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Not much has gone right for the Oakland Raiders since they lost the Super Bowl back in the 2002-03 NFL season. The team has averaged less than 5 wins per season since then while burning through countless coaches and quarterbacks in the process. Many Raiders fans have begun to feel optimistic recently however, after Amari […]

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Every NHL season brings a new crop of highly touted young players capable of carrying their teams to the next level. Whether a team hopes to return to the playoffs or simply return to league-wide relevancy, the play of its young players is often one of the biggest factors in their ability to do so. […]

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Growing up a Chicago Bears fan gave me a pretty good understanding of the ‘ground-and-pound’ style of football that characterized the team for decades. For the Monsters of the Midway, having a feature running back to carry the team through winter at Soldier Field was seen as more of a necessity than a luxury. The […]

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Just who are the 2015 Chicago Cubs? The answers this spring were quite frequently erratic and indefinite. The Sporting News picked the team to win the World Series, some local writers thought they would be an average club, and fans tried to keep realistic expectations for a franchise prone to disappointment. However, the Cubs are […]

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The Washington Capitals have been one of the most interesting teams to watch in the NHL so far this offseason. Long seen as a team on the cusp of greatness, the team was aggressive in acquiring TJ Oshie from the St. Louis Blues and then signing former Conn Smythe winner Justin Williams in free agency […]

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The NHL salary cap is unique to that of every other cap in the four major North American sports in that there is almost no way to get around it. NBA teams can pay a luxury tax, NFL teams can renegotiate contracts, and MLB teams have nearly unrestricted spending rights. This truly hard cap often […]

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Almost exactly six months ago today, the Toronto Maple Leafs were 21-16-3 and sat fourth in the Atlantic Division. Randy Carlyle was their coach, Dave Nonis their GM, and Phil Kessel their scoring ace and franchise centerpiece. None of those three remain with the organization today as the team has entered a rebuilding phase led […]

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It wasn’t long ago that Brandon Saad appeared to be one of the few immovable pieces of the Chicago Blackhawks’ elite core. Now, just weeks removed from a Stanley Cup championship, Saad surprisingly finds himself as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team that shocked the league when they sent a package centered around […]

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