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The Flagrant Foul: A NFL Week 8 Preview and Thursday Night Recap

It was a rough night for Blake Bortles and Jaguars to say the least. (Getty Images)

It was a rough night for Blake Bortles and Jaguars to say the least. (Getty Images)

– Bill Annechino


Tennessee 36 Jacksonville 22

I was tempted to just write “LOL” and move on from this one.  However, there are a few points to be made here.  The first is that Tennessee is somewhat ahead of schedule in terms of where we thought they would be.  Through a series of trades, the Titans have 6 picks in the first 3 rounds of this coming NFL draft.  I am still not sold on Marcus Mariota as a franchise quarterback, but I do have to give credit where credit is due:  he put up an 81.6 QBR in this game and really wasn’t terrible.  DeMarco Murray also continues to be an elite running back, as Tennessee’s “exotic smash mouth” has the Titans sitting at 4-4, which has to be better than anyone figured they would be at the halfway mark of this season. Continue reading

The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 77

Golden State's blowout loss at the hands of San Antonio is one of the biggest surprises of the early season. (Getty Images)

Golden State’s blowout loss at the hands of San Antonio is one of the biggest surprises of the early season. (Getty Images)

On a wide ranging episode of The Hard Foul Podcast, Evan Sally, Jim Bearor and Bill Annechino examine the early days of the NBA season, preview Bills/Patriots and the rest of Week 8 and finish the show discussing the World Series.

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The Golden State Warriors Are In Uncharted Territory

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are going to laugh their way into history this season.

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are going to laugh their way into history this season.

– Bill Annechino

One of my favorite moments on Sportscenter happens when an athlete does something crazy and ESPN pulls up a statistic from the Elias Sports Bureau that says that this was the first time this has happened since 1991 (the year I was born).  Sometimes it feels like it’s all been done, but for 1 second I get reminded that there was something that happened today that has literally never happened in my lifetime.  It’s sort of like when a comet passes by Earth once every 200 years or something.  IN fact, you may have heard the expression that someone or something was a “comet” in that it was a once in a lifetime experience.  With that in mind, this year’s Golden State Warriors team is going to be a comet.  What you probably don’t know is how historic this is primed to be.  By adding Kevin Durant, the Warriors have paired two of the top three players in the NBA (Steph Curry is #1 and Kevin Durant is #3) for arguably the first time since the ABA/NBA merger.  Throughout the history of the league, there have been memorable groups of superstars; Kareem/Worthy/Magic in L.A., Duncan/Parker/Ginobili in S.A., Jordan and Pippen in Chicago, Shaq and Kobe in L.A.… you get the picture.  Rarely have these pairings resulted in 2 players from the same team finishing in the top 5 of MVP voting, however.  In this article, we are going to try to figure out just how historic the 2016-2017 Golden State Warriors could be, as well as how their pursuit of history meshes with their basketball philosophy.   Continue reading

The Flagrant Foul: Week 7 NFL Review By Haiku

The Eagles defense brought Sam Bradford and the Vikings crashing back to Earth. (Getty Images)

The Eagles defense brought Sam Bradford and the Vikings crashing back to Earth. (Getty Images)

– Bill Annechino

Giants 17 Rams 10 (London)

England doesn’t care
About boring football games
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The Flagrant Foul: Week 7 Preview and Thursday Night Recap

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The Vikings-Eagles game should be great in its own right, and the quarterbacks make it even more interesting. (credit: Getty Images)

– Bill Annechino

Thursday night recap:

Well, Brian Hoyer broke his arm, and Aaron Rodgers looked good again.  Matt Barkley posted a 6/15 line with 81 passing yards and 2 interceptions, good for a 13.7 QBR.  Remember when he was at USC and being discussed as a serious contender to be not only a first round pick, but the first overall pick?  Pretty awesome stuff here.  I watched the NLCS game instead of this.  Does anyone actually enjoy these Thursday Night games?  It seems like they’re always terrible matchups on paper, the players are on record as saying that they don’t like the short week and the on-field product usually suffers. 

NFL: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

Brian Hoyer went down with a broken arm in another stinker of a Thursday Night Football game. (credit: NESN.com)

  Is there really anyone out there who would rather have a Thursday night game than a second Monday Night game?  On a side note, is there anyone who doesn’t love the 2 Monday Night games they do for opening week every year?  What makes Thursday Night Football even weirder is that it isn’t on the same network every week.  Some weeks, it streams on Twitter, CBS and NFL Network.  Some weeks, CBS and NFL Network, and other weeks, just NFL Network.  It has to be time to pull the plug on this.  Continue reading

The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 75

Tyrod Taylor returns to Baltimore as the Bills kickoff the 2016 season. (Getty Images)

If Shady McCoy is out this week the Bills will count on Tyrod Taylor to beat Miami. (Getty Images)

On an all new Hard Foul Podcast Evan Sally, Jim Bearor and Bill Annechino previewed Bills/Dolphins*, Giants/Rams in London and some of the big games around the league. We finished the show touching on the MLB Postseason.

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The Hard Foul Top 10: NFL Power Rankings Roundtable

Brady is back and Patriots are back to their typical place, best team in football. (Getty Images)

Brady is back and Patriots are back to their typical place, best team in football. (Getty Images)

– Bill Annechino, Jim Bearor and Evan Sally

The Hard Foul team presents the first edition of our NFL Power Rankings Roundtable. Jim Bearor, Bill Annechino and Evan Sally all created their ranking separately and averaged them together to get our consensus rankings. Continue reading

The NFL Luck Factor: Records Lie, Numbers Don’t

As one of the lowest scoring teams in the NFL, Brock Osweiler's 4-2 Texans have been living a charmed life. (Getty Images)

As one of the lowest scoring teams in the NFL, Brock Osweiler’s 4-2 Texans have been living a charmed life. (Getty Images)

– Bill Annechino

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The Flagrant Foul Week 6 Wrap Up: What Happened to the NFL?

The NFL was a lot more fun when characters like Favre and Moss were playing in the league. (Getty Images)

The NFL was a lot more fun when characters like Favre and Moss were playing in the league. (Getty Images)

– Bill Annechino

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The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 73

Matt Ryan and his Falcons face their second tough game in a row as they head to Seattle. (Getty Images(

Matt Ryan and his Falcons face their second tough game in a row as they head to Seattle. (Getty Images)

On an all new episode of The Hard Foul Podcast, Bill Annechino of Hard Foul joined Jim Bearor and Evan Sally to discuss Bills/Niners, Giants/Ravens, make their NFL picks and play a little NFL True or False.

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