Articles By Rich Mcvey

All taxonomy terms: Overtime
Path: /overtime/most-fact-packed-ohio-state-truck-tailgate-ever
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Two things… 1. This guy loves him some Ohio State and America.  2. Why?

 

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Post date: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 11:27
All taxonomy terms: Funny, Stupid, Overtime
Path: /overtime/how-aaron-hernandez-may-have-committed-murder-according-taiwanese-animation
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Taiwanese animators are at it again, recreating this amazingly lifelike look at how former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez may have committed several murders. We had no idea a rocket launcher and Cotton Candy Bubblicious gum were involved.

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Post date: Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 15:53
All taxonomy terms: Overtime, Overtime
Path: /overtime/pro-tennis-player-shows-worlds-least-subtle-car
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We know pro athletes have big egos, but Ukranian tennis player Alexandr Dolgopolov is taking it to a whole new level with his car. Dolgopolov, nicknamed "Dolgo" (The Dog) by fellow players, recently posted a picture on Instagram of himself behind the wheel of a nearly unrecognizable Nissan GT-R, which has been customized into a giant, chromed-out crap sandwich. Woof!
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<p> Ukranian tennis player Alexandr Dolgopolov shows off world's tackiest car.</p>
Post date: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 08:40
All taxonomy terms: Overtime, News
Path: /news/buffalo-bills-running-back-cj-spiller-examines-%E2%80%9Cspongebob-squarepants%E2%80%9D
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Apparently Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller really enjoys “SpongeBob SquarePants.” A lot. Watch as he analyzes the characters and their motivations.

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<p> Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Just ask C.J. Spiller.</p>
Post date: Friday, May 24, 2013 - 11:34
All taxonomy terms: College Football, MLB
Path: /college-football/athlons-essential-11-links-day-may-20
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 24.

• The Oregon Ducks appear on Athlon's preseason Top 25 countdown at No. 3. But more importantly, it's a perfect opportunity to feature their cheerleaders.

• A-Rod sold his house for a whopping $30 million. It featured seven bedrooms, two docks, and probably one awesome centaur painting.

• LeBron James was a unanimous pick for the All-NBA team and Kobe Bryant earned his record-tying 11th first-team selection.
 
• Mike Krzyzewski is looking for some more gold bling.  Coach K will remain as coach of the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team.
 
• Want to feel really, REALLY lazy? Just read about Yuichiro Miura, an 80-year-old dude who recently reached the top of Mount Everest
 
 
• Paul Finebaum, the former syndicated radio host, joins ESPN and will be the "voice" of the SEC Network
 
 
• These 12 guys and a few lucky others know that the Amex Black card is nothing in comparison to baseball’s golden ticket.
 
• Wondering when and where SEC bowl games will take place this season? Wonder no more.
 
• Buffalo Bills running back CJ Spiller plays football. But some days, he ponders the character development in “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
 
• Tip of the Day: If you score a soccer goal, don't take off your pants to celebrate. 
 

May 23

• Model/actress Elsa Pataky returns to the big screen in Fast & Furious 6. She is fabulous. 
 
• Ever wondered what Shaq would sound like singing a Rihanna song? Wonder no more.

• Bad news for 49ers fans. The team's leading wide receiver Michael Crabtree had surgery to repair a torn right Achilles tendon. He could miss the entire season.

• Great news for Packers fans. Bears great Brian Urlacher is hanging up his cleats for good. 
 
• Could Alabama take on Texas A&M for the BCS Championship? At least one writer seems to think so
 
• Check out this super dad as he makes a sweet bare-handed catch of a foul ball as he's walking down the stairs while holding his son. 
 
• Athlon's Top 25 college football countdown rolls on today. See which teams came in at No. 4 and No. 5
 
• We didn't think it possible for Rex Ryan to be more disappointed in Mark Sanchez, but apparently he is.
 
• MLB.com has a new 404 error page. We approve.
 
• Todd Gurley vs. TJ Yeldon: Which young RB is superior?
 
• The Cincinnati Bearcats baseball team seems to be having a lot of fun during post-game interviews. A lot.


May 22

• G'day mate! To celebrate it being Australia Day (I just made that up), here's a look at one of our favorite Australians, model Jessica Cribbon.  

• Even blindfolded Johnny Manziel can throw a football way better than you

• At 21, Mike Trout became the youngest player to hit for the cycle since Mel Ott with the New York Giants in 1929. 

• Our preseason Top 25 countdown unleashes the Clemson Tigers today. They roar onto the list at No. 6.

• The Cleveland Cavaliers won the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Lottery. Here's a look at how the entire lottery played out, plus our look back at why there's a good chance the NBA lottery is rigged

• Sad news. ESPN is laying off hundreds of employees

• Our Nice Guy Award goes to Kevin Durant, who's giving $1 million to Red Cross in Oklahoma City

• The 50th Super Bowl will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area, and then heading to Houston the following year. Of course, we can think of better venues we'd like to see the Big Game played. 

• Who are the top players returning to the SEC this year? Here's a look.

• Eric Spoto can bench press 722 pounds. Apparently all you need is some smelling salt and short arms. You be the judge.  


May 21

• We hope you're sitting down for this one. Apparently many hot celebrities were once hot cheerleaders
 
• We don't understand how, but Alabama's shattered 2011 national title trophy sold for a whopping $105,000.
 
Prepare football fans. It looks like the NFL Draft could be moving to May
 
 
• This week's Dumbass Award goes to Washington Nationals pitcher Ryan Mattheus who got mad, punched his locker and broke his pitching hand.  
 
The Cleveland Browns are gearing up to punt the ball down opponents’ throats. At least that's what the Onion thinks.
 
Think you're tough? Check out the 100 toughest athletes in sports
 
It's a story as old as mankind. A poor Cubs fan tries to save his wife from getting hit by a home run ball, and she dumps beer on his head.
 
• This is awesome. Texas A&M's Heisman-winning QB Johnny Manziel is spending some of his free time helping a boy battling cancer
 
• Hop aboard the wayback machine and check out this '80s Bears poster
 
• The Dodgers Matt Kemp is helping out his tornado-ravaged hometown of Oklahoma City by donating $1,000 for every home run he hits until the All-Star break
 
• How devastating were the tornadoes? Here's amateur footage. (Want to help out? Here's how.)


MAY 20

• We're pretty sure you're going to flip out over our Boise State Cheerleaders gallery. (See what we did there?)
 
• Ray Rice had some fun at his own expense yesterday, when he posted this picture, asking "y'all catch the Preakness yesterday?"

• Who are 50 best wide receivers of the BCS era in college football? Here's our opinion. If you don't agree, Tweet to @BradenGall with the hashtag #AthlonWR50. Feel free to be belligerent.

• Speaking of wide receivers, Saturday Down South looks at the best receiving tandems in the SEC.

• Remember 7-year-old Jack Hoffman, the kid with brain cancer who scored a touchdown during Nebraska's spring game? Looks like he has his own football card

• Our Top 25 countdown keeps on chugging along with Texas A&M taking the No. 9 spot. Choo choo!

• A look at some of the all-time funniest photos you'll see in the history of today.

• Confession: We have no idea who Miguel is. That said, he went full WWE during last night's Billboard Music Awards, and nearly took out one of his fans. It was an epic fail.

• If you missed Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals, where (spoiler alert) the Spurs blew out the Grizzlies, you can watch the GIF recap to fill in all the blanks.

• Since the 2013 college football season hasn't arrived yet, we'll have to settle for looking back to last year. Here are the SEC's five best offensive plays of 2012.

• There are blowouts, and then there are BLOWOUTS! Here are the 50 biggest.

• Pitcher Phil Coke of the Detroit Tigers does his best Miguel Cabrera impersonation. Enjoy.

 

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<p> Rounding up the web's best sports links so you don't have to.</p>
Post date: Friday, May 24, 2013 - 11:00
All taxonomy terms: News
Path: /news/soccer-player-celebrates-goal-stripping-shorts-and-wearing-them-his-head
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Mario Djurovski, a midfielder for Muangthong United in the Thai Premier League, celebrated a goal recently in awesome fashion (at the 25-second mark): he takes off his shorts, puts them on his head and taunts the crowd. Of course, his celebration is short-lived as the grippy-wearing player was handed a red card, and sent on his way. Still, I'll say this, he's got balls...which are fortunately covered by his shirt. 

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Post date: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 23:09
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Path: /overtime/if-ryan-lochtes-new-show-were-answer-jeopardy-question
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Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte's new show, "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?", premiered last Sunday. It was awful. If you don't believe us, you can watch the second episode, which airs this Sunday night on E! But before you do, know that Lochte's not going to wow you with his smarts…or creativity…or any talent that doesn't involve swimming really, really fast. 

To summarize what you can expect, we put together this helpful graphic of his utter stupidity, based on things that happened during the first episode. Don't say we didn't warn you.
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<p> If Ryan Lochte's New Show Were The Answer to A Jeopardy Question</p>
Post date: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 17:57
Path: /college-football/8-year-old-cancer-scores-td-ecu-spring-game
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East Carolina players helped brighten the day of 8-year-old Noah Roberts, who's battling cancer. During the ECU spring game on Saturday, Noah sprinted to the end zone during the game's final play as the crowd cheered him on. A smiling Noah was lifted into the air by Pirates players following his score.
 
Noah, who returned to the hospital the following day, has been a fan of the team since his older sister began attending the school.
 
"He's a good kid, and I was proud to have the chance to lead him into the end zone," says ECU Running Back/Tight End Zico Pasut.
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<p> 8-year-old with Cancer Scores TD at ECU Spring Game</p>
Post date: Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 15:00
Path: /college-football/ohio-state-mascot-gets-destroyed-during-spring-game
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Nobody said being a mascot was easy. You have to walk around in a hot, furry costume that smells like feet and cheese, wear an oversized head that could topple you at any second, and (worse yet) pantomime your every emotion. But on the bright side, you don't have to get the crap knocked out of you on the gridiron. Well, unless you're the Ohio State Mascot "Brutus," who made the bad mistake of jumping into practice during OSU's Student Appreciation Day. Enjoy.

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<p> Brutus gets his bell rung by linebacker David Perkins.</p>
Post date: Monday, April 8, 2013 - 07:00
Path: /college-basketball/ncaa-tournament-2013-march-madness-bracket-cheat-sheets
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March Madness is now upon us. It's that time of year when everyone—even the guy in the cubicle next to you who still plays Dungeons & Dragons—starts caring about college basketball. Most of the excitement comes from NCAA Tournament bracket games, where anyone can fill out a March Madness bracket in hopes winning cash, prizes and bragging rights among friends and co-workers. Of course, the majority of people have no clue which teams to pick. 

Athlon Sports is here to help. We put together these handy cheat sheets of bracket picks—starting with the Sweet 16 on down—from three of our college basketball experts. Each editor has their own bracket picks, so you can choose one or use the cumulative knowledge of each to create your own unique picks. Either way, it will likely save you the office humiliation of picking Iona to win it all. 
 
MITCH LIGHT'S NCAA BRACKET PICKS
 
 
 
DAVID FOX'S NCAA BRACKET PICKS
NCAA Tournament Bracket Cheat Sheet
 
BRADEN GALL'S NCAA BRACKET PICKS
 
 
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<p> NCAA Tournament 2013: March Madness Bracket Cheat Sheets</p>
Post date: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 11:35
Path: /college-football/texas-am-wide-receiver-ryan-swope-does-trick-shot-video
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Following in the trick shot video footsteps of his teammate Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M all-time leading receiver Ryan Swope showcases his skills. Swope's amazing talent, you guessed it, is making incredible grabs, whether it's snagging eggs dropped off a building or catching five footballs back to back without dropping the previous ones. The video is part of an effort to get Swope on the cover of the next EA Sports' NCAA Football. Will it work? We'll see. 

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<p> Texas A&amp;M Wide Receiver Ryan Swope Does Trick Shot Video</p>
Post date: Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 07:20
All taxonomy terms: NFL, Overtime, NFL, Overtime
Path: /nfl/chunky-linemen-run-40-combine-chariots-fire-music
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The NFL Scouting Combine is underway in Indianapolis, where athletes of all shapes and sizes come to impress. Some are more impressive than others, but one thing that always holds true: we love watching the pudgy linemen run the 40. And what could possibly make it better? Apparently adding the theme music from "Chariots of Fire". 

 

Source: SB NATION

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<p> Chunky Linemen Run 40 at Combine with "Chariots of Fire" Music</p>
Post date: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 07:26
All taxonomy terms: NASCAR
Path: /nascar/nascars-jimmie-johnson-recreates-bob-dylan-album-cover
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Jimmie Johnson and his wife, Chandra, recreated Bob Dylan’s Freewheelin' iconic album cover for ESPN The Magazine's first edition of "The Music Issue." The issue features top sports standouts recreating album covers of their favorite artists. "The Music Issue" hits newsstands today.

Check out more of ESPN's Music Issue

Credit: ESPN The Magazine

 
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<p> NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson Recreates Bob Dylan Album Cover</p>
Post date: Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:38
All taxonomy terms: Monthly
Path: /mlb/whats-record-most-foul-balls-hit-single-bat
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What is the record for most foul balls hit in a single at-bat? 

— Bert Steinberg, Port Hueneme, Calif.
 

There are no records kept for foul balls during particular at-bats, but there is one unusual record in this category that is likely to never be broken. Philadelphia outfielder Richie Ashburn, who played from 1948-62, was known for his ability to prolong at-bats by fouling off pitches. During one such at-bat in Philadelphia, he fouled off 14 pitches. One of them struck a woman who was sitting in the stands, breaking her nose. While she was being carried off on a stretcher, she was hit by a second foul ball from Ashburn during the same at-bat.
— Charlie Miller, Editorial Director
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<p> What's the record for most foul balls hit in a single at-bat?&nbsp;</p>
Post date: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 16:52
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Path: /overtime/10-funniest-celeb-tweets-about-manti-teos-fake-girlfriend
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The Internet is about to blow up over Manti Te'o's fake dead girlfriend. In fact, even famous people are commenting and joking about the mind-blowing revelation that the Notre Dame star never really had a girlfriend who died. (You can check out the entire story on Deadspin.)

Here are our 10 favorites Tweets...so far. 

"Office" actor RAINN WILSON 

 

Model/actress Brooklyn Decker (and husband Andy Roddick)

 

Wide Reciever Donte' Stallworth

 

Comedian Seth Meyers

 

Comedian Michael Ian Black

 

Comedian Rob Delaney

 

"Family Guy" writer Julius Sharpe

 

Sports reporter Michael Smith

 

Sports writer Jay Busbee

 

Singer Josh Groban

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<p> 10 Funny Celeb Tweets About Manti Te'o's Fake Girlfriend</p>
Post date: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 12:00
All taxonomy terms: NFL, Overtime
Path: /overtime/hilariously-bad-lip-reading-nfl-players-video
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The folks at Bad Lip Reading have turned their attention to the NFL. Check out this hilarious video of bad lip readers interpreting what NFL players aren't really saying. 

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<p> A Hilariously Bad Lip Reading of NFL Players (Video)&nbsp;</p>
Post date: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 06:00
All taxonomy terms: R.A. Dickey, MLB, Overtime
Path: /overtime/ra-dickey-gets-sweet-star-wars-onesie-christmas
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Self-proclaimed Star Wars nerd and knuckleball pitching sensation R.A. Dickey tweeted out a picture of his favorite Christmas present yesterday. The picture (as seen below) included the tweet: "Maybe my favorite gift all year. Thank you Lucas Film." 

No, thank you Dickey for giving us the Christmas treat of seeing a grown man (and Cy Young Award winner) in a onesie. 
R.A. Dickey wears his Christmas Star Wars onesie
Teaser:
<p> R.A. Dickey Gets Sweet Star Wars Onesie for Christmas&nbsp;</p>
Post date: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 06:00
All taxonomy terms: Monthly
Path: /monthly/was-there-nfl-game-1980s-had-no-play-play-commentary
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It seems to me that in the 1980s the NFL televised a game where the only audio came from the sidelines and PA system. There were no play-by-play commentators. Did this game ever take place or was I dreaming? 
— Wilbert Dill, Warwick, Md.
 
Wilbert, you weren’t dreaming. But for the guys over at AwfulAnnouncing.com, who track the follies and flubs of the talking heads of sports, this had to be a dream game. No blathering from Dan Dierdorf about his playing days; no nonsensical pontificating from Matt Millen. NBC’s Don Ohlmeyer tried the bold experiment for a matchup between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins on Dec. 20, 1980. Bryant Gumbel set up the stunt with a brief intro, and then, the sounds of the stadium took over, punctuated only by on-screen graphics. The Jets won 24–17 in front of a larger audience than normal for a meaningless matchup, but while there was some positive reaction from fans, it proved to be a one-time experiment. 
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<p> Was there an NFL game in the 1980s that had no play-by-play commentary?</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 14:51
All taxonomy terms: MLB, Monthly
Path: /monthly/has-any-major-league-baseball-player-ever-come-back-team-he-started-three-times
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Has any major league baseball player ever come back to the team he started with three times? 

— Larry Luttrell, Lubbock, Texas
 

When you think of well-traveled ballplayers, you think of Rickey Henderson, and sure enough, Rickey had four separate tenures with the Oakland A’s. He broke in with the A’s as a 20-year-old in 1979, spending six largely successful seasons before heading east for a stint with the Yankees. He returned to Oakland during the 1989 season, helping the A’s win the World Series that year and then earning AL MVP honors in 1990. He was dealt to Toronto at the trade deadline in 1993 and helped the Blue Jays win a World Series, before returning to the Bay for the 1994 season. After stints in San Diego and Anaheim, Rickey returned to Oakland for one final season, leading the league in steals (with 66) and walks (with 118) as a 39-year-old in 1998. Henderson wasn’t done as a player, hanging on for five more seasons, but 1998 was his last year in the familiar yellow and green. 
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<p> Has any major league baseball player ever come back to the team he started with three times?</p>
Post date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 15:07
All taxonomy terms: Overtime, News
Path: /overtime/anchorman-gets-pooped-during-world-series-coverage
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During a live broadcast outside AT&T Park in San Francisco, FOX40 anchor Paul Robins got torpedoed by a bird. Robins was a good sport about it, even as his co-anchor Bethany Crouch laughed hysterically while where a ridiculous Panda hat. As Robins said, "One of my goals in life is to make it on YouTube and I think I just did." That's right Paul, dreams really do come true.

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Post date: Friday, October 26, 2012 - 14:41
All taxonomy terms: MLB, News
Path: /mlb/2012-world-series-broadcast-schedule
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The 2012 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers begins tonight. Here's a look at the dates, times and TV schedule for the 108th World Series between the American League Champions and the National League Champions. FOX Sports will again provide national coverage of the Fall Classic. ESPN Radio will provide complete coverage of all World Series games. MLB International, MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive World Series coverage.

 
2012 World Series Schedule
 
World Series ScheduleGame 1
Wednesday, 10/24
Tigers @ Giants
AT&T Park, San Francisco
8 p.m. EST on FOX
 
Game 2
Thursday, 10/25
Tigers @ Giants
AT&T Park, San Francisco
8:00 p.m. EST on FOX
 
Game 3
Saturday, Oct. 27
Giants @ Tigers
Comerica Park, Detroit
8:00 p.m. EST on FOX
 
Game 4
Sunday, Oct. 28
Giants @ Tigers
Comerica Park, Detroit
8:00 p.m. EST on FOX
 
Game 5*
Monday, Oct. 29
Giants @ Tigers
Comerica Park, Detroit
8:00 pm. EST on FOX
 
Game 6*
Wednesday, Oct. 31
Tigers @ Giants
AT&T Park, San Francisco
8:00 p.m. EST on FOX
 
Game 7*
Thursday, Nov. 1
Tigers @ Giants
AT&T Park, San Francisco
8:00 p.m. EST on FOX
 
*If Needed
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<p> 2012 World Series Schedule</p>
Post date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 10:09
Path: /nfl/5-most-badass-defensive-players-now-ray-lewis-gone
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When the news hit that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was lost for the rest of the season with a torn triceps muscle, it hit hard – as hard as any hit Lewis has delivered during his remarkable 17-year NFL career. It wasn’t just potentially catastrophic news for the Ravens. It felt more like the end of an era.

That’s because for most of the last 17 seasons, Lewis has been the NFL’s dominant defensive presence. He may not have always been the best defensive player – though the 13-time Pro Bowler was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Year three times – but he was always in the conversation. He was the player offensive coordinators and opposing coordinators seemed to worry about more than, and sometimes all their game-planning didn’t help.

Lewis, for all his years, was a 6-1, 250-pound, tightly wound bundle of energy and power with a unique ability to explode through anything. He was fiery, intense and seemingly limitless in his ability hit fearlessly at high speed. He defined an era of Ravens football, including the 2000 team that was one of the best defensive teams in NFL history.

Lewis, in many ways, redefined the word ‘Bad’.

He may still continue his NFL career, even though he’s 37 with more mileage on his body than most, and maybe he’ll even be close to the same incredible force. But sometime on the horizon, either soon or sooner, he’ll be forever ceding the title of Baddest Man in the NFL.

What defender will follow him and claim that title? Who are the defensive players that keep quarterbacks up at night most? Finding the next Ray Lewis may be an impossible task, but here are five ‘bad’ defenders you might want to watch …

 

49ers LB Patrick Willis The 49ers appear to be the latest holders of the title of “NFL’s best defense” and Willis has emerged as their leader. He may not be as scary as Lewis was in his prime, but that has more to do with aura than ability. Willis has incredible side-to-side speed, seemingly covering the whole field for what likely is the NFL’s quickest linebacking corps. Already a five-time Pro Bowler, he doesn’t talk and act as wildly as Lewis often did. He’s not as big a hitter. And with the 49ers not needing to turn him loose in the pass rush, he’s not racking up high numbers of sacks. But he quietly has become the player on that defense that offensive coordinators try to avoid.

 

Packers LB Clay Matthews – The eight sacks he has through six games this season re-established Matthews as one of the NFL’s premier pass rushers, if not the premier pass rushing linebacker. He has the “bad” reputation, thanks to his 23 ½ sacks during his first two seasons, and he looks the part with his long blond hair and wild-looking eyes. His explosion to the pass rusher, though, is what makes him dangerous. As a stalker, standing behind the line of scrimmage, he can come at the quarterback from anywhere and once he gets going he’s coming quick. Defensive ends have become the pass rushing stars over the last decade, but Matthews could be the start of a rush-linebacker revival.

 

Broncos LB Von Miller  If Patrick Willis is the closest thing to Ray Lewis in the league right now, Miller might be the closest thing to Lawrence Taylor. No, he’s not in that class yet, but with 11 ½ sacks last season and six already this season he’s demonstrated a remarkable quickness and explosion through offensive lines. When he comes at quarterbacks, he comes fast and when he’s on it feels like his pass rush is relentless. He’s “only” 6-3, 237, but size doesn’t matter as much as speed does in this new era of explosive passing attacks. Miller has what it takes to disrupt passing games, either by rushing forward or dropping back.

 

Texans DE J.J. Watt – There may not be a defensive lineman anywhere in the league that quarterbacks want to see less right now than the lengthy Watt who is turning pass deflections at the line of scrimmage into an art form. He’s 6-5, 295, but he looks like a 7-footer at the line, especially when he stretches his massive arms upward. He also seems to have a knack for where the pass is going, too. And oh, by the way, he’s become impossible to block. The athletic lineman already has 9 ½ sacks through six games to go with his eight deflections. And to think, he’s only in his second NFL season.

 

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul – He is not off to the best start, but there’s no doubt he’s the most dangerous component of the Giants’ still-dangerous pass rush. It’s not just the fact that he can get to the quarterback, sometimes seemingly with ease (16 ½ sacks last season), it’s the many ways he can get there. He can bull-rush bigger tackles one on one and he’s too quick with moves for most of them to handle him alone. He’s also ridiculously athletic, enabling him to shed blockers and play the run or to leap and bat passes. The most frightening part? He’s in his third NFL season, but he’s still only 23 years old, and since he barely had a high school and college career he’s still really just beginning to learn the game. If the arrow continues to point up for “JPP”, his ceiling could turn out to be unnaturally high.

 

—By RALPH VACCHIANO

Teaser:
<p> Who's going to fill his very angry shoes?</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 02:53
All taxonomy terms: News
Path: /news/college-footballs-top-25-rankings-week-8
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College Football Top 25 Rankings, AlabamaEach week Athlon Sports ranks the Top 25 college football teams in the nation. Alabama and Oregon remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, with Notre Dame moving into the no. 3 slot. The biggest movers this week include the Texas Tech Red Raiders, up 27 spots, to No. 14; and Wisconsin coming in at No. 25 after shooting up 15 spots. 

To see our rankings for all 124 teams, visit Athlon's 124.

 

ATHLON SPORTS' TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Rank Team Last Week
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide #1 (-)
#2 Oregon Ducks #2 (-)
#3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish #4 (+1)
#4 Florida Gators #5 (+1)
#5 Kansas State Wildcats #7 (+2)
#6 Ohio State Buckeyes #9 (+3)
#7 LSU Tigers #8 (+1)
#8 Oklahoma Sooners #14 (+6)
#9 South Carolina Gamecocks #3 (-6)
#10 Georgia Bulldogs #10 (-)
#11 USC Trojans #11 (-)
#12 Florida State Seminoles #13 (+1)
#13 Clemson Tigers #15 (+2)
#14 Texas Tech Red Raiders #41 (+27)
#15 West Virginia Mountaineers #6 (-9)
#16 Oregon State Beavers #16 (-)
#17 Louisville Cardinals #17 (-)
#18 Rutgers Scarlet Knights #18 (-)
#19 Michigan Wolverines #20 (+1)
#20 Mississippi State Bulldogs #22 (+2)
#21 Stanford Cardinal #19 (-2)
#22 Cincinnati Bearcats #23 (+1)
#23 Texas A&M Aggies #24 (+1)
#24 Arizona State Sun Devils #25 (+1)
#25 Wisconsin Badgers #40 (+15)

Teaser:
<p> Each week Athlon Sports ranks the Top 25 college football teams&nbsp;in the nation.</p>
Post date: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 11:55
All taxonomy terms: News
Path: /news/athlon-sports-college-football-top-25-poll-week-7
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Each week Athlon Sports ranks the Top 25 college football teams in the nation. Alabama and Oregon remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, with the South Carolina Gamecocks shooting up four spots to the No. 3 slot. West Virginia, who toppled Texas on Saturday, moves into the No. 6 spot. The week's biggest sliders include Georgia (down 7 spots to No. 10) and Florida State (down 9 spots to No. 13.) 

Teams falling out of the Top 25 include Washington, Nebraska and UCLA.

ATHLON SPORTS TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Rank Team Last Week
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide #1 (-)
#2 Oregon Ducks #2 (-)
#3 South Carolina Gamecocks #7 (+4)
#4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish #6 (+2)
#5 Florida Gators #9 (+4)
#6 West Virginia Mountaineers #12 (+6)
#7 Kansas State Wildcats #10 (+3)
#8 LSU Tigers #5 (-3)
#9 Ohio State Buckeyes #11 (+2)
#10 Georgia Bulldogs #3 (-7)
#11 USC Trojans #13 (+2)
#12 Texas Longhorns #8 (-4)
#13 Florida State Seminoles #4 (-9)
#14 Oklahoma Sooners #14 (-)
#15 Clemson Tigers #15 (-)
#16 Oregon State Beavers #17 (+1)
#17 Louisville Cardinals #18 (+1)
#18 Rutgers Scarlet Knights #19 (+1)
#19 Stanford Cardinal #24 (+5)
#20 Michigan Wolverines #23 (+3)
#21 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs #25 (+4)
#22 Mississippi State Bulldogs #27 (+5)
#23 Cincinnati Bearcats #29 (+6)
#24 Texas A&M Aggies #28 (+4)
#25   Arizona State Sun Devils #35 (+10)

To see our rankings for all 124 teams, visit Athlon's 124.

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<p> Ranking the best college football teams in the nation</p>
Post date: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 16:34
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South Carolina, West Virginia and Florida moved into the top 5 of the rankings this week as the Legends Poll saw its first big shake-up of the season.

Florida State, LSU and Georgia all suffered defeats, which opened the door for a new look in the top 5.

Third-ranked South Carolina moved up four spots after its dominant 35-7 performance against Georgia, the former No. 5 team.

West Virginia jumped to No. 4 after a 41-38 victory at Texas and No. 5 Florida was the biggest mover in the top 5, jumping six spots in the rankings.

“I thought Florida was really impressive,” former Auburn coach Pat Dye said — he voted Florida No. 4. “They had a week off to prepare for LSU and put it together in the second half. But I don’t think anyone expected South Carolina to dominate Georgia like they did. That was something.”

Alabama remained the unanimous top-ranked team followed by Oregon, and No. 6 Kansas State and No. 7 Notre Dame each moved up two spots.

Florida State was the highest ranked one-loss team, dropping five spots to No. 8 after being upset at North Carolina State. Fellow one-loss teams USC and LSU rounded out the top 10.

Georgia was tied for the biggest tumble in the rankings, falling nine spots to No. 14. No. 22 TCU also fell nine spots following its loss to Iowa State, which moved the Cyclones into the rankings at No. 24.

No. 23 Boise State moved back into the Legends Poll top 25 this week and was joined by unbeaten Louisiana Tech at No. 25.

Nebraska, Northwestern and UCLA fell out of the rankings.

To see the individual votes by coach, visit the Legends Poll.

THE LEGENDS POLL TOP 25

 

RK TEAM RECORD POINTS PV RK
1 AlabamaAlabama (17) 5-0 425 1
2 OregonOregon 6-0 408 2
3 South CarolinaSouth Carolina 6-0 386 7
4 West VirginiaWest Virginia 5-0 375 6
5 FloridaFlorida 5-0 343 11
6 Kansas StateKansas State 5-0 342 8
7 Notre DameNotre Dame 5-0 334 9
8 Florida StateFlorida State 5-1 269 3
9 USCUSC 4-1 265 12
10 LSULSU 5-1 256 4
11 OklahomaOklahoma 3-1 238 15
12 ClemsonClemson 5-1 219 14
13 StanfordStanford 4-1 212 16
14 GeorgiaGeorgia 5-1 201 5
15 TexasTexas 4-1 197 10
16 Oregon StateOregon State 4-0 185 19
17 Mississippi StateMississippi State 5-0 171 20
18 LouisvilleLouisville 5-0 158 17
19 Texas A&MTexas A&M 4-1 122 23
20 CincinnatiCincinnati 4-0 85 24
21 RutgersRutgers 5-0 82 25
22 TCUTCU 4-1 48 13
23 Boise StateBoise State 4-1 31 -
24 Iowa StateIowa State 4-1 29 -
25 Louisiana TechLouisiana Tech 5-0 24 -

Others Receiving Votes

Michigan State 18, Arizona State 15, UCLA 13, Northwestern 13, Nebraska 12, Oklahoma State 11, North Carolina State 10, Michigan 10, Baylor 9, Ohio 5, Texas Tech 3, Wisconsin 1

Teams Dropped Out from Last Week's Poll

Nebraska, Northwestern, UCLA

 

* The Legends Poll voting process is exactly what the BCS is trying to create and Athlon will bring it to you as the de facto Selection Committee for fans to follow over the next two seasons, allowing you to see how the Selection Committee will operate from 2014 onward.  You can see the entire Poll at www.legendschannel.com.

Teaser:
<p> As voted on by 17 coaching legends</p>
Post date: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 14:50

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