The Lineman’s NFL picks: week 3

September 24, 2010

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That was a hard earned 3-3 in Week Two that could have very easily been 5-1. Really, it could have. The Eagles failing to cover by .5 and the Raiders happy to give up a score at the death against St. Louis were gut-wrenchers. But then the Texans did come back from the brink to beat the Redskins so, I guess it all evens out in the end. Sort of.

Can European soccer learn from NFL on team parity?

September 22, 2010

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The NFL prides itself on ‘parity’, on the competitive balance between different clubs being close, ensuring that games are tightly-fought contests and that as many teams as possible start the season with some sort of chance of making the Super Bowl.

The Lineman’s NFL Picks — Week 2

September 17, 2010

NFL/Just like the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers it was a decent if unspectacular start to a new season for the Lineman, who was a respectable 4-2 in Week One.

from Shop Talk:

Check Out Line: PepsiCo offers up to $5 million for amateur Super Bowl ads

September 15, 2010

Check out how you can earn $1 million by wearing an electric dog collar.

Okay, not exactly. That was the punch line of a successful amateur ad this year created for PepsiCo's Super Bowl commercial contest, which the food and beverage company is running again for the 2011 Super Bowl with a prize pool of up to $5 million.

Jaguars have some roar left in them yet

September 14, 2010

The NFL has a history of team owners packing up – sometimes in the middle of the night – and moving cities, leaving behind their fans, taking their history, trophies and name to another city.

The Lineman’s NFL picks: Week 1

September 9, 2010

NFL/The Lineman is back for another season of Pick Six that will end with the Green Bay Packers winning the Super Bowl. Yes, the Lineman likes the Pack baby. In fact so does Ms. Lineman and some out of work Octopus.

Who will have last laugh in Favre’s finale?

September 7, 2010

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‘Unnecessary Roughness’ is a new regular column on the NFL from an international perspective written by Simon Evans, a British born Reuters sports reporter in Miami.

from Shop Talk:

World Cup is no March Madness in sapping productivity

June 8, 2010

cup1It may be the World Cup, but when it comes to sapping productivity in the United States the global soccer tournament still has a thing or two to learn from March Madness and the National Football League.

If no one shows up for a baseball game…

May 16, 2010

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow follows through on a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto April 14, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Cassese

In North America sports culture summer is the time for baseball. The MLB season kicks off in early April and for the most part flies under the radar for the first few months as fans’ attention is focused on the NBA playoffs, the NFL draft and to a lesser extend the NHL playoffs.

Ten events that capture the essence of American sport

April 27, 2010

BASEBALL/Passion for sport is no greater or less in North America than in other countries but there is a difference. The focus here is unashamedly on the domestic, with an ambivalent attitude among many fans about what the rest of the sports world is doing or thinks.