Monthly Archives: September 2013

Celtic vs Barcelona Preview


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When Scottish Champions Celtic advanced past the group stage and into the knockout stage of the Champions League last season, everyone associated with the club pointed to their thrilling 2-1 victory over Barcelona at Parkhead. That victory, combined with a poor showing from Benfica ensured Celtic’s place in the knockout round. On Tuesday, Celtic and Barcelona will renew acquaintances at Celtic Park with the Hoops in need of a result.

Celtic lost their opening fixture in Europe to AC Milan, despite holding off the Italian’s side attacks for the majority of the match. Barcelona opened their European account with an easy win over Ajax Amsterdam. However, Barcelona won’t have superstar striker Lionel Messi in the lineup, as a thigh injury will keep the Argentine sidelined for the next two weeks.

Messi’s absence could give Celtic a boost as they won’t have to focus their defending around him, which in turn…

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Dolphins at Saints Preview


Dolphins at Saints

When the NFL decided to make Sunday Night there glamour night of football, Monday nights were somewhat pushed aside for secondary games. Since 2006, when the league went this direction, the Sunday night games have generally outshone the Monday night tilts. This week is an exception. The 3-0 Miami Dolphins travel to the Bayou State to face the 3-0 New Orleans Saints this Monday night, in the best matchup of Week 4.

Both teams are a bit of a surprise early on. The Dolphins have scored victories over Cleveland, Indianapolis and Atlanta while the Saints have knocked off Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Arizona. Both teams have used a strong defense, combined with an opportunistic offense to find early success.

When Miami Has The Ball:

Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill is becoming a star in this league. The Dolphins quarterback engineered the game-winning drive against Atlanta last week, going 75 yards on 13 plays…

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Preview of…umm, the preview.

SBM NHL Crystal BallHockey is, in my opinion, the greatest game ever invented.

It requires a type of athleticism that most other sports simply do not: Balance, power, speed, agility, endurance and hand-eye coordination. All sports require some of these, but not too many require all of them. Football and basketball have similar athleticism requirements, but neither of those sports is played on ice skates. Continue Reading

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LSU at Georgia Preview



There is no doubt what the game of the week is in college football. The sixth ranked LSU Tigers make the trek to Athens, Georgia to face the ninth ranked Georgia Bulldogs, in a game filled not with just SEC title implications, but also National Championship implications.

The Bayou Bengals have ignored their critics, who thought they were too young and would take a step back this season, by sporting a perfect 4-0 record, including a solid 35-21 victory over Auburn last week.

Georgia has recovered after an opening week setback to Clemson, with two straight victories, including an impressive victory over 12th ranked South Carolina. However, with one loss already, Georgia will need to win this game if they have any hope of winning their first National Championship since 1980.

When LSU Has The Ball:

Zach Mettenberger

If there was an award for most improved player in college football, LSU quarterback…

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The Five Greatest Acheivements By Back-Up Quarterbacks


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Back-up quarterbacks lead a strange existence.  At the same time, they can be popular and anonymous.  Fans may know nothing about them, but if the starter sucks bad enough, every fan will want the back-up to take the field.  If the starter gets hurt, thousands of people will ponder “who is this fucking guy” as the back-up trots onto  the field.  In any event, there’s no denying that back-up quarterbacks have played major roles in the history of the NFL, and it’s time to show some love for some of those destined to hold the clipboard.

5) Leading an Unlikely Playoff Run – Doug Flutie, Buffalo Bills

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A Heisman Trophy winner at Boston College, Flutie wasn’t highly regarded by the NFL.  He was viewed as little more than a circus attraction in stints with the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots.  Because he was only an alleged 5′ 10″ and 180-pounds…

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by Ryan Meehan

On Monday I posted an article crying foul on the whole “Nothing Good ever happens after midnight” cliché.  True to form, that very night we had another NFL related incident that involved equally bizarre circumstances.  Around 2:25AM on Tuesday morning, Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson was involved in a one car accident where he crashed into a median wall.  He was not intoxicated and no field sobriety test was given.  What’s odd about this incident is that Burleson was trying to pick up two pizza boxes in the back seat of the vehicle which had fallen onto the floorboard, and that’s what caused the crash.  Continue reading

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Bears vs Lions. History Of A Rivalry


Bears vs Lions

The NFL has its share of great rivalries throughout the league. Cowboys vs. Redskins. Bears vs. Packers. Browns vs. Steelers. Even recent feuds such as Ravens vs. Steelers and 49ers vs. Seahawks are starting to write their own chapters, in rivalry lore.

Perhaps the most overlooked rivalry in the NFL is one of the oldest rivalries in the history of the league. The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions have been battling each other since 1930, yet very few talk about the great rivalry it really is. Granted, it is somewhat one-sided, as the Bears hold a decided 96-65-5 advantage over the Lions. In recent times, the Bears have increased their dominance over Detroit, winning 9 out of the last 10 contests.

The two cities are no strangers to sports rivalries. The Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls had one of the most heated rivalries in NBA history during the late 1980s…

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