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Giving thanks to year in sports

November 24, 2016

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 Lebron James. King James ended Cleveland’s 52-year title drought, winning the 2016 NBA fin...

NFL predictions: Week 10

November 12, 2016

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 but promising. Expect a lot of passes out of Bortles, and a lot of garbage time.RB, Melvin...

Role players end Cubs’ drought

John Suozzo

November 10, 2016

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 three-games to one in the series, but won a close game at Wrigley Field in game five, sending the serie...

NFL ratings are down this year: here is why

John Suozzo

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 to previous years.Some have chalked up the decrease in football ratings to the presidential electio...

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, even without Lacy, Cobb or Montgomery. A matchup against the beat-up Indianapolis Colts is very appeal...

Season set for a historic ending

John Suozzo

October 30, 2016

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 fanbases of the Cubs and the Indians have long been tortured. The Cubs have not won a World Series ch...

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 strictly adhere to these statistics and sacred baseball tradition, but instead to take a more unconventional app...

Fantasy football outlooks and picks for week seven

October 21, 2016

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 against the Washington Redskins’ injury-plagued pass rush is favorable.RB, LeSean McCoy (BU...

Star wide receiver has to mature in order to succeed

John Suozzo

October 17, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

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 started his career under the radar of many opposing defenses, which led to a breakout rookie season in 201...

The equation for a legacy

October 9, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

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 the world.Reed propelled the U.S. to a victory in the Ryder Cup, its first triumph over Euro...

Fantasy football: what to look for this week

October 8, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

WHO I LIKERB, 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 zone situations. Keep starting him.QB, Tom Brady (NE) – On Sunday at midnight, NFL ...

Euro soccer: 2016 update

October 1, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

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, Manchester United, has made its own moves in an attempt to bounce back from back-to-back disappoint...

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