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New York Jets icon Bart Scott has new TV show, AFC favorites

Bart Scott reminds me a lot of Howard Dean. Both are well known personalities in their respected fields who reside “Outside the Beltway” so to speak. Scott and Dean are known for having their opinions and you love/hate them for it. Of course, the first parallel coming to mind in this analogy is the loud moment coming from having a microphone turned up. The Bart Scott “CAN...
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Bret Bielema’s wife Jen Bielema gets Razorbacks spirit (PIC)

For some reason the internet gets excited over anything Jen Bielema. We’re guessing what the reason is. We can draw a straight line. Jen Bielema hasn’t really accomplished anything that would make you have heard of her. She happens to be the wife of Bret Bielema, who left Wisconsin for Arkansas this offseason. And the internet really enjoys looking at pictures of Bret’s wife...
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Michael Irvin passionately questions the intelligence of Mike Vick

Michael Irvin certainly has his interesting moments as a NFL Analyst/Commentator. What would you expect from someone who used to wear golden suits on a NFL sideline? The time Michael Irvin referred to Tim Tebow as literally God’s Son, was quite interesting. (I guess God doesn’t want his son to be an actual NFL quarterback now) Now Michael Irvin questions the intelligence of Mike...
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Why the Green Bay Packers took the Titans off their preseason schedule

NFL preseason football wasn’t always this bad. It wasn’t always as far removed from the actual thing as it is today. As the Green Bay Packers, and other teams will tell you, it used to once be pretty close to being actual football. And that wasn’t too long. CBS analyst Phil Simms held court at NFL on CBS Media Day. And he said a lot of interesting things, including this: “The...
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

#79 Richmond Spiders: 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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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Buffalo Bills acquire 2 QBs in the same day

The Buffalo Bills have serious issues at the quarterback position now. Kevin Kolb suffered another concussion and this could be a career-ender. EJ Manuel is injured too. Forcing hand of the Buffalo Bills, and the Bills they first signed 2004 Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart. The former first-round draft pick from USC, was a total mess in the NFL. For a tenth overall pick, he was...
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Greg Gumbel on his Chicago Bears, Coach Trestman’s chances in ’13

Greg Gumbel is the older brother of news and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel, and Greg is the first African-American announcer to call play-by-play of a major sports championship in the United States when he announced Super Bowl XXXV for the CBS network in 2001. He is of Creole ancestry, born in Louisiana but raised in Chicago. Both Gumbels attended De La Salle Institute and grew up in...
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August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

A Week of Firsts for David Moyes, United

With all the negative energy surrounded United by their mixed form in the summer friendlies, and David Moyes ‘failure in the transfer window their win at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea Saturday was absolutely vital.   David Moyes looked very relaxed even shared a few jokes  in the post game press conference. There hasn’t been that many changes in the team from last year...
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August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

NIU Huskies end camp with annual mock game

Just six days from now we’ll have actual football as the 2013 college football season begins. The Northern Illinois football team officially “broke camp” as the NIU Huskies went through their traditional “mock game” practice which included going through the pregame warm-up routine, coming out of the tunnel and going into the locker room at halftime. Not sure who won the...
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August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick finishes 26th; writing this headline quite familiar

Danica Patrick is quite the opposite of Jimmie Johnson. I’d much rather write about Danica than JJ, as she’s more interesting. However, Patrick seems to always finish in the high 20s and 30s, while Johnson always seems to be winning. Jimmie Johnson is so good he’s boring. While Danica Patrick will always get attention regardless of where she finishes. Danica finished 26th in...
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August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Do the New York Jets even have a starting QB? Matt Simms?

You know what they say when you have two starting quarterbacks- you actually have none. This doesn’t apply in all cases, there’s certainly exceptions. The New York Jets are not such a case. Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith? Or none of the above? Having issues at the most important position in football means perhaps the New York Jets are destined to have a very long 2013 season. To...
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August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Cristiano Ronaldo return to Manchester United more likely in a year

All summer the speculation about Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United has rumbled on, but neither United nor the player himself have openly said there is any foundation to the rumours. At the same time, United have been linked with half the footballing world and have on quite a few occasions actually admitted the fact that they covet players, something we have never...
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August 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Samantha Ponder and Christian Ponder had Arby’s for wedding meal

I usually don’t believe what someone has to eat is newsworthy. I think it’s anything but relevant. I don’t think it’s even tweet worthy. And I can’t it when people Facebook out their food. However, this anecdote about ESPN personality Samantha Ponder is so weird and interesting, it’s worthy of it’s own post. The story of what Samantha Ponder and Christian Ponder had...
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August 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Phil Simms on Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears in 2013

Yes, it was just preseason, and yes it was the very lowly Oakland Raiders, but Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears looked about as dominant as one could expect last  night in exhibition game number three. Cutler and the offense looked as “midseason form” as that tired cliche says. Phil Simms knows a thing or two about quarterbacking, as he was named Most Valuable Player of Super...
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August 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Ronaldo will return to United next year ?

All summer the speculation about Ronaldo returning to United has rumbled on, but neither United nor the player have openly said there is any foundation to the rumours. At the same time United have been linked with half the footballing world and have on quite a few occasions actually admitted the fact that they covet players, something we have never seen before. The silence in my...
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August 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Fighting Illini QB Reilly O’Toole spoof of Hump Day Ad (video)

Illinois backup QB Reilly O’Toole is known first and foremost for his storied high school career and his many prep passing records. He’s probably known second most for his amazing game vs. FCS opponent College of Charleston. Reilly O’Toole had a statistical monster of a game, and a tremendous outlier from all the dreadful stats he put up in the rest of his games last year....
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August 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Former Minnesota Vikings QB Rich Gannon assesses Ponder, Vikes

After retiring from football before the 2005 season, Rich Gannon began a career in sports broadcasting. Currently, Gannon is an analyst for NFL on CBS and co-hosts the radio program The Sirius Blitz on Sirius XM NFL Radio. In the NFL season opening week, Rich Gannon, paired with Marv Albert on CBS, will call the Oakland Raiders at the Indianapolis Colts. The Raiders are the very...
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August 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Visiting Yankee Stadium 2: inside the second DeathStar

You haven’t really experienced all that is the New York Yankees and their Evil Empire until you’ve been to their Global HQ. As much as I’m on baseball hiatus, I couldn’t pass up a chance to visit the new DeathStar, the second DeathStar in all its glory when I was in New York City a couple days ago. You don’t have to like baseball to appreciate Yankee Stadium. I had visited...
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August 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Manchester United vs Chelsea tactics and prediction

This preview and forecast of the Manchester United vs Chelsea match is courtesy of Aayush Dureha. It’s a new season, with a new manager, but it’s the same old United. That’s the sense most of us got after watching Manchester United play against Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield and against Swansea in last week’s season opener. But the upcoming challenge is different...
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August 24, 2013  |  Discuss

The Bookies’ Favourites for the 2013 AFL Premiership

Eight squads will duke it out for the coveted 2013 AFL Premiership. For bookies, however, only three teams—Hawthorn, Geelong, and Sydney—have a real shot at glory. These are the same clubs who have captured five of the last six flags. Hawthorn won in 2008; Geelong in 2007, 2009, and 2011; and the Sydney Swans are the defending premiers. And because only the top four clubs have...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss
MOVIE NIGHT

Bo Pelini pranks team during meeting

Who says Bo Pelini is humorless? Well, the Nebraska Cornhuskers Head Coach holds some pretty awful and painful press conferences, but he shows a great sense of humor here in this video. Bo Pelini pranked his team pretty good here with the movie night prank. The best part of the video is probably around the minute mark or just before when he smashes the cell phone. Around the 2...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears chances in division, conf, according to Bill Cowher

Bill Cowher has been an analyst for the NFL on CBS since 2007. He returns to CBS on September 8th, for The NFL Today, a pregame show now in its 46th season. This will be the 54th year that CBS has covered the NFL. He will be joined this season by Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Dan Marino; with James Brown anchoring. I had an exclusive with Cowher at NFL on CBS Media Day where...
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August 23, 2013  |  1 Comment

Tim Tebow Patriots, possibly NFL, days are likely numbered

You’re likely watching the end of the Tim Tebow era with the New England Patriots. And with it, quite possibly the end of the line for Tim Tebow in the NFL altogether. The most over-hyped and over-publicized quarterback in NFL history. ESPN’s darling or darlings, could be cut very soon; and with it maybe begin his next career as a very expensive public speaker. The New England...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Manchester United vs Chelsea Match Preview

The season has only just begun and this is set to be one of the biggest games of the 2013/14 season. Two new managers with Mourinho on the return looking to battle it out in what is going to be one of the great 6 pointers this year. United opened the books with a 4-1 victory over Swansea, and Chelsea netting a clean sheet and a 2-0 over Hull. Fans are excited about what the season...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Do Manchester United have something big brewing in transfer window?

  This United article comes from Aayush Dureha Manchester United have largely been unsuccessful in the transfer market this summer and haven’t made any substantial additions to the squad. Manager David Moyes and the new Chief Executive, Ed Woodward have taken some flak for being slow and for going after “unrealistic” targets. United’s problems in the central midfield were...
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August 23, 2013  |  Discuss
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