Mac’s Top S- 2014 NFL Draft
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By Mac Several tiers here, two top safety’s, followed by two more, then it’s more of a cluster. Well there are a few here who can. If you haven’t had a chance yet to listen to our new Simulated Draft you should! We did trades and it was crazy fun! Seattle has given the blue print many teams are following as far as safteys go, You could see the top 2 go in the first half of round 1. Check out my other rankings here: Read more!
Mac’s Top CBs – 2014 NFL Draft
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By Mac This is an interesting group, some physical, some off guys, great returners, lots of debate on who is the best corner. Well there are a few here who can. If you haven’t had a chance yet to listen to our new Simulated Draft you should! We did trades and it was crazy fun! I think you will see a lot of these corners go in the first round, it really depends on what you need as a team. Check out my other rankings here: Read more!
Mac’s Top ILBs- 2014 NFL Draft
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By Mac Lots of solid players but more of 3rd day picks. Well there are a few here who can. If you haven’t had a chance yet to listen to our new Simulated Draft you should! We did trades and it was crazy fun! The big problem for MLB is their covering abilities, in this pass happy league and the TE match up problems a LB that can cover is a major asset. Check out my other rankings here: Read more!
Mac’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft – Trades
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By Mac Well I think it’s time to do some trades!  I love trading, I trade all the time in Fantasy Football it’s my favorite part of the game.  So lets look at a first round mock with trades.  Just for fun! Take a look at my 10 Rules NFL GMs Should Follow! We also have several simulated Mock drafts that you may enjoy: Round 1 Round 1 with trades Rounds 1 and 2 I know, enough already lets get to this mock: Read more!
10 Rules NFL GMs Should Follow
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By Mac Some day when I get hired as the GM of the Miami Dolphins I will solve these problems!  We all watch our teams make some moves that leave us shaking our head.  I’ve created my rules that every GM should follow.  These rules will help your struggling franchise climb back out of the top 10 picks. Mac’s GM RULES: Read more!
Mac’s Top OLBs- 2014 NFL Draft
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By Mac One of my rules is not to draft an OLB high if he can’t rush the passer.  Well there are a few here who can.  If you haven’t had a chance yet to listen to our new Simulated Draft you should! We did trades and it was crazy fun! Again some of these guys could be DE in 4-3, but I’m leaving that to the coach. Check out my other rankings here: Read more!
2014 2 Round Simulated Mock Draft
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By Many Writers 7 of our writers did a simulated mock. We randomly picked the draft order, and each of us rotated through the 7 of us for the first round. Each was under the instructions of ‘what would you pick.’ Your in charge of the team your picking and pick who you would…. not who you think they will. If you think Mazel is better than Clowney then draft him first… pick your players. We drafted with this system and you will be surprised who fell, and who was reached for! We’ve done 2 other Simulated Drafts: First Round Simulated Draft: First Round with Trades Simulated Draft: This is a 2 ROUND SIMULATED DRAFT Come Grab a beer and lets talk some sports! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Mac’s Top C & FB- 2014 NFL Draft
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By Mac Centers and Fullbacks usually fall in the draft so I’ll just combine them.   If you haven’t had a chance yet to listen to our new Simulated Draft you should! We did trades and it was crazy fun! Keep in mind that no team has ever won a super bowl who lost their center.  Remember the Steelers vs. Packers?  Powncey was out and protection was bad.  Raiders vs. Bucs?  Raiders lost their center also…. Their more important than you’d think. Read more!
Mac’s Top DTs- 2014 NFL Draft
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By Mac Defensive Tackles are tricky… some are run stuffers, others push the pocket, and yet some jump through gaps.  It really depends on what your team is trying to do on defense… either way I’ll give this a try. If you haven’t had a chance yet to listen to our new Simulated Draft you should! We did trades and it was crazy fun! There are lots of good players here, I like most of these guys. Check out my other rankings here: Read more!
Mac’s Top DEs- 2014 NFL Draft
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By Mac Obviously some defensive ends are better suited for 4-3, and others for 3-4.  I’m not going to worry to much about that, I’m going off who I think is just better.  It’s the coaches job to put them in a position to succeed. If you haven’t had a chance yet to listen to our new Simulated Draft you should! We did trades and it was crazy fun! With this being a super deep draft, I’m surprised at the lack of pass rushers…. could be interesting. Check out my other rankings here: Read more!
Mac’s Top OGs- 2014 NFL Draft
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By Mac Guards are the key to your running game, and we saw Seattle run their way to a super bowl! If you haven’t had a chance yet to listen to our new Simulated Draft you should! We did trades and it was crazy fun! Another great position in this draft, there could be starters as late as round 3 or 4. Check out my other rankings here: Quarterbacks Running Backs Wide Receivers Tight Ends Offensive Tackles Read more!
Mac’s Top OTs- 2014 NFL Draft
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By Mac Great draft for Tackles, their may be quality right tackles available in round 3! If you haven’t had a chance yet to listen to our new Simulated Draft you should! We did trades and it was crazy fun! With the NFL being a passing league the need for pass protection has gone way up, a pass rusher may go #1, a tackle went last year. Check out my other rankings here: Quarterbacks Running Backs Wide Receivers Tight Ends Read more!
Mac’s Stanley Cup Predictions – Semi Finals
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By Mac The second round features 4 great series.  The new playoff format definetly gives you rivalries all over the place.  I’m honestly not sure which series will be the most fun to watch… My first round picks went…. ok I guess.  I thought Bishop would be back so Tampa dropped the ball for me.  The Blues didn’t step up like I thought they would, if not for two goals in the last minute they would have been swept!  I also missed my two game 7 series!  Sharks and Flyers… so close!  You have to love the Kings making history, that was crazy to watch. First Round Results: 3 series of 8  (game 7’s wrecked me!) Read more!
Mac’s Top TEs- 2014 NFL Draft
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By Mac Tight Ends are tough, because I’m always stuck between ones that can block and ones that can catch! If you haven’t had a chance yet to listen to our new Simulated Draft you should! We did trades and it was crazy fun! Well Tight Ends are all the rage now in the NFL, the king of match up problems are being pushed more and more up the draft board. Check out my other rankings here: Quarterbacks Running Backs Wide Receivers Read more!
Mac’s Top WRs- 2014 NFL Draft
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By Mac Time to move on to Wide Receivers!  If you haven’t had a chance yet to listen to our new Simulated Draft you should! We did trades and it was crazy fun! It’s now a passing league and the draft will show that.  There may be 6-7 wideouts go in the top round!  Great class for finding pass catchers. Check out my other rankings here: Quarterbacks Running Backs Read more!
Mac’s Top RBs- 2014 NFL Draft
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By Mac Does anyone take running backs in the first round any more? If you haven’t had a chance yet to listen to our new Simulated Draft you should! We did trades and it was crazy fun! Deep draft continues with running backs.  I don’t see any elite backs, but several big strong backs.  I suspect we will see the league return to a running league over the next few years. Check out my QB rankings here! Read more!
Mac’s Top QBs – 2014 NFL Draft
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By Mac Ok, I haven’t done one of these in a little while.  I just felt like updating my lists for the draft!  If you haven’t had a chance yet to listen to our new Simulated Draft you should!  We did trades and it was crazy fun! This QB class doesn’t get me all fired up.  I think Tannehill would have been the top QB in this class…. I think the value will be in round 2.  Much like the Locker/Gabbert/Ponder year, Dalton and Kapernick went in round 2. Read more!
2014 Simulated Mock Draft 2
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By Many Writers 7 of our writers did a simulated mock. We randomly picked the draft order, and each of us rotated through the 7 of us for the first round. Each was under the instructions of ‘what would you pick.’ Your in charge of the team your picking and pick who you would…. not who you think they will. If you think Mazel is better than Clowney then draft him first… pick your players. We drafted with this system and you will be surprised who fell, and who was reached for! Check out our first Simulated Draft: This Mock has TRADES IN IT! Come Grab a beer and lets talk some sports! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
2014 Simulated Mock Draft 1
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By Many Writers 5 of our writers did a simulated mock. We randomly picked the draft order, and each of us rotated through the 5 of us for the first round. Each was under the instructions of ‘what would you pick.’ Your in charge of the team your picking and pick who you would…. not who you think they will. If you think Mazel is better than Clowney then draft him first… pick your players. We drafted with this system and you will be surprised who fell, and who was reached for! Come Grab a beer and lets talk some sports! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Mac’s NFL Mock Draft
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By Mac Ok, I know I’m late.  Been busy… sorry. But worry not!  Here is a Mock Read more!
Mac’s Stanley Cup Predictions
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By Mac Mac has gone Cup crazy!  Time to take a break from draft fever and give you my Stanley Cup First Round predictions. West 1. Anaheim vs. 4. Dallas I like the explosiveness of the stars, but they don’t have anywhere near the depth to play with the Ducks. Ducks in 5 Read more!
2014 March Madness DEE-Bracketology
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By Whirly Busted! I got your attention didn’t I?  What’s this DEE Bracketology? Well in simple terms it is a debriefing type article discussing the tournament (yes I did the DEE on purpose, for those grammar fanatics waiting to comment). I just wanted to do a simple approach to this fun phenomenon. I understand that people get burned out with all the analysis. Discussions after the tournament are done, heavily favored, on the final outcome of the tournament. I want to look at few things that happened during and spark a little more debate Here are list of topics in a sort of award/list format. Open curtain…> Read more!
Whirl’s SoccerWire
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By Whirly Hip Hip ooraaaa, I haven’t done one of these for a while. I like to look at various things in the soccer world. I go over hot topics, games, and anything soccer. Colorado Rapids vs. Kansas City Yes, I left the Sporting out of the name above because I’m a little bitter about the loss (3-2). I’m glad that MLS is back in action. Well this was a fun game to watch if you’re not a fan of either of the two teams. This was a bit nerve racking due to the fact that Kansas showed the Rapids players that playing to the final whistle gets results. The biggest take away from this game is that the Rapids are playing to be around at the end the game. After Wynn received a red card in the waning minutes of the game, the Rapids went “all right we’ll play for the tie.” Read more!
MLB Predictions
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By Belch So NFL free agency is in full swing and now the wait for the draft. Players move and new excitement paves way for broken hearts and feel-good stories (particularly if you are a Broncos or Patriots fan). Oh, how America’s pastime has surely captured the masses. Hold on I’m getting this word from our producers… what’s that? Football isn’t America’s pastime? Then what…? Oh my goodness I almost forgot about baseball. Here we are weeks from OTA’s and I’ve forgotten all about baseball. Read more!
Sports Blackouts and the FCC
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By Belch If you were a Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s fan in 2012, you probably had a hard time watching a home game, or six. Tampa’s low fan appearance rates forced an FCC rule into action that pushed the game out of television coverage. The FCC rule, implemented in 1975, stated that if a home game didn’t sell a certain percentage of tickets before the game then that game couldn’t be shown to local stations. The rule was brought into effect originally to increase profit at sport stadiums, but as a number of factors affect profits and the ability to view games, questioning the rule seems to be becoming more popular. Read more!
Wichita State number 1 seed chances?
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By Whirly Are the Shockers for real? Wichita State can make a good run in the tournament but are they worthy of a number 1 seed? The key word is worthy. For weeks, the Shockers did their part in winning games but had to watch closely to other teams stumbling. Now that Wichita State is the last one standing at 31-0. Now comes the moment of truth, how will the committee members look at there body of work. Read more!
Brain Injuries in Sports
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By Belch There is an underlying problem in youth sports; that the fast-paced, sometimes ferocious games played may result in brain injury. The prevention of brain injuries becomes a major issue in the face of behavior problems or cognitive issues later in life. Many believe that with a few more safety precautions and simple rule changes, the sports that children play could be a much safer environment. The textbook covers an area discussing the possibility of brain injuries affecting behavioral traits, and the team of researchers involved in this study was trying to find a way to prevent that from happening to youths. Read more!
Doc Slice: PGA Kickoff
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By Doc Ahhhh hear it is another golf season…..well actually the PGA season started like 1 month ago, but I live here in Colorado and technically we do not start our golf season until like March since we don’t get to play those fancy tropical courses that they do. I don’t sound bitter at all do I??? Read more!
Is the World Ready for Michael Sam? I don’t Know and I don’t Care!
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By Miller Should Michael Sam be drafted? Absolutely, as long as he shows he’s talented enough. There have been gay football players in the past; however, they have not revealed it until after their playing days. Is Michael Sam smart? Maybe not… Read more!
Overaggressive Fanatics
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By Belch A young man leaves Dodger Stadium and makes his way to a local bar after a baseball game between his team (the Dodgers) and a rival team (the Giants). When he gets close to the bar, the young man, Jonathan Denver, sees a group of rival fans across the street and a shouting match begins. “Let’s go Dodgers!” The chants come flying out from Jonathan and his friends. “Let’s go Giants!” The rival group of fans starts to chant back, escalating to a new level. As the levels of aggression increase to an intense level, the groups become close enough for a physical altercation, and the unspeakable happens. Denver is stabbed and is rushed to a hospital, where he later dies from his wounds. The behavior of those rival fans illustrates a behavior that is becoming more common, and I believe one of the reasons we see this extreme increase is the role models that sports has produced. Read more!
Podcast Episode 1 – 2014
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By Mac & Doc Mac and Doc start drinking and debating the topics around sports We cover a variety of topics including NFL – Superbowl Olympics Jeter Go ahead and listen! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Podcast Episode 2 – 2013
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By Mac & J*Rod Mac and J*Rod start drinking and debating the topics around sports We cover a variety of topics including Baseball Playoffs New NHL season NFL updates Go ahead and listen! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Doc’s Slice: President’s Cup Preview/Predictions
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By Doc The President’s Cup is now upon us…..and it is likely that Team USA will hoist the trophy once more.  The Americans have only lost the competition ONCE in the history of the event.  I look for the Americans to have a very strong showing on American soil and being hosted at Muirfield presents a golf course that many of the American players are familiar with and feel comfortable playing. Read more!
J*Rod’s Power Rankings: Week 3
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By J*Rod Well I was really off two weeks ago.  San Francisco, my number one team, looks lost.  New England needs receivers, just ask Tom Brady.  The Texans got whomped (it’s a word!) by Baltimore and Atlanta lost to Miami.  It’s been crazy, but I think I got it figured out.  Here are my week three power rankings Read more!
BMW Review and Tour Championship Preview
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By Doc So the Tour Championship field is set.  After a wild weekend in Illinois that included rain, an epic collapse from someone other than Sergio an d another penalty assessed to Tiger, the final 30 professional golfers that will play for the right to call themselves the FedEx Cup Champion were solidified. Read more!
Sudsy 6 Pack: Week 3
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By Sudsy Well the only thing that we really learned this week is that Sudsy needs to pick games almost all of writers picked the same teams last week so there wasn’t a big shuffle in the standings.  In fact most of our writers are within 2 games of each other.  I know speak for everyone when I say it was really nice to see the Broncos absolutely dismantle the New York Football Giants.  This might be there year that the New York fans finally get rid of Tom.  But we all know as soon as they start calling for his head, he somehow circles the wagons and slips into the playoffs and the come February when 30 other teams are golfing he is game planning.  So we will see this week who comes out on top between the 0-2 Panthers and 0-2 Giants.  Plus this week we are putting in our first curveball.  The “sidecar” – The sidecar gives an underdog opponent some extra points just to make the game a little more interesting, Vegas style.  Our sidecar game will feature The Jackson Jags going into Seattle with a 19 point lead.  Good Luck Read more!
Sudsy 6 Pack: Week 2
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By Sudsy One week down and we are off and running, and every one of our writers got at least 3 right, yet no one was perfect.  Five of our writers favorite teams were featured this this week and four of those teams won, and as a side note the Dolphins and the Lions also won this week.  So by my math that means of our 7 writers favorites, 6 of them are 1-0, sorry Doc.  I’d blame David Wilson, with 2 fumbles and 19 yards rushing.  Wilson accomplished a rare fantasy football accomplishment for a starting running back, he scored negative points, OUCH.  On the other side of the fantasy world Peyton Manning might have scored more points than Wilson will have all year.  He even threw more touchdowns last week than Matt Cassel did in 2012.  He threw more touchdowns last week than: Newton, Wilson, Gabbert, Locker, Ponder, Freeman, Roethlisberger, and Tannehill combined.  Congrats.  So for this week will be treated to the Manning Bowl and the Eyebrow Bowl – Enjoy and Good Luck. Read more!
J*Rod’s Power Rankings: Week 1
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By J*Rod One week into the season, and there is one team that’s everybody’s pick as the number one team in the league. Peyton Manning becomes the first man since the NFL-AFL merger to throw 7 TDs in a game as the Broncos run away with the season opener, against the defending Super Bowl Champions. My problem is, before last week, I didn’t even think they were the best team in the AFC, much less the league. That performance has left me confused, not a difficult thing to do. Nevertheless, here are my week one power rankings. Read more!
Sudsy 6 Pack: Week 1
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By Sudsy So Preseason is in the books, thank God.  Now we get to pick real football games.  Congrats to, well, ME for having the most correct picks.  But unfortunately that means nothing, other than I probably picked teams that had to play their starters all game just so they could say they won a game this year.  During the regular season we are going to try a couple of things to force our writers to pick teams that usually wouldn’t.  We will be doing home brew week, a Double-Bach and Triple-Bach week along with some other fun ideas to make these picks more fun.  So with no further ado, let’s sit back grab a beer and pick some games. Read more!
Doc’s Slice: BMW Championship Preview
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By Doc Well 2 of the playoff events are in the books and we have 2 different winners.  Henrik Stenson’s win at the Deutsche Bank Championship was well deserved as he is a very solid player, however, how about yet ANOTHER failed attempt to close by Sergio Garcia this week.  Man this guy seems to sweat more than a turkey on Thanksgiving when it comes to winning a tournament.  You know for a Spaniard that had so much to say about Tiger interrupting his swing and “costing” him a chance for a tournament win a while back, Sergio really hasn’t done much to correct his collapsing ways.  I mean watching him leading the tournament was like watching a baby seal swimming in the open ocean on Shark Week……you just can’t wait to see his golf game (as compared to the baby seal in the aforementioned analogy if you weren’t paying attention) dismantled by the competition.  Sergio is a proverbial disappointment.  I would go as far as comparing rooting for him like rooting for the Chicago Cubs…..always seems to tease with shades of brilliance only to break your heart in the end. Read more!
Mac Gazes into his Crystal Ball – NFL Predictions
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By Mac Time for me to look into the future!  I will break out my Crystal Ball and  see what is in store for the NFL season.  I of course have my favorite beer here – Sam Adams Oktoberfest.  This is my favorite time of year.  You can see last year that I did pretty well, some misses sure but I did pick the Ravens to win it all! Mac’s Predictions Last Season Read more!
Barclay’s Reaction
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By Doc Well it is the beginning of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, where like the TV show ‘Who’s line is it anyway’ the games are made up and the points don’t matter.  Tell that to all those players chasing Tiger Woods.  It was an exciting final day at the Barclay’s as Tiger came within a couple of inches of sending the tournament to extras (I remember once a very similar roll that ended with a the Nike swoosh sign showing just before it dropped into the cup…..better luck next time Tiger). Read more!
The problem with the NBA
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By JNov Basketball is an amazing team sport designed around amazing athleticism and skill. This is why it is so baffling that the NBA ignores the inherent greatness of the sport and instead turns basketball into a sport full of divers and prima donna superstars. Read more!
5 Greatest Teams not to make the Super Bowl
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By Miller I must say that Golden and Belch have inspired me with their continuous top 5 of varying things; as a result, I thought I’d join the fun and look at the top five teams in NFL history that did not make it to the Super Bowl, but probably should have made it, if not won it. Read more!
Top 5 Fantasy Sleepers
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By Belch With draft day approaching for everybody’s fantasy football team, we’ll likely see some big names off the board early. Calvin Johnson is sure to be the first WR. Adrian Peterson is likely to go in the first five. These aren’t surprises to anybody. What’s going to make or break your team are those players that could sneak into a third WR slot or maybe even a defense that could be big this year. I’m going to show you a few guys that are likely to play at a higher rate than they are projected. Read more!
Mac’s 2014 Random NFL Mock Draft 3.0
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By Mac Is it to early for a Mock Draft for next year?  Of course not!  It’s frankly never to early.  Next years draft class shows allot of interesting prospects, should be fun to watch people rise and fall as next April starts to approach. I have done a complete random order, I always think it’s fun.  I will obviously make assumptions.  If a team is really good but ends up picking #1, then obviously there were injuries.  Who had the Colts picking #1 this early?  No one, then Peyton Manning got hurt for the entire season and they were the #1 pick.  Who had Arizona in the Super Bowl? Point is we don’t know, and rather than try to predict, i’m going to create random future… so lets see what developed! Also, i know picks have been traded, but i’m not going to worry about that now… I’ll start with that when teams are actually starting to fall into some order. Random draft order:  Lets get to my first mock! I’m pulling names out of a hat, I have no idea who’s picking after the current pick!  Makes for a fun draft Read more!
Golden Five – Top 5 Underrated Defensive Players
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By Golden What is something we all do, usually gets a rise out of other fellow bar attendees and is always fun….. the “Top 5” discussions of course.  If you are hanging out with a few buddies and the conversation runs a bit dry.  (Aka if Mac and Sudsy are both taking a drink of delicious beer.)  Throw out a “Top 5” topic to be discussed.  These topics are usually related to sports, beer, and the occasional who is the hottest chick, but nonetheless always sure to lead to promising discussions.  Everyone is entitled to his/her own version of these top five lists and these are my “Golden Five”. Read more!
USA vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina Reactions
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By Whirly Well this game showed why fans should stay until the final whistle. For neutral fans this game was quite fun. Now for those of us that were truly invested in this game, it was a different story. The US went down 2-0 in the first half off a defensive miscue and poorly played cross. The first goal, the offside call was close but even that being said the defender made little effort to help out Tim Howard. The second goal should been called offside but again the defenders were looking for help from the assistant referee. It’s kind of hard to play defense when you’re waving your hands in the air like a crazy person. The first half the US players needed a GPS because they had – – >NO< – – idea where the goal was located. The US had 1 realistic shot attempt. There were two more (I think) but they were more argumentative to a statistician. Read more!
Sudsy’s 6 Pack: Preseason Week 2
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By Sudsy Alright, so we finished our first sixer.  Did we learn anything?  Well I sure did.  DON’T PICK AGAINST OUR WRITERS FAVORITE TEAMS.  Yes, you got it; our writers teams went 6-0 this week.  And the real funny thing is only one of our writers is a truly good friend……. Golden, yep, he picked all of his friend’s favorite teams and was rewarded with 6 wins this week, Congrats.  Well that enough with the positive stuff, now let’s make fun of some people.   How about that Jets pick there Belch, did you really think the Jets could win this game; they couldn’t have won even if they would have let their starters play the entire game.  This Jets team is so bad that seniors in College are looking into redshirting an extra senior year in fear of being taken #1 in the Draft and having to join this walking train wreck.  Belch, with only 2 wins this year so far I have to ask – Do you know what we are doing here?  Stop laughing Mac, and go put on your Ted Ginn Jersey.  See ya all next week. Read more!
Are YOU our August Guest Writer?
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Do you love to talk Sports? and drink Suds?  (that’s beer) Maybe you should write for us! Want to be a sports writer?  Become a featured guest writer! WE WANT YOU! Read more!
Whirl Wide Wire 1.0
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By Whirly This is my new segment. I take a look at some soccer news and comment on certain topics that being discussed in the soccer world. For these segments I’ll be choosing stories that I want to talk about If you want to know thought about other topics please feel free to email us a sports@macsportsandsuds.com Whistle and …….PLAY Read more!
Hitters?
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By J*Rod Yes, you’re right.  Cheaters are cheaters and don’t deserve all time records.  They shouldn’t have the accolades they do, but great hitters, are just great hitters.  Alex Rodriguez, perhaps the greatest all around ball player to ever play just hit his 648 home run of his career.  This puts him alone at 5th in home runs all time.  He may have (probably) had steroids to assist with his stats, but the simple truth is that a great hitter, steroids or not, has to be a great hitter to get records. Read more!
Doc’s Slice: PGA Championship Reaction
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By Doc Well the 95th PGA Championship is in the books and I have to saw that my prediction skills are about as good as those predicting the Cubs to win the World Series.  I mean seriously, Ray Charles could have seen a better outcome.  Ok I apologize for the Ray Charles comment, but you get my drift.  Doc’s latest predictions = poor. Read more!
Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods…who SHOULD be golf’s greatest major champion?
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ByDoc With all this talk about Tiger Woods and winning majors it really got me thinking…would I like to see Tiger Woods overtake Jack Nicklaus for the most major championships in history? Read more!
Golden Five – Top 5 Underrated Offensive Players
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By Golden What is something we all do, usually gets a rise out of other fellow bar attendees and is always fun….. the “Top 5” discussions of course.  If you are hanging out with a few buddies and the conversation runs a bit dry.  (Aka if Mac and Sudsy are both taking a drink of delicious beer.)  Throw out a “Top 5” topic to be discussed.  These topics are usually related to sports, beer, and the occasional who is the hottest chick, but nonetheless always sure to lead to promising discussions.  Everyone is entitled to his/her own version of these top five lists and these are my “Golden Five”. Read more!
Colorado Rapids 2013 Report Card 2.0
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By Whirly Well, the Rapids are two third’s way through the season. Lets take look at there current progress (I know there are some categories missing but I only showed the ones I felt needed changed): Record: Overall: 9-7-8 Read more!
Doc’s Slice: PGA Championship Prediction
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By Doc This is the official prediction of Doc’s Slice for the PGA championship 2013.  I know I am going to seem like a little bit of a sell out by going this route but i’m going with….. …… Yup you guested it…. ….. Tiger Woods. Read more!
Sudsy’s 6 Pack: Preseason Week 1
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By Sudsy So the Hall of Fame is in the books and what have we learned.  Well what I learned is that 6 of 9 writers picked the losing team and have started out their season as well as the Dolphins.  I’ve also learned that the Cowboys are much better when Jason Garrett isn’t calling the plays, and that Jake Long will truly be missed in Miami. Read more!
MLS All Star Game 2013 Reactions
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By Whirly Hey everybody, sorry for the long wait. I was up in the mountains playing Corn Hole (the bean bag game you smart asses) and ATVing. All right lets get started; this was another disappointing game from our so-called “best.” We lost to a team that finished 6th in the Italian Serie A league. AS Roma hasn’t seen much Champions League or Europa League play as of late. This was an opportunity for the MLS All-stars to make a big impression and show case their skills to the US fans and viewers around the world. Unfortunately, the MLS players forgot that they are here to play and àShow Caseß our league. Read more!
Doc’s Slice: WGC Bridgestone Invitational
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By Doc So here is my prediction for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational: Winner: Tiger Woods Ok…ok…I know I cheated and only listed my prediction after the fact, but seriously……who would have picked Tiger to win this event?  I mean he has OWNED Firestone Country Club in his career, but I mean that was a beat down like Tiger showed at Augusta as a wee little pup first breaking onto the PGA Scene.  Some would say Tiger “mauled” the competition (you’re welcome J-rod and Professor for the awesome pun). Read more!
NFL gets it right with Drafting the Pro Bowl
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By Mac The NFL is taking a page and going to a Draft for its Pro bowl.  I’m so happy to see them follow the NHL and not the MLB. The NHL has done a draft for its All Star game for a few years now.  Whereas the MLB made the winner have advantage in the World Series.  Very different approaches… I can’t understand this constant attempt to make the All Star game or pro bowl matter.  To have great memorable moments occur during the All Star/Pro Bowl.  It’s impossible!  These moments are season defining moments.  The Tuck rule sprung a Patriot Dynasty and at the same time spun the Raiders to the cellar.  The Immaculate Reception couldn’t be duplicated in the pro bowl, all their work for the entire season was on the line for that play. Read more!
Sudsy’s Sampler Six-pack
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By Sudsy Weekly picks are back.  This year we are going to do things a little different though.  Rather than picking all games every week I will selecting 6 games of my choice and our writers will be picking the winners from those six games.  Hence the name “Sudsy’s Sampler Six-Pack”.  Since all of our writers have favorite teams and will be picking I will try to incorporate a lot of those games each week along with other featured games.  We will be starting this process during the preseason, hopefully this will allow us some time to work some ideas and wrinkles we want to test to makes the games harder to pick each week.  So with that said we have the Hall of Fame Game coming up with Dolphins vs. Cowboys and the picks are in. Read more!
Podcast Episode 1 – 2013
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By Mac & Suds Mac and Suds are back to Podcast for a new season!  2013 season is upon us, so here we go! We cover a variety of topics including Baseball trades and PEDs Hall of Fame inductions Hockey (briefly) NFL Training camps Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Freedom of Speech: Part II
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By Miller Just so everyone knows how strongly I feel about this topic, I got married yesterday and I leave for my honeymoon tomorrow. My wife just went to bed, which I told her I will be up right after I write this article. I wrote an article previously about Ozzie Guillen’s right to express his communist sympathies and Kobe’s right to say the term “faggot.”  I do not agree with either of their comments, but I firmly believe that they can say whatever they want, primarily because we live in the great country of America. Read more!
Get our App!
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Mac Sports and Suds has released it’s new Mobile App Get all our articles and comments Our Podcasts Even our Twitter, Facebook and Youtube posts! Along with photos and more. Stay in touch with Mac Sports and Suds Download it now! Read more!
Manly Men – Manly Sports
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JULY GUEST WRITER WINNER!!! By Anna H BEER. Now that I got your attention let me start of by telling you a little about myself. Almost everyone that knows me sees me as a girly girl. They’re right. I like shoes, shopping and cute, little puppies. I was a figure skater wearing pretty, sparkly dresses for 13 years. Sounds fun, right? What a lot of people don’t quite figure out right away is I like “manly men” and manly sports. Not for the muscles and tight pants, those are just bonuses; for the sheer intensity, grit and passion they pour into their professions. Read more!
2013 Gold Cup Reactions
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By Whirly USA winning the Gold cup was impressive. Defending our soil was a huge step for the US. More importantly watching our version of our B/JV squad tear into other countries in our region great and disturbing feeling at the same time. The US export players that play over seas didn’t attend the tournament because they’re in preseason for there club teams. This was great feeling because players that don’t get much playing time or were called into the tournament made this experience count. Read more!
Doc’s Slice: BBC Canadian Open Reaction
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By Doc OH MAN! So close!!!! Dustin Johnson nearly edged out Snedecker for the win. Was a fun week and weekend in maple leaf country. Alas, no Canadian player to lift the hardware but many have the “old Mounty try” (this is the equivalent to the old college try here in the states). Read more!
Rory-o……Rory-o……wherefore art thou Rory-o?
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By Doc Rory…..(nothing but crickets)…..Rory McIlroy……(still no response).  I, like many of those avid golf fans, am wondering if we will ever see the pride of Northern Ireland in the spotlight again.  Rory McIlroy, the touted successor to Tiger Woods as the game’s next greatest player has seemed to pull off a better disappearing act than Houdini.  Could it be the change to Nike?  Could it be the pressure of competing on the game’s highest level?  Could it be just to give average Joes like me something to rant and rave about?  What is the reason for Rory’s woeful downward spiral? Read more!
Okay MLB, Enough Already
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By Sudsy In light of the most recent PED scandal evolving Ryan Braun I feel I need to say my peace.   Some might be surprised by my view on this but I believe 99% of the blame is on the MLB.  The MLB is the premier level of baseball in the world, they attract the highest level of talent and that talent commands the highest pay in Baseball.  The MLB, unlike the NFL, guarantees the money signed for in their contacts which has led to some contracts that are hard for teams to swallow from time to time. (Cough, Cough Yankees) Read more!
The Great Hockey Movie Should Be
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By J*Rod Ray Bourque.  It pains me to say, especially being a New Jersey Devil’s fan, but what a Hollywood ending.  Raymond Bourque was drafted and played for the Boston Bruins for years, until he wound up going to the Colorado Avalanche in 2000.  He had won the Norris trophy for 5 years (1987, 88, 90, 91, and 94) and was selected to the NHL allstar game for 17 years, either as a first or second team player. Read more!
Where is the Great Hockey Movie
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By J*Rod I don’t play a basketball video game.  That statement seems unimportant, but it fits the criteria.  I play Madden, NHL, and MLB the Show. I don’t play a basketball game which makes all basketball movies irrelevant for my future argument.  Despite the fact that there are such phenominal basketball movies like Hoosiers, Coach Carter, and He Got Game, they are not in play, simply because this author doesn’t play basketball games.  Wonderful movies (I own 2), not in play for this conversation…sorry. Read more!
Jagr to the Devils?
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By Belch It’s been a strange off season for the Devils, with their leading scorer retiring at an early age and drafting young Brodeur. The Devils failed to make the playoffs last year and are quickly making quick patchwork moves to solidify their status in a very tough division. Read more!
Doc’s Slice: RBC Canadian Open Preview
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By Doc The next stop on the PGA Tour is the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abby Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario. This HAS to be exciting for our friends to the North as there is no hockey currently and who is going to watch curling outside of the Olympics. With an added bonus there are now 19 home-town Canadian heroes to pull for in this tournament. Read more!
Christmas in July: FREE SHIPPING
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It’s Christmas in July! Get your Mac Sports and Suds Gear now! Celebrate Christmas in July with us. Our present to you – Free Standard Shipping! We’re offering free standard shipping on all Mac Sports and Suds orders with no minimums. Use coupon code Read more!
Rivera Fenway Salute
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By Doc I have to tip my hat to the Red Sox Nation.  Yes…..yes, I know, a YANKEES fan is tipping his hat to the bitter rival and showing the “B” some love.  But before you begin to believe that I have “come to my senses”, whatever that may mean, I’d like to go on to fill you in on just exactly why there is an olive branch being offered here. Read more!
Doc’s Slice: British Open 2013 Reaction
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By Doc Phil Mickelson surges in the Open Championship to take home the coveted Claret Jug.  Who called that?………………………Not this writer that is for sure!!  I can just hear the chanting now in Southern California……..LEFTY………LEFTY……..LEFTY!! So you can now check off another top prize for Mickelson’s trophy case.  I mean had he been able to keep it going at Merion earlier in the year we might be discussing Mickelson winning 3 out of the 4 majors this year.  Crazy thought huh? Read more!
Doc’s Slice: British Open 2013
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By Doc So there I was…..7:00 AM and I was awake.  I stumble into the kitchen, with much disgust at being awake so early to make myself breakfast.  I am hoping that sustenance will improve my mood.  I flip on the TV and by jove there is golf on!  I am instantly elated that it is British Open time and there is golf on in the wee early morning hours. Read more!
Bored of the MLB All Star Break
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By Mac I must be pulling my hair out by now.  I hate the All Star Break, hate it.  I’m just so bored…. there is nothing. Even the Sports Center’s top 10 has lost some spark. Let me explain, with the All Star Break, there is literally nothing interesting going on in sports… at least for me.  Hockey is still coming, Football hasn’t opened up camps.  Now, baseball is on break. Sure I could watch golf, but I’m not Doc…. I could watch Soccer, but I’m not Whirly….. I’d rather mock a draft. Read more!
Hard Knocked Bengals: Less Drama, More Business
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By Golden Last time the Cincinnati Bengals were featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks was in 2009.  The Bengals were had just finished a miserable 2008 season with a record of 4-11-1.  Its believed that Marvin Lewis signed up for Hard Knocks in an attempt to gain some of their fans back.  Apparently there was some method to his madness because the following year the Bengals went on to win their division with a record of 10-6.  The majority of NFL coaches turn down the opportunity to be featured by HBO due to the cameras drawing unwanted attention from the players.  After re-watching a few episodes from 2009, I can’t help but to be excited for what this year will bring. Read more!
Cap-ernick
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By Mac So Colin Kaepernick was caught wearing a Miami Dolphins hat.  First off, great taste… I suddenly like Kaepernick much better. I digress… He was wearing a hat that wasn’t the team he was playing on, BLASPHEMY!  I didn’t see…. did a SWAT team descend from the roof at take him out?  Well they should have,  I mean who does he think he is?  You grew up playing football.  I guess, that means probably watching it…. allot.  And maybe you had favorite teams and players.  You spent two entire decades cheering and rooting for them.  But you were drafted by a different team. Read more!
Brodeur to Schneider Could Get Ugly
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By Mac So Corey Schneider is now a New Jersey Devil.  Set to become the goalie of the future for them.  On paper it looks great, Schneider is a blossoming star goalie.  He’s young, cheap and ready to become the main guy.    The Problem?  Well, Martin Brodeur is also there.  This is nothing new for Cory, as he shared the net with Roberto Luongo.  But this is different, this is maybe the greatest goalie ever to play. Read more!
Turning the Page: A New Era in Tennis?
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By Miller This year’s Wimbledon appears to have opened the doorway into a new era of tennis. For the first time since 1936 someone from Great Britain, Andy Murray from Scotland, won the gentlemen’s championship. Furthermore, for the first time since 2003 Rafael Nadal and/or Roger Federer were not featured in the final match. The two combined have won nine of the last ten Wimbledon’s and the only championship that wasn’t won, Nadal played in the championship, losing to Novak Djokovic. Not only did Nadal and Federer not compete in the final, they didn’t compete in the semifinals either. Read more!
Nathan MacKinnon or Seth Jones?
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June Guest Writer Winner Announced! Jared S While watching the 2013 NHL Draft, waiting anxiously just like every other fan, I was praying that Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy, and the rest of the Avalanche front office would pick the Colorado Native Seth Jones of the Portland Winter Hawks (WHL). But it would not come to fruition, incase you missed the NHL draft on NBCSN (finally on an American sports network because we all know it wouldn’t be on ESPN) the Avalanche pick Nathan MacKinnon of the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Read more!
New Product Released!
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Mac Sports and Suds Store has released a new product! Save Water Drink Beer T-shirt is available! This classic style shirt features the Mac Sports and Suds Logo, along with some great advice. This is the perfect shirt for drinking suds, and talking sports! Read more!
Belch’s Beer Review: Woodchuck Private Reserve Pink
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[vc_row el_position=”first last”] [vc_column width=”5/6″] [vc_column_text el_position=”first”] By Belch I know, it’s been a while. I would like to apologize for my tremendous absence by taking a moment to recognize a growing problem in America’s society. Sober-ism. It’s a serious disease that affects 7 out of every 6 people and needs to be addressed. That’s why I’m starting the PBKBAD fund. PBKBAD obviously stands for Please Buy Kyle Belch A Drink, and a hedge fund will be opened for donations soon. Read more!
Tebow and The Hoodie
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[vc_row el_position=”first last”] [vc_column width=”5/6″] [vc_column_text el_position=”first”] By Belch Tim Tebow is in camp for the New England Patriots, and even though the Jets will actually be paying more against cap space, the Patriots are definitely going to get to use him more. Let’s say for a second that Tim Tebow actually makes the 53 man roster; New England would be carrying three quarterbacks. Given Belichik’s never-ending desire to carry more defensive backs than available jersey numbers, saying Tebow holds his #5 into the regular season is anything but a lock. Bill knows what he wants to do with Tim Tebow, but is being the best third string QB and a mediocre (at best) special teams player worth keeping around? I say there is no more important player to New England than Tebow. As outlined in a previous article, Tebow has the will to win that only Tom Brady seems to possess, and with Bill Belichik’s play design and genius, Tebow can prove valuable. Read more!
A Summer of Misery
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[vc_row el_position=”first last”] [vc_column width=”5/6″] [vc_column_text el_position=”first”] By Belch Sportscenter’s Top 10’s are about to get really boring. With hockey and basketball ending at the same time, two of america’s popular sports fall right off the grid. Baseball will remain, but if you’re anything like me, tuning in will be a lot easier when October rolls around. So what are we left with now? Sportscenter can cover any random golf tournament or spectacular catch, but with a lot of upcoming walk off hits landing the number one top play, I’m sure to lose my mind. August 4th is the start of preseason football, and unless you’re Mac and have already started running your 2020 mock draft, there is literally just baseball. No offense MLB, you are a lot of fun and all, but Im gonna need a little bit more to hook my teeth into. So for every other sport’s fan struggling with the withdrawals of any excitement, here’s a list of things you can look forward to. Read more!
New Product Released!
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Mac Sports and Suds Store has released a new product! Keep Calm and Talk Sports T-shirt is available! This classic style shirt features the Mac Sports and Suds Logo, along with popular Keep Calm phrase. This is the perfect shirt for drinking suds, and talking sports! Read more!
Tebow – The Missing Link?
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[vc_row el_position=”first last”] [vc_column width=”5/6″] [vc_column_text el_position=”first”] By Belch Probably the first thing that comes to mind when the words “the missing link” are uttered are neanderthal type creatures. Early humans. What was the step between humans as they exist now and the caveman look we used to rock? As that question may never be solved, taking a look at the NFL’s missing link is quite a bit easier to dissect. Tim Tebow has been a person of significant interest to NFL coaches, players, scouts, and fans, and with the upcoming season close at hand, like the missing link that precedes homo sapiens, Tim Tebow remains somewhat of a mystery. Read more!
Colorado Rapids 2013 Report Card
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[vc_row el_position=”first last”] [vc_column width=”5/6″] [vc_column_text el_position=”first”] By Whirly Well, the Rapids are little more than third way through the season. Lets take look at there current progress: Record: Overall: 4-4-4 Vs West opps: 2-3-3 Vs East opps: 2-1-1 Read more!
MLS Coastal Turf War? New York vs. Los Angeles Reactions 2013
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[vc_row el_position=”first last”] [vc_column width=”5/6″] [vc_column_text el_position=”first”] By Whirly The first initial reaction was this game was going to be a hard fought battle. It was an opportunity for New York show that they are ready to make a cup run. Oddly enough for this match up it took European players to bring life to awkward start. New York started off some other Galaxy(heh) and came out sooo flat. It took them about 18 minutes to figure out that they were playing in rival type setting. Read more!
Mac’s 2014 Random NFL Mock Draft 2.0
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[vc_row el_position=”first”] [vc_column] [vc_column_text el_position=”first”] By Mac Is it to early for a Mock Draft for next year?  Of course not!  It’s frankly never to early.  Next years draft class shows allot of interesting prospects, should be fun to watch people rise and fall as next April starts to approach. I have done a complete random order, I always think it’s fun.  I will obviously make assumptions.  If a team is really good but ends up picking #1, then obviously there were injuries.  Who had the Colts picking #1 this early?  No one, then Peyton Manning got hurt for the entire season and they were the #1 pick.  Who had Arizona in the Super Bowl?  Point is we don’t know, and rather than try to predict, i’m going to create random future… so lets see what developed! Also, i know picks have been traded, but i’m not going to worry about that now… I’ll start with that when teams are actually starting to fall into some order. Random draft order:  Lets get to my first mock! Read more!
Showdown: Which Beer is Better, Bud Light or Coors Light?
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Which beer is better, Bud Light or Coors Light? That question has been given to both Whirly and JNov, you get to decided who wins the show down with the vote at the end!   Have a question you want two of us to argue?  Ask it here! Let the showdown begin!  May the best argument win… Read more!
Bill Belichik – The Hoodie
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By Belch The “Genius” of Bill Belichik When it comes to most NFL franchises, most let the player performance speak for the team. However, one franchise stands above the rest in one position. HEAD COACH. As a New England fan, or years, the only choice I’ve ever had was to “trust the genius of the hoodie” or “believe in the evil genius.” Well I’m done buying into the hype. Too much credit is handed to Belichik instead of the players doing the work, and this becomes pretty apparent when we look at his draft strategy. Tom Brady doesn’t get to pick a player. Tedi Bruschi never traded out of the second round. Vince Wilfork doesn’t get to announce HIS final pick of the draft. It’s all on Bill Belichik, and Bill has had some horrible failures. Read more!
Mac’s Big Board 2014
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[vc_row el_position=”first”] [vc_column] [vc_column_text el_position=”first”] By Mac So here is my first big board of the new off season… I’m sure it will change an awful lot as these players have an entire college football season to impress me! Either way, seams like a good place to start getting ready for next years draft. Read more!
First Look at 2014 NFL Draft
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[vc_row el_position=”first”] [vc_column] [vc_column_text el_position=”first”] By Mac So the 2013 draft is fresh in the books, it’s time to take a quick first look at the 2014 draft.  These are players who you want to watch this upcoming season.  Obviously some will slide away into middle rounds or even undaunted  and others will rise up to be top 10 picks we haven’t heard of yet.  But alas, we have to start somewhere. It’s an interesting draft because there is something for everyone.  Early looks say that 3 Qbs if not more could go in round 1.  There are several wideouts and even a tight end that could be 1st round picks.  Need line help?  No worries, their could be maybe 5 offensive tackles! Are you hurting on defense, their are pass rushers, run suffers, inside linebackers, corners and even a safety  It will be interesting to see who rises and falls, lets take a look at who ‘could’ be coming out next season. Read more!
Mac’s 2014 Random NFL Mock Draft 1.0
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[vc_row el_position=”first”] [vc_column] [vc_column_text el_position=”first”] By Mac Is it to early for a Mock Draft for next year?  Of course not!  It’s frankly never to early.  Next years draft class shows allot of interesting prospects, should be fun to watch people rise and fall as next April starts to approach. I have done a complete random order, I always think it’s fun.  I will obviously make assumptions.  If a team is really good but ends up picking #1, then obviously there were injuries.  Who had the Colts picking #1 this early?  No one, then Peyton Manning got hurt for the entire season and they were the #1 pick.  Who had Arizona in the Super Bowl?  Point is we don’t know, and rather than try to predict, i’m going to create random future… so lets see what developed! Also, i know picks have been traded, but i’m not going to worry about that now… I’ll start with that when teams are actually starting to fall into some order. Random draft order:  Lets get to my first mock! Read more!
OMG Collins is Gay!?!?!?!?
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[vc_row el_position=”first”] [vc_column] [vc_column_text el_position=”first”] By Miller Alright everyone, let’s be real. Does anyone really care about whether an athlete is gay or straight? I don’t. I can’t believe Sportscenter and Pardon the Interruption (PTI) wasted my time today spending nearly all of their shows explaining to me why this is such a good thing for society. I want to know about sports; not about various people’s sex lives. What is this, E Television? When I want gossip I’ll read People magazine and watch the BS television channels. When I want sports, I want to watch ESPN. Read more!
Showdown: What is the Best Beer for the NFL Draft?
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Showdown: Who is the Best Hockey Player Today?
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Showdown: What is the best Golf Movie?
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What is the best Golf Movie? That question has been given to both Golden and J*Rod, you get to decided who wins the show down with the vote at the end!  May the best argument win! Have a question you want two of us to argue?  Ask it here! Let the showdown begin!  May the best argument win… Read more!
Podcast: Doc’s Slice – Masters 2013
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By Doc and J*Rod Doc and J*Rod drink beer and debate about the upcoming 2013 Masters! You can see the video and girl they talk about below. Let the games begin. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Showdown: Who will win the AL East?
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Who will win the AL East? That question has been given to both Mac and Belch, you get to decided who wins the show down with the vote at the end!  May the best argument win! Have a question you want two of us to argue?  Ask it here! Let the showdown begin!  May the best argument win… Read more!
Millers 2013 NFL Mock Draft
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By Miller Don’t forget to check out our other mocks, Macs, Belchs and our April Fools‘. It’s time for Millers mock, our resident Cowboy fan has mocked out the first round. Get started, and comment below! Read more!
April Fools Mock Draft
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By Mac I know I did a mock not 2 days ago, but so what!  It’s Draft Season, and I love it! So i thought I’d do a fun mock… for fun… because it’s funny at least to me no pictures of Kate Beckensale just fun, football talk nothing else Read more!
MLB Predictions
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By Mac The NFL draft gives me hope… hope that my Dolphins will draft a superstar, become relevant.  I love the draft! I’m a Hockey nut, I live and breathe that sport… so usually baseball season begins for me when my hockey team is eliminated, unfortunately the Avalanche are tied for the worst record in the NHL… So… It’s Baseball Season! Finally the Astros are in the Al, and finally I have a sports team that might actually be good! Go BLUE JAYS! Let’s get to my predictions! Read more!
Mac’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft 3.0
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By Mac I love draft season… as my other article explains! But I don’t love this draft.  I blame Andrew Luck, and RG3.  The past few drafts there have been players I’ve been in love this, I can’t find one here.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some very very good players.  I like them allot, I just don’t’ love them.  It’s like an eternal friend zone…. Oh, and Belch’s Mock…. it’s cute when you only done 1 round, do you all think? Enough chatter!  Lets GET TO IT!  3 Rounds now! Read more!
Penguins are up in Flames!
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By Mac What just happened!? I’m speechless…. as if that’s possible. Honestly, anyone who knows me can attest. I’m never speechless… Read more!
Belch’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft
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By Belch We’ve improved the look of our website but apparently our writing hasn’t. Our “favorite writer” Mac writes our first article in almost six months, and has the nerve to put Sharrif Floyd below the 10th pick! A great injustice has been served and it’s apparently up to me to correct it. So after weeks of watching NFL Network coverage, I feel like the expert we all need to wash the bad taste of horrible mock draft out of our mouths. Here is my complete first round. Read more!
Icy Arms Race Begins
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By Mac I figured I would attempt to cure my draft fever, at least a bit. So I figured, more Kate Beckensale? Always a good plan, but I figured no… lets go to the Ice. Read more!
D Day coming!
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By Mac It’s true, D Day is coming.  I know what you’re thinking… that already happened.  You would be right, but it’s happening again.  The Draft Day is approaching, and I have serious draft fever…. and it’s bad.   It’s all I can think about now! Read more!
Mac’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
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By Mac I’ve been a complete slacker this year when it comes to my mock drafts… but worry not.  I have one ready and just in the nick of time.  Lets get started with my 2 round mock draft! ROUND 1 1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel – OT- Texas A&M It’s not sexy, but I think its the safest for a team with bad draft history. 2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan- OLB- Oregon They have so many holes, might as well start with passrush. Read more!
New Logo!
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Mac Sports and Suds has gone through a refit!  We felt like it was time to update our site… make it more modern!  I know we are very excited by our new layout and logo. You can take a look at the logo here, and dress in style with your own logo shirt! New layout for our website and an awesome new logo! [singlepic id=38 w=320 h=240 float=] Get in Style with our new Logo shirt! Read more!
Time for the Chargers to Turn(er) the page.
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By J*Rod Sorry, I had to put a pun in there, mainly to annoy Mac! Enough is enough.  Hype is up, this year is always different, right? Wrong, especially when Norv Turner is your head coach.  The man is able to bring a bad team up effortlessly.  The man is able to hold a great team back effortlessly.  He is stuck in mediocrity, and as long as a team holds on to Turner as their head coach, so will the team. Read more!
Podcast – September 2012
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By Mac By Sudsy Mac and Sudsy debate the following topics!…. Fire back at Doc’s Slice. 1. MLB 2. NHL 3. Replacement Refs 4. NFL Baby! Come grab a beer and lets talk some sports! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Sudsy’s Picks! Week 4
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By All Writers Well,well, well, our leaders have taken a step back this week with both of them going 6-10 last week.  Actually nobody did anything really good last week with our best record being 8-8.  Now heading into week 4 there are some really good match ups for our leaders to pull away or continue to fall back.  It will be nice to see the regular officials back on the field this week, i am sure nobody will be happier than the Packers…… Read more!
Sudsy’s Picks! Week 3
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By All Writers The Drama Continues!  As of now Belch and Mac are in the lead with an impressive 23-9 overall record.  Miller is only 1 back, and J*Rod and Sudsy (me) are 2 back.  A tight race for sure! Belch – 23-9 Mac – 23-9 Miller – 22-10 J*Rod – 21-11 Sudsy – 21-11 Whirly – 19-13 Golden – 18-14 Jnov – 15-17 Doc – 10-6 Read more!
J*Rod’s week 3 Power Rankings
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By J*Rod What a switch already! This is what makes the NFL so much fun. I thought for sure that the Patriots would beat the Cardinals at home, I thought for sure that Peyton Manning would come out strong again, I thought for sure that the NFL had caught up to Cam Newton, I thought for sure CJ2K was no more. At least I got one right. Here are my week 3 Power Rankings. Read more!
Sudsy’s Picks! Week 2
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By All Writers Week one was fun… week 2 will be even better.  Lets see how we did…. Let the games continue……..Sudsy Read more!
J*Rod’s Week 2 Power Rankings
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By J*Rod Week one is in the books and we’re starting to get an idea of who’s going to be competing this year, and who’s not…I think.  There are already a bunch of questions, like how many balls will Brandon Marshall catch this year? What happened to Buffalo? Is Cam Newton hitting the ‘Sophomore Slump’? It’s pretty common for me to be confused, but I see a lot of teams that are close to being great, but I don’t think there’s one that is, yet.  What I do know is that in the NFL today, you need a stout defense and a quality quarterback to get some W’s and the teams near the top have both. With that, here are my power rankings. Read more!
Podcasts – Doc’s Slice 2012 Ryder Cup Preview
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By Doc By J*Rod Doc and J*Rod debate the following topics! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Sudsy’s Picks! Week 1
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By All Writers So here we are for another football season.  This year all of our writers will be making their picks every week.  We will be keeping a running total so everyone can see who has that magic eye for picking winners amongst replacement referees and a record number of Rookie starting Quarterbacks. Game On……..Sudsy Read more!
Time for Mac’s Predictions
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By Mac For some it’s Christmas… Others it’s the beginning of summer… Me?  It was about a week ago… when my local bar taped the first Sam Adams Oktoberfest keg.  This is my favorite time of year.  My first stein full came over, I swear lights and holy voices came down on it like the animated sword in the stone scene.  It’s not that I just love Sammy Oct that much, (which I do), but it’s also this time of year. Read more!
Grab a T-shirt & Talk Some Sports!
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Mac Sports and Suds now has their own custom T-shirts available!   This first shirt is our classic design and saying!  So get right over to our new store and grab your T-shirt before it’s too late! Read more!
Miami Dolphins Fireland Sale
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By Mac Find Talent.  That’s a GM’s job, go out and find talent.  You see it all around the NFL, people searching for talent.   The Dolphins signed Cameron Wake from the CFL, Patriots sign silver medalist Jeff Demps.  Why?  They might have great talent.  Teams are looking for top end talent in any place. Read more!
Podcast – August Again!
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By Mac By Sudsy Mac and Sudsy debate the following topics! 1. Olympics 2. MLB 3. NFL Preseason Come grab a beer and lets talk some sports! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
USA vs. Mexico Reactions
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By Whirly Recap: US did fine and got a 1-0 win over Mexico in this so-called “friendly.” It’s USA 1st win on Mexican soil. They played pretty good defense. Howard came up big, with two monstrous saves, for the US. Mexico missed 9 solid opps (sorry that can’t happen at this level for any team). The stadium was only 70,000 filled (normal capacity is 110,000).  As for the capacity, I don’t know if that was set up that way or it being a midweek game, the fans couldn’t go to the game because of work. All in all it was a good effort but giving away that many chances is still a concern moving forward. Read more!
Podcasts – Doc’s Slice 2012 PGA Recap
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By Doc By J*Rod By Belch Doc and J*Rod debate the following topics! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Golden Fantasy: Top 5 in the Unpredictable Category
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By Golden Well it is that time of year again. Get out the dry erase board, Cheedos and Mountain Dew (Drink beer if you choose…I know I don’t get much done while drinking). Charge the cell phones and make sure you can find that little cord that powers that laptop, because it is time for some fantasy football drafting. Read more!
Golden Fantasy: Top 5 Backup QBs
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By Golden Well it is that time of year again. Get out the dry erase board, Cheedos and Mountain Dew (Drink beer if you choose…I know I don’t get much done while drinking). Charge the cell phones and make sure you can find that little cord that powers that laptop, because it is time for some fantasy football drafting. Read more!
Golden Fantasy: Top 5 Backup TEs
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By Golden Well it is that time of year again. Get out the dry erase board, Cheedos and Mountain Dew (Drink beer if you choose…I know I don’t get much done while drinking). Charge the cell phones and make sure you can find that little cord that powers that laptop, because it is time for some fantasy football drafting. Read more!
Golden Fantasy: Top 5 Backup RBs
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By Golden Well it is that time of year again. Get out the dry erase board, Cheedos and Mountain Dew (Drink beer if you choose…I know I don’t get much done while drinking). Charge the cell phones and make sure you can find that little cord that powers that laptop, because it is time for some fantasy football drafting. Read more!
Soccer London Style Closing Ceremonies
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By Whirly The Olympics have come to a close and the soccer world is going back to its normal routine. The US Women’s team avenged the lost World Cup and again at the expense of the opponent (that stole the cup away from them). Even though the US team lived up to the hype of being the gold medal contenders, the ride was fun and kept fans glued to their seats. The Mexico upset brought a humbling experience to the Brazilians. The fact of the matter is that Brazil got caught looking, ahead to wearing the medals, and forgot to play the game. The next sections will cover some loose material and thoughts about the tournament. Read more!
Podcast – August 2012
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By Mac By Miller Mac and Miller debate the following topics! – We may have drank a bit for this podcast! 1. MLB Trade Deadline 2. NHL CBA 3. Summer Olympics 4. NFL Preseason Come grab a beer and lets talk some sports! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Golden Fantasy: Top 5 Backup WRs
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By Golden Well it is that time of year again.  Get out the dry erase board, Cheedos and Mountain Dew (Drink beer if you choose…I know I don’t get much done while drinking).  Charge the cell phones and make sure you can find that little cord that powers that laptop, because it is time for some fantasy football drafting. Read more!
Women’s Medal Round Reactions
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By Whirly Canada’s never give up attitude gave the French side to cry about after demoralizing defeat in the late moments of the Bronze Medal game. In the late moments the Canadians found the back net with a confused French side that was begging for an offside call. The goal was questionable after further review but in the end the goal stood and the Canadian women are going back heroes. Read more!
A World Wide NHL?
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By JNov There is no time like the present for the hockey to become a leader of the major sports. The world’s most popular sports have leagues that generally focused in a small number of nations. Football, basketball, baseball, cricket, rugby… these sports lack world-wide leagues. Many sports are trying to spread their wings, like football playing some preseason games in Europe, but there is no world-wide league for any of the major sports. So how can the hockey become a leader of all sports? By creating a world-wide hockey organization. Read more!
Men’s Final Medal Round
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By Whirly After Spain’s departure, Mexico and Brazil were favored to meet in the championship game. Brazil was to quick for South Korea and Mexico did a solid job against a fairly strong Japanese side. In this final medal round, both games feature teams playing with similar styles. Brazil is still the favorite to win the Gold medal. Read more!
Doc’s Slice Podcast – PGA 2012
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By Doc By J*Rod By Mac By Belch Doc and J*Rod debate the following topics! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Women’s Final Medal Round
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By Whirly Recap: We’re here and the big game is upon us. There were a few twists and turns along the way but the two teams that should be in the championship game have finally arrived. Japan did a strong job against the French team. The USA team had quite the emotional ride against our Northern neighbor but found a way to skip the shootout in a 4-3 thriller (in 2OT). This Gold Medal game will not be easy because the Japanese saw the fate of Brazil in the last Olympics. Read more!
Men’s Medal Stage
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By Whirly Recap: The host team receiving a cruel exit in the Olympics was poignant. The Brits learned that you need to have a  “push for the win” and “not hope to lose” attitude. Brazil scored 3 goals for the fourth consecutive game (what a shock).  Japan caught a flat-footed Egyptian team off guard and kept their foot on the gas pedal for a strange 3-0 victory. Mexico resiliency led to a 4-2 victory over an extremely athletic Senegal team.  Not a bad round overall but the two of the three main contenders for the Gold Medal are still alive (nothing to special). Onto the next set of matches… Read more!
Women’s Medal Stage
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By Whirly The next stage is finally here. Now we get to see three teams receive medals. The quarterfinals lived up to the billing. The games were fun to watch. The New Zealanders got more chances than I wanted but did a fine job against the Americans. France was little bit of a surprise but with that talent they can do some damage, when they’re focused. Japan did what it does best, frustrates their opponents.  Brazil had few glimpses of hope in the middle of the game but like usual, if you don’t take advantage, you go home. Canada actually did a strong job against the Brits and got a solid 2-0 victory. Here is a look at the next set of games in London…. Read more!
Women’s Olympic Slugfest is about to begin
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By Whirly The women’s knockout bracket is official. The two surprises are Canada and New Zealand. Those two are “in” basically to the strange group play style set up by the tournament. The other 6 are true contenders and unlike the Men’s bracket, all of these teams have legit shot at a Gold Medal. This is considered a major tournament in women’s soccer and no game or team will be taken lightly. Here are the quarterfinal games…. Read more!
Men’s Soccer Knockout Olympic Field is Set
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By Whirly Well, the knockout field is set for the Olympics.  There were some interesting stories in group play that added a little drama to this lackluster pool of teams.  The best thing that happened was the train wreck that happened to Spain  “so called” legacy was shocking.  So shocking that the media didn’t know how to respond to this disaster.  Spain that has been so dominant in the past six years of play didn’t make it to the next round. Yahoo, Msn, Fox Sports spent most of the day discussing that a gold medalist parents kept her grandparents death a secret but Spain not making the next round, also went completely scoreless (no goals scored) in the tournament, is a unworthy story to tell. The big question that has been asked so many times last few years about Spain soccer teams, “Is it the system that is crating success or the players?” Thanks to Spain’s Olympic team that question was answered. Read more!
The NHL and it’s Future
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By: Miller The NHL has finally started to recover from the 2004-2005 strike. The fan base is growing again, even in cities that aren’t traditionally hockey cities. Sure, some areas haven’t recovered yet, but take a look at Nashville. There is a city in love with hockey, allowing the sport to grow in new areas of the country. Los Angeles just brought the Stanley Cup home for the first time in its 45 year history. A city with nearly 10 million people celebrated their home team’s championship. Again, this could grow the sport immensely, bringing more and more people to the wonderful game of hockey. All of this, of course, is dependent on whether or not the NHL will be around next year. Read more!
Soccer London Style
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By Whirly The Olympics are here in 2012 and neutral fans are quite disappointed in the Men’s field.  The group of teams looks like a committee drew names out a hat or used a dartboard. This looks like a 2nd rate high school invitational tournament. Three big name teams went out to a committee and went find us some watered down competition, so we can play in the semifinals. Read more!
Doc’s Slice: The British is coming……The British is coming…
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By Doc Ah……It is that glorious time for all golf fans in mid-July when you wake up each morning to see winds gusting and players battling the links style course across the pond.  Yes I am talking about the British Open.  Like numerous other golf fans I am thoroughly excited to watch another major unfold but I have one request…….please be as advertised. Read more!
Spain Dynasty is just Beginning (Euro 2012)
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By Whirly “Keeping it simple and real,” congratulations to Spain for winning the cup. Spain’s patience and discipline pays off again. Spain’s 4-0 knock out of a powerful Italian side sets in new era. The Spanish side silences critics in this game because not only because they didn’t change there game plan but just dismantled Italy. Read more!
Welcome Back Italy to the Championship Stage (Euro 2012)
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By Whirly Recap Spain vs. Portugal: This game didn’t get played out how I originally thought but Spain did take care of business. Holy freaking cow, the lack of depth for Portugal played a factor in this contest (didn’t see that one coming ). Christian Ronaldo is like LeBron James with the Cavaliers, need to get other playmakers coach. Portugal defense did a pretty good job in this game. Portugal should have taken more chances because Spain hasn’t given up a goal in knockout stages in the last 6 years. Spain’s lack of urgency in the game got frustrating at times because a stronger team would of punished them for being so nonchalant with possession. Read more!
The Final Four Set to Kick Off (Euro 2012)
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By Whirly There were no surprises in the score lines in the quarterfinals. The four top teams in the Elite Eight moved on in different ways (I went 4 for 4 by the way). Portugal relied on the Christian Ronaldo to do what he does best late in games. Germany’s aerial assault took care of Greece with ease.  Not a big shock, France didn’t show up to play and gave Spain a free pass to the final four. Italy’s finishing was still a problem but showed up when it truly counted against England.  Lets take a look at the match ups this week. Read more!
Ladainian off to Canton
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By Mac For me, watching Ladainian Tomlinsom retire was a bit sad.  I was always a big LT fan, I picked him first in Our Keeper Fantasy League.  He’s just one of those special players who were always so fun to watch.  Drafted #5 overall out of TCU, he set the NFL on fire with one of the worst teams.  For my money, he’s a sure fire Hall of Famer. Read more!
Bring on the Elite Eight (Euro 2012)
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By Whirly The group stage is over for the UEFA euro cup 2012. Now we have the elite and some very entertaining match ups. This year will be fun because there were very few dominating performances on a consistent basis. Germany won 3 games in group play but didn’t overly impress. I was hoping for a young Russian squad to move on the next step but there is reason why the usual participants are in the knockout stage. Here are the first round match ups. Read more!
The New England Patriots: The Ultimate Rebuilding Year
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By Belch Ask anyone in the NFL which team has the greatest chance of winning the Super Bowl this coming year, and the Pat’s are in at least a top five discussion. A quick look at a team poised to put up incredible numbers offensively says that this team is stacked on that side of the ball. Now with obvious holes in the secondary, and a few question marks on the line defensively, the focus obviously comes down to New England’s ability to get off the field on third down. Even all of the promise of a brilliantly coached team considered, a closer look at position battles, rookie starters, second year stand-outs, and some retirements makes this year one of the most interesting rebuilding years the Patriots, or the NFL for that matter, have ever seen. Read more!
Doc’s Slice: US Open
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By Doc The 112th U.S. Open began last Thursday with huge hopes for a showdown of golf’s superstars.  Woods, McIlroy, Mickelson, Westwood and all the other young talented players that make golf so fun to watch.  Even a 17 year old amateur was thrown into the mix for a chance to lift our nation’s championship.  Throughout the 4 rounds of the tournament there were huge highs and incredible heartbreaks.  None as big as the tee shot of Jim Furyk on the 16th hole on Sunday.  Nerves are a huge player in golf and Furyk proved that no matter how many years as a tour professional you have underneath your belt you can still make a crucial mistake that can cost you the tournament. Read more!
Roadhouse 2012 NBA Mock Draft 3.0
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By Roadhouse OK, the NBA lottery has passed, pretty surprising one at that. Changes a lot of my picks. Here we go… 1. New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis – C – Kentucky #1 no matter what. In my opinion, best #1 since Derrick Rose 2. Charlotte Bobcats: Andre Drummond – C – Uconn Next best big, NBA ready. Hopefully MJ lets someone else make the decisions Read more!
Mr. Garland: The NFL needs more people like you.
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By Sudsy In the wake of things like Bounty-Gate, Contact Disputes, DUI’s and Players going to prison, the NFL needs to be telling stories like this more often.  Ben Garland is actually the Brother-In-Law of a very good friend of mine.  Ben graduated from the Air Force Academy 2 years ago and has been out of the league in service of his country.  It’s great to see a great role model like this have a chance to play in the NFL and the NFL needs more men like this.  Click of the link below to read more about this. Read more!
Roadhouse 2012 NBA Draft 2.0
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By Roadhouse Roadhouse has a new NBA mock. The lottery has not been done yet, so I will go off of the regular season standings. Here we go…. 1. Charlotte Bobcats: Anthony Davis- C – Kentucky He’s going #1 no matter who picks.   2. Washington Wizards: Michael Kid Gilchrist – SF – Kentucky BA, and impact starter right away   Read more!
Mac’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
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By Mac I know what your thinking… isn’t it a little early to be doing a 2013 draft?  The answer is simple…. NEVER!  So with this new years mock, I figured I’d randomize the order.  This order is complete random, and with this order I will make some assumptions…. so lets get to it. ROUND 1 1. New York Jets: Matt Barkley – QB – USC Well if the Jets are picking first, then obviously Sanchez and Tebow failed big time. Rex Ryan lost his locker room and now they have to start over. Read more!
Backwards Simulated Mock Draft 1.0
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By All Writers 6 of our writers did another simulated mock. We randomly picked the draft order, and each of us rotated through the 6 of us for the first round. Each was under the instructions of ‘what would you pick.’ You in charge of the team your picking and pick who you would…. now who you think they will. If you think Martin is better than Kalil then draft him first… pick your players. We drafted with this system and you will be surprised who fell, and who was reached for! Come Grab a beer and lets talk some sports! 1. Mac 2. Miller 3. J*Rod 4. Sudsy 5. Doc 6. Belch Read more!
Simulated Mock Draft Results 2.0
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By All Writers 6 of our writers did another simulated mock. We randomly picked the draft order, and each of us rotated through the 6 of us for the first round. Each was under the instructions of ‘what would you pick.’ You in charge of the team your picking and pick who you would…. now who you think they will. If you think Martin is better than Kalil then draft him first… pick your players. We drafted with this system and you will be surprised who fell, and who was reached for! Come Grab a beer and lets talk some sports! 1. Mac 2. Miller 3. J*Rod 4. Sudsy 5. Doc 6. Belch Read more!
Mac’s 2012 NFL Mock Drart 5.0
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By Mac Not many changes from my 4.0 Mock, but with the draft only days away, I felt like I should throw up one more!  Man I love draft season! ROUND 1 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Standford Done 2. Washington Redskins from StL: Robert Griffen III – QB – Baylor And Done Read more!
Backwards Simulated Draft 1.0
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By All Writers 6 of our writers did a backwards simulated mock draft. We stayed with our draft order from our Simulated Mock Draft 2.0, and each of us rotated through the 6 of us for the first round…. backwards.  Each was under the instructions of ‘what would you pick.’ Your in charge of the team your picking and pick who you would…. not who you think they will.  If you think Martin is better than Kalil then draft him first… pick your players. We drafted with this system and you will be surprised who fell, and who was reached for! Come Grab a beer and lets talk some sports! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Sudsy’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft 3.0
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By Sudsy ROUND 1 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford Team Needs: QB, WR, OL, NT, CB, DE, LB depth Luck is a done deal here. 2. Washington Redskins from StL: Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor Team Needs: QB, WR, RT, DB, Interior OL, DL, 3-4 ILB Griffin is done deal here too. Read more!
Podcast – Simulated Draft 2.0
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By All Writers 6 of our writers did another simulated mock. We randomly picked the draft order, and each of us rotated through the 6 of us for the first round. Each was under the instructions of ‘what would you pick.’ Your in charge of the team your picking and pick who you would…. not who you think they will. If you think Martin is better than Kalil then draft him first… pick your players. We drafted with this system and you will be surprised who fell, and who was reached for! Come Grab a beer and lets talk some sports! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Simulated Draft Results
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By All Writers 6 of our writers did a simulated mock.  We randomly picked the draft order, and each of us rotated through the 6 of us for the first round.  Each was under the instructions of ‘what would you pick.’  You in charge of the team your picking and pick who you would…. now who  you think they will.  If you think Martin is better than Kalil then draft him first… pick your players.  We drafted with this system and you will be surprised who fell, and who was reached for! Come Grab a beer and lets talk some sports! 1. Sudsy 2. Doc 3. Belch 4. Mac 5. Miller 6. J*Rod Read more!
Doc’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
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By Doc ROUND 1 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck After returning to Stanford for his senior year and facing all the criticism he is still the #1 pick and the most capable of entering the house that Peyton built. 2. Washington Redskins from StL: Robert Griffin III Washington made a significant move to secure a future leader and it would make sense to invest that selection in a franchise quarterback. Read more!
Golden’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
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By Golden Round 1: 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford Manning gone…this is a done deal. 2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor No pressure RGIII… Read more!
Miller’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
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By Miller ROUND 1 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck QB Stanford Do I have to explain? 2. Washington Redskins from StL: Robert Griffin III QB Baylor The Skins have sold the farm to have an opportunity at RG3! Read more!
Mac’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft 4.0
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By Mac I’ve been saying for awhile now that i’m going to go 4 rounds… and guess what!  I finally did.  4 round mock draft here you are!  Enjoy, I’m sure there are many picks you all disagree with… Lets see. ROUND 1 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Standford No Chance for RG3 2. Washington Redskins from StL: Robert Griffen III – QB – Baylor 3 first round picks for RG3 Read more!
Podcast – Simulated Draft
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By All Writers 6 of our writers did a simulated mock.  We randomly picked the draft order, and each of us rotated through the 6 of us for the first round.  Each was under the instructions of ‘what would you pick.’  Your in charge of the team your picking and pick who you would…. not who you think they will.  If you think Martin is better than Kalil then draft him first… pick your players.  We drafted with this system and you will be surprised who fell, and who was reached for! Come Grab a beer and lets talk some sports! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Sudsy’s NFL Mock Draft 2.0
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By Sudsy ROUND 1 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford Team Needs: WR, OL, NT, CB, DE, LB depth 2. Washington Redskins from StL: Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor Team Needs: QB, WR, RT, DB, Interior OL, DL, 3-4 ILB Read more!
Mac’s Player Rankings
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By Mac Here are my updated player rankings, I’m very leery about late risers…. Quarterback 1. Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford (Top 5) 2. Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor (Top 5) 3. Ryan Tannehill – QB – Texas A&M (1st – 2nd Round) 4. Brandon Weeden – QB – Oklahoma State (2nd Round) 5. Brock Osweiler – QB – Arizona State (2nd – 3rd Round) Read more!
2012 NFL Mock Draft: Belch’s Take
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By Belch I’m going to take a break from the beer for a bit to explore the draft. With a few teams trading up to secure their draft positioning, this draft is based on the current draft order and current draft needs. Barring any more free agent signings, this draft is as complete as i can think. 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB Stanford As of right now, Andrew Luck is still the more impressive, NFL ready QB. Could the Colts select RGIII instead? Perhaps, but either selection would be a good one. Read more!
NHL Standley Cup Playoff Brackets
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By All Writers Quest for the cup begins!  Our hockey crazed writers have made their brackets!  Lets see how they do Read more!
Mac’s NFL Big Board 4.0
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By Mac I’m surprised, but not many movers in my big board! Top 5 Prospects 1. Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford 2. Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor 3. Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama 4. Matt Kalil – OT – USC 5. Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State Read more!
Political Correctness in Sports and a Lack of Freedom of Speech: Bryant and Guillen
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By Miller Sports has always been a realm where trash-talk occurs. It isn’t for the faint of heart or the easily offended. At least, that’s how it used to be. Today if you say something too loudly in a game and the fans hear, you’re liable to receive heavy fines, and if you speak your mind to the press, even bigger fines, and possibly suspensions. In some arenas, however, it is impossible to hear what the players say, thus the players can get away with saying offensive slurs (i.e. in football and hockey). Read more!
Belch’s Beer MLB Power Rankings 10-1
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By Belch Ok so here we are on the last leg of lagers, the home stretch of hops. These are the best ten teams in the league with the respective beers for each. Now keep in mind this isn’t necessarily the top ten beers, it’s just the best beer for the team. So here we go sports fans, starting with a no brainier for any beer list… Read more!
Roadhouse’s 2012 NBA Mock Draft 1.0
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By Roadhouse Well this is my mock for now.  The order is based on current standings.  With how close a lot of these teams are and certain people possibly staying in school, things will for sure change.  So I will be back with updates!  By the way, BA means Best Available…..  To the mock! Read more!
Belch’s Beer MLB Power Rankings 20-11
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By Belch So I gave you the first few teams in the last review and it was pretty tough picking ten horrible beers that are made for the ten horrible teams. Alas, after a little bit of research and a lot a bit of drinking, i managed to narrow it down. Now that I’m a tad hungover I’ll need to do some more drinking to get the next 10 teams down. It’s a tough job people but I’m willing to do it for you, I’ll be your beer guide. I’m about to take you on a journey through sports and beer, so put on your comfy pants and enjoy. Read more!
Sudsy NFL Mock Draft 1.0
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By Sudsy ROUND 1 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford 2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor 3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil – OT – USC Read more!
Belch’s Beer MLB Power Rankings 30-21
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By Belch With spring training coming to a close in the Major League Baseball world, I thought it might be interesting to pick a beer for each team. Stretching from the Pirates to the Yankees, each team has a specific flavor; each team a different vibe. I’ll look at all aspects of each team to analyze the best beer possible and preferably getting drunk off of the thirty beers I’m going to have to sample. Wish me luck sports fans. Read more!
The New NFL: For Better or Worse
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By Miller Bill Belichick headed the infamous Spygate of 2007. The Patriots were caught cheating; they taped Jets signals and used those tapes to gain a tactical advantage over a divisional rival a clear-cut form of cheating. Belichick was fined, as was the team, but no suspensions were handed out. The Patriots did lose a first round pick (not much considering the ability of the Patriots to acquire seemingly more picks than everyone else through trades). The Saints organization has just been punished because bounties were offered for big hits and bonuses for injuries. Sean Payton is done for a year and Greg Williams is suspended indefinitely. The Saints lose 2 2nd round picks, and no official word yet on player penalties. Read more!
Mac’s Big Board – Top 5 Quarterbacks
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By Mac So let’s break down my big board…. I’m going to sort them by position and then place a ‘projected round’ grade…. I’m not going to do kickers or punters, cause… well who cares. Today lets go with the Quarterbacks! Overall with the NFL not using RB’s as it once has, the value has dropped…. but not the talent. These kids can play. Quarterbacks 1. Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford (Top 5) – What is there to say that hasn’t already been said.  He’s a stud.  I would trade 3 firsts to get him! Read more!
Ghost of Marino
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By Mac The Ghost of Miami’s past?… Marino Present?…… Garrard? Future?…………………………………………………………….. Bottlenose Dive It was just about a week ago, when finally there was hope to quiet the ghost of Marino…. He keeps haunting us.  Some say you can see him patrolling the sidelines during the games. Read more!
Mac’s Big Board – Top 5 Running Backs
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By Mac So let’s break down my big board…. I’m going to sort them by position and then place a ‘projected round’ grade…. I’m not going to do kickers or punters, cause… well who cares. Today lets go with the Running Backs! Overall with the NFL not using RB’s as it once has, the value has dropped…. but not the talent.  These kids can play. Running Backs 1. Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama (Top 5) – Not the next AP, but he’s much better than any RB we’ve seen in awhile. Read more!
Mac’s Big Board – Top 5 Wide Receivers
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By Mac So let’s break down my big board…. I’m going to sort them by position and then place a ‘projected round’ grade…. I’m not going to do kickers or punters, cause… well who cares. Today lets go with the Wide Outs! Overall Wide outs could go fast and furious, as Blackmon will go early.  The battle has been for #2, Jeffery had it for much of the year, then Wright took it, now it’s Floyd! Wide Receivers 1. Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State (Top 5) – Not a burner, but he’s bigger and should be better than Dez Bryant. Read more!
Mac’s Big Board – Top 5 Tight Ends
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By Mac So let’s break down my big board…. I’m going to sort them by position and then place a ‘projected round’ grade…. I’m not going to do kickers or punters, cause… well who cares. Today lets go with the Tight Ends! Overall one of the thinnest classes we’ve ever seen.  I have none in the first round and frankly only 3 should go in the first 3 rounds. Tight Ends 1. Dwayne Allen – TE – Clemson (2nd Round) – Considered the most talented, he didn’t perform very well at the combine Read more!
Mac’s Big Board – Top 5 Tackles
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By Mac So let’s break down my big board…. I’m going to sort them by position and then place a ‘projected round’ grade…. I’m not going to do kickers or punters, cause… well who cares. Today lets go with the Tackles! Overall a top heavy class, the big 3 Kalil, Reiff, and Martin it falls off to mostly 2nd and 3rd round grades for me… maybe right tackles. Tackles 1. Matt Kalil – OT – USC (Top 5) – I don’t see a Joe Thomas or Jake Long, but he’s still an elite prospect. Read more!
Mac’s Big Board – Top 5 Guards
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By Mac So let’s break down my big board…. I’m going to sort them by position and then place a ‘projected round’ grade…. I’m not going to do kickers or punters, cause… well who cares. Today lets go with the Guards! Overall a strong interior class, DeCastro is a instant starter and maybe probowler.  But the rest should start right away. Guards 1. David DeCastro – G – Stanford (Top 10) – A Guard in the top 10?  Yes, I love this guy and he should be the next Larry Allen or Steve Hutchinson. Read more!
Mac’s Big Board – Top 5 Centers
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By Mac So let’s break down my big board…. I’m going to sort them by position and then place a ‘projected round’ grade…. I’m not going to do kickers or punters, cause… well who cares.  Today lets go with the Centers! Overall an not as strong as the years past with Mack, Pouncey and so on.  But there could be several good staters. Centers 1. Peter Konz – C – Wisconsin (1st – 2nd Round) – The big center was dominate at Wisconsin, and should be a staple for a NFL offensive line. Read more!
Podcast – NFL Free Agents 2012
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By Mac By Sudsy Mac and Sudsy debate the following topics! 1. NFL Free Agents Come grab a beer and lets talk some sports! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
2012 March Madness Brackets
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By All Writers Everyone knows about March Madness with the NCAA, but on the Golf circuit we have the Accenture Match Play Championship! It’s usually more unpredictable than March Madness, which means our brakets are likely to be busted early and often. That doesn’t mean we don’t try to predict as best we can! Here we go with our picks for the upcoming Match Play! Read more!
Mac’s Big Board – Top 5 Defensive Ends
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By Mac So let’s break down my big board…. I’m going to sort them by position and then place a ‘projected round’ grade…. I’m not going to do kickers or punters, cause… well who cares. Today lets go with the Defensive Ends! Overall everyone wants pass rushers, but each of these have a question.  There is no Von Miller in this year’s draft. Defensive Ends 1. Quinton Coples – DE – North Carolina (Top 10) – There are concerns, he didn’t have as good of a senior year as a junior… but his talent is Julius Peppers type. Read more!
Mac’s Big Board – Top 5 Defensive Tackles
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By Mac So let’s break down my big board…. I’m going to sort them by position and then place a ‘projected round’ grade…. I’m not going to do kickers or punters, cause… well who cares.  Today lets go with the Defensive Tackles! Overall an interesting class, I could see 4 go in the first round as everyone wants to copy the Giants and build up a strong Dline. Defensive Tackles 1. Michael Brockers – DT – LSU (Top 20) – Showed an amazing ability to disrupt an offensive line from the interior. Read more!
Mac’s Big Board – Top 5 Outside Linebackers
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By Mac So let’s break down my big board…. I’m going to sort them by position and then place a ‘projected round’ grade…. I’m not going to do kickers or punters, cause… well who cares. Today lets go with the outside linebackers! Overall every year seams like there are many passrushers, but only a few actually show up at the NFL.  Upshaw and Perry both scare me, but show top end talent.  Brown’s athletic ability is great, but how is a LB not considered tough? Outside Linebackers 1. Courtney Upshaw – OLB – Alabama (Top 20) – He dominated the senior bowl, and shows great skills all around.  Could be Larry English or Aldon Smith. Read more!
Mac’s Big Board – Top 5 Inside Linebackers
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By Mac So let’s break down my big board…. I’m going to sort them by position and then place a ‘projected round’ grade…. I’m not going to do kickers or punters, cause… well who cares. Today lets go with the inside linebackers! Overall a a solid draft class, Kuechly should be a staple for someone for years, as Hightower, Burfict could evolve into that also.  Only time will tell. Inside Linebackers 1. Luke Kuechly – ILB – Boston College (Top 10) – Showed more athleticism than expected, instincts are good and he can tackle, should start in the middle for years. Read more!
Mac’s Big Board – Top 5 Corners
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By Mac So let’s break down my big board…. I’m going to sort them by position and then place a ‘projected round’ grade…. I’m not going to do kickers or punters, cause… well who cares.  Today lets go with the Corners! Overall a strong corner class, Claiborne, Kirkpatrick and Jenkins could all be shutdown corners, and there is depth for the next 3 rounds of potential starting corners. Corners 1. Morris Claiborne – CB – LSU (Top 10) – I don’t think he’s Peterson, but he’s still awesome.  He could still break the top 5, and has on many other boards! Read more!
Mac’s Big Board – Top 5 Safties
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By Mac So let’s break down my big board…. I’m going to sort them by position and then place a ‘projected round’ grade…. I’m not going to do kickers or punters, cause… well who cares.  Today lets go with the Safeties! Overall a weak safety class, but some solid prospects who could emerge as a solid NFL starter.  Barron is the one most people are high on because he comes from Alabama and Saban’s complex defense. Safeties 1. Mark Barron – SS – Alabama (1st – 2nd) – I’m not as high on him as many other, he seams to be injured to often.  I think he’s a second round pick, but he’ll go in the first. Read more!
Mac’s NFL Mock Draft With Trades 1.0
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By Mac I thought I’d do something different in this Mock… I’m adding some trades.  I’m going to push some trades, so not all are very realistic, but hey… if your going to mock 1 trade might as well mock 10!  Why not, it’s just for fun anyway!  I’m only doing 1 round, so lets get to it… to it… to it………. ‘here we go’ ROUND 1 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford What!?  NO TRADE!  THIS IS LAME *TRADE! (The Browns move up 2 spots and gives up next years 1st, this years 2nd and next years 4th to the Rams) 2. Cleveland Browns: Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor QB of the future! 3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil – OT – USC Yawn Read more!
Mac’s NFL Mock Draft 3.0
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By Mac Well the Combine is over, time for a new 3 round Mock draft.  I didn’t get motivated enough to go 4… maybe next time. ROUND 1 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford I already miss Peyton 2. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State I like the playmaker in round 1 3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil – OT – USC Protect Ponder Read more!
Mac’s NFL Big Board 3.0
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By Mac Well, I’m on the RGIII bandwagon… he’s now moved all the way up to #2.  I also finally switched Reiff and Martin, and Floyd’s combine solidified him as my #2 WR!  Lets see my new Big Board! Top 5 Prospects 1. Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford 2. Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor 3. Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama 4. Matt Kalil – OT – USC 5.  Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State Read more!
Belch’s Beer Review: 6% Soda Water
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By Belch For this review I was going to try to be relevant. I was going to be hip and trendy and review a beer that, as a bartender myself, everybody had been asking me about. The one beer I had been continually asked about over and over again was Bud Light Platinum, and time and time again I had to turn down the nice patrons at my bar, until today. The first blue bottles were stocked and ready to go when I got to work and had maybe fifteen orders throughout the day. Needless to say I was more than a little intrigued. Read more!
Podcast – February 2012
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By Mac By Sudsy Mac and Sudsy debate the following topics! – We may have drank a bit for this podcast! 1. NHL Trades 2. Dayton 500 3. NFL Combine 4. Spring Training Come grab a beer and lets talk some sports! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
NFL Draft 102
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By Mac So I’m a self admitted Draft junkie…. I just can’t get enough.  With the combine going on right now, my big board is changing almost every minute.  I had to write something about the draft.  Since I need to finish the combine before redoing my draft board, and in turn another new Mock Draft… (I may get fired up and go 4 rounds) I figured I’d take a look at the draft order right now. Obviously the draft will include trades which will change the order, but right now, here is the current order of the upcoming NFL Draft! Read more!
Accenture Match Play Championship Picks
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By All Writers Everyone knows about March Madness with the NCAA, but on the Golf circuit we have the Accenture Match Play Championship!  It’s usually more unpredictable than March Madness, which means our brakets are likely to be busted early and often.  That doesn’t mean we don’t try to predict as best we can!  Here we go with our picks for the upcoming Match Play! Read more!
Belch’s Beer Review: Claymore Scotch Ale
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By Belch We’re past the Super Bowl now and because I’m a Patriots fan, it took me a little while longer to write back. Needless to say i was a little upset at the outcome of the game and i drank myself into another great depression. Oh the days of prohibition must have been so awful; with no beer to ease the pain suicide rates must have skyrocketed. Now i sit in fear at home, i can’t watch sportscenter because i can’t stand to see a Mario Manningham catch once again. It will haunt me like David Tyree. Read more!
Mac’s Top 10 Superbowl Commercials
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By Mac So I figured I’d take a look at the top Superbowl commercials. I pretty much picked the ones I liked best, I dropped all previews because, well their just previews!…. being a male I start with number 10: 10. Teleflora Maybe not he most creative commercial ever, but I love her…. Read more!
Mac’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
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By Mac 1 Game away from the Path to the Draft! No Trades in this Mock…. sorry ROUND 1 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford Where does Manning play next year? 2. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State Playmakers in round 1. 3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil – OT – USC I just can’t pass on him twice. Read more!
Mac’s 2012 NFL Big Board 2.0
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By Mac Top 5 Prospects 1. Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford 2. Matt Kalil – OT – USC 3. Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama 4. Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State 5. Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor Read more!
Podcast – NFL Superbowl
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By Mac By Doc By Belch Mac, Doc and Belch debate the following topics! – We may have drank a bit for this podcast! 1. NFL Superbowl Come grab a beer and lets talk some sports! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
NFL Superbowl Picks
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By All Writers Playoffs: Superbowl   Sudsy Mac Miller J*Rod Whirls Golden Doc Giants at Patriots Giants  Patriots Patriots  Patriots Giants Patriots Giants Record 6-4 9-1 4-6 6-4 6-4 4-5 5-5 Read more!
Belch’s Beer Review: Super Bowl
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By Belch In the spirit of competition, my first beer review will be a battle of the brews, head-to-head hops, and in the end we’ll see what yeast yields first. Every once in a while I’ll be giving you a full beer review, ranging from your american ale all the way to the darkest of stouts. For this kick off article I’ll be taking Sam Adams Boston Lager, representing the New England Patriots, and squaring it off against Ommegang Abbey Ale, a New York beer who will be fighting for the NY football Giants. Read more!
Podcast – January 2012
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By Mac By Sudsy Sorry we drank more for this podcast… it goes long!  But we had fun! Mac and Sudsy debate the following topics! – We may have drank a bit for this podcast! 1. NFL Championship Games 2. Probowl 3. NHL Allstar Game 4. Signings 5. Superbowl Come grab a beer and lets talk some sports! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Jason Taylor a Hall of Famer?
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By Mac Jason Taylor played his final game in the NFL as the Dolphins season came to an.  A long way from the ‘good but not great player’ scouts claimed as Miami selected him in the third round in 1997 Draft.  He also played for the Washington Redskins in 2008 and the New York Jets in 2010.  He retires as the NFL’s active sacks leader, but is he a Hall of Famer? Jason Taylor is also known for being a great guy off the field.  He has Jason Taylor Foundation and in 2007 won the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award…. But none of that matters for the Hall.  They don’t care if you’re a good guy or not… Lawrence Taylor is in.  But should Jason be? Read more!
Podcast – NFL Championship Playoffs
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By Mac By Sudsy Mac and Sudsy debate the following topics! 1. NFL Divisional Games 2. NFL Championship Games Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
NFL Conference Championship Picks
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By All Writers Playoffs: Conference Championships   Sudsy Mac Miller J*Rod Whirls Golden Doc Ravens at Patriots Ravens Patriots Ravens Patriots Patriots Patriots Ravens Giants at 49ers 49ers Giants 49ers 49ers 49ers 49ers Giants Record 6-2 7-1 4-4 5-3 5-3 3-5 4-4 Read more!
Podcast – NFL Divisional Playoffs
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By Mac By Sudsy Mac and Sudsy debate the following topics! 1. NFL Wildcard Games 2. NFL Divisional Playoffs Come grab a beer and lets talk some sports! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Mac’s 2011 NFL Re-Draft
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By Mac 1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton – QB (Actual Pick: Cam Newton) Newton had 4,051 yards, 21 TDs and 17 ints.   He also shows promise, with more upside. 2. Denver Broncos: Von Miller – LB (Actual Pick: Von Miller) His 11.5 sacks are second to Aldon Smith, but he has more tackles and became a leader for the Broncos Read more!
NFL Divisional Picks
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By All Writers Playoffs: Divisional   Sudsy Mac Miller J*Rod Whirls Golden Doc Saints at 49ers 49ers 49ers Saints 49ers Saints Saints Saints Broncos at Patriots Broncos Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Texans at Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Giants at Packers Giants Giants Giants Packers Giants Packers Packers Record 3-1 3-1 1-3 2-2 2-2 1-3 2-2 Read more!
Golden’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft
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By Golden Round 1: 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford The official winners of the Suck for Luck contest. With Manning’s future still unknown, the Colts would be foolish not to draft Luck. IF they don’t take him here, I see them trading back for a huge gain (Dolphins, Jets, Redskins, Seahawks, ect….) 2. St. Louis Rams: Matt Kalil – OT – USC Bradford needs some help…the Rams will need to add some weapons with later picks. Read more!
Miller’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft
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By Miller Round 1: 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck (QB Stanford) Andrew Luck (QB Stanford) will go #1 overall. If the Colts trade away this pick, it’ll be for a hefty price; regardless of the team making the selection, the first pick of the draft will be Luck. 2. St. Louis Rams: Matt Kalil (OT USC) Bradford needs 2 things for him to be successful: an O-Line and some weapons to throw to. Both are available with the second pick, but the benefits of Matt Kalil surpass those of Justin Blackmon. Matt Kalil (OT USC) will be the Rams pick. Read more!
Superbowl Picks
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By All Writers Mac Sports and Suds writers each pick the AFC, NFC championship games, as well as the Superbowl. Picks are made before the first playoff game…. Are you ready for some football!? Read more!
Doc’s Slice: Fedex Cup Begins!
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By Doc It is that time again…..time for the official beginning of the PGA season and the first tournament in the chase for the Fedex Cup.  The first site is the beautiful Plantation Course at Kapalua, Hawaii.  This is not only one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, it is also a relatively wide open golf course that will allow the longer hitters on tour to let it rip. Last year featured a very strong performance by Jason Byrd to win the event.  With a winning purse of $5.6 million, this tournament will not only help the winner get off to a very prominent start to the Fedex Cup season but will also provide them a handsome deposit in their bank account. Read more!
NFL Wild Card Picks
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By All Writers Playoffs: Wild Card Sudsy Mac Miller J*Rod Whirls Golden Doc Bengals at Texans Bengals Texans Bengals  Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Lions at Saints Saints Saints Saints  Saints  Saints Saints  Saints Falcons at Giants Giants Giants Falcons  Giants  Giants Falcons  Giants Steelers at Broncos Broncos Steelers Steelers  Steelers  Steelers Steelers  Steelers Record 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Read more!
Podcast – December 2011
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By Mac By Sudsy Mac and Sudsy debate the following topics! 1. Tebow 2. NFL Playoffs 3. College Football Bowls 4. MLB Free Agency 5. The Winterclassic Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more!
Contenders Vs. Pretenders: Playoff Edition
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By: Miller In week ten I predicted the following playoff picture: AFC:   1. Patriots                                            NFC    1. Packers             2. Steelers                                                       2. 49ers             3. Texans                                                        3. Saints             4. Chargers                                                      4. Cowboys             5. Ravens                                                        5. Bears             6. Jets                                                              6. Falcons While most of the teams predicted will turn out true (the loss of Cutler destroyed the Bears pick), here is my new playoff picture going into the final week of the regular season: Read more!
Are Yu Worth The Price?
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By Mac If you don’t know Yu Darvish, you soon will.  Darvish is the new Japanese pitcher about to become very rich in Major League Baseball. Who is he?  Well the pitcher is a 25 year old ace for Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters; he stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 215 pounds.  Darvish won 18 games with a career-low 1.44 ERA, leading the league with 28 starts, 232 innings, 276 strikeouts and a 0.82 WHIP—while walking just 36 batters.  He has a 93-38 record and 1.99 ERA over seven seasons. Read more!
Mac’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.5
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By Mac Break up the Broncos, wake up the Raiders…. Lets get to my new 3 round Mock! ROUND 1 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford Luck? Manning? Both? ask Archie…. 2. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil – OT – USC Minnesota ponders some protection 3. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State Bradford needs a weapon Read more!
Mac’s 2012 NFL Big Board
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By Mac This is my Big Board for the upcoming draft.  Obviously this isn’t where players will get drafted, but more where I have them valued.  It’ll be interesting to see who rises and falls as the draft approaches. Top 5 Prospects 1. Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford 2. Matt Kalil – OT – USC 3. Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama 4. Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State 5. Morris Claiborne – CB – LSU Read more!
J*Rod’s week 14 Power Rankings
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By J*Rod Playoff time is almost here, and we have more questions than answers.  Who’s the best team in the AFC?  Will the Broncos win the AFC West?  Is Houston going to hold on to the division without a proven quarterback?  Is it going to be Giants or Cowboys?  4 weeks left to sort it all out.  Here are my power rankings for week 14: 1. Green Bay Packers – They survived the Giants this week, and their three-fourths of the way to regular season perfection. 2. Pittsburgh Steelers –  A demolishing of the Bengals gives me the feeling that the Steelers are hitting their stride at just the right time. Read more!
Sorry Redskins and Eagles Fans
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By Miller I remember when Joe Gibbs returned to coach the Redskins, attempting to bring back the glory days. Gibbs was getting old and senile and was by no means the coach he once was. I laughed so hard when Gibbs called two timeouts in a row against the Bills and cost the Redskins the game. Speaking of stupidity, remember Donovan McNabb’s post-game comments after a tie with the Bengals. If not, go youtube it. He said about a tie, “I never even knew that was in the rulebook. It’s part of the rules, and we have to go with it. I was looking forward to the next opportunity to get out there and try to win the game. I hate to see what happens in the Super Bowl, and I hate to see what happens in the playoffs, to settle with a tie.” Wow. The utter stupidity. I was just making fun of this event the other day and continuously chuckle about it…until Sunday that is. Read more!
Letting go of Gary Smith
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By Whirly In Colorado there are strong expectations no matter what the sport. Coloradans understand that our pro teams are playing for pride. As Coloradans we’re landlocked and often find ourselves left out of the sports world. If you’re a coach you’re expected to be at minimum; COMPETITIVE. Winning Championships does not guarantee that your job is safe. Two examples are Bob Hartley and Mike Shanahan. Both of these coaches won championships and were let go. I have hard time dealing with Rapids fans that don’t understand this culture and were in shock when Gary Smith contract wasn’t renewed. Read more!
Doc’s Slice: Fedex Cup 101: Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?
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By Doc Every major sport has a playoff system that consummates an entire year of hard work. The NBA has the NBA Finals. Major League Baseball has the World Series. The NHL has the Stanley Cup and the NFL has the Super Bowl. Even NASCAR has gotten in on the fun with the Chase for the Sprint Cup. For a long time the PGA Tour was missing out on this fun and exciting reward for a season of hard work and dedication to winning. Professional golf has always had the major tournaments (Masters, US Open, British Open and PGA Championship), but there was never any sort of excitement generated from week to week that would have any consequence for the end of the season. Then, in 2005, the Fedex Cup was born. The first trophy was not awarded until 2007 (Tiger Woods), however the playoff system has continued to evolve since that time and raising the Fedex Cup trophy has now become a legitimate goal of any major professional golfer. So…..you might be asking yourself at this point, “What exactly is this so called Fedex Cup and how does one go about winning it?” Well ladies and gentleman I am […] Read more!
OSU something to ad-Meyer once more?
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By Doc Urban Meyer might just be one of the greatest coach that the University of Florida has ever seen.  After proving himself at Utah, Meyer came to UF with a huge upside and all the potential in the world.  I would be so bold as to say that he did not disappoint Gator-nation.  Let us reflect on a very talent resume while coaching the storied University of Florida football program: –  2005 (First year at UF): 9-3 record (5-3 SEC record) including an undefeated record at The Swamp and a bowl victory against Iowa in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, FL.  Quick side note: Florida would have faced LSU in the SEC Championship Game if not for a loss to South Carolina in the final game of the season Read more!
Say it isn’t Suh
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By Mac There is no debating his talent, Ndamukong Suh is a beast.  This is the player who made a great case for a Heisman at Nebraska.  The same player who won defensive rookie of the year in the NFL.  He’s on his way to a potential Pro bowl birth and who knows, maybe a Hall of fame induction.  He is already one of the best defensive linemen in the league, and still has room to develop into a true dominating force. Read more!
J*Rod’s week 12 Power Rankings
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By J*Rod We get a special treat for Thanksgiving this year.  I know that I’ve gotten used to watching football on holidays, and while we might not get a head coach using the F-word on Christmas this year (thanks Josh McDaniels and NFL Network), we sure have a nice selection for Thanksgiving.  Appetizer:  Green Bay at Detroit.  Oh, who am I kidding, this is the whole Turkey.  Green Bay is still trying to remain undefeated while Detroit sees a glimmer of hope to make the playoffs now the Cutler went down in Chicago.  Appetizer: Miami at Dallas.  This is more like an appetizer, they’re just aired in the wrong order. It’s still going to be fun, Miami is on a roll and who knows which Tony Romo shows up.  Just keep Leon Lett away from the stadium.  Dessert: San Francisco at Baltimore.  Harbaugh VS. Harbaugh.  Maybe it’s just me, but after the appetizer and the meal, I’ve always been a little disappointed in dessert for Thanksgiving, and this is no exception.  I think San Francisco is going to embarrass Baltimore, but then again, it’s the NFL, so who knows.  Here are my power rankings: 1.  Green Bay Packers I hear […] Read more!
MLS CUP: Final Reactions
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By Whirly I’m going to start off with giving credit to the Los Angeles Galaxy for winning the title. They were the Supporters Shield winners coming into the playoffs and finished in dominant form. They kept the game simple and got the 1-0 win. The defense made Houston’s attack look like a middle-ground college team. The big three performed quite well and showed Houston that international experience counts. Hopefully with this win the LA and MLS fans can look for a CONCACAF champion’s league run. Read more!
Doc’s Slice: President Tiger?
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By Doc Should Tiger have been selected to the President’s Cup Team? Arguably one of the game’s greatest players, Tiger Woods has a very impressive resume.  The looming question as of late however is does Tiger Woods deserve to be a member of the 2011 President’s Cup Team? Read more!
Mac’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.4
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By Mac Broncos keep running and winning, Chargers struggles continue.  The order is based off of J*Rods Power rankings   Lets get to the MOCK!  All 3 rounds! ROUND 1 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford The question is what do they do with him 2. Miami Dolphins: Landry Jones – QB – Oklahoma Jones to Marshall…. Touchdown! Read more!
MLS cup Preview
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By Whirly Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy This year’s MLS cup has two teams with strong playoff traditions. However this year, Houston’s playoff experience might just slow down the inevitable outcome of LA’s final puzzle piece of their dominant form in 2011. Statistics don’t tell the whole story but it does paint quite a picture. LA was the supporters shield (best record) winner. LA recorded 16 shutouts and 16 of their 19 wins came by scoring the first goal of the match .The game will be played at Home Depot Center (Galaxy’s home ground). LA has a 12-0-5 record at home this season including the Dynamo and 2 playoff wins to their name. They have scored 28 goals and given up 8 at home. LA path to the cup final was more productive than Houston’s. Read more!
Contenders Vs. Pretenders: The Playoff Teams of 2011
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By Miller Let’s take a look at the 2011 playoff picture and I will tell you who will make the playoffs this year after week 10 (excluding the MNF game where the Packers will beat the Vikings). Starting with the NFC, the Packers are the obvious NFC North champs, but who is the wildcard out of this division, Bears or Lions. I am going with the Bears, since the Lions have 2 games still against the Packers and are lacking the experience down the stretch. The Bears will sneak into the playoffs with a wildcard seed. Read more!
The Struggling Capitals are Still for Real
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By Miller The Capitals started out the year as the last unbeaten team, but they have dropped 4 of the last 5 games. Should they be concerned about the recent lack of performance? No. The reality is, this is the year of the Caps. With the addition of Tomas Vokoun and Joel Ward, the Caps have all of the pieces in place to finally make a legitimate Stanley Cup run and not sputter out of the playoffs in the early rounds. The Caps have more depth than any other team in the NHL, with grit and drive on the 3rd line, the most important line for any Stanley Cup champion team. Sure there’s Ovechkin and other big-name players, but it is the 3rd line combination of Joel Ward, Brooks Laich, and Jason Chimera that are going to be key for the Capitals this season. Read more!
Mac’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.3
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By Mac Well things got interesting this week with Miami finally winning a game!  The order is based off of J*Rods Week 10 Power Rankings.   Lets get to the MOCK!  All 3 rounds! ROUND 1 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford I still see a trade here, either Luck or Manning. 2. Miami Dolphins: Landry Jones – QB – Oklahoma Miami gets their franchise QB Read more!
J*Rod’s Week 10 Power Rankings
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By J*Rod We have one undefeated team, and one winless team left.  Whose streak ends first?  There was also some life shown by the Cardinals, Broncos and Dolphins, but teams like the Patriots, Chargers and Redskins seem to be spiraling downwards.  I’m really excited for the San Francisco-NY Giants game and the New Orleans-Atlanta game this week.  Should be a good week for football!  Here are my week 10 power rankings: 1. Green Bay Packers We might’ve seen a crack in the armor, giving up so many points to San Diego.  As long as they keep scoring 45 points, it shouldn’t be a problem. 2. San Francisco 49ers In the ever revolving door that is the number two spot step the 49ers.  They seem to be legitimate. I want to see how they do against the giants though. Read more!
Top 10: Fantasy Booms of the Year
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By Sudsy First of all let give a little back ground on how came up with these. I put all 1,696 current NFL players name in a really big F-ing hat and just fate decide…… Okay not really, but if looked at my current fantasy football team you might think that (Damn you again Shonn Greene).  Really what I did took a look at who the top performers in fantasy football are right now in our 12 man point per reception league (PPR).  I then looked at old draft kits and draft results to see where these players taken before the season began.  I also took a look at why these players were doing so well, was it because he is just playing well or is he just getting extra reps do to an injury.  With all of that being said – Here you go, and next week we will be looking at Fantasy Busts of the Year – or as the other writers on this page refer to them – The B.A.T.S. (my fantasy football team). Honorable Mentions: A.J. Green – Cincinnati Wes Welker – New England Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Read more!
#14 in Cincy
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By Golden Now that the NFL is reaching that half way point in the regular season, I think its time that I give a shout out to Andy Dalton.  This week the NFL has announced that Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has been named the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Month for October.  Dalton led the Bengals to a 4-0 record in October, becoming the first Bengals rookie quarterback to lead four straight victories.  This is a small victory for Andy and hopefully there are many more to come.  As a Bengals fan, I have little hope of making the playoffs this year, considering we have a rookie Qb and the youngest wide receiver core in the NFL.  However anything is possible and there have been stranger things that have happened in NFL history. Read more!
J*Rod’s Week 9 Power Rankings
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By J*Rod Looking at every team on this list, the play of the quarterback has to do with how the team is performing.  Teams at the top have Aaron Rogers, Ben Roethlisberger, and yes, even Alex Smith.  The bottom teams have Matt Moore, Curtis Painter, and Kevin Kolb.  Teams that should be doing better, but are struggling, like San Diego, Cleveland, and Dallas, can all look at the quarterback as one of the main reasons why.  Quarterback is the most important position in football, maybe any sport.  I guess that’s why so many people are getting on the “Suck for Luck” bandwagon.  Here are my week 9 power rankings 1. Green Bay Packers Green Bay travels to San Diego to play a struggling Chargers team.  However, Philip Rivers is always dangerous and the Packers need to make sure this doesn’t become a trap game. 2. Pittsburgh Steelers As of now, they’re the best team in the AFC.  If they keep it up, we could see a Super Bowl rematch this year. Read more!
NFL Draft 101
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By Mac So you want to know what’s up with the NFL Draft this coming year… well I’ll break down everything you need to know to have working knowledge of this years upcoming draft.  This is part 1, where we cover how the draft works! WHEN: First thing, the first round taking place Thurs., April 26, followed by the second and third rounds on Fri., April 27. Rounds 4-7 will be held Sat., April 28.  So basically [sct date=”05/26/2012 17:00″ align=”none” size=”1″] away. Read more!
Mac’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.2
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By Mac ROUND 1 1. Miami Dolphins (0-7): Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford Finally some good luck for Miami 2. Indianapolis Colts (0-8): Matt Kalil – OT – USC Protect Manning 3. St. Louis Rams (1-6): Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State Give Bradford some weapons Read more!
Touché Cardinals, Touché
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By Miller As a Brewers fan, this was a great season, but quite bittersweet with the hated Cardinals winning the World Series, including knocking us out of the playoffs in the NLCS. With that said, it was a miracle season for the Cards, who completed the miraculous with consecutive comebacks in every aspect of the word. Let’s recap. The Cardinals got into the playoffs as a result of a miraculous September. The Braves should’ve been in the playoffs. In mid-September they had an eight and a half game lead on the Cardinals. With five games left, the Braves simply needed to win one game to clinch a playoff berth…they couldn’t win a single game and the Cardinals went 16-5 down the stretch to squeak into the playoffs. Miracle #1 Read more!
J*Rod’s Week 8 Power Rankings
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By J*Rod We’re reaching the midway point of the year, and we know a few things for certain.  The Packers are great, while the Colts and Dolphins are horrible.  We’ve seen teams decimated by injuries, rookies step up, and a couple of first round quarterbacks make their teams more exciting to watch.  After seven weeks, the top is pretty solid, the bottom is a mess, and everyone in the middle keeps moving.  I love the NFL!  Here are my rankings for this week: 1. Green Bay Packers They are far and away the best team in this league.  Can we award them home field advantage already? 2. New England Patriots A big game in Pittsburgh will decide the best record in the AFC. 3. New Orleans Saints As a welcome back present to Marques Colston, they routed the Colts.  What will they do when Sean Payton returns to the sideline? Read more!
Mac’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.1
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By: Mac 1. Miami Dolphins: Andrew Luck – QB – Standford Obviously…. 2. Indianapolis Colts: Matt Kalil – OT – USC Got to Protect Manning. 3. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma St Give Bradford some weapons. Read more!
Suck for Luck Update 2
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By: Mac I posted well before the season the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes…. how each team looked at acquiring the prized QB.  Obviously if Luck pulls an Eli Manning and demands a trade, that changes everything.  We’ll assume the #1 pick out of Stanford doesn’t demand a trade from Indianapolis (so he doesn’t sit behind Manning) to Denver…. Wait have we seen that before.   Of course if it goes the other way and Denver gets the number one pick and Luck demands a trade, it would only make sense for Elway to trade him to Indianapolis the team he spurned all those years ago!  That’s just fun. Now after week 7, let’s get an update! Read more!
The Stupid Fans…They’re Everywhere
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By: Miller We’ve all seen them; those who are unable to watch a game objectively; screaming at every little thing and spewing their ignorance everywhere, spreading the disease of stupidity. These are the fans who call for the firing of a coach mid-season, when it does nothing most of the time and is a pointless act, but it makes them feel better. These are the fans who heckle Kyle Orton simply because his name isn’t Tim Tebow and his number isn’t 15. These are the fans who never look to Jerry Jones, Al Davis (yes Raiders fans, be glad he is gone now), or Dan Snyder as the problem of each of their respective organizations, and instead blame everyone else within the organization. These are the fans who blame Jay Cutler for the NFC Championship game loss. And yes, these are the fans who speak simply to hear themselves speak, pointing out the obvious (Chris Collinsworth style) or repeat what everyone else has already said (Herm Edwards style). Read more!
The Woes of Garrett
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By: Miller Remember when Bill Parcels was the head coach in Dallas? Remember when Sean Payton was the offensive coordinator and being groomed to take over as head coach? And remember when instead Jerry Jones let Payton go to New Orleans and brought in Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett the next season? Jason Garrett was groomed to become the Dallas head coach and was granted the position midway through last season. So far this season, Garrett has shown why this was never a good idea. I have never liked Garrett as a playcaller and that has been vindicated by his performance thus far. Read more!
It’s Tebow Time!
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By: Miller It’s Tebow time! The excitement in Denver is palpable, thanks to the naming of Tim Tebow as the starting quarterback for the Broncos. The reality is Tebow should have been starting all year. That is not because he is Tebow the great who everyone loved in college, but because Orton isn’t the answer. Orton could only guide the Broncos down the path of mediocrity, not to a superbowl. Read more!
Mac’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
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By: Mac 1. Miami Dolphins: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford Miami needs to stop trying to find a diamond in the rough at QB. 2. Indianapolis Colts: Matt Kalil, OT, USC With a healthy Manning, this team could return to contention. 3. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma State Give Bradford some weapons. Read more!
Dolphins need some Luck
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By: Mac I don’t understand why Miami has spent the past decade plus looking for a diamond in the rough. Go get a stud. If there is one position to roll the dice on, to over pay, trade to much for, sell your soul… it’s QB. Miami keeps looking for the sneaky guy, the one everyone missed on. How many teams passed on Henne? Beck?…. AJ Feely…. The list goes on. You can’t plan for a lucky hit on a great QB late. 8 QB’s in the playoffs last year were 1st round picks. (Ryan, Cutler, Rodgers, Vick, Manning, Flacco, Big Ben, Sanchez) The others? Cassel – should have been Rivers (1st round pick), Brees (Should have been by us!), Hasselbeck (Almost was Bradford 1st), Brady (The exception, not the rule) Don’t forget Freeman and E.Manning were 1 game out… both 1st round picks. You need a QB to win. Now sure, the list of 1st round busts is also long, sure I get the risk. A 1st round pick invested in a QB that is a bust can set your team/program back years… very true. So is not having one for over a decade. Arn’t we at that point? […] Read more!
The Cutler Saga
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By: Mac I just don’t understand the Cutler Saga.  I really don’t.  Sure, maybe he could have played.  Maybe he couldn’t.  That’s not his call, that’s the trainers, and the coaches.  The concept that he took himself out of the game is the one I just don’t get.  As in, he didn’t want to get hit any more…. and quit.  This is the same guy who’s been behind the Bears center for the last two seasons?  The guy behind maybe the worst O-line in football?  The guy with a kick returner as his best receiver?  The guy who was sacked and hit more than any other quarterback this season?  He quit?  I’m not buying. Read more!
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