The Silent Opinion: The Case Against Football

When it comes to the NFL and the sport of football, ignorance is bliss. Everyone loves football, right? Check the Nielsen ratings, highlights of Sports Center, or even your local news and you will quickly find out – everyone loves football. The NFL brand, or as Commissioner Roger Goodell likes to say, The Shield has […]

A Giant Season of Blunders

The New York Giants 2015 season was full of potential – until they blew nearly every game. They were down 35-7 vs. the undefeated Panthers, but let’s be honest: they should have been winning. It seemed like such an unlikely story for Big Blue. The Giants don’t usually lose until the last two minutes of […]

My Thoughts on the NFL Season Through Week 5

I craft this post as I’m lying down in my empty apartment in the West Loop of Chicago. I have nothing but a 50” Vizio TV in front of me and pillow underneath my achy back to get me through the next two hours of writing. The last month has been absolute mayhem…in a great way, […]

The Hype, The Fame, The Fortune: Understanding the Complexity of Modern Day Athletes

We like to think of our favorite professional sports stars as super human. Reassessing that philosophy may go a long way in understanding the modern professional athlete. Ancient Greek civilization is remembered, among other things, for Greek Mythology, a collection of teachings and myths which commonly documented the accomplishments of gods and heroes. Of these […]

The Impending Sports Analytics Doom

How the latest obsession with statistics and data are sapping the drama from our sports world. Following the dramatic conclusion of the Super Bowl a couple of months ago, the sports world exploded into a frenzy of overreaction. Most notably, the final sequence of events, in which Seattle’s offense elected to throw the ball on […]

Week 16 Thursday Night Picks: The Implications of Winning

Jim Armstrong In this week’s Thursday night picks post, I’m going to focus less on the matchup and more on the short and long-term prognosis of each franchise, since no one really cares who wins tonight’s game (outside of Jacksonville and Titans fans). Despite the dismal matchup of two 2-12 squads, tonight’s game actually holds a ton […]

Weekly 14 Thursday Night Picks: Just What Dallas Ordered: Hapless Chicago

Jim Armstrong There’s no two ways about it, Jay Cutler is who he is at 31 years old – an erratic, turnover prone QB who has one career playoff win. Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson both are Super Bowl winning QB’s. Through nearly 9 seasons, Cutler sports 1 career playoff win and a ghastly 1-11 career […]

Week 11 Thursday Night Picks: Realization that Football is in the Stretch Run

Jim Armstrong Of the 12 playoff teams that qualified for the playoffs last season, four of those teams (Green Bay, San Francisco, Carolina & San Diego) are currently on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. With that being said, all of these teams are within striking distance of a wild card spot or […]

Week 10 Thursday Night Football Picks & The State of the AFC North

Jim Armstrong Who predicted that the AFC North, with an aggregate 21 wins through week 9, would be the strongest division in the NFL. Heck the 2012 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens (who still have 8 starters from that Super Bowl team) are in the cellar of the division, at 5-4, after dropping each of […]

Week 9 Thursday Picks – Halfway Done with the NFL

Jim Armstrong First off, congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, who just captured their 3rd world series in five seasons (for those living under a rock), beating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7. I’ll readily admit that I am not the most ardent baseball fan, but any sports fan can appreciate the tense […]