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When I woke up this morning, I had no idea what an important day that today was. That was until I saw this tweet from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter:

50 days! I couldn't believe the season was that close. As a football junkie, I wish that the football season went all year long, but alas, it doesn't. So the football shaped hole in my heart has been filling itself with anticipation for the upcoming season. The more I thought about the season that is oh so close, I started thinking about all the things I'm looking forward to this football season. The list was getting long, so I said let's do 50 reasons to look forward to the 2014 season. Here we go:

1. Johnny Football

2. Fantasy Football

3. NFL Red Zone

4. Because 'Merica

5. Bad Lip Reading Videos

6. Finally back to REAL football after watching too much soccer

7. Super Bowl

8. Touchdown Celebrations

9. Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning

10. Excuse to eat more buffalo wings

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Top 5 Baseball Player Cameos in Movies and TV

For as long as anyone can remember, athletes have wanted to be actors or musicians and vice-versa. Today we celebrate all those baseball players who took their shot in the TV/Movie business. Here are my Top 5 appearances in TV shows or movies by baseball players:

The Simpsons

Players Featured: Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey, Jr., Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, José Canseco, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry and Mike Scioscia

If you were to ask a "Simpsons" fan the question: what is the best episode ever? The majority of them would answer "Homer at the Bat." The 1992 episode of the classic cartoon features nine MLB players, each of whom have funny scenes throughout the episode. From Bart heckling Darryl Strawberry from the stands to Mr. Burns yelling at Don Mattingly to shave his sideburns, this is definitely the best example of MLB cameos.

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World Cup 2014: A Running Diary of USA vs. Ghana

So yeah, that happened.

Saying that I'm a soccer "fan" would probably be considered a stretch. I don't really ever watch any soccer, and if it wasn't for video games, I probably wouldn't know any of the players. That is except for every four years when the World Cup rolls around. This year was no exception; I fell directly into the World Cup hype machine. I have been watching as much of this year's World Cup as I can, and last night's game between the United States and Ghana was a can't-miss event. There was so much build-up and anticipation for the game, it was finally show time. Here is a diary of my viewing experience:

Pre-Game: As Jürgen Klinsmann shakes hands with the coaching staff from Ghana, I started to feel the same jitters I feel when watching my favorite teams. I guess I do care about this game. I'm getting thirsty...

Moments Before Kick-Off: Okay, this thirst is starting to dominate my life. I can run to the kitchen real quick to drink, nothing happens in the first few minutes of the game.

0:34: As I stand in my kitchen, I hear a loud yell from the Ian Darke (ESPN play-by-play guy): "DEMPSEY!" Oh no, after waiting all this time for the game, I missed the big moment as Clint Dempsey knocks it in. That's okay though, the U.S. leads 1-0, that's all that matters.

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NBA Finals Predictions Round-up - Who Ya Got, Heat or Spurs?

NBA Finals Roundup

After seven long months, the NBA season has finally reached its epic conclusion with the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs battling it out to be crowned champion. It is a rematch of last year's NBA Finals, which turned out to be one of the all-time great series. Hopefully, this year turns out to be more of the same. I decided to round-up some the predictions from so-called "experts" to see who they thought would win. Oh, and I also threw in some other predictions as well.

ESPN.com San Antonio Spurs Using its prediction engine called "ESPN Forecast", the Worldwide Leader has chosen the Spurs. As we all know, ESPN has never been wrong.
Sports Illustrated San Antonio Spurs Another panel of experts for the Spurs (four of the six experts, at least).
TNT "Inside the NBA" Miami Heat How about an actual panel of previous NBA players? They seem to be leaning towards the Heat.
USA Today Split For the most part, USA Today seems to really represent the majority of those picking, split down the middle with a great case for both teams.
AccuScore San Antonio Spurs Accuscore simulates the series thousands of times to predict the outcome, and they have actually had a pretty good track record.
Vegas Oddsmakers San Antonio Spurs I'm always amazed at the people who set the betting lines in Vegas on how accurate they turn out to be. So, I'm probably trusting this prediction the most.
Flip of a Coin Miami Heat Of course, flipping a coin is the decisive way to decide something that is seemingly even matched and it has the Heat winning.
Rock-Paper-Scissors San Antonio Spurs Although some would argue that a game of RPS is a better way to decide a winner.
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe Miami Heat That being said, when you were a kid, EVERYTHING was decided with eeny, meeny, miny, moe.
Pick A Name From A Hat San Antonio Spurs Ok, well let's just pick a name out of a hat and be done with it. The Spurs are the choice.

Final Prediction: Who knows. This should be another great series between two great teams. Enjoy the series everybody!

Johnny Manziel Partying in Vegas - Is It a Big Deal?

Over the weekend, Johnny Manziel set off a media frenzy when he showed up and partied in Las Vegas, including attending UFC 173 (see above) as well as a pool party with fellow NFL-er Rob Gronkowski. What was everyone so worked up about? Well, it made people start to wonder whether or not Johnny Football had the focus to be a great quarterback in the NFL or whether partying would cause his downfall.

I decided to debate the only person who is able to match wits with me — and that person is me.

Red = Big Deal; Blue = Not a Big Deal

Me: Thanks for taking time to talk about this.

Me: No problem, happy to do it.

Me: Okay, let's get started. Anyone who thinks that this is not a big deal is blind to the past of Johnny Manziel. One of the questions coming into the draft was Manziel's focus and whether or not he was more wrapped-up in his own celebrity persona than actually playing football. This just is another confirmation that he is not going to cha...

Me: Let me stop you right there. After winning the Heisman Trophy following his 2012 season at Texas A&M, the media scrutiny on him grew exponentially. Yes, he partied. Yes, he had fun. Which is not much different than 99% of other college students. If partying was a big deal that would distract Manziel, than you would have guessed that he would have struggled in his following season. But he didn't. In fact, he put up BETTER statistics. Who's to say he can't succeed in the NFL?

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