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Role players end Cubs’ drought

November 10, 2016

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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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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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

Jack Estrin

October 23, 2016

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, 2016

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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...

Star wide receiver has to mature in order to succeed

October 17, 2016

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Odell Beckham, Jr. needs to grow up. The New York Giants’ star wide receiver has been the talk of sports media over the past week for his repeated antics in the team’s first four games this season. Beckham star...

The equation for a legacy

October 9, 2016

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A player’s reputation and legacy in golf is primarily based on his success in major championships. Even without a major championship victory to his name Patrick Reed should now be seen as one of the greatest golfers in...

Fantasy football: what to look for this week

October 8, 2016

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WHO I LIKE RB, DeMarco Murray (TEN) – Before the beginning of the season, I had reservations about Murray’s production and role in Tennessee. But now it’s very clear that he is the go-to guy for short yardage and red zon...

Euro soccer: 2016 update

October 1, 2016

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The domestic soccer season is well underway in Europe’s biggest leagues. Manchester City is the early favorite in the Premier League, having won its opening eight games in all competitions. City’s main rival, Man...

Fantasy Football: Outlooks for Week 4

September 29, 2016

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WHO I LIKE QB, Trevor Siemian (DEN) – Denver’s rookie quarterback stunned everyone by beating an always-tough Bengal’s defense at Cincinnati. The Broncos play a weak Tampa Bay secondary Sunday, so Siemian, who’s only...

NCAA’s actions send a message

September 25, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

Collegiate athletic championships will need to find a new home this season after the NCAA removed all championship games from North Carolina, in response to the HB2 “bathroom bill.” HB2 is a law mandating that al...

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