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May 15, 2019

PREMIER XI: Sky Blues and Reds highlight team of the season

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Dan Bilicki selects his top players from the 2018-19 English Premier League campaign.
Alisson Becker, GK, Liverpool
He certainly had a couple of gaffes, but overall the Brazilian has supplied Liverpool with the stability it has needed between the sticks for years now. His 21 clean sheets led the league and made 16 more saves than Golden [...]

May 13, 2019

It wasn’t the same as 2012, but City’s 2019 title a memorable one

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

For about 83 seconds there, it seemed like we could actually be headed for another historic moment.
Instead, it was a wakeup call that the champions needed.
After Glenn Murray headed in a corner to improbably put Brighton & Hove Albion up 1-0 against mighty Manchester City, it looked like we could get a repeat scenario of [...]

April 30, 2019

EPL FREE KICKS: Aguero’s goal a great metaphor for title race

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

The slimmest of margins could settle the tightest Premier League race we’ve seen in years.
With Burnley piling as many players behind the ball as it could, Sergio Aguero eventually played the hero for Manchester City, scoring the game’s lone goal to give his side the three points and retake the lead atop the table.
But it [...]

April 9, 2019

EPL FREE KICKS: Should fans be concerned about EPL’s move to DAZN?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Fans of the Premier League are about to be riding a wave into the future next season – for better or worse.
As we reported back in December, DAZN and Premier League have reached a deal for the streaming service to become the exclusive broadcaster of the EPL in Canada. The three-year pact was officially announced [...]

April 2, 2019

EPL FREE KICKS: The Terriers have been put down, now who’s next?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

We’ve talked about the title race, the chase for spots in Europe and the increasingly interesting midtable battle — which now features five teams separated by two points fighting for seventh place.
But what about the life-and-death battle at the bottom of the table?
This weekend we saw the first team fall victim to the harsh reality [...]

March 31, 2019

MLB 2019 PREVIEW: Who’s winning, who’s losing and using abusing the system?

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball

There seems to be a divide in Major League Baseball, but it’s not one that we usually notice.
It’s not about the standings – who’s trying to contend and who’s tanking into a rebuild – and it’s not about analytics – who’s going all-in and who’s using an old-school approach.
It’s about money, but it’s also not [...]

March 12, 2019

EPL FREE KICKS: Who’s the best of the rest heading down the stretch?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

On Formula 1’s subreddit, there’s a tracker for something that is called ‘Formula 1.5.’
The idea is that, after the top three teams in the competition – Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull – there’s a big enough gap in performance that it’s nearly a separate league all together.
While it’s not nearly as severe in the Premier [...]

February 26, 2019

EPL FREE KICKS: Blues fading to black?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Oh, did you think things were bad at Chelsea when we wrote about the Blues two weeks ago?
Things have only gotten much worse.
The latest boiling point came on Sunday, when Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be subbed off after suffering from some apparent cramps in extra time of the Carabao Cup final.
Maurizio Sarri was so furious [...]

February 13, 2019

EPL FREE KICKS: Stamford Bridge is falling down

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

We thought things were getting better, but it’s the blues for the Blues.
After a week of feeling good about itself, coming off a big 5-0 win over Huddersfield and seeing Eden Hazard and new arrival Gonzalo Higuain thrive, Chelsea was quickly brought down to earth with a confidence-shattering 6-0 defeat at Manchester City. It was [...]

February 1, 2019

BILICKI’S SUPER BOWL PICK: Patriots’ experience will outweigh Rams’ explosiveness

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Picks

Another year, another Super Bowl featuring one of the longest running dynasties in sports history.
Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are back in the big game, facing an up-and-coming squad looking to dethrone two of the best ever at their positions.
It’s hard to argue that Belichick and Brady aren’t the best-ever head [...]

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