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Dec
16
Filed Under (Jim Feist) on 16-12-2014

Poker Face Feist LEFT  by Jim Feist

NFL parity is alive and well in 2014!  The Chiefs had a terrific run, storming into first place….until the 0-10 Raiders stunned them, 24-20.  Jacksonville has had another miserable season, but the lone victory during a terrible start was in mid-season against Cleveland, 24-6 — the same Browns team that has been contention for a division title all year.  Even the laughable Jets found a way to thump the Steelers, 20-13, and nearly pulled off a win at the Patriots as a big dog, a 27-25 defeat, missing a last second field goal.  Read the rest of this entry »

Dec
10
Filed Under (Jim Feist) on 10-12-2014

Jim at USC by Jim Feist

Preseason prognosticators and handicapping analysis focuses in on what they expect to happen, based on the draft and offseason moves, but there are always surprises at the start of each season. Here’s a look at some of the early NBA teams off to impressive starts.  Read the rest of this entry »

Dec
01
Filed Under (Jim Feist) on 01-12-2014

Poker Face Feist LEFT  by Jim Feist

Depth is such an essential element of success in pro and college football, and one that is easily overlooked. Big college programs have this as a huge advantage over smaller programs. Alabama got off to a strong start despite injuries on the offensive line and to star RB T.J. Yeldon, while Michigan State was able to rest QB Connor Cook (18 total passes in 2 straight September games) against lesser competition.  Read the rest of this entry »

Nov
26

Poker Face Feist LEFTby Jim Feist

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means the middle of the NFL campaign while winding down the college football regular season. Late season college football means heated races for conference titles and bowl berths, plus rivalries that span decades. These games can have far more importance for players than September/October clashes. Oklahoma/Ok-State, USC/UCLA, Florida/Florida State, Georgia/Georgia Tech, Michigan/Ohio State and Auburn/Alabama bring out extra intensity and emotion.  Read the rest of this entry »

Nov
17
Filed Under (Jim Feist) on 17-11-2014

Poker Face Feist LEFT  by Jim Feist

For years, pro football has been the sports leader when it comes to parity. Pete Rozelle was credited with, “On any given Sunday any team can beat another.” The last few years it seems as though parity has disappeared from the NFL. The Broncos this season and last are dominating, the 2008 Saints and Colts started a combined 16-0 SU/11-5 ATS and the 2007 Patriots had a remarkable 16-0 regular season.  Read the rest of this entry »

Nov
12

Poker Face Feist LEFT  by Jim Feist

Years ago former NFL head coach John Madden was asked if he had one player to draft to build his team around, who would it be?  Everyone expected him to take the top quarterback of the day, such as Terry Bradshaw or Roger Staubach. Instead he replied, “John Hannah,” the Patriots Hall of Fame offensive guard.  Read the rest of this entry »

Nov
03

by Jim Feist

So what do you prefer: offense or defense? Most casual bettors examining football like offense, which is why Monday night football games often take more action on the over. There have been some terrific offensive football teams that last decade, such as Oregon, USC, along with pro passing attacks like the Broncos, the no-huddle Patriots and the Greatest Show on Turf Rams.  Read the rest of this entry »

Cubs Phillies Baseballby Jim Feist

October memories glare the brightest in baseball lore. Bobby Thompson’s 1951 home run, Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5 of the ’56 Series, Bob Gibson’s 17-strikeouts in Game 1 ’68, Carlton Fisk’s home run in ’75, Kirk Gibson’s blast in ’88, Joe Carter’s Series ending three-run homer in 1993. While home runs mostly dot the top of the memorial landscape, October baseball can also feature memorable defensive plays and great pitching performances from starters and relievers.  Read the rest of this entry »

Oct
17

Poker Face Feist LEFT  by Jim Feist

Motivation is such an enormous part of athletic competition, particularly in college   sports where young players aren’t always as self-motivated as pros, who are playing for a paycheck. This is where coaches play such a huge roll, in harnessing situational spots for opportunities to get their football team supremely focused.  Read the rest of this entry »

Oct
05

Poker Face Feist LEFTby Jim Feist

A few weeks ago a big NFC South matchup took place on national TV between the Bucs and Falcons, two teams with something to prove off 4-12 campaigns. Many were expecting a close duel between these rivals. Atlanta turned the ball over 4 times — at home, no less! So did the visitors hang close as a big dog? No, Atlanta won 56-14!
What happened? Tampa Bay was even worse, turning it over 5 times along with 11 penalties for 110 yards. Throw in the 488 yards the Falcons rolled up and you can see why it was a blowout.  Read the rest of this entry »