1. MLS 2012: 10 Biggest Surprises so Far

    We're two months into the 2012 MLS season and already many of the prognostications of the experts have been thoroughly rebuffed. Teams that were supposed to be charging up the standings have been scrambling...

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  2. MLS All-Stars: Predicting the Starting XI to Take on Chelsea

    With the announcement about the MLS All-Star Game opponent having been made, we can finally take a look at some of the potential players who will represent the league. Their opponent, as we now know, will be Chelsea...

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  3. Landon Donovan vs. David Beckham: Who Has Achieved More for MLS?

    David Beckham and Landon Donovan . They are, without a doubt, two of the most high profile stars to ever play in MLS. Both are skilled and can exhilarate fans in a way that very few other players in the league can...

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  4. Top 10 Best Signings in MLS History

    Though a comparatively young league, Major League Soccer has experienced its fair share of boom and bust signings. Every season, teams roll the dice on big-money pickups (ahem, L...

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  5. MLS All-Stars: Best XI Players of Week Three

    The MLS season is now well underway. As usual, things look pretty even across much of the league. True, there are the decided front runners (and they mostly reside in Kansas City), ...

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  6. MLS 2012: New England Revolution Season Introduction

    The New England Revolution ended its 2011 season in the same forgettable manner that had preceded all year long. A disappointing 2-2 draw against Toronto ended a dismal campaign that saw the Revs finish dead last...

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  7. NFL Draft 2012: Ricky Williams, Bill Belichick and Spanning the Draft Spectrum

    The retirement of Ricky Williams ended one of the most bizarre careers in NFL history. No one can ever say of Ricky that he was just another brick in the NFL’s wall. He was certainly different...

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  8. 2011 NFL Season Recap: Tactical Trends Part I

    Every season in the NFL , we’re given new innovations that inexorably affect the games we watch. In decades gone, fans have seen the decline of the older breed of football ...

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  9. The Rise of the NFL Tight End and Fall of the Fullback Part II

    As I looked at in Part I of this story about the decline of the NFL fullback and the rise of the tight end, two positions that have very similar personnel have experienced completely different fates over the last few decades...

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  10. On the Origin of Species: The Rise of the Tight End and Fall of the Fullback

    As any college biology student can tell you (hopefully anyway), one of the most common myths about the theory of evolution pertains to its most popular maxim: survival of the fittest...

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  11. Jason Pierre-Paul's Case for Defensive Player of the Year

    Artie Lange (yes that Artie Lange) has a joke about ending every sentence with “…and Taylor...

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  12. 2011 New York Giants: Now It Gets Interesting as They Run the Gauntlet

    Barely seconds after the New York Giants closed out their fifth win of the season against the struggling Miami Dolphins , most Giants fans probably went through a short range of emotions...

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  13. Giants vs. Redskins: Live Reaction to Sunday Afternoon's Game

    The New York Giants get their NFL season underway against the Washington Redskins today in the nation's capital...

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  14. Giants vs. Patriots Thursday Night Preseason: Live Reaction to the Game

    The Giants complete a chaotic preseason schedule tonight in Foxborough, MA against the New England Patriots . Both teams are trying to finalize their rosters which need to be cut down very soon...

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  15. 6 NFL Players That Could Face Disaster Scenarios in 2011

    At the beginning of every NFL season, even fans of the most downtrodden franchises can have a glimmer of hope. This is the NFL, where teams like the Patriots, the Saints and the Bucs have proven that fortunes can turn around quickly...

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  16. Final Thoughts on New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears

    The 41-13 rout of the Chicago Bears would normally be a time for a little preseason rejoice. Most areas of the New York Giants played very well, or perhaps merely well enough...

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  17. Bears vs. Giants Preseason: Justin Tuck Shows Again He's the Defensive Anchor

    So much talk this preseason has been of Osi Umenyiora and his dispute with the Giants front office. Then the talk was about Eli Manning and his bold assertion that he’s an “elite” quarterback...

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  18. Jason Pierre-Paul and 4 Other New York Giants To Watch for the Rest of Preseason

    The New York Giants prepare for their second game of the season tonight against the Chicago Bears . Airing on Monday Night Football, it is sure to attract the attention from nearly every corner of the NFL ...

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  19. New York Giants Linebacker Mark Herzlich Adjusting to Being in the NFL

    Mark Herzlich has done more than deal with adversity in his school or in playing football. Truly, it's become the story of his life...

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  20. 7 of the Most Intriguing NFL Offensive Linemen Still on the Market

    No matter how skilled or talented an offense is, it all comes crashing down without proper blocking. The Rams learned this in Super Bowl XXXVI. The Patriots learned this again in Super Bowl XLII...

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  21. Which 2011 NFL Free Agents Were the Most Overpaid?

    When NFL free agency began nearly 20 years ago, it was rightfully considered a ground-breaking event. The big spenders could finally flex their muscle and would surely now dominate the game, critics asserted...

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  22. New York Giants: Training Camp Practices and the Preseason Opener

    We’ve now had a preseason game of New York Giants football to examine more thoroughly the 2011 incarnation of Big Blue. And so far, it’s clear that the Giants are a long, long way from where they want to be...

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  23. Giants vs. Panthers Saturday Night Preseason: Live Reaction to the Game

    Tonight the New York Giants and Carolina Panthers join together in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, to begin their 2011 preseasons...

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  24. Giants vs. Panthers: 5 Things to Watch During NFL Preseason Week 1

    The New York Giants kick off their 2011 season with a mid-August preseason bout in Carolina against the hometown Panthers . It will be the first actual football game Giants fans have seen their team in since the 2010 season ended so bitterly...

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  25. 26 NFL Veterans Who Should Retire Before the Season Begins

    Like some strange breed of Shawshank prison, the NFL has the ability to institutionalize its members. First players are just along for the ride and doing it for the money and fame...

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