1. NFL Predictions 2011: Ranking the 50 Can't-Miss Games of 2011

    Every season, the NFL presents a large number of games that their fans recognize as "must see." Because of the comparative parity in the NFL, there are so many possible classic games lurking out there...

    Hayden Bird Written by Hayden Bird about 3 years ago 32,921 reads 72 comments

  2. NFL 2011: 6 NFL Players with Celebrity Doppelgangers

    We've all had that moment watching a game. Standing there with our buddies, someone who's usually less familiar with sports walks up and identifies a person they think they know. The only trouble of course is that they don't have the slightest clue...

    Hayden Bird Written by Hayden Bird about over 3 years ago 1,473 reads 5 comments

  3. 2011 NFL Lockout: The Great Unrepresented Majority

    With the NFL a month removed from the draft, attention in professional football turns inescapably back to the crisis which threatens to engulf the 2012 season: the lockout. And God, I hate being right (at least some of the time anyway)...

    Hayden Bird Written by Hayden Bird about over 3 years ago 1,272 reads 15 comments

  4. NFL Free Agency Rumors: Latest Ahmad Bradshaw Rumors and Speculation

    Since arriving in New York as an unheralded seventh-round pick in the 2007 draft, Ahmad Bradshaw has been the consummate overachiever...

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  5. NFL Free Agency: Power Ranking the Best Available Defensive Linemen

    While so much discussion of the NFL 's MVP always hinges on so called "skill players" (quarterbacks, running backs especially), the importance of dominating the line of scrimmage ...

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  6. 2011 NFL Offseason: 32 Burning Questions to Determine Success of Each Team

    Like almost no other sports league in the world, the NFL is excellent at perpetually creating uncertainty. Even on the most dominant teams, uncertainty and upheaval regrows as surely as Kurt Warner 's facial hair...

    Hayden Bird Written by Hayden Bird about over 3 years ago 1,226 reads 4 comments

  7. NFL Free Agency 2011: 5 Teams That Minimized Free Agency Needs Through Draft

    With the lockout gripping the NFL for an indefinite period of time, the 2011 draft took on greater importance for the future of many teams. No one knows exactly when and how long free agency will happen...

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  8. Jerry Rice and the Top 50 Wide Receivers of All Time

    Like almost no other position in any sport, wide receiver is one that is undoubtedly synonymous with one word: glory. Wide receivers consistently score in an exciting fashion...

    Hayden Bird Written by Hayden Bird about over 3 years ago 52,523 reads 21 comments

  9. NFL Free Agency: 10 Teams Yet to Settle on a Starting QB Post-Draft

    Even after four quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft and two more in the second, there are still numerous questions at this position throughout the league...

    Hayden Bird Written by Hayden Bird about over 3 years ago 4,180 reads 16 comments

  10. A Look at the Likelihood All 32 NFL Teams Make a Deal This Offseason

    It's a weird off-season in the NFL . And yes, that's an understatement. There's no salary cap right now. There's been no free agency. And that's the least of the NFL's problems...

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  11. NFL: 20 Unlucky Veterans Who Will Lose Their Jobs in Training Camp

    With the 2011 draft officially in the books, it's time to look to the future (sort of). I say "sort of" because, let's face it, the immediate future is decidedly uncertain...

    Hayden Bird Written by Hayden Bird about over 3 years ago 6,957 reads 45 comments

  12. 2011 NFL Draft Results: Cam Newton and Roger Goodell Among 10 Biggest Losers

    The NFL draft, unlike the NFL on game-day, is not a zero sum game. One team's win is not necessarily another team's loss...

    Hayden Bird Written by Hayden Bird about over 3 years ago 2,581 reads 14 comments

  13. 2011 NFL Draft Results: The Five Winners and Losers Plus the Best Value Pick

    On the day that the NFL draft finishes, I've always found it difficult to definitely define the "winners," but even more difficult to pick out the "losers." It's an optimistic day for nearly everyone...

    Hayden Bird Written by Hayden Bird about over 3 years ago 787 reads 1 comments

  14. NFL Draft 2011: Scott Lutrus and Round 6 Sleepers

    (This is the continuation of a series that I wanted to do this year, where the usual exclusivity of the draft coverage was shaken up...

    Hayden Bird Written by Hayden Bird about over 3 years ago 951 reads 0 comments

  15. NFL Draft 2011: Mario Harvey and Round 5 Sleepers

    (This is the continuation of a series that refuses to abide by the Mel Kiper/Todd McShay exclusivity approach to the draft and is examining possible talent that won’t be taken ...

    Hayden Bird Written by Hayden Bird about over 3 years ago 1,372 reads 2 comments

  16. NFL Draft 2011: Jacquizz Rodgers and Round 4 Sleepers

    (This is a continuation of a look at sleepers in Rounds 2 and 3. Rounds 5, 6 and 7 will be covered in the coming days.) The fourth round will be the beginning of the end for the 2011 NFL draft...

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  17. NFL Draft 2011: Quan Sturdivant and 5 Third-Round Sleepers

    As I mentioned in yesterday’s look at possible Round 2 sleepers in this year’s NFL draft, part of the problem with predicting later-round draft picks is that you never truly know the mindset of each individual team...

    Hayden Bird Written by Hayden Bird about over 3 years ago 660 reads 0 comments

  18. NFL Draft 2011: Justin Houston and Round 2 Sleepers

    Like it or not, but the draft is basically a glorified crapshoot. That might be a blunt way to put it, but to even the most basic NFL fans who happen to scan past drafts, it’s apparent immediately...

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  19. NCAA Scholarship Rules Expose Yet Another Hypocrisy in College Sports

    Real quick: What percentage of Division I athletic scholarships are multi-year? Fifty percent? Sixty percent? More? Had someone asked me this question anytime before a couple days ago, I would have probably guessed a high percentage...

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  20. Super Bowl XLV Review: Packer Flexibility and Aggression Keys Victory

    When looking over the stats for Super Bowl XLV, the first thing that becomes clear is that, if you only looked at the stats , you’d have thought the Steelers won...

    Hayden Bird Written by Hayden Bird about over 3 years ago 557 reads 4 comments

  21. The NFC West's Chance To Be Historic and Why It Should Never Be Allowed

    One lucky team from the 2010 NFC West Division has a chance to make history. Barring a change in style and general competence, there’s a more than decent chance that we’ll see a division winner with fewer wins than losses...

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  22. FIFA and Its Executives: The Long and Winding Road of Deception and Corruption

    ( This is part two of my post-World Cup decision rant that I've been obsessed with and had to put into words before I could move on. Apparently being bitter isn't healthy but I must say it's been rather therapeutic...

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  23. FIFA Selections for 2018 and 2022 World Cups are an Absolute Disgrace

    ( This is one of my more bitter rants. They say such things aren’t healthy but frankly I've found quite the opposite...

    Hayden Bird Written by Hayden Bird about over 3 years ago 488 reads 14 comments

  24. Edgar Renteria's Ties To the World Series, the Color Orange and 'Real' Emotion

    I woke this morning to an unusual sight. Whereas normally it’s the blurry, semiconscious vision of dirty laundry sprawled lazily on my floor (perpetually in need of being ...

    Hayden Bird Written by Hayden Bird about almost 4 years ago 327 reads 0 comments

  25. Tennessee Titans: The Socialist Nature of the Team's Defensive Mentality

    Very quietly this season, the Tennessee Titans have one of the finest defenses in football. It may not show in some of the traditional measurements (the Titans are a very mediocre ...

    Hayden Bird Written by Hayden Bird about almost 4 years ago 330 reads 2 comments