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Week 18 Power Rankings, Bears Edition

Here are the week 18 Bears power rankings from various sites around the web: ESPN.com: #6 (Last week: #6) Analysis, “The Bears better hope “Bad Jay Cutler” doesn’t show up for the playoffs.” SI.com: #7 (Last week: #6) Analysis, “I’ll grant you that a No. 7 ranking is fairly low for a No. 2 seed, [...] Bears Backer

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Annual UmpBump Hall of Fame Balloting: 2011 Edition

In what has become an annual tradition, we here at UmpBump cast our ballots for the Hall of Fame on the eve of the announcements of the voting for the real Hall of Fame. Voters can vote for anyone ever who has been retired from baseball for at least five years and is not already [...] UmpBump.com

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What Makes a Successful NFL Season? (AFC Edition)

Playoff time has arrived in the NFL and that means different things for different teams. In the NFL of decades past, the top seeds were overwhelming favorites and it would have been a shock if the top two seeds did not end up in their conferences championship games. Now in the NFL, the teams are so close that there are no more “shocking” upsets, obviously there are surprises, but the term “any given Sunday” is truer than ever in the [...] Gack Sports

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What I’ve Learned: Ohio State Sugar Bowl Edition

Black Shoe Diaries

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BBR Rankings: Special Edition – Best Teams of the 2010 Calendar Year

Here's what you get when you run the BBR Rankings (and our old friend Maximum Likelihood) on every game, regular-season & playoff, that took place in the calendar year of 2010: Rank Team W L WPct Offense Rk Defense Rk Overall MLE Rk 1 Orlando Magic 67 31 0.684 3.16 5 -4.36 4 7.52 0.8600 [...] Basketball-Reference.com Blog

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Week 15 Power Rankings, Chicago Bears Edition

Here are the week 15 Bears power rankings from various sites around the web: ESPN: #8 (Last week: #9) Analysis, “Does Brian Urlacher still think the Bears are better than the Patriots?” Fox Sports: #8 (Last week: #5) Analysis, “Maybe the Bears aren’t as good as we thought they were? Hey, the Patriots had to play in the bad weather and didn’t have a problem scoring. The Bears still are the favorites to win the NFC North, but they certainly aren’t overwhelming anyone.” WEEI.com: #10 (Last week: #7) Analysis, “The Bears were outmatched and embarrassed at home last Sunday against the Patriots. They played horrible on both sides of the football. Luckily for them, they still have two games against divisional opponents and are able to control their own destiny.” [...]

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What’s in a name? Thanksgiving edition

For Thanksgiving, I decided to have a little fun with some nicknames (and a few given ones), via Baseball-Reference. So here's a Turkey Day Team -- Thanksgiving, food and eating related names -- to chew on. Managing the bunch is Hall of Famer Leo "The Lip" Durocher, Dodgers 1939-48, Giants 1948-55, Cubs 1966-72, Astros 1972-73 On the mound, HOF lefty Carl "The Meal Ticket" Hubbell, Giants 1928-43 Behind the plate, HOF catcher Gabby "Old Tomato Face" Hartnett, Cubs 1922-40, Giants 1941 At first base, HOFer Lou "Biscuit Pants" Gehrig, Yankees 1923-39 At second base, Stuffy Stewart, Cardinals 1916-17, Pirates 1922, Robins 1923, Senators 1925-29 At third base, HOFer Pie Traynor, Pirates 1920-37 At shortstop, Turkey Gross, Red Sox 1925In the outfield: HOFer Turkey Stearns, Negro Leagues, 1923-42 "Turkey" Mike Donlin, [...]

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