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Mike is a freelance sports writer who covers a variety of professional sports teams and leagues for well-respected blogs such as 12up, SB Nation, FantasyPros, FanSided and The Duel.
Due to a proven track record of quality writing, Mike has had his work featured on multiple Bleacher Report Team Streams and several player pages on sports-reference.com databases.
Former Roles: Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos beat writer for EndZoneScore, NFL News Desk Correspondent for FantasyPros and NFL Editor for Forward Mile.
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Sitting pretty with an MLB-best 63-33 record, the New York Yankees are currently the slight favorite to win the American League pennant, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. While an AL East title would be nice for the Yankees, this team was built to win World Series championships.
Kansas City Royals' shortstop Adalberto Mondesi has been one of fantasy baseball's top performers this season, slashing .266/.294/.433 with 52 RBI and an MLB-best 31 stolen bases through 82 games played this year. Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, the 23-year-old was placed on the 10-day IL after suffering a left shoulder injury against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night.
Despite the splashy offseason and optimistic start to the year, the New York Mets have come back down to Earth and have been straddling .500 ever since the calendar turned to May. Pitching, which was supposed to be the strength of this New York ball club, has derailed the season so far.
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Let's face it, folks, the New York Giants are an absolute mess, and while not all of the team's issues rest on his shoulders, Eli Manning has been a huge part of the problem. Manning has looked like a shell of his former self and while his stat line for the year is respectable, it belies how his play has hurt the Giants in key situations.
As has always been the case with the Hudson River Derby, there's a lot on the line for New York City FC. Outside of bragging rights, a win for the Boys in Blue will leapfrog them over the New York Red Bulls into second place on the Eastern Conference table.
It's official. The internet has finally thrown in the towel on the New York Mets. It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone at this point. After all, it's no secret that the Amazins are in the middle of one of their worst seasons in recent memory.
Source: Peter Aiken/Getty Images North America via Zimbio The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the best teams in the NFL, but if they want to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl in 2017, there are several areas of need that the team must address this offseason.
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Well, it finally happened. The New York Mets actually proved to their fanbase that they're completely serious about fielding a winning ball club in 2019 and they couldn't have done it in a more dramatic way. The Mets pulled off the biggest blockbuster of the MLB offseason so far, trading Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Gerson Bautista, Justin Dunn (No.
Thanks an injury plagued 2016 and 2017 season, Jeff McNeil was a relative unknown coming into the year. However, the 26-year-old came out of nowhere thanks to an impressive season split between Double-A Binghamton and the Triple-A Las Vegas.
As fans found out Friday afternoon, New York City FC will be well represented at this summer's MLS All-Star Game. Club talisman David Villa and midfield enforcer Alex Ring were selected by Atlanta United (and all-star team) head coach Tata Martino as the club's two representatives for the league's star-studded clash with Juventus.
With a 1.55 ERA to his name as of this writing, Jacob deGrom is having a Cy Young-caliber season and would be the frontrunner for the award if not for his record, which sits at a paltry 4-2. That kind of record is by no means deGrom's fault as anyone who follows the team can attest to.
The NFL Playoffs is football's greatest stage and many quarterbacks have truly proved their worth as all-time greats with some of the most impressive feats of their careers in their quest for a championship.
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese is widely considered one of the best GM's in football, and that's a fair assessment when you look at his body of work. He's widely considered the architect of two Super Bowl winning teams after all.
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Cover Photo: Getty Images No. 11 Kansas has been one of the best teams in college basketball this season and the Jayhawks look like they have a bright future ahead of them in this year's NCAA Tournament. However, their success is largely due to their dominance at home, and almost only at home.
Cover Photo: Getty Images As a career Minor League Baseball player, not much was expected of catcher Willians Astudillo when the Minnesota Twins initially brought him to the Majors late last season. His initial call up didn't raise many eyebrows, but if his performance during his second stint in the Majors is any indication, Astudillo could be a nice fantasy baseball sleeper pick in 2019.
Cover Photo: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images Antonio Brown has been the best wide receiver to own in fantasy football for the past several seasons. However, thanks to JuJu Smith-Schuster's recent emergence, he may not even be the best fantasy receiver on his own team moving forward.
Cover Photo: Michael Hickey/Getty Images Game Info : Northwestern (5-4) @ No. 21 Iowa (6-3) Date: Saturday, Nov. 10 Time: 3:30 p.m. EST How Gary Barnett turned around Northwestern by pointing at Iowa, and how the series became a heated rivalry in the process.
Cover Photo: Kirk Irwin/Getty Images After a slow start to the season, Duke Johnson finally returned to fantasy relevance thanks to a breakout Week 9 performance in which he saw a season-high in targets. That's great news for Johnson's owners, but should this be a cause for concern for Nick Chubb owners going forward?
Cover Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images The New York Giants will take on the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football and the game is expected to be a high-scoring affair. Based on the fact that there are some pretty interesting prop bets that involve players from both teams padding the stat sheet tonight, the oddsmakers clearly agree.
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It's been over a month now since William Creighton, the owner of Costa Rica-based 5Dimes Sportsbook, was kidnapped , and local authorities have very little to show for their efforts. Creighton's family apparently paid upwards of $1 million in ransom through Bitcoin without securing his release and there is now suspicion that he may have been murdered by his kidnappers, according to some reports.
Cover Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images Leonard Fournette and his bum hamstring have frustrated his fantasy owners this year and the fact that the Jacksonville Jaguars traded for Carlos Hyde could imply that his season is coming to a premature end.
Cover Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images Ereck Flowers' career has been defined by underwhelming play and frustrating inconsistency. Now, it looks like the New York Giants are finally washing their hands of their 2015 first-round pick. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Giants plan to release Flowers if they are unable to find a willing trade partner by 4:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon.
The Seahawks' march towards a first round bye may have gotten a huge boost Friday afternoon. The Seattle Seahawks' defensive end Michael Bennett and punter Jon Ryan were full participants in practice Friday afternoon and where nowhere to be found on the team's injury report, a good indication that both will play this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals.
It's official folks. The suspension is over, and the Bears are getting one of their offensive weapons back. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been activated and is ready to help his team win. The Chicago Bears officially activated Jeffery from the commissioner/exempt list Saturday afternoon, making the wideout eligible to play this weekend against the Green Bay Packers.
The football world is in mourning Thursday evening. Former Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets running back Joe McKnight was tragically killed in his hometown of Terrytown, Louisiana Thursday afternoon. A witness said that she saw McKnight and his killer in a verbal altercation at the intersection after a car accident when she was leaving one of the stores in the area.
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Cover Photo: Getty Images At 41-years-old and finishing up his 19th NFL season, it's no secret that Tom Brady has been around for a very long time. Just how long he's been around, however, is really put into perspective when you realize he has somewhat of his own coaching tree.
Cover Photo: Courtesy of Imgur Some college football teams don't get enough respect from the College Football Playoff Committee, and the 9-1 Buffalo Bulls are no exception based on how they've performed this year. However, there may be more to it if a recent Google search indicates anything.
Cover Photo: Gregory Shamus/ /Getty Images There's no beating around the bush. Rutgers is one of the worst college football teams in the country. Apparently, though, No. 4 Michigan may actually have something to be concerned about, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Cover Photo: Brian Davidson/Getty Images Even if you're the most casual college football fan, it's a pretty well-known fact that they aren't used to winning football in Kansas. Naturally, it makes plenty of sense that rushing the field has almost become a common occurrence in Jayhawks country.
Cover Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images Some people aren't meant to be on social media. Rick Pitino, much to his misfortune and our entertainment, may just be one of those folks. He may have been a member of the Twitter community since July, but Pitino's account finally showed signs of life this week.
Keep yourself in check when you're drinking, folks. If you don't, it doesn't end well for you, your wallet, and in this particular case, your criminal record. Die-hard Green Bay Packers fan Tyler Meleski got arrested after stiffing a cab driver on a ridiculous $475.60 cab ride home from the Packers-Texans game Sunday afternoon.