The countdown is running quickly toward zeroes. With great pageantry and trumpets blaring, the 2013 NFL Draft will begin at 8pm ET. Roger Goodell will walk to the podium to announce that the Kansas City Chiefs “are on the clock.” And, then they may not be. There’s great speculation about the pick. If the Chiefs [...]

Monday was a beautiful day here “Inside The Swollen Dome.” The podcast returned after a hiatus – call it a renewal with Vol. 1, Episode 1. I recapped the weekend’s events, got a little bit into the NBA Playoffs, Derrick Rose, early baseball returns, news of the weird and a wee bit of NFL schedule [...]

Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times reports that Hanley Ramirez expects to rejoin the team earlier than the proposed mid-May timetable. The struggling Dodgers lineup could use Ramirez right now. Only the Marlins have scored fewer runs this season. Miami batters have combined to hit three home runs this season. Perhaps that will change [...]

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 [...]

I had written a review of the new film 42 that appears within the SwollenDome.com site. During Sunday’s “Fantasy Freaks” show on FOX Sports Radio , I launched into a lengthy chat of the film. Fantasy Freaks 42 Discussion

For the past two weeks, we (sports media and sports fans) have spent countless hours on-air, online and in our local watering holes debating what is deemed to be “proper” conduct for coaches in the wake of the Rutgers practice footage. Was Rutgers right to fire him? Should the outcry from the media, the Twitterverse [...]

Evan Gattis is making the most of his opportunity in Brian McCann’s absence. Gattis hit his third home run of the season in Atlanta’s 8-0 win over the Marlins. He enters Thursday’s action with three home runs, six RBI and a robust .391 batting average (9-for-23). Not to be outdone, John Buck of the Mets [...]

It appears that news has gotten worse for St. Louis closer Jason Motte. His injury was originally diagnosed as a “mild strain,” but it appears that there is more significant ligament damage that will force Motte onto the operating table. If Motte is unable to begin throwing by May 1, Tommy John surgery could be [...]

Initial X-rays from Los Angeles revealed no break in Jered Weaver’s left arm on Sunday. On Tuesday, it was revealed that Weaver had, in fact, sustained a “non-displaced radial head fracture in his left elbow. Garrett Richards will take his spot in the rotation, and strikeout machine Dane De La Rosa was recalled from the [...]

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck joined “Jay Mohr Sports” on FOX Sports Radio to talk about his career arc, jersey sales, Packers fans, training and Reggie White. The heart of Hasselbeck’s appearance was his discussion of the END IT movement. Take a listen to Matt Hasselbeck’s interview on Jay Mohr Sports. Matt Hasselbeck on Jay [...]

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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 [...]

I know I’m tardy on this one. Qualifying wasn’t kind for me at Martinsville, but I’m hoping that the presence of Mario Lopez (he’s helping to start the race) will help spur my team on to greatness. Tony Stewart gets back on the track after two weeks of build-up. He’ll anchor my squad this week. [...]

The hot topic of the week was not the on-court battle for a slot in the NCAA Men’s Championship. Unfortunately, the NCAA was front and center for a negative topic, as video surfaced of Rutgers (now former) coach Mike Rice berating and physically confronting players. In a quick turnaround, Saturday Night Live put together a [...]

According to The Chicago Tribune , Carlos Marmol has lost his closer role to Kyuji Fujikawa following another terrible performance on Saturday. We’ve been watching this situation and sounded the alarm before the season started, so go check your waiver wire now. On Sunday morning, CBSSports.com noted that vandals had taken to Marmol’s Wikipedia page [...]

Prior to Sunday’s opener, I posted updated positional rankings on the FantasyPros.com website. We had great success in the 2012 season on the Dome, producing a top-10 finish (seventh) in the draft cheatsheet competition on the FantasyPros.com site. Injuries dominate the early-2013 landscape, as owners try to ascertain how much to discount injured stars such [...]

Am I the only one excited about the prospect of next year’s Super Bowl celebration in New York (New Jersey)? The dust has barely settled on the Ravens’ victory over the 49ers, but everyone’s already looking ahead. The NFL never sleeps. Joe Flacco’s Disney commercial hasn’t even completed its run. The investigation into how two [...]

It’s that time. We’ve got three weeks remaining on the NFL’s regular season. That means that the fantasy playoffs are in full swing. The race to the championship is on. There are ninjas behind every corner. Who becomes the hero of the day? Will Andy Dalton race out to a big night against the Eagles, [...]

This will be brief. I’m sitting back with some great background fodder while banging out some numbers for my Week 2 Lineup Calls pieces and a run of radio on Thursday. It’s the season premiere of one of my favorite guilty pleasures, “Hell’s Kitchen,” on FOX. The first hour just ended on the DVR, and [...]