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March 13, 2018

FREE KICKS: The league belongs to Manchester

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

We’ve been so preoccupied with Manchester City running away at the top of the table, that we haven’t really been noticed how well its neighbour is faring in second place.
With a nice win over Liverpool this weekend in an age-old rivalry game, United has now opened up a four-point lead for second place.
Sure, it certainly doesn’t mean [...]

March 8, 2018

FREE KICKS: Which EPL contender is actually doing the best?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

We can examine the table all we want, but that’s not a fun exercise week in, week out.
Instead, let’s look at where the teams in the top six should be, relative to the strength of their squad.
First, let’s just get Manchester City out of the way and say that its huge lead in the league [...]

February 27, 2018

FREE KICKS: Guardiola’s first of many pieces of silverware?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Manchester City didn’t have too hard of a time dealing with Arsenal to win the Carabao League Cup on Sunday. The Gunners looked like amateurs against a truly great side.
This marks the first silverware for Pep Guardiola at City after failing to capture any titles last season – a rare shutout for one of the [...]

February 13, 2018

FREE KICKS: How to solve a problem like Mahrez

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

It’s an age-old problem in European football: What do you do with wantaway stars?
They’re capable of derailing a team and can hold their club hostage. It’s something that we rarely see in North American sports because of the way that transfers and player power works in Europe.
There’s much more power on the players’ sides during [...]

February 6, 2018

FREE KICKS: Did the transfer merry-go-round solve anything?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

While we should all be resigned to the fact that Manchester City has wrapped up the title, sitting 13 points up on Manchester United after this weekend’s draw against Burnley, the race for the top four looks like it will be as tight as ever.
After this weekend’s fixtures, Arsenal sits sixth place with 45 points, [...]

February 2, 2018

Bilicki’s Super Bowl LII pick

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Picks

We’re finally here at the end of another NFL season in what felt like no time at all.
It feels like just yesterday that the Pats were getting lit up by Andy Reid’s Chiefs on the opening Thursday nighter, but that was amazingly five months ago.
Now, we’re at the Super Bowl and the Pats are looking [...]

January 24, 2018

FREE KICKS: Inconsistency is the constant at Arsenal, Liverpool

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

One thing is for certain when you’re a supporter of either Arsenal or Liverpool: You never know what you’re going to get.
Yes, the only certainty with these two squads is uncertainty.
In one week’s time, the Reds went from ending league-leading Manchester City’s season-long unbeaten run to losing to the team at the bottom of the [...]

January 19, 2018

NFL Conference Championship picks

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Picks

The lines are from Vegas and the home teams are in CAPs.
Jacksonville +9 over NEW ENGLAND
The Jaguars offence isn’t as good as it looked last week, but it isn’t as bad as it was against the Bills. New England’s defence has improved after a terrible start to the season, but has some holes in it. [...]

January 15, 2018

FREE KICKS: Reds conquer the Invincibles

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Manchester City’s record undefeated run came to an end after one of the most exciting games of the season.
Liverpool and City put on quite the show in their 4-3 thriller. With the Reds taking an early lead, City countering, Liverpool scoring three goals in eight minutes and the league league-leader potting two late scores to [...]

January 12, 2018

NFL Divisional Round playoff picks

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Picks

The lines are from Vegas and the home teams in CAPs.
Atlanta -3 over PHILADELPHIA
Last week, the Falcons capitalized on a lot of errors and played one of their best games of the season, looking every bit like the team that went to the Super Bowl last year. With Nick Foles at QB for the otherwise [...]

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