Steve Silverman

John Tavares, left, Mikhail Grabovski, center, and Johnny Boychuk of the New York Islanders celebrate a first-period goal by Grabovski against the New York Rangers at Nassau Coliseum on Jan.  27, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Smooth-Sailing Islanders Will Face Challenges In Second Half

The Islanders are no longer about being a feel-good story or rising above expectations. What they have done so far is set the bar very high.

01/28/2015

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images); Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Silverman: Once All Of This Nonsense Stops, Super Bowl XLIX Should Be A Battle Royale

If the Patriots can put the hangover of this scandal behind them, this could actually be one of the most memorable Super Bowls of them all.

01/23/2015

Head Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Silverman: With ‘Deflate-Gate,’ Belichick Takes Being A Control Freak To A New Level

Bill Belichick has a lot in common with Richard Nixon and Barry Bonds. They all cheated for no obvious reason.

01/21/2015

Mike McCarthy (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images), Pete Carroll (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images), Chuck Pagano  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images), Bill Belichick  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Silverman: Coaching Heavyweights Set To Lock Horns In AFC, NFC Title Games

Let’s look at the responsibilities of each of the four head coaches and their keys to victory — and a chance to play for the Lombardi Trophy.

01/16/2015

Rex Ryan (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images), Todd Bowles (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images), John Fox (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images), Dan Quinn (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Silverman: NFL Hiring Season Is About To Get Very Interesting

While the Super Bowl combatants will be decided this Sunday, this is the hiring season in the NFL. Here’s a look at the strengths of those who have either filled positions or are likely to soon.

01/14/2015

Philly Brown #16 of the Carolina Panthers congratulates Jonathan Stewart #28 after a first-half rush against the Arizona Cardinals during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Silverman: Underpublicized Studs Will Decide Who Advances In NFL Playoffs

Here’s a look at the non-quarterbacks who are likely to have impact roles in the NFL’s divisional playoffs.

01/09/2015

Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rodgers’ Health, Peyton’s Arm Strength Are Major Factors In Playoffs

These variables will play a key role in determining who survives and advances to the conference championship games.

01/07/2015

Fans cheer during the 2015 NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park on January 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Silverman: NHL’s Winter Classic Is A Gimmick That Needs To Go Away

While everyone likes to say how wonderful it is, it’s time for a little truth. These outdoor games are ridiculous, and they diminish the sport.

01/02/2015

Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions participates in pre-game warmups prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on December 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Silverman: NFL Made Yet Another Mistake By Rescinding Suh’s Suspension

Suh was and remains a dirty player. He nearly injured Rodgers badly and he put his team at risk by not being able to control his impulses.

12/31/2014

Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass during the third quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 22, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Silverman: Just Like Eli And Brady, Don’t Write Peyton Off Just Yet

The problems that have revealed themselves in the last month are all correctable, and Manning is in a perfect position to make the critics regret their words.

12/26/2014

The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the Washington Capitals 4-2 in a game at Madison Square Garden on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Silverman: Winning Streak Has Rangers On Track For Memorable Second Half

The Rangers are a better team now than they were a year ago when they made it to the Stanley Cup Final.

12/24/2014

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants walks off the field after their game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on December 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Silverman: As Painful As It Might Be, Mara Has To Fire Coughlin

He may not deserve to be fired, but he has to leave the sidelines one way or another for the long-term success of the team. It’s a painful move that has to be made.

12/19/2014

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 19: Allen Hurns #88 of the Jacksonville Jaguars warms up before the game against the Cleveland Browns at EverBank Field on October 19, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Fantasy Starters: Titans’ Bishop Sankey And Jaguars’ Allen Hurns

You’ve probably been going to Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker most of the year, and he’s been quite productive with 793 yards and four TDs. However, he is highly questionable with a knee problem, and he cannot be recommended.

12/18/2014

Rick Nash (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Aggressive Nash Has Rangers Pointed Toward Top Of East

The Rangers’ best player is at the top of his game right now, and his teammates are jumping on his back and following his lead.

12/17/2014

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in action against the Jets on Oct. 31, 2010 at MetLife Stadium. The Packers won 9-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Silverman: Packers’ Rodgers Rocketing To Top Of The All-Time QB List

He is not better than Joe Montana or Johnny Unitas, and he hasn’t had the longevity to his career that allows him to go by Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or even Brett Favre. But soon Aaron Rodgers will probably be ahead of them all.

12/12/2014

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