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(This article first appeared on NewJerseyNewsroom.com)

“Last time I went was for Jets-Pats. Saw a guy cursing at a little kid and someone threw a bowl of chili at a bunch of teenagers. So yeah, I’d say the crowds there are awful.”

“My first trip to the Meadowlands for Pats-Jets (in 1998) I was 10 and was heckled for wearing my Robert Edwards jersey. Unpleasant.”

Those were two of the responses I got when I posted on my Facebook page that my next column would be about in-stadium behavior. It has gotten seemingly much worse in recent years and unfortunately lives are now at stake.

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2012 will start in an unprecedented way for the PGA Tour on Golf Channel: golf’s two leading analysts will be together, for four days, on the same telecast at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Golf Channel announced that Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller, NBC’s golf pairing for over a decade, will be joined by Golf Channel and CBS lead analyst Nick Faldo, together, in the booth, for all four days.

They’ll be supplemented by Terry Gannon, Frank Nobilo, Curt Byrum, Kelly Tilghman, Mark Rolfing, Jerry Foltz.

This is going to be awesome. Just a reminder that the Hyundai is a Monday finish this year (trying to get out of the NFL’s shadow). More on that when tournament weeks comes in a couple weeks.

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This Jets-Eagles game will be very interesting. Here are my keys:

1) Eat the clock with ground and pound…let Mike Vick get the ball as few times as possible.

2) Good defensive communication is key.

3) Stopping RBs and TEs over the middle as passers will be an underrated key.

4) Don’t turn the ball over.

If the Jets do all that, they win.

Jets 24
Eagles 17

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NFL: 2011 Week 15 Picks

After a week away here are my Sunday and Monday NFL Week 15 picks:

Miami, Chicago, Indy, Green Bay, Cincy, New Orleans, NYG, Carolina, Detroit, New England, Jets, Cleveland, Baltimore, San Fran

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(This post originally appeared on Prosportsblogging.com)

Two big events happened over the last two weeks: Tiger Woods’ unofficial (yet hugely important) Chevron World Challenge, and the European Tour’s season-ending Dubai World Championship. Here’s my thoughts in this week’s What It Means:

1) Tiger’s victory at the Chevron was huge for multiple reasons. Obviously it proved that his swing changes are coming around and he’s playing higher quality golf. But the two big things I took from this was that: a) he finished strong, birdieing the last two holes for the win, and b) he mentally was strong enough to FINISH.

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Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press’ newest piece is on the proposed revamp for PGA Tour qualifying school for 2013. I highly recommend you read the whole article, because it’s a fascinating look at the pros and cons of the plan, including a “fake money” idea to help hot-shot amateurs get their cards, plus seeding, and more.

My thoughts: the fake money idea is very interesting, and any way to let guys like Tiger or Patrick Cantlay get their cards is enticing to me.

I do think the whole seeding process and the fake money process many confuse some fans, so some explanations will certainly be needed.

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately but as most of you know Tiger Woods is one shot back of Zach Johnson heading into the final round of today’s Chevron World Challenge, looking for his first victory in over two years. Should be a fun afternoon.

Tiger and Zach go off at 1:40pm ET, and you can see it all from 1-3pm ET Live on Golf Channel and 3-6pm ET Live on NBC.

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