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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.

NFL Draft Preparation: Put Your Money Where Your Mindset Is

Barbara Bruno | Posted 05.03.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

In the 2013 NFL Draft, sheer athletic talent will seduce several professional football coaches, general managers and owners into making a terribly expensive errors. At the highest level of competition in any sport, athletic skill is not enough.

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

Barbara Bruno | Posted 04.21.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

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?

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 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.

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

Brian Banks' False Start

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 08.14.2012 | Sports
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

I don't know if Brian Banks is going to end up in a Seahawks uniform. The jury, as they say, is still out and he's trying out with other teams. But I do know this. I'm extremely proud of my Seahawks, Coach Carroll and most of all, Brian Banks.

Junior Seau: Changing The NFL Forever

Barbara Bruno | Posted 07.07.2012 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

This man whom we held in such high regard killed himself quite possibly as a direct result of suffering repeated head trauma while providing us with entertainment. And that makes me very, very uncomfortable. I feel something tight and burning that can only be called guilt.

Tim Tebow: Taking Care of Business

Barbara Bruno | Posted 05.26.2012 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

Tebowmania was certainly at full throttle in Florida, the Rocky Mountains and the Bible Belt, but the object of this football fan obsession has just hit the Great White Way in the media capital of the world.

Pro Football Hall Of Famer Passes Away

Posted 09.06.2011 | Sports

John Mackey, Pro Football Hall of Famer, has passed away at the age of 69. Mackey, former president of the NFL Players Association, played 10 seas...

Super Bowl Purity

Simon Maxwell Apter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Simon Maxwell Apter

The NFL has only let me down on three occasions -- all three affronts to my ideals of "purity" -- and I haven't missed a Super Bowl or Wild Card Weekend in two decades.