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I saw the headline “On to Cincinnati” regarding Bill Belichick’s Wednesday press conference. Now, nobody expected the Patriots coach to reverse course and suddenly become verbose and forthcoming in the wake of Monday’s crushing loss to the Chiefs. His smirk and stare in his post-game press conference was about all you needed to see. Well, […]

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Each week, we watch the insults, one-liners and vitriolic rants fly across the social media world, particularly the Twitterverse. The “anonymous” posts berate, mock and deride the on-field exploits of football players, coaches, officials and broadcasters. All of us participating in the media receive our fair share of emails, Tweets and posts regarding our predictions […]

Lance Zierlein of SportsTalk 790 joined “The Fantasy Freaks” to set the stage for the 2013 NFL season with chatter about the AFC South, fantasy draft chatter about the new-school quarterbacks and change across the league. LanceZierlein on FF 72113

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“I’m not going to play for that … not for the Bears, at least.” Brian Urlacher discussed the path to being released on Wednesday with Jim Miller and Alex Marvez on SiriusXM Sports. Urlacher’s separation from the Bears makes him the latest decorated veteran defensive player to seek new options. He joins Dwight Freeney, Ed […]

Harmon returns to the microphone, the first “Inside The Swollen Dome” podcast for 2013, to discuss this week’s NFL Playoffs – Divisional Round. Peyton Manning and the Broncos fall: Who’s to blame? Ryan survives. Brady marches on … and Kaepernick becomes a superhero.

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Brian Cushing of the Houston Texans stepped off of the practice field and grabbed a phone to talk with The Fantasy Freaks on FOX Sports Radio. Peter Burns, Nate Lundy and I attacked the tackling machine with questions from all angles, and he defeated us handily. We talked about Wade Phillips’ coaching style, changes on […]

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Peyton Manning is running through his “Free Agent World Tour,” and the list of would-be suitors have lined up around the block. The Broncos, Dolphins and Cardinals have gotten a ton of ink, but you still have the Titans, Texans, Seahawks and several others floating around. I remember folks tossing around the concept of a […]

Millions of people sat in front of their televisions awaiting the annual unveiling of the NCAA Men’s Tournament bracket. I decided to sit this one out. I’d already experienced several days of uninterrupted “Bracketology,” watched countless games across myriad conferences and waded through blogs, columns and video analysis while preparing for my Sunday morning radio […]

Where should Peyton Manning set up shop in 2012?

Long the darling of pundits as a would-be “sleeper” rising in the AFC, Kubiak has felt the heat from media and fans for the past couple seasons for failing to reach those lofty expectations. When it was announced that Peyton Manning was likely lost for the season, the road to the AFC South title appeared […]

Here are my picks for Week 3 — Straight up — Against the spread to come. Cincinnati at Carolina: Cincinnati Buffalo at New England: New England San Francisco at Kansas City: San Francisco Tennessee at New York Giants: New York Giants Cleveland at Baltimore: Baltimore Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay: Pittsburgh Atlanta at New Orleans: New […]

I shan’t belabor the point. The stat line says it all. Following Bob Sanders’ departure, the Texans took a cue from the Saints’ Thursday playbook and pounded the rock in the second half. The Texans ran the ball 13 times in 15 plays to open the second half, with Foster amassing 49 yards on 10 […]

Welcome back, old friend. Amid a rush of information and activity as the countdown clock ran to zero, fantasy owners texted, Tweeted, emailed and fired off derisive comments to their fellow league members. Team “xxx” is going to run all over you. More than a few of us in this fantasy realm banged the drum […]

In the end, testing positive for a performance-enhancer didn’t matter. Brian Cushing, who tested positive for a banned substance (non-steroid, in his words), will serve a four-game suspension to start the season after losing his appeal on the matter. The positive test ultimately didn’t matter to voters, and the former USC linebacker got to keep […]