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Sports Columns

There’s 3 kinds of NFL teams left

Let substitute Armchair Quarterback Renee Prusi and I make our picks while all the playoff scenarios are still fresh in our minds. That’s why Sunday’s predictions are coming out today for all of you. In this Week 17 space, I’ve always outlined the three types of teams there are now ...

Don’t stop believing Lions fans

The waiting is the hardest part. At least that’s what the late Tom Petty told us. This is especially true during Christmas season as you have to sit and wait until Christmas Eve to even have a chance to open your gifts, wondering what might be underneath all that wrapping paper. But ...

Every good rule has an exception

At the risk of beating a dead horse — or as the PETA people would like me to say, feeding a fed horse — I want to revisit the go-for-the-win two-point conversion argument just one more time in football. Mainly because I’m going to argue against myself here. Philosophically, I’ve ...

Seattle perfect fit for NHL

Seattle is a truly beautiful place. It’s one of the rare places in the country that gives you the excitement and bustle of a big city, but also can satisfy the nature lover in you with both mountains and the ocean nearby. However, when you think of Seattle, hockey is probably not the ...

It’s time for change in college football

Change is good. It may not seem like it all the time and sometimes it can take years, or even decades, for things to adapt. However, in the end, things always seem to work out for the better. Now it’s time for change to happen again for Division I college football. There have been major ...

Is Rocky IV a classic sports movie?

There have been lots of sports movies made over the years and almost every sports fan seems to have opinions about them. Some are classic tales that still resonate today like “Field of Dreams,” “The Natural,” “Remember the Titans,” “Miracle,” “Hoosiers” and “A League ...

Thanksgiving a time for family and pies

Thanksgiving is the one of the few days of the year where images pop into our minds. There’s terrible football, potatoes, both sweet and mashed, leaves crunching underneath your feet (or in the case of the Upper Midwest, mounds of snow), turkey, cranberries that flow beautifully out of the ...

Thanks for your feedback

Sometimes when one writes a football picks piece for the newspaper, it’s easy to forget that, well, people will be reading it. And while feedback on the column isn’t all that common, it’s often negative, as in “why don’t you pick my team?” or “why DO you pick my team?” (Yes, I ...

Clock is ticking on McCarthy

Mike McCarthy did it again. The Green Bay Packers head coach once again snatched a victory from the hands of defeat Thursday night and in a way, only he knows how. I was on vacation earlier this week, enjoying the sunny weather and the soft sandy beaches of Florida before returning to the ...

The story of the Matts in the hats

There are two smart guys on the Detroit Lions roster and both are named Matt. One was drafted, one was hired, but during games, they wear hats. At times this year, they’ve looked sharp and made you say ‘look at that.’ But last week in Minnesota, the Matts in the hats fell flat. This ...

Maryland finally wises up

Maryland finally did the right thing. It grew a conscience. On Wednesday, the Terrapins fired head football coach and raging lunatic D.J. Durkin, just after announcing that he was returning to the sidelines. It just took football players walking out of a team meeting and protesting on social ...

Filling in for a friend

It has been a long, long time since one of these Armchair Quarterback columns has been written by yours truly. But with my friend and colleague Steve Brownlee on the bench for a bit, I was happy to step up to fill in. Steve had bypass surgery earlier this week and will be recuperating for at ...

High school sports worth writing about

There’s something special about prep sports. When reporters head to journalism school, they usually have ideas in mind on where they want to end up and what sports they want to cover. Most want to cover the professional teams and that’s understandable. NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB reporters ...

High school sports worth writing about

There’s something special about prep sports. When reporters head to journalism school, they usually have ideas in mind on where they want to end up and what sports they want to cover. Most want to cover the professional teams and that’s understandable. NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB reporters ...

Hey coaches, take your chances in OT next time

At the beginning of this month, I commented in this space about coaches going for two-point conversions to win games when they could settle for a single extra point and keep games going. There was an example on Sunday morning in London that’s too irresistible to talk about. But I promise ...

Blessing the ice down in Africa

The National Hockey League has been marketing the idea that “Hockey is for Everyone” for awhile now and it’s a good message to send. No matter what race, gender, religion, age or sexual orientation you are, there’s always a place for you at the rink and on the ice. Unfortunately, ...

Blessing the ice down in Africa

The National Hockey League has been marketing the idea that “Hockey is for Everyone” for awhile now and it’s a good message to send. No matter what race, gender, religion, age or sexual orientation you are, there’s always a place for you at the rink and on the ice. Unfortunately, that ...

Too much of a good thing? Parity may not be NFL nirvana

The NFC North right now would be a dream come true for the late Commissioner Pete Rozelle. The Green Bay Packers’ and Detroit Lions’ division is a model for whatever everyone said he espoused — parity. Reading online from one of his contemporaries, he was said to not like that term, ...

Who is the worst of the worst?

We’ve all seen some truly awful athletic performances over the years. Whether it’s on the field, the court or the ice, there are some teams that are just mind-boggling to watch on television because of their sheer incompetence. Some teams may be cursed more than others with this issue, ...

Fix the sack rule, NOW!

I understand when the NFL develops rules that have unintended consequences. But what I fail to get is why it takes them five years to fix them. The rules defining what a catch were debated, argued and criticized for multiple seasons until the league finally addressed it this past ...