29 January 2015

Super Bowl XLIX Predictions

Does it not seem like just yesterday that we were kicking off the 2014 NFL season back in September? Well that was five months ago and we have whittled down from 32 teams with hopes to win the Lombardi Trophy to only two. The New England Patriots are looking to win their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history and their first in a decade. The Seattle Seahawks are looking for their second Super Bowl in team history and to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl since the Patriots did it in Super Bowl XXXIX. This is the second straight season where the top seeds in both conferences find themselves playing for it all.

There can only be one NFL champion, so who will win Super Bowl XLIX?

Fanatic Radio Overtime - 1/27/15

Live for Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona, Mike and Ben go on a media frenzy in Overtime. First it is finally time for the two to breakdown the matchup of the defending champion Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. Brady versus Beast Mode, who has more attention headed into Sunday's matchup at Super Bowl Media Day. Plus Coach K wins 1000 in the Duke fashion and the President is out of his mind on YouTube.

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2015 NFL Mock Draft: 2nd Edition

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All eyes this week are on Glendale, Arizona and rightfully so. That said, let's take a step outside the realm of Super Bowl XLIX and focus on all other NFL squads (or at least those with a first round selection) to see how they will position themselves to make a run for the Lombardi Trophy. It's the 2015 NFL Mock Draft, my second edition.

28 January 2015

2014 NFL Awards

NFL Honors, America's most necessary awards show, returns once again this Saturday evening where they will recognize the best players, plays and more from what was the 2014 NFL season ahead of Super Bowl XLIX. I like to rag on this event ever year but I'll hold my fire this go-around; instead, here are my awards for this NFL season.

27 January 2015

2014-15 NBA Midseason Awards

All 30 NBA franchise have passed the midseason point of the 2014-15 NBA season and that means it is good time to hand out some hardware. Here are my midseason awards for this NBA campaign.

26 January 2015

2015 NASCAR on Fox Announcers

2015 will mark a new era of sorts for NASCAR as it is the first year of a new television contract featuring Fox and NBC Sports. Fox is the holdover as they will be entering their 15th year of NASCAR coverage since debuting with the 2001 Budweiser Shootout but there will be some changes to their coverage as well. They will air three more Sprint Cup races and add Xfinity Series action as well as their continuing coverage of the Camping World Truck Series across Fox and Fox Sports 1, but there will also be some changes with their on-air presentation as well. Let's take a look.

24 January 2015

Fanatic Radio 1/23/15

Nick Papadis joins Mike for Fanatic Radio as we break down the deflating saga of the New England Patriots and could this lingering joke of a story affect them for next week's Super Bowl? In a week a all stars entering future-mode we say goodbye to Jeff Gordon and we talk about the Hawks-Warriors surprises in the NBA. Josh Paunil is our Weekly Conversation as he discusses the legacy and accomplishments of Coach K reaching the 1000 win plateau and Flo goes on a rant.

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Jeff Gordon will no longer race full-time after 2015

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As we count down the days to Speedweeks as we are less than a month away from the 57th running of the Daytona 500, one of the true legends of NASCAR will be embarking on his final full-time season in the Sprint Cup Series. Jeff Gordon made the announcement on Thursday morning at Hendrick Motorsports, the team Gordon has raced for since November 1992 when he made his Cup debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in what may have been the greatest race in NASCAR history.

With Gordon's Cup career now winding down, one cannot overestimate the impact that Gordon made on the sport.

23 January 2015

2015 NFL Mock Draft: 1st Edition

(AP)
As we enjoy this week off as we prepare for the Super Bowl, it seems like a great opportunity to publish my first mock draft for 2015. There are 30 teams hoping to be in the positions that the Patriots and Seahawks will be in next Sunday in vying for the Lombardi Trophy and the NFL Draft, being held for the first time in Chicago this year, will be where those paths will begin. Let's have at it.

21 January 2015

Are we overreacting to "Deflategate?"

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Generally the week off between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl is a lighter NFL news week. Enter Deflategate. The story kicked off when veteran Indianapolis sports reporter Bob Kravitz reported that the NFL was investigating whether the Patriots deflated footballs in their demolition of the Colts in the AFC Championship Game. Then late last night, Chris Mortensen reported that the NFL found that 11 of the 12 footballs from the Patriots were under-inflated.

The takes are coming in hot as expected but I have to ask, are we making a bigger deal of this than we should?