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New England Patriots better bring their offense Monday night

When the New England Patriots travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs, they better pack their offense with them. New England has some real problems on offense. They’ve only scored 12 second-half points this year and rank near the bottom of the NFL in many of the major categories. They are 27th in passing yards; 22nd in rushing.  That simply won’t cut it when the take on...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Louis van Gaal comments on Man United defender crisis

Manchester United Manager Van Gaal addressed the crisis situation in the back line today. With one healthy center-half, Van Gaal says he will have to call up players from the youth program and give them a chance. It came today as Van Gaal gave his prematch press conference in Manchester for Saturday’s Premier League tilt versus West Ham. During the press conference Van Gaal actually...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: full Louis van Gaal press conference, Man United vs West Ham

Today was the day that Louis van Gaal gave his prematch press conference in Manchester for Saturday’s Premier League tilt versus West Ham. During the press conference Van Gaal actually said that United might just be the toughest job he’s ever faced.  Van Gaal admitted all the high expectations, and of course the let down that followed, is affecting his side. “I don’t think...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Louis van Gaal says Man United “maybe my toughest job”

Today Louis van Gaal gave his prematch press conference for Saturday’s Premier League match against West Ham. One soundbite jumped out from all the others. “This is maybe my toughest job,” said Louis van Gaal. “But we have to see in a year. As a manager you know already in advance it’s a big challenge. This club is in a transition but we will overcome things.” “I...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Jamie Little leaves ESPN for Fox Sports

  Jamie Little will join the NASCAR on FOX family beginning in January 2015. The Network released an announcement at 2:02 PM CST today. Little serves as a pit reporter for NASCAR on FOX’s 15th season of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES coverage and its first year televising the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES.  Her assignments also include select additional races and special events throughout...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Jen Lada UTTERLY DESTROYS Marquette message board user

Comcast SportsNet’s Jen Lada put the smack down on a Marquette message board user who was critical of her hosting role at a Marquette coaches luncheon in Chicago. Like the great Woody Paige told me at the Poynter Institute of Journalism in 2007, “message boards are like mushrooms, they grow in dark places.” MU Scoop is actually one of the better ones out that you’ll find...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers upgrade QB Mike Kafka; Tampa goes Kafkaesque

The Tampa Bay Bay Buccaneers are going Kakfaesque. Sort of. Yes, after failing to make a significant impact with the New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles, Mike Kafka is promoted from the Buccaneers practice squad, to the active roster. From the SB Nation T.B. Buccaneers blog Bucs Nation: Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted quarterback Mike Kafka to the...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United transfer rumors: Reus, Svilar, Otamendi

Time to talk Man United transfer rumors. And they don’t involve Cristiano Ronaldo. I think that story line is dead now. So let’s dive right in and move on to some other potential moves. -This narrative emerges from the Daily Mail: “Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are locked in a battle to sign 15-year-old Anderlecht goalkeeper Mile Svilar, who is tipped to be the next...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Predicted Man United Starting XI v. West Ham

In preparing for Manchester United versus West Ham on Saturday, your lineup all hinges on what to do with the back line. Louis van Gaal has shifted from his traditional back three to a back four. This is somewhat due to the lack of top tier talent in that position group. Now, due to injuries and a suspension, he might have to revert back to a back three due to lack of able bodies...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool FFP violation investigation becomes more severe

Liverpool could join Manchester City in the ranks of giant English clubs that possibly violated the Financial Fair Play by-laws that govern European football. Liverpool’s losses over the past two seasons exceed the FFP limit and a UEFA inquiry is ongoing. According to The Times of London, with hat tip to Paper Chase, “Liverpool could have nearly £7 million of Champions League...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Van Gaal keen on Otamendi to bolster Man United defense

As we, and everyone else has documented, there’s a huge crisis in the Manchester United back line right now. Ad by the end of the day, it could get even worse as Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal faces an anxious wait to hear if the situation becomes even more catastrophic with worries over a thigh injury to Chris Smalling in training. Sometime Thursday we should get the answer...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Cornhuskers, B1G hard selling us on Ameer Abdullah for Heisman

Ameer Abdullah. Is he truly a Heisman candidate, or this all just propaganda being produced by Nebraska and the Big Ten? NU, the B1G, and the BTN (the league’s public relations department in television form) have all been extremely aggressive in marketing Ameer Abdullah as a Heisman candidate to us. Hashtags, slogans, the Nebraska marching band’s special tribute to him planned...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Lebron James first game back in Cleveland has interesting subplot

When the Cleveland Cavaliers take on Maccabi Tel Aviv in their first preseason game on Sunday October 5th, it will be Lebron James’ first game back with his hometown team. This will be the lead story in the A Block. As it should. But there’s another compelling B story going on in this one. David Blatt’s first game as coach of the NBA’s Cleveland franchise comes against his...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Big 12 Basketball Preview: #4 Oklahoma Sooners

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and now we turn our attention to the Big 12. With four starters returning, the Oklahoma Sooners will once again be a factor in the Big 12 race. The eligibility...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Big 12 Preview: #5 Kansas State Wildcats

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and now we turn our attention to the Big 12. In his first season at Kansas State Wildcats head coach, Bruce Weber led the program to their fifth straight NCAA...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Predicted Manchester United Starting XI vs West Ham

Here’s one possible Manchester United starting XI for Saturday’s Premier League clash with West Ham at Old Trafford. Obviously, it’s all contingent on how to solve the crisis of the back line. It’s now worse with Chris Smalling understood to have hurt his thigh in training. United will assess his condition on Thursday with Louis van Gaal waiting anxiously to see if the England...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney wrongfully scapegoated for Man United disaster

Wayne Rooney, and the rest of his Manchester United teammates have received a ton of criticism lately. It’s been very harsh too. Rooney is doing his best to step up and be a leader in response.The Man United and England National Team Captain presented this message on the wall of his official Facebook page. As United sits in 12th place, they’re under siege from all angles. Wayne...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United crisis in defense gets even worse

Yet even more bad news regarding the back line for Manchester United today. Now Chris Smalling is hurt on top of it. Here comes Luke Shaw to save the day right? Well, that’s a whole lot to ask of a youngster. Yet the left back signed the richest contract for a teenager in British football history. There’s no time like the present to start earning that pay. He gets his chance...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN suspends Bill Simmons, due to his Goodell thrashing

Due to his verbal thrashing of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Bill Simmons has been suspended by ESPN. First, here’s what Simmons said on his podcast on Monday that landed him in trouble: “Goodell, if he didn’t know what was on that tape, he’s a liar,” “I’m just saying it. He is lying.  I think that dude is lying. If you put him up on a lie detector test that guy...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Jay Cutler was nearly traded to Washington, not Chicago

If you live in Chicago, chances are you might remember where you were when you first heard that the Bears had traded Kyle Orton and other considerations to the Denver Broncos for Jay Cutler in 2009.  Today, Cutler is locked in to a long term deal with the Bears that makes him the highest paid player in the NFL. That’s right, Cutty does it to the tune of $22.5 million in just the...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick going for 5th straight top 20 finish

Danica is getting better at racing. I know, I know, we heard this narrative in May, and you saw how quickly that storyline dissipated. However, maybe this time it will stick. This week at Dover Danica Patrick has a chance to really make this phenomenon legitimate. Danica Patrick is more consistently finishing in the top 20 now. She could actually achiever her fifth straight top...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester City Champions League schedule, TV info

Manchester City is fresh off a 1-1 draw with Chelsea; a match that truly live up to all the hype. The game had major consequence on their title defense. City only sits in 6th place right now, as Chelsea have a 5 point lead on the Citizens right for top of the table. Maybe Manchester City will fare better in the UEFA Champions League Tournament than they have in Premier League play...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United v. West Ham: TV info

NBC Universal’s Hispanic cable network mun2, continues its broadcasting of the 2014-15 season of the English Premier League with three matches on Saturday, September 27. Included in that 8:55 a.m. CST with Manchester United vs West Ham United. Here’s their match preview. We’ll be back tomorrow with some predicted Manchester United starting XIs from various pundits across the...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United transfer rumors: Vlaar, Sneijder, Pogba, Ronaldo

Lots of Man United transfer rumors to discuss, so let’s just skip the intro and dive right in: -According to the Daily Star: “Arsenal are set to fight it out with Manchester United for Aston Villa skipper Ron Vlaar.” -More on on Vlaar from the Daily Mirror: “Ron Vlaar has told Aston Villa he is ready to talk about a new contract.” -Vlaar is one of the five defenders Manchester...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Man United fans to fly Ronaldo banner over Real Madrid game

When you’re arguably the greatest soccer player alive, and probably amongst the top five of all time, things like this happen. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo played with Manchester United from 2003-2009. There’s been a lot of rumors circling in various media circles that he wants to return to United. Even the journalist who first broke the story of Ronaldo leaving Manchester...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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