NFL Marijuana

The Grass Is Always Greener – Time For The NFL To Let The Players Use Marijuana To Combat Pain During Seasonal Play

In July of this year, CNN reported that the DEA launched an investigation into claims that NFL players have been illegally provided with powerful prescription drugs, namely painkillers, in order to keep them active on the roster.  This wasn’t some street-corner-drug-dealing probe. Rather, the DEA believed players’ doctors and trainers were directly providing the narcotics. […]

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Brian Hight’s NFL Picks – Week Nine

Re-Calibrating the Metrics When Nate Silver of the then New York Times affiliated FiveThirtyEight correctly picked the winner in all fifty states in the 2012 Presidential election, he did so by aggregating polls over time and weighting them based on past performance. Two key tenants emerged from that success. Don’t place too much emphasis on […]

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Snap Counts Reveal Subtle Seattle Seahawks Shifts

This column written by Brian Nemhauser of, a partner of Oregon Sports News Pete Carroll made no attempt to hide his intentions around modifying the snap counts on the defensive line with an eye on helping the pass rush. What he did not say was who was going to see more time or less […]

Denard Robinson

Fantasy Football Start And Sit – Week Nine

RECORD LAST WEEK: 15-5 OVERALL: 82-55-1 New Orleans at Carolina Start: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR The Saints have the second worst pass defense, opening a terrific opportunity for Benjamin to cut loose. Sit: Brandin Cooks, WR, NO While his performance last week was encouraging, Brees spreads the ball around so much that relying on Cooks […]

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Seattle Seahawks – A Few Points To Ponder

This column written by Brian Nemhauser of, a partner of Oregon Sports News Here are some Seattle Seahawks tidbits worth thinking about as the team nears the midpoint in the 2014 season. Despite Seattle’s slow start and Arizona’s fast start, Seattle still controls its own destiny. The Seahawks would own the tiebreaker over the Cardinals […]

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Brian Hight’s NFL Picks – Week Eight

Advanced Metrics are Catching On The use of Defensive-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) is spreading beyond the website Football Outsiders and the advanced metrics enthusiasts like the sports team at FiveThirtyEight to mainstream ESPN articles such as Why the Cowboys are Overrated.  You’re even likely to hear on air analysts refer to “efficiency” as a […]

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Fantasy Football Start And Sit – Week Eight

RECORD LAST WEEK: 11-9 OVERALL: 67-50-1 San Diego at Denver Start: Peyton Manning, QB, DEN Do not let the Chargers third ranked pass defense dissuade you.  Manning is a must-start at all times. Sit: Branden Oliver, RB, SD Oliver has been extremely efficient thus far, but the Chargers will find difficulty grinding it out in […]

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Points Of Emphasis Neutering NFL Pass Defenses

Seattle Seahawks fans are intimately aware of just how far the team’s pass defense has fallen. It was in the conversation for best secondaries of all-time, and combined with a fierce pass rush to neutralize even the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. No longer. They are allowing a staggering 103.7 opponent passer rating after leading […]

Pete Carroll

The Seattle Fauxhawks Or The Seattle Newhawks?

If you have any doubt that the 2014 Seattle Seahawks barely resemble the 2013 Seahawks, consider this: Would the 2014 version have been capable of wasting an historic performance by quarterback Russell Wilson? Don’t bother answering; I’m not Harvin any of it. As you have probably heard, the Seahawks, in their 26 – 28 road […]

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Brian Hight’s NFL Picks – Week Seven

Lessons Learned from Week Six Even though I went 7-8 last week against the spread (2-2 in the column), I’m feeling pretty good about some developments. First, I noticed last week when doing my research that the more efficient teams, as measured by Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA), were favored in 13 of the 15 […]

Andrew Luck

Fantasy Football Start And Sit – Week Seven

RECORD LAST WEEK: 13-7 OVERALL: 56-41-1 New York (A) at New England Start: Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE Gronk is finally back to “must start” status.  Considering the few weapons the Patriots have to work with, Brady’s favorite target will see plenty of action. Sit: Geno Smith, QB, NYJ While he could have been worse last […]

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Cardinal Sin – The Seattle Seahawks Turn Down For Jerry’s Team

Last week, the Seattle Seahawks escaped Washington D.C. with a victory nearly solely due to the stellar performance of quarterback Russell Wilson. On Sunday afternoon, against the visiting Dallas Cowboys, the Wilson magic ran out. Home dominance no more With Wilson joining the rest of the Seahawks in an equally uneven performance, the Seahawks dropped […]

Russell Wilson

Seattle’s Best – The Russell Wilson Era

He’s short. He doesn’t pass the eye test. Other than that, is there another criticism you can levy at Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson? Get back to me when you can find another flaw. After the display Wilson presented on Monday Night Football to wrap up week five, I defy you to not say he’s […]

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Brian Hight’s NFL Picks – Week Six

Finally! A week over .500. Albeit 8-7 overall and 3-2 in the column and on The Slant podcast, but over .500. My overall record for the season now stands at 34-42 for a .447 winning percentage. The big trip ups for week five were the continued resurgence of the New York Giants, the mediocrity of […]