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NFL Roundup: Jets Win, Eagles Lose, Playoffs in Full Swing

Monday, January 10, 2011

Over the weekend the New York Jets won another chance at the Super Bowl, while the Philadelphia Eagles may have lost their chance at a championship. All eyes were on Eagles' Michael Vick, who couldn't lead his team to a win. Nando DiFino, sports reporter for The Wall Street Journal, recaps the dramatic weekend.

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2011 NFL: Previewing the Playoffs

Monday, January 03, 2011

The NFL regular season ended yesterday, which means the playoff picture is set, and the road to the Super Bowl begins next weekend. Nando Di Fino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal, has the final playoff picture, and talks about the future of hall-of-fame bound players like Brett Favre and Randy Moss — have they seen their last game? And what's in store for coaches like John Fox, Eric Mangini, Tom Coughlin and Jeff Fischer?

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Top of the Hour: Second Chances for Vick, Morning Headlines

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pundit Tucker Carlson wanted Michael Vick executed for running a dog fighting ring, while President Obama was thankful for the Eagles quarterback's second chances. Has the Philadelphia quarterback paid his debt to society, or did he get off easy with a little bit of jail time? 

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Pro Bowl Roster Features Michael Vick: a 'Second Chance' Example, or Exception?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Pro Bowl roster was announced today, and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was at the top of the list of starters. Anyone who knows football knows this is no surprise, but it is another piece of news in a narrative of Vick as an example of someone who was given a second chance after jail, and who — thus far — seems to have been successfully reformed by the prison system. 

Was Vick an example of how people in America can get a second chance, or an exception, as a pro-athlete who doesn't need to live by the same rules as others? Did you or someone you know ever receive a second chance?

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Out With the Favre, In With the Webb

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Yesterday morning John Hockenberry asked me whether there were any story lines worth paying attention to for last night's Vikings and Eagles game in Philadelphia. There were plenty, but I chose to focus on one: The emergence of Joe Webb, the Viking rookie quarterback starting for the first time.

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Who Should Get the NFL MVP Award?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

NFL playoffs begin next week, kicking off the countdown to the Super Bowl. That also means the competition to be named the league's MVP has heated up. One of the top two contenders is Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick. Some think of him as the comeback story of the year, having returned to football after serving time for his dogfighting conviction. Tom Brady, the other top contender, seems to be leading his Patriots inexorably for the Super Bowl. So who deserves the title?

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Snow Impacts Weekend in Football

Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter storms along the East Coast affected scheduled NFL games over the weekend. The Vikings-Eagles game was postponed because of the weather, perhaps having the largest impact on fantasy football championships, many of which were this weekend. But the New York Jets, New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys all went forward with their games. To recap the weekend in football, we talk with Nando DiFino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal.

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NFL Weekend Recap: Giants, Patriots, and More

Monday, December 20, 2010

Crunch time is approaching in the NFL, as teams are fighting for divisional titles and playoff births. Every game counts, and over the weekend, there were some surprises — The Eagles taking back 21-point lead by The Giants to win last night, for instance. Nando Di Fino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal, has all the big news out of the NFL from yesterday's action. 

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Football, Meet Bad Weather: The Weekend's Wildcard

Monday, December 13, 2010

If you haven't seen the video of the Metrodome's roof in Minneapolis collapsing under snow, chances are you will be seeing it on television soon enough. The incident was emblematic of an NFL weekend that saw teams efforts to win — let alone play — foiled this weekend by inclement weather. Wall Street Journal sports writer Nando Di Fino joins us to talk about the weekend's news and what to look forward to in the coming playoffs. 

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Jets Face Off Against the Pats in Monday Night Match-Up

Monday, December 06, 2010

New Yorkers are crossing their fingers in anticipation of the game that will decide who's the top team in the NFL. The Jets are on the road to play the Patriots Monday night and hoping to busting the Patriot's 25-home game winning streak.

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Future World Cup Hosts: Qatar and Russia

Friday, December 03, 2010

Soccer's ruling body FIFA has anointed the latest set of World Cup hosts, and the choices may strike people in the West as frustrating and strange: Qatar and Russia!? In Qatar, it was a historic choice: The tiny emirate will be the first Muslim nation to host the largest sporting event of the globe. We're joined by Stephanie Hancock, reporter for our partner the BBC in Qatar, joins us for more on the story. 

 

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Who Gets the World Cup Next?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Brazil has it in 2014, England in 2018. Is the U.S. next? That's what we'll find out in about two days time, as governing body FIFA announces the next locale for the largest sporting event in the world. Our partner the BBC has alleged that three current members of FIFA have taken millions of dollars in bribes, but they'll still vote on the current bids on Thursday. We're joined by the BBC's Alex Capstick from Geneva.  

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Highlights from Sunday's NFL Action

Monday, November 29, 2010

On the gridiron, the dust settled on Sunday with trying losses, hard fought wins and thrilling victories across the league. With us to discuss the NFL picture as teams enter the final phase of the regular season is Nando Di Fino, sports reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Nando admits that the weekend didn't offer many surprises, but stops short of making any sure bets on the coming playoffs. 

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Turkey + Football = Thanksgiving

Friday, November 26, 2010

Every year, millions of families across America do two things on the fourth Thursday in November ... gorge themselves and watch football. Yesterday saw six of the biggest teams in the league go at it: New England took on Detroit, New Orleans went head to head with Dallas, and Cincinnati went up against New York.

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A Long Tradition of Thanksgiving Football with the Detroit Lions

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Detroit Lions have played football on Thanksgiving nearly every year since 1934, with this year's game marking the 71st time Detroit has hosted an NFL game for the nation to watch while glassy-eyed on turkey and pie. Gregg Krupa, sportswriter for the Detroit News, joins us to discuss the history of the annual game and to consider fans' hopes that the Lions can turn around their poor record this season. The Lions host the New England Patriots at 12:30 CST, Thursday.

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Stay-at-Home Dad Turns Starting Quarterback

Monday, November 22, 2010

It's no more changing diapers and preparing dinner for Brian St. Pierre, who went from stay-at-home dad to starting quarterback for the North Carolina Panthers this weekend. We talk with Nando Di Fino, sports reporter for the Wall Street Journal, about St. Pierre's performance on the field, and how other football teams fared over the weekend.

Nando DiFino says Carolina is starting a QB who was a stay-at-home dad until 10 days ago and he (Nando) will be glued to the TV on Sunday

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Michael Vick: A Phoenix on the Field?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick's recent heroic turns on the field may help him get back in the public's good graces, only three years after being convicted for operating a dogfighting ring. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin discusses what's at stake for Vick and the Eagles in this weekend's showdown with the Giants. Ibrahim thinks Vick has proven himself a changed man.

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NFL Playoffs Moving Down the Field

Monday, November 15, 2010

The NFL playoffs are getting closer, and that means wins and losses mean a lot more. Wall Street Journal sportswriter Nando Di Fino joins us to talk about recent developments: The Chiefs' recent losing streak, the Cowboys defeating the Giants, and some promising signs from the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. 

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Football: The Browns, The Eagles, The Raiders, and More

Monday, November 08, 2010

What's trending in football this week? All around the season's been up and down so far, but some patterns are taking hold as we inch down the field towards the playoffs. Here to help us make sense of the winning teams above the din is Wall St. Journal sportswriter Nando Di Fino

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Weekend NFL Recap

Monday, October 25, 2010

From head injuries to the Raiders' big win over the Broncos, The Wall Street Journal's Nando DiFino has a wrap up of all the big news and scores from this weekend's football games.

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