Steve Silverman

Steve Silverman

I live, breathe and eat sports 24 hours a day. I have covered the NFL since 1981, and my work has been published by, and ESPN Magazine. I have written eight sports-related books, including Who's Better, Who's Best in Football. I am also a long-time youth sports coach.
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  • Adding Offensive Line Help Would Be Key for Bears to Protect Cutler
    The Bears ranked near the bottom of the league at protecting the quarterback last year. Adding one or two offensive linemen in the draft could help keep Jay Cutler more comfortable in the pocket in 2012.
  • Blackhawks Must Not Allow Coyotes to Turn Series into Alley Fight
    Physical play has dominated the NHL playoffs so far in the postseason. While that has not been the case in the Chicago-Phoenix series, there are indications that rough stuff could be on the horizon in Game 3 as the series moves to Chicago.
  • Blackhawks Wait Until the Last Minute
    Once again, the Blackhawks have shown the ability to push playoff games into overtime with last-second goals. They have already done it twice this postseason, and that has allowed them to take momentum into Game 3 against Phoenix.
  • Flyers Push Favored Penguins to the Brink
    The Penguins were one of the NHL's glamour teams as the playoff started last week. Three games into the postseason, they are in survival mode as the Flyers have carved up the Penguins' defense.
  • Red Sox Can Overcome Hurdle of Ellsbury Injury
    Jacoby Ellsbury had a sensational season in 2011 which he finished second to Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander in MVP voting. A shoulder injury will sideline Ellsbury for up to two months, but it does not have to ruin Boston's season.
  • Guillen Will Manage His Way When He Returns
    Ozzie Guillen stepped into the biggest controversy of his carer when he made remarks conveying "respect" for Fidel Castro. Once Guillen returns, he needs to stay out of politics and concentrate on baseball.
  • Nashville's Weber Deserved Suspension for Pounding Zetterberg's Head into Glass
    The NHL says it is concerned about head injuries that cause players to miss significant time. However, the league did not hit Nashville's Shea Weber with a significant penalty after he drove Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass.
  • NHL Playoffs: Beware the Dreaded 1-8 Matchup
    The Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers have designs on meeting in the Stanley Cup Finals. But recent NHL history shows that top-seeded teams often get all they can handle from their eighth-seeded opponents.
  • Bears Surging, Saints Sinking During Offseason
    It's been a notable offseason for the Chicago Bears. New general manager Phil Emery has added several talented players, but the Saints have been falling. In addition to Bountygate, the Saints have lost top players in free agency.
  • Exclusive: Olczyk Says NHL's Concussion Protocol Offers Players Increased Safety
    NBC's lead hockey analyst Ed Olczyk believes the NHL is taking the right steps and implementing them correctly when it comes to players getting hit in the head. Players must demonstrate they are symptom-free before they return to the lineup.
  • 'Ancient' Celtics Mount Surprising Climb in East
    At the start of the NBA season, the Boston Celtics seemed too old and battered to compete. If they were going to make the playoffs, it would be as a bottom seed. However, the Celtics have defied expectations and turned around their fortunes.
  • Bruins, Rangers on Track for Monumental Playoff Meeting
    The New York Rangers and defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins are the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference. If those seeds hold, the conference's two best defensive teams will meet for the right to play for the Stanley Cup.
  • NHL Has No Justification for Fining Tortorella
    The National Hockey League's fined New York Rangers coach John Tortorella for critical comments about the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tortorella raised key objections to the Penguins' tactics and he should not have been punished.
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  • Keith Return Gives Blackhawks Greater Postseason Credibility
    After serving a five-game suspension, defenseman Duncan Keith returned to the Blackhawks' lineup. If the Blackhawks are going to make a Stanley Cup run, Keith and the rehabbing Jonathan Toews must play key roles.
  • Give Malkin Hart Trophy, but Stamkos is NHL's Best Player
    The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of the favorites to contend for the Stanley Cup and Evgeni Malkin is the likely Hart Trophy winner. However, Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos has been spectacular and is the best player in the NHL.
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  • Bulls Stay on Track Despite Rose Injuries
    The Bulls have been at or near the top of the NBA despite a series of injuries to reigning MVP Derrick Rose. No recent MVP has missed more games than Rose the season after winning the award.
  • This Year's Masters Has the Look of a Classic
    The senses are heightened as the 2012 Masters is set to begin. Many of the game's stars are playing at or near peak levels and that could mean a scintillating finish. Tiger Woods would like to put on the green jacket for a fifth time.
  • Texas Rangers Face Long Odds to Get Back to World Series Third Consecutive Time
    Ron Washington is confident and happy as his team prepares for the 2012 season. However, only one team in baseball history has won the World Series after losing it two years in a row.
  • Bruins Regain Their Swagger With Playoffs on Horizon
    After a 30-game midseason malaise that threatened to put their dreams of repeating as Stanley Cup champions to sleep, the Boston Bruins have found their form at the most important time of the year.
  • Desperate Canadiens Need Bowman to Regain Lost Luster
    The 2011-12 season has been a lost cause for the once-glorious Montreal Canadiens. If they are going to become a force again, they may need to turn towards one of their legendary leaders of the past.
  • Rangers Head List of Legitimate Eastern Conference Contenders
    The NHL regular season is in its home stretch and the playoffs are just around the corner. Here's a look at the four Eastern Conference teams with the best chance of getting to the Stanley Cup Finals.
  • Thibodeau Deserving of Second Straight Coach of the Year Award
    The Bulls have been short-handed throughout the season yet they have the best record in the league. Tom Thibodeau has done an exceptional job of leading this team even with its injury problems.
  • Payton Should Not Be Involved in Saints' Coaching Hire
    Saints coach Sean Payton has been suspended by NFL commissioner for one year. He should not have anything to do with the hiring of the individual who will fill his position for the next season.
  • Chara Reaches 1,000th Game and Ranks with Top Defensemen in Bruins' History
    Zdeno Chara is one of the most physically dominant defensemen in the NHL. The Bruins have a long history of top blue line players and Chara has earned his spot in that group that includes hockey legend Bobby Orr.
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  • NFL History: Steelers' Exceptional Draft Class of 1974
    When it comes to building a team through the draft, no team put those words into action better than the Steelers did from 1969-74. Their 1974 draft class is widely recognized as the best in NFL history.
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  • Malkin, Neal, Karlsson Among Most Surprising NHL Performers This Season
    Explosive Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is a huge talent. However, this year his play has been dynamic and explosive most every night, a big change from previous years. Malkin leads the group of this season's most surprising NHL players.
  • Bears, Forte Chasm Growing Wider
    Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is growing increasingly disenchanted with his employer. He is frustrated because he sees other running back sign contracts that include moreguaranteed money than he is scheduled to receive.
  • Bulls Getting it Done Without Rose
    The Chicago Bulls have been without reigning MVP Derrick Rose for 15 games during the season as he has battled three injuries. Including the Miami Heat game March 14, the Bulls are 4-1 in the five games Rose has missed with a toe injury.
  • No Rose, No Problem; Bulls' Depth Makes Statement Vs. Heat
    As regular-season games go, the Bulls against the Heat is always going to get headlines. The Bulls had to play without Derrick Rose, but Tom Thibodeau's team showed it was not about to roll over and feel sorry for itself.
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  • Heavily Favored Lady Bears Ready to Roll in First Round of Tournament
    Baylor's Lady Bears have had an exceptional season, rolling to a 34-0 record during the regular season. Head coach Kim Mulkey knows the first step towards winning the national championship comes against a seemingly overmatched UCSB team.
  • Explosive Landeskog Taking Leadership Role with Surging Avs
    Much was expected when the Colorado Avalanche drafted left wing Gabriel Landeskog with their first-round draft choice last year. The rookie is surging as the Avs fight for playoff position down the home stretch.
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  • Woods Long Injury Makes Skepticism a Waste of Time
    It seemed like Tiger Woods' decision to withdraw from last week's Cadillac Championship was met with quite a few raised eyebrows. However, Woods' significant injury history indicates that he was in quite a bit of pain and he made the correct choice.
  • Texans' Williams About to Take Free-agent Market by Storm
    Defensive end Mario Williams is a game-changing player. He suffered a torn pectoral muscle last season and played just five games. He hits the free-agent market and has the potential to upgrade any defense.
  • GMs Will Look for Ways to Make the Game Safer
    The National Hockey League's 30 general managers will convene in Boca Raton, Fla. to discuss the state of the game and discuss ways to make it better. In the current environment, that means ways to make it safer.
  • Manning Will Never Pull a Favre and Football Fans Are Grateful
    Through the first part of the last decade, Brett Favre was still the pre-eminent quarterback in the NFL. When he started to pull his annual guessing game with the Packers, he eventually blew his Green Bay legacy. That will not happen with Peyton Manning.
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  • Rangers Collapse and Lose Third Straight Game
    The New York Rangers have played nearly error-free hockey throughout the 2011-12 season. With the postseason a month away, head coach John Tortorella is beginning to see some flaws in his team's makeup.
  • Put Me In, Coach
    When coaching youth baseball, the coach has to balance what is best for the team with what helps young players develop. Sometimes the coach's ideas differ from the parents of players and it may lead to conflict.
  • Turco Gives the Bruins Options in Net
    An injury to Boston backup goalie Tuukka Rask put the Bruins in a bind. While they have one of the best goalies in the league in Tim Thomas, he is 37 and has shown signs of tiring. The Bruins added veteran Marty Turco to ease Thomas's workload.
  • New Voice Gives Cubs a Brave, New Approach
    While Cubs fans are hoping for the same results Red Sox fans got when Theo Epstein was putting together a roster in Boston, the new Cubs boss is depending on values like work ethic and organization for turning the Cubs into a successful organization.
  • Manning Says Goodbye to Colts; Opens New Chapter
    He came to the Indianapolis Colts in the 1998 draft, destined to be their savior. He fulfilled that role and now there is a new savior on the horizon. As Peyton Manning leaves the Colts, a new era begins for him and his old employer.
  • Saints Err in Slapping Franchise Tag on Brees
    The Saints are going through a miserable offseason. By not getting a new deal done with Drew Brees, they were forced to place a franchise tag on him. That means they can't place it on players like Marques Colston, Robert Meachem or Carl Nicks. Ouch.
  • Brady's Security Blanket Returns as Pats Tag Welker
    Tom Brady and Wes Welker go together like peanut butter and jelly. The Patriots know and they had no plans to let him go. Now that he's been franchised, they must get a speed receiver who can stretch the field.
  • Bruins Hanging on to Division Lead by Their Fingernails
    The season was rolling along in November and December, as the Bruins looked like dominant defending Stanley Cup champions. But those heady times are over. The Bruins haven't won consecutive games since early January.
  • Hockey PSA Sure to Open Eyes
    Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke's son was a gay hockey manager at Miami (Ohio) University. He wanted to open up sports to gay athletes before he was killed in a car accident. His father has taken up his cause.
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  • Canucks Goon Up as Hockey Fight Ban Looms
    Inside the game of hockey, there has been a raging battle between those that advocate fighting and those who want to see the activity banned. As minor hockey steps closer to driving fistic arts out of the game, the Canucks arm themselves with a goon.
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  • Defensive Lapses Lead to Leafs Coaching Change
    The optimism and steady play of the first half of the season have given way to despair in Toronto. Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke couldn't bear any more misery, so he fired head coach Ron Wilson in an effort to ignite his players.
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  • Top Free-agent Quartrbacks Tough to Find
    Top free-agent quarterbacks are hard to come by in the NFL. Most teams will sign elite quarterbacks to long-term contracts, but some backups and lesser-known signal callers can become differnce makers.
  • Saints 'Bounty' System Will Get Hit Hard by NFL
    The NFL is up in arms about the bounty system employed by the Saints from 2009 through 2011 under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Punishments are sure to follow, but the NFL has encouraged vicious play for decades.
  • Patriots Will Look for Help in the Secondary
    Bill Belichick is not going to sit around and feel sorry for himself or his team after falling short in the Super Bowl. He knows his team has key needs on defense and the Patriots will address them in free agency and the draft.
  • Peyton Manning Ranks Fourth on All-time List of Quarterbacks
    Whether Peyton Manning has played his last NFL game because of a neck injury or whether he can mount a comeback, his place as one of the game's great quarterbacks is safe. He's the fourth-best quarterback in NFL history.
  • Krejci Hat Trick Leads Bruins Past Devils in OT
    After suffering through a miserable month of February, the Boston Bruins appeared ready to start March off with a defeat after giving up three unanswered goals in the second period. However, David Krejci refused to let the Bruins lose.
  • Obama Dreaming of Welcoming Bulls to White House
    President Barack Obama is an unabashed fan of Chicago's professional sports teams. His favorite is the Chicago Bulls and he dreams of welcoming a Bulls championship to the White House. Does he have other dreams involving the Bulls?
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  • Ward May Have One More Dance Left in Him
    The Steelers have come to the conclusion that Hines Ward is no longer a productive player. After 14 stellar years with the team, Ward has slowed down. However, may have enough left in him to come back for another year or two.
  • New Playoff Format Emphsizes Division Dominance
    Adding another tier of playoffs to Major League Baseball's postseason appears to be a well-thought out plan. It will reward division winners and make the system more taxing for those who qualify via the wild card.
  • Win Offers Little Relief for Struggling Blackhawks
    The Chicago Blackhawks have been trying to find a winning combination since mid-January. Fans may be breathing a bit easier following a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the team is still on a downward trend.
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  • Youth Sports: Taking the Errors Out of Youth Baseball
    Organized youth sports offers children a chance to play games and become a part of a team. It can be rewarding and overwhelming for parents, coaches and players. In the first chapter of this series, we look at youth baseball.
  • Michaels is Top Broadcasting Voice in Sports History
    A game or sporting event is made more memorable by the broadcaster who is the voice behind it. A great broadcaster is like a great painter who creates a masterpiece. The bigger the event, the better and more memorable the performance.
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  • Match Play Championship Reveals Golfers' Killer Instincts
    Match play is a break from the usual competitive stroke play on the tournament. It gives golfers a chance to show off their creativity, courage and shot making ability. It may also give Tiger Woods a chance to climb the golf ladder once again.
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  • Chicago Bulls Looking at the Big Picture
    With Derrick Rose battling turf toe and back woes, the Bulls know they can't risk their season by selling out to maximize their regular-season victory total. The goal remains beating the Miami Heat in the playoffs.
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  • How Bad Can it Get for Ovechkin
    There's a big problem in Washington. The Capitals hitched themselves to Alex Ovechkin after he recorded four 50-plus goal seasons in his first five years. He should be in the prime of his career but he's struggling to put the puck in the net.
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  • America's Team Has Become America's Afterthought
    It was all there for the Dallas Cowboys in the final month of the season. They had two games with the New York Giants and one win could have given them the division title. Instead, they watched New York roll to the Super Bowl.
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  • Joe Maddon Contract Means Rays Remain a Force
    The Tampa Bay Rays deserve your respect. Their assets are quite thin, yet they are forced to compete with the Yankees and Red Sox every year and they have more than held their own. The key is manager Joe Maddon, who may be the best manager in the game.
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  • Bruins Must Start Grinding Again
    Last year's Stanley Cup championship was the result of great goaltending, tough physical play and clutch scoring. Something is missing as the Bruins move towards the home stretch of the regular season. Can Claude Julien figure out how to ignite this team?
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  • Struggling Hawks Stubbornly Stay Course
    The Blackhawks had designs on winning their second Stanley Cup in three years as the season began. After a promising start, it's all come undone and head coach Joel Quenneville's team is enduring a mind-numbing losing streak.
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  • 'King' Lundqvist States Case for MVP
    There's nothing fluky about the New York Rangers. They are playing coldly efficient hockey, taking advantage of every opportunity and avoiding mistakes. They also have the NHL's Most Valuable Player in Henrik Lundqvist.
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  • Moss Has Much to Prove in Order to Come Back
    When you examine the numbers in Randy Moss's career, it seems obvious that he has the kind of ability to make an impact if he comes back in 2012. However, the numbers just tell part of the story for Moss.
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  • New York Giants Have Decisions to Make During Free Agency
    When you win the championship, you become the hunted. That's the position the New York Giants find themselves in. The Giants may lose some of their core free agents and general manager Jerry Reese must be prepared.
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  • Don't Bury Woods Just Yet
    Tiger Woods has been stuck in the mud since personal troubles overwhelmed his life in 2009. His once-stelllar golf game has been grist for the mill and he has been belittled by the haters. Will he ever return to his past glory.
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  • David Ortiz Deal No Reason to Celebrate
    David Ortiz agreed to a new contract with the Red Sox that will pay him $14.575 million in 2012. Both sides wanted to avoid going to arbitration, so they agreed on this compromise figure. However, don't expect Red Sox fans to start turning cartwheels.
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  • Top 10 NFL Head Coaches Heading into 2012
    In the sports section of your daily newspaper, you may find one article extolling the virtues of a great head coach and another one minimizing a coach's overall impact. A great pro football coach can lead his team to peak performances at crucial moments.
  • Phil-Tiger Showdown Is Top Gift for Golf Fans
    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have had rather lengthy lulls in their spectacular careers. However, their final-round confrontation in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am indicates that memorable battles may be ahead this season.
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  • Goaltending Remains Key to Stanley Cup Contenders
    Goaltending has to be the backbone of any team's defensive system. A team knows that a great goaltender can rescue them on a night where the rest of the team is not performing up to par. Here's a look at the top 5 goaltenders this season.
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  • Bruins Need Second Meeting with Rangers to Go Their Way
    The Rangers are in first place in the Eastern Conference, seven points ahead of the Bruins. The powerful defending Stanley Cup champions have been treading water in recent weeks while the Rangers have been razor sharp.
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  • Disciplinary Hearings Not Enough; Fighting Must Go
    Brendan Shanahan has taken over as the NHL's dean of discipline this year and he has been thorough, consistent and strong. However, player safety dictates that the NHL has to go further when it come to keeping players from suffering severe concussions.
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  • Marlins Will Be a Significant Story -- in Windy City
    White Sox fans will keep their eyes on another team this season besides the team that plays at U.S. Cellular Field. No, it's not the Cubs. Instead, White Sox fans will have quite a bit of interest in the Miami Marlins and their manager Ozzie Guillen.
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  • Kenny Williams Fails to Provide Robin Ventura with Key Ingredients
    The White Sox had their fans swallowing hard when they announced that Robin Ventura would be their new manager in 2012. Ventura's lack of experience is going to be a big obstacle and the lack of talent on the roster makes the job almost impossible.
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  • Williams Leads Retirement Season in NFL
    Ricky Williams has called it a career after a sometimes successful and sometimes embarrassing run in the NFL. Several other players should follow Williams' lead and head off into retirement on their own terms.
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  • Unsung Players Take Big Step Forward in NHL
    The concussion/soft tissue injury that has kept Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby sidelined for most of the last 13 months and the slumping Alex Ovechkin in Washington have given others the chance to find the limelight. Here's our top 5 unsung players.
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  • The Rangers State Their Case
    At the start of the season, the New York Rangers were just another team who hoped to step up and perhaps win a round or two in the playoffs. As the season rounds the clubhouse turn, the Rangers are looking more like a championship contender.
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  • Playoff Race Should Come Down to Final Games
    The final three playoff spots in the Eastern Conference should come down to toughness, clutch scoring and goaltending. However, there are no sure things. The teams that look like they belong in February may disappear by early April.
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  • Luck, RGIII Will Emerge as Top Prizes of 2012 Draft
    Drafting quarterbacks is a risky business in the NFL. Quarterbacks like Tim Couch and Ryan Leaf can be taken at the top of the draft and turn out to be busts. However, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III appear to be dynamic leaders and winners.
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  • Slumping Flyers May Find a Way to Rally
    The Flyers play the Rangers. The Flyers lose again. They have dropped seven straight games to the Rangers, including five this season. Depression is thick in the City of Brotherly Love but all may not be lost.
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  • NHL Follows NFL as 'copycat' League
    Depth will be the key factor for teams that consider themselves Stanley Cup contenders as the NHL trade deadline approaches. The defending champion Boston Bruins went for "depth" players last year and other teams will try to follow in their footsteps.
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  • NHL Jumps Gun with Winter Classic Announcement
    Not even a month and a half into the new year, the NHL has made it official. The Red Wings and the Maple Leafs will be playing next year at Michigan Stadium. Coming out with the announcement at this point is way premature.
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  • Free Agent Wide Receivers That Will Be in Demand
    The Giants won the Super Bowl because they had three big-play receivers in Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham who could make big plays. In the copycat NFL, teams will be looking for big-play wideouts during free agency.
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  • 'Facebooking' Thomas Distracting Bruins
    Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas backstopped the team to the Stanley Cup championship last spring and earned himself a spot in the hearts of all Boston sports fans. Now he seems more interested in making political statements than stopping the puck.
  • Manning Must Prepare to Leave Indy
    The handwriting has been on the wall for weeks. The Colts have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft and will almost certainly choose impressive Andrew Luck from Stanford. Peyton Manning has to come to terms with this and make his next move.
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  • NFL: Pass rushers will make big free-agent splash
    NFL general managers must do a searing analysis of their team as they prepare for the offseason. Teams that appear to be talented may be teetering on the brink of disaster if they depend on aging stars. Rosters must be replenished with efficiency.
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  • Defense Ready to Make a Comeback in NFL
    The overpowering offenses of the Packers, Saints and Patriots dominated the regular season. However, the Giants slowed down the Packers and the Patriots and won the championship. In the copycat NFL, defense is ready to make a comeback.
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  • Eastern Dominance
    Normally, as the trade deadline approaches, all playoff contenders think they have a chance at hockey's holy grail. This year, only the Rangers and Bruins have a realistic chance of representing the Eastern Conference.
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  • Julien Makes All the Right Moves: Bruins' Coach Demotes Krejci to Third Line
    In an effort to light a fire under the Bruins' talented center, head coach Claude Julien has taken David Krejci off the Stanley Cup champions' top line -- at least temporarily.
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  • How to Throw a Curveball
    The curveball can help a good pitcher gain the upper hand when he takes the mound. By learning the proper grip and finger placement, a pitcher can learn how to throw a pitch that most batters can't handle.
  • The Top 10 Super Bowls
    The Super Bowl is the most compelling event of the sporting year. Here's a look at the top 10 of all-time.
  • Head Coaches Play Key Role in Fantasy Football
    If you want to win your fantasy football league, make sure you understand the coach's offensive philosophy before drafting one of his players

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