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#58 Butler Bulldogs: 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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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears fast start: dorky stats and nerdy number crunching

Two games do not make a season, so Chicago Bears fans should guard against getting too giddy about their team’s 2-0 start, even though both of its wins came against 2012 playoff participants in the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings. Bears fans need to look no further than their own club’s history to see how easy it is to be falsely seduced by a fast start. The 1989 Bears...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Eli, Archie, Peyton Manning, megahyped doc The Book of Manning is here

ESPN Films’ “SEC Storied” documentary series will kick off with The Book of Manning Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. CDT on ESPN. The film will explore the personal and professional life of former NFL and Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning and of course his two famous QB sons Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. The Book or Mormon, I mean the Book of Manning. Honest mistake, The Book...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

#59 Minnesota Golden Gophers: 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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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

#24 Wisconsin football vs. Purdue: brutally honest preview

Each and every year the Wisconsin football team has a game on their schedule where they go up against someone who’s almost a mirror image of them. For the first time in a long time, the Purdue Boilermakers are that team in a schematic sense. Both the Badgers and Boilermakers run a pro-style offense and have new head coaches preparing for their first ever conference game in...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Bears vs Steelers: Brutally Honest Preview and Carrie Underwood

Bears vs Steelers means a full week of cliches and platitudes that vary on these themes: “the most dangerous animal is a wounded one,” “NFL teams with their back against the wall/nothing to lose/a chip on their shoulder/painted into a corner/something to prove are extremely dangerous.” And since it’s a national game on Sunday Night Football it means, 1.) we get to see Carrie...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Yeah, about those Jay Cutler Jeff George comparisons

Jay Cutler finished up the Chicago Bears win over the Minnesota Vikings a shovel pass shy of 300 yards passing. Making it 16 games in a row that Cutler has not thrown for 300+ yards. Granted it’s just a number, and Cutty was oh so close last Sunday, but still that’s a whole season’s worth of sub 300 yard games. Hard to do in today’s NFL which is all about passing, and making...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney scores 200th career goals in Red Devils win

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring against Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford today with his 199th career goal. He put United up 1-0 in the 22nd minute. Later, in the 71st minute, he would hit the 200 milestone. The star striker’s 200th helped Manchester United defeat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2. Simon Rolfes equalized against the run of play for Leverkusen in the 54th but Robin van Persie...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick to host American Country Music Awards

Once Danica Patrick is done with her rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,  she will have plenty to do. As she always does. And one of the biggest events is the perfect partnership of target demographics. Danica Patrick will co-host the fourth-annual American Country Awards December 10th with singer Trace Adkins. Country music and auto racing are the two greatest past...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Penn State’s Bill O’Brien: “I don’t Spacebook”

Penn State Head Coach Bill O’Brien is coming off a really rough week. Losing at home to Central Florida is an experience that is new to Nittany Nation. Home pre-conference losses don’t happen often in Happy Valley. And they certainly don’t happen to mid-majors. However, this could be a sign of things to come for Bill O’Brien and Penn State football; this is life under sanctions...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Bo Pelini answering for his expletive-laden rant

Bo Pelini was on the Big Ten Coaches conference call an hour ago and he answered for his f-bomb fest which was unearthed by Deadspin yesterday. He made the comments two years ago, but they didn’t become public until yesterday afternoon. First off, the people saying that Bo was admirable for talking about the rant, that he didn’t have to answer questions about it…WHAT? WTF?...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears 2-0 but with room to improve

The Chicago Bears won for the second consecutive week on a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter. Jay Cutler and the offense did their job to get the lead for good with minutes to spare twice, but there have been a number of areas, in all three phases of the game, which need improvement. Chicago Bears Offense Jay Cutler has been better under coaches Marc Trestman and Aaron Kromer...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls make big front office moves

The Chicago Bulls made some moves today in the front office. Randy Brown was promoted to Assistant General Manager. So he’ll be right below “GarPax” in the organization. Although I think the GarPax belief is starting to go away. I think Gar Forman is the Chicago Bulls GM and John Paxson has a more clearly defined and distinct role separate from him. Here’s the other moves...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Manchester United vs Manchester City: Manchester Derby TV info

The NBC Premier League coverage this week is highlighted by the Manchester Derby – the always huge, and heated match between local rivals Manchester City and Manchester United – this Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo. Telemundo will also telecast the Manchester Derby, and mun2 will telecast two matches in Spanish this week Graeme Le Saux, the former Premier League...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Northwestern Wildcats vs Maine: brutally honest preview

For the Northwestern Wildcats, it’s the first of two unexciting weeks, leading into what will be an exceedingly exciting week (or two) of build up versus #4 Ohio State. After they destroy Maine on Saturday, it’s a bye week, and then…ESPN College Gameday coming to Ryan Field?? For the showdown with the Big Ten’s best team, THE Ohio State University. ESPN hasn’t announced...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

#60 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles: 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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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

#61 Akron Zips: 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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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Jay Cutler winning over the NFL Punditocracy

Chicago Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler was the subject of discussion on CBS Sports Network’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” yesterday. Here’s where I would say that annoying and stupid acronym ICYMI (In Case You Missed It), but I don’t have to. Look at this chart with primetime viewership of sports networks. The ranking in order is: ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, MLB Network, Fox...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs MSU Spartans: brutally honest preview

Last week both the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Chicago’s ACC team?CC Jim Phillips parody account) seemed to suffer a hangover from their under the lights battle. ND struggled the whole way with lowly Purdue before finally putting them away, and you saw how laughable Michigan looked in their just barley survival of Akron. I always have issues picking the...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Bo Pelini apologizes, Faux Pelini responds ALL CAPS

So today Bo Pelini sounded like Faux Pelini, the Twitter parody account with 40,000+ followers. You heard the Bo Pelini rant, with all the f-bombs cursing out the local media and Nebraska Cornhuskers fans. Huskers Head Coach Bo Pelini gave us some must-listen-to, but extremely Not Safe For Work audio. And he quickly apologized. It didn’t take long for NU and Pelini to go into damage...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Lankford emerges as Illini go-to receiver

The 2-1 Illinois Fighting Illini suffered a 34-24 loss to #19 Washington in front of 47,312 at Soldier Field Saturday, but they may have found a go-to receiver in senior Ryan Lankford. He’s emerging as that primary target, like A.J. Jenkins and Arrelious Benn before him. Lankford finished with three catches for 100 yards, marking his second 100-yard receiving game this year and...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

T.J. Yeldon apologizes for “throat slash” celebration mocking Manziel

Alabama running back and leading rusher T.J. Yeldon increased the Crimson Tide lead to 14 just before halftime in the “game of the century” on Saturday, and the star sophomore mocked/parodied/responded to the showboating of Johnny Manziel in the endzone, doing his own version of Manziel’s “show me the money” gesture. Manziel has been doing that for over a year- it’s not...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Teams That Will Emerge For The 2013-2014 NBA Season

After all the major changes we saw during the past few months of the off-season in the NBA, the balances in the league have drastically changed. The 2013-2014 campaign will be with no doubt very different from the previous one, as new some teams will emerge to the forefront of the league, while others, which lost power, will not be competitive. Let’s see which teams that were previously...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Fox Sports Laura Okmin Has Midwest Roots

Laura Okmin of Fox Sports has more than 15 years of broadcast media experience. Before joining Fox, she was an anchor on CNN/Sports Illustrated. She came on as the Midwest region correspondent working from the Chicago bureau.   Before joining CNN/Sports Illustrated, Okmin was a reporter and anchor for SportsChannel Chicago. Remember Sports Channel? The predecessor to Comcast SportsNet...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Andrew Luck corn maze, yes that exists now (photo)

First Coach Cal in Kentucky. Then Coach Gary Andersen in Wisconsin. Now the Andrew Luck corn maze joins the club. Paraphrasing Frank Sinatra, you’re nobody, until somebody corn-mazes you. And here we go with Indianapolis Colts QB and franchise player Andrew Luck corn maze, the photo in all its glory. Andrew Luck Corn Maze Amazing. (Photo: @amazingfallfun) pic.twitter.com/hhBtSsNt2s...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss
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