Bengals are NFL’s biggest loser in Week 17

January 4, 2016 – 2:08 am by Hickey

James Harrison Bengals

Conventional wisdom dictates that no one in the NFL had a worse Sunday than the New York Jets, who merely needed a win in Buffalo to clinch a spot in the AFC playoffs. They were the only team facing a cut-and-dried “win and get in” scenario, and they blew it in particularly painful fashion with a spate of Ryan Fitzpatrick fourth-quarter interceptions and a near-miracle touchdown catch that slipped through the fingers of Kenbrell Thompkins.

But once defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson was lost to a broken leg, any chance of the Jets making a playoff run had they actually reached the postseason likely went with it. Which means the real biggest loser of Week 17 is the Cincinnati Bengals, who over the course of the day went from a potential first-round bye to a wild-card matchup with the one team in the playoffs nobody wants to see — division rival Pittsburgh.

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IUPUI flying under radar in Summit League; notch win in conference opener

January 1, 2016 – 7:48 pm by Kevin Johnston

It hasn’t been all peaches and cream so far this season for IUPUI head coach Jason Gardner and his gritty Jaguars squad, to say the least.

A brutal pre-conference slate – including true road games at Marquette, NC State, Purdue, Creighton, Memphis and Butler – combined with the ineligibility of transfer guard Ron Patterson caused the Jags to enter conference play having already racked up 11 losses. But for every setback and every stumble, the incremental improvement has been noticeable; the glimmers of hope, aplenty.

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Jonathan Quick ties shutout record for American-born goalies

December 29, 2015 – 6:22 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jonathan Quick

On Monday night, in a completely ignored story, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick tied a pretty significant NHL record. With his team’s 5-0 destruction of the Vancouver Canucks, Quick is now tied for the most shutouts by an American-born goaltender. His 40th shutout put him on equal footing with John Vanbiesbrouck and Frank Brimsek. 

OK, it’s tying an American record in hockey, that shouldn’t be that big a deal, until you realize how quickly the Kings’ netminder did it. While it seems like Quick has been around forever, he’s only 29 years old, and earned his 40th shutout in just his 436th game. Vanbiesbrouck was between the pipes for 882 contests, while Brimsek was back there for 514.

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Peyton Manning HGH charges shouldn’t be shocking

December 29, 2015 – 3:48 am by Hickey

Peyton Manning

Fandom is continuing its unbeaten streak as an incubator of willful naivete as acolytes of Peyton Manning find a report that links the quarterback to use of human growth hormone to somehow be inconceivable, either because he does or has played for their favorite team, or because he seems like such a super nice guy when he’s singing about chicken parmesan.

Sure, I too want to believe in Peyton Manning. But we’ve gotten to the point in modern sports history where it is foolish and blind to believe that anyone is too morally superior to have used HGH or any other drug simply because of who we perceive them to be.

The primary defense of Manning seems to be stemming from the fact that the report comes from an Al Jazeera documentary, and DURR-HURR WHAT DO A BUNCH OF A-RABS KNOW ABOUT FOOTBALL ANYWAYS?

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Carolina Panthers still have tough road to perfection

December 21, 2015 – 2:35 am by Hickey

Cam Newton

After Carolina eked out a dramatic 38-35 win at New York on Sunday, the national media finally seems to be buying into the concept that the Panthers are good enough to run the table after spending the first half of the season speculating that the Patriots were the team with the best chance of making history.

The Panthers are already in elite company, joining the 1972 Dolphins, 2007 Pats and 2009 Colts as the only teams to win their first 14 games of the season. Of course, only the Fins finished off the job, and it seems likely that will still be the case when this year is over. That’s not a swipe at the Panthers, but a recognition of how difficult the road through the NFC playoffs is poised to be this season.

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Dodgers trying desperately to keep up in NL West arms race

December 17, 2015 – 5:28 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Zack Greinke

The Los Angeles Dodgers dominated the National League West in 2015, winning the division going away with a 92-70 record. After a disappointing showing in the playoffs, the Dodgers were expected to solidify their roster with some solid moves this offseason and keep ace righty Zack Greinke. Things haven’t gone according to plan.

Instead, the Dodgers have largely remained silent while their NL West foes have stockpiled talent. The Arizona Diamondbacks stole Greinke away with a monster contract, then landed Shelby Miller in a swap with the Atlanta Braves, while the San Francisco Giants added both Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto to the top of their rotation. The Dodgers appear to have been surpassed by their division rivals, especially in the pitching department. Now, Los Angeles is scrambling in an attempt to make up for that.

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Bo Ryan casts long shadow for his successor

December 16, 2015 – 4:55 am by Zach Rastall

From the moment Bo Ryan’s press conference started Tuesday night, something didn’t seem quite right.

He had arrived a bit later than usual for his postgame presser, which, while a little strange, isn’t exactly earth shattering. He then proceeded to give an opening statement, something that isn’t customary for Ryan and just added to the peculiarity of it all.

But even then, nothing could’ve prepared anyone watching for the bombshell announcement that, after nearly 15 years in Madison and four decades as a coach at the collegiate level, Bo Ryan is calling it a career.

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Todd Frazier trade talks heat up as other options disappear

December 15, 2015 – 5:46 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Todd Frazier

Now that the big name pitchers and Jason Heyward are off the market, Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier has emerged as the most coveted target of baseball’s offseason swap meet. The Reds are motivated sellers and now know they have one of the top pieces on the market ready to move.

Numerous teams have inquired about Frazier, with the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians going hardest after his services at this point. The 29-year-old was an All-Star in each of the last two seasons and in 2015 belted 35 home runs while posting 89 RBIs and a .255 batting average. That was just his fifth major league season and he appears to be improving with each campaign.

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