Getty Images)

Last Saturday night, the news broke that National League MVP Ryan Braun failed a performance-enhancing drug test in October. This dramatic truth revealed is devastating for MLB, which seemed to be beginning truly moving past the “Steroids Era” that began in the early 90’s.

Braun is an established superstar of the game, arguably the very best hitter around, but he now faces a 50-game suspension at the start of next season. Braun is an critical part of the Milwaukee Brewers team, which will already likely lose slugger Prince Fielder this offseason in free agency, and the loss of Braun for a third of the year will be a tough blow even after the acquisition of third baseman Aramis Ramirez. But more damaging in this story is the disappointment of one of the most gifted young players in the game. Continue reading Ryan Braun Should Keep MVP Despite Positive Steroids Test »

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Tiger Woods Claims First Victory In 2 Years

December 6, 2011 at 10:21pm in National
Tiger Woods (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

After two years plagued by scandal, injury and swing changes, Tiger Woods finally got the victory that has been eluding him.

Woods came into the final round of the Chevron World Challenge trailing former Masters Champion Zach Johnson by one stroke. The final pairing went back and forth for most of Sunday, until Johnson holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 16th to take a one-shot lead.

Johnson then watched his birdie put lip out on 17 while Woods birdied the whole to make thing all square going into the final hole. Continue reading Tiger Woods Claims First Victory In 2 Years »

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Yes, "Get Out of My Face" is just a satire of "Pardon the Interruption," but an argument can be made that it's entirely better sports coverage than the more serious ESPN hit.  (www.timwasher.com).

Could it be that when it comes to sports coverage, The Onion’s hillarious “Get Out of My Face” keeps sport insights more real than its satirical targets, ESPN sports debate shows “Pardon the Interruption” and “Around the Horn”?

Well, for one thing, “Get Out of My Face” broadcasters Kenny Kennedy and Reggie Greengrass are easily more entertaining (not to mention, their allocution more engaging) than their counterparts on ESPN. Kennedy and Greengrass defy stodgy sports fans who have no sense of humor whatsoever, like the “owners” of my fantasy football league who constantly get offended at my offers of Cincinnati Bengals field goal kicker Mike Nugent for Aaron Rodgers or Matt Forte.  Or, for that matter, those fans who seem to laugh only when discussing a “poor trade” or a dominating performance by their favorite sports team. Continue reading Onion Report: Tom Brady & Mark Sanchez Have Sex, Eli Manning Elite For 4 Days »

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