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  • Browns Can’t Win on Field, Look to Win PC War
    It appears the Cleveland Browns appear poised to hire former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to be the new head coach of the team, according to reports released on
  • Red Sox Hang on to Down Yankees, 4-3, Advance to ALCS
    The Boston Red Sox advanced to the American League Championship series on Tuesday night, holding off a rally by the New York Yankees in the ninth to win 4-3. A three run third inning backed the
  • Brock Holt’s Cycle Helps Pace Red Sox Historic Victory, 16-1
    The Boston Red Sox got seven outstanding innings from Nathan Eovaldi and Brock Holt became just the 26th player in Major League history to hit for the cycle twice in his career, as the Red Sox
  • Judge Provides A’s Verdict as Yankees Advance, 7-2
    It took just four pitches for New York Yankee slugger Aaron Judge to set the tone for Wednesday night’s American League Wild Card game. That was when the Yankees star blasted a two run homer over
  • Yankees Look to Downgrade A’s in AL Wild Card Contest
    In the storied histories of the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics, the two teams have only met in the playoffs three times, all won by the Yankees. However, the two teams have never faced one
  • Is This the Final Season for Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady?
    Most men seem to find that 40 is some kind of magical number. The body seems to slow down, it is harder to keep weight off, and the mental faculties don’t seem to be as acute as they once were.
  • SCOTUS Declares 1992 Sports Betting Ban Unconstitutional
    The Supreme Court of the United States has just overturned a law that prevented sports betting in 46 of the fifty states, and made it all but impossible to legally bet on a specific game anywhere
  • Cleveland Browns’ Hail Mary Draft Pick: Baker Mayfield
    Cleveland Browns fans have to be a bit perplexed after the team opted to take Oklahoma Sooners QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Will he be another in a long line of first
  • ESPN Anchor Calls Trump a Racist via Twitter
    Jemele Hill, the 41 year-old co-anchor of the ESPN’s flagship SportsCenter program, set off a political firestorm a few days ago, when she tweeted out the comment, shown above, labeling President
  • Baseball’s Checkered Past With Gambling No Longer an Issue
    As popular as sports are in the United States, one of the driving forces behind the industry is gambling. According to the Nevada Gaming Commission, $3.2 billion was spent on sports gambling in the
  • Colin Kaepernick may be ready to walk away from the NFL
    There’s been a ton of speculation about Colin Kaepernick and why he remains unsigned. Given his national anthem protest, he’s too controversial. He’s on a vegan diet and has lost weight. He
  • NFL Salary Cap Set at $155.27 Million for 2016
    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL’s salary cap for 2016 will be $155.27 million, an increase of nearly $12 million. The NFL Players Association confirmed the figure Sunday, and will release the
  • NBA Western Conference Playoffs Preview
    As has been the case for practically this entire century, the first round of the NBA’s Western Conference playoffs contains matchups that can equate to the drama and excitement of a conference
  • NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Preview
    While the first round matchups involving the Eastern Conference’s top two teams lack excitement and anticipation, the two remaining series will be sure to delight basketball fans across the world.
  • Baltimore Orioles 2015 Preview
    2014 in Review (96-66, 1st in AL East, Eliminated in ALCS) 2014 appeared to finally be the chance the Baltimore Orioles had been waiting for. It seemed they would have their opportunity to
  • NHL Playoff Preview: Detroit Red Wings vs Tampa Bay Lightning
    Playing 22 seasons with the Red Wings from 1983-2006; Steve Yzerman will always be known as “the Captain” in Hockeytown USA, leading the Detroit Red Wings to Stanley Cup victories in 1997, 1998,
  • Golf Shots: 21-Year-Old Jordan Spieth Dominates Masters
    Jordan Spieth won the Masters on Sunday in dominating fashion, but it never seemed like that. The 21-year-old out of Texas University won his first major tournament in grand fashion, leading at the
  • On Wisconsin – to the NCAA Championship Game
    The improbable happened Saturday night in Indianapolis. To call it impossible would be an affront to the efforts of a Midwestern college basketball team who knocked off a previously unbeaten and No.
  • NCAA Final Four: Why Michigan State Will Win
    With the Final Four set for this year’s NCAA March Madness, only one team remains that is not a No. 1 seed. The Michigan State Spartans look to make history for a second straight year, as they
  • NCAA Final Four: Why Wisconsin Will Be Crowned Champion
      The Wisconsin Badgers basketball team has done everything that has been asked of them this year, rolling up a 32-3 record, winning both the regular season and post season titles in the Big
  • NCAA Sweet 16 East: Top Two Seeds Eliminated
    As mentioned earlier before the tournament, Villanova was an overlooked #1 seed due to an inability to perform on the big stage. It comes as no surprise that they are the only top seed to have been
  • Hardy ‘Boys: A Fan’s Perspective on the Greg Hardy Signing
    The NFL’s 2015 free agency period was one of the most exciting and comment-worthy in recent history. While the Dallas Cowboys’ off-season moves were headlined by the loss of running
  • NCAA Sweet 16 West: Wisconsin and Arizona on Collision Course
    In any bracket, the top two seeds are expected to advance in the first weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament. No. 1 Wisconsin and No. 2 Arizona lived up to expectations. The Wisconsin Badgers,
  • Arizona Diamondbacks 2015 Preview
    2014 in Review (64-98, 5th in NL West, Missed Playoffs) 2014 was a long, drawn out struggle in the desert. Only the Colorado Rockies allowed more runs scored than the Diamondbacks among all National
  • NCAA March Madness: Villanova Leads the East
    The East will have plenty of tight contests this year, but it is no surprise that top seeded Villanova looks to have a firm grip on making the deepest run. Then again, with their recent inability to
  • Houston Astros 2015 Preview
    2014 in Review (70-92, 4th in AL West, Missed Playoffs) The Houston Astros were finally able to avoid the century mark in the loss column. That alone shows positive strides for the franchise that has
  • Colorado Rockies 2015 Preview
    2014 in Review (66-96, 4th in NL West, Missed Playoffs) Leading the National League in scoring, batting average, and slugging percentage should count for something. Unfortunately for the Rockies,
  • NCAA March Madness: Wisconsin Leads the West
    Was there ever any doubt that Wisconsin would capture a No. 1 seed? The Badgers went to the NCAA Championship game last year, and have not seemed to lose a step since then. Even though they have
  • Philadelphia Eagles Lead in NFL Free Agency Buzz
    The 2015 NFL free agency period is less than a week old, but it is already one of the most eventful and exciting in the history of the league. The most active team, by far, has been the
  • Seattle Mariners 2015 Preview
    2014 in Review (87-75, 3rd in AL West, Missed Playoffs) There may not be another team or fan base more anxious for this season to begin. In 2014, the Seattle Mariners had hopes for the postseason for
  • San Diego Padres 2015 Preview
    2014 in Review (77-85, 3rd in NL West, Missed Playoffs) In 2014 the San Diego Padres proved exactly how important pitching is in the game of baseball. The fact that they won 77 games while finishing
  • Oakland Athletics 2015 Preview
    2014 in Review (88-74, 2nd in AL West, Eliminated in AL Wild Card Game) The Oakland Athletics enjoyed a 2014 in which they sported the best record in all of baseball for most of the season. They
  • NFL Trade: Eagles LeSean McCoy Banished to Buffalo
    When Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly took over player personnel decisions for the team in January, it was a good bet he would raise some eyebrows before the beginning of the 2015 season. That
  • NFL Trade: Brandon Marshall Jettisoned to Jets
    Most of the speculation surrounding the Chicago Bears this off-season has concerned what new general manager Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox would do with quarterback Jay Cutler. Imagine the
  • Los Angeles Dodgers 2015 Preview
    2014 in Review (94-68, 1st in NL West, Eliminated in NLDS) Much like their crosstown rivals, the Angels, the Dodgers enjoyed a phenomenal 2014 season only to see it end in the first series of the
  • Los Angeles Angels 2015 Preview
    2014 in Review (98-64, 1st in AL West, Eliminated in ALDS) The Los Angeles Angels turned in a fantastic 2014, earning the league’s best record and scoring more runs than any other team. The
  • Derrick Rose to Undergo Knee Surgery
    For the third consecutive season, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is having his season cut short by another knee injury. ESPN broke the news late Tuesday night that team doctors discovered a
  • Orlando City Soccer Club Poised for Take Off
    Based on its strong management, player selection and advance ticket sales, Major League Soccer (MLS) newcomer Orlando City Soccer Club is well positioned to succeed on the pitch and in the stands.
  • College Basketball Court Storming is Playing With Fire
    Panic struck for a few fleeting moments Monday night after the game clock had run out in Manhattan, Kansas. The Kansas State Wildcats basketball team had just secured a win over in-state rival
  • NCAA Hoops: Northern Iowa Breaks Into AP Top 10
    Many casual college basketball fans were probably a bit puzzled when this week’s Top-10 in the Associated Press (AP) poll crawled its way across the screen on ESPN. Kentucky is No. 1 – no
  • San Francisco Giants 2015 Preview
    With Major League Baseball’s 2015 Spring Training officially underway we will take a look into the upcoming seasons for all 30 clubs over the next month and a half as we approach the regular
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mariota vs Winston
    Having the number one pick in the NFL Draft can put a lot of pressure on a team. The threat of a pick turning out to be a bust looms long, and this year is no different. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Peyton Manning Set to Return in 2015
    Team officials for the Denver Broncos have confirmed to ESPN that quarterback Peyton Manning will be returning for the 2015 NFL season. Even though he still had another year remaining on his contract
  • Carmelo Anthony Promotes Brand Over Team?
    Despite the recent statement by Carmelo Anthony that he intends to shut down for the season after the break to help his ailing knee, the New York Knicks star still intends to play in the All-Star
  • Golf Shots: Another WD by Tiger Woods Raises Serious Concerns
    It is probably a good idea to start thinking about another favorite player to follow now that Tiger Woods is all but gone from professional golf. There is nothing official, mind you, but there are
  • The Fall of Jeremy Lin
    It was the fourth day of February in the year 2012 when the mania began. This day marked the start of one of the most historical runs in basketball history by an individual player. The mania came to
  • The Aftermath of Super Bowl XLIX – A Game Which Will Never Be Forgotten
    Super Bowl XLIX was the final wrap on the 2014 football season, and featured a contest that not many people will never forget. New England Patriots (14-4) and Seattle Seahawks (14-4) fans
  • Orlando Magic Fire Jacque Vaughn
    Just over the halfway mark of the NBA season, the struggling Orlando Magic franchise has fired head coach Jacque Vaughn. The Magic currently boast an unimpressive record of 15-37 and find themselves
  • NBA All-Star Snubs
    Each year, when the NBA All Star game comes around, it sparks a discussion about the players who will not be in attendance because they were neither voted in by the fans nor selected as a reserve by
  • Super Bowl XLIX Play Call Heard Around the World
    After two weeks of “Deflategate” dominating the talk and hype going into Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, Arizona, the Seattle Seahawks were one yard away from winning the big game for the
  • Michigan’s Snowy Forecast May Put a Damper on Super Bowl XLIX
    Super Bowl Sunday kicks off at 6:30PM EST, Sunday night on NBC at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The two teams facing off this year are the New England Patriots, who had an
  • The Legacy of Russell Wilson
    Only eleven quarterbacks in the history of the NFL have won multiple Super Bowls. At the young age of 26 and only in his third season in the league, Russell Wilson is already looking to become the
  • Super Bowl Proposition Bets Generate Interest in Every Aspect of the Game
    Worldwide, over 160 million people tuned into the Super Bowl in 2014, and that number is expected to increase again this year. If that number sounds staggering, consider the fact that over $119
  • Golf Shots: Phoenix Open Should Be Wild Kickoff to Super Bowl
    The Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO) is hardly a major tournament on the PGA schedule. Situated more than two months before the Masters, it cannot even be considered a tune-up for a Major. In
  • Detroit Pistons’ Brandon Jennings Out With Achilles Injury
    It looks like the Detroit Pistons will have to find another way to continue their winning streak, now that star point guard Brandon Jennings will not be by their side. Jennings, 25, and the Pistons
  • Golf Shots: Robert Allenby Abduction Story Gets More Bizarre
    If you thought the New England Patriots’ “Deflategate” saga was strange, it pales in comparison to news accounts and speculation involving professional golfer Robert Allenby, a Honolulu Strip
  • CNFL Championship to Be Decided This Week
    As a holiday gift to the National Football League, we here at Bindlesnitch Sports suggested a sensible restructuring of all the teams in the league. The logical realignment would be made up of
  • LeBron James Is Back – Here Come the Cavs
    At the end of December, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was given two weeks off to rest and heal from some minor injuries that were plaguing the four-time NBA MVP. His return on January
  • Kobe Bryant to Miss Remainder of Season
    For the second straight season, five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant has had his season ended prematurely due to a serious injury. Last season Kobe tore his knee, and now he has torn his rotator cuff.
  • Golf Shots: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson May See More of Each Other in 2015
    For as long as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have been sharing the spotlight in men’s professional golf, it has become rare, whether by design or by chance, to see them both in the same PGA
  • US Women’s Soccer Will Play Without Hope for 30 Days
    Hope Solo, goaltender for the US Women’s National Soccer team, has been suspended for 30 days following an incident in which her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, was stopped by police
  • MLB Proposes Shorter Inning Breaks
    Since the turn of this century, one of baseball’s biggest controversies has been the length of games. The 2014 season saw the average length of baseball game surpass the three hour mark – a
  • Max Scherzer Signs Seven-Year Deal With Nationals
    On Sunday, ESPN broke the news that 2013 AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer is close to signing a seven year deal with the Washington Nationals. On Monday, it became official with a rich $210 million
  • Gary Kubiak Returns to Denver to Take Reins of Broncos
    The Twitter message said simply, “Welcome home dad!” and was issued from the account of Klein Kubiak, the son of the newest head coach of the Denver Broncos, Gary Kubiak. According to NFL Network
  • NFL Best Bets: Conference Championships
    Before taking on the two big games this Sunday, let’s take a look back at the results of the divisional playoffs last week. Best Bets went 3-1 over the four games. Our picks of the Ravens (+7.5)
  • NFL Coaching Vacancy Scorecard
    At the end of any NFL season you can almost hear the sounds of slamming doors, as head coaches across the nation are escorted out of their offices after falling short of owners’ and general
  • NBA Eastern Conference Is a Race in 2015
    For the first time in many years, the NBA’s Eastern Conference has actual competition taking place for playoff seeding. Granted, a losing record will still likely slip into the playoffs, but it is
  • NFL Playoffs: Observations on Round Two
    Colts 24, Broncos 13 If you are a sports handicapper, you might feel a bit duped after the weekend’s playoff games – especially if you backed the Denver Broncos in their game on Sunday against
  • NFL Playoffs: Round 2 Best Bets
    My preparations each week for the Best Bets column include digesting as much information as possible on the upcoming NFL slate. Podcasts are listened to, stories are read and statistics are absorbed.
  • NFL Playoffs Pared to Eight After Wild Wildcard Weekend
    The NFL Wildcard weekend went pretty much with the odds. Three home teams and one road team were victorious, with favorites and underdogs going 2-2 against the point spread. It is no shock that the
  • NFL Playoff Preview: Wild Card Weekend Best Bets
    What a year it has been in the NFL – and the playoffs are just beginning. Wild Card Weekend is upon us with two games each on Saturday and Sunday. The winners will advance to the next round
  • College Football Playoffs: Two Big Favorites Headline Semi-Finals
    The much-anticipated College Football Playoffs are finally here, as the semi-finals will take place New Year’s Day with the winners meeting on January 12 for the NCAA Championship. On Thursday, No.
  • NFL Best Bets for Week 17
    Of all the weeks in the NFL season, Week 17 is the trickiest and most dangerous for sports handicappers. Some teams are headed for the playoffs and some are not. Then there are the teams who are
  • A Merry NFL Realignment: CNFL Crazy But it Just Might Work
    One of the things I have most enjoyed at each year’s end is the myriad of special holiday articles written by my favorite columnists. Each Thanksgiving there were several “Most Thankful For…”
  • NFL: Reflections on Week 16
    Even though this week brings us closer to a lucid picture of the NFL Playoffs this year, Week 17 comes upon us with only a few teams who know, absolutely, what their seed will be when the second
  • NFL Best Bets for Week 16
    The final two weekends of the NFL regular season loom ahead and as things wind down, focus needs to shift a little bit. It becomes necessary, of course, to factor in playoff and seeding aspirations.
  • Let the College Bowl Season Begin
    College Football’s second season begins on Saturday with five bowl games on tap in exotic locales like Boise, ID and Montgomery, AL. Never mind that many of the teams are not what one would
  • Cutler Benching Could Be Trestman Test in Chicago
    They are using adjectives like “pointless” and “bizarre” in Chicago, but the Bears’ benching of quarterback Jay Cutler may make perfect sense. While most media outlets focus on Cutler’s
  • NFL: Monday Reflections Game by Game on Week 15
    From the blood-letting in Buffalo to the never-mind in Nashville, here are some things that stood out in each game, best to worst, on NFL Sunday of Week 15. In the big picture, four teams – the
  • NFL Best Bets for Week 15
    It is hard to believe there are only three games left in the National Football League’s regular season. As we head to Week 15, no team has clinched as much as a playoff spot yet. The New England
  • Fantasy Football: Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton and Injury Security
    Johnny Manziel was named the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns this week, and he will be the starting quarterback on my Fantasy Football team, the Surgin’ Generals. If you are still in
  • NFL: Observations on Week 14
    It is time to look at each game over the weekend in the NFL and pick out one (or two) things that can be taken away from the game, whether it is fantasy- or gaming-relevant. In looking at Week 14 as
  • College Football Playoff Committee Made the Right Call
    In an announcement that stunned many on Sunday, the College Football Playoff (CFP) selection committee named Ohio State the fourth team in the season-ending playoff for the NCAA National
  • NFL Best Bets for Week 14
    Best Bets had another winning week in Week 13 but just barely, going 3-2 against the Las Vegas line. It was not a perfect week, but it certainly could have been worse, and it upped the mark to 38-22
  • Weekend of Big Games to Determine NCAA Football Playoff Spots
    With only 14 major games on the schedule this weekend, the emphasis in college football will be the quality and importance of each game being played. Friday and Saturday games will make or break the
  • Mike Riley Is Surprise Hire as Cornhusker Football Coach
    It was a surprise announcement in an era when news releases are often merely confirmation of week-old rumors and speculation. Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst sprung the news early Thursday
  • Fantasy Football: The Value of Handcuffs in the Playoff Season
    For most of the Fantasy Football world this weekend marks the beginning of the playoff season and a mad scramble to get any advantage over first-round opponents and advance toward the championship.
  • Coach Pelini Dismissal No Surprise
    The message flashed across smart phones and I-Pads Sunday morning, and soon Twitter was ablaze with news that Bo Pelini, head football coach at the University of Nebraska for the past seven years,
  • NFL Best Bets Week 13
    It was another winning week for Best Bests in Week 12, going 4-1 against the Las Vegas point spread and raising the season record to 35-20, a winning rate of 63 percent. Winners last week were the
  • NFL Thanksgiving Tidbits
    Football has almost become as synonymous with Thanksgiving as turkey, dressing and gearing up for Black Friday. And when we say football, we mean the National Football League. Sure, there are some
  • The NFC (Gone) South
    It seems like it was no more than two years ago, but it was 2010 when the football world was in an uproar because the Seattle Seahawks won their division (NFC West) with a 7-9 record and hosted the
  • NFL Sunday 12 Top to Bottom
    From the most interesting and significant to the obscenely absurd and meaningless, this is a list of the best-to-worst in the NFL on Sunday in Week 12. An NFC East contest in New York tops the list
  • NFL Best Bets Week 12
    Best Bets had another positive outcome last week, logging a 3-2 mark against the Las Vegas point spread. The total is now 31-19 for the season, which is a winning rate of 62 per cent. Of last
  • NFL Fantasy: New Faces
    It is getting late in the season and many Fantasy Football owners have just a few games left in their final push toward the playoffs. The waiver wire is thin this time of the year, but several key
  • Alabama Tops CFP Rankings
    There were few surprises in this week’s College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings, with Alabama climbing to No. 1 after beating then-No. 1 Mississippi State over the weekend. Oregon and Florida State
  • NFL Week 11 Top to Bottom
    Rams 22, Broncos 7 There is an angle handicappers use to predict point spread winners. The trick is to go against teams from the western time zones traveling to the eastern cities to play early
  • NFL Best Bets: Week 11
    There was much celebrating in the Bindlesnitch Sports department last Sunday, as Week 10 Best Bets swept the board at 5-0. The Lions, Broncos, Cardinals and Eagles were all point spread winners,
  • Big Games on Tap in NCAA
    If there is one thing the College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings have brought about—besides controversy—in its inaugural season, it is a slate of increasingly important NCAA football games week
  • Changes at Top of CFP Poll
    Mississippi State is still No. 1 in the latest College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings, but that is where the similarities end between last week and this week in the latest poll announced Tuesday