Wild Card Weekend: NFL Pro Football Picks
The playoffs arrive in style with four wild card games over the weekend. Saturday has Arizona at Carolina, followed by the clash of AFC North teams, as the Ravens visit the Steelers. Sunday's featured games are the Bengals at the Colts in the AFC, while the NFC showcases the Lions at the Cowboys. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 12/31/2014

Big Bowl Picks: Fiesta, Orange, Rose, Sugar
New Year's Eve has the Fiesta Bowl, pitting Boise State against the Arizona Wildcats, followed by the Orange Bowl, with Mississippi State taking on Georgia Tech.
New Year's Day brings the Rose and Sugar Bowls, the winners advancing to the national championship. In the Rose Bowl, Oregon Meets unbeaten Florida State. Alabama and Ohio State face off in the Sugar Bowl from New Orleans. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 12/29/2014

NCAA Week 4 College Football Bowl Picks
The last of the bowls from January 1 January 4 features some incredible match-ups, like Minnesota-Missouri in the Citrus Bowl, Wisconsin-Auburn in the Outback Bowl, Michigan State vs. Baylor in the Cotton Bowl, Kansas State vs. UCLA in the Alamo Bowl and Florida vs. East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 12/29/2014

NCAA Week 3 College Football Bowl Picks
Competition heats up as bowl season rolls on, with games all week long. Monday: Liberty: West Virginia-Texas A&M; Russell Athletic: Clemson-Oklahoma; Texas: Texas-Arkansas. Tuesday: Music City: Notre Dame-LSU; Belk: Louisville-Georgia; Foster Farms: Maryland-Stanford. Wednesday: Chick-fil-A: Mississippi-TCU. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 12/28/2014

Week 2 NCAA College Football Bowl Picks
Week Two of bowl season kicks off in the Bahamas, when Western Kentucky meets Central Michigan, and continues through Saturday. Solid match-ups include Rutgers vs. North Carolina (Quick Lane Bowl), Duke vs. Arizona State (Sun), Miami vs. South Carolina (Independence), Boston College vs. Penn State (Pinstripe), and Nebraska vs. USC in the Holiday Bowl. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 12/23/2014

Week 17 NFL Pro Football Picks
Only a few minor details to be sewn up in the final week of the regular season. One more wild card to be filled in the AFC, with the Ravens and Chargers having the best opportunities, while five NFC teams share 11-4 records going into Sunday. Impact games are Carolina at Atlanta, Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, and Detroit at Green Bay. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 12/23/2014

NCAA College Football Bowl Picks Week 1
It's Bowl Season, the start of 38 clashes of college teams, culminating with the national championship games in January. We kick off coverage with Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl and make predictions on all bowl games including what should be the best game Saturday, the Las Vegas Bowl, featuring Colorado State vs. Utah. Monday's games include the Miami Beach Bowl, pitting BYU vs. Memphis. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 12/17/2014

Week 16 NFL Pro Football Picks
With the Colts, Patriots and Broncos having wrapped up divisional titles in the AFC South, East and West, the NFC is still very much wide open, Arizona the only NFC team to have secured a playoff berth, but they face a test from Seattle this week. Other games, involving Dallas, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans will have impact on the upcoming playoffs. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 12/15/2014

NCAA College Football Picks Week 16: Army-Navy
An annual meeting of teams representing the armed services closes out college football's regular season. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 12/11/2014

NFL Week 15 Pro Football Picks
Coming down the home stretch of the regular season, the week's top games includes Thursday's Cardinals at Rams contest, then Sunday's best: Cincinnati at Cleveland, Houston at Indianapolis, Miami at New England, Denver at San Diego, San Francisco at Seattle, and, Dallas at Philadelphia. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 12/9/2014

Week 15 NCAA College Football Rankings
Conference champions have been crowned; the last ranking prior to bowl season has the top four as (1) Florida State, (2) Alabama, (3) Oregon, (4) Ohio State. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 12/8/2014

Championships: NCAA College Football Picks Week 15
The games this weekend will determine which teams go to the national championship four-team playoff, but the results are hardly cast in stone as Alabama meets Missouri in the SEC, Wisconsin battles Ohio State in the Big Ten, Oregon faces Arizona in the PAC-12, and Florida State and Georgia Tech decide the ACC. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 12/3/2014

NFL Pro Football Picks for Week 14
Tempus Fugit. After this week's action, there will be only three weeks left to the regular season. Major games this weekend include Thursday night's Dallas at Chicago affair, then Sunday games, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Baltimore at Miami, Buffalo at Denver, KC at Arizona, Seattle at Philadelphia, and, New England at San Diego. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 12/2/2014

NCAA Week 14 College Football Rankings
With the demise of Mississippi State (losers to arch-rival Mississippi), the Top four are Florida State, Alabama, Oregon and TCU, with Baylor and Ohio State on the outside looking in. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 12/1/2014

Week 14 College Football Picks: Rivalry Week
Gobble up some grand college football this Thanksgiving weekend. Top games are TCU at Texas, Stanford at UCLA, Arizona State at Arizona, Florida at Florida State, Minnesota at Wisconsin, Oregon at Oregon State, and the huge Iron Bowl, Auburn at Alabama. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 11/26/2014

Week 13 NFL Pro Football Picks
A plethora of games without playoff meaning, but still a number of good ones, headlined by the Patriots at Green Bay and Denver at Kansas City. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 11/25/2014

Week 13 College Football Rankings
Top five remain Florida State (11-0), Alabama (10-1), Oregon (10-1), Baylor (9-1), and, Ohio State (10-1) Of the top 10, only #10 Mississippi lost in week 13, to Arkansas. Duke, Nebraska and Utah dropped out of the rankings. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 11/24/2014

Week 13 NCAA College Football Picks
Some quality collegiate action this weekend, as Kansas State plays at West Virginia, Arizona travels to Utah, Wisconsin is at Iowa, Arkansas hosts Mississippi, Louisville is at Notre Dame and USC meets UCLA in a contest for more than just SoCal bragging rights. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 11/19/2014

Week 12 NFL Pro Football Picks & Analysis
Best match-ups of the week include the Detroit Lions at New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos, and Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints (Monday night). Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 11/18/2014

Week 12 College Football Rankings
Alabama knocked off Mississippi State and Florida State came from behind to down the Miami Hurricanes, keeping the Seminoles on top of the college rankings without opposition, now that the only other unbeaten team in Division 1-A is Conference USA's Marshall, also 10-0. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 11/17/2014

Week 12 NCAA College Football Picks
Two games - Florida State at Miami, and, Mississippi State at Alabama - dominate the college football landscape this weekend, though there will be plenty of interest in lesser match-ups like Clemson at Georgia Tech, Nebraska at Wisconsin, and, Auburn at Georgia. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 11/12/2014

Week 11 NFL Pro Football Picks & Analysis
Some teams are beginning to think playoffs. Those less fortunate are looking forward to golf and the Spring draft. Games of note and interest include Cincinnati at New Orleans, Seattle at Kansas City, Detroit at Arizona, the Eagles at Green Bay, and New England at Indianapolis, Sunday night. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 11/11/2014

Week 11 College Football Rankings
As of today, Downtown Magazine has Florida State #1, Mississippi St. #2, Alabama #3, and Oregon #4, but that will change, as Alabama's Crimson Tide hosts the Mississippi State Bulldogs this Saturday. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 11/10/2014

Week 11 NCAA College Football Picks
Poet William Blake might enjoy this weekend, featuring no less than four Tiger teams in action, starting with Clemson at Wake Forest on Thursday night, followed by Memphis at Temple on Friday, Texas A&M at Auburn, and Alabama at LSU on Saturday. Other non-tiger games of note are Kansas State at TCU, Ohio State at Michigan State, Notre Dame at Arizona State, and Oregon at Utah. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 11/5/2014

NFL Pro Football Picks for Week 10
Plenty of solid games this weekend beignning with Thursday's Cleveland at Cincinnati fete in the battle for Ohio and extending through Sunday with the 49ers visiting New Orleans, Dolphins at Lions, Chiefs at Bills, Bears and packers and Monday night's Panthers at Eagles. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 11/4/2014

Fearless Week 10 College Football Rankings
#3 Georgia, #4 Mississippi and #7 East Carolina all were losers in Week 10, a second less on the season for each team. Surprising Marshall is 8-0 and #3, followed by Alabama, Oregon, Michigan State and Auburn in Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 11/3/2014

Week 10 NCAA College Football Picks
The weather cools as November beckons, but college football heats up with key meetings like Florida State at Louisville on Thursday. Saturday's action brings TCU to West Virginia, Auburn at Mississippi, Arkansas at Mississippi State, Stanford at Oregon, Nortre Dame at Navy, and Utah visiting Arizona State. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 10/29/2014

NFL Pro Football Week 9 Analysis & Picks
No team has emerged as a dominant force, with the possible exception of Denver, but they will be tested when they travel to New England in this week's premier match-up. Other intriguing games include Thursday's New Orleans at Carolina meeting, and, on Sunday, the Cardinals at Dallas, Eagles at Houston, Ravens at Steelers and Monday night's Indianapolis at the New York Giants. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 10/28/2014

NCAA College Football Rankings for Week 9
A fairly quiet weekend in the college ranks saw just two teams losing in the Top 25, though one of them was our #2 unit from last week, Mississippi, who suffered their first loss of the season, leaving just Florida State, Mississippi State and Marshall as the only undefeated teams in Division 1-A. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 10/27/2014

NCAA College Football Picks Week 9
Big games in big conferences include Michigan vs. Michigan State and Ohio State at Penn State in the Big Ten, Texas at Kansas State and West Virginia at Oklahoma State in the Big 12, Oregon at Cal and USC at Utah in the PAC-12, while Alabama travels to Tennessee, Auburn hosts South Carolina, Mississippi visits LSU and Mississippi State goes to Kentucky in the SEC. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 10/22/2014

NFL Pro Football Week 8 Picks
To the half-way point in the season, some separation in divisional races and conference dominance may be on the plate as the Bengals host the Ravens, San Diego visits Denver, the Cardinals host the Eagles, the Saints welcome the Packers to New Orleans and the Redskins travel to Dallas. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 10/21/2014

Week 8 NCAA College Football Rankings
Florida State's stinging win over #3 Notre Dame kept the Seminoles #1 for the eighth straight week, while #2 Baylor and #9 Oklahoma took losses. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 10/20/2014

Week 8 NCAA College Football Picks
18 games scrutinized from this week's college football slate, the biggest of which is the showdown of unbeaten teams, as Notre Dame travels to Florida State on Saturday night. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 10/15/2014

Picks, Predictions for NFL Pro Football Week 7
As the NFL settles into mid-season form, some teams seek separation while others try to hold onto post-season dreams. Key meetings include Carolina at Green Bay, Cincinnati at Indianapolis, Atlanta at Baltimore, Kansas City at San Diego and the 49ers at Denver. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 10/14/2014

Week 7 NCAA College Football Rankings
Auburn, TCU, Georgia Tech and Arizona were all beaten in week 7, leaving just six undefeated teams in Division 1-A, led by Florida State, Baylor, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Marshall. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 10/13/2014

Week 7 NCAA College Football Picks
Any number of key games for your college grid appetite this weekend as Texas meets Oklahoma, Georgia vistis Missouri, TCU travels to Baylor, Nussissippi State hosts Auburn, Oregon plays at UCLA, Alabama is at Arkansas, Ole Miss plays at Texas A&M and Arizona hosts USC. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 10/8/2014

Fearless NFL Pro Football Picks for Week 6
After a rousing week 5, the NFL is seriously competitive with no undefeated teams and only two - Jacksonville and Oakland - without a victory. The pace heats up as the Colts visit the Texans in Houston, Carolina plays at Cincinnati, the revinvigorated Bills host the Patriots, Dalls plays at Seattle and, on Monday, the the Giants and Eagles meet in Philadelphia. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 10/7/2014

Week 6 NCAA College Football Rankings
A wild weekend sent 10 of the Top 25 teams - five from the top 10 - to defeat, reducing the ranks of the unbeaten from 17 to 10. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 10/6/2014

Week 6 NCAA College Football Picks
Some contentious contests grace the offerings in week six, including Arizona at Oregon on Thursday night, Lousville at Syracuse on Friday, followed by the saturday showcase of Texas A&M at Mississippi State, Baylor at Texas, Alabama at Ole Miss, Stanford at Notre Dame, Arizona State at USC, Miami at Georgia Tech, and Nebraska at Michigan State, among others. This should prove to be a pivotal week for teams seeking bigger prizes. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 10/1/2014

Week 5 NFL Pro Football Picks
3-0 Arizona plays at Denver Sunday afternoon in the weekend's premier match-up, while Thursday night offers an NFC North tilt, with Minnesota visiting Green Bay. Other games of interest include Baltimore at Indianapolis, the Bears at Carolina, Houston at Dallas, Sunday night's Bengals at Patriots test, and Monday's Seattle at Washington fete. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 9/30/2014

Week 5 NCAA College Football Rankings
With Duke's loss at Miami, 16 teams ended week five undefeated, including five from the SEC West division. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 9/29/2014

NCAA College Football Picks Week 5
Rolling right along into week five, Thursday night offers two quality games, Texas Tech at Oklahoma State and UCLA at Arizona State. Saturday's slate includes Arkansas at Texas A&M, Standford at Washington, Missouri at South Carolina, Oregon State at USC and a host of other interesting contests. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 9/24/2014

Week 4 NFL Pro Football Picks
With the conclusion of this week, 1/4 of the NFL regular seaon will be complete and only one team - Philadelphia - has the chance to be 4-0 because the Bengals and Cardinals have the week off. Philly hopes will reside near San Francisco Bay, as they take on the 49ers in a late Sunday afternoon game. Other interesting meetings include New England at Kansas City (Monday), Detroit at the NY Jets, Green Bay at Chicago and the Titans at the Colts. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 9/23/2014

Week 4 NCAA College Football Rankings
With college football going to a four-team playoff this year, the top four in Downtown Magazine's ranking (as well as the official polls) are tenuous picks at best, as Florida State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Alabama each struggled to some degree to remain unbeaten. A slew of teams - including Auburn, Notre Dame, UCLA, Ole Miss, and Baylor are nipping at their heels. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 9/22/2014

NCAA Week 4 College Football Picks
Time flies. It's already week four and the top teams are lining up for action this week as Florida State hosts Clemson in an ACC battle, Oklahoma travels to West Virginia in the Big 12, Oregon is at Washington State in the PAC-12, and the SEC has Florida at Alabama and Mississippi State at LSU. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 9/17/2014

NFL Pro Football Week 3 Picks
Fun, fun, fun in Week 3, with the Vikings heading to the Big Easy for a meeting with the winless Saints, Baltimore at Cleveland, Green Bay at Detroit, San Diego at Buffalo (suddenly a big game), and Denver at Seattle. Sunday night and Monday night games look like stinkers but could break up the boredom, maybe. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 9/16/2014

Week 3 NCAA College Football Rankings
A number of upsets rocked the middle of Downtown Magazine's Top 25 rankings, though a few were somewhat expected. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 9/15/2014

NCAA Week 3 College Football Picks
A boatload of college football excitement begins on Thursday night when BYU hosts Houston, and continues on Saturday with UCF at Missouri, Georgia at South Carolina, Purdue at Notre Dame, USC at Boston College, Penn State at Rutgers and Tennessee at Oklahoma. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 9/4/2014

Week 2 NFL Pro Football Picks
Complete with sordid story-lines (Ray Rice, Patriots' poor performance) the NFL kicks off Week Two with the usual assortment of intriguing games, not the least of which will be Thursday's Steelers-Ravens hook-up in Baltimore Other key games on Sunday include Detroit at Carolina, Atlanta At Cincinnati, New England at Minnesota, Kansas City at Denver and Monday night's Philadelphia at Indianapolis thriller. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 9/9/2014

Week 2 NCAA College Football Rankings
While many of the teams in the rankings had walkover games, a few - particularly teams from the Big Ten, Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan, went down in flames to ranked foes. Stanford lost a key game to in-state rival USC, making the top five teams - Florida State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Alabama and Baylor, look pretty solid. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 9/8/2014

Week 2 College Football Picks
After a long and exciting opening weekend of college football, Week 2 offers some serious match-ups that will have impact throughout the season. In the most-highly-anticiapated games Saturday, USC plays at Stanford, Michigan visits the Ducks of Oregon, BYU plays at Texas, Notre Dame hosts Michigan, and Virginia Tech travels to Ohio State. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 9/3/2014

NFL Open For Business: Week 1 Picks
The NFL regular season opens Thursday night with the Green Bay Packers visiting the champion Seattle Seahawks. On Sunday, a raft of quality match-ups includes Tennessee at Kansas City, Cincinnati at Baltimore, the 49ers at Dallas and the Colts at Broncos. Monday night's double-header features the Giants at Detroit and San Diego at Arizona. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 9/2/2014

NCAA Week 1 College Football Rankings
Three teams from our preseason rankings went down in flames - South Carolina, UCF and Wisconsin - but the Top Five remain intact with Florida State #1, followed by Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon, and a somewhat shaky Alabama. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 9/1/2014

NFL Preseason Pro Football Picks: Week 4
With the final week of preseason games - all on Thursday - the NFL is almost ready for prime time, but this is a chance for fantasy players to peer deep into teams' rosters, as starters will, for the most part, be sitting these out. A couple of games to keep an eye on are Indianapolis at Cincinnati, New England at the Giants, Chicago at Cleveland, and Baltimore at New Orleans. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 8/26/2014

While the pros will be still going through preseason motions, it gets real in the college ranks as the 2014 season kicks off officially Thursday night with an SEC treat, Texas A&M at South Carolina. The football weekend continues with key games, including Boise State vs. Ole Miss, Penn State vs. UCF in Ireland, a wounded Ohio State at Navy, West Virginia at Alabama, Fresno State at USC, national champion Florida State vs. Oklahoma State, Wisconsin at LSU and even a Monday nighter, Miami at Louisville. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 8/25/2014

Week 3 NFL Preseason Pro Football Picks
After posting an 11-4-1 mark in week 2, Fearless Rick looks to stay on the winning side into the third week of preseason play. Key games include Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Carolina at New England, Chicago at Seattle, the Saints visiting the Colts and Sunday's double-header of San Diego at San Francisco and Cincinnati at Arizona. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 8/19/2014

Week 2 NFL Preseason Pro Football Picks
Starters will get more playing time this week, meaning probably more scoring for first unit offenses. Some of the better games appear to be Philadelphia at New England, San Diego at Seattle, Denver at San Francisco, Sunday night's KC at Carolina tilt, and Monday's Cleveland at Washington offering. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 8/12/2014

NFL Week 1 Preseason Pro Football Picks
At last! A full slate of preseason games to break up the summer doldrums with multiple games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Some intriguing matchups include Seattle at Denver in a rematch of last season's Super Bowl, San Francisco at Baltimore, Cincinnati at Kansas City, the Eagles at the Bears and the Saints making a visit to St. Louis. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 8/6/2014

College Football Preseason Top 25, Teams 1-10
We're not going to spoil the surprise in naming the preseason Top Ten right here. You'll just have to click ahead to find out which teams earned the top spots in Downtown Magazine's ninth annual Preseason Top 25. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 8/5/2014

College Football Preseason Top 25, Teams 11-25
Saving the reveal of the Top Ten for later this week (actually, August 5), Downtown Magazine previews the 2014 NCAA college football season with the #11-25 teams. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 8/4/2014

Hall of Fame Game: Giants v. Bills
Buffalo and the Giants head to Canton, Ohio for the first preseason game of 2014, with the Bills a slight favorite. Eli Manning and E.J. Manuel face off in a first-quarter duel as the pros kick off. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 7/30/2014

NFL & NCAA Football 2014-15
It's mid-July, baseball's All-Star break, which can only mean one thing: Football is just weeks away. With the Hall of Fame game set for August 3, Downtown Magazine is pleased to begin its coverage of the NFL and NCAA with another season of sensational pro and college football picks by our own Fearless Rick.

Coverage starts with NFL previews, the preseason college Top 25 and on to preseason game picks in August. Our schedule of NFL division previews is HERE, starting with the AFC East and proceeding through the rest of the league. (Links will go live when previews are available)
AFC Previews: EAST || NORTH || SOUTH || WEST
NFC Previews: EAST || NORTH || SOUTH || WEST
Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 7/15/2014 - 7/26/2014

68 teams begin the March through Madness in the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship which begins with a pair of games on Tuesday and two more Wednesday night. CBD has put together some scenarios to help make picking the perfect bracket possible (LOL). College Basketball Daily, 3/18/2014

The Biggest Bubble of All Time is About to Be Popped
With the bull market now beyond the five-year mark and the Dow Industrials displaying a pattern that may result in a change to the primary trend, the financial bubble induced in stocks by the Fed and central banks has just about run its course. Depending on one's situation and outlook, the results could be devastating or enlivening. While this may sound like the boy crying wolf again, conditions are ripe for a radical reordering of the global financial system. Money Daily, 3/13/2014

NFL Super Bowl XLVIII: Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks
Record-setting Peyton Manning brings his explosive Denver Bronco offense to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey to face the Seattle Seahawks, the league's best defense, in Super Bowl XLVIII. The outdoor game on February 2nd figures to be one of the more competitive contests of the season, with multiple angles for either team. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 1/24/2014

Accidental Farmer: DIY Passive Solar Heat
The Accidental Farmer updates Rick's Natural and presents Part One of his series on building passive solar heating units to be employed this Spring on the patio/greenhouse. Part One is described as the "part that goes down easy." Accidental Farmer, 1/22/2014

NFL Pro Football Picks: Conference Championships
Just four teams remain on the road to Super Bowl XLVIII, with conference champions advancing. Both games are Sunday, January 19, as the AFC title is decided first, when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots head to Denver to meet Peyton Manning and the high-flying Broncos at 3:00 pm. The 6:30 game is the NFC championship, pitting the home-standing Seattle Seahawks against the visting San Francisco 49ers. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 1/14/2014

NFL Pro Football Picks: Divisional Playoffs
Four more games this weekend, the winners qualifying for the AFC and NFC championships on the road to Super Bowl XLVIII. Saturday features the New Orleans Saints at the Seattle Seahawks, followed by the Indianapolis Colts at New England. Sunday's match-ups are San Francisco at Carolina early, and the late game, San Diego at Denver. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 1/7/2014

Seminoles Are #1 in Final Top 25 Rankings
With a thrilling 34-31, victory over the Auburn Tigers, the Florida State Seminoles captured the college football national championship. The victory by an ACC squad was the first for a team outside the SEC to win the national title in eight years as the NCAA says farewell to the BCS. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 1/7/2014

BCS National Championship: Florida State vs. Auburn
It's Tigers vs. Seminoles for college football's national championship as 12-1 Auburn, champions of the SEC and the seeming team of destiny meets rampaging, 13-0 Florida State, out of the ACC, Monday night, January 6.Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 1/2/2014

NFL Pro Football Picks: WILD CARD WEEKEND!
The NFL playoffs are here, with four excellent games to kick off the post-season. On Saturday, Indianapolis hosts Kansas City and the Saints travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. Sunday's games feature San Diego at Cincinnati and San Francisco at Green Bay. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 12/31/2013

BCS Bowl Picks: Games of January 1-3
Showcasing some of the nation's top teams, the four BCS Bowl games feature intriguing match-ups. Rose Bowl: Michigan State vs. Stanford; Fiesta: UCF vs. Baylor; Sugar: Alabama vs. Oklahoma; Orange: Clemson vs. Ohio State. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 12/30/2013

Week 4 NCAA Bowl Picks: Games of January 1-5
New Year's Day features Nebraska vs. Georgia in the Gator, Wisconsin vs. South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl and Iowa vs. LSU in the Outback. Oklahoma State meets Missouri in the Cotton Bowl on January 3; Arakansas State and Ball State complete the non-BCS bowls in the GoDaddy on January 5. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 12/30/2013

NCAA Bowl Week 3 Picks: Games of December 30-31
Bowl season gets even more interesting as 2013 comes to a close, with pre-celebratory games dotting the college landscape. Mississippi vs. Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech vs. UCLA, Mississippi State vs. Rice, and Duke vs. Texas A&M will provide plenty of excitement to finish out the year. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 12/27/2013

Week 17 NFL Pro Football Picks
Playoff spots and positions are up for grabs in the final week of the NFL season. The most meaningful games will be Baltimore at Cincinnati, Jets at Dolphins, San Francisco at Arizona, Tampa Bay at New Orleans, Green Bay at Chicago (which will decide the NFC North) and Sunday night's Philadelphia at Dallas clash, with the winner taking the NFC East, the loser heading to the gold course or the beach. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 12/26/2013

NCAA Bowl Week 2 Picks: Games of December 27-28
Get ready for seven games in two days: the Military Bowl, Texas Bowl, and Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, on Friday; and the Pinstripe Bowl, Belk Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl and Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Saturday. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 12/25/2013

Playoffs on the Line in Week 16 NFL Pro Football Picks
With just four playoff spots secured (only one in the NFC), there's no shortage of important games in the penultimate week of the regular season. Only three games have no bearing on the playoffs, but the key ones to watch are New Orleans at Carolina, Indianapolis at Kansas City, Arizona at Seattle, Pittsburgh at Green Bay, New England at Baltimore and Sunday night's Chicago at Philadelphia meeting. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 12/18/2013

NCAA Bowl Week 1 Picks: Games of December 21-26
35 bowl games kick off with the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday (Dec. 21), followed by USC vs. Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Christams Eve features Oregon State vs. Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl and the best of the bunch may be the Poinsettia Bowl, matching Utah State and Northern Illinois on the 26th. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 12/17/2013

NFL Pro Football Picks for Week 15
No shortage of meaningful games with just three weeks to spare in the regular season, starting with Thursday night's expected barn-burner as San Diego visits Denver. On Sunday, key games are New England at Miami, San Francisco at Tampa Bay, Green Bay at Dallas and the featured night game, Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, the outcome of which will weigh on Monday night's Baltimore at Detroit tilt. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 12/11/2013

ARMY-NAVY: NCAA Week 16 College Football Picks
Just one game in the extra week of college football, the annual Army-Navy clash, 3:00 pm ET on Saturday. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 12/10/2013

Seminoles Stand Alone in Week 15 College Football Rankings
After Ohio State and Northern Illinois came up empty in the final week, the Florida State Seminoles were left as the last undefeated team standing in Division-I football, setting the stage for the BCS National Championship with Auburn, winners of the SEC, on January 6, 2014. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 12/9/2013

Week 14 NFL Pro Football Picks
With just four weeks remaining in the regular season, potential playoff positioning plans are paramount, with meaningful games like Indianapolis at Cincinnati, Detroit at Philadelphia, Tennessee at Denver, Seattle at San Francisco, Carolina at New Orleans and Dallas at Chicago topping the week 14 fare. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 12/4/2013

Championships: NCAA Week 15 College Football Picks
With conference championships on the line in the American Athletic, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC, ACC, MAC and PAC-12 the games offered have enormous consequences, so get ready for an epic week of college football. Missouri-Auburn in the SEC and Michigan State vs. Ohio State in the Big Ten top the agenda. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 12/3/2013

Ironic Iron Bowl Highlights Week 14 College Football Rankings
In one of the more bizarre twists of fate, the "game" of the season saw Auburn defeat #1 Alabama on the final play of the game, clouding the national championship picture as the BCS era thankfully comes to a conclusion. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 12/2/2013

Week 13 NFL Pro Football Picks, Thanksgiving Edition
Gobble up some NFL games on Thursday as the Packers visit Detroit, Dallas hosts Oakland, and the Steelers play at Baltimore. On Sunday, action continues with Tennessee at Indianapolis, Arizona at Philadalphia, and the Broncos at the Chiefs. Monday night leaves New Orleans at Seattle for a tasty dessert. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 11/27/2013

Week 14 College Football Picks Features Huge Games
Thanksgiving brings turkey dinner, shopping specials and a load of great NCAA football action. While all eyes will be on the Iron Bowl pitting Alabama against Auburn, other natural rivalries offer enormous consequences in bowl bis and the national championship outlook, including Texas A&M at Missouri, Clemson at South Carolina, Ohio State at Michigan, Duke at North Carolina and Arizona at Arizona State, among others. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 11/26/2013

Week 13 College Football Rankings See Baylor, Oregon Bounced
Baylor and Oregon both dropped well down the ranking ladder after lopsided losses in week 13. Alabama, Ohio State and Florida State remained unbeaten as the top three, though 10-1 Michigan State is in an intriguing position at #4. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 11/25/2013

Jam-Packed Week 12 NFL Pro Football Picks
With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, the weekend features a slew of key games with playoff implications galore. Thursday night, the Saints invade Atlanta, and on Sunday it's the Jets at Baltimore, Pittsburgh at Cleveland, Carolina at Miami, Indianapolis at Arizona, Dallas at the Giants, and Denver at New England in the night game. Monday night features San Francisco at Washington. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 11/20/2013

Week 13 NCAA College Football Picks
The collegians kick off a day early this week with a key MAC contest between Toledo and Northern Illinois on Wednesday night. Other key games this weekend include Michigan State at Northwestern, BYU at Notre Dame, Texas A&M at LSU, Arizona State at UCLA, Missouri at Mississippi and Baylor at Oklahoma State. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 11/19/2013

Week 12 College Football Rankings
Last week it was Oregon, losing to Stanford, with impact to the top five and national championship scenario, and this week the PAC-12 once again made headlines, as USC dumped the Cardinal, 23-20. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 11/18/2013

NFL Pro Football Picks for Week 11
The Colts visit the Titans on Thursday night in a key AFC South meeting; on Sunday, the Ravens travel to Chicago, Cincinnati hosts Cleveland, San Francisco is at New Orleans and Kansas City meets Denver in the night game. Monday's New England at Carolina match-up has playoff implications all over it. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 11/12/2013

Week 12 NCAA College Football Picks
Clemson battles Georgia Tech in an ACC clash Thursday night, followed by big games on Saturday, including Georgia at Auburn, Michigan State at Nebraska, Oklahoma State at Texas, Utah at Oregon and Stanford at USC. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 11/12/2013

Oregon Bounced in Week 11 College Football Rankings
For the second straight season, Oregon's hopes of a national championship were dashed by Stanford, sending Alabama to the top spot and moving Ohio State and Florida State into enviable positions. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 11/11/2013

Week 10 NFL Pro Football Picks (Nov. 7-11)
It's getting to that point of the season that some teams are thinking about the playoffs, while others are thinking about going home. Key meetings this week include Cincinnati at Baltimore, Detroit at Chicago, the Eagles at Green Bay, Carolina at San Francisco, Denver at San Diego and Dallas at New Orleans. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 11/6/2013

Week 11 NCAA College Football Picks
An awsome slate of games starts Thursday night with a blockbuster double-dip featuring Oklahoma at Baylor and Oregon at Stanford and continues throughout the day Saturday, culminating with the much-anticipated SEC meeting between LSU and undefeated Alabama. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 11/5/2013

Week 10 College Football Rankings Largely Unchanged
With eight teams - including four of the top six - taking the week off and just four losses in the Top 25, the rankings were largely unchanged in Week 10. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 11/4/2013

NFL Pro Football Picks for Week 9
Injuries are mounting, but the valiant solider on as the NFL heads into the season's second half. Odd match-ups predominate week nine, including the Bengals at Miami Thursday night, and Sunday's games like Kansas City at Buffalo, Minnesota at Dallas, Pittsburgh at New England, Indainapolis at Houston offer some of the juicier meetings of the season. Monday's Chicago at Green Bay game may be an eye-opener. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 10/30/2013

Week 10 NCAA College Football Picks
With leaves falling and Thanksgiving just four weeks away, many teams are looking furtively at conference championships and/or bowl selections, so there are any number of key games this weekend, including USC at Oregon State, Wisconsin at Iowa, Michigan at Michigan State, the annual Georgia-Florida meeting, Oklahoma State at Texas Tech, and the ACC prime time showdown, Miami at Florida State. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 10/29/2013

NCAA Week 9 College Football Rankings
Only eight teams remain unbeaten after nine weeks of competition, but there's BCS trouble brewing - as usual - as the top five (in our rankings) are all undefeated and in different conferences. Oregon, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State and Baylor top the ranks, each with no losses. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 10/28/2013

Fearless Rick's Week 8 NFL Pro Football Picks
The Sunday night (Green Bay at Minnesota) and Monday night (Seattle at St. Louis) games are kind of stinkers, so NFL fans will have to get heir fill during the day Sunday when the Cowboys host the Lions, Miami haeds to New England, the Bengals welcome in the Jets and Washington plays at Denver. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 10/23/2013

Week 9 NCAA College Football Picks
After the upsets from the past two weeks, the college football landscape has suddenly become one of the most exciting in years. Key games this week include Wake Forest at Miami, Vanderbilt at Texas A&M, Tennessee at Alabama, Texas Tech at Oklahoma, South Carolina at Missouri, UCLA at Oregon and Stanford at Oregon State, plus a bevy of other consequential contests. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 10/22/2013

Upsets Predominate NCAA Week 8 Football Rankings
After eight losses to ranked teams in week 7, week 8 confirmed the trend, with five losses in the top 10 and seven defeats suffered by ranked teams overall. Clemson, Louisville, UCLA, Texas A&M and LSU were bounced from the top 10 as a major realignment followed a week of tumult in college football, with more to come. Complete rankings and report at Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 10/21/2013

Cardinals meet Red Sox in 2013 World Series
The World Series starts Wednesday night in Boston. The last time Boston met St. Louis in the World Series - 2004 - the Red Sox won, four games to none, capturing their first championship since 1918. Since then, the Sox have won one more, the Cardinals twice. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning, Baseball on Deck offers historical perspective and a preview of the fall classic. Baseball on Deck, 10/21/2013

NFL Pro Football Picks for Week 7
The premier game of the week is Sunday night when Peyton Manning leads the unbeaten Broncos into Indianapolis to face the 4-2 Colts, but, prior to that, there are a number of interesting games, including Baltimore at Pittsburgh, Cincinnati at Detroit, New England at the Jets, Dallas at Philadelphia and San Francisco at Tennessee. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 10/16/2013

Week 8 NCAA College Football Picks
The leaves are turning hues of red and orange, which can only mean that college football is about to become much more interesting. After the Top 25 were whipped around last week, more upsets may be in the making. Big games include Miami at North Carolina (Thursday), UCF at Lousiville (Friday), with Saturday turning out Texas Tech at West Virginia, Florida at Missouri, UCLA at Stanford, Texas A&M at Auburn, LSU at Mississippi, USC at Notre Dame and Florida State at Clemson. Is that enough? Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 10/15/2013

Big Shakeup in NCAA Week 7 Football Rankings
After a relatively quiet week six, week seven produced eight losses to teams ranked in the Top 25, including big losses by Stanford and Michigan. Oregon retains the top spot, hammering the Huskies, 45-24, while #2 Clemson was tested in a 24-14 win at Boston College. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 10/14/2013

Week 6 NFL Pro Football Picks
Plenty of solid games in week six of the NFL season, including the Packers at Ravens, Lions at Browns, Saints at Patriots, Redskins at Cwboys and Monday night's Colts at San Diego shootout. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 10/9/2013

NCAA College Football Week 7 Picks
Another great weekend of games begins Thursday night when Louisville sees a 6-0 mark when they host Rutgers. Noon games on Saturday include Pitt at West Virginia, Missouri at Georgia and the annual Oklahoma-Texas bash. Late games include some good ones: Floria is at LSU, Oregon plays at Washington and Stanford travels to Utah. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 10/8/2013

Few Changes in NCAA Football Week 6 Rankings
There were no upsets in week six, despite three games between ranked opponents, though the games were close enough that only one team - #25 Maryland - was dropped from the Top 25. Sixteen teams remain unbeaten; the other nine in the Top 25 have one loss each. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 10/7/2013

Week 5 NFL Pro Football Picks
After Thursday night's battle for Lake Erie between Buffalo and Cleveland, Sunday's big games include the Saints at Bears, Patriots at Bengals, Lions at Packers, Seahawks at Colts and Chiefs at Titans. The Sunday night feature of Houston at San Francisco is a battle between 2-2 teams. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 10/2/2013

NCAA College Football Week 6 Picks
There's a full slate of solid college games on tap this weekend, but fans must be patient until Saturday night when four undefeated teams are featured on national TV. Ohio State travels to Northwestern, and Stanford welcomes in the Washington Huskies. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 10/1/2013

Six Losses in NCAA Football Week 5 Rankings
Losses by LSU, Oklahoma State and four other teams set up a shakeout in the latest college football rankings, though the top teams rolled on and continue to dominate. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 9/30/2013

NFL Pro Football Picks for Week 4
Some intriguing match-ups await NFL fans as the season reaches the 1/4 mark. Thursday night's 49ers at Rams game kicks off the weekend, and Sunday's featured games are Chicago at Detroit, Seattle at Houston, the Jets at Tennessee and Philadelphia a big underdog at Denver. Monday night's Miami at New Orleans game is a battle of 3-0 teams. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 9/25/2013

Week 5 NCAA College Football Picks
A number of key games taking place within conferences this weekend, including Ole Miss at Alabama and LSU at Georgia in the SEC. In the Big Ten, it's Wisconsin at Ohio State, while in the PAC-12 the featured game is Arizona at Washington in a battle of 3-0 teams. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 9/24/2013

Few Changes to NCAA Football Week 4 Rankings
With the first 20 of the Top 25 teams either winning or having the week off, there was little movement in the rankings this week, though Arizona State was dropped out after losing to Stanford. 4-0 Maryland completes the Top 25, with five ACC teams in the mix. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 9/23/2013

Week 3 NFL Pro Football Picks
With a couple of games under their collective belts, the season suddenly gets more serious as teams begin to compile tape and data on the opposition. Important games this week include Kansas City at Philadelphia on Thursday night, then on Sunday, Green Bay at Cincinnati, Arizona at New England, Indianapolis at San Francisco and Monday night's fateful Oakland at Denver contest. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 9/18/2013

Week 4 NCAA College Football Picks
No huge blockbuster games this weekend, but plenty of action as Clemson visits NC State on Thursday, Boise St. travels to Fresno St. Friday and Saturday's choice games include Tennessee at Florida, Michigan St. at Notre Dame, Arizona St. at Stanford and Auburn at LSU. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 9/17/2013

NCAA College Football Week 3 Rankings
Even Johnny Football couldn't hold back the Crimson Tide and Oregon proved it deserved the top spot with a mashing of some Volunteers. Ohio State survived a week without Braxton Miller and the UCLA Bruins and other PAC-12 teams made the Big Ten look silly. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 9/16/2013

NFL Pro Football Week 2 Picks
The key match-up in Week Two is San Francisco at Seattle, in prime time Sunday night. Prior to that, some other interesting games include the Jets at New England (Thursday), the Redskins at Green Bay, New Orleans at Tampa Bay and Denver at the Giants, in a late-Sunday-afternoon battle of brothers, Peyton and Eli. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 9/11/2013

NCAA College Football Week 3 Picks
Make no doubt about it, the big game this weekend is Alabama at Texas A&M, where the consensus best team in the nation meets Johnny Manziel and the Aggies for SEC braggadocio. There are some other key games this weekend, including TCU at Texas Tech on Thursday night, and on Saturday, Louisville at Kentucky, UCLA at Nebraska, Washington at Illinois, Notre Dame at Purdue and Wisconsin at Arizona State. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 9/10/2013

NCAA College Football Week 2 Rankings
It was a rocky week two in college football, as South Carolina, Texas, Notre Dame and Florida all took losses and were bounced from the rankings. Georgia regained some status and the #1 Ducks flew over Virginia. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 9/10/2013

NFL Pro Football Week 1 Picks
The pro football season gets underway Thursday night with a playoff rematch between the Broncos and champion Ravens in Denver, then follows up on Sunday with key games, including the Begals visiting the Bears, Minnesota at Detroit, Atlanta at New Orleans, Green Bay at San Francisco and the Giants at Dallas. The opening weekend concludes Monday with a double-header: the Eagles visit RG3 and the Redskins; later, the Chargers host the Texans. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 9/4/2013

Fearless College Football Week 2 Picks
After a rousing, though somewhat predictable, week one, some key games emerge in the second weekend of the college football season. While the Thursday and Friday games are non-descript, Saturday includes Florida at Miami, Oregon at Virginia, a key SEC clash as South Carolina visits Georgia, and a nationally-televised tilt when Michigan hosts Notre Dame at 8:00 pm EDT. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 9/4/2013

NCAA College Football Week 1 Rankings
Who's #1? Here's a hint: It's not, like the major polls believe, Alabama. Downtown Magazine's NCAA Top 25 Rankings, 9/3/2013

Preseason Week 4 NFL Pro Football Picks
All of the pro games are on Thursday night, giving the NFL teams some extra rest time before the regular season goes live in a week. Also, most teams don't use their starters much, if at all, especially in the offensive talent positions like QB, RB and WR, so don't expect to see the stars doing anything but posing on the sidelines. A few games worth noting may be the Giants vs. New England, Houston at Dallas and the Colts at the Bengals. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 8/28/2013

2013 College Football Kickoff Weekend
At last, the college football season is upon us, with an excellent slate of games to start the festivities off with a bang. The premiere game is Alabama vs. Virginia Tech on Saturday, but with games each day from Thursday through Monday there's viewing interest all weekend long. Some key games are Purdue at Cincinnati, North Carolina at South Carolina, Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, Georgia at Clemson and Monday night's Florida State-Pitt contest. Fearless Rick's College Football Picks, 8/28/2013

NCAA College Football Top 25 Preview
Alabama seeks its thrid straight national championship while the Ohio State Buckeyes seek to repeat their 12-0 season after being suspended a year ago. Where are Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies ranked? And what about those Ducks from Oregon? The entire Top 25 of College Football's elite is revealed just a week before the regular season begins. Fearless Rick's College Football Top 25 Preview, 8/22/2013

Pro Football NFL Preseason Picks for Week 3
Preseason takes on a more serious tone as starters get much more playing time, tuning up for the regular season. Top games this weekend include a pair of Thursday games, New England at Detroit and Carolina at Baltimore. Friday's premier match-up is Seattle at Green Bay, with Saturday featuring the Bills at Redskins, Browns at Colts and the Rams at Broncos. Sunday wraps up with the Saints at Houston and San Francisco hosting the Vikings . Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 8/20/2013

Week 2 NFL Preseason Picks
After the Hall of Fame Game and Week 1 of preseason in the books, Fearless Rick is off to an 8-9 start, but Week 2 of the Preseason looms boldly with an excellent slate of games, most of which will not be seen except in local markets. The best of the bunch would be Saturday's Denver at Seattle tilt, a possible Super Bowl pairing, followed by the Colts at Giants, Dolphins at Texans and Minnesota at Buffalo. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 8/13/2013

NFL Preseason Week 1 Picks
A full slate of games on tap for the true opening weekend of preseason, highlighted by the Broncos at San Francisco. Other interesting match-ups include Baltimore at Tampa Bay, New England at Philadelphia, Houston at Minnesota and the Giants at Pittsburgh. Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks, 8/6/2013

Hall of Fame Game
It's the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Miami Dolphins in the opening preseason game for the NFL at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. While the starters may get playing time limited to the first quarter or first few series, there will be no shortage of prospects worth a peek as both squads seek a return to the playoffs in 2013. Fearless Rick's Football Picks, 8/3/2013

How About A Little Football?
Training camps are opening up in the NFL and the Hall of Fame game is less than two weeks away, so it's time for another season of Fearless Rick's Pro & College Football Picks. We're starting things off with early releases of our division-by-division team previews in the NFL on the following schedule (links added as pages go live):
AFC East - July 22
AFC North - July 23
AFC South - July 25
AFC West - July 26
NFC East - July 28
NFC North - July 30
NFC South - August 1
NFC West - August 2
Fearless Ricks Pro & College Football Picks, 7/22/2013

Baseball Blog Adds Trivia Feature
In addition to presenting the AL and NL Players of the Day, Baseball on Deck has added a new feature to test your baseball smarts. Beginning today, the popular blog will present a daily trivia question with the answer the following day. Baseball on Deck, 5/10/2013

Gold and Silver Mania Building
As central banks globally debase currencies in a race to the bottom, citizens are awakening to the realities of precious metals in huge numbers. The rise of premiums in the face of impending shortages of physical metal has not slowed the insatiable buying spree. Money Daily, 4/30/2013

Louisville captured the NCAA national championship in men's basketball with an 82-76 victory over the Michigan Wolverines. Peyton Sive, Luke Hancock and Chane Behanan led the Cardinals. College Basketball Daily, 4/8/2013

The annual rites of Spring for college basketball have come down to four for the national championship. Late Saturday afternoon, Louisville meets the Shockers from Wichita State. Afterwards, Syracuse and Michigan clash in the other national semifinal, the winners advancing to Monday night's title game. College Basketball Daily, 4/4/2013

Let's Get Swinging!
Major League Baseball officially opened the 2013 regular season with a slate of 12 games on Monday with four more AL teams ready to go on Tuesday. Get highlights and see the Players of the Day for both leagues every day, at Baseball on Deck, 4/2/2013

March Madness: A Two-Fer!
Depending on your choices for entertainment, March is serving up madness in two distinct forms this year, either in the usual manner of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship or the incredible financial dealings that have embroiled the island nation of Cyprus. College Basketball Daily, Money Daily 3/18/2013

Epic Fail: Marissa Mayer, Ron Johnson, Tim Cook and the Cult of Mediocrity
Walking in the footsteps of giants is never and easy task, but these three poseurs have taken the message of the Peter Principle to new levels. Money Daily, 3/12/2013

It's March! Get Your Hoops Up!
Conference tournaments are underway with just a week until Selection Sunday. Follow all the NCAA basketball tournament action at College Basketball Daily. College Basketball Daily, 3/10/2013

St. Valentine's Day Mascara
Recession deepens in Europe; George Soros makes $1 billion in under four months and Fearless Rick thinks the market algos have it all wrong... plus, a guest appearance by Rick Santelli. Money Daily, 2/14/2013

Super Bowl XLVII
Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

It's being hailed at the Har-Bowl, as bothers Jim and John Harbaugh match wits and on-field muscle in the ultimate football game. Kickoff is 6:30 pm ET on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Superdome in New Orleans. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 1/27/2013

Fearless Rick's NFL Picks: Conference Championships
For the right to go to the Super Bowl, San Francisco heads to Atlanta in the NFC title game, after which, New England hosts Baltimore for the AFC Championship. Both games commence Sunday afternoon, the winners to meet in Super Bowl XLVII, on February 3rd in New Orleans. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 1/16/2013

Fearless Rick's NFL Picks: Divisional Round
Four great games covering the NFL playoff weekend starts with Baltimore at Denver, followed by Green Bay at San Francisco on Sautrday. Sunday's festivities include the early game, Seattle at Atlanta, with the wrap-up at New England, where the Patriots host the Texans. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 1/10/2013

Toast of the Town: Post-Holiday, Post-Fiscal Ciff, Post-Apocalypse Edition

We saved up the quotes we heard from the past month or so and put them all in one post-everything post. Toast of the Town, 1/10/2013

The Unvarnished Truth (or at least the patina)
As previously promised and still undelivered: the Who's Who's list of the demise of the print edition of Downtown Magazine, lo, those many years ago. From the Publisher's Desk, 1/10/2013

Crimson Tide Rolls Over Notre Dame, 42-14, Wins national Championship
Capturing their third national championship in four years and second in a row, the Alabama Crimson Tide are national champions of college football after disgracing the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The Irish failed to live up to the hype of their undefeated record and the game was over early. Downtown Magazine's College Football Top 25, 1/8/2013

BCS National Championship Picks
It's the Crimson Tide and the Fighting Irish for all the marbles in Monday night's BCS National Championship game. 12-1 Alabama will try to defend its 2011-12 national title against 12-0 Notre Dame, playing for the national championship for the first time in 20 years. Ought to be one heck of a defensive struggle as the teams are not only 1-2 in the BCS rankings, but are also ranked 1-2 on defense. Fearless Rick's College Bowl Picks, 1/4/2013

Fearless Rick's NFL WILD CARD Picks
It's wild card weekend in the NFL, with the Texans hosting the Bengals and the Vikings traveling to play the Packers in Green Bay on Saturday. Sunday has the Ravens hosting the Colts, followed by the battle of rookie QBs, as Washington hosts Seattle. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 1/3/2013

NCAA College Football BCS Bowl Picks
Analysis and picks for the Rose (Wisconsin vs. Stanford), Orange (Northern Illinois vs. Florida State), Sugar (Louisville vs. Florida) and Fiesta (Kansas State vs. Oregon) bowls. Fearless Rick's College Bowl Picks, 12/30/2012

NCAA College Football Week 4 Bowl Picks
All the non-BCS New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Bowl games covered as the college season wends ultimotely toward the national championship. Big games in this bunch include Clemson vs. LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Nebraska taking on Georgia in the Capital One Bowl and South Carolina vs. Michigan in the Outback Bowl. Fearless Rick's College Bowl Picks, 12/29/2012

Week 17 NFL Pro Football Picks
Playoff spots in the AFC have already been determined, except for the #2 seed and a bye next week, though that will fall to the Broncos if they defeat the 2-14 Chiefs. The situation in the NFC is a bit murkier, with the key games being Green Bay at Minnesota, Chicago at Detroit, Philadelphia at the Giants, St. ouis at Seattle and the night game, Dallas at Washington, which should determine the NFC East champion. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 12/26/2012

NCAA College Football Week 3 Bowl Picks
As we go deep into the college bowl schedule, we find three games Friday and five on Saturday, highlighted by the match-ups of Oregon State and Texas in the Alamo Bowl and TCU vs. Michigan State in the Valley of the Sun Bowl. Fearless Rick's College Bowl Picks, 12/25/2012

Week 16 NFL Pro Football Picks
The penultimate week of the NFL regular season featuers three huge games with playoff implications galore. The Steelers host Cincinnati in a must win for both teams; the NY Giants play at Baltimore and Sunday ends with the night game, San Francisco at Seattle. Happy Holidays! Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 12/20/2012

NCAA College Football Week 2 Bowl Picks
Highlighting the holiday football fest ar Washington vs. Boise State in Las Vegas, Cincinnati vs. Duke in the Military Bowl and what could be the highest-scoring game of bowl season, Baylor vs. UCLA in the Holiday Bowl. Fearless Rick's College Bowl Picks, 12/19/2012
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Week 15 NFL Pro Football Picks
Crunch time for teams seeking wild card playoff spots, such as Cinncinnati, which leads off the Week 15 slate with a visit to Philadelphia on Thursday night. Sunday key games include Green Bay at Chicago, the Giants at Atlanta, Denver at Baltimore, Pittsburgh at Dallas and a sensational match-up on Sunday night with the 49ers at New England. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 12/12/2012

Let's Go Bowl-ing! NCAA College Football Week 1 Bowl Picks
The annual marathon of 35 bowl games begins Saturday with Nevada meeting Arizona in the New Mexico Bowl, a Southwest special. Week 1 continues through to next Friday (December 21) when Ball State faces Central Florida in the shabbily-named Beef O'Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg. Fearless Rick's College Bowl Picks, 12/11/2012

Week 15 College Football Rankings
Navy's win over Army improved the Middies to 8-4 on the season, but it wasn't enough to crack the Top 25 rankings, which remain unchanged. Depending on bowl outcomes, Navy could still squeak into the low end in the final rankings , following the national championship. Downtown Magazine's College Football Top 25, 12/10/2012

Week 14 NFL Pro Football Picks
Coming off back-to-back 10-5-1 weeks picking the pros, Fearless Rick is on a roll and offers selections on all 16 games this weekend. Key match-ups include Baltimore at Washington, Dallas at Cincinnati, Detroit at Green Bay and Monday night's Houston at New England battle. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 12/5/2012

NCAA College Football Week 15 Pick: Army vs. Navy
With the regular season and conference championships complete and bowl selections made, the annual Army-Navy game is the only contest on the slate this week as college football takes a break prior to its 35-bowl game extravaganza. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 12/4/2012

Alabama Wins SEC, will Meet Notre Dame for National Championship: Week 14 College Football Rankings
The Crimson Tide of Alabama barely lapped over the Georgia Bulldogs in a 32-28 SEC Championship game victory, enough to annoit Alabama with the right to meet the undefeated Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on January 7 for the National Championship. The other BCS Bowl pairings - in the Orange, Fiesta, Sugar and Rose - have also been set. Downtown Magazine's College Football Top 25, 12/3/2012

Toast of the Town: Cold, hard edition
Nothing like unblemished truth to bring out the worst in people. Of course, our latest litany of quotations were not intentionally horrible, they just came out that way. Toast of the Town, 12/1/2012

Fearless Rick's NFL Pro Football Picks for Week 13
No more bye weeks, no more excuses. It's week 13 and time to man up as the Saints face a must-win proposition in Atlanta Thursday night, then, on Sunday, key match-ups include Seattle at Chicago, Indy at Detroit, Tampa Bay at Denver and Pittsburgh at Baltimore. All this gets capped off by the Giants traveling to Washington on Monday night. No crying, either. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 11/28/2012

Championship Week: College Football Week 14 Picks
Title are up for grabs in multiple conferences. On Thursday night, Louisville invades Rutgers for the Big East crown, on Friday the MAC and PAC-12 are settled as Northern Illinois meets Kent State and UCLA travels to Stanford. Saturday features the SEC, where Alabama tangles with Georgia, the winner ostensibly to meet Notre Dame for the national championship, and the Big Ten, with Nebraska in a return engagement at Wisconsin. Kansas State can wrap up the Big 12 with a victory over Texas and Florida State meets Georgia Tech to decide the ACC. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 11/27/2012

Notre Dame Remains Undefeated, to Play SEC Champ for National Title: Week 13 College Football Rankings
Notre Dame's return to prominence was completed with a 22-13 win over USC, as the Fighting Irish ended their regular season at 12-0, setting up a national championship game between the Irish and the winner of the upcoming SEC championship between Alabama and Georgia. Downtown Magazine's College Football Top 25, 11/26/2012

Week 12 NFL Pro Football Picks
A holiday cornucopia of NFL action includes a trio of Thanksgiving Day games, with the Texans visiting the Lions early, Washington at Dallas just in time to interrupt dinner and New england at the Jets capping off festivities. The best of Sunday's action includes the Falcons at the Bucs, San Francisco at New Orleans and Green Bay at the Giants. Should prove enjoyable. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 11/21/2012

Rivalry Week: NCAA College Football Week 13 Picks
A feast of college football this holdiay weekend, beginning with TCU at Texas on Thanksgiving, a huge slate of games on Friday and some top rivalries Saturday including Michigan at Ohio State, Oregon at Oregon State, Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, Stanford at UCLA and the two biggest games of the weekend, Florida at Florida State and #1 Notre Dame at USC. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 11/20/2012

Oregon, K-State Lose, Notre Dame is #1: Week 12 College Football Rankings
The frenzy of college football got even more intense in week 12, as two of the three top-ranked teams, Kansas State and Oregon, saw their hopes of a ntional title go down in flames, while Notre Dame continued perfect with a 38-0 win over Wake Forest. Fearless Rick's College Football Top 25, 11/19/2012

NFL Pro Football Picks for Week 11
Plenty on the line for a handful of teams in key games this weekend, including the Packers visiting Detroit, Arizona at Atlanta, Indianapolis at New England, San Diego at Denver, Baltimore at Pittsburgh and Monday night's Bears at 49ers clash. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 11/14/2012

NCAA College Football Week 12 Picks
Highlights for Week 12 include a Wednesday night MAC tilt with Toledo at Northern Illinois, the annual Southern Cal ritual of USC vs. UCLA, Rutgers at Cincinnati, and the three remaining unbeaten teams with a shot at a national championship - Notre Dame, Kansas State and Oregon - all in action on Saturday. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 11/13/2012

Tide Rolls Out, Ducks Fly In: Oregon is Number One - Week 11 Top 25 College Rankings
#1 Alabama was taken down at home by Texas A&M, and the beneficiary was all of college football, but especially Oregon, which took over the top position, Notre Dame and Kansas State, all of which remain unbeaten, throwing the BCS into a tantrum. Fearless Rick's College Football Top 25, 11/12/2012

Indiana tops the preseason rankings and the Hoosiers proved their mettle with a 97-54 win, but unheralded Dee Davis of Xavier grabbed the season's first Player of the Day honor with a notable performance. Follow the entire college hoops season and check out the Player of the Day, every day on College Basketball Daily, 10/30/2012

Week 10 NFL Pro Football Picks
Some entertaining games in store for NFL fans this weekend, like the Chargers at Tampa Bay, Atlanta at New Orleans, Detroit at Minnesota, Dallas at Philadelphia and Sunday night's Houston at Chicago tilt, as teams begin to line up or fall out of contention for playoff spots. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 11/7/2012

Week 11 Picks for NCAA College Football
It's getting late, with some teams - like Georgia - closing out their conference schedules. The Bulldogs play at Auburn, while Alabama returns home to host a solid Texas A&M team. Elsewhere, Florida State travels to Virginia Tech on Thursday night, and on Saturday, Louisville plays at Syracuse, Stanford hosts Oregon State, Penn State plays at Nebraska and Kansas State travels to TCU. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 11/6/2012

Week 10 Top 25 College Rankings
All six undefeated teams won in Week 10. Alabama and Notre Dame survived close calls, while Louisville, Kansas State and Oregon had easier times. Ohio State, which at 10-0 cannot play in thepost-season due to sanctions was the easiest winner of all. Fearless Rick's College Football Top 25, 11/5/2012

Toast of the Town: Election Edition

Most of our unattributed quotes from the past fortnight have little or nothing to do with politics or the election, but we thought it would make for a catchy title. Toast of the Town, 11/5/2012

Why Obama Should Win Easily (and why he may not)
Thankfully, the silly season of presidential politics will come to a conclusion on Tuesday... we hope, and the clear winner will be President Obama. From the Publisher's Desk, 11/3/2012

NFL Pro Football Picks for Week 9
As all teams will have played either eight or nine games by the end of this weekend, the midpoint of the season has just one unbeaten team, the Falcons, who host the Cowboys in the Sunday night game. Monday has the Eagles at the Saints, both teams desperate for wins, while Sunday's lineup includes quality match-ups, Pittsburgh at the Giants, Minnesota at Seattle and Denver at Cincinnati. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 10/31/2012

NCAA College Football Week 10 Picks
Top-ranked Alabama faces another test when the Crimson Tide heads to LSU; Oregon visits PAC-12 rival USC; Kansas State hosts Oklahoma Sate and Pitt visits Notre Dame as six teams remain undefeated, Ohio State and Louisville among them. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 10/30/2012

Week 9 Top 25 College Rankings: And Then There Were Six
Five college football teams tasted defeat for the first time and 10 of the Top 25 overall took losses, as ranked teams generally took a beating. The number of unbeaten teams is down to just six, led by Alabama, Oregon, Notre Dame and Kansas State. Fearless Rick's College Football Top 25, 10/29/2012

NFL Pro Football Picks for Week 8
Mid-season in the NFL means it's time to separate the contenders from the pretenders, which means the important games will be New England at St. Louis, Atlanta at Philadelphia, Seattle at Detroit, the Giants at Dallas, New Orleans at Denver and San Francisco at Arizona. Those should be enough, but we've picked them all. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 10/24/2012

NCAA College Football Week 9 Picks
A slew of teams putting unbeaten records on the line this week, including Louisville, Florida, Kansas State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Oregon State and Mississippi State. With the final weekend of October, it's put up or shut up time in the NCAA. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 10/23/2012

Week 8 Top 25 College Rankings: No Change in Top 10
The first ten teams in Downtown Magazine's Top 25 rankings were all winners in Week 8, producing no change at the top, but many teams were falling out from the lower rungs. Fearless Rick's College Football Top 25, 10/22/2012

Saturdays Can Be Dangerous Places
With excess surrounding him while thowing all care to the proverbial wind, Fearless Rick embarks on setting a new, painfully awkward path for online journalism, re-creating some of the more popular features from the aged (1980s) print edition of the original Unbound Magazine. From the Publisher's Desk, 10/20/2012 (yeah, it's a 7)

Week 7 NFL Pro Football Picks
Cruising toward the halfway point of the regular season, a number of divisional games highlight week seven in the NFL, including Thursday's Seattle at San Francisco contest, Sunday's Washington at NY Giants, Jets at New England, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati and Monday night's Detroit at Chicago games. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 10/17/2012

Fearless Rick's Week 8 College Football Picks
Passing the halfway point of the college football season, the big names have some big games, such as Oregon at Arizona State (Thursday), South Carolina at Florida, LSU at Texas A&M, Rutgers at Temple and #1 Alabama at Tennessee. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 10/16/2012

Week 7 Top 25 Rankings: South Carolina, West Virginia Go Down
Wiht #3 South Carolina and #4 West Virginia bounced by LSU and Texas Tech, respectively, there was a bit of a shakeup in the Top 25 Rankings after Week 7 results. Fearless Rick's College Football Top 25, 10/15/2012

Week 6 NFL Pro Football Picks
There's plenty of shuffling going on in the NFL, and with 14 games on the slate this week, the big games look to be the Giants at San Francisco, Dallas at Baltimore, Green Bay at Houston and Monday night's Denver at San Diego contest. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 10/10/2012

NCAA College Football Picks for Week 7
After a rash of upsets in the Top 25 in Week 6, top-ranked Alabama gets back to action against SEC newcomer Missouri, Stanford visits Notre Dame, Iowa State hosts unbeaten Kansas State and South Carolina travels to the Bayou to play LSU. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 10/9/2012

Week 6 Top 25 Rankings: CARNAGE: Nine Top 25 Teams Suffer Losses
Lots of changes after LSU, Georgia, Texas, TCU and others went down in defeat. Fearless Rick's College Football Top 25, 10/8/2012

NFL Pro Football Picks: Week 5
Key match-ups for Week 5 include a divisional clashes, Arizona at St. Louis, on Thursday, and conference games of importance, Atlanta at Washington, Denver at New england, Houston at the Jets and cross-conference games, Philadelphia at Pittsburgh and San Diego at winless New Orleans. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 10/3/2012

Week 6 NCAA College Football Picks
USC tackles Utah Thursday night to kick off Week 6, followed by solid conference games, like Arizona at Stanford, Oklahoma at Texas Tech, LSU at Florida, west Virginia at Texas and the big one in the SEC, Georgia at South Carolina. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 10/3/2012

Week 5 Top 25 Rankings: Top 10 Remains Intact, Stanford, Michigan State, Baylor Dumped
All Top 10 teams emerged from Week 5 unscathed, with victories in tow, except for Notre Dame, which was idle. Stanford was stunned by Washington, while Michigan State and Baylor exit the rankings after narrow losses. Fearless Rick's College Football Top 25, 10/3/2012

NFL Pro Football Picks for Week 4
As we reach the end of the NFL's first quarter, replacement refs have become a thorny issue not soon to be resolved, but the games must go on. The key match-ups this week include New England at Buffalo, San Francisco at the Jets, Carolina at Atlanta, New Orleans at Green Bay and the Giants visiting the Eagles. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 9/26/2012

NCAA College Football Picks Week 5
With conference play heating up, there are a good number of interesting clashes this weekend , starting with Thursday night's Stanford at Washington game, then proceeding to Saturday when Baylor visits West Virginia in a battle of unbeatens, Michigan State hosts Ohio State, Texas plays at Oklahoma State and Nebraska hosts Wisconsin. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 9/25/2012

Top 10 Shakeup as Oklahoma, Clemson Fall
NCAA College Football Week 4 Rankings: It wasn't another #1 team getting taken down, but close enough, ads Kansas State traveled to Oklahoma and shook up the Sooners, 24-19. #8 Clemson also lost, beaten by Florida State, 49-37, in a wild one. Fearless Rick's College Football Top 25, 9/24/2012

NFL Week 3 Pro Football Picks
A number of key games involving unbeatens take place in week three, including the Eagles at Arizona and the Falcons traveling to San Diego. Other important contests pit the Giants vs. the Panthers in Carolina, Thursday night, along with Cincinnati at Washington and Houston at Denver, on Sunday. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 9/19/2012

NCAA Week 4 College Football Picks
Get ready for some high-profile games this weekend such as Thursday night's Boise State-BYU clash, then on Saturday enjoy Missouri at South Carolina, Oregon St. at UCLA, Michigan at Notre Dame, Clemson at Florida State or Arizona at Oregon, to name just a few. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 9/18/2012

USC Stunned by Stanford; Crimson Tide Rises to #1
NCAA College Football Week 2 Rankings: It didn't take long for college football to get really interesting as the USC Trojans, positioned at #1 in Downtown Magazine's Top 25 rankings, were whipped by their upstate rival, Stanford, 21-14, Saturday night.Fearless Rick's College Football Top 25, 9/17/2012

NFL Week 2 Pro Football Picks
Week One was fun, with a number of classy returns to action and a number of surprises, and week two should provide plenty of entertainment as the Packers try to rebound from an opening weekend defeat by hosting the Bears on Thursday night, followed on Sunday by some intriguing match-ups like Baltimore at Philadelphia, the Jets at Pittsburgh, Detroit at San Francisco and Monday night's Denver at Atlanta hook-up. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 9/12/2012

Week 3 NCAA College Football Picks
Plenty of epic clashes this weekend in college football, beginning with a Big East showdown between Rutgers and South Florida on Thursday night, while Saturday features Florida at Tennessee, Notre Dame at Michigan State, USC at Stanford and surprising Arizona State traveling into SEC territory to take on Missouri. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 9/11/2012

NCAA College Football Week 2 Rankings
There was carnage in the Midwest and SEC as Wisconsin, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Nebraska suffered early-season demise while the top eight remained unscathed and the PAC-12 outshined all other conferences. Fearless Rick's College Football Top 25, 9/10/2012

Week 2 College Football Picks
College football's second week of action includes some key match-ups, beginning with Thursday night's Big East cash between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. On Saturday, some of the heavyweights are involved, as Washington travles to LSU, Syracuse meets USC, Notre Dame hosts Purdue and Georgia visits Missouri. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 9/6/2012

NFL Season Opens! Week 1 Football Picks
At long last - and a day early - the NFL regular season begins with a NFC East tilt placing the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands on Wednesday night. Sunday's high-value games include Indianapolis at Chicago, San Francisco at Green Bay, Pittsburgh at Denver. Monday night offers a double-header of Cincinnati at Baltimore and San Diego at Oakland. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 9/5/2012

College Football Week 1 Rankings
USC lived up to its preseason billing as the top college team in the nation, beating Hawaii handily, while Oklahoma State, ranked #16, threw up the biggest score of the opening weekend with an 84-0 whitewash of tiny Savannah. Complete rankings though Monday's Virginia Tech win with notes on top prformances. Fearless Rick's College Football Top 25, 9/4/2012

College Football Week 1 2012 Picks
It must be time to get the kids back to school, because college football is kicking off another season of thrills. Week 1 featured games include South Carolina at Vanderbilt, Washington State at Boise State, Michigan vs. Alabama and Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 8/29/2012

NFL Week 4 Preseason Picks
The final prep for the regular season begins and ends early for the pros and fans alike, providing time to get rested over the Labor Day weekend before the real action begins in earnest. With most starters sitting this one out, the focus is on the winless Jets landing in Philadelphia, Seattle looking to win four straight while hosting Kansas City and a Super Bowl rematch between the Giants and the Patriots. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 8/29/2012

Week 3 NFL Preseason Picks
After a so-so 7-10 start to the first week including the Hall of fame game, Fearless Rick got the engines going with a stellar 11-5 record ATS in Week 2 of NFL Preseason. Looking to stay in positive figures in Week 3, there are some tasty games on tap, like the Packers at Bengals, the Bears at Giants, Indianapolis at Washington, featuring the top two draft picks, Andrew Luck and RG3, San Francisco at Denver, and, Sunday night's Panthers-Jets clash. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 8/22/2012

USC Heads College Football Preseason Top 25
Senior Matt Barkley returns at quarterback for the Trojans as the #1 team in Downtown Magazine's preseason Top 25 rankings. After spending the last two years on probation, the Trojans are poised to have a breakout year, with one of the best offenses in the country and a defense that should improve as the season progresses. Fearless Rick's College & NFL Picks, 8/19/2012

King Felix Finds Perfection
Following Philip Humber of the White Sox and the Giants' Matt Cain, Seattle's Felix Hernandez threw the third perfect game and sixth no hitter of the season, as the Mariners blanked the Rays, 1-0. The perfect performance was the first for a Mariners' hurler in the franchise's 34-year history and the 23rd perfect game in major league history. Baseball on Deck, 8/15/2012

NFL Preseason Week 2 Fearless Picks
With the second game of preseason comes more time on the field for starters, so this week the practice games are going to feel much more like the real thing than many of last week's foible-filled fiascos did. Strong games can be expected between the likes of Indy and Pittsburgh, New england and Philadelphia, San Francisco and Houston, and, of course, the annual Jets-Giants clash in New Jersey. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 8/15/2012

College Football Preseason Top 25 Countdown
With the regular season less than three weeks away, it's time to take a look at the preseason favorites to challenge for the top spots in the NCAA. With a look at teams ranked 11-25, the countdown begins for the reveal of the Top Ten, which will be presented on Friday, August 19. Fearless Rick's College & NFL Picks, 8/15/2012

First Full Week of Preseason Games
All 32 NFL teams will take to the fields across the country for the opening week of the NFL preseason schedule and Downtown magazine has all the picks for all the games. Some intriguing match-ups for the opening weekend include the Jets at Cincinnati, Denver at Chicago, where Peyton manning will be in action for the Broncos, and Pittburgh at Philadelphia. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 8/8/2012

Fearless Rick Picks the Hall of Fame Game
Sunday marks the official opening of preseason in the NFL, with the Arizona Cardinals meeting the New Orleans Saints in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio. Fearless Rick is back with his usual uncanny insight of the first of many more NFL picks to come as the season gets underway. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 8/2/2012

Why Nothing Matters Any More
The week ends with a two-day hot-air rally fueled by promises from European leaders as the US economy grew at the paltry rate of 1.5% in the second quarter. With that number prompting speculation for another round of QE from the Fed, stock jockeys were laying down on the buy side of stocks, ignoring the longer term reality in hopes of booking quick profits. Money Daily, 7/27/2012

Football Fever is Just a Few Weeks Away
The pros are heading to training camps across the country, and the Hall of Fame game is less than two weeks away, so Downtown Magazine is pleased to kick off the 2012 season with our Pro Football divisional previews, beginning with the NFC North, home to the World Champion NY Giants. The rest of the divisional outlooks will be rolled out every few days over the next two weeks. Check back here - when the division goes blue (live link) it's been posted.
NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | NFC West
AFC East | AFC North | AFC South | AFC West
Fearless Rick's Pro and College Football Picks, 7/2012

Matt Cain Throws Perfect Game for Giants
San Francisco's Matt Cain joined the elite company of 21 other major league hurlers with a perfect game in a 10-0 Giant win over Houston Wednesday night. His performance was the second perfecto in the majors the season and fourth no-hitter. Cain fanned a career high 14 batters, improving his record to 8-2.Baseball on Deck, 6/14/2012

Week's Events Point to Global Collapse; Max Keiser Speaks Out on Germany Bank Downgrade, Global Economy
Following a horrific month of May, upheaval in Europe progressively worsens as the gloabl economy spirals out of the control of governments or financial institutions. Max Keiser weighs in with a brutal outlook; the 40s are recreated with the Glenn Miller Band. Money Daily, 6/8/2012

Johan Santana Tosses First Mets' No-Hitter
In the 51st season of their existence, a Mets' pitcher, Johan Santana, finally threw a no hitter, as the Mets pounded the Cardinals 8-0. Santana, returning from a year off due to injury, threw 137 pitches in the historic feat. Baseball on Deck, 6/2/2012

Dow Erases All 2012 Gains; Global Depression Dead Ahead
May's Non-Farm Payroll Employment Report set off a vicious cliff-dive on the major indices, while Europe continues to slide deeper into recession. After one of the worst equity performances for the month of May in history, June starts out with a chilling reminder that the global financial problems are still nowhere near being solved. Money Daily, 6/1/2012

Correction, Crash, Deflation, Depression: the Superfecta of Fraud
Fearless Rick goes out of bounds in a scathing indictment of the current economic and political climate and sees nothing but trouble ahead. Money Daily, 5/14/2012

Storm of Events Leading Markets and Economies Down Financial Abyss
From industrial output in China to the resignation of the Dutch parliament to Wal-Mart bribes to Social Secirity running out of money, all the news and events of Monday were enough to send global markets screaming for mercy. Money Daily, 4/21/2012

Philip Humber Hurls 21st MLB Perfect Game
29-year-old Chicago White Sox starter, Philip Humber, set down 27 Seattle Mariners in order on Saturday to become the latest to achieve baseball's most elite record. Baseball on Deck, 4/21/2012

Hot Hitters and Power Pitchers
The National League regular season opens tonight with the Wolrd Champion St. Louis Cardinals playing at the revitalized Miami Marlins. the game will be broadcast live on ESPN, with both leagues getting their seasons going through the weekend. Fans and fantasy players can stay up-to-date with Downtown Magazine's players of the day at Baseball on Deck, 4/4/2012

Kentucky Wildcats Capture 8th National Championship
With a 67-59 victory in the NCAA Tournament Final, Kentucky downed Kansas to complete a sensational 38-2 season and take the men's basketball national championship, the 8th for the Wildcats and a deserving first for coach John Calipari, the third-year head coach of Kentucky. Doron Lamb was the game's high scorer, with 22 points as the SEC finished well above the rest in the Conference Tournament Scoreboard. College Basketball Daily, 4/3/2012

The final weekend of the college hoops season is upon us, as Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State and Kansas proceed to the Final Four in New Orleans. A pair of semi-final games on Satruday - Kentucky vs. Louisville; Ohio State vs. Kansas - will deterime the ultimate national championship in the final on Monday night. Check out Thursday's Kentucky-Louisville preview and Friday's Ohio State-Kansas analysis at College Basketball Daily, 3/29/2012

More Madness: Sweet Sixteen
All of the #1 seeds are still alive, but Duke and Missouri, a pair of #2s, were knocked off over the weekend, busting up even the best of brackets. March Madness gets a little wilder in the round of 16. Keep up with the latest previews, scores and recaps at College Basketball Daily, 3/22/2012

Better Know Your Brackets: Stats, Info and Free Contest Links
Little work will get done in America over the next few days as College Hoops fans break down the brackets in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Tournament which begin on Tuesday with a pair of play-in games. Stats and information to help you fill out your brakcets is at College Basketball Daily, 3/12/2012

The March to Madness Continues
VCU, St. Mary's Loyola-Maryland and Davidson each received automatic NCAA bids on Monday by winning their conference tournaments. Stay abreast of the hottest games, biggest college stars and blazing buzzer beaters all through March at College Basketball Daily, 3/6/2012

The Boys of Summer Are Back!
Even though it's been a mild one, a sure sign that Winter is coming to a quick end is the opening of the exhibition season for Major League Baseball. The Cactus League gets things started at 3:05 ET (1:05 MT) when the Mariners visit the A's in Phoenix. Florida's Grapefruit League opens Saturday. Keep up on Players of the Day, every day at Baseball on Deck, 3/2/2012

Numbers Racket: Greece, Euro, Apple, Transports and 100 Dow Points
Stocks have been floating on a cheap high since October; today's events and the corresponding moves in US stock markets suggests that a nasty correction could be just around the corner. Money Daily, 2/15/2012

Giants Defeat Patriots, 21-17, Win Super Bowl XLVI
The New York football Giants knocked off Tom Brady and the Patriots for the second time in four years, as Eli Manning drove New York to the decisive score with under a minute left Manning was named MVP and all of New York is celebrating. Fearless Rick's NFL Picks, 2/6/2012
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