Pickin’ On the Big Ten: I’m OK, You’re OK, It’s Not OK

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one: The Big Ten plays some pretty important non-conference games in front of millions of eyes, but things don’t quite go according to p-

(The Internet, as one: “Stop! We’ve heard this one!”)

Gladly. You think you’re sick of hearing it? Think how sick I am of writing it.

Q&A with Jay Glazer: Football, Talk Like a Pirate Day and Captain Morgan

Jay Glazer

Wednesday morning, I had the opportunity to interview FOX Sports football reporter Jay Glazer to help promote “Talk Like A Pirate Day” – or #TLAPD – which is this Friday, September 19. It’s a partnership with Captain Morgan to not only encourage everyone to channel their inner buccaneer, but also raise money for charitable organizations. For every tweet that uses the hashtag #CaptainAndColaaarr, $1 will be donated to two charities that Glazer is affiliated with, NYC’s City Harvest as well as Purple Heart Homes.

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

James Franklin Penn State

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!

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

Wisconsin LSU

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.

Unlike Josh Shaw, Joe Delaney and Shannon Smith are Real Heroes

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Hero and liar have become four-letter words thrown out far too often. In less than 48 hours USC football player Josh Shaw became both after making up a story of jumping off a second-floor balcony to save his seven-year-old nephew from drowning as a cover-up for something else that resulted in two high-ankle sprains.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 1: Appalachian State and Other Disasters

Michigan Appalachian State

Week One of the 2014 Big Ten football season is here. I’ve already given you my picks for the three early games this upcoming week, but what about the games that are being played when they’re supposed to be, on Saturday? Click on, pilgrim; I’ve got some picks for you.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 1: Weird Non-Saturday Games

Big Ten Football

The 2014 Big Ten football season is finally here, and like everyone else, I too am ready to pretend I actually know a thing or two about Rutgers and Maryland football now. There is room in my brain since I have already forgotten which teams were in the Leaders division and which were in the Legends. I may never forget that’s what the two divisions were called.

10 bold predictions for the 2014 college football season

Robert Nkemdiche

With just a few days until the opening kickoff of a new college football season, it’s time to think about what will happen in 2014. Most experts have made conference predictions, listed Heisman Trophy favorites and made College Football Playoff predictions for this year. While those may be some of the more interesting conversations, there are still a few other areas of the sport to discuss and predict.

The 2014 Fantasy Football “Do Not Draft” List

Darren McFadden

Fantasy Football leagues aren’t necessarily won on draft day, but they certainly can be lost.

It’s not always who you pick for your roster, but also about who you’re able to avoid. Whether or not you want to avoid them altogether or decide simply not worth the value they may be pegged at, you’ll be better off if you can keep these names off your roster.

Here are the top 10 players you should completely avoid while drafting this season.

Robin Williams: A Sports Tribute

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Legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams died Monday as a result of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. While his publicist didn’t confirm the reports of his death being a suicide, she did state that he had recently been “battling severe depression.”

Mid-Major Spotlight: Jon Coffman and the IPFW Mastodons

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Ever since making the move from Division II to Division I back in 2001, the IPFW Mastodons have been making steady progress as a program. Now, with Jon Coffman at the helm, the Mastodons are hoping they can break through and get to the first NCAA Tournament in program history.

Who has baseball’s best starting rotation after trade deadline?

David Price

Baseball’s 2014 trade deadline has come and gone and several top-line starting pitchers have swapped uniforms. The MLB arms race has gotten intense and now four teams have what have to be considered far and away the best starting rotations in baseball. The question is: who has the best collection of starting pitchers after the deadline?

Down on the Farm: Battle of the Sioux (at the Falls)

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With the Independent and Minor League Baseball regular seasons a month from closing, and the Northwoods League schedule roughly a week away from conclusion, we’ve hit the proverbial dog days of baseball across the Heartland. Few locales was this more evident than a steamy night in eastern South Dakota when two last place teams separated by just 85 miles did battle.

Breaking down the wide open NL MVP race

Troy Tulowitzki

For the first three months of the MLB season, it looked like Troy Tulowitzki was going to run away with the 2014 National League MVP award. The Rockies shortstop was leading the league in batting average (.340), slugging percentage (.432), on-base percentage (.603) and OPS (1.035), in addition to ranking first in WAR (5.6) and third in home runs (21) just a few weeks ago. But a few developments in the last few weeks have paved the way for what could very well be a wide-open NL MVP race as we head towards the stretch run.

Down on the Farm: Montgomery Exudes Southern Charm

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I enjoyed my May visit to Birmingham’s Regions Field so much that upon a July return to Alabama, I headed 90 miles south to check out Southern League rival Montgomery’s yard. Capitalizing on unseasonably pleasant weather with temps in the low 80s didn’t bother this northerner either.