30 December 2016

My 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

My friends, it is that time again to get all wired about the Baseball Hall of Fame. Cooperstown is a must for another sports aficionado even with all the voting shenanigans and with some high profile folks coming onto the ballot this year, it should mark for an interesting summer when the inductees are, well, inducted.

Who would I vote for this year if I had a ballot? Let's take a look.

29 December 2016

2016 NFL Predictions: Week 17

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And here we are, the final week of the 2016 NFL regular season and while much of the playoff intrigue is confined to the NFC, you can find plenty of motivation here.

Who will close their season the right way? Here are my Week 17 NFL picks.

28 December 2016

2016 NFL on CBS Announcers & Distribution: Week 17

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The final week of the regular season means that both networks will have doubleheaders and the NFL on CBS has seven games on their schedule this Sunday. Your early games feature Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Miami, New England, New York, Pittsburgh and Tennessee while the late games feature Denver, Kansas City, Oakland and San Diego.

Which games will you be getting and who will be calling them? Let's find out one more time for the NFL on CBS.

2016 NFL on Fox Announcers & Distribution: Week 17

(AP)
The final week of the regular season means that both networks will have doubleheaders and the NFL on Fox has seven games on their schedule this Sunday. Your early games feature Carolina, Chicago, Dallas, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay while the late games feature Arizona, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington.

Which games will you be getting and who will be calling them? Let's find out one more time for the NFL on Fox.

2016 College Football Playoff Semifinals Predictions

Make sure to leave some room for football in your New Year's Eve celebrations as the much-anticipated College Football Playoff semifinals will be held this Saturday night in Atlanta and in Glendale, AZ. Only two teams can survive and advance to the National Championship Game in Tampa on January 9th, who will it be? It's time for my predictions.

22 December 2016

2016 NFL Playoff Projections: Week 16

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Only two weeks remain in the NFL regular season which means it is now or never for many clubs as they try to knock down playoff berths. Who will get in and who won't? Here are my latest projections.

21 December 2016

2016 NFL Predictions: Week 16

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Only two weeks remain in this NFL season and only four teams (two in each conference) have knocked down playoff bids and just about every game this week means something for someone or another in the playoff contention fight.

So who will win in Week 16? Here are my predictions.

19 December 2016

Fanatic Radio 12/15/16 - We Can Go Undefeated

Fanatic Radio 12/15/16: Fanatic Radio is back as Mike and Ben fight the sickness to bring you the most eccentric episode ever. We break down which NBA feat was/is more impressive from Klay Thompson's 60 to Russell Westbrook's seven-consecutive triple doubles.



In baseball, Flo's Yankees are going on the offensive, what more do they need to add, and NFL playoff scenarios, because - hey it's football and the Florida College Coaching Carousel. Also go see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, now in theaters!

2016 NFL on CBS Announcers & Distribution: Week 16

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We have reached Week 16 in this NFL campaign and therefore, CBS Sports will have regional coverage. Five games are on tap and they feature the Bills, Browns, Chargers, Colts, Dolphins, Jaguars, Jets, Patriots, Raiders and Titans.

Which game are you getting on your local CBS affiliate and who will be calling it this Saturday on Christmas Eve? Let's find out for the NFL on CBS.

2016 NFL on Fox Announcers & Distribution: Week 16

(AP)
We have reached Week 16 of the season and with that, Fox Sports will have the doubleheader. Six games dot the schedule, featuring the Bears, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Falcons, 49ers, Packers, Panthers, Rams, Saints, Seahawks, Vikings as well as Washington.

Which games are you getting on your local Fox affiliate and who will be calling them this Saturday on Christmas Eve? Let's find out for the NFL on Fox.

15 December 2016

2016-17 Bowl Game Predictions

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Good news if you are a fan of bowl games because believe it or not, we got ourselves a truckload of them this year, 41 in total if you count the College Football Playoff semifinals and national championship. I will save my predictions for those contests until closer to New Year's Eve but in the meantime, here are my predictions for just about every bowl game this winter.

2016 NFL Playoff Projections: Week 15

(NFL)
The 2016 NFL Playoffs are coming in hot as we have only three weeks left in the regular season. Now, how do I think the playoff picture is going to shape out when it's all said and done? Let's take a look.

14 December 2016

2016 NFL Predictions: Week 15

(AP)
Only three weeks remain in the 2016 NFL season and we've got a cornucopia of key contests with a lot on the line. Therefore, here are my predictions for Week 15.

13 December 2016

2017 College Football Coaching Carousel: Grading the hires

(Miami Herald)
The coaching carousel in the world of college football never seems to stop spinning and this year, we got started even earlier than normal. Some of the sport's marquee programs have made a change at the head coaching position and we have seen some big names return to head coaching gigs.

How have the 17 programs that have brought in new head coaches done with their hires? Here is my analysis for each and every one.

12 December 2016

2016 NFL on Fox Announcers & Distribution: Week 15

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This week, our friends at Fox Sports will have the singleheader. Five games dot the schedule, featuring action from Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, East Rutherford and Glendale.

Which game will you be getting and who will be calling it? Let's find out for this week on the NFL on Fox.

2016 NFL on CBS Announcers & Distribution: Week 15

(AP)
This week, our friends at CBS Sports will have the doubleheader. Seven games are on the docket, featuring action from Cincinnati, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Orchard Park and San Diego.

Which games will you be getting and who will be calling them? Let's find out for this week on the NFL on CBS.

09 December 2016

Fanatic Radio 12/5/16 - Bowl Show 2016

Fanatic Radio 12/5/16: Mike and Flo breakdown the college football bowls for the 2016 season. The Playoff has good teams competing for a National Championship, but are they the right ones? What is to fix of this 'committee' as FR throws some interesting crystal ball views into the world of college football.



We break down, most, of the 2016-17 bowl games kicking off December 17. The latter half is all D.C. baby, from Bryce Harper wanting more money than sense to the forever crappy Metro.

08 December 2016

Who will win the Heisman Trophy for 2016?

Come Saturday night, the eyes of the sporting world will be on the PlayStation Theatre in Times Square as the Heisman Trust announces the 2016 recipient of the Heisman Trophy. Five athletes are finalists this year, including one defensive player and two players from the same team. So in the end, who will be striking the pose this year?

2016 NFL Playoff Projections: Week 14

(AP)
Only four weeks remain in the 2016 NFL season and this week has a number of key games with playoff implications. How does the playoff picture look now and how will it look after Week 17? Here are my projections.

07 December 2016

2016-17 Bowl Game Announcers

40 games dot the schedule this bowl season, 41 if you include the National Championship, and they will be broadcast across six networks (you can presume which network will be carrying the vast majority of said games). But who will be calling them? Let's find out.

2016 NFL Predictions: Week 14

(NFL)
There are some serious games with a lot on the line for the NFL Playoff race this week, starting with the action on Thursday night. As we count down the days to 2017 and to the playoffs, here are my predictions for Week 14.

05 December 2016

2016 NFL on CBS Announcers & Distribution: Week 14

(AP)
Another NFL Sunday means another singleheader for CBS Sports. Six games are on the docket and they feature the Bears, Bengals, Bills, Broncos, Browns, Colts, 49ers, Jets, Lions, Steelers, Texans and Titans.

Which game will you be getting and who will be calling it? Let's find out for this week on the NFL on CBS?

2016 NFL on Fox Announcers & Distribution: Week 14

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Another NFL Sunday means another doubleheader for Fox Sports. Your early games feature Arizona, Carolina, Jacksonville, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia, San Diego and Washington while your late contests include Atlanta, Green Bay, Los Angeeles, New Orleans, Seattle and Tampa Bay.

Which games will you be getting and who will be calling them? Let's find out for this week on the NFL on Fox.

02 December 2016

Fanatic Radio 12/1/16 - Black Friday is Dead

Fanatic Radio 12/1/16: Fanatic Radio is back from Thanksgiving week to talk changes to the College Football Playoffs as several teams will be determining their positions for the Bowl Show, next week on Fanatic Radio. Ohio State vs. Penn State and the disastrous Big 10, Western Michigan vying to be the darling's of the mid-majors.



Tiger Woods is back and we are both excited and extremely confused about where he is and why Thursday Night Football is the flu-virus of the sporting world. Fan mail and 1-800-Flowers on deck!

2016-17 Bowl Projections: Week 14

(USATSI)
As the college football season winds down, why not take a look at the bowl picture as it stands? Here are my latest bowl projections for 2016-17.

01 December 2016

2016 NFL Playoff Projections: Week 13

(AP)
As we start to prepare for the NFL Playoffs, how do I think the playoff picture will shape out in a month? With some help from the trusty ESPN Playoff Machine, here is what I think.

Why MLB's World Series home-field advantage change is such a welcome development

(MLB)
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association were able to avert a potential lockout by coming together on a new collective bargaining agreement, as first reported last night by Ken Rosenthal. There are a number of noteworthy changes as a result of this agreement but there is already one that is my favorite: World Series home-field advantage will now longer be determined by the league that won the MLB All-Star Game and will finally be determined by the team with the better record.

30 November 2016

2016 NFL Predictions: Week 13

(AP)
Here we are, the final month of the 2016 NFL season. The playoff push is fully underway and fortunately, we have a number of critical contests this week across the country. Who will win and who will not this week? Here are my picks for Week 13.

28 November 2016

2016 College Football Predictions: Weeks 14 & 15

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As we enter December, we are arriving at the conclusion of college football's regular season, if you will. Eight conference championship games will be held starting on Friday and for those clubs hoping to get a bid to the College Football Playoff, it is all or nothing. So who will win this week and the next? Here are my picks.

2016 NFL on CBS Announcers & Distribution: Week 13

(AP)
Week 13 means regional action this week on CBS Sports, featuring action in Atlanta, Baltimore, Green Bay, Jacksonville and Oakland. Which game will you be getting this week and who will be calling it? Let's find out for the NFL on CBS.

27 November 2016

2016 NFL on Fox Announcers & Distribution: Week 13

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Week 13 in the NFL will bring the doubleheader to Fox Sports. Your early slate features action in Chicago, Cincinnati, Foxborough and New Orleans while your late games are in Glendale, San Diego and Pittsburgh. Which games will you be getting this week and who will be calling them? Let's find out for the NFL on Fox.

Will Tom Herman be the one that turns around Texas?

(USATSI)
The next domino to drop in the college football coaching carousel was that of the University of Texas as they announced on Saturday the hiring of Houston head coach Tom Herman. He will replace Charlie Strong, who was formally ousted once the school could confirm that they would be luring Herman to town, after he went 16-21 in three years.

As the rebuilding process continues in Austin, can Herman be the coach that leads the Longhorns back to the pinnacle of college football?

26 November 2016

Why LSU may come to regret the Ed Orgeron hire

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It's been two months since LSU was the first program to get on the coaching carousel after they fired Les Miles and now, they are the first team off it. Today they announced that interim coach Ed Orgeron will be getting the job on a full-time basis. This will be Orgeron's second head coaching gig in the SEC with the previous being a very unsuccessful three-year stint at Ole Miss.

Clearly after you fire a coach as successful as Miles has been, being a good program is not enough. Will Orgeron be able to take this program to the next level?

24 November 2016

2016-17 Bowl Projections: Week 13

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The college football season is quickly winding down so as the bowl picture continues to clear up, here are my bowl projections for Week 13.

23 November 2016

Fanatic Radio 11/22/16 - Turkeys of the Year

Fanatic Radio 11/22/16 - Turkeys of the Year: Happy Thanksgiving from Fanatic Radio. Our 2016 Turkeys of the Year. From the obscene to the moronic to the downright distasteful, Mike and Ben recap everything.



US Soccer has a new manager and vision, the NFL sucks at kicking field goals, the Redskins-Cowboys match up is game of the year and Ellen won a Presidential Medal of Freedom? We give thanks to the best week of college football and Flo's No Shave November Moustache!

22 November 2016

2016 NFL Predictions: Week 12

(Fox Sports via The Big Lead)
Thanksgiving: the one day where the NFL doesn't seem to suck on Thursdays. There is a tripleheader of action this Thursday and then after we wake up from food comas and survive Black Friday, even more NFL action as we continue to sort out the playoff picture.

Who will win this week? Here are my predictions.

21 November 2016

2016 College Football Predictions: Week 13

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As we celebrate Thanksgiving as well as what is generally, in my opinion, the best week of football of the year, we get to enjoy some tremendous college games this week as the regular season winds down. Key conference contests are on tap across the nation, including the much-anticipated tilts in Pullman, Colorado Springs, Kalamazoo, Columbus, Tuscaloosa, Madison, Boulder, Tallahassee, Albuquerque and elsewhere.

Who will win this week? Here are my picks.

2016 NFL on Fox Announcers & Distribution: Week 12

It is Week 12 and that means football on Thanksgiving. Our friends at Fox Sports will be celebrating in Arlington this Thursday and then, they get to follow it up with the singleheader on Sunday. Teams in action this week on Fox include Washington and Dallas on Thursday and then the Browns, Buccaneers, Cardinals Dolphins, Falcons, 49ers, Giants, Rams, Saints and Seahawks are in action on Sunday.

Which game will you be getting on your local Fox affiliate and who will be calling it? Let's find out for this week on the NFL on Fox.

2016 NFL on CBS Announcers & Distribution: Week 12

It is Week 12, that means Thanksgiving and that means football. Our friends at CBS Sports will be celebrating in Motown on Thursday and then, they will follow it up with the doubleheader on Sunday. The teams in action this week on CBS include Minnesota and Detroit on Thursday, followed up by the Bears, Bengals, Bills, Chargers, Jaguars, Jets, Panthers, Patriots, Raiders and Ravens on Sunday.

Which games will you be getting this week on your local CBS affiliates and who will be calling them? Let's find out for this week on the NFL on CBS.

18 November 2016

2016 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship Predictions

This weekend is Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway and that means that a champion will be crowned in the Sprint Cup Series. Of the four drivers still aive, who will be the winner of the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup? Here are my predictions.

2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Predictions

This weekend is Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway and that means that a champion will be crowned in the Xfinity Series. As we conclude the inaugural Xfinity Series Chase, who will win the title on Saturday night? Here are my predictions.

17 November 2016

2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Predictions

It is Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend and that means that a champion will be crowned in the Camping World Truck Series. As we conclude the inaugural Truck Series Chase, who will win the title on Friday night? Here are my predictions.

2016-17 Bowl Projections: Week 12

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The College Football Playoff took a big-league hit this past weekend with five of the top ten and three of the top four all taking a loss. So, where are we now? Here are my latest bowl projections.

16 November 2016

2016 NFL Predictions: Week 11

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We have arrived at Week 11 of this NFL campaign and thus as the playoff picture continues to shape up, here are my predictions for this week.

15 November 2016

2016 College Football Predictions: Week 12

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This past weekend was truly wild in the world of college football. After all, anytime you have the teams ranked 2-4 lost (Clemson against Pittsburgh, Michigan against Iowa and Washington against USC), and five of the top ten, that's what I like to call chaos. So in short, just what will we see next? Here are my Week 12 picks.

14 November 2016

Fanatic Radio 11/10/16 - 'Loud Noises!,' Brick Tamland

Fanatic Radio 11/10/16: With democracy at work, who better to break down the impacts of Trump headed to the oval office than Fanatic Radio? Mike and Ben talk election night and future of policies.



From a sports side, what Stan Van Gundy, other athlete's comments mean to the continued growth of Spolitics. Fan mail returns to ask LA Chargers move, US-Mexico game Friday, and the start of college basketball!

2016 NFL on Fox Announcers & Distribution: Week 11

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It is Week 11 and with that, Fox Sports will have regional action. Five games are on tap and they will be featuring Arizona, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minnesota, New York and Tampa Bay.

Which game are you getting this Sunday and who will be calling it? Let's find out for the NFL on Fox.

2016 NFL on CBS Announcers & Distribution: Week 11

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For Week 11 of this season, CBS Sports will have the doubleheader. Six games are on the docket and they will feature the Browns, Colts, Cowboys, Eagles, 49ers, Jaguars, Lions, Patriots, Ravens, Seahawks, Steelers and Titans.

So which games are you getting this Sunday and who will be calling them? Let's find out for the NFL on CBS.

10 November 2016

2016-17 Bowl Projections: Week 11

(USATSI)
We may be in the midst of Week 11 of this college football season but hey, let's take a fresh look at the bowl picture.

2016-17 Fox College Hoops Announcers

The 2016-17 college basketball season kicks off later this week and with that, we now have some information as for the announcers for Fox Sports' coverage this season. Your usual suspects return while some key additions get in the mix as well. Let's take a look.

09 November 2016

2016 NFL Predictions: Week 10

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We have now hit double-digits in terms of weeks in the NFL season and after Tuesday's presidential election, the focus is now back on the football. Here are my Week 10 predictions.

08 November 2016

B-Flo 360 2016 Election Predictions

Wondering how the voting will go down tonight and who will be elected the 45th President of the United States? Here are my predictions for the Presidential electoral map as well as the congressional balance power.

07 November 2016

2016 College Football Predictions: Week 11

(USATSI)
The wheels in the college football season keep turning and churning as the excitement never seems to stop. More big games dot the schedule this week, including key contests in Norman, Annapolis, Troy, Louisville, Fayetteville, Lincoln, Seattle, Iowa City and elsewhere. Who will win this week? Here are my picks.

06 November 2016

2016 NFL on CBS Announcers & Distribution: Week 10

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It is Week 10 in the NFL and therefore our good friends over at CBS Sports will have regional coverage. Their slate features the Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jaguars, Panthers, Texans and Saints.

Which game will you be getting this week on your local CBS affiliate and who will be calling it? Let's find out.

2016 NFL on Fox Announcers & Distribution: Week 10

(NFL)
It is Week 10 in the NFL and with that, our friends over at Fox Sports will have the doubleheader. The docket features the Bears, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Cowboys, Eagles, Falcons, 49ers, Jets, Packers, Rams, Steelers, Titans, Vikings and Washington.

Which games will you be getting on your local Fox affiliate and who will be calling it? Let's find out.