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NFL Week 1 Football Picks

Barbara Bruno | Posted 11.05.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

Normally I go with home underdogs and I'm not that impressed with the Bucs' offense after preseason. However, rookie Geno Smith is starting at quarterback for the Jets and they still don't have a running game. I expect the Bucs' D to have at least one pick six.

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

Barbara Bruno | Posted 10.04.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

Thomas, Wagner and Hillman are distinctly individual guys. However, none of them exhibit the thoughtless, carefree immaturity usually associated with American males in their 20s.

Chris Kluwe: Gay Rights More Important To Me Than Football

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.06.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

It looks like Chris Kluwe's time with the Minnesota Vikings has come to a close. The team's 8 year punter was cut Tuesday morning, a year before his c...

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

Barbara Bruno | Posted 06.14.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

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.

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

Barbara Bruno | Posted 05.17.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

If all parents had their own personal NFL prep facility, the world would be a better place. Really.

Racing on the Bubble: Reggie Dunn and the NFL Draft

Barbara Bruno | Posted 05.14.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

Reggie Dunn is one of those fortunate people who has an exceptional gift, understands it and has embraced the mission to ride that gift to a dream.

Dreamcatcher: The National Football League Is an Iraq War Veteran's Next Mission

Barbara Bruno | Posted 04.19.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

Brandon O'Brien isn't your average NFL Draft hopeful. The 6'1", 218 lb wide receiver served two tours of duty in Iraq before deciding to dedicate his post-Marine Corps life to getting a shot at playing professional football.

NFL Game Picks: Predicting Every Week 17 Contest

Barbara Bruno | Posted 02.26.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

2012 NFL Picks wrap up this week with a few nail-biters and several awkward, cringe-worthy matchups.

NFL Game Picks: Predicting Every Week 16 Contest

Barbara Bruno | Posted 02.22.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

The conundrum in making game predictions for the NFL's Week 16 is that all of those normally reliable home underdog picks did not reward this football prognosticator in Week 15.

NFL Game Picks: Predicting Every Week 15 Contest

Barbara Bruno | Posted 02.11.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

When making those water cooler Week 15 NFL Picks, consider the football youth explosion at quarterback.

NFL Game Picks: Predicting Every Week 14 Contest

Barbara Bruno | Posted 02.04.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

After successfully predicting multiple underdog wins in Week 13, what were the two teams that ruined my otherwise stellar week? The favored Jets and Bears. Who knew that Rex Ryan would have the nerve to bench Mark Sanchez and sidestep the Tim Tebow quagmire?

NFL Game Picks: Predicting Every Week 13 Contest

Barbara Bruno | Posted 01.29.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

Without trying to sound superstitious, some NFL favorites should tread softly, lest the upset demons bring them foul luck in Week 13. Those of us with pride on the line in the office pool must remember NFL picking rule No. 1: when in doubt, go with the underdog.

NFL Game Picks: Predicting Every Week 8 Contest

Barbara Bruno | Posted 12.25.2012 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

From the young guns on Thursday to the masters of quarterbacking on Sunday night, from Arrowhead to Lambeau to London -- Week 8 of the NFL season guarantees a few upsets fueled by desperation, injuries or misplaced complacence.

NFL's Monday Night Football: Predictions for the Detroit Lions at the Chicago Bears

Barbara Bruno | Posted 12.21.2012 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

The Detroit Lions hope that they won't need fourth quarter heroics to win two in a row and narrow the gap between themselves and the division-leading Chicago Bears. They could be hoping in vain.

Fourth-and-Two: Peyton Manning and the Definitive Ranking System for NFL Quarterbacks

Barbara Bruno | Posted 12.18.2012 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

Forget a QB rating system based on math Stephen Hawking wouldn't understand. Forget ESPN's new "Total Quarterback Rating." How many quarterbacks strike such fear into a coach's heart that he would choose Bill Belichick's desperate fourth-and-two play over a punt?

NFL Game Picks: Predicting Every Week 4 Contest

Barbara Bruno | Posted 11.27.2012 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

Amidst surprising and never-to-be-seen-again jubilation that the NFL/Referee lockout is over, 32 football squads must still prepare for Week 4 of the NFL season.

The Value of Labor in High Def Slow Mo

David Coleman | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
David Coleman

Americans may best grasp ideas that emerge from something they really care about. Public policy, economic power and social compact morality? Meh, not so much. But pro football? Now there's something about which Americans care passionately.

NFL Officials: Exhibit A in the Case for Societal Regulation

Barbara Bruno | Posted 11.20.2012 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

The replacement officials are not morons; they simply lack the experience to work at the NFL level. Whether they knew what they were getting into by entering a labor dispute for a shot at working the "big leagues" is another discussion.

NFL Game Picks: Predicting Every Week 3 Contest

Barbara Bruno | Posted 11.20.2012 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

Entering NFL Week 3, the many rookie QBs have survived their professional intros, but a couple of teams (yes, you Dallas and New Orleans) are mysteriously inept -- making game predictions a dart-throwing endeavor.

NFL Game Picks: Predictions for Every Week 2 Contest

Barbara Bruno | Posted 11.13.2012 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

Game Predictions for Week 2 of the NFL season promise to disappoint those whose teams soared to unexpected heights and to uplift fans of clubs that laid an opening weekend egg.

NFL 2012 Season Preview: The NFC West

Barbara Bruno | Posted 11.04.2012 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

The San Francisco 49ers only missed the Super Bowl because Eli Manning is unflappable, the Seattle Seahawks had an offensive upheaval, the St. Louis Rams are struggling with new systems and the Arizona Cardinals need to at least pretend that they believe.

NFL 2012 Season Preview: The NFC North

Barbara Bruno | Posted 10.31.2012 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

The Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions are working on a running game, the Chicago Bears suddenly have a legitimate offense and the Minnesota Vikings are just hoping to improve.

2012 NFL Season Preview: The NFC East

Barbara Bruno | Posted 10.26.2012 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

The New York Giants have a paper-thin secondary, the Dallas Cowboys have no healthy ball-catchers, while the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins have shiny new quarterbacks.

NFL 2012 Preseason Preview: The AFC South

Barbara Bruno | Posted 10.15.2012 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

The Jaguars linebackers are especially impressive and MLB Paul Poslusnzy must be from Central Casting: Wanted -- blond Polish-American god with granite jaw, awesome shoulders

Seau's Fall Part 2: Comparing Notes

Brandon Bowlin | Posted 07.07.2012 | Sports
Brandon Bowlin

Chris Hale has a great personality, a million-dollar smile, and a wry sense of humor. He's 5'7" and, as he would tell you now, no one would mistake him for an NFL vet. But he is.