The sound of the whistle reverberates across the wide-open field. You hear the grunts, the crashing of pads, the unmistakable sound of a blocking sled and, depending on where you travel, some music. NFL training camps opened across college campuses (and now a number of team facilities) this week. The countdown until your league’s fantasy […]

Back at the mic, Harmon’s Podcast 7.25 includes the breaking Percy Harvin injury news, talk about NFL Camps, Biogenesis, the MLB trade deadline and the meaning of life.

Harmon returns to the microphone to chat up a big day in the legal world … at least there seem to be a lot of sports stories working through courts. — Bill Belichick took to the microphone to address the Aaron Hernandez situation while Hernandez appeared in court. — A doctor who examined Alex Rodriguez […]

With training camp just days away, it’s time to roll out the first-look rankings. Adjustments will be made as we get reports out of camp and those peripheral contributors come into focus. At the top of the list, there aren’t many surprises or shuffles to ruffle any feathers. Sure, we can flip Drew Brees and […]

The highly-publicized jersey exchange occurred this weekend in Foxborough. Fans lined up around Gillette Stadium to take the opportunity to swap out their Aaron Hernandez No. 81 jerseys. The Patriots offered a limited number of players in the exchange program. There were no Tim Tebow jerseys to be had. Those had to be purchased separately. […]

These might be my favorite bits from “Late Night” with Jimmy Fallon. Whenever he bridges the sarcasm and wit with music, good things happen. Just go find the Neil Young bits. Here’s the third iteration of “Tebowie,” where Fallon pays tribute to the quarterback while donning David Bowie-like garb from the 70s. We saw the […]

“We’ve already talked about him enough.” That was Bill Belichick’s response to the inevitable crush of questions regarding the Patriots’ signing of Tim Tebow. I enjoy the fact that the patented Belichick dismissal of the question happened already. It’s the attempt to make Tebow “Just A Guy.” Naturally, the 24-hour news cycle that thirsts for […]

Consider this the teaser for the greatness to come as SwollenDome.com begins to ponder the 2013 NFL season. Below, I roll out the preliminary quarterback rankings for standard leagues. At the end of June, I will release a comprehensive fantasy football draft guide, replete with player profiles, team analysis, schedule reviews and countless performance breakdowns. […]

I understand that two huge events, “March Madness” and Major League Baseball’s opening day, are just around the corner. As a Chicago native, my attention drifts toward the ice and the incredible season-opening streak put forth by the Blackhawks. That’s a long post to come following Tuesday night’s game against the Wild. I digress. Let’s […]

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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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Don’t call him Matt Damon. Don’t talk of him having an accent. He represents San Mateo. It’s Tom Brady having some fun at a Los Angeles area Dick’s Sporting Goods. Tom Brady’s Wicked Accent from Tom Brady

Almost 48 hours ago, the final gun sounded on Super Bowl XLVI. Tight end Rob Gronkowski labored downfield to make an effort on the last-second heave from Tom Brady in the end zone. The tipped ball fell harmlessly to the turf, just narrowly out of his reach. The Giants won their second Super Bowl in […]

1. Aaron Rodgers, GB vs. DEN 2. Tom Brady, NE at OAK 3. Drew Brees, NO at JAC 4. Matthew Stafford, DET at DAL 5. Matt Schaub, HOU vs. PIT 6. Philip Rivers, SD vs. MIA 7. Eli Manning, NYG at ARI 8. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT at HOU 9. Rex Grossman, WAS at STL 10. […]

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Harmon rolls up his quarterback rankings for Week 1. With GB-NO already in the books, you’ll find Rodgers & Brees absent. Get it started with the juggernaut in San Diego. 1. Philip Rivers vs. Minnesota 2. Tom Brady at Miami 3. Michael Vick at St. Louis 4. Matt Schaub vs. Indianapolis 5. Eli Manning at […]

Peyton got you worried? Do you trust Michael Vick? Take a deep breath. Here are my updated QB ranks heading into the third preseason games. 1 Aaron Rodgers GB 2 Drew Brees NO 3 Tom Brady NE 4 Philip Rivers SD 5 Michael Vick PHI 6 Tony Romo DAL 7 Peyton Manning IND 8 Matt […]

I saw this story off of Forbes.com regarding the most influential athletes, as compiled by E-Poll and Nielsen Media Research. From the article — “surveyed over 1,000 adults as to the athletes they considered influential, while also assessing their likeability and awareness levels. Only those known to at least 20 percent of the respondents were […]

The 2011 NFL Draft gets underway in a mere seven hours, whetting the appetites of fans worldwide. A report released Thursday morning indicated that the league’s year — i.e., the start of business activity, including free agency – would begin on Monday following the draft weekend. In the spirit of the debates raging in pubs […]

I don’t know which was more disturbing. Sunday night’s game featured a horrid, nay, deplorable effort by the Chicago offensive line. The play-calling didn’t adjust, and quarterback Jay Cutler was unable to answer the bell for the second half. (According to reports from Chicago, Cutler did attend meetings on Monday and may be available for […]