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Barbara Bruno
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As a former dancer, Barbara developed an appreciation for the physical skills of professional football while still in her teens. After years of running a successful subscription "game picking" service, Barbara has returned to mainstream media and currently writes as a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.

A graduate of The College of William & Mary in Virginia and the Directors’ Guild of America Training Program, Barbara also holds a Master’s Degree in Theatre. Ms. Bruno worked in film and television production for many years, captaining major studio film sets and co-producing independent films. Ms. Bruno has appeared as an actor on Law and Order and other series and she has performed for multiple Manhattan theatres.

Barbara is a multi-genre writer, having completed a film script, a mini-series and a multi-media musical based on the life of Sally Rand -- the woman who invented the infamous fan dance! Barbara also writes fundraising grants and teaches film for the non-profit agency Streetlights, which creates careers in the Entertainment Industry for inner city young adults.

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Super Bowl Preview Part 2: Seattle Seahawks Offense vs. Denver Broncos Defense

(10) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 8:49 AM

In the shadow of the NFL's biggest game, the Broncos defensive and Seahawks offensive players must feel like the forgotten stepchildren of Super Bowl hype. Outside of Seattle super-rusher Marshawn Lynch, impressive young QB Russell Wilson, Denver's new sensation DT Terrance Knighton and veteran Broncos CB Champ Bailey, many of...

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Super Bowl Preview: Denver Broncos Offense vs. Seattle Seahawks Defense

(21) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 8:35 AM

This Sunday, for the third time in the recent Super Bowl era, the NFL's best offense will face the league's best defense. In the previous two instances, the top defense won -- rather famously so.

Bill Belichick's game plan as the underdog New York Giants defensive coordinator defeated...

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NFL Conference Championships: Preview and Predictions

(2) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 10:54 AM

NFL fans wait all year for Championship Sunday. The AFC and NFC title matches feature equally talented squads battling familiar foes with unrivaled intensity. This Sunday will showcase football play of the highest caliber as the consensus four best teams compete for a chance to play one more game in...

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NFL Week 16 Football Picks

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2013 | 5:37 PM

Now that the NFL has deliberately started scheduling divisionally significant games over the last few weeks of the season, December football is even better! The NFC North, the NFC East, the NFC South and the AFC North divisional titles are all still up in the air and the American Conference...

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Jonathan Martin and the NFL's Locker Room Culture: Bullying vs. Individual Responsibility

(20) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 10:08 PM

Mike Ditka's comment last week on NFL Sunday NFL Countdown regarding the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal was: "I wouldn't have either one of them: the bully or the baby." Unsurprisingly, we haven't heard many folks on ESPN asking Coach Ditka's opinion since that succinct statement. In fact, when every other...

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NFL Week 9 Football Picks

(48) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 9:58 AM

The NFL Week 9 Picks will put us over the hump on the 2013 football season. So, we have eight more regular season Sundays to win our office pool. One thing I have learned is that the Seattle Seahawks have an alarmingly bad habit of winning, but not covering the...

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NFL Week 8 Football Picks

(33) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 8:59 AM

While one wouldn't seriously suggest making one's Week 8 NFL picks using a dartboard, football predictions for the 2013 season have proven best made using the SAT method: make your choice and don't second-guess yourself by referring to facts. Okay, maybe that last part isn't recommended when filling in the...

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NFL Week 5 Football Picks

(77) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 9:41 AM

Nothing is truly predictable when it comes to the NFL's Week 5 predictions, but I'll go out on a limb (again) anyway. High-flyers like Green Bay and Denver are both up against good defenses as they face Detroit and Dallas. Superstar Seattle is on the road against underrated Indy. Even...

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NFL Week 4 Football Picks

(39) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 8:22 AM

Now that we've reached Week 4 of the 2013 NFL season, game picks start to settle into two categories: 1) clearly the better team but will they win by enough? And 2) who can pull off an upset? Looking back at Week 3, the consensus better team won and covered...

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NFL Concussion Lawsuit's Ripple Effect: Should the Young People in Your Life Play Sports?

(39) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 9:24 AM

In the wake of the NFL's settlement of the first class action concussion lawsuit brought by former players over brain trauma, much has been declared and yet little has been clarified for those seeking to determine the concussion risks of playing sports. In May 2012, Kurt Warner went on record...

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NFL Week 3 Football Picks

(36) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 8:40 AM

In making football picks for the NFL's Week 3 games, is it safe to believe that the league is settling down to "business as usual?" Will perennial "winners" start to establish their territories while recent dismal "losers" begin to fall apart? Aside from the absolute top and the absolute bottom...

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NFL Week 2 Football Picks

(8) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 3:15 PM

Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season featured some textbook performances by consummate pros (Peyton Manning, Reggie Bush, Charles Tillman), some incredible opening acts (Chip Kelly) and some matchups showcasing play at an atmospheric level (San Francisco and Green Bay). Week 2 promises more of the same as the Mannings...

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NFL Week 1 Football Picks

(29) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 8:14 PM

Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos. The horses' defense is a mess that's missing Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil (who will be chasing Peyton Manning in a purple uniform) and Champ Bailey. The Ravens may still be adjusting to the post-Ray Lewis/Ed Reed era. However, Manning's extremely fast-paced offense (showcased sparingly in...

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Terrell Thomas, Bobby Wagner and Ronnie Hillman: NFL Players Are People Too

(9) Comments | Posted August 4, 2013 | 5:22 PM

Observing 20 NFL players going through their offseason paces at Gaines Performance in West Hollywood, it would be easy to imagine that these young men aren't mortal. While we all understand in theory that professional athletes are by definition capable of physical feats beyond those of regular folk, it's an...

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NFL High-Tech Training: Suit Up for the Ravens

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2013 | 5:24 PM

NFL Training isn't just hard work and sweat; it's a mixture of innovation, minute detail and total immersion. Despite the famously dynamic style of NFL strength and conditioning coach John Lott, many of today's training techniques don't involve spotting massive amounts of iron hovering above an athlete's chest....

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Media Training for NFL and College Football Players: Sign Us Up!

(5) Comments | Posted April 14, 2013 | 8:01 PM

In the 21st century, we could all use the kind of media training provided for college football stars and NFL Draft hopefuls. Quick -- describe yourself in pithy, media-friendly sound bytes that will translate into lucrative business deals. Yeah, I couldn't do it either.

The days of working at...

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All I Really Need to Know About Parenting I Learned in NFL Draft Prep

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2013 | 7:52 PM

Between the last snap of the Senior Bowl and Roger Goodell's opening of the NFL draft, small armies of coaches, nutritionists, agents, advisors and physical therapists spend long hours instructing, cajoling, encouraging and prodding athletically gifted 22-and 23-year-old college kids into flipping the switch to NFL adulthood. If all parents...

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Racing on the Bubble: Reggie Dunn and the NFL Draft

(11) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 6:19 PM

Reggie Dunn is in the limbo between college football and the NFL. Reggie Dunn is also fast. Seabirds-streaking-across-the-ocean, gazelles-leaping-on-the-savannah fast. Young Mr. Dunn has consistently averaged 40-yard dash times in the low 4.3's and expects to hit a personal best at his upcoming University of Utah pro day. That's nice;...

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NFL Draft Preparation: Put Your Money Where Your Mindset Is

(5) Comments | Posted March 3, 2013 | 10:13 AM

In the 2013 NFL Draft, sheer athletic talent will seduce several professional football coaches, general managers and owners into making a terribly expensive error as they completely forget that Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf came into the NFL with almost identical physical skill sets (and we won't even mention JaMarcus...

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The NFL Combine and a Booming Performance Training Industry: Who Wins?

(9) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 10:01 AM

College football players are amateurs, right? Amateurs are usually broke, right? So how can training former collegiate players for the world's most over-hyped job interview become a burgeoning industry?

When the 2013 NFL Combine "kicks off" next weekend, football junkies nationwide will appease their post-Super Bowl withdrawal by watching...

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