Not even two weeks ago, 28 year-old Detroit Lions placekicker Havard Rugland hadn’t ever played in a professional football game – preseason or otherwise. Just nine months ago, he had his first NFL tryout for the New York Jets. And a little over a year and a half before that, he began teaching himself how to kick a football, mostly because he needed a new hobby after his local soccer team folded.
In this article, we’ll look at five sub-.500 clubs from last season that could surprise us this year. By looking at strength of schedule, the number of losses in close games, the draft, as well as offseason moves and acquisitions, I’ll make my case for each of these five teams.
It has become increasingly clear that Major League Baseball must protect its pitchers. On May 7, 2013, when Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was struck in the base of the skull by a ferocious line drive that rocketed off of the bat of Tampa Bay outfielder Desmond Jennings, we were given a reminder about […]
In recent years, general manager Martin Mayhew and the Detroit Lions have used the draft philosophy of taking the best player available, and for the most part, it has paid off. But following the departure of Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Lawrence Jackson, and Sammie Hill, it was clear that the Lions needed to reload […]
The opening round of the 2013 NFL Draft was rather unique. From the onset, it was evident that quite a few teams were placing premiums on defense and linemen. Only two offensive skill players were taken in the first 20 picks. It was also the first time since 1963 that a running back wasn’t selected […]
There were five or six Western Conference teams fighting for several playoff spots in what turned out to be a rather exciting finish to the NBA’s regular season on Wednesday evening.
Before Kobe Bryant went down with a torn left Achilles on April 12th, he was enjoying one of the most historic and unprecedented seasons in NBA history. Now at 34 years of age, Kobe has spent half of his life playing professional basketball; he was just two games away from completing his 17th season when […]