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'The World Turns Around a Spinning Ball'

Eduardo Galeano | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Eduardo Galeano

Soccer, metaphor for war, at times turns into real war. Then "sudden death" is no longer just a name for a dramatic way of deciding a tied match. As often occurs with religion, patriotism, and politics, soccer can bring tensions to a boil, and many horrors are committed in its name.

NFL Post Game Wrapup: Sherman Is an All-Star Troll, Not a 'Professional' Athlete

Steven Kurlander | Posted 03.24.2014 | Sports
Steven Kurlander

Sherman ruined Sunday's game for fans who yearn for the sportsmanship and decency that once marked the conduct of sports.

NFL Week 16 Football Picks

Barbara Bruno | Posted 02.20.2014 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

Can the resurgent Miami Dolphins edge out the reigning Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens? Can the Cincinnati Bengals hang on to a season that should have seen them as undisputed divisional champions?

NFL Week 9 Football Picks

Barbara Bruno | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

The Dolphins' D may be showing some grit, but sophomore QB Ryan Tannehill has had some rough sledding recently with 10 turnovers in his team's four-game losing streak.

NFL Week 8 Football Picks

Barbara Bruno | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

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.

NFL Week 5 Football Picks

Barbara Bruno | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

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.

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

Barbara Bruno | Posted 11.24.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

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.

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.

NFL High-Tech Training: Suit Up for the Ravens

Barbara Bruno | Posted 08.30.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

NASA gave us Tang, the Navy gave us Velcro and professional sports is creating a steady stream of sophisticated training equipment and an enormous body of fitness knowledge that average Joe's and Jane's can tap into as we work on "minimizing the gap" between our potential and our actual.

What Do You Think the NFL Will Look Like in 10 Years?

Quora | Posted 05.25.2013 | Sports
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by John DeMarchi, A one-word answer:Faster.A more detailed answer:1. Head shots will be taken ...

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.

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.