Ranking all 130 college football teams for 2018.

There is no offseason in college football. As soon as the 2017 season ended with Alabama’s walk-off win for the national title against Georgia, the 2018 preseason began. That’s right: It’s time to start ranking teams already, and we’re not going to settle for merely a top 25. With the NFL Draft’s early entry deadline […]

New York Rangers face key deadline decisions.

By Barry M. Bloom ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Rangers will finally retire Jean Ratelle’s No. 19 on Feb. 25 at Madison Square Garden. It only took 43 years. The National Hockey League trade deadline is the next day. The juxtaposition of the two dates couldn’t be more interesting. Ratelle was the center of New York’s […]

Jose Altuve’s rise to crystal clear baseball stardom.

There was a picture this week of another gift coming the way of Jose Altuve, who is Maracay, Venezuela’s gift to the baseball world. It was a gaudy, colorful crystal bat from Swarovski, and there the picture was, all over the internet, like one more trophy for Altuve of the Astros, to go with the […]

When Philly and Boston were the center of baseball.

By Cliff Corcoran The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots will face off in Super Bowl LII, with the defending champion Patriots seeking to tie the Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins with six, and the Eagles still looking for their first Super Bowl-era title. It’s a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX, 13 years […]

Don’t sleep on the Brewers in the NL playoff race.

If you were to take a random human being off the street and accost them about which team just barely missed the playoffs in 2017, I highly doubt they would be able to immediately respond “the Brewers.” The few moves that have been made during this glacial offseason have been largely dominated by teams that […]

Eagles, Patriots fight past adversity to Super Bowl.

Adversity is a part of life, and it’s certainly a part of sports. Often it is the teams and players that handle adversity the best that end up having the most success. Nowhere is that more evident than when you look at the two participants in this year’s Super Bowl, albeit in very different ways. […]

With losing streak over, Kings’ playoff pursuit begins.

By Barry M. Bloom LOS ANGELES — Their six-game losing streak by the boards, the Los Angeles Kings are hoping that the good feelings generated by Sunday night’s 4-2 victory over the Rangers at Staples Center carry over to the road games they play this week prior to the All-Star break. The Kings are at […]

Who’s the greatest of all time: Brady or Jordan?

There is the famous story out of the Bahamas a few years ago, Tom Brady and Michael Jordan and Keegan Bradley and Luke Donald getting together for a round of golf, and even some pickup basketball afterward. Bradley has always told about how he gave Brady a bunch of shots in a side match and […]

AFR: What will it take to beat the Patriots?

Even as recently as a few weeks ago, the idea of the Jacksonville Jaguars going into Gillette Stadium and pushing the New England Patriots to the brink seemed incomprehensible. That it ended up happening, in different circumstances, might have made the Patriots seem vulnerable. Instead, the Patriots got pushed around for a half, took the […]

The biggest events to watch in sports this weekend.

There are so many sports every weekend that it can be nearly impossible to keep track of them all. Here is a weekly guide to the five games/events/experiences that you will be in danger of missing if you make the mistake of going outside. 1. Your NFL conference championship game matchup rankings. Vikings at Eagles […]