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SPORTS AVENGER w/The Jock 2/3/12

by TOM WEPPEL NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Last week, I wrote to you in relating how much of a mess this Super Bowl week has become, talking about everything that goes on, with the Media trying to essentially CREATE headlines and stories, since not a whole lot is really happening! And so I shall ask you…was I correct? I’ll leave it up to you to consider…and answer…the question. Welcome to Super Bowl 46, being played in Indianapolis…not a resort or vacation destination by any means…between the Giants and Patriots (as if you didn’t know!). The hoopla and the game being played …

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SPORTS AVENGER w/The Jock 1-27-12

by TOM WEPPEL NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Get ready, my friends, for the onslaught of media and press coverage that will be associated with the Super Bowl! This has gotten to the point where we can question whether this is simply too much for us all to digest! Both teams will be heading to Indianapolis this weekend, to get their respective camps set up, to begin the interviews and whatnot, and to make sure they have a hotel to stay in and a field to practice on next week, all heading in to Super Bowl 46. And even THAT is a …

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Sports Avenger 1-18-12

by TOM WEPPEL NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Only in college basketball is there such a thing as a ‘FINAL FOUR’! The NCAA has trademarked the phrase! But that doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to say that we are down to the final four teams alive in the NFL playoffs! Maybe I should just go ahead and call these guys the Last Four! Would that help? And so, here we are…the Ravens, Patriots, Giants, and 49ers are essentially the last ones standing here for this NFL season. All four teams will be playing for the right to participate in the final game …

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SPORTS w/The Jock 1-12-12

by TOM WEPPEL NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Last weekend, all four home teams won their respective wild card playoff games…a rarity in the NFL, for sure. And so now, Houston, New Orleans, the Giants, and Denver will all play again THIS weekend…this time as the VISITING team! That said, here are your four playoff match ups heading into Saturday and Sunday… Saints at San Francisco The 49ers had a 13-3 season, featuring the #1 ranked rush defense in the League. After a week off, they get to play this one at home, where they sported a 7-1 record. At one point …

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SPORTS w/The Jock 1-6-12

Joseph A. Strasser never know what you'll discover at Tree Hill Tree Hill Amphitheatre hosts class groups Tree admin – Mark Mummaw & Lorin Thies by TOM WEPPEL NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE In the last six NFL seasons, three of the Super Bowl Champions have started off the playoffs as a wild card team, then ran the table. That includes the Packers last year, who pulled off that grand feat, winning all three games on the road before they won the Super Bowl title. Cincinnati @ Houston And now, going into this playoff postseason, we have four games with a couple …

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SPORTS w/The Jock 12-29-11

by Tom Weppel NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE This is the last weekend of the regular season. There is a storyline for every team out there, in one shape or form, to essentially characterize what has gone on so far this season, and also what will happen after these last games are played. Twelve teams are going into the playoffs, while the other twenty are packing up and shutting down. To recap, we’ve got four teams that have clinched playoff berths in the AFC (NE, BAL, PIT, HOU), and five teams have done so in the NFC (GB,SF,NO, DET, ATL). Baltimore and …

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SPORTS w/The Jock 12/21/11

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE We’re down to the nitty gritty in these last two weeks of the NFL season. This is the time when most of the games are played with the postseason on the line. And it seems almost every team recognizes this, knowing the potential consequences, and is dealing with a host of injuries that certainly are affecting who plays, to what extent, and to what level. Going into this weekend, four teams have clinched playoff berths in the AFC (NE, BAL, PIT, HOU), and three teams have done so in the NFC (GB,SF,NO). Otherwise, you’ve got tight battles …

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SPORTS w/The Jock 12-15-11

by Tom Weppel NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION After an off-season dominated by the NBA lockout, and vast amounts of negotiating and arguing between the NBPA, Commissioner David Stern, and the owners on a Collective Bargaining deal, the NBA will finally start playing, beginning this weekend with a week of preseason games. In this last week, we’ve seen teams open their training camps in preparation for the season, with players either signing free agent deals with teams, or teams trying to trade players while trying to build rosters. The main ‘names’ in the news have been Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, among …

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