Category Archives: Football

Fantasy football has changed the way we watch


Fantasy football playoffs begin in most leagues this week/fansfavorite

By Ray Hamill

It’s crunch time in the fantasy world, and for most leagues around the country the playoffs get under way this week.

It all comes down to this. An entire season of game planning, maneuvering, wire scanning and agonizing game-time decisions all leading up to this weekend.

Bragging rights are on the line.

Pride is on the line.

And more importantly, there’s money on the line.

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Few surprises so far in the EPL, but plenty to play for


Liverpool and Everton will face off on Sunday in the first Merseyside derby of the season/ESPN

By Ray Hamill

There have not been too many surprises in the English Premier League so far this season.

At the top of the table, the list of contenders is pretty much as expected, with Manchester City leading the way, while the chasing pack has provided some early surprises but appears to be settling down.

At the bottom of the standings, Swansea City, West Ham, Crystal Palace and West Brom have all failed to impress and look likely to be mired in a relegation battle for the next few months, while newcomers Huddersfield Town got off to a nice start and for now at least remain clear of the relegation zone..

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The Cleveland Clowns are at it again


Cleveland Browns fans have little to cheer about these days/

By Ray Hamill

Congratulations to the Cleveland Browns, who are apparently so far out of touch with the world of the modern NFL they don’t even know how to use a fax machine.

But then again the fact that they’re trying to use a fax machine in the year 2017 on its own should probably tell us all we need to know about how the club is being run.

This week, with the NFL trade deadline looming, the Browns were unable to finalize a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals for quarterback A.J. McCarron all because they didn’t fax the necessary signed paperwork into the league office on time.

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Playoffs already under way for college football


Josh Adams and Notre Dame are among several one-loss teams still with a shot at the playoffs./Bleacher report

By Ray Hamill

The great thing about college football is that it’s the only sport where the playoffs essentially begin midway through the regular season.

That’s what happens when you only invite four teams out of 125 or so to the postseason party. When that’s the case, there is little room for error for any team that wants to be considered a contender, and any of them that lose early know they cannot afford to lose again.

With the first official playoff rankings due out this week, it will be interesting to see how the committee reacts to a Saturday that saw two of the top four teams falling.

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HSU football crucial to local community for so many reasons


Like many small school college teams around the country, HSU football is a big part of the local community. Football Scoop

By Ray Hamill

I’ll never forget the first big sporting event my father took me to as a child back in Dublin.

It was a hurling championship game at Croke Park, one of the largest and most historic stadiums in all of Europe, and as I climbed the steps of the cold grey stands for the first time ever that day, I remember feeling a tremendous sense of awe at the sight of the bright green field and the intense nature of the occasion.

That moment is a pivotal one for sports fans all over the world. It is an initiation of sorts, a rite of passage, a coming of age when you get to see the big stage up close for the first time ever.

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