The Big Ten’s Real Problem Isn’t What You Think It Is

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Boring is OK if it’s not also bad. Bad is okay if it’s not also boring. Boring and bad? That’s a huge problem. Through the first three weeks of this season, the Big Ten hasn’t just been bad, it has also been boring.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 3: All Thy Sins Laid Bare

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I don’t know if you noticed, but the Big Ten lost a few important non-conference games last week. In this week’s Big Ten football picks I’ll be looking at each team, evaluating what’s working and what clearly isn’t. Well, as clearly as anything can be evaluated after just two weeks. To the games!

The Tortoise and the Hare: NL Central Edition

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You might be familiar with one of Aesop’s Fables, entitled “The Tortoise and the Hare.”

Either way, let’s take a journey, if you will, back to a magical time that Milwaukee Brewers fans called “June.”

NFL Week 2 Against The Spread Picks

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This wasn’t what CBS and the NFL Network had in mind for their much hyped Thursday Night Football debut, as Baltimore stands at the epicenter of the Ray Rice/Roger Goodell fecal storm. By this point Keith Olbermann has called for the resignations of Goodell, Ozzie Newsome and practically everyone else in position of authority in […]

Video: Keith Olbermann demands Roger Goodell resign

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Keith Olbermann nails this segment as he calls for Roger Goodell to resign as commissioner of the NFL.

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.

Focus on Baseball, Not Identity Politics or Manufactured Issues

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Lloyd McClendon is guiding the Seattle Mariners to their best season since 2007 and perhaps their first playoff visit in 13 years. Yet when Houston’s Bo Porter was fired last week and Texas’ Ron Washington simply quit on his club Friday, ESPN’s Calvin Watkins couldn’t help but distract from Seattle’s success when the Mariners visited Arlington.

Seahawks Roll Over Packers In Season Opener

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With Aaron Rodgers healthy, the Green Bay Packers entered the 2014 season with expectations of contending for a Super Bowl title.

However, they’ll have to improve significantly if they want to dethrone the defending champion Seattle Seahawks should they meet again in the postseason.

Miami gives Al Golden the dreaded vote of confidence

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One of the worst things that can happen to a coach in any level of sports is getting the dreaded “vote of confidence” from his boss. I don’t care if it’s a U-13 girls softball league, you don’t want someone coming out and defending your job publicly, especially not early in the season. Unfortunately for Al Golden, that’s just what happened on Thursday.

Week 1 NFL Against The Spread Predictions

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Many people don’t know that I was once a semi-professional prognosticator on football. I will use those talents again this year to pick all National Football League games against the spread

Kurt’s Annual NFL Prediction Spectacular

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Now that fantasy drafts have been completed (I think), I can get down to prognosticating the final win-loss records for all 32 NFL teams for 2014.

People continue to warn me against posting such predictions, since it only opens one up to ridicule come December.

All of this is true. But what is the fun of not making educated guesses and a writer putting his or her rear end on the line? Weather forecasters make a living off this daily.

After last September’s heroics, where are Cleveland Indians fans?

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I wrote a similar piece last year and in 2012, but didn’t think I’d need to opine on the same topic again this season. I was wrong.

Last September, the Cleveland Indians seemingly regained fan confidence when, under the stewardship of veteran skipper Terry Francona, they won their final 10 games to finish 92-70, capturing the top AL Wild Card spot. Not bad for a squad that collapsed the August prior and fell to a 68-94 clip.

The Curious Case of Joel Stave

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Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more frustrating/bizarre for Wisconsin Badgers football fans, a confounding situation involving quarterback Joel Stave unfolded Tuesday.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 2: The Something Strange Is Always Les Miles

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Big Ten football didn’t have too many shocks last week. There were only two real surprises, one pleasant (Rutgers’ win over Washington State) and one unpleasant but probably not all that surprising (Northwestern’s loss to Cal, which is the fault of everybody but Pat Fitzgerald, to hear him tell it). What’s in store for week two? Click through and see how I’m calling the games this week.

Mike Fiers Should Stay In The Brewers’ Rotation

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With Matt Garza slated to return to the Milwaukee Brewers’ starting rotation in the not too distant future, manager Ron Roenicke will have to decide whether to keep Mike Fiers or Jimmy Nelson as a starter for the stretch run in September.

While decisions like these can leave a manager tossing and turning at night, the choice Roenicke must make upon Garza’s return is quite clear: keep Mike Fiers in the starting rotation.