Rayvonte Rice talks about Ray Rice (exclusive)


Up until mid January, Rayvonte Rice was the leading scorer in the Big Ten last season. However, the season went downhill for both him and his Illinois Fighting Illini at Northwestern. An adductor strain slowed Rice down for awhile, and the Illini offense had major issues. However, Rayvonte Rice and the Illini finished strong. Had it not been for that loss at NU, and probably the home loss to Purdue that happened next, Illinois could have been a NCAA Tournament team.

So this year, can the Illini be a couple games better to get the big dance? I had an exclusive with Rice at Big Ten Media Day and we discussed that topic, as well as other issues.

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NFL team in Los Angeles movement gaining momentum


At first glance, the city appears to have it all.

Lights, glamour, culture, and art. It is the hub of entertainment, and its influence as the creative capital of the world is unmatched. Two world class universities tether its western and southern boundaries, and a renaissance has turned its long dormant downtown into the hub of urban excitement and civic vitality. Once blessed with a world class public transit system, the sprawling metropolis has been steadily reconnected by an ever growing patchwork of new mass transit. Perpetually summer, the sun-kissed city by the sea has inspired insipid jealousies for decades. Yes, the city of Los Angeles seems to have it all.

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Jets GM John Idzik ripped hilariously by Brandon Tierney

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New York Jets GM John Idzik has certainly been a lightning rod for criticism lately. With the performance of the team that he built, he’s earned it. The Jets, as a whole, have been the laughingstock of the NFL punditocracy for the past month. Here’s a collection of some quips from this past Sunday alone.

And Marshall Faulk’s dig at the Jets receiving corps may have trumped everybody them all.

Although Geno Smith might be out of a job before too long. 

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Jim Cramer to break down AFC North QBs on ESPN Countdown


There’s always a bull market somewhere; as the always highly caffeinated Jim Kramer likes to say. ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown is going across corporate network synergy to NBC Universal; bringing in “the wizard of Wall Street” tomorrow morning.

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VIDEO: FSU legend Derrick Brooks takes “adversity” cliche to new low


Derrick Brooks accomplished a lot as a NFL Linebacker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before that, he was quite the acclaimed college football player with the Florida State Seminoles. As a broadcaster though, I am anything but impressed. Whenever I hear that stupid “adversity” cliche perpetrated by coaches and athletes, my eyes roll. If you see my eyes roll from that…good, you should see that I am disgusted.

Get better at talking! Do a better job with the thinking and understanding stuff.

Journalists and media people say that “adversity” crap all the time too. So they are no better.

Derrick Brooks isn’t the only person to do this, it’s just in this specific instance, he’s the most egregious.

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6 Early Contenders for the NFL MVP

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Though they tend to look unconcerned or be secretive about it, all great players, given a chance to open up about their deepest desires, would tell you that they’d want to be the NFL MVP at some point in their careers. Besides the usual bragging rights for the player, winning the prestigious MVP award comes with a lot of remarkable commendations for the player’s team, plus of course some monetary benefits.

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London NFL Fans Could Keep the Entertainment Going with Mobile Casino

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With the popularity of the annual NFL games held at Wembley Stadium, the league is now looking into the option of basing a team in the UK full time. Given the logistical implications and the obvious financial costs it would be a really bold move for the sport to take, but could it work? And how could US fans fill the half time break if the English entertainment doesn’t live up to expectations?

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Geno Smith: Jets could be his first, and last NFL gig


Geno Smith is just not very good at playing professional football. Yesterday he averaged just 4.4 yards per attempt today as the New York Jets fell to 1-5 on the season. With his 4-6 TD to INT ratio on the season and passer rating of only 69.3, he is not progressing at all. Since being drafted with the 39th overall pick in 2013, Smith has accumulated a career passer rating of just 67.2.

Jets Coach Rex Ryan will have a job until the end of the season, we learned yesterday. His “future with the company” is much more safe than Smith’s.

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Report: Rex Ryan will keep his job until the end of the season


The New York Jets lost yet again yesterday; falling to 1-5 on the season. There’s plenty of blame to pass around, but don’t have Geno Smith pass the blame because he can’t pass anything very well. He now has a 4-6 TD to INT ratio on the season; and a passer rating of just 69.3. His career passer rating is even worse (67.2) and the Jets have been the laughingstock of the NFL punditocracy for the past month. Here’s a collection of some quips from this past Sunday alone.

Marshall Faulk’s dig at the Jets receiving corps may have trumped everybody them all.

Today however, the conversation turned more serious than humorous.

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Charissa Thompson interviews Tony Romo: FOX deems it a HUGE DEAL


Charissa Thompson had an exclusive with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo last night after the Cowboys’ upset of her hometown Seahawks.

Pretty standard really, nothing to get actually excited about. Thompson is very good at what she does, and she did a great job with this interview, but what’s the big deal? You know how boring Romo is in 99% of his media appearances. Yes, he  just led the Cowboys to a huge win, a big upset victory but nothing about this interview was ground-breaking.

So why are we talking about it? Because Fox Sports promoted it so incessantly and extremely aggressively.


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Chip Kelly: latest of the NFL mastermind mad scientists


Chip Kelly vs. Jim Harbaugh on Monday night football this week. This will be the first time they’ll match wits on the professional stage. (Maybe it will be the last if Harbaugh is seriously going to take the Michigan job)

The former Pac-12 North rivals faced off twice in their college football days ranks, with Harbaugh and Stanford winning in 2009. Kelly and Oregon struck back in 2010. Now both have broken the mold and made it in the NFL. But Chip Kelly is a special NFL creature unlike any other that we currently have.

As much of a schematic genius as he is, we’ve seen his kind before.

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How Deion Sanders inspired Northwestern RB Justin Jackson

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In true freshman Justin Jackson, Northwestern has found their featured back on offense. Regardless of what the depth chart says, Jackson (@JManPrime21 on Twitter) is the true starter. NU has found life of offense after Venric Mark. Certainly, they’ve found a a new focus in the rush-first attack. Coming closer to finding an offensive identity is a big reason why the Cats have gone 3-0 since starting 0-2.

They now are a major player in the B1g West Division race; where they control their own destiny. 

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