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The Curious Case of Sports During a Pandemic

The great people here at Under Review simulated and streamed the remaining regular season and playoff games of the Federal Prospects Hockey League.  NASCAR and IndyCar ran virtual races on iRacing with both praise (awesome driving) and controversy (rage quitting and unnecessary crashing).  Those races peaked my interest and I made sure to either watch them live or catch the races later on YouTube.  Cycling has gone virtual as well with riders using their exercise bikes and linking them to a program to race others. 

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Ranking & Grading New NFL Uniforms

Uniforms are one of the greatest things about sports.  They allow teams to graphically express their team identity, and they give the fans a sense of unity.  Six teams have new uniforms or uniform adjustments so far, and some hit the mark while others were just off.  The LA Rams are also rumored to be releasing new uniforms at some point, but they are unreleased at the time of writing so they will not be included in the rankings.

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BANZET'S 2020 NFL MOCK DRAFT

I want to personally thank the NFL for making sure the draft will go on, albeit virtually, from April 23rd-25th. We need something live and sports-related to happen, so thank you to the NFL for giving us that. Fresh out of the Deandre Hopkins, Brandin Cooks, and Tom Brady acquisitions, let's get into my second mock draft of 2020 and my first for Under Review.

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Bold Predictions for the 2020 NFL Season

Every year in the NFL, there are story lines that come out of nowhere.  Nobody thought that Lamar Jackson would have an MVP campaign, and even less people thought that the Titans would be making an AFC Championship Game run.  Here’s some story lines that I’m calling in the spring, so I can say I knew it would happen come winter.

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2020 NFL MOCK DRAFT 1.0

As the sports world grinds to a standstill due to COVID-19, one of the biggest sporting events that hasn’t been taken away from us fans (yet) is the NFL draft.  With so many things changing during free agency, almost every team has a very specific need to address in the draft. In this mock draft, we are assuming, likely incorrectly, that no trades will be made.  Here’s how I think the first round will look come late April:

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Rando Rankings: XFL Week 1

Week 1 of the new XFL has concluded and has appeared to offer a much better product than the first XFL, and last year's AAF. Since these games are now over, it’s time for the Rando to revive an old Under Review classic, Rando’s Rankings: XFL Edition. 

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WHICH NFL TEAMS HAVE A CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM?

Multiple NFL teams failed to meet expectations this season, but the question now becomes whether it was a fluke or a sign of worse things to come.  In order to qualify for review in this article, teams must have finished in the bottom ten of the league standings. Here’s a look at the teams that should be looking up, and those that should think about tearing it down.

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Mahomes Makes History En Route To Super Bowl Win

As the game clock struck zero and the confetti started to fall, the Kansas City Chiefs would win their first Super Bowl in franchise history. 24 year old Patrick Mahomes rewrote history as well in his first Super Bowl.

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Predicting Each NFL Teams Starting QB For 2020

By the time the 2020 NFL season begins, the landscape of the league will look very different.  Namely, the quarterback situations for most teams in the league will be drastically changed. Between the humongous free agent class for the position, teams searching for a trade, and teams looking to start anew in the draft, nearly half the league has some sort of question mark at the quarterback position.

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The Essential Preview For Super Bowl LIV

As Super Bowl week approaches again, this year’s match-up between the Chiefs and 49ers is incredibly different from the Super Bowls we are used to.  As opposed to the recent trend of the Patriots vs. whoever comes out of the NFC, we instead have a championship game between two of the league’s hottest young teams.  Here’s everything you need to know about Super Bowl 54.

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Eli Manning Set To Retire After 16 Seasons

After 16 seasons in the NFL, Giants quarterback Eli Manning is set to announce his retirement on Friday. Manning has been a member of the Giants organization since 2004 and has been a household name in New York.

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What To Expect From The XFL

The XFL is back in 2020 and one thing is clear, it will be different. The only question that remains is: will it be successful?

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Ranking The Best XFL Jerseys

All eight of the XFL teams unveiled their uniforms for the 2020 season. Looking at the designs, the majority of the uniforms look like something you would throw together in a Create-A-Team mode in Madden. With that being said, I have ranked the uniforms from worst to best. 

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Ron Rivera Out As Panthers Head Coach

The Carolina Panthers announced early Tuesday afternoon that they have parted ways with their Head Coach Ron Rivera.

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Black Friday Sports Gaming Guide

With Black Friday coming up, a lot of people are looking to get great deals on video games that they have wanted throughout the year. Under Review has done the research and found the best deals for some of the best sports games of 2019. 

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How Did Lamar Jackson Not Get Drafted Sooner?

Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen were all quarterbacks drafted before Lamar Jackson. Jackson found himself being drafted 32nd overall in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. The question is, how did those four quarterbacks get drafted before Jackson?

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Beckham Jr. Traded To Browns

In a shocking turn of events, the New York Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. Beckham has spent the past five seasons with the Giants since being drafted 12th overall in the 2014 NFL draft.

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Jason Witten Ends Retirement, Returns With Cowboys

They say the heart wants what the heart wants, that was exactly the case for Jason Witten. Witten announced Thursday that he would be coming out of retirement to play for the Dallas Cowboys once again.

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Rando Rankings: AAF Week 3


With week 3 in the books for the Alliance of American Football, some teams showed improvement while other teams struggled to finally capture a win. This week showed what the teams can really do in the long term.

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Rando Recap: AAF Week 3

Week 3 of the AAF was rather lackluster. Most of the games had been decided already in most people’s heads, and we had our first “average” week in the AAF.

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Kraft Charged With Solicitation of Prostitution

As if the New England Patriots franchise couldn’t be swarmed with any more controversy, Owner Robert Kraft was charged with solicitation of prostitution at a Florida massage parlor. The arrest came from the Jupiter (Florida) Police Department.

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Rando Rankings: AAF Week 2

With two weeks complete in the 2019 Alliance of American Football season, things are starting to heat up. There were clear winners and losers in the league this weekend. Here are the AAF week 2 power rankings.

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Rando Recap: AAF Week 2

Two weeks down, eight to go. The league is starting to show its clear winner and losers, and its average teams. So let's break down week 2 of the 2019 Alliance of American Football Season.

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AAF Power Rankings: Week 1

At the conclusion of week 1, there were winners and losers in the AAF. Some teams shined, others struggled to find what they were looking for. After consideration, our staff at Under Review made our decision on the power rankings for week 1.

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Joe Flacco Traded To Broncos

NFL veteran quarterback Joe Flacco’s time in Baltimore has come to an end. After 11 seasons as the Ravens franchise quarterback, Flacco has been traded to the Denver Broncos. Per Adam Schefter, the Ravens have an agreement in principle to send former Super Bowl champion Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos.

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First Impressions Of The AAF

Everyone this past weekend got to see the first games of the season for the Alliance of American Football  and they have shown the people in attendance as well as in TV land that they have a viable (and survivable) football league.

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Iron, Hotshots Blaze Path To Victory In AAF Week 1

Week one of the Alliance of American Football has concluded and it was certainly a memorable one. With the Commanders and Apollos both coming away with victories Saturday night, Sunday saw the Birmingham Iron and Arizona Hotshots shine.

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Commanders, Apollos Soar In First Ever AAF Games

After Saturday’s debut of the Alliance of American Football, it appears the debut of the newly formed league was a success. The San Diego Fleet traveled to Texas to take on the San Antonio Commanders in a game that caught the eyes of a lot of people. The Orlando Apollos put on a clinic in their season opener.

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Everything You Need To Know About The AAF

The Alliance of American Football, or the AAF for short, is a newly formed football league kicking off Saturday February 9, 2019. It will see eight teams compete in a ten game season to fight for the right to call themselves the first champion of the AAF.

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Duron Harmon Making Claim For Hall Of Fame Career

During Super Bowl 53, Patrick Chung was injured and wouldn’t return for the remainder of the game. One man stepped up and filled in for the injured Chung, that man was 28 year old Duron Harmon. Coming off his third Super Bowl championship in six seasons, Harmon is making a claim for a potential Hall of Fame career. Coming off one of his best seasons so far, Harmon picked up four interceptions in 2018 and shows no sign of slowing down.

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Patriots Defeat Rams 13-3, Win Sixth Super Bowl

As Tom Brady and the Patriots offensive line lined up in victory formation to take a knee and end Super Bowl 53, the Patriots would claim their sixth Super Bowl. With their Super Bowl 53, the Patriots would join the Pittsburgh Steelers as the only two teams in NFL history to win six Super Bowls.

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The Coming-Of-Age Of The Cleveland Browns

It has been 16 seasons since the Cleveland Browns made the playoffs. The 2002 AFC Wildcard game was the last time the franchise experienced post season play. Kelly Holcomb lead the 9-7 Browns into Pittsburgh and came up short, losing 36-33 at Heinz Stadium.

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Under Review Staff Predictions for Super Bowl 53

With Super Bowl 53 just on the horizon this weekend, fans of professional football are going to be treated to an instant classic. The New England Patriots dynasty is going to be tested as the red hot LA Rams look to keep the Patriots from winning their second Super Bowl in three years.

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NFL Rulebook Could Allow Saints In The Super Bowl

Following the Saints vs Rams 2019 NFC championship game, there was an obvious missed pass interference call on the Rams on a key third down drive for the Saints. With that pass interference not being called, the Rams would be able to kick a game tying field goal which would put the game in overtime. The Rams would be declared the winner and would advance to the Super Bowl. The decision was final right? Wrong.

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The History Of White House Visits In Sports

After winning a championship in sports, the winning team has the option to make a trip to the White House to be honored by the President of the United States. Most recently, the newly crowned National Champion Clemson football team paid a visit to the White House to be honored by President Trump.

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A Look Back: The Biggest Comeback In NFL History

There have been many comebacks in football history, but none even come close to what Marv Levy and the Buffalo Bills did on January 3,1993. Dubbed “The Comeback”, the Buffalo Bills were down  35-3 in a wildcard playoff game in Buffalo. The Houston Oilers were putting a beat down on the Bills on their home turf.

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My first NFL game: Patriots vs Panthers

The reigning AFC kings rolled into the 'Queen City' of Charlotte, North Carolina as the Patriots took on the Panthers. This wasn't just any NFL game to me. This was my first NFL game.

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Jake Wood to receive Pat Tillman Award at ESPYs

The ESPYs are usually a night where the world's best athletes all come together to celebrate their accomplishments, however not everything is about sports. The night is also about giving back and celebrating those who have done incredible things in the world.

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Edelman facing four-game suspension for PEDs


Julian Edelman was hoping to make an easy transition back to football after an injury sidelined him last season. However, it was announced Friday afternoon that would not be the case. Edelman is facing a possible four-game suspension for PEDs

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Oliver Luck name Commissioner of XFL

It was announced Friday morning that Oliver Luck, former NFL and NCAA executive has been named Commissioner and CEO of the XFL.

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Is Danny Etling The Future Of The Patriots?

In the seventh and final round in the 2018 NFL draft, the New England Patriots selected QB Danny Etling of LSU. The Patriots were looking for another QB to be the successor to the aging Tom Brady and they hope Etling is the guy to lead the Patriots in the future.

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2018 NFL Draft Recap

The 2018 NFL draft is in the books. We saw a lot of trades and a record number of quarterbacks taken in the first round. Under Review will list every draft pick from every team, from #1 overall to Mr. Irrelevant.

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Papale Talks Playing Career,

Eagles Super Bowl

The year was 1976. Vince Papale was a part-time bartender as well as a teacher and coach for his high school Alma mater. Papale decided to go to public tryouts for his beloved Philadelphia Eagles.

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What Exactly Is A Catch Part: Two

Once again the NFL finds itself in the center of controversy. The catch rule reared its ugly head once more however, this time it was in the biggest game of the year. Several times over the years has a game been decided by a simple question...was it a catch?

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Eagles Shock Patriots En Route To First Super Bowl Title

As the flyover passed the U.S. Bank Stadium and Pink finished her rendition of the national anthem, there was a Super Bowl to be played. Two of the NFL’s elite teams met to determine who would become Super Bowl 52 champions. The New England Patriots were looking to become six time Super Bowl champions, while the Eagles were looking to win their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

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What Exactly Is A Catch Anymore?

Steelers tight end Jesse James made what appeared to be a remarkable catch in the end zone with just 34 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The catch was originally ruled a touchdown, however every scoring play after the two minute warning has to be reviewed. After further review the officials overturned their original ruling and declared the pass was incomplete.

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Jaguars, Saints Advance To Divisional Round Amid Controversy

The NFL wildcard weekend has concluded. Four teams will advance to the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. Sunday saw two really good games with the Jaguars playing the Bills and the Saints facing off against the Panthers. Both games were really fun to watch right down to the closing seconds. However, both games ended in controversy.

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Titans, Falcons Advance To Divisional Round

Saturday evening marked the start of the 2017 NFL playoffs. Wildcard weekend provides a lot of interesting matchups. This weekend gives the division leaders a week off but it also allows them to know who their opponents are going to be for the Divisional Round.

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Steelers release James Harrison after four seasons

After spending four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, star linebacker James Harrison has been released. Harrison’s release is believed to be because the Steelers needed to make room for Marcus Gilbert, who is coming off a suspension.

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Patriots rally past Steelers

As the rain fell onto Heinz Field in Pittsburgh late Sunday night, fans were treated to an epic clash between two giants. The Patriots and Steelers always manage to have classic games when they face one another. Tom Terrific and Big Ben, a rivalry that never disappoints.

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Cutler, Dolphins Stun Patriots In Miami

Before the start of Monday Night Football, the Patriots were the favorite to beat the Dolphins. However, the Dolphins didn’t get that memo and gave the Patriots a night they won’t soon forget.

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