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ESPN Baseball Tonight will be on site for the St. Louis Cardinals

Enjoy the pictures of St. Louis Cardinals “fans” in skimpy clothing and Cards gear. Hey, the way everything MLB has been page views wise, I need to do something to ramp up traffic for Major League Baseball content. There are fill rates to be met. ESPN is taking Baseball Tonight on the road for the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, meeting in the 109th World Series. The...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Smoke bomb thrown in Aston Villa vs Tottenham (video)

A crazy soccer fan or football supporter in the English Premier League tossed a smoke bomb onto the pitch during a match between Aston Villa and the Tottenham Hotspurs. This was while the match was in play too. You can watch the video below, the bomb hit an assistant referee. Asst. referee David Bryan was hit by the bomb lobbed from the Tottenham supporters’ section. Luckily,...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears season over: Briggs, Cutler, Tillman injury updates

Sunday was a devastating day for the Chicago Bears and the NFL as a whole. So many serious injuries to star players in one day. Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin and St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford are all confirmed done for the season.  Feel like we need some good news so here goes: Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley did some walking around...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Everton Goalkeeper Tim Howard to call Manchester City vs Chelsea

U.S. national team and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard will become the first active Premier League player announce an NBC Premier League game. This weekend Tim Howard will join NBC’s lead soccer announcer Arlo White on the call of Chelsea versus Manchester City Sunday at 11 AM CDT on NBCSN. Tim Howard is obviously bridging his current current to his potential future career. He...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Kristin Cavallari engages Jay Cutler Twitter hater

Kristin Cavallari should know better than to engage Twitter trolls and haters. And I don’t think anyone should call this call a “troll” because he said something really funny; even though he was rather unfair on Kristin Cavallari K-Cav is a big time “reality” star, so she should continue staying above the fray. Oh, and Stay close to Twitter today when the #CutlerMRI results...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Colts vs Broncos not the highest rated regular season game ever

Indianapolis Colts versus Denver Broncos was not the highest rated NFL regular season game in history. Many of us thought it indeed would be. It has to settle for good ratings, decent ratings, but not record breaking. The Peyton Manning Homecoming Game or “Peyton Manning Bowl” was ALL CAPS! in its HYPE AND PROMOTION. OMG!! FOOTBALL FOOTBALL! OMG! COLTS! BRONCOS! PEYTON MANNING...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL quarterback power rankings: initial edition

Welcome to the first ever NFL quarterback power rankings. These are not based simply on what they’ve accomplished, or who has the better stats as of this moment, or of what they may accomplish someday. No, this factors in all of those things; and more. Simply put, if you could draft anyone right now to be your signal caller in 2013. This is the order in how I would do it. This...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

#28 Baylor Bears: College Basketball 111 in 111

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season.  We will rank the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

#29 St. John’s Red Storm: College Basketball 111 in 111

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season.  We will rank the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick finishes 33rd; hey, at least it’s not 43rd

Danica Patrick is not “struggling right now.” He has not “had her struggles.” “Struggles” are battles for political rights or socioeconomic improvement. Danica Patrick is not struggling, she is instead “very bad at auto racing.” Danica finished a disappointing 33rd in the Camping World RV Sales 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. ...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Notre Dame football injury updates: Tommy Rees, Louis Nix

It appeared there was a major price to pay for Notre Dame football yesterday. Saturday’s 14-10 win over a middling mediocre USC Trojans team came with a serious price, as both the best offensive player on the Notre Dame football team, and one of their better defenders left with injuries. Both QB Tommy Rees and DT Louis Nix let with the game. Tommy Rees has a neck strain, but...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Andrew Luck grew up modeling his game on Peyton Manning

Andrew Luck is “the other QB playing tonight.” In what will likely be the most watched regular season game in NFL history, the Colts franchise will once again be a landmark in the history of football on television. You already know that a Johnny Unitas and Baltimore Colts win in 1958 changed the face of football forever, as it revolutionized how football would be televised. Tonight...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Jay Cutler leaves game unable to walk, likely won’t return

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler left today’s game at the Washington Redskins in the second quarter in what is rumored to be a hip injury. Cutler was able to move to the tunnel at FedEx Field under his own power, but then reportedly lost the ability to walk without assistance. According to Tony Siragusa, during the Fox Sports telecast, Jay Cutler needed to be helped by two members of...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Peyton Manning Bowl becoming an absurd soap opera

Coverage of the Peyton Manning Bowl is at a fever pitch already, and we’re not anywhere even near Sunday night yet. The Denver Broncos coming to the Indianapolis Colts for a nationally televised evening contest on NBC is turning into WWE level melodrama. As you’ll hear approximately 27,638,234, 855,340 times between now and 7:30 PM CDT Sunday, this is Peyton Manning’s first...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Do the Indianapolis Colts regret letting Peyton Manning go?

With how much Peyton Manning meant to Indianapolis and the Colts, you have to wonder if they regret watching him dominate in Denver. Sure, Andrew Luck is one of the top 5 QBs in the league, and if he stays healthy he has a very bright future. And Lucas Oil Field is certainly The House that Peyton Manning Built. But what if he was still getting it done in a Colts uniform? Does Colts...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Jen Bielema reacts to Arkansas being outscored 104-7 in 2 weeks

Jen Bielema hasn’t been as vocal on Twitter lately. I think we can figure out why. Jen Bielema became a “lightning rod” or “polarizing figure” when she tweeted the word “karma” in the wake of the Wisconsin Badgers having a game stolen from them by the referees and handed to the Arizona State Sun Devils earlier this year. It was just one tweet; just one word but it became...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

PSU’s Christian Hackenberg leads Big Ten QB Power Rankings

When doing my Big Ten QB Power Rankings, I couldn’t help but vacillate back and forth between Penn State signal caller Christian Hackenberg or Illini passer Nathan Scheelhaase. The House always wins, but the Haase does not. Scheelhaase carves up bad defenses and has the numbers, but he looks lackluster against great defenses. At least he led the Illini on a couple scoring drives...
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October 20, 2013  |  1 Comment

#30 Harvard Crimson: College Basketball 111 in 111

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season.  We will rank the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Ra’Shede Hageman looks like a top 10 NFL Draft Pick

Ra’Shede Hageman is a hometown product getting it done for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Minneapolis native is leading the Gophers in tackles for losses and looks like a top ten pick in the NFL Draft in May. It’s a toss-up between Ra’Shede Hageman or Michigan OT Taylor Lewan to be the first Big Ten player taken in the draft. They are also the only guys who could be top...
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October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Tracy Claeys gets win for Jerry Kill, Gophers

Tracy Claeys scored his first win as Interim Head Coach today for the Minnesota Golden Gophers today in front of an announced attendance of 36,587 at Ryan Field in Evanston. Tracy Claeys got blown out by the Michigan Wolverines two weeks ago on the road, but had a bye week to prepare for this one. And his Gophers responded by winning 20-17 in a game that was essentially a play-in...
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October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

#31 UCLA Bruins: College Basketball 111 in 111

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season.  We will rank the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters...
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October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

#32 Iowa Hawkeyes: College Basketball 111 in 111

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season.  We will rank the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters...
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October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

New Houston Texans QB1 Case Keenum: who is he?

Case Keenum in, Matt Schaub out as QB1 in Texas. Clear eyes, full hearts! in the Lone Star State. The Houston Texans have mercifully put Schaub down and elevated Case Keenum. Well, who is he? Well, an interview guest of TSB in 2009 for one. And he’s already a somewhat known name in Houston, as put up insane numbers there for the University of Houston Cougars. 2011 was a year of...
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October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Videos: Best of Tom Izzo at Midnight Madness

Tom Izzo is Mr. March, but he is certainly the King of Midnight Madness too. The Michigan State Spartans Coach really knows how to steal the show. Over and over. Here’s his 2013 opening speech; which begins with an introduction to the woman who played the role of Tom Izzo in the cannon shoot-out. Here’s Tom Izzo doing an homage to Top Gun. Skip ahead to the middle. It takes...
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October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH: Tom Izzo shot out of cannon at MSU Midnight Madness

Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo has done a lot of wild and crazy things at MSU Midnight Madness over the years. However, this one takes the cake. In the past, he donned a space suit (the upcoming season’s Final Four was in Houston that year), got in a racecar (Final Four in Indianapolis that season) and worn the warrior suit of ancient Sparta. Tom Izzo wore that in connection to...
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss
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