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Super Bowl XLVII: The People’s Championship

Super Bowl BY TROY PHILLIPS

Let’s start with the obvious.

There are those who stake their undying fanhood to each and every one of the 32 teams in the NFL. Somehow, there are even masochists that back futile franchises like the Jaguars and Browns, the kind that make squandering hopes as much the spectacle as anything that takes place on the field each week. But that’s what makes competition work on a national scale: the fist pumping, the floor pacing (ahem, Redskins fans, ahem), the blind faith and broken hearts. The foolhardiness and bandwagon-jumping and bitter rivalry which inevitably result when you align your ambitions with the success of young, athletically-gifted celebrities who showcase their talents on behalf of an assigned city.

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Pro Bowl Weekend: Revamping the NFL’s All-Star Festivities

Photo Credit: Tom Dahlin/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Tom Dahlin/Getty Images

BY MICHAEL CAHILL

In recent years, the NFL has had trouble attracting attention to the Pro Bowl. In 2010, the league moved it from after the Super Bowl to the weekend between the Super Bowl and the Conference championships. While this move does attempt to bring more relevancy to the game by sandwiching it between the two highest watched NFL weekends, it still garners lower ratings than most regular season games. The NFL also moved to a “draft” system this year, much like the NHL and the NBA’s Rising Stars Challenge. While the issue of star players not wanting to injure themselves is an inherent flaw of the Pro Bowl, the NFL can change the format of Pro Bowl weekend to at least make it viable (Roger Goodell reportedly was very close to cancelling the Pro Bowl this year).

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NFL Bowl Week: More Football for All

131223205851-jim-schwartz-t2-single-image-cutBY TROY PHILLIPS

I must say, it feels good to be back! Worry not, I haven’t become some sort of exclamation-slinging maniac (an exclomaniac?) in my time away, I’m just glad to get back to the old grind.

It’s been about a year since we started for the first time here at Poor Scholars, which made me consider doing a “then vs. now” type intro. Then I realized no one wants that, myself included. Sharknado. The Miami Heat. Peyton Manning. Terrio Vines. You get it because you lived it.

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Reaction from all corners: Chicago Bears draft grades

longbearsBY TROY PHILLIPS

The process of evaluating draft picks is, admittedly, a very empty ordeal. Teams, fans, reporters and all other types of evaluators masquerade around acting as if there are a defined set of rules for drafting players, a list of thou shalt, thou shalt nots inscribed across the walls of Radio City Music Hall for all to observe.

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Laching Class: Brian Urlacher burns bridges in Chicago

ChicagoBearsBY TROY PHILLIPS

Two Christmas’ ago, I was in the market for a new go-to Bears jersey.

My old Matt Forte jersey had served me moderately well, but I had outgrown number 22 both in practicality and perception. No longer was he the upstart halfback out of little Tulane; he had become another established commodity on his way to the Pro Bowl. And frankly, that wasn’t how I rolled. A trendsetter in outdated attire, my self-appointed role in the jersey industry was to represent the undiscovered and unappreciated. My Lamar Odom Lakers jersey still stands out as one of my favorites from grade school. I would seriously challenge the world to find another fifth grader who could say the same, much less one who had lived his entire life in Illinois.

There are, of course, exceptions to every rule. Brian Urlacher was no exception. Lach was a standard of his own. And so my choice for a new Bears jersey was never really a choice at all.

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Impressions of the NFL Draft Combine

BY TROY PHILLIPS

The NFL Draft Scouting Combine is currently going on in Indianapolis and prospects from across the country are working out for NFL teams. Poor Scholars asked Troy Phillips, noted NFL draft enthusiast, to watch the combine and take notes on the action. He glady accepted and broke down a few positions of players to watch.

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Prop bets with Poor Scholars

us-money-billsBY RAMBO NOMOLOS

During the Super Bowl, Poor Scholars’ degenerate gambler gambling expert Rambo Nomolos placed 14 prop bets for some extra money for Busch Light and tins of Grizzly. See how Rambo fared and why he made each selection.

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Saturday Special: Poor Scholars Super Bowl preview

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BY POOR SCHOLARS STAFF

The Poor Scholars staff spent part of the week debating important Super Bowl questions like, “Who will win?”, “Which commercial are you looking forward to?”, and most importantly, “If Celebrity Deathmatch were still at halftime, who would you wanna see fight?”

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Ray Lewis and Deer-Antler Extract? WTF?

Photo Credit: NFL/CBS

Photo Credit: NFL/CBS

BY RAMBO NOMOLOS

The big news coming out of yesterday’s media day in the Superdome was of course that Randy Moss is the greatest wide receiver of all time. Well, at least according to Randy Moss, and in case you were too enthralled with this one-man debate to catch anything else, you may have missed another minor story about a player not quite as great as Mr. Moss: Ray Lewis.

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Poor Scholars Pro Bowl recap

Photo Credit: Tom Dahlin/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Tom Dahlin/Getty Images

BY BRIAN GODAR

The Pro Bowl is one of the most important sporting events of the year. Poor Scholars’ Brian Godar caught all of the hard-hitting action and weighed in with his take.

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