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Green Bay Packers Rise to the Top: Super Bowl XLV Recapped

Monday, February 07, 2011

The Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers and took home the Lombardi Trophy. Green Bay won the game 31-25 with quarterback Aaron Rodgers winning MVP. Nando Di Fino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal, recaps the game and looks at future of the NFL going into the off-season, as a bitter labor dispute threatens to lock-out players next season.

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Super Bowl 2011: Jets and Bears out, Packers and Steelers In

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Super Bowl match up is set. The Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship, and the New York Jets lost to  the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship. Super Bowl XLV's teams now have two weeks to prepare for "the big one." Here to describe the heartache and the triumph, as well as what's coming, is Nando Di Fino, sports reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

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Jets QB Mark Sanchez Says Season-Ending Loss 'Just Hurts'

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Jets were knocked out of Super Bowl contention with a devastating loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh Sunday night.

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NFL Playoffs: Jets Upset Patriots, Conference Championship Rounds Are Set

Monday, January 17, 2011

It's considered the best weekend of football, the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. New York Jets head coach, Rex Ryan, has been vocal all week in the runup to Sunday's big game. Many criticized him for talking too much, but his team lived up to all the talk, upsetting the Patriots 28-21. 

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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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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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Monday NFL Wrap-up

Monday, December 06, 2010

It was a busy NFL Sunday, especially in the AFC North, where the battle for the division lead went into full force as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens met. We look at that matchup with Nando Di Fino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal, and we go around the league with other news. We also preview the matchup of the week: The New York Jets visit Foxborough, Mass., to go up against the New England Patriots, to battle for supremecy in the AFC.

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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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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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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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Pushing Injury, Pain and Violence to the Limit in American Sports

Thursday, October 21, 2010

By this point, everyone's seen the headlines. It seems like a huge number of football players are getting seriously injured this season. People are asking whether the game has become more violent than ever.

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Weekend NFL Recap

Monday, October 11, 2010

Nando Di Fino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal, recaps yesterday's NFL action, including the Kansas City Chiefs' attempt to remain perfect and the controversy swirling around Brett Farve.

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An NFL Recap: Vick Dominates and the Boys Prevail

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Dallas Cowboys finally won their first game of the season yesterday, beating the Houston Texans, 27-13. Nando Di Fino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal, takes us through that game and the rest of the NFL, including Michael Vick's dominance over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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