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By Evan Ream

When Vancouver Whitecaps FC acquired Sebastien Le Toux for allocation money this morning, a lot of eyebrows were raised in MLS circles in the United States and Canada. Despite finishing last in goals in 2011 with just 35, the Whitecaps already have two double-digit goal-scorers on their roster in Camilo (12 goals) and Eric Hassli (10). They also spent their last two first-round draft picks on forwards: Omar Salgado (no. 1 overall) and Darren Mattocks (no. 2). Their roster is rounded out with passable reserve forwards Atiba Harris and Long Tan.

I understand that the 4-3-3 is becoming popular in MLS, but will a front line of Camilo, Hassli and Le Toux be enough to make up for a defense that finished third-to-last in goals allowed with 55? Vancouver is starting to remind me of another certain Canadian team when it comes to their team building. Though they are trying to right the ship by signing veteran defenders, their approach doesn’t really make sense when their two marquee signings – Jay DeMerit and Lee Young-Pyo – are both on the wrong side of 30. Vancouver may have a decent team, but they are following in the footsteps of Toronto FC.

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By Brent Pella

A look at a few trending topics in the NBA community as the lockout season continues through winter:

“Good Lo’dy wo’dy / I just took more shots than Kobe”

Big Sean didn’t need to search too far to find a metaphor with the word ‘shot’ involved.

Kobe Bryant’s shooting habits are one of the most talked about caveats of the Lakers squad this season. Bryant has taken 292 shots through 12 games so far this season, and averages a Jordanesque 24.3 attempts per game. People continue to bash his shooting, while others say it’s the only way L.A. can score.

Fortunately for this argument, numbers don’t lie.

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Current Year’s Record

Dylan: 7-9

Evan: 9-7

Nick: 5-11

Will: 8-8

 
SEA at PIT
OAK at BUF ARI at WAS TB at MIN JAX at NYJ CHI at NO GB at CAR BAL at TEN
Dylan PIT BUF ARI TB NYJ CHI GB TEN
Evan PIT BUF WAS MIN NYJ NO GB BAL
Nick PIT BUF WAS TB NYJ CHI GB BAL
Will
PIT BUF WAS TB NYJ NO GB BAL
 
KC at DET
CLE at IND DAL at SF CIN at DEN SD at NE HOU at MIA PHI at ATL STL at NYG
Dylan DET CLE SF CIN NE MIA ATL STL
Evan DET IND DAL CIN NE HOU ATL NYG
Nick DET IND DAL DEN NE HOU ATL NYG
Will
DET CLE DAL CIN NE HOU PHI STL
                 

By Evan Ream

In the Super Bowl era (1966-present) of the National Football League, the quarterback position has easily been the most important position. The best quarterbacks win the most games and usually win the Super Bowl. Quarterback is probably more important than any other position in any other game, and yet there have been so few elite quarterbacks. Elite quarterbacks are so rare that teams are willing to spend millions of dollars drafting a position that has a high washout rate just for the chance to get one.

In the Super Bowl era, there have been either 19 or 21 elite quarterbacks (depending on how you feel about Namath and Roethlisberger) who have combined to win 32 of the 45 Super Bowls. Super Bowls have thus been won 71% of the time by a team containing an elite quarterback. The position is only becoming more important as seven of the eight last Super Bowls have been won by a team lead by one of these players (Eli Manning in Super Bowl XLII is the exception). Getting an elite quarterback should be priority number one for every NFL team; only four of these 21 players (Fran Tarkenton, Dan Fouts, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly) have failed to win a title for their team.

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By Evan Ream

Full disclosure: This is the first American Football article (commonly referred to as “throwball” in my circle of writing) that I have ever written. I am a Green Bay Packers fan and do not consider myself to be an expert on football. I mostly write about soccer for the blog, but after seeing my team go on an epic run to the Super Bowl last year and continue their momentum into this season by beating the Saints 42-34, I had to say at least something.

I believe the Packers will repeat as Super Bowl Champions this year. They will be the first team since the New England Patriots in 03-04 to do so. This is somewhat of a bold prediction considering that just one of the 256 regular season NFL games have been played, but I really can’t see this season going any other way and here’s why.

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They’re baaaack – our weekly NFL Picks! Last season, Nick tied Dylan. It came down to the LAST game, so we still have not had a definitive winner. Let’s see if this season can have one sole champion.

 

 
NO at GB
ATL at CHI CLE at CIN BUF at KC PHI at STL DET at TB TEN at JAX PIT at BAL
Dylan GB ATL CLE KC PHI TB TEN PIT
Evan GB ATL CLE KC STL DET TEN BAL
Nick GB ATL CLE KC STL TB TEN PIT
Will
GB ATL CLE BUF STL TB TEN PIT
 
IND at HOU
CAR at ARI MIN at SD SEA at SF NYG at WAS DAL at NYJ NE at MIA OAK at DEN
Dylan HOU ARI MIN SEA WAS NYJ NE DEN
Evan HOU ARI SD SF NYG NYJ NE DEN
Nick IND ARI SD SEA NYG NYJ NE DEN
Will
HOU CAR SD SF WAS NYJ NE DEN

By Will Robinson

After all of my previews – outdated now or not – here is how I foresee the season breaking down, along with my Super Bowl pick. Let’s see if this will look good in five months, or it will look like utter crap. A team bolded team name in the first section designates the division winner, while the italicized teams are Wild Card teams. Click to see after the jump…

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