1. Superbowl Week - Thoughts on the Big Game, and Around the League

    I don’t always like the week leading up to Superbowl. Everybody seems to be searching for a story angle and we tend to beat small stories to death. It reminds me of seeing someone on a hot blackjack table and everyone else clamors to get a seat...

    Ryan Popilchak Written by Ryan Popilchak about over 4 years ago 37 reads 2 comments

  2. Serie A – Not So Lonely At the Top

    Nobody likes a blowout. The best part of watching a match is the suspense. Being a fan is the most fun when the competition is close and fierce. Unfortunately, in the last few years the Serie A has been a blowout...

    Ryan Popilchak Written by Ryan Popilchak about over 4 years ago 135 reads 0 comments

  3. The Premier League Is Getting Sucked Dry

    With all the news surfacing about Manchester United’s debt re-shuffling, I think it’s time we admitted the truth. Several EPL teams are being run in the equivalent manner of Nortel and Enron...

    Ryan Popilchak Written by Ryan Popilchak about over 4 years ago 133 reads 0 comments

  4. Washington Redskins: A New GM's Dilemma

    As I sat and watched the Monday Night Football debacle last night, they kept flashing the camera up to the booth to show Bruce Allen, the new general manager of the Washington Redskins...

    Ryan Popilchak Written by Ryan Popilchak about over 4 years ago 505 reads 2 comments

  5. Colts Defensive Improvement and More Opinions

    The Colts defense is one of the most under-rated stories in the league this year. New defensive coordinator, Larry Coyer, has brought a more aggressive edge to a team that already was quite solid...

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  6. Milan Mid-Season Report: The Good, The Bad, and The Transfer Period

    With the mid-season break almost upon the Serie A, it’s time for many teams to take stock and evaluate the progress their squad has made to this point...

    Ryan Popilchak Written by Ryan Popilchak about over 4 years ago 611 reads 1 comments

  7. FIFA World Cup Draw: Fold, Check, or Raise?

    Today was the group draw for the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Fans from all over the world watch to see who their team will play in the group stages and hope they get a little luck to go with all their hard work in qualification...

    Ryan Popilchak Written by Ryan Popilchak about over 4 years ago 715 reads 2 comments

  8. Scapegoat or Free Agency Find? The Tale of an Under-Rated Quarterback

    Let’s fast-forward to the summer of 2010, as the free agency period is beginning. You’re the GM of a quarterback-needy team and your scouts are raving about one player in particular...

    Ryan Popilchak Written by Ryan Popilchak about over 4 years ago 156 reads 1 comments

  9. A Serie A Resurgence in the Champions League?

    In the past few years, the Serie A has been relegated to a second-tier player in the UEFA Champions League.  Back in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons of the tournament, the Serie A held three ...

    Ryan Popilchak Written by Ryan Popilchak about over 4 years ago 118 reads 0 comments

  10. Liverpool Losing In The Champions League Was a Good Thing

    Losing in the Champions League is not something that Liverpool fans are used to in recent years.  I'm here to tell you that it's the best thing that could happen to the club this year...

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  11. Vince Young Crushes the Texans...and other Week 11 Analysis

    Many of the stats in this post are derived from the publicly available and premium database statistics at FootballOutsiders.com, NFL.com and ColdHardFootballFacts...

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  12. Thierry Henry: That's French For Unsportsmanlike

    The World Cup, much like the Olympics, is meant to be a pinnacle of the sporting world.  Countries pin their hopes and wishes on their team, hoping to ride an emotional wave of pride and euphoria to a title...

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  13. What's Wrong With The Ravens? Absolutely Nothing!

    Sitting at 5-4 and in third place in the AFC North, the fans and media, including myself, are all in a hurry to find out what’s wrong with the Ravens...

    Ryan Popilchak Written by Ryan Popilchak about over 4 years ago 96 reads 6 comments

  14. Bruce-Ski & Russell Both Stink...and other Week 10 Analysis

    Many of the stats in this post are derived from the publicly available and premium database statistics at FootballOutsiders.com, NFL.com and ColdHardFootballFacts...

    Ryan Popilchak Written by Ryan Popilchak about over 4 years ago 28 reads 0 comments

  15. Ravens Get Back To Their Winning Ways Vs Browns

    After what could be described as a disappointing 4-4 start, the Ravens were in need of a kick start to the second half of the year. Playing the Browns is a great way to build confidence, and the Ravens needed it...

    Ryan Popilchak Written by Ryan Popilchak about over 4 years ago 69 reads 0 comments

  16. Houston Texans Mid-Season Report

    The Texans are sitting with a 5-4 record and are right in the thick of the wildcard race going into their bye week. It seems like the right time to evaluate their season and make any adjustments for the playoff push...

    Ryan Popilchak Written by Ryan Popilchak about over 4 years ago 63 reads 0 comments

  17. NFL Hangover - Week 9 Wrap Up

    Well, I finished 2-1 on my picks for the week, which is decent, but I still can’t believe the Cowboys pulled it off.Quick Observations from the CouchAs always, these are a few thoughts that rattled around my head as I watched the following games...

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  18. Thiago Silva Leads Milan To Victory and 3rd Place

    The matchup this weekend featured two teams moving in opposite directions.  Lazio looks to be in a relegation battle while Milan has rocketed back up the Serie A table in recent weeks with a run of form...

    Ryan Popilchak Written by Ryan Popilchak about over 4 years ago 115 reads 2 comments

  19. NFL Choice Analysis - Week 9 Predictions

    It’s high time I made some of my weekly predictions public. Each week, I’m going to pick 3 or 4 games and break them down with a prediction...

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  20. Professional Athletes are Spoiled: The Beckham Law & H1N1 Queues

    I love professional sports as much as anyone on the planet, but even I will admit that athletes and sports teams operate under a different set of rules from the rest of us...

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  21. Champions League: Real Madrid vs AC Milan

    The Champions League was back in action again today with the marquee match up featuring Real Madrid and AC Milan.After blowing an early lead at the Bernebeu last week, it was time for Madrid to venture back to Milan for a match at the San Siro...

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  22. NFL Hangover - Week 8

    In the spirit of still tinkering with my weekly NFL column, I’ll be trying to publish the NFL Hangover on Sunday or Monday and I’ll post the “Choice” Analysis on Tuesday or Wednesday once the stats I want are available...

    Ryan Popilchak Written by Ryan Popilchak about over 4 years ago 41 reads 0 comments

  23. Ronaldinho Sets Up Two As Milan Moves Into 4th Place

    With resurgent Parma at the San Siro following Milan's late game collapse to Napoli, the pressure was on for a victory.  Milan desperately wanted the points and a chance to climb back into Champions League contention...

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  24. Can Milan Shake a Poor Finish and Bounce Back?

    After making sensational comebacks against Roma, Real Madrid and Chievo, Milan need to mentally bounce back from blowing a 2 goal lead in extra time to Napoli...

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  25. Titans Owner Bud Adams Is Right: Play Vince Young Already

    While I don’t agree with how he made it public, Bud Adams is right. The Titans need to play Vince Young and find out if he’s ever going to be their starting quarterback again...

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