Steve Silverman

Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Silverman: Stunning Retirements Across NFL Overshadow Revis Signing, Big Trades

The most noteworthy announcements at the start of the league year may have been the early retirements of San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis, Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker and Pittsburgh linebacker Jason Worilds.

03/11/2015

Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison, left, gets a hug from head coach John Calipari during the second half against Vanderbilt at Rupp Arena on Jan. 20, 2015. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Silverman: Kentucky’s Calipari Has A Team Of Superstars Playing The Team Game

Phil Jackson is paying attention to Kentucky basketball, and you should be, too.

03/06/2015

Ndamukong Suh (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Silverman: Ranking The Top 10 NFL Free Agents

While some of the best players have already been franchise-tagged by their current teams, here’s a look at the 10 best players who will be available in free agency.

03/04/2015

Rangers forward Kevin Hayes, right, tries to beat Islanders goal Jaroslav Halak during the teams’ meeting at Madison Square Garden on Oct 14, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: East Will Come Down To Fight Between Rangers, Islanders And Canadiens

For the New York Rangers and New York Islanders, this is a time when patience will be tested. The season has reached the final quarter and the playoffs are just around the corner.

02/27/2015

Adrian Peterson (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)

Silverman: Is Arrogant Adrian Peterson Trying To Force His Way Out Of Minnesota?

Peterson says he is “praying” about his future. He should be praying to be reinstated and begging for forgiveness for his heinous behavior.

02/20/2015

Arizona Coyotes center Antoine Vermette (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Silverman: NHL Trade Deadline Figures To Have Some Names, Key Role Players

Serious plans for the NHL’s March 2 trade deadline are being made right now, and it’s all about making the best possible deal.

02/18/2015

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano watches from the bench during a game against the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on Dec. 12, 2013 in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Silverman: Capuano Part Of 3-Man Race For NHL’s Jack Adams Award

Peter Laviolette, Jon Cooper, Michel Therrien, Jack Capuano and Alain Vigneault have all done outstanding jobs this season and should be the leading candidates for NHL coach of the year.

02/16/2015

Members of the Great Lakes Team from Chicago celebrate following their 7-5 win over the West Team from Las Vegas during the United States Championship game of the Little League World Series at Lamade Stadium on Aug. 23, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Silverman: Wrongdoing In Youth Sports Is A Scourge That Will Never Go Away

Allegations get made, and when Little League chooses to investigate, it can find fault with the adults who are in charge of these programs. But there are plenty of issues involved, including the programs that don’t get investigated.

02/11/2015

Tiger Woods plays his tee shot on the 15th hole of the north course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on February 5, 2015 in La Jolla, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Silverman: Tiger May Be Down, But He Won’t Let The Critics Get The Last Word

The great ones ignore their critics and let their talent do the talking. Woods has done this many times, and he has to rally and do it once again if he is to get the last laugh.

02/06/2015

Jerry Hughes #55 of the Buffalo Bills runs in a fumble for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 30, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Silverman: If Giants Are To Return To Playoffs, Reese Needs To Shore Up D-Line

The Giants need help at the linebacker and safety spots as well, but Reese needs to make sure the defensive line is fully stocked and ready to roll.

02/04/2015

Julian Edelman #11, Tom Brady #12 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots warm up during the New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX Practice on January 29, 2015 at the Arizona Cardinals Practice Facility in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Silverman: With ‘Deflate-Gate’ On Hold, Pats Will Win Fourth Super Bowl

The Pats will survive this epic battle by a 27-24 margin. They will rollick in confetti and Belichick and Brady will rejoice with their fourth Lombardi Trophy.

01/30/2015

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

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