Are the Milwaukee Bucks for Real?

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The Milwaukee Bucks have been far bettr than expected this season. Despite losing No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker for the season with an ACL injury, Milwaukee is still in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. But are the Bucks for real, or will they fade as the season continues?

NFL Against The Spread Week 16: Holiday Edition

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Picking games in the final two weeks of the NFL regular season tends to be less complicated as teams have different agendas heading towards the end of the year.

Week 15 NFL FanDuel Advice: No More ‘Johnny Bench’

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To be honest, I struggled with my NFL Week 14 FanDuel selections.

NFL Against The Spread Week 15: Rivalry Week Edition

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In recent years Week 17 has been designated for divisional play, but this season, Week 15 provides a preview with 11 divisional games, 10 of which have playoff implications.

And I have gained some separation from the .500 level, this is always a good time to finish strong.

Baylor, TCU Did Not Get Snubbed

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Two plus two does not equal five, or even six.

That is the reality of the College Football Playoff. With five major conferences, it is assured at least one would not be represented and their would be the inevitable controversy and at one team being ‘snubbed’.

Snub is one of my favorite terms in sports media, right alongside ‘choke’ and a team ‘controlling it’s own destiny’.

Which brings us to Ohio State being selected over TCU and Baylor by the selection committee just five days after the previous ranking deemed TCU better than Florida State for the number three seed.

So after thrashing lowly Iowa State 55-3, the Horned Frogs dropped not only behind the Seminoles, but also Ohio State and Baylor.

Week 14 FanDuel Advice: Six-Patrick Rides Again

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Outside of Thursday Night Football, 30 NFL teams will be playing on Sunday and Monday, allowing for numerous options in one-week leagues. Last week I suggested several bargain plays such as Ryan Fitzpatrick, Shaun Hill, Tre Mason and Kenny Stills who worked out quite well.

Out of over 80,000 entries, the $175,000 winner of last Sunday’s Million Dollar contest racked up 252.02 points with the following lineup.

Big Ten Championship Game Preview: Will Legends Be Made? (Or Playoff Spirits Broken?)

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The 2014 Big Ten Championship game is set for this weekend in Indianapolis. The Ohio State Buckeyes and Wisconsin Badgers will face off with the winner claiming the conference title and … actually, we don’t know what else. For the first time ever, we really can’t be sure if the Big Ten’s champion even has […]

Week 14 NFL Against The Spread: Contenders and Pretenders

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Unlike the charade that will envelop college football this weekend, it is sheer wins and losses that will determine the NFL playoff field during the next four weeks.

There will be no 12-person committee sitting behind closed doors to determine who is worthy of championship contention. All division winners (even the NFC South) and two wild cards from each conference get in. Style points and who teams played will not matter.

Firing Bo Pelini Could Haunt Nebraska

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On Monday, Steve Spurrier announced his intentions on remaining at the University of South Carolina, where he has gone 83-45 over the past 10 seasons. Meanwhile, Bo Pelini was shown the door at Nebraska over the weekend after going 67-27 in seven seasons.

FanDuel NFL Week 13 Advice: Stills The One

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You see the adverts about selecting your FanDuel lineup in just seconds. Just click Jamaal Charles Le’Veon Bell, Demaryius Thomas, Odell Beckham, et al. But obviously no one can create an All-Star team that will fit under the $60,000 cap. The utilization of value plays is what makes it all work. Fortunately, strategies exist in Week 13 for contestants to take advantage of matchups while allowing cap room for elite players.

49ers Can’t Allow Seahawks to Eat Turkey On Logo

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It is one thing to be embarrassed by the Seattle Seahawks on your own turf before a national television audience, it is another realizing Colin Kaepernick has regressed as spectacularly as Robert Griffin III over the past two years. And it is quite another for the National Broadcasting Corporation to set up shop on your team’s midfield logo and have Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman eat turkey.

NFL Week 13 Against The Spread Picks – Feast Mode Edition

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With all the byes now complete, 80 games remain over the final five weeks of the 2014 football season. Just in time for Thanksgiving, some of the NFL biggest turkeys have brought their act to the buffet table. And then there is the curious tale of the NFC South.

Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 13: Where The Buck Stops

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Week 13 of Big Ten football brings several critical matchups, some important “yardstick” games, and also Northwestern versus Purdue. We’re heading into the silly season for coaches as, if history is any guide, this will be the penultimate game for at least one Big Ten coaching staff. So this week I’m giving extra attention to coaching, particularly in those situations where one or both coaches look like they’re about to get their gooses cooked.

NFL Week 12 Against The Spread Picks: Lake Effect Edition

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On the heels of last week’s hugely successful Polar Vortex edition of Against The Spread we bring you the even harsher Lake Effect version.

If you happen to be hunkered down in a western New York snow cave while reading this, don’t fear. Not only do I bring you successful picks, but also the best FanDuel plays for Week 12.

Melvin Gordon, Packers combine for memorable weekend

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In Gene Rayburn style, a local radio station asked the following Sunday morning via Facebook:

“Melvin Gordon’s record-breaking 408 yard rushing day is the greatest athletic performance since ________.”

Many answered Aaron Rodgers throwing six touchdowns in the first half six days earlier. Gordon’s historic Saturday remained the greatest event until Rodgers stepped back onto Lambeau Field less than 24 hours later.