Fighting is declining in the NHL, and that’s a good thing

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One of the biggest novelties in the sport of hockey is fighting. It’s the heart and soul of the “goon” mentality that has been immortalized in movie classics like “Slap Shot.” Fighting remains very popular with both fans and players, but, it’s use to sway the momentum of the game or to enact revenge, is declining. And that’s a good thing.

Life is better without fantasy football

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Football fans are told they must participate in fantasy football. I am told by friends, commercials, and even TV shows like “The League” that I am not a football fan or expert until I show I can win my fantasy league. This season I said to hell with all that and decided I wasn’t going to participate in any fantasy football leagues, and because of my decision, I’ve never had more fun watching football.

Soccer is alive and well in the United States

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It’s often said that Americans only care about soccer if the US national team is playing, but my visit to Indianapolis with my dad to see the Indy Eleven proved otherwise.

“The Battered Bastards of Baseball” is a film every baseball fan should watch

When the Portland Mavericks would sweep a series, the team would often take a lap across the stadium with brooms in their hands.

Every summer a group of my high school friends and I get together on the days where most of us are free from work and play a game or two of baseball at a nearby public baseball park. Most of use have played baseball, organized or not, ever since we were five or six and were strong enough to swing a bat.

Pat Foley will finally be inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

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Announcers are like soundtracks to movies. If they are great, they become more than just background noise – they become an integral part of the larger whole. Pat Foley, longtime announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks, is they kind of announcer that adds a whole other level the game with his play-by-play and personality.

Jeff Samardzija’s winless streak broke records but it’s finally over

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Monday, May 26th, 2014. The date will live in Chicago Cubs history as the day the team didn’t suck enough to blow a 8-4 lead against the San Francisco Giants, and gave starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija his first victory in 16 starts.

Why you shouldn’t count the Chicago Blackhawks out just yet

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Things are bad if you’re the Chicago Blackhawks.

After taking an early 1-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals, the ‘Hawks now find themselves down 3-1 and have been soundly beaten in every important aspect of the game. The Los Angeles Kings have outplayed the ‘Hawks defensively, in the face-off circle, and on the power play.

Wrigley Field turns 100: a dedication to the greatest baseball park

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I remember being five years old and sitting in the left-field bleachers of Wrigley Field with my father and his friend, sipping on a pop. With my mitt on my left hand, my Cubs hat on my head, and my Mark Grace t-shirt jersey on, I was ready for any possible ball that would come my way.

Stadium Series: Outdoor hockey a success for the NHL

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Outdoor hockey games are the best thing to happen to the NHL in a long time. You may think differently, but the ratings and attendance numbers don’t lie.

2014 Puppy Bowl Preview: What to Look For, Potential MVPs

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A lot of people around the world will be tuning in to the Super Bowl this Sunday, but dog lovers like myself will be tuning in to Animal Planet to witness the 2014 Puppy Bowl.

Why Chicago Bears would be idiots to not re-sign Jay Cutler

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It was another brutal and disappointing season for the Chicago Bears. For the second year in a row the team has choked when given the opportunity to make the playoffs by winning one of its last two games. Yet, only a day after the loss, the fact the Bears will not be in the playoffs is old news. What everyone wants to know now is whether or not free agent quarterback Jay Cutler will be a Bear next season.

A Chicago Bears win and good friends made freezing in Cleveland fun

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It was 4:30 a.m. when my alarm clock went off Sunday morning. I was tired from not being able to sleep the night before, but I got up and put three or four layers of warm clothes on. I was going to need it. Weather in Cleveland, Ohio was going to be 30 degrees with snow and wind.

Chicago Bears: 5 positives in a disappointing season

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Here are some things Bears fans can be positive about despite such a disappointing season.

How I fell in love with sports…again

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Because of the generosity of Ball State alums Jason Whitlock, Brady Hoke and the athletic department, Ball State was able to send 240 students to Wednesday’s game against conference rival Northern Illinois. I happened to be one of the lucky 240.

College Football TV schedule for Saturday, November 9th

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Week 11 of college football is here, and with only a few more weeks of a full slate of games, the importance of each game is very high. Sadly, there aren’t too many high profile games this week or in the near future, but there’s still good conference games to watch.