Diddy’s son under fire for accepting well-earned scholarship

Simply put, it’s one of the single stupidest news stories we’ve ever covered here at Crystal Ball Run. But it is news, and it is important, so we’ll touch on it briefly. If only to discuss how truly stupid it is. The “news” centers on a two-star UCLA defensive back recruit Justin Combs, and whether […]


Meeting of the Minds: Did the punishment “fit” the crime at Penn State?

By now, we all know the news on Penn State: The school has been hit with the most egregious punishment in NCAA history. Mark Emmert spoke, and what we now know is that the school is going to get hit with a $60 million fine, the school has been banned from postseason play for four […]


College football off-season survival guide

The college football season may officially be in the books, but for the truly dedicated fans are always a part of Team No Offseason. While the games may be done, we all know there will be plenty to keep those starving for college football conversation busy between now and the start of the new college […]


Dallas Cowboys/Detroit Lions: Thanksgiving Game History

The NFL’s first season was played in the 1920s. During that time, there were six games scheduled to take place on Thanksgiving. Since then, it has become the norm to schedule games on Thanksgiving (Find Thanksgiving NFL Picks at MyBookie). Thanksgiving is an American holiday of great importance. And because the NFL is such a […]


Vikings, Packers Cause NFC North to Reel

The NFC as a whole has been exposed. Everyone who had pinned their hopes on the Vikings and the Packers and who thought things were finally starting to roll in the right direction should have given the Super Bowl betting lines a closer look. When the Packers were 4-2, it was easy to keep faith […]


2017 Pro Bowl Legends Captains Finally Announced

The NFL is throwing the revised ‘unconferenced’ structure out the window for the 2017 Pro Bowl in favor of a more traditional approach; and the list of pro Bowl legends captains isn’t that surprising, featuring an All-Pro Tight End, a Super Bowl XXXV MVP, a Pro Football Hall of Fame Running back and a Former […]

Dec 20, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) yells to the fans before a game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Rams will Try to Get into Beckham’s Head When They Play this Weekend

Since entering the league two years ago, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been targeted by defenses because he rubs them the wrong way and they know they can easily get into his head. On Sunday, NFL fans will be trying to make a little cash with NFL betting odds, one thing […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 09:  Mike Mitchell #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a third quarter sack with Artie Burns #25 while playing the New York Jets at Heinz Field on October 9, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 31-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Steelers Look Like The Best Team In The NFL Right Now

http://gty.im/500273776 After five weeks, the NFL playoff picture appears to be getting clearer for some teams, while some teams that are expected to be in the playoffs are still trying to figure things out. One thing we know for certain after watching five weeks of football, is that the Pittsburgh Steelers, who had one of […]


BIG 12 Struggle to Stay Afloat Two Weeks into the Season

With only two weeks into the season, it would be foolish to make any pronouncements about the future of the Big 12 in 2016. However, a lot of college football picks analysts cannot be faulted for pronouncing doom upon the Big 12. The offseason was an unfortunate mess for the Big 12 for whom the […]


Big 12 Struggling So Far Two Weeks Into the Season

The Big 12 had a very busy offseason dealing with expansion talk, having a conference championship game, and the fallout from the Baylor University scandal. The conference was hoping that when the season started, they will be able to focus on just football, but after the first two weeks, things aren’t looking too good for […]


Colin Kaepernick’s Protest a PR Disaster for NFL

The NFL had barely recovered from Deflategate before Colin Kaepernick’s protest thrust them back into another scandal. The NFL predictions against the spread are quickly taking a back as all eyes turn to the NFL PR Machine. Some people believe that Colin’s actions, his refusal to stand during the playing of the National Anthem could […]

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Mike Zimmer and John Harbaugh Feel New Touchback Rule is Counterproductive

During the off-season, the NFL rules committee continued their attempts to make the game safer by tinkering with kick returns rules, which have led to quite a few complaints from special teams players. A new rule the committee will implement this season and revisit after the season is over is the placement of the ball […]


Must-See Games of the 2016 NFL Season

The NFL regular season is merely a month away. Another year of amazing catches and extraordinary comebacks awaits football fans. While some NFL fans are still embroiled in arguments over NFL expert picks, others are obsessing over the must-watch games of the 2016 season, the most prominent including the following: 10). Patriots/Browns Week 5 While […]

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NFL Players Returning from Injuries Hope to Have Significant Impact this Season

Last season, some of the biggest names in the NFL were forced to miss most of the season, which directly affected the way their team performed. This year, those injured players are healthy and ready to go, which should make a significant difference to how things play out this year. Since their team’s NFL spread […]


Who has the best shot to run the BCS gauntlet?

The polls have had their say and no the computer rankings have caluclated who the top teams in college football are. Alabama is number one, Florida State is second and Oregon and Ohio State are hoping to wiggle in to one of the top two spots over the next seven weeks. Fire up the engines […]