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#24 UConn Huskies: 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 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Missouri Tigers: Alabama’s biggest Natl Title obstacle

If the Missouri Tigers are in fact for real, then they’ll run the table into the SEC Championship game. And if college football has taught us anything since 2006, it’s the the SEC title game is the de facto national title game. The Missouri Tigers may in fact be the biggest obstacle the Alabama Crimson Tide have to get yet another national championship. Although I’m sure the...
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October 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Recidivist Brandon Meriweather gets suspension cut in half

Recidivist dirtball Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather saw his two game suspension from the NFL cut in half today. Meriweather was penalized for hitting high, and leading with his helmet. He plays the game like a more sinister and reckless Chuck Cecil. He does not care whether he endangers himself or others. Brandon Meriweather was fined $42,000 after week two when...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick looking to duplicate okay showing at Martinsville

Lately, Danica Patrick has been to auto racing what Katy Perry is to the music industry: very very marketable despite not being good at what they actually do. Everyone would love to another photo shoot of Danica Patrick or Katy Perry in a bikini or something similarly skimpy clothing. But listen to a Katy Perry song? I’ll pass. Watch Danica Patrick finish in the high 20s or 30s...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Tara Lipinski to join Winter Olympics Coverage

  1998 Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski  will join NBC Olympics for its Winter Games coverage in Sochi, Russia, it was announced today. As will Johnny Weir and Tanith Balbin. Tara Lipinski is the youngest individual gold medalist in the history of the Olympic Winter Games when she won in Nagano in 1998 at the age of 15. Weir and Tara Lipinski will appear on NBC this Sunday...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Sir Alex Ferguson and David Beckham driven apart by Spice Girl

The famous soccer player in the world, David Beckham was driven out of the most famous soccer club in the world, Manchester United, by the sport’s most legendary Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. The final wedge was the most upper class member Posh Spice, of the late 90s most popular musical act, the Spice Girls. David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t see to eye while the two...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls back to elite with a healthy Derrick Rose?

Despite all the Derrick Rose drama of “will he or won’t he play this year,” the Chicago Bulls did rather well for themselves relying on a collective effort to fill the void left by Rose.  With their superstar returning for next season, the Bulls are a couple of minor acquisitions away from once again being a title contender. (Breaking: Bulls reportedly interested in dealing...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

How the Indiana Pacers can build off this past season

The Indiana Pacers came within one game of the reaching the NBA Finals and did so without one of their best players.  This off-season, the Pacers are looking to build off their successful 2012-13 season and put themselves in a position to make another run next year. Indiana Pacers (49-32 last year) 2012-13 Season Summary: We learned a few things about the Indiana Pacers this year...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears: down but not yet out

The Chicago Bears are at season’s crossroads. They can either band together amid all of the challenges they face, much like the 2010 Green Bay Packers, who won the Super Bowl despite placing fifteen players on season-ending Injured Reserve, or fly South for the Winter. “Brave men triumph in adversity just as brave soldiers triumph in war” —Roman Philosopher Lucius Annaeus...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

#25 Indiana Hoosiers: 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 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Air Force: brutally honest preview

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a major similarity to the NFL team located about a 90 minute drive away. Everyone hates the quarterback, even though they covertly realize that the team would be much much worse without him. The major storyline surrounding this game is the health of QB Tommy Rees. And whether he’ll go or not. Rees has taken so much heat from ND Nation; he’s...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Cristiano Ronaldo tweets his love of boys in underwear

Cristiano Ronaldo put out a tweet this morning, and has since been deleted. “Thank you all for participating in the CR7 Underwear Competition — it’s been a real pleasure to see all of your photos.” Uhm yeah. About that. Ronaldo speaks good English, so the international football superstar didn’t make a gaffe there. So why does he enjoy watching boys in their underwear or...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Sir Alex Ferguson rips Owen Hargreaves in his new book

Now that Sir Alex Ferguson is retired, he’s a little bit freer to take his shots, and not worry about reprisal. The Sir Alex Ferguson  “My Autobiography” was released in the UK on today, and so far, early reviews say the tome does not disappoint. The former Manchester United Manager of 27 years did not hold back. Calgary-born midfielder Owen Hargreaves, who joined Man U in...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Vikings vs Giants s**tshow still brought in 13 million viewers

My Twitter timeline was dominated last night by a few re-occurring themes: “wow the Vikings suck,” “my god the Vikings suck,” “why did the Vikings start Josh Freeman?” “my god Josh Freeman sucks at football,” “this is the worst sporting event ever broadcasted” and most importantly: “although this Vikings vs Giants game sucks, we’re watching anyway.” That...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals vs Boston: World Series of polarizing fanbases

It’s the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox meeting in the 109th World Series, beginning tomorrow night. Game 2 is at Boston on Thursday. Games three through five will be at the St. Louis Cardinals, with the series finishing back up in New England, if necessary. It’s also the World Series of the two most polarizing fanbases in all of MLB. These are two extremely passionate...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 World Series: Too close for ESPN analysts to call

The 2013 World Series is just one day away from starting, and the hype and commentary about the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox is peaking. ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk are two of what appears to be many that feel this year’s Fall Classic will be a nail-biter. “I don’t think there’s a clear cut favorite,” Schilling said. “As...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Texans cut former Notre Dame RB Cierre Wood due to marijuana use

Cierre Wood, the featured back on last year’s Notre Dame team was cut from the Houston Texans. The Houston Chronicle that Wood was one of three Texans rookies (linebacker Willis Jefferson and defensive end Sam Montgomery) were the others dismissed from team due to an incident at the team hotel in Kansas City. In an unrelated story, another former Fighting Irish offensive star,...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

#4 Ohio State Buckeyes vs PSU Nittany Lions: brutally honest preview

For the Penn State Nittany Lions, it’s a season definer. It’s a chance to play spoiler in their division of the Big Ten, and derail the Ohio State National Title game dreams. For OSU, it’s another chance to try and silence their critics about their soft schedule. Maybe. This game is really more about iconic branding than it is college football. Two very well-known historical...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

#26 Colorado Buffaloes: 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 22, 2013  |  Discuss

ESPN Sage Steele to take over NBA Countdown

Sage Steele today announced a multi-year extension with ESPN. Sage Steele will take on a new role in Bristol, hosting the Friday and Sunday editions of NBA Countdown – ESPN’s and ABC’s NBA pre-game show. She’ll complement former Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers Coach Doug Collins and returning analysts Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons. Prepared/rehearsed statement from Sage...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

#27 Tennessee Volunteers: 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 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Smoke bomb tossed during 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 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan St. Spartans vs Fighting Illini: Banks Bowl preview

It’s the 6-1 (3-0) Michigan St. Spartans versus the 3-3 (0-2) Illinois Fighting Illini, or the Banks Bowl, as I call it. Yes, I’m that much of an egocentrist. However, Illinois is my alma mater, and Michigan St. is where I started my MBA (completed at Loyola, but they don’t have any sports teams that anyone cares about, or is aware of). And it’s my undergrad versus grad school...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Candice Swanepoel will be the new Kate Upton (videos)

Candice Swanepoel is next. The Victoria’s Secret model looks a little bit like Kate Upton, but she isn’t curvy like her. Nevertheless, Candice Swanepoel will be the next insanely hot model to get anywhere near that level of buzz. Upton jumped the shark a few weeks after the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue came out in February. She’s still popular (and her popularity will...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Badgers in the NFL: Week 7 sees Russell Wilson shine for the Seahawks

With the recent rise of the Wisconsin college football program the Badgers in the NFL have had a similar uptick. More and more guys are beginning to have a splash in the league and the guys over at Pro Football Focus (PFF) have an eagle eye on each one of them.  If you’re not familiar with PFF, you’re living in the stone age of modern football analysis. Here at The Sports...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss
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