I would just toss it up to Peyton Manning on the strength of his seven-touchdown performance in Week 1 against the Ravens. That would be too easy. We expected Manning to post a strong day and he delivered in a huge way. The Fantasy Man-Crush for Week 1 rolls to tight end Julius Thomas, who [...]

The 2013 NFL season finally kicked off after a seemingly endless preseason period. We waded through uncharted legal waters, the next round of PED chatter and myriad injuries and personnel changes. Finally, after an extended lightning delay, we saw a countdown to kickoff that ended with a smiling Ray Lewis. The game played even for [...]

It’s quickly coming into focus. In 20 days, the National Football League will begin its 2013 regular season. Fans and fantasy owners dismiss the first two weeks of the preseason schedule, citing the lack of playing time for regulars and embracing the lazy talk show fodder of preseason ticket prices. The first jaw-dropping hit of [...]

We have a tradition that closes out each hour of our Sunday morning show on FOX Sports Radio. We light up the board with quick-hit answers to questions concerning sports and pop culture. The final question of the show asks simply, “Who in the world of sports do you want to drink a Bloody Mary [...]

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Full disclosure on a Friday – I didn’t watch a minute of the ESPYS on Wednesday. I saw a number of interviews conducted by friends and associates on the red carpet with some pretty good one-liners and eye rolls mixed therein. Alas, those visuals don’t necessarily translate very well to copy, but I’ll do my [...]

I’ve wondered aloud for some time about the state of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team that has been ravaged by injuries since training camp, and when Yasiel Puig would get the call from Double-A. The call finally came on Monday night when Puig made his debut against the Padres. He rapped out two hits [...]

Peyton Manning has long thrilled football fans, from his time as a member of the Tennessee Volunteers to Indianapolis to Denver. He’s given us countless laugh-out-loud moments as a pitchman, and his Saturday Night Live hosting gig is on the medal stand for athlete appearances (see an example below). I give Manning the Fantasy Man-Crush [...]

Don’t worry. I’ll celebrate Matt Harvey’s heroics in grand fashion on the Dome come Wednesday. I wanted to acknowledge and celebrate a great off-field act from Dodgers star Matt Kemp. The video of Matt Kemp’s gracious and heartwarming act in San Francisco has dominated social media for the better part of the past 24 hours. [...]

Last night, I sat quietly to review the day’s activities, catch up on the latest news from Boston and to find some peace. I found several reasons to go upstairs to my office (the forgotten notepad, Sharpie, headphones, etc.), a path that forced me past my sleeping children. Both were sound asleep with, maybe just [...]

On Monday night, Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals defeated the Michigan Wolverines to capture the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. I could take the easy way out and peacock for winning the group challenge, but since I took the chalk, I won’t do it. I could also celebrate the dominance of Luke Hancock, who came off of [...]

While everyone was watching the implosion of the Lakers, the other occupants of STAPLES Center have put together an historic season. On Wednesday night, the Clippers routed the Suns to record a franchise-best 50th win. Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan are leading the Clippers into the playoffs and a battle for the No. [...]

At some point, I’ll circle off to the world of hitters and celebrate the mammoth home runs launched by slugging outfielders and first basemen. I’ll applaud Mike Morse, Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and try to estimate the distance traveled by Chris Davis’ moon shot. Perhaps we can bust out the stopwatches and time Elvis Andrus [...]

On Monday, baseball fans celebrated the rebirth of their beloved sport. Our own Jay Mohr painted a perfect picture of our relationship with the game on “Jay Mohr Sports” live from Dodger Stadium. If James Earl Jones narrates it, Mohr’s passionate ode to baseball could be added to Jones’ soliloquy from “Field of Dreams.” And, [...]

Everybody chant with me. “Be aggressive! Be — Be — Aggressive!” Alright, so there might have been a “Bring It On” reference at some point this week that got random cheers stuck up in the Dome. The flag is being raised on a new era for the Dome, and I commemorate this period with the [...]

I found this one on The Big Lead a little while ago and had to watch it twice. I’ve interviewed a number of Hollywood stars in my travels and on radio, and there’s always a personal project or passion that elicits a great response and gets out of The Chris Farley Show “Remember when … [...]

The long-time left-winger of the San Jose Sharks has begun this shortened NHL season on a tear. Patrick Marleau entered Thursday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers with a six-game scoring streak, a run that included five multi-point games. Marleau opened the season with multi-goal games to propel him to the top of the category. [...]

Week 8 ended with a resounding thud. I know. It was a fantastic blowout victory if you’re a backer of the 49ers … or if you owned the San Francisco defense in fantasyland. I get it. I’m talking in terms of being a compelling game. That ship sailed fairly early in the first half of [...]

What else can you say? It what appeared to be a difficult spot against the heretofore strong Minnesota run defense, rookie Doug Martin dominated. You know the reference from the title of this blog, right? Yeah, it’s yet another Harmon ode to Beverly Hills 90210. Anyway, Martin followed up LaRod Stephen-Howling’s surprise 100-yard effort in [...]

The games of Week 4 provided a veritable laundry list of fantastic performances. You can circle to the ridiculous performance turned in by Roddy White of the Falcons in the narrow victory over the Panthers. He logged eight receptions for 169 yards with two touchdowns while tag-team partner Julio Jones offered a single catch on [...]

I could have copped out and put Kevin Ogletree in this spot. As much as I’d like to celebrate the “one-percenters” out there that had the little-used wide receiver on their rosters (and his family members who started him), Tony Romo gets the nod for the opener. Of course, many owners raised their eyebrows and [...]

On Sunday, many articles were written about the omission of Bryce Harper from the National League All-Star team and the online push to vote him into the final spot began. Fans in Chicago are still trying to figure out how catcher A.J. Pierzynski was left off of the squad by Texas manager Ron Washington. Washington [...]

Why is Jim Johnson the “Fantasy Man-Crush” of the week? OK. I suppose I could just trot out the entire Baltimore squad or give an “Attaboy!” to Buck Schowalter following his 1,000th career win. Maybe I celebrate Chris Davis for ending a terrible day at the plate (0-for-8 with five strikeouts) with a win on [...]

After 38 years and 1,098 wins, Hall of Famer Pat Summitt has stepped down from her post as Tennessee Volunteers Head Coach. She assumes the role of “Head Coach Emeritus,” a role that will keep her close to the program in an advisory role. Her longtime assistant, Holly Warlick, will succeed Summitt as the team’s [...]

He’s a two-time Super Bowl winner and Hall of Famer. He’s now charged with leading the Broncos back on the road to New Orleans and the Lombardi Trophy. In a week when Roger Goodell laid the proverbial smackdown to the Saints in the bounty scandal and left no question as to his authority, Elway did [...]