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NCAA playoff schedule affects ratings negatively

January 21

Filed under Columns, Sports

The NCAA needs to adjust their playoff schedule if they want to receive media coverage and television ratings comparable to those of the National Football League. The new College Football Playoff, used to determine the NCAA nati...

European soccer leagues provide intrigue

December 4

Filed under Columns, Sports

Barring Leicester City’s shocking Premier League title win, last season saw all the top contenders win their respective major leagues. Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain all won their domestic leagues...

Fantasy football: what to watch

December 3

Filed under Columns, Sports

WHO I LIKE QB, Drew Brees (NO) – Brees continues to dominate as a standout fantasy starting quarterback, not just because of his ability to throw well, but because he is able to throw the ball to any target. He connected with...

Giving thanks to year in sports

November 24

Filed under Columns, Sports

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it seems necessary to give thanks to the past year in sports, with 2016 consisting of many highs for sports fans around the country. *** On behalf of the city of Cleveland, I give thanks to...

NFL predictions: Week 10

November 12

Filed under Columns, Sports

WHO I LIKE QB, Blake Bortles (JAX) – After struggling to get it going against the Chiefs, Bortles will look to rebound against the 5-3 Texans. Houston leads the AFC South right now, but an Osweiler-led offense is anything ...

Role players end Cubs’ drought

November 10

Filed under Columns, Sports

No more waiting until next year. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in a winner-take-all game seven in the 2016 World Series, ending a 108-year championship drought for the Cubs. The Cubs were down th...

NFL ratings are down this year: here is why

November 6

Filed under Columns, Sports

NFL television ratings have decreased during the first half of the 2016 season. Nielsen television ratings have shown nearly a 10 percent loss in viewers over the first quarter of this year’s NFL season compared ...

Fantasy Football: what to watch

November 4

Filed under Columns, Sports

WHO I LIKE QB, Aaron Rodgers (GB) – After throwing four touchdowns and rushing 60 yards against the Atlanta Falcons, Rodgers has earned the must start status this week. Rodgers managed to torch Atlanta’s secondary, ev...

Season set for a historic ending

October 30

Filed under Columns, Sports

The 2016 World Series will mark the end of one of the largest championship droughts in baseball. The Chicago Cubs will face off against the Cleveland Indians in this year’s installment of the World Series. The f...

Put your best pitcher out there

October 23

Filed under Columns, Sports

In the modern game of professional baseball, managers have a plethora of statistics on which to base late-game match-ups. Sometimes, as this year’s postseason has proven, it is often best for managers not to strictl...

Fantasy football outlooks and picks for week seven

October 21

Filed under Columns, Sports

WHO I LIKE QB, Matthew Stafford (DET) – I had Stafford as my sleeper last week, and to no surprise, he delivered. With no depth in the backfield, the Detroit offense has been playing primarily in the air, and a matchup agai...

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