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Pats clinch big win in overtime

Pats clinch big win in overtime

John Suozzo, Staff Writer

February 6, 2017


Filed under Columns, Sports

Super Bowl LI will go down as one of the greatest NFL games of all time. The New England Patriots completed the largest comeback in Super Bowl history to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Patriots trailed 28-3 in the third quarter, coming back to tie the...

NCAA playoff schedule affects ratings negatively

John Suozzo

January 21, 2017


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 national champion, is a new format which concluded its third season in 2017. This...

European soccer leagues provide intrigue

December 4, 2016


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 as expected, but they are finding it harder to dominate this time around. Real...

Fantasy football: what to watch

December 3, 2016


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 eight different receivers last week, and an upcoming matchup against the porou...

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, wi...

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 gar...

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 ga...

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 ...

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 Indianapol...

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 ...

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 tak...

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 favorab...

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