#3 Michigan Football: Wolverines have National Title Bonafides

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“You’re a terrorist if you’re not excited about this game,” a friend told me as #2 Michigan vs. #1 Ohio State on November 18th, 2006 approached.

I was in fact excited about the game, in which both teams entered undefeated, I was just mocking the EXTREME HYPE that the media was creating for it. (I know the media over-hyping something?! Who knew, right?!) “The Game,” in Columbus like this year’s meeting will be, was actually extremely exciting and very entertaining. The Buckeyes won it 42-39, the day after Bo Schembechler died.

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Illini Football Fans, Dig in for a REALLY REALLY LONG Rebuild


Well, that certainly escalated quickly.

It didn’t take very long for Illini football fans’ excitement and hope to completely degenerate into despair, and then apathy. The March hire of Lovie Smith as Illinois Football Coach brought a level of buzz that the program has arguably not seen since the Rose Bowl season of 2007.

Week two saw Illinois sell out Memorial Stadium; for the first time since 2001 versus Michigan and the first non-conference affair since 1987.

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Liverpool FC Starting XI: Adam Lallana Makes 100th Club Appearance

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Liverpool have set their lineup for their late Saturday afternoon kickoff against West Bromwich Albion and the starting eleven marks a milestone. Yes, Manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed it- Reds midfielder Adam Lallana will make his 100th appearance with the club.

Only 201 other Reds have ever his the century club in games played with the Anfield outfit.

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Man United vs Chelsea News: Mata, Mourinho, Moses, Abramovich

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With Manchester United traveling to Chelsea on Sunday, story line A, B and C will no doubt be the return of manager Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge. Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea this past December and hired by United in May, gave his weekly news conference today, and all kinds of storylines emerged from that.

Here’s what else is trending in the Man United and Chelsea worlds right now.

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Man United Starting XI Prediction vs Chelsea FC


Manchester United visits Chelsea for a late Sunday afternoon kickoff, and it’s the headliner Premier League fixture this weekend. The top story line in A block, B block and C block will certainly be the return of manager Jose Mourinho.

The Special One got sacked by Chelsea in December and hired by Old Trafford this past May. He gave his weekly news conference today, and all kinds of storylines emerged from that.

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Injury Report: Manchester United vs Chelsea FC


It’s the “Jose Mourinho Cup” as Manchester United visits Chelsea this Sunday afternoon. It’s the first time he’ll visit Stamford Bridge/take on his former team since he was sacked the by the Blues towards the end of 2015. Yes, it’s the main event of Premier League fixtures this weekend, and it’s inspired a whole host of story lines.

You can check out those stories over at this link.

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Van Persie Scores Versus United: Sir Alex, MUFC Fans Applaud


Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, now with Fenerbahce, was extremely excited to learn that his current team ended up in the same exact UEFA Europa League grouping as his former team. Funny how that is- all these perfect narratives emerge in these “blind draws” with the Europa League, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, EFL Cup etc.

How serendipitous it all is, these made for the media story lines that “naturally” and “fortunately” just happen by circumstance.

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Liverpool FC Injury Report vs West Bromwich Albion


Liverpool will be close to full strength when they take on West Brom Saturday at Anfield.

The one big question will be the health of midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who missed the Manchester United game with injured hip. He has been back in training this week and should be an option for Liverpool if needed.

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Predicted Liverpool FC Starting XI vs West Bromwich Albion

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Liverpool FC has a short turnaround this weekend after Monday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United. They welcome West Brom this week.

Loris Karius starts in net for again after getting a clean sheet against United. Simon Mignolet probably gets a start sooner or later to avoid rust, but Karius gets the start Sunday after having little work to do on Monday.

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Man United Reportedly Targeting Fabinho, Seamus Coleman in January Transfer Window

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You already kind of new that Matteo Darmian was on his way out the Manchester United door in January. This report, if it holds true, just further confirms it. These claims also pose an interesting dilemma pertaining to Antonio Valencia though; who’s settled in at the right back position at Old Trafford.

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Paul Pogba has Best Outing yet of #Pogback Era


Paul Pogba had just said that he still needs time to adapt to life at Manchester United. Tonight he’s showing some signs of adaptation. Pogba had become really big target of United supporters due to his lack of production; amplified by his astronomical paycheck.

It’s really hard to live up to expectations when you’re the world’s most expensive player ($115 million, £89.3 million). Pogba had only scored one goal in eight appearances with United heading into tonight’s Europa League clash with Fenerbahce.

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Ben Roethlisberger Surgery: Déjà vu For Pittsburgh Steelers As Injuries Strike Again

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Benjamin Franklin once said nothing in the world is certain except death and taxes – maybe he should have included the Pittsburgh Steelers losing a key player to injury to that list, writes Freebetsmate.com Gary Anderson.

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