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NFL: The NFC by division

Column: RICK SOLEM
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Finally, baseball is over and the NFL is here!

That’s how I feel about it anyway. Then again, I’ve felt that way for most of the summer.

Here’s the NFC by division. I feel like the NFC is a lot more competitive top to bottom than the AFC … except for the Bears. The Bears still suck.

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NFL: The AFC by division

Column: RICK SOLEM
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The Broncos are good. The Jets are bad. J.J. Watt's a beast. Montee Ball could be. And Ray Lewis isn't around anymore to dance ... on the field anyway. What's the over/under on him doing it in studio, two weeks?

Here are my predictions for the AFC divisions this season. The hardest part of picking was who would be the surprise team and who would take a dive this season, since it seems to always happen.

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Minnesota goes all-in on Pek

Column: RICK SOLEM
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The Minnesota Timberwolves finally signed their center. And sign them they did.

Restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic is locked up for five years and $60 million.

I hate it for so many reasons, and I’m a guy who loves old-school basketball where a team actually has a center – not some hybrid who doesn’t do any dirty work.

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Badgers playing down ... again.

Column: RICK SOLEM
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The college football season sort of starts tonight and this weekend.

There are some interesting storylines heading in, but what is rarely interesting about college football is the first few weeks.

The 23rd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers – new coach, quarterback questions, replacing Montee Ball – open the season against … wait for it … UMass. Hooray! The Badgers are 45-point favorites. 

The week after, they play Tennessee Tech. 

What’s the point?

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Jennings talking ... trash?

Column: RICK SOLEM
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Whether it’s playing or watching, my attitude when it comes to sports is “shut up and let your game talk.”

And that’s not to say my game has anything to say for itself, but that’s kind of the point.

Whether I’m any good or completely awful, I don’t need to say anything. I don’t need to talk “trash” or “smack.”

I hate everything about it.

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