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2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Preview

By on August 29, 2014 at 5:12pm
Team USA (Photo courtesy of NBA.com) Harden, Davis, Thompson and Curry will be some of the key players for Team USA in Spain (Photo courtesy of NBA.com)

Starting on Saturday, Spain will host the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, where Team USA will look for its second straight championship and fifth overall, which would tie Yugoslavia for the most ever. The United States will be bringing a young and inexperienced team to the tournament, but one that still has to be considered the favorite to bring home a fourth straight major title, including the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics gold medals. What follows is a rundown of the USA’s chances of coming out on top at the end of what will be an intense two-week competition, and who will be standing in the Americans’ way.

Team USA: Still the favorite

Most of the headlines about the U.S. pre-World Cup training camp revolved around the absences, with big men Blake Griffin and Kevin Love both dropping out voluntarily before Paul George‘s gruesome leg injury knocked him out for the upcoming NBA season. Love’s absence leaves Anthony Davis and James Harden as the only returning players from the London Games, while Stephen Curry, Rudy Gay and Derrick Rose will all return four years after their 2010 World Cup win in Turkey. Continue reading 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Preview »

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Fantasy football is fickle. It is a game of chance where the best laid plans can regularly crumble before your tear-filled eyes. In the most basic sense, it is a game of risk analysis. Drafting your team is easily the most important part. Which players are most likely to score the most points? Which players have the greatest chance for injury or regression?

But, really, it’s a game of chance. Nevertheless, due to hype, rumors, or general Internet frenzy–come draft day, there are always NFL players who are wildly undervalued while others are wildly overvalued.

Continue reading Overvalued and Undervalued 2014 Fantasy Football Players »

With the 2014 FIBA World Cup underway, the USA will look to overcome Paul George's injury to defend their crown. ("Family Guy," 'The Perfect Castaway,' 2005)

The FIBA Basketball World CUp is underway. The USA will attempt to defend their title, but will have to do so without Paul George following his horrific injury. In the meantime, several nations should put up quite a fight, especially late in the knockout stages. But for now, the Americans will have to deal with Turkey, the team they beat in the Finals last time, as well as four others. For the tournament, we’re here to to present predictions for how things will turn out.

Correctly picking a team to advance past the group stage is worth one point. Furthermore, picking the #1 team from each group exactly is worth four points, followed by three points for exactly guessing each group’s #2 team, and so on.

So check below for the Group Stage picks, as well as a list of the teams in each group. The first four teams in each group will advance to the knockout stage. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Pick ‘Em: Group Stage »

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Fantasy Football 2014 Sleepers

August 28, 2014 at 8:05pm in Fantasy, Featured
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It’s about that time of year. The start to the 2014 fantasy football season is only a couple weeks away. Sundays, along with Monday and Thursday nights, are about to become relevant once again.

With the start of the season right around the corner, now is a good time to brush up on knowledge of potential sleeper candidates for the upcoming campaign. A quick refresher for those readers new to fantasy football: players who can bring a team good value in the later rounds of a draft are viewed as “sleepers“.

Although some people have varying definitions on what qualifies a player to be a true sleeper candidate, for the purpose of this article sleepers can be considered generally undervalued players. Continue reading Fantasy Football 2014 Sleepers »

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Shipping up to Boston:

As many of you New England Sports fans know, the Patriots recently executed a trade where they sent Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for TE Tim Wright and a 2015 draft pick. This is huge because Mankins was a big presence on the offensive line and provided the veteran leadership when it came to protecting Tom Brady. Many are reporting that the only issue here was the inability by the Patriots front office to come to an agreement in terms of contract and Mankins wanted more money.

It will be tough to replace him on the offensive line, but his departure will allow the Patriots to use extra salary to go after big weapons offensively. Continue reading Recapping Recent Patriots Offseason Moves »

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Angels vs Nationals: Week 20's prediction for the World Series

August is nearing its end, and teams have less than a week to use the waiver wire to acquire new talent. Oakland is still having trouble with the Angels. Kansas City is still working on building a more permanent home atop their division. The NL Wildcard race is fairly stable, but still close and frantic. A lot could still happen in the last month or so of the season, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as Monday, August 25, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 20 »

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Angels vs Nationals: Week 19's prediction for the World Series

A month and a half remain in the season, and it’s a good race. Both leagues have new leaders. Four divisions are within 3.5 games. Winning and losing streaks are shaking things up. The questions now is whether or not all this will paint a new postseason picture, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, August 19, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 19 »

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