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How Far The Portland Trail Blazers Can Go?

The Portland Trail Blazers are one of the strongest teams in the Western Conference this season. Surprisingly, Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and his company have been playing as well as only a few people around the league expected. That’s why, lots of analysts believe they are one of the favorites to win the title in the Western Conference. But are they really? One thing that...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Martellus Bennett says Benjamins are key to landing brother Michael in Chicago

“It all comes down to our other brother, Benjamin franklin,” said Chicago Bears Tight End Martellus Bennett in regards to the hopes of Chicago signing his brother Michael Bennett away from the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. “The Benjis talk, I can only do so much by talking to him, at the end of the day you got to show him the money,” Martellus continued during his...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick team doesn’t respond to Richard Petty insult

Before and after every race, Danica Patrick, and every NASCAR driver for that matter, send out “an interview” to their media mailing lists.  There’s a race recap and preview sent to journalists in which the driver is interviewed and “quoted.” I have to use “quoted” and “an interview” in “air quotes” because these media packets are prepared statements. They’re...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Rush Limbaugh reprises his old Donovan McNabb bit on Michael Sam

Since Sunday night everyone has written about Michael Sam. And with this media crush comes the idiotic and bigoted takes on Michael Sam. We knew Rush Limbaugh would say something offensive and stupid. That’s not news. Anytime Rush Limbaugh says anything racist, insensitive, homophobic, moronic, socially regressive etc. It’s not news, it’s just expected. That’s who Rush is...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Badgers Gary Andersen turned down Cleveland Browns job

So the Cleveland Browns pretty much fired their entire front office today. Given the way the coaching search went, you can pretty much cue “Yakety Sax” (the Benny Hill theme song) to typify the Brownies organization (it’s embedded for you after the jump, so I can put it in your head) And now we find out that Wisconsin Badgers Coach Gary Andersen turned down the Cleveland Browns...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

David Moyes calls Rio Ferdinand retirement reports “rubbish”

David Moyes on the Rio Ferdinand retirement reports: “I can only tell you what was written was a load of rubbish. Complete nonsense.” This is in response to the reports that Rio Ferdinand would not go on Manchester United’s winter break to Dubai and would quit at the end of the season. His contract expires at the end of the season, and it’s thought he’s out the door at...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Bob Costas statement on stepping down due to his pink eye infection

Bob Costas is finally stepping down as the lead anchor of NBC ‘s Olympic coverage. I forgot where I first heard this joke, but it’s funny- “Bob Costas: we haven’t heard this much about a left eye since she burned down Andre Rison’s house.” Well the pink eye infection spread from Costas left eye into both, and now he is taking a break to take care of himself. Matt Lauer...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Anlayzing the Manchester United crosses statistics will astound you

In the Manchester United disaster at home versus Fulham on Sunday, we witnessed United lobbing cross-after-crossing without success in the penalty area. The horrendous display at Old Trafford was bad enough but then Darren Bent’s 94th minute goal made the nightmare scenario complete. You’ve seen some stats on about the Manchester United crosses, and of course the numbers showing...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears Martellus Bennett on Michael Sam and what he means to the NFL

Martellus Bennett is the best soundbite on the Chicago Bears, and one of the best soundbites in the NFL. He’s probably the best Bears soundbite in a generation, maybe since Jim McMahon. Here, he opines more on Michael Sam coming out and what his announcement means to the NFL Would Michael Sam be welcomed in the Chicago Bears locker room? How will Sam’s announcement affect his...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Mel Kiper, Martellus Bennett weigh in Michael Sam’s NFL Draft stock

Where will Michael Sam, the first openly gay Division I college football star end up getting drafted? Will his coming out affect his NFL Draft stock? Hopefully, we’ll reach a point some day where an NFL player being openly gay is not a news-story. Hopefully, we’ll reach a level of acceptance and tolerance in our society where it’s a non-issue. Unfortunately, we’re not there...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Purdue Boilermakers have a couple future NFL players, says Mel Kiper

It was a really rough go for the Purdue Boilermakers and first year coach Darrell Hazell. The 1-11 record accurately tells the story of the season. However, we have some good news for a couple of Boilers, specifically, the two selected to play in the East-West Shrine game. Cornerback Ricardo Allen and DT Bruce Gaston were picked for the college football All-Star game and they are...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul kicks best player, Cleveland Melvin, off the team

DePaul Senior Cleveland Melvin went out in the worst possible way. He was kicked out of school and off the team. It’s a very disappointing end for the 2010-11 Big East Rookie of the Year on Tuesday. We still don’t know what Cleveland Melvin did to get booted. We heard a lot of rumors and gossip, but nothing concrete. We’re working on finding out what the straw was that broke...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Norwegian Snowboarder Silje Norendal: most “photogenic” Olympian

Norwegian Snowboarder Silje Norendal is one of the most popular Olympic athletes competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. And it’s pretty easy to see why. I think you need to check out her Instagram account. Silje Norendal will definitely be regarded as one of the hottest girls of the 2014 Winter Olympics by the time these Olympics are over. Let’s remember she’s really...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick hilariously ripped by Richard Petty

Danica Patrick knows she’s a polarizing figure. She’s well aware of all her critics. It’s understandable, given that Danica Patrick is the most well known of NASCAR drivers, despite the fact that she finished 27th in the standings this past Cup season. Patrick had an average finish of 26th place. “The King” Richard Petty has bashed Danica before, but not quite like this...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Tom Izzo goes on anti-Twitter rant

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has been on a roll lately when it comes to press conferences. Last month at Northwestern he told us about how we’re in a “soft society.” Izzo added “everyone gets a trophy, give ‘em a trophy for 23rd place.” (full harangue here). Today, on the Big Ten coaches conference call, Tom Izzo was extremely critical of Facebook, Twitter and social...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Hillary Clinton: Monica Lewinsky is a “narcissistic loony tune”

Monica Lewinsky was referred to as a “narcissistic loony toon.” That’s words of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The sometimes Chicago Cubs, sometimes New York Yankees fan and former First Lady saw some of her past conversations made public today by one of her closest friends. Some friend huh? An archive of correspondence, diary entries, memos and notes from conversations...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN and Colleen Dominguez part ways

Colleen Dominguez has been an ESPN personality since March 2004. Apparently, no more. As of today. The Big Lead founder Jason McIntyre apparently broke the news first: Scoop: Big surprise, for me at least: ESPN & West Coast reporter Colleen Dominguez have parted ways. Contract was up. My .02: She was good. — Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) February 10, 2014 Dominguez is an...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United trio departure (Vidic, Ferdiand, Evra) frees up £320k a week

Man United Manager David Moyes has plenty of Glazer family money to work with. Fixing what’s wrong with Manchester United is not an issues of cold hard cash, the purse strings are open for Moyes to rehab this side which has fallen on hard times. However, it helps to have a fiscal surplus on your side, especially when your team has gone from reigning champions to mid table, and...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United interested in Seamus Coleman, so is Arsenal

Seamus Coleman is rumored to be the next Manchester United transfer target. Supposedly, David Moyes is looking to his former side, Everton to pick up his next acquisition. The Ireland international, Seamus Coleman, has stepped his game up considerably this year, and with it things are much better at Goodison Park this Premier League season. Arsenal is rumored to be after Coleman...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

U.S. Ski Jumper Sarah Hendrickson will headline Tuesday

Sarah Hendrickson is an American ski jumper and 2013 World Champion from Salt Lake City, Utah (home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, the smallest city ever to host an Olympiad). Sarah Hendrickson attended Park City High School until 2011 when she began competing in World Cup competitions for Ski Jumping. Women’s Ski Jumping – Individual K-95 Gold Medal Final: Women’s ski jumping...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Tara Lipinski killing it as Olympic skating TV analyst

Tara Lipinski has been owning it on the commentating front this Sochi Winter Olympics. Just like Tara Lipinski owned it during 1998 Nagano games.  Analyst and Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski on Lipnitskaya following her ladies’ free skate, which clinched the first gold of the Sochi Games for Russia in the inaugural team figure skating event: “You have to think, not only...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

NU’s Jim Phillips is outperforming UI’s Mike Thomas right now

You have to appreciate the job Jim Phillips, Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation is doing right now in Evanston. Certainly so when compared against his counter-part in Champaign, University of Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas. The juxtaposition of the two ADs is long overdue, especially in wake of Thomas experiencing a Lane Kiffin or George W. Bush style...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn St.’s James Franklin good at “flipping” in recruiting

New Penn State Coach James Franklin has had a rather smooth transition thus far; at least in the recruiting department. Since taking over for Bill O’Brien, Franklin has poached a few commits from Vanderbilt. PSU has five early enrollees, and they bolstered the class by signing four-star receiver Saeed Blacknall, who defected from Rutgers. Which leads us into a discussion of something...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

David Moyes admits: “mentally soft” “bad as it gets” “no idea”

David Moyes pretty much admitted everything you think. All the negative emotions and observations you have about Manchester United dropping what should have been a certain two points to bottom table dwellers Fulham Asked if he could have predicted United’s failings David Moyes said:   “Probably not. It’s been a bit like that this season but today was as bad as it gets....
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Mock Draft: 2-10-14

2014 NFL mock draft time. The 2014 NFL mock draft order is now set. We also have feature stories on the players themselves. Click on the names where highlighted to read those. The draft combine begins soon, Feb 22-25th in Indianapolis. We’ll have so much more from the combine, winners and losers, and 2014 NFL Mock draft stock reports, in the meantime, here’s our latest update...
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February 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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