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Steve Silverman

Manny Pacquiao lands a right to the head of Timothy Bradley during their WBO welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

Silverman: Pacquiao Still Has The Fire Needed To Dismantle Bradley

Boxing may have become a niche sport, but getting a chance to see Manny Pacquiao in the ring is worth your time. He is one of the two most compelling figures in the sport over the last decade.

04/11/2014

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images); Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Silverman: 2014 NFL Draft QB Class Not On Par With 1983, But Very Good

A decade or more ago, teams could go into the draft and select a player who was going to be given time to develop, particularly at the quarterback position. Those days are long gone.

04/09/2014

Tiger Woods (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Silverman: With Tiger On Sidelines, The Masters Is Just Another Tournament

Whether you love Woods or not, golf is about 100 times more interesting when he is competing. But it is not a Major without Woods. It is merely a major, and it doesn’t quite have the juice that it did.

04/04/2014

Martin St. Louis (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Silverman: Sweet Relief For St. Louis As Rangers Prepare To Make Statement

St. Louis finally got his much-awaited goal, and the relief is palpable. A good team has found its stride, and there may be many more reasons to celebrate from this point forward.

04/02/2014

Mark Sanchez (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Silverman: Vick-For-Sanchez May Help Jets, But It Could Ground Eagles

Kelly should understand that and he should have moved in a different direction. However, his ego is too monumental. He believes he can take an also-ran and turn him into a winning quarterback.

03/28/2014

Tom Coughlin (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Silverman: Coughlin To Canton Is An Absolute No-Brainer

When Coughlin decides to call it a career, he will be able to retire peacefully, knowing that he has done his job as well or better than the greats who have preceded him. Canton will come calling for a very deserving head coach.

03/26/2014

Phil Jackson is introduced as the new president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks on March 18, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Silverman: Knicks’ Jackson Should Abandon Coaching Eval And Hire Himself

The new team president seemingly doesn’t want to sit on the bench any longer, but he’s not going to find anybody that is going to do the job as well as he could.

03/21/2014

Derek Jeter (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images); Xander Bogaerts (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Silverman: Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry Has Turned Into A Lovefest

Was it really a decade ago that Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek was throwing punches at Alex Rodriguez after the Yankees third baseman decided to open up his mouth and make threats to Bronson Arroyo after getting hit by a pitch?

03/19/2014

Darrelle Revis (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Silverman: Revis Signing Represents The End Of The Patriots’ Way

The Jets and general manager John Idzik should be able to see the handwriting on the wall. The Patriots’ way is either dead or dying. Their time at the top of the division is running out.

03/14/2014

John Tortorella, head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, looks on against the New York Rangers in his first game back at Madison Square Garden on November 30, 2013. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Silverman: Surprise, Surprise! Tortorella Scuffling While Rangers Have Hope

The Rangers at least have some hope with Alain Vigneault behind the bench. The Canucks have none of that with John Tortorella, whose head coaching career is almost certainly in its final weeks.

03/12/2014

Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Karlos Dansby could be a possible target of the Giants once free agency starts. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Silverman: To Regain Luster, Giants Must Be Aggressive In Free Agency

Hey, Jerry Reese, are you prepared for free agency? The Giants general manager has proven himself quite worthy when it comes to protecting the assets of the Mara and Tisch families, but that should not be his biggest concern.

03/07/2014

Martin St. Louis (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rangers Upgraded Offense With St. Louis, But They Didn’t Do Enough

They made a flashy move by bringing in St. Louis, but the Rangers are not in a position to contend for the Stanley Cup this year.

03/05/2014

Rafael Montero (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Silverman: Mets’ Pitching Prospects On Cusp Of Something Special

Mets fans finally have a lot to look forward to, and it’s not just the much-ballyhooed Noah Syndergaard who is worthy of attention.

02/28/2014

Carolina’s Greg Hardy, left, sacks New Orleans QB Drew Brees at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 22, 2013. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Silverman: If Tuck Walks, Giants Should Be At The Head Of The Line For Hardy

The Giants have many areas that need to be improved, including wide receiver, offensive line and cornerback, but building a cohesive pass rush would probably help the defense more than improving the coverage.

02/26/2014

Zach Parise, right, reacts in disgust after Canada's players celebrate their 1-0 win over the Americans in the Olympic hockey tournament semifinals on Feb. 21, 2014. (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Silverman: U.S. Men’s Hockey Had The Personnel, Just Not The Determination

If you take an honest look at Canada’s 1-0 victory over the United States in the Olympic hockey tournament semifinal, the difference seemed to be a lot more than one goal.

02/21/2014

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