1. 2011 NFL Predictions: A Division-by-Division Rundown

    As in any NFL season, there will be surprise teams, and there will be disappointing teams—and in a season that almost wasn't due to the lockout, there may be more of each this year than usual...

    Anthony Brancato Written by Anthony Brancato about over 3 years ago 849 reads 14 comments

  2. MMA: How I Came to Love Rashad Evans

    It was August 2005. While walking to work, I passed a bus shelter adorned with a photo of Forrest Griffin , in a flying pose, and visibly beaten up...

    Anthony Brancato Written by Anthony Brancato about over 3 years ago 764 reads 2 comments

  3. Finish Bonuses: If They Exist on "The Ultimate Fighter"...

    Everybody complains about the pace of fights in the UFC—and, for that matter, throughout MMA —but nobody seems to know what to do about it. Except, it would seem, on The Ultimate Fighter ...

    Anthony Brancato Written by Anthony Brancato about over 3 years ago 480 reads 10 comments

  4. Jon Jones: Will His Injured Thumb Allow for Cooler Heads To Prevail?

    An old joke states that if you don't like the weather in England, wait five minutes. The same goes for the "weather" in the UFC light-heavyweight division...

    Anthony Brancato Written by Anthony Brancato about over 3 years ago 561 reads 4 comments

  5. MMA: How Strikeforce Can Remain Viable

    To many, at least, it appears that Strikeforce could be headed for the same fate as World Extreme Cagefighting. That would be a profoundly unfortunate development, should it occur...

    Anthony Brancato Written by Anthony Brancato about over 3 years ago 795 reads 15 comments

  6. The Last Word: Rashad Evans Gets Tonight's Rewrite

    Five nights weekly on MSNBC, The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell airs. O'Donnell is a progressive pundit, and his show deals with the "hot" political issues of the day...

    Anthony Brancato Written by Anthony Brancato about over 3 years ago 647 reads 4 comments

  7. Why the NFL Must Go to 18 Games...Eventually

    Few if any would argue that the NFL 's current schedule format isn't just right. All division rivals play 14 out of 16 of the same opponents; every team plays four games against ...

    Anthony Brancato Written by Anthony Brancato about almost 4 years ago 410 reads 1 comments

  8. NFL: Keep the Regular Season Just the Way It Is—At 2,000 Plays

    There is more to the debate over whether to lengthen the NFL regular season from the current 16 games to 18—while commensurately shortening the exhibition; excuse me, preseason, from four games to two—than meets the eye...

    Anthony Brancato Written by Anthony Brancato about almost 4 years ago 155 reads 0 comments

  9. NFL Playoffs: Seeding Critics Are Onto Something, But ...

    The politician types now arguing about the NFL 's playoff seeding format are much like their real-world counterparts on Capitol Hill and our assorted state legislatures: They see the minor problem, but not the major problem...

    Anthony Brancato Written by Anthony Brancato about almost 4 years ago 459 reads 0 comments

  10. Dear MLB: Don't Just Expand the Playoffs

    If baseball is in the mood to fix things that may or may not be actually broken, then why not fix everything, all at once? First, there is the "Texas Rangers Problem": The 2010 ...

    Anthony Brancato Written by Anthony Brancato about 4 years ago 213 reads 2 comments