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Justin Timberlake and NBA steal Rape Victims Foundation name

Justin Timberlake, along with some of the NBA’s biggest stars will market the 2013-14 NBA season on TNT with a theme of Timberlake’s “Take Back The Night” off his latest album “The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience.” If Take Back the Night sounds familiar to you that’s because it is. Take Back the Night (also known as Reclaim the Night) is an internationally...
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

#33 Boise State Broncos: 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 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Bucks now have their own commemorative beer cans

Most of the time, writing about the Milwaukee Bucks, or the Chicago White Sox or any MLS team for that matter elicits a certain type of reader reaction. Best encapsulated by the sign above. The Milwaukee Bucks are implementing a series of initiatives to drastically change that. These actions include holding auditions to have a rowdy 50 person section near the court. Sector 7 as it...
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

New sponsor of Danica Patrick is…….

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing, has Go Daddy has her primary sponsor. She’ll retain Go Daddy, known first and foremost for those racy, high profile advertisements, and officially add a second one. The Danica Patrick announcement will come at a press conference at Talladega Superspeedway around noon. And that new sponsor is….. Aspen...
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants find prospect from a dentist appointment

How the San Francisco Giants found their latest prospect is yet another example of it’s all about who you know in life. Even in sports. Yes, sports, where it’s a pure meritocracy, and all about talent. You get ahead only if you can play, and left behind if you cannot play. Not true. Sometimes it is all about who you know. Like the case of Matt Chavez and the San Francisco Giants...
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

How did the New York Giants suck so far so fast?

The 0-6 New York Giants and the 6-0 K.C. Chiefs represent two strange phenomena in the National Football League. We’re almost halfway through the NFL season and we’ve had two really weird situations in that a team that won the Super Bowl just one season before last has fallen this far, this fast. They truly suck to high heaven right now. And on the flipside, the Chiefs who were...
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

It’s officially Peyton Manning Day in the state of Indiana

Indiana Governor Mike Pence wants former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to know he’s welcome in the Hoosier State. Pence issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, Oct. 20, “Welcome Back #18 Day” in Indiana. So that’s good that this football game is getting more attention and an additional storyline. Clearly it doesn’t have enough of those yet. ALL CAPS!!! FOOTBALL...
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland Browns: brutally honest preview

The Green Bay Packers have clawed their way back to being one of the powers in the NFC conference with two straight impressive wins following a 1-2 start to the season. Now the question remains if they have enough left on the roster after injuries ravaged the wide receiver and linebacker positions. A team who would love to capitalize on the Packers’ current problem and keep surprising...
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

University of Illinois settles with Pro Chief Illiniwek people

Chief Illiniwek hasn’t been a part of University of Illinois sports since 2007. The Illini name has stayed, as has the 3-in-1 song and dance halftime of the two sports you care about, but Chief Illiniwek himself has been gone for six years. Finally, today a deal was reached between the University and an activist group dedicated to honoring the university’s former mascot. Of course...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Louisville suspends Chane Behanan indefinitely

Louisville Cardinals coach Rick Pitino suspended starting power forward Chane Behanan indefinitely for violating school policy. The sometimes ice cream wearing suit man didn’t say what specifically Chane Behanan did, other than the corporatespeak umbrella term, violation of team rules. Chane Behanan, who was a major factor in the Ville’s NCAA championship run last season, could...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians fans believe Chief Wahoo critics tied to Obamacare

Cleveland Indians fans have an interesting way of defending their mascot Chief Wahoo from the movement to abolish it.  Cleveland Plain-Dealer columnist Mark Naymick wrote a piece looking to end the Cleveland Indians mascot. The majority of the feedback he received on his call for the Cleveland Indians to kill its mascot, Chief Wahoo was…..   Well, rather entertaining to say...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Michael Jordan on Grizzlies owner’s 1-on-1 challenge: 'Comical'

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan sees the challenge of Robert Pera for what it is: not something to be taken seriously. Michael Jordan brushed it off as “comical,” the Charlotte Observer reports. The Chicago Bulls legend and NBA icon received a 1-on-1 challenge from Grizzlies owner Robert Pera, who offered to play for a $1 million prize. The winning purse would later be...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs prospects Kris Bryant and Albert Almora dominate AFL

With all but four major league teams still participating in the postseason and most major and minor league ballparks shuttered until Spring Training, it would be easy to overlook offseason minor league baseball leagues commencing around the globe, starting last week with the Arizona Fall League (AFL), which is considered between AA and AAA caliber.  Eight prospects in the Cubs...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Hits to the head concussing NHL’s image

The NHL is not doing enough in regards to hits to the head. The shift in rules to enhance offensive production has led to bigger hits at faster speeds. St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto did a study in 2012 comparing concussion rates before and after NHL Rule 48 was introduced penalizing players who performed actions targeting the head. The studies showed hits to the head rose from...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Guess we have to take the K.C. Chiefs seriously

The other 6 and 0 team in the league, the K.C. Chiefs, are in the same division with the 6-0 team you know about, the Denver Broncos in the AFC West. And I guess the K.C. Chiefs are in fact for real. Their pass rush, 31 sacks, has them on track to shatter the 1990 Chief team record and the 1984 Chicago Bears league record. Tamba Hali and Justin Houston are something special indeed...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Peyton Manning Bowl: Brutally Honest Preview of Colts vs Broncos

What a shame that the Peyton Manning Bowl is so under-publicized! Wow this Indianapolis Colts versus Denver Broncos game on Sunday night is completely under-the-radar. It’s a shame they can’t generate more buzz for such a “sleeper” and overlooked contest. Obviously, you know I’m joking. If not…to quote the obese Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons, “since you are unfamiliar...
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October 17, 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 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Condoleezza Rice responds to her CFB critics on Olbermann (video)

I can understand the issues surrounding whether or not Condoleezza Rice should be on the college football playoff selection committee. Other than being a real life version of that girl played by Hayden Panetierre in “Remember the Titans,” Condoleezza doesn’t really have any specific credentials or qualifications for being on the committee. And no, that’s not a credential...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Lou Holtz gave Notre Dame players a written history test on USC tradition

This Saturday’s Notre Dame versus USC matchup is rare in that it features two unranked teams. That doesn’t happen much in the Notre Dame versus USC rivalry. Preview and prediction here. Last night’s Inside College Football on CBS Sports Network Aaron Taylor told a great story from a time when this game had more steak to complement its sizzle. Taylor talked about learning the...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Mats Hummels eyeing Barcelona instead of Manchester United

Barcelona seems to have an edge over Manchester United for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels; according to reports in Germany. It looks likely that Mats Hummels will be in the middle of a transfer window triangle come wintertime in January. Mats Hummels has said in the past that he is a fan of Barca, saying: “Barca is one of the clubs that would interest me.” Dortmund...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

5 Outs focusing on 2003 Cubs, Bartman re-airs tonight

5 Outs will re-air tonight at 10:30 PM CDT due to overwhelming demand. Last night, on the exact 10th anniversary of the 2003 Chicago Cubs season-ending defeat to the Florida Marlins in Game 7 of the NLCS, Comcast SportsNet will air a documentary about that memorable season highlighted by the Steve Bartman game. It’s entitled 5 Outs and has a running time of 90 minutes. “Catching...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

David Kaplan talking down Bartman lynch mob highlights “5 Outs”

Last night, on the exact 10th anniversary of the 2003 Chicago Cubs season-ending defeat to the Florida Marlins in Game 7 of the NLCS, Comcast SportsNet Chicago aired a documentary about that memorable season which is forever remembered by the Steve Bartman game. WGN Radio and CSN Chicago television host David Kaplan is one of the main stars of the film, and one particular segment...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Ron Zook seeks deregulation of recruiting communication

Ron Zook works in a small local bank these days. A Gateway Bank branch in Ocala, Florida, as you no doubt have heard by now. Banking is an industry that designates deregulation as the greatest good. The actions of bankers are very lightly regulated as it is, but banking lobbyists are always seeking further deregulation from the government. Ron Zook, the former Head Coach of the Florida...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Manchester United, Manchester City pursuing Andres Iniestia

Manchester United lost very badly to Manchester City in the Manchester Derby. Now there is a second Manchester Derby going on. Both clubs are interested in acquiring midfielder Andres Iniesta. Iniesta is in the midst of new contract talks at Barcelona. Fox Sports soccer reported the rumor citing the Daily Express newspaper Born in Fuentealbilla 11 May 1984 the Spain international...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick looking to succeed like Ricky Bobby at Talladega

Danica Patrick freely enjoys restrictor-plate tracks like Daytona and Talladega. The fourth and final restrictor-plate race of the season is on Sunday, the Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega. Danica Patrick is hoping to replicate her success from the season-opening Daytona 500. It’s been a miserable season for her. It started well at Daytona, and it’s been way downhill since...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss
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