It Is Still The Beautiful Game

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Just like that, as the U.S. soccer team fell to a hard-fought defeat by Belgium, a whole swath of the nation returned to disliking the game, or at least being completely indifferent to it. That’s an awful thing, frankly. America needs ...

An Open Letter to Manti Te’o, from Jan Brady

Hi, Manti Te’o. It’s me, Jan Brady! I’m a sophomore at Westdale High School in California. I live with my three brothers, two sisters, and parents. Oh, and Alice! Don’t forget Alice! (She’s our maid, but she’s more like one of the ...

The 5 Stages of Grief for a Tortured Football Fan

Disclaimer: As a lifelong Oakland/Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders fan, I do not lay claim to the Dickensian experience of sports suffering that Cardinals, Lions, or Bengals fans have historically endured. I am, however, quickly learning what a life of lowered expectations is all ...

10 Yard Fight – Ranking The Super Bowl Contenders

Photo via Bleacher Report There are 32 teams in the NFL. And by my count, there are at least 11 teams that have a chance to win the Super Bowl. Now, I don’t study the NFL for a living or crunch the ...

10 Yard Fight – The New Peyton Manning

DISCLAIMER: I have a Man Crush on Peyton Manning. I own two of his Colts jerseys (the Broncos one is currently being saved up for), a Colts hat and a sweet Colts helmet that my brother made for me out of metal. ...

Dw Dunphy On…What I Learnt From The Thine Political Conventions

So what did we learn from the conventions? A few things, actually – even though they are probably lessons we already knew, the salient points deserved repeating and reinforcing.

Point One – Republicans liked the Republican convention and believe that Democrats are ...

Can you call it hype if no one actually reads it?

Time to let everyone in on a little secret.

Having served as an Official Mainstream Media Sports Journalist for a long time, I can tell you that we do indeed know that all this Super Bowl coverage is overkill.

No, most people ...

Could Tim Tebow Be The Next Eli Manning?

Like most American males, my grade-school gym classes were regularly filled with games of dodge ball. Because being scrawny and nearsighted are not the ideal tools for a world-class athlete, the smart decision would have been for me to intentionally take an ...

Gamblor Raids Again: Week 17 NFL Picks

Sorry, folks.  Gamblor actually had a profitable week last week, but I’m on vacation this week so I don’t have access to the software I need to run a simulation for this week.  I’ll update this post next week with Gamblor’s picks, ...

Gamblor Raids Again: Week 16 NFL Picks

Gamblor was actually looking pretty sharp last weekend, having put together a tidy profit of about $200 by the end of the weekend.  Unfortunately, it lost all its profits and much, much more on Monday night as the Steelers got completely dominated ...

Gamblor Raids Again: Week 15 NFL Picks

Gamblor suffered its worst bad beat of the season last week – it was pretty horrific.  A rookie quarterback managed to mount a last-minute comeback, spoiling what was seeming to be a routine cover on one of the computer’s biggest bets of ...

Gamblor Raids Again: Week 14 NFL Picks

Away Home Spread Gamblor’s Pick Bet Amount Son of Gamblor’s Pick Bet Amount Overall Pick Overall Bet CLE at PIT -14 CLE $3.46 PIT $1.32 CLE IND at BAL -16.5 IND $4.50 — — IND HOU at CIN -3 CIN ...

Gamblor Raids Again: Week 13 NFL Picks

I have to say, at this point the only positive thing I can find to say is that I’m glad I didn’t have much money left to lose last week.  After starting off with a solid Thanksgiving by hitting both its bets, ...

Gamblor Raids Again: Week 12 NFL Picks

I don’t even know what to say anymore.  Gamblor has effectively gone bankrupt.  After hitting a peak of +$1,910 after Week 9 last season, Gamblor has proceeded to lose $2752 since.  During this stretch, it has lost money 13 weeks, won money ...

Gamblor Raids Again: Week 11 NFL Picks

This is getting pretty bad.  The computer almost went completely bankrupt last week, courtesy of ANOTHER second-half collapse by the Eagles.  The computer’s losses were championed by Son of Gamblor, who actually delivered a 7-3 record but lost huge on the Eagles ...

Gamblor Raids Again: Week 10 NFL Picks

Two weeks ago, the computer had its best week of the season, winning $264 primarily due to a big win by the Eagles.  Last week, the computer turned around and had its worst week of the season, dropping a total of $484 ...

Gamblor Raids Again: Week 9 NFL Picks

Last week the computer looked brilliant thanks to only one team: the Philadelphia Eagles.  The computer nailed its second-biggest bet of the season ($335) and collecting positive juice to boot (+105, for a return of $352).  I spent the weekend agonizing over ...