1. The Sports World and My World: Sports' Impact on My Life

    Sometimes the best way to truly know a person is to know who and where they came from. And sometimes the people closest to you are the ones who know you the best. For me, these two statements couldn't sing a more honest tune...

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  2. Texas Tech Red Raiders, Florida Gators on BCS Collision Course

    Through 11 weeks of college football, one thing became overwhelmingly clear today. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are the real deal. So too, are the Florida Gators...

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  3. College Coaches Feeling The Heat

    Earlier this week, Phillip Fulmer found out just how tough life in college football is these days for head coaches...

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  4. America's Favorite Pastime Provides Sept. 11 Relief

    In years past, certain sporting events have played meaningful roles in our lives. Whether it's to rejuvenate our childhood passion of those backyard moments when you're the team's best hitter, against the biggest odds, in the biggest moment...

    Mike Hempel Written by Mike Hempel about 6 years ago 556 reads 1 comments

  5. Chad Johnson and the Bengals Make Up

    On Wednesday, Chad Johnson had minor surgery to remove bone spurs and chips in his right ankle. On Thursday, Chad Johnson removed any doubt there would be a holdout in training camp...

    Mike Hempel Written by Mike Hempel about 6 years ago 745 reads 1 comments

  6. Bengals' Offseason Questions Answered

    As minicamps concluded in Cincinnati, several things became more evident. For starters, Chad Johnson will be in a Bengal uniform on opening day, like it or not...

    Mike Hempel Written by Mike Hempel about 6 years ago 647 reads 1 comments

  7. All-Time Pro Football Team: Fullback

    Bronco Nagurski just might have the coolest nickname in all of professional sports. As we continue our quest for our all-time professional football team, we take a look at the fullback position...

    Mike Hempel Written by Mike Hempel about over 6 years ago 3,734 reads 10 comments

  8. All-Time Pro Football Team: Quarterback

    It's something that's debated nearly every time a touchdown pass is thrown. Every time Tom Brady slings one of those 60-yard bullets in the end zone, or Joe Montana's drive to capture the Super ...

    Mike Hempel Written by Mike Hempel about over 6 years ago 1,252 reads 24 comments

  9. Greed, Race, and Money in Sports

    Upon watching the Cleveland Cavaliers play the Washington Wizards in the 2008 NBA Playoffs, it hit me.It's no longer a sport I'm watching.There is a serious problem, that we, as sports fans, must address...

    Mike Hempel Written by Mike Hempel about over 6 years ago 2,319 reads 10 comments

  10. 2008 NFL Draft: AFC Divisional Recap

    In two days, 32 teams selected 252 players, ranging from first overall selection Jake Long to Mr. Irrelevant David Vobora. The work is far from over, however...

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  11. 2008 NFL Draft: Day One Winners and Losers

    The 'city that never sleeps' can finally take a nap. Day one of the 2008 NFL Draft has come and gone. In record-setting fashion, at that...

    Mike Hempel Written by Mike Hempel about over 6 years ago 1,923 reads 2 comments

  12. 2008 Ohio State Buckeyes Football: Third Time's a Charm, Right? Part 2

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/19416-2008-Buckeyes-Football-Third-Time-s-a-Charm-Right--230408In the second installment, we'll take a closer look at the offensive and defensive lines...

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  13. 2008 NFL Draft: Superlatives

    After listening to Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, Jr. talk day after day, about the same people going to the same teams, I started to remember they're never right after the first two picks...

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  14. 2008 Ohio State Buckeyes Football: Third Time's a Charm, Right?

    Although it may be hard to believe, there is still football to be played in Columbus. And it might be some of their best football played in recent years...

    Mike Hempel Written by Mike Hempel about over 6 years ago 639 reads 18 comments

  15. Bengals' Odell Thurman Reinstated

    The middle linebacker spot just cleared up considerably.On Monday afternoon, Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated suspended middle linebacker Odell Thurman...

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  16. Ken Griffey, Jr.'s 600th Home Run: Major Milestone or Mild Disappointment?

    With Ken Griffey, Jr. four home runs shy of 600, his career is being scrutinized now more than ever. He has 20 seasons under his belt, and little left for debate...

    Mike Hempel Written by Mike Hempel about over 6 years ago 559 reads 2 comments

  17. Cincinnati Bengals' Secondary Key to Success

    The days of Deltha O'Neal and Tory James leading the Bengals secondary are gone. After back to back cornerbacks taken in the first round, Cincinnati's secondary takes on a whole new look...

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  18. Cincinnati Bengals: 2008 Early Season Schedule No Joke

    Every year when the NFL Schedule comes out for teams to see, you get out that red pen. You find the prime time games, circle your divisional matchups, and that other "game" that sticks ...

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  19. 2008 NFL Draft Coverage: Cincinnati Bengals on the Clock

    After another disappointing season in 2007, the Cincinnati Bengals look to build on a mildly productive free agency period with a 10 solid draft picks...

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