The Tigers ranked among the preseason favorites to make a run to the World Series on expectations of huge things from the offense and the Verlander/Scherzer/Fister/Sanchez starting quartet. The one question facing Jim Leyland and Detroit coming out of spring training was the closer role. Hard-throwing Bruce Rondon was on the board for a potential [...]

Harmon’s Podcast 7.23 puts him back behind the microphone to discuss the Ryan Braun suspension and the state of Major League Baseball. Results can be achieved through better chemistry and, let’s face it, there’s a ridiculous financial incentive to discover the next great thing. But, Major League Baseball will not be deterred. The question of [...]

Lance Zierlein continued the NFL chatter with Peter Burns and Michael Harmon on this week’s “Fantasy Freaks” show on FOX Sports Radio. There’s a lot of fantasy chatter, a bit of rankings fun and a tidbits to get the appetite fueled for a huge season to come. Listen to Part II below. Lance Zierlein Part [...]

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On Sunday, the Fantasy Freaks on FOX Sports Radio welcomed a very special guest to truly kick off football coverage for the fall of 2013. Phil Steele, college football guru and publisher of the jam-packed, 352-page preview, joined Peter Burns and Mike Harmon to set the scene for the 2013 College Football season. Who’s hunting [...]

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It’s that most wonderful time of the year. We’re rapidly approaching the opening of training camps across the NFL landscape. Many teams are taking their work in-house with a sprinkling of public dates to whet the collective appetite. That means that it’s time to start rolling out the 2013 Fantasy Football Draft Guide. It all [...]

It’s time to sound the horn on the start of the 2013 Fantasy Football season. Harmon’s First-Take 2013 Fantasy Football WR Rankings are here. As with the Tight End and Running Back positions, there is absolutely zero debate to be had about which players leads this position. Calvin Johnson was tackled eight times inside the [...]

The tight end position is deep with quality fantasy options this season. However, the top of the board has been impacted greatly in the past month. Sure, Jimmy Graham is still there at the top of the board. Fantasy owners must decide whether to draft Rob Gronkowski and quickly return to the position for a [...]

Don’t mock the position. Kickers are still a part of most fantasy leagues. Sure, there’s a movement to eliminate the position from consideration. It hasn’t happened yet. If you get the huge scoring bonuses for long-distance kicks, there Greg Zuerlein probably bounces up your draft board. Without a lot of buildup, here are Harmon’s First-Take [...]

It’s a year of change in 2013. The longtime heroes of fantasy defenses, Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis, have entered retirement. Ed Reed is playing with the Texans, who have the freakishly athletic J.J. Watt leading the charge. How quickly will Brian Cushing get back in the mix? Let’s light up the rankings and let [...]

MLB Insider Seth Everett, a member of the FOX Sports Radio family, joins “The Fantasy Freaks” to close out the “first half” of the Major League Baseball season. Nate Lundy and I queue up the questions on the highlights of the first half, trade chatter and a touch of Biogenesis. SethEverett714Freaks

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It was a busy weekend for “The Fantasy Freaks” on FOX Sports Radio. In addition to celebrating the social media movie event of the summer (“Sharknado”), Nate Lundy and I actually got a chance to talk about some real gridiron action. Howard Balzer, longtime NFL scribe and commentator, joined the show to talk about player [...]

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As you know, “The Fantasy Freaks” on FOX Sports Radio embrace all types of social media outlets and celebrate the huge pops and trending topics in the Twitterverse. On Thursday night, a new pop culture phenomenon occurred in the form of a campy summer movie titled simply “Sharknado.” Hell, the official movie poster (see below) [...]

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Forget the ratings for a moment (0.4), SharkNado was one of the most enjoyable times I’ve had in front of a television for while a while. I loved the second-screen viewing experience that it became in the Twitterverse, as many of the nation’s greatest, most accomplished sportswriters came together to entertain the masses. There were [...]

It’s easy to be cynical given the seemingly unending flow of sad, sobering news and information received through our phones, televisions and social media outlets. I regularly read the newspapers of my hometown of Chicago, and many headlines refer to the litany of shootings in the city at large. So, it’s always a welcome sight [...]

From my early introduction to sports, I was made aware of the loud and abrasive commentary that would be hurled in the direction of referees and officials. For the most part, the derisive chatter was what my now-aged self would consider PG-rated barbs. Sometimes, an intoxicated patron would raise the bar and wish bodily harm [...]

One of the most compelling stories for 2013 as NFL training camps approach is that of Brian Banks, who will battle for a spot on the Atlanta Falcons roster. Here’s the summary of the podcast from NFL.com. “Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks stops by the “Rich Eisen Podcast” for a discussion with Rich about his [...]

“Viva Puig!” It’s a battle cry heard across Los Angeles as the Cuban defector leads the Dodgers back into NL West contention. Across the United States, that sentiment is shared by fantasy owners who won the bidding war for Puig’s services. For the past several days, Major League Baseball pundits, former players and fans have [...]

This past week, the Stanley Cup Final concluded with a Blackhawks victory over the Bruins in Boston. The next big event on the sports calendar was the NBA Draft and with it, myriad questions about trades and free agency. And, of course, there was some drama regarding the No. 1 pick. The Cavaliers shocked the [...]

Don’t forget. There was some reality involved in “Goodfellas.” Here’s a piece from The New York Post talking about the need to dig up the driveway of the person portrayed by Robert DeNiro in the classic Martin Scorsese film. Jimmy “The Gent” Burke, known as Jimmy Conway in the film, was a Luchese family associate. [...]

Harmon’s back at the microphone for the ITSD Podcast 6.17 – talking Stanley Cup Finals, NBA Finals, a bit of MLB and “Wins” with the usual potpourri of pop culture brilliance. Listen to internet radio with Swollen Dome on BlogTalkRadio

I’m a sucker for these type of shows, as longtime readers/listeners know. Here’s one from a series of chats put forth by The Hollywood Reporter featuring comedic actors. It’s a collection of actors that includes some of the biggest shows on television in the past twenty years. You’ve got “Friends” (Matthew Perry), “Modern Family” (Eric [...]

Anyone who has perused the pages of SwollenDome.com or listening to me ranting on the radio or podcasts knows my affinity for the business side of everything I watch. I love watching dollars move in sports and entertainment, from ticketing to merchandise to the super-sized TV rates charged to the networks. One of the shows [...]

You know that I love all forms of this fantasy universe. Here’s another quick-hit offering to get you involved and excited. Northwestern Mutual is at it again, sponsoring another collegiate fantasy offering. It’s a new fantasy bit – the Northwestern Mutual College World Series – bracket challenge. Registration continues through Saturday on the NCAA D1 [...]

It’s time for ITSD: Harmon’s Podcast 6.13 . Today, I’m talking Stanley Cup Final and Andrew Shaw’s game-winner — “The Pinball Wizard” — NBA Finals Game 4, Jason Kidd’s new job and summer movies. Lock it in. Listen to internet radio with Swollen Dome on BlogTalkRadio

The top headline of the night came from Los Angeles. No, Yasiel Puig didn’t add to his gaudy first-week stats. Rather, the Cuban sensation was at the heart of a bench-clearing donnybrook between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. Fantasy owners should note that Kenley Jansen displaced Brandon League in the closer role and finished off the [...]