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NFC Showdown - Bears vs. Packers
The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers prize their Super Bowl rings, but when it comes down to it, they wouldn’t mind going 2-14 every year as long as those two wins came against their hated rival. - 02/08/2011
Wildcard Playoffs
There’s hobbling into the playoffs and then there’s what the Seattle Seahawks are doing. The Seahawks have won only three of their last 10 games, as opposed to seven out of 10 for their opponent, - 01/06/2011
Michael Vick the poster boy
After being found guilty of involvement in a heinous dog-fighting ring that sent him to prison and led to his fall from grace, Vick has spent the past couple of years rehabilitating his image. Along the way he has also rehabilitated his game on the field. - 01/04/2011
SEC Showdown
When he signed his contract at South Carolina in 2005, you just know the Old Ball Coach had something like Saturday night in mind. - 11/15/2010
OU vs. Missouri
Not many people expected Oklahoma to be the number one team in the country as we approached November. Likely even fewer expected the Missouri Tigers to be ranked number 11. - 10/22/2010
Ohio State vs. Wisconsin
An undefeated juggernaut with a Heisman candidate at quarterback comes knocking on a division rivals door in a night game at a stadium that rarely ever sees the road team walk away with a win. The game features two of the top 16 scoring teams in the country - 10/15/2010
McNabb retuns to Philly
After a decade of almost taking his Philadelphia Eagles to a promised land theyve never viewed, Donovan McNabb was sent down the road to Washington D.C. to the rival Redskins. It was time for the Eages to start anew with young Kevin Kolb - 10/04/2010
Cowboys vs. Texans
Eight years ago the Houston Texans welcome the Dallas Cowboys into their brand new home and started their rivalry anew with a victory that had Texans fans optimistic for the future. - 09/27/2010
Miami vs. Ohio St
For seven long years, the Miami Hurricanes and their fans have had to live with the bitter taste left in their mouth following the 2003 Fiesta Bowl and a national championship they feel was stolen from them. - 09/11/2010
Why Gamblers Love MLB

Handicappers make more money on MLB every season than any other sports. And there's a good reason. MLB generates less betting action than football or basketball and creates greater disparity in sports book lines. MLB Sharps can pick apart MLB odds...

- 07/26/2010
Celtics-Orlando Series
Lost in one of the greatest playoff collapses of the past decade last week was the fact that there wasnt just a loser or losers in this case, LeBron James, the Cavaliers, the city of Cleveland but there was also a winner. - 05/16/2010
Tiger Woods Comeback hits the rough

After he relatively quietly, all things considered, re-entered the golf universe to a surprisingly appreciative crowd in Augusta last month, it seemed Tiger Woods was already back on track to greatness.

- 05/11/2010
A Hockey Renaissance
The Olympics has been the benefactor and victim of this kind of mentality. Do Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso like each other? Did Julia slam Lindsey on her Twitter page? What about that Russian ice skater? Wasn’t he better than the American guy? Oh, and what about that Johnny Weir character? How gay is he, anyway? Who really gives a damn? - 03/03/2010
Robot Tiger finally speaks. Yawn.

It was the moment we had all been waiting for. And waiting. And waiting.

Tiger Woods was finally going to come forward and speak to the media – make that three pool reporters – and a handful of friends and corporate associates. As with all things Tiger, it was highly staged and orchestrated by Tiger Corp., hence the presence of Nike reps in the front row.

After months of rumors, Tiger sightings and information and misinformation flooding every corner of the Internet, Woods was finally going to speak publicly for the first time.

People wondered if Tiger would give details of the night in November when his public, and seemingly private, life went off the rails. What fools they were. Tiger had absolutely nothing to offer in the way of details, with the exception of his return (unclear as it may be) to golf and the fact that he and his wife are not getting divorced (at least not yet).

If Tiger Woods had come out in November and said what he said on the February Friday in question, people would have likely been satisfied. Woods may not have come across as entirely sympathetic, only because he had not been dragged through so much mud to allow him to be a somewhat sympathetic character, but people would have been happy to give him another chance and generally accepted his contrition as genuine.

But that boat sailed back in November. December, at the latest. After all this time, the media, his sponsors, his fans, and his friends wanted answers. What they got was self-righteous indignation, a little bit of contrition and a whole lot of Tiger being Tiger, which is to say robotic and arrogant all at once.

The optics of the whole ordeal alone were surreal: Woods stood alone at a podium in a small room, backed by a blue curtain and fronted by three women. His mother was an obvious character. But who were the other two? One was from the Tiger Woods Foundation and the other was from the Nike Foundation. I don’t know about you, but I’d never seen either of those women before, and I doubt we will ever see them again. But Tiger Corp. felt it good they sit there gently weeping, as if to prove that Tiger is not totally loathsome by the fact that three women who know him could sit within spitting distance of him and not actually spit at him.

Say this much about Tiger: People give a crap. I don't know anyone who didn't watch this morning's speech. There isn't another athlete -- not one -- who could have made the world stop from 11 to 11:15 like Tiger Woods did.

I have been shocked by people who say that Tiger seemed accountable, as he used the language of therapy to discuss his sins and his fallibility as a flawed human. They point to the following statement as being most indicative of his realization that he had done something terribly wrong:

"I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal rules didn't apply. I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead, I thought only about myself. I ran straight through the boundaries that a married couple should live by. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn't have far -- I didn't have to go far to find them. I was wrong, I was foolish. I don't get to play by different rules."

The same people who buy that Tiger believes that statement are the same people who were accusing Tiger of all the things for which he was accepting responsibility in that statement. Every columnist, blogger, radio host and wife in America were either jealous or simply angry that he did what he did and generally got away with it for years, that they accused of him of thinking he got to play by different rules, that he was entitled and that he could get away with whatever he wants. 

That’s why he apologized for those things. Not because he thought they were wrong – hell, those are the benefits of being wildly rich and famous – but because the public wanted him to feel sorry for those things. If he honestly felt sorry about those things, don’t you think he would have had a slight bit of emotion in his voice? Don’t you think he wouldn’t sound like the kid robot in “Small Wonder”?

In fact, it seems the only time Tiger got truly emotional in his speech was when he accused the media and paparazzi of stalking his wife and children. Certainly, his wife and children should be given distance and not be put in danger. But was this really the time for Tiger to give the media, whom he was not even granting the opportunity to ask questions, a lecture about privacy rights. On top of that, if photos of Tiger and his kids playing cheerfully are released to the press in the next couple of weeks, wouldn’t he be using his children in the same way that he is warning the media not to?

Of course, to answer that question would require too much self-awareness. That is something that humans are capable of, not robots.

- 02/24/2010
NFC Championship
Amidst all the mysteries entering the matchup Sunday night between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings, one thing should be fairly clear and expected: there will be points. Lots of points.  - 01/24/2010
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