1. Analyzing Matchups in the Green Bay Packers' Week 13 Game with the Detroit Lions

    While many cold, wintery NFL Week 13 games will be decided in the trenches where one team's linemen will impose their will on the other team's, it should be a slightly different ...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 8 months ago 1,604 reads 3 comments

  2. 5 Bold Predictions for the Green Bay Packers' Week 6 Matchup with the Ravens

    The Week 6 game between the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens will feature two of the last three Super Bowl champs...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 10 months ago 8,801 reads 15 comments

  3. How the Green Bay Packers Will Silence the Detroit Lions Offense in Week 5

    Despite nearly coughing up a win against the Chicago Bears in Week 4, the Detroit Lions will come into Lambeau Field on Sunday riding a wave of momentum...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 10 months ago 1,948 reads 28 comments

  4. NFL Fantasy 2013: Top 5 Quarterbacks Set for a Decline in Production Next Season

    While running backs and wide receivers seem to hog most of the attention, having a good starting quarterback can make a good fantasy team dominant. Conversely, drafting a quarterback too early can derail a team...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 1 year ago 5,235 reads 3 comments

  5. Why DeSean Jackson Needs To Stay Away

    Listening to an unnamed podcast today, (I won’t name which one because you’ll probably go drive up their iTunes numbers as soon as you’re finished reading this) my ...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about almost 3 years ago 13 reads 0 comments

  6. The Phantom Foul

    It’s impossible to explain nothing. Because nothing, by it’s definition, is not a thing. It doesn’t exist...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 4 years ago 428 reads 0 comments

  7. The Guy Who Needs This NBA Ring Most

    This is shaping up to be another great NBA Finals, and I don’t think I can honestly say who will win. But I know who needs to win more than anyone else. Kobe. Think about it: Bryant’s Lakers are the favorite and have home court advantage...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 4 years ago 1,437 reads 21 comments

  8. The So Cal “So, Whats?”

    On Friday, the Seattle Seahawks announced they had cut ties with running back LenDale White, roughly one month after acquiring him. This comes after White’s largely unimpressive pro career began (and seemingly ended) in Tennessee...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 4 years ago 835 reads 33 comments

  9. 2010 NBA Playoffs: Lakers' Artest passes another test

    Consider for a moment what was at stake as Ron Artest charged through the lane with less than two seconds to go, Thursday night. Here was a guy who has been much maligned throughout his career...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 4 years ago 208 reads 1 comments

  10. The Officials Bite Back

    In the hullabaloo of praising individual athletes, sometimes we forget about the other individuals on the field of play: the officials...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 4 years ago 83 reads 0 comments

  11. Top 10 Reasons New York Will Host the 2014 Super Bowl

    “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!” –Dr. Peter Venkman, “Ghostbusters” (1984) According to the backlash from NFL fans ...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 4 years ago 120 reads 0 comments

  12. Philadelphia Phillies Fan Picks The Wrong Nationals Fan to Mess With

    Any shred of an inkling I ever had about wondering what would happen to me if I vomited on an off-duty cop is officially gone. Gone like Matthew Clemmens’ dignity...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 4 years ago 165 reads 3 comments

  13. Boston Celtics: The Cream Is Rising To the Top

    Whether it’s food, physics, or sports, the cream always rises to the top. And in the sporting world, the NBA’s Eastern Conference No. 4 seeded Boston Celtics are the cream making its way to the surface...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 4 years ago 141 reads 0 comments

  14. Lima for the Last Time

    Several years ago after cutting him for the umpteenth time off countless rotisserie baseball squads over my career, I was certain that I would never miss Jose Lima. But I was wrong...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 4 years ago 33 reads 0 comments

  15. Is LeBron the New Stifler?

    From the “You-Couldn’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up-If-You-Tried” file, try to digest this nugget: According to sports blogger Terez Owens, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte ...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 4 years ago 1,558 reads 4 comments

  16. Windy City Pressures in NFL

    Expectations can do funny things. Like when a mediocre football team with a (sometimes) suffocating defense goes out and makes a blockbuster trade for a franchise quarterback...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 4 years ago 83 reads 1 comments

  17. Breaking news? Lets Keep It To The Important Stuff

    You have to love that scroll at the bottom of the screen. ESPN’s Bottom Line is one of my favorite things about the network. It gives me everything I need to know in bite-sized pieces, including breaking news...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 4 years ago 76 reads 1 comments

  18. Pesky Ping Pong Balls: New Jersey Nets, Jay-Z, Likely Missing Out on LeBron, Too

    What a kick to the gut. When the New Jersey Nets came up short in winning the NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday night, they may have lost out on much more than Kentucky point guard John Wall, who many analysts think will be the No...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 4 years ago 645 reads 9 comments

  19. MLB Report: Three Cheers For Hustling Hanley Ramirez

    After watching the replay several times, I can’t help but think that Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez and manager Fredi Gonzalez have turned this moving violation into an all-out 40-car pileup...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 4 years ago 202 reads 0 comments

  20. NBA: The Games Off the Field

    Only 409 more days. That’s right, in fewer than 59 weeks, the 2010 NBA free agency period opens. And it will open sans LeBron James. No Dwyane Wade, either. Chris Bosh will be inked to a team already...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about 4 years ago 266 reads 8 comments

  21. NBA Slam Dunk Contest: Disgusted at My Watching the Weekend's Worst

    The weekend of Feb. 12-14, 2010 marked an important one for the sports world. The Winter Olympics began on Friday with the opening ceremonies and skiing, ski jumping, and speed skating headlined the rest of the weekend...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about over 4 years ago 277 reads 0 comments

  22. NBA Age Requirement: A Marked Improvement

    The NBA’s 19-year-old age requirement has been a sore subject for many basketball fans since its inception four years ago. NBA fans don’t like it because it deprives them of talented players for a year...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about over 4 years ago 290 reads 0 comments

  23. Peyton Manning's Legacy

    If you cringed when you read the title of today’s post, you’re probably not alone. I’m not sure which phrase, between “Who dat?” and “Manning’s legacy” I have heard more over the last 48 hours...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about over 4 years ago 298 reads 3 comments

  24. Saints Win Super Bowl: Putting "Who dat?" to Rest

    As I watched Bourbon Street fill up like Black Friday at the mall, a teary-eyed Drew Brees hold his young son on the field and most of Sun Life Stadium go nuts after the final seconds of the ...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about over 4 years ago 765 reads 0 comments

  25. Super Bowl Prop Bets You Can't Find in Vegas

    Look, betting the over/under is passe. Moneylining the Colts? Boring. Even taking the over on 43.5 rushing yards from Pierre Thomas isn’t all that exciting anymore. Once again, CraftyBalky is here for you...

    Eric Balkman Written by Eric Balkman about over 4 years ago 1,341 reads 0 comments