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New Orleans Saints and Bounties

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: If player safety were the big issue here, then the Packers would’ve gotten some sort of punishment in 2007. But they “stopped.” (Seriously, how can you even prove that?) If it was player safety, Goodell wouldn’t be pushing 18-game seasons, more Thursday games and Monday games that shorten recovery time, and he wouldn’t be fighting the NFLPA for health benefits.

CHRIS PUMMER: I just seriously doubt these punishments are anything other than an image-related ploy. And until I see something more tangible put forward by the NFL without being compelled by litigation, I’ll continue to doubt the motive. Continue reading

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Manning vs. Manning

MIKE SILVA: You want a great quarterback? Give me Peyton. You want a championship quarterback? Give me Eli.

CHRIS PUMMER: Football being a team sport, I don’t think Eli Manning’s two Super Bowl titles puts him in the same class as his older brother. Continue reading

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Jeremy Lin Perspectives

HOWARD MEGDAL: It never occurred to me that I might root for a player as vociferously as Patrick Ewing. But Jeremy Lin might just get there for me.

ROBERT SHATZKIN: I’m scared to fully embrace the Linsanity. Continue reading

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Rutgers Football: Is The Best Behind The Scarlet Knights?

HOWARD MEGDAL: My teams cannot hurt me with futility. I grew up a Rutgers football fan.

CHRIS PUMMER: Greg Schiano did a fine job turning around a Rutgers program that he also left in the lurch with his sudden departure last week. But as a coach, he wasn’t a unique talent, and to think the Scarlet Knights couldn’t find another capable coach is overreaction. Continue reading

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Melvin Mora Remembered

MIKE SILVA: How often do late season call-ups make a huge impact on a team in the postseason? Some names that come up off the top of my head are Shane Spencer with the Yankees in 1998, K-Rod in Anaheim in 2002, and Francisco Cabrera with the Braves in 1992. The Mets had two such players under Bobby Valentine: Melvin Mora and Timo Perez.

CHRIS PUMMER: Melvin Mora’s career batting line after his 30th birthday: .281/.354/.441 in more than 5,000 plate appearances. That’s a pretty good career, even before you consider that he was used as a utility player until he was 33. If he’d posted the same numbers before 30 with the same number of plate appearances, he’d have finished with 3,006 hits. Continue reading

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Kansas Hires Charlie Weis

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: So apparently Kansas’ main priority in hiring a new head football coach was to find someone who would fit into Mark Mangino’s old coaching gear.

CHRIS PUMMER: Kansas wanted to make a flashy hire, and the did it with Weis. But we all know the big name isn’t always the best pick. Continue reading

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Capuano or Marquis?

CHRIS PUMMER: Nobody is likely to remember Chris Capuano as the one that got away for the Mets, but the lefty did strike a pretty fair deal with the Dodgers. Certainly I think it will be better than…

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Euro 2012 Draw in Review

MIKE CUMMINGS: For me, the two storylines from Friday’s Euro 2012 draw were Groups A and B. Group B is the all-time, nastiest of the nasty, the one Group of Death to rule them all. Group A? Well, my rec league team could win Group A, and our median age is somewhere north of 40.
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Papelbon to the Phillies

CHRIS PUMMER: The merits of forking over big money to a relief pitcher are dubious, but if the Phillies were bound and determined to spend that cash on someone to accumulate saves, picking Jonathan Papelbon over Ryan Madson was the right choice. Continue reading

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Best Athletic of the Moneyball Era

CHRIS PUMMER: Now that the Moneyball movie is moving to second-run theaters, and some of the better players for the A’s of a decade ago slowly fading into retirement, it might not be premature to consider who defined that era of baseball for Oakland. Continue reading

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