1. Rod Laver, Roger Federer and the Top 13 Tennis Seasons of the Open Era

    So who was the best? Djokovic, Federer, McEnroe or Laver? Who compiled the “best” year ever? It is hard to pin down near-perfection—judging inches and angles...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about almost 3 years ago 10,501 reads 84 comments

  2. 10 Fearless 2012 Tennis Predictions: Djokovic Soars as Nadal Swoons

    2011 proved to be a fascinating year in tennis. The men saw a major shift at the top with Novak Djokovic surpassing both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to assume the top spot...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 28,436 reads 175 comments

  3. Zultan's Fearless Forecast for the 2011-2012 College Football Bowl Bonanza

    Zultan is back by popular demand to make his annual bowl predictions after ending his 2011 prognosticating season in spectacular fashion—almost perfect in Week 13...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 5,351 reads 13 comments

  4. The 12 Most Significant Men's Tennis Matches of 2011

    Novak Djokovic drastically altered the leadership landscape in men’s tennis in 2011. The year began with Rafael Nadal ranked world No. 1, hoping to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major championships at one time...

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  5. 2011 Big Ten Border Battle: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

    Forget the prelude played out on unfriendly gridirons across the Midwest throughout September, October and November. Iowa versus Nebraska on November 25 is all about salvaging a season...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 1,338 reads 1 comments

  6. Week 13 College Football Predictions: Zultan's Fearless Forecast

    Chaos reigned over college football this past weekend as top-ranked and favored teams crashed and burned on surreal Saturday. Yet, in the midst of such upheaval, a pattern emerged...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 3,647 reads 11 comments

  7. ATP World Tour Finals: Counting Down the All-Time Top 10 Champions

    For men’s tennis, the season is a long one—starting in January and ending in early December with the Davis Cup finals. The ATP, however, ends its year with the World Tour Finals which get underway on Sunday...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 5,537 reads 10 comments

  8. College Football Predictions Week 12: Zultan's Fearless Forecast

    This past Saturday the Big Z suffered the most humiliating defeat in the famed prognosticator’s history, going 5-5. But many of you went right along with the all-seeing seer during the fiasco known as Week 11 Upsets Galore ...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 2,047 reads 2 comments

  9. Roger Federer: Road to the 2011 ATP Championship in London

    Roger Federer finally won the BNP Paribas Masters after nine tries this past weekend. In fact, 2011 marked the first time the Swiss even reached the finals in this Master’s event...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 1,718 reads 17 comments

  10. Joe Paterno Firing: How Will the Penn State Scandal Alter His Legacy?

    The fall of Joe Paterno at Penn State is reminiscent of Shakespeare’s classic morality plays centered on larger-than-life tragic heroes...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 3,288 reads 58 comments

  11. College Football Predictions Week 11: Zultan's Fearless Forecast

    Who knew such an exciting football game could be so boring? When Alabama hosted LSU last Saturday, not one touchdown was scored. You call that a football game? It was like watching soccer for the Big Zzzzzz...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 2,726 reads 3 comments

  12. Roger Federer: Will Paris Fizzle a Ninth Time for the Mighty Swiss?

    Paris has never been kind to the man from Switzerland— Roger Federer . For most people, when you say “Paris” and “tennis,” the mind fixes on the French Open because that is the most preeminent tennis event in France...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 2,946 reads 30 comments

  13. Iowa's 5 Greatest Gridiron Wins over the Michigan Wolverines

    Can the Hawkeyes sink any lower after their unscripted loss to the Minnesota Gophers last Saturday? The best way for the down-trodden Iowa team to fly high again is to beat the BCS ranked No...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 1,211 reads 5 comments

  14. Analyzing the Tennis Rankings Game: What Does Being in the Top 10 Mean Today?

    What a difference a year makes. Nothing brings that point home more than looking back to the men’s and women’s tennis rankings at the end of 2010 and comparing it to today’s ranking...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 445 reads 83 comments

  15. Zultan's Fearless College Football Forecast for Week 10

    When Mom and her Harley-biker buddies returned from their road trip to Minneapolis last Saturday, she drop kicked Zultan’s crystal ball into the Iowa River, cursing his “so-called psychic abilities...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 1,609 reads 6 comments

  16. Women's Power Rankings: Petra Kvitova Shows When You're Hot, You're Hot

    From the beginning, 2011 made its mark as the “Year of Injuries” for the top-ranked women in tennis. Serena Williams , who cut her foot on broken glass after the 2010 Wimbledon Tournament, was out of tennis for most of the year...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 1,888 reads 8 comments

  17. Zultan's Fearless College Football Forecast for Week 9

    When the sun finally set last Saturday, a couple of towering BCS Top Ten gridiron stars crashed and burned while entering the oh-no-zone of the once-beaten...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 1,425 reads 4 comments

  18. Zultan's Fearless College Football Predictions for Week 8

    The planets aligned almost perfectly for the Mighty Zultan this past week as the all-seeing seer did his best prognosticating so far in the 2011 season...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 1,708 reads 6 comments

  19. Big Ten Football Power Ranking: Michigan and Illinois Lasso the Lead in Week 2

    There were some mighty exciting games during Week 2 of the Big Ten season. Nebraska stormed back to defeat Ohio State after being down by 21 points early in the second half...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 1,428 reads 8 comments

  20. Zultan's Fearless College Football Forecast Heading into Week 7

    Zultan is sad to report that after the Iowa Hawkeyes self-destructed in Happy Valley on Saturday, Mom had to be carted off the premises by the guys in the white coats. Now in rehab, Mom sings the Iowa Fight song from sunup to dusk...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 477 reads 6 comments

  21. Roger Federer: 8 Bold Predictions for the Swiss Master in 2012

    For Roger Federer fans the fall indoor season drifts away. Yes, tennis is still being played in far away exotic locales in the far East like Beijing, Tokyo and now Shanghai where the men will meet for the Masters 1000 tournament starting this week...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 7,374 reads 18 comments

  22. College Football Predictions Week 6: Zultan's Fearless Forecast

    It was an agonizing week for the all-seeing seer, as four of his 10 picks went South on Oct. 1. In retrospect, Zultan offers these occult words of wisdom to the Iowa State Cyclones: ...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 1,089 reads 6 comments

  23. Wisconsin Rules: Ranking Legends and Leaders After Teams Butt Heads in Week 1

    As if you have not heard this before—"Welcome to the Big Ten, Nebraska!" It was a rude invite for Nebraskans, traveling to Camp Randall to play Wisconsin in their backyard under the lights with thousands of Badger fans taunting Cornhusker magic...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 2,007 reads 10 comments

  24. Zultan's Fearless College Football Predictions Return for the 2011 Season

    October 1, 2011 Headline : The mighty Zultan finally escaped captivity just in time to forecast the results of the first Big Ten conference games of the 2011 season...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about 3 years ago 1,395 reads 8 comments

  25. Tennis Power Rankings: Lord of Discipline Novak Djokovic Dominates

    The Davis Cup ties have ended with Spain once again in the final this time facing Argentina—not Serbia—excused when an exhausted Novak Djokovic retired in his semifinal match against Juan Martin del Potro...

    JA Allen Written by JA Allen about over 3 years ago 4,931 reads 37 comments