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PC Rules as Harvard Bans Soccer Team

Hugh Esling, HughEsling.com

Least Likable? Cowboys Join the Fray

Terence Moore, Sports on Earth

Patriots Defense Anything But Super

Greg A. Bedard, Sports Illustrated

They traded Deion Branch at 27, despite having lost David Givens and carrying zero receiver depth to speak of. They dealt away Richard Seymour at 29, days before a season opener. T...(full article)

Has political correctness kicked the stuffing out of Harvard’s Men’s soccer team? The team was in first place in the Ivy League but because it ranked the Harvard’s female soc...(full article)

If it were possible to feel sorry for a Patriots fan, today would be the day to do so. Early on Thursday afternoon, The Buffalo News reported that New England tight end/American he...(full article)

Since Thursday brings another Thanksgiving Day, dominated by pumpkin pie and TV shots of Jerry Jones inhaling or exhaling every second in his owner's box at AT&T Stadium, you're al...(full article)

On Sunday night, the nation watched as the Seahawks’ offense, considered average entering this game, roasted the Patriots’ defense. Final score: Seattle 31, New England 24. The...(full article)

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