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Too Early 2013 Texas A&M Football Season Preview

Hard to do a Texas A&M football season preview without just writing Johnny Manziel, Johnathan Manziel, Johnny Football, Johnny Freaking Football, JFF over and over again. He’s the only example of a college football player being a bigger figure than his coach or his program. I’m not saying #2 is more powerful than A&M football, or Coach Kevin Sumlin, I’m just saying...
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August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Inspiration badly needed in Manchester United transfer market

My last article regarding Manchester United was full of hope. I had decided to give it a week or so to wait and see if something might happen regarding the transfer market. I waited and I waited. I read some tweets and saw some breaking news regarding Manchester United and still…nothing. There has been a lot of smokescreen madness involving incoming and outgoing players but as...
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August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

#99 Penn State Nittany Lions: 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, transfers...
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August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

#100 Nebraska Cornhuskers: 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, transfers...
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August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Bill O’Brien stays above PSU Football fray

The leader of PSU football, Bill O’Brien told the media this summer that he was not offered a job in the NFL. Despite all the speculation about him leaving Penn State, O’Brien says he’s committed to Happy Valley. And it’s easy to understand why bigger than PSU football jobs will be there for Bill O’Brien, or BOB, as he’s colloquially known. If not next offseason, certainly...
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August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Sarah Thomas become the first female NFL Referee? (video)

Sarah Thomas is a noted pioneer in female football officiating. Sarah Thomas was the first woman to officiate a college football game, the first to officiate a bowl game, the first to officiate in a Big Ten stadium. Now she’s a candidate to become the first permanent female official in the National Football League. Like Elder Kevin Price in “The Book of Mormon,” she’s very...
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August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Manchester United are the Dallas Cowboys; jokes Premier League promo

As the Premier League season approaches, NBC Sports linked up with comedian Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live, Hall Pass) to promote NBC’s Premier League coverage. Meet Coach Ted Lasso, an American football coach who has just been named the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur. The video is entitled “An American Coach in London.” He’s not just American, he’s Texan. So all...
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August 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Heisman Candidate Jordan Lynch mistaken for coach by MAC Journalist

I guess starting at quarterback in the Orange Bowl and finishing 7th in Heisman Trophy voting still doesn’t make you recognizable upon sight…even among the specific media who cover your exact conference. Or it’s just one member of the MAC media corps who is pretty bad at his job. At Mid American Conference Media Day, the reporter in question thought Northern Illinois University...
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August 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Johnny Manziel and bikini model ex-girlfriend in country music video

Good god do I hate country music. Well, that’s not true I love the Dixie Chicks.  And besides I’m sure a lot of my readers hate the rap music I love so much. But Johnny Manziel fans, and people in Texas, might enjoy his appearance in “Silverado Bench Seat” by Granger Smith. I’m a fan of Sarah Savage; the bikini model who appears in the video alongside Manziel. Love her...
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August 04, 2013  |  Discuss
DON'T LET GO

Urlacher still headlines Bears official shop

The Chicago Bears official Pro Shop at Soldier Field was open for business tonight. And it had a lot of foot traffic through it’s Brian Urlacher themed entrance way. Tonight was Bears “Family Fest” a practice at Soldier Field that drew 29,000 people. I’m not kidding, 29,000 people actually bought tickets for either $12 or $8 for “practice. we’re talking about practice...
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August 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Notre Dame WR TJ Jones swims with Sharks (VIDEO)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish senior WR TJ Jones is adding to the Summer of the Shark. In 2001, Time magazine had a cover proclaiming the “Summer of the Shark.” I think it’s been replaced now by 2013. First Sharknado, with Tara Reid, now a sports network show about shark hunting. NBC Sports Network presents Shark Hunters, a new 60-minute outdoor fishing show featuring three, long...
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August 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox owner now owns the Boston Globe

The New York Times Company,  has sold The Boston Globe and its other New England media properties to John W. Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox. So now you have the main Boston paper covering the Red Sox, one of the most high profile Boston teams, owned by the Boston Red Sox. Conflict of interest anyone? Well this has happened before. According to the New York Times: ...
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August 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Jordan Lunch: NIU QB Heisman Trophy swag is a lunch box (photo)

Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch finished 7th in Heisman Trophy voting last year, as he was second to Johnny Manziel in total offense. Both men topped the 4,900 mark. Jordan Lynch was named to a bunch of QB and best overall college football player award watch lists, so it makes sense that NIU are marketing him as a Heisman Trophy candidate. NIU has launched a...
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August 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Takeaways from Gary Andersen’s press conference at Badgers Media Day

As August begins, so does the contemplation of eager football fans who are willing to cling to any significant news they can find in regards to their favorite collegiate team. Wisconsin fans can kick back and enjoy because there was a lot to learn from the Badgers Annual Media Day at Camp Randall on Friday afternoon. It all begins with Head Coach Gary Andersen’s press conference...
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August 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Notre Dame has plan in place for Everett Golson to return

Today, was the beginning of the college football season press conference for Brian Kelly and Notre Dame football. Obviously, last year’s starting QB Everett Golson is not a part of the team anymore. But when you lead a team to be 12-1, you’re still in the hearts of minds of your fans. With all the off-the-field issues and bad publicity surrounding the program, especially about...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Brian Kelly definitely won the Notre Dame press conference

Today was a good day for Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly to “win the press conference.”  Pressers are like games, there are winners and losers. Your performance is judged. Although not with numbers and statistics, some people perform better than others. This offseason was an extremely tumultuous one for Brian Kelly and Notre Dame. You had: the TMZification of the news around Manti...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs name Minor League POM: BIG BOY Dan Vogelbach

The Chicago Cubs today named Single-A Kane County Cougars first baseman Dan Vogelbach and Double-A Tennessee Smokies pitcher Matt Loosen the organization’s minor league player and pitcher of the month for July. The walk-up music for Dan Vogelbach says it all. Whenever the Kane County Cougars first baseman comes up to bat, the Stadium audio blares the “BIG BOY” snippet from...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Pictures of Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari’s house emerge

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari have moved from their downtown Chicago condo and moved into a pretty swanky house in an elite, big money NorthShore suburb of Winnetka, IL. Cutty and the “reality star” (a misnomer if there ever was one) have a $10,000 per month lease, $120,000 annual rent per year. The 8,200 square foot has five bedrooms, six full bathrooms,...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Bengals “Hard Knocks” debuts tuesday

The Cincinnati Bengals will provide an all-access look at a NFL training camp in Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals. The first sports-based reality series begins its five-episode eighth season, TUE, AUG. 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), on HBO. Other hour-long episodes debut subsequent Tuesdays at the same time, culminating in the Sept. 3 season finale. Episode #1...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs prospect profiles: Ha, Grimm, Pineyro and more

Today, we continue profiling minor league prospects on the rosters of the Chicago Cubs three upper level teams: Iowa, Tennessee and Daytona. In a few days, we will examine prospects on the Cubs’ lower-tier teams of Kane County, Boise and Arizona. IOWA CUBS: Jae-Hoon Ha: The right handed hitting and throwing Ha, was signed by the Cubs out of his native South Korea in September...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Favorite booze of Johnny Manziel; his favorite ways to get angry too

So what does Johnny Manziel like to drink? Well, we know Johnny Manziel like to drink quite a bit. Texas A&M had him seek alcohol counseling and his family made him see a therapist. This is a Fantastic must-read article by Wright Thompson of ESPN the magazine, the Johnny Manziel expose As we get closer to college football season, I’ll be revealing more insights and tidbits...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

80 million reasons Ronaldo to Manchester United could happen

With Real Madrid stepping up their interest in Gareth Bale and media reports coming at us hot and heavy about a world record transfer fee, there has been work going on behind the scenes in Manchester for another blockbuster deal, David Moyes has been in contact with Madrid in relation to the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo for £80 million. Many people have claimed that a move back...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Too Early 2013 Notre Dame Football Season Preview

It wouldn’t be Notre Dame football without off-the-field drama. Especially at the quarterback position. And with starting quarterback Everett Golson kicked out of school due to failing to live up to academic standards, ND football saw as much drama as a season of Friday Night Lights. “Clear eyes, full hearts?….uhm, not so much.” Between Gunner Kiel flip-flopping more than...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Liverpool FC, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea among ESPN FC talent

Hours ago ESPN announced the hosts and analysts for ESPN FC on TV, the company’s new global football news and information program. the year-round television show will debut Sunday, August 11, at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT), on ESPN2. ESPN FC host Dan Thomas, formerly with Real Madrid FC television, and SportsCenter anchor Max Bretos, will split hosting duties while a rotation of 23...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Bucks sign 2nd round pick

The Milwaukee Bucks signed their second round draft pick Nate Wolters today,  who was acquired on NBA Draft night from the Philadelphia 76ers. The guard was originally selected by the Washington Wizards with the 38th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He was then shipped to Philadelphia before being moved to the Milwaukee Bucks. In exchange for the draft rights to Wolters, the...
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August 01, 2013  |  Discuss
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