The Vermont Cynic

Athletes have the right to kneel for national anthem

Greg Mandozzi, Staff Writer

October 5, 2017

Filed under Columns, Sports

Week three of the NFL season is usually the time of year where we see what teams are made of. We notice who might be championship material. We get to see what teams are outshining expectations and what teams are rebuilding for the future. But, this past weekend, we saw a lot more go on around the NFL. Last summer, for...

Fantasy Football Picks for Week 4

Nick Sullivan, Staff Writer

September 28, 2017

Filed under Sports

MUST STARTS: QB Tom Brady (NE) – Brady has already racked up eight touchdowns and thrown for over 1,000 yards throughout three games without an interception. This week he faces an immobile Cam Newton and the 2-1 Panthers who have only scored one touchdown over the last two weeks. Do I need to say anything else? RB Kare...

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 ...

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 porous Detroit defense is...

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...

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...

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...

Week six fantasy football picks

October 16, 2016

Filed under Sports

WHO I LIKE QB, Marcus Mariota (TEN) – The Heisman Trophy winner torched a decent Miami secondary this weekend and has impressed me by displaying his ability to scramble and throw the ball downfield well. Start him against the winless Browns this weekend. RB, Theo Riddick (DET) – There were a lot of concerns ...

Player sits for anthem, exercises a basic human right

John Suozzo

September 10, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

An athlete’s refusal to stand during the national anthem has set off a debate over the role celebrities play in social issues and activism. Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, said he couldn’t “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Even ...

The illegal duality in sports

March 6, 2016

Filed under Columns, Sports

Athletes, both professional and collegiate, are frequently criticized on a multitude of levels.One common criticism of the pros, usually from non-fans, is  “they get paid too much.”The reality is that in a free and open economy something gains worth only when others are willing to pay.The reason that they receive such h...

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