Key primetime showdowns in NFL week one

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By Ray Hamill

We’re now officially less than one week away from the NFL season opener, and after a long drawn out preseason I’m pretty sure most of us are ready for some real football.

As usual, the season opener features the defending Super Bowl champions on a Thursday night nationally televised showdown. 

That honor goes to the New England Patriots this year, who will host the Kansas City Chiefs in a matchup featuring a pair of teams with Super Bowl ambitions in 2017. Read more

How predictable is the top six in EPL?

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By Ray Hamill

Predicting the top six in the English Premier League is one of the easiest calls in all of sports. 

Predicting the order of that six, however, is one of the most difficult.

Sure, sometimes a Leicester City comes along and throws a spanner in the works, but that type of thing happens once in a lifetime (or two), and any dreamers harboring hopes of a Huddersfield Town miracle in 2017/18 would do well to remember that money talks in the EPL and the teams that spend it more than anyone else are the same teams that generally occupy those top six spots.

The most likely of the other 14 teams to potentially crash that party (at Arsenal’s expense, dare I say?) is perhaps Everton. Read more

Big games to open college football season

 

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By Ray Hamill

The college football season gets under way in earnest this weekend, and for many of the top teams there will be little time to adjust.

The opening action includes three all-top-25 matchups, with No. 1 Alabama’s showdown with No. 3 Florida State in Atlanta undoubtedly the game of the weekend.

With the extreme competitive nature of college football, and the fact only four teams make the playoff tournament, a loss on opening weekend will leave any team facing an uphill battle to fight its way back into contention.

That’s the beauty of college football, and what gives it an added intensity right from the opening kickoff. Every game is so important for any team that harbors championship ambitions. There is little room for letdowns.  Read more

Mariota wins Heisman, hopes to avoid curse

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By Ray Hamill

Congratulations to Marcus Mariota who joined a very illustrious club of recipients when he was named the winner of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.

The award capped a big week for the Oregon quarterback. On Sunday, his team was included in the first ever four-team national championship playoffs, and on Thursday he stole the show at the national college football awards ceremony, being named Most Outstanding Player and Player of the Year, as well as taking home the top quarterback award. Read more

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