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Max Bullough: Indeed Mr. Michigan State Spartans

Michigan State has a tenacious defense taking to the gridiron this fall. And the leader of that fearsome defense is OLB Max Bullough; who blood is as green and white as it gets. He’s a third-generation Spartan, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Hank (guard, 1952-54) and father Shane (linebacker, 1983-86) who played football at Michigan State. Bullough has the word “SPARTAN”...
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August 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Tony Stewart’s season goes up in Smoke, but not his race team for 2014

I am sorry, Smoke, but you must sit — for the next three months. And I don’t mean inside your stock car. One of the biggest names in NASCAR is Tony Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup champion and part-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing. Tony Stewart is also Danica Patrick’s boss, as One Lap Downica herself races the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet for SHR. But Tony Stewart broke his...
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August 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Wisconsin Badgers: Linemen Preseason NFL Draft Stock

With football season approaching it’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of practice reports, scrimmages and preseason games. The hollow, empty feeling of football-less February is thankfully long gone, so it’s with an eye toward getting a leg up next February that it’s time to take stock (pun intended) of the NFL draft prospects for current Badgers. Today let’s take...
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August 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Alabama QB AJ McCarron: NFL Draft stock analysis

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has a hot girlfriend. But too bad AJ McCarron’s NFL draft stock isn’t as hot as Katherine Webb. Well, it’s luke warm. According to some NFL scouts his draft stock is high. But he has his detractors though too. When the college football season starts in another week, AJ McCarron will be starting his last campaign for the Crimson Tide and defending...
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August 20, 2013  |  1 Comment

Manchester United unsuccessful with bid for Everton duo

This Manchester article is from Aayush Dureha. Manchester United’s combined bid for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini and left back Leighton Baines has been turned down by their club. An offer believed to be £28m was labelled “derisory and insulting” by Everton in a press statement on the club’s website. “Everton can confirm that it has received bids from Manchester...
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August 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Convicted Sex Offender Pierre Pierce hits game winnner vs Iowa

Pierre Pierce hit a game winning shot today AGAINST the Iowa Hawkeyes, the college basketball team with which he is most synonymous. Pierre Pierce is the man who has forever tarnished the name of Steve Alford; and for good reason. He was involved in a pair of sexual assaults while a member of the Hawkeyes. In 2002, Pierce was accused of sexually assaulting a female student. He reached...
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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts season preview QB/ST/Overview/predictions

This is the final installment of our series previewing the Indianapolis Colts season. To see the other parts click on the links at the bottom here. It’s pretty hard to forecast the Coltss season a couple weeks before the year even kicks off. Schedule strength doesn’t matter as much in the NFL a it does in college football. The NFL has much more parity, and a much longer season...
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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

A.J. Jenkins traded from 49ers to Chiefs for Jon Baldwin

In swap of first round draft pick wide receivers that have come nowhere close to living up to their potential,  A.J. Jenkins was traded from the San Francisco 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs for wide receiver Jon Baldwin. Jenkins was the 30th overall pick out of Illinois by the Niners in 2012. Baldwin was taken 26th overall by K.C. in 2011. A.J. Jenkins was a threat to not even...
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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Chicago Bears season overview and predictions

This is the final installment of our series previewing the Chicago Bears season. To see the other parts click on the links at the bottom here. It’s pretty hard to forecast the Chicago Bears season a couple weeks before the year even kicks off. Schedule strength doesn’t matter as much in the NFL a it does in college football. The NFL has much more parity, and a much longer season...
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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Kyle Long, Jordan Mills offer hope and stability for Bears

The Chicago Bears should start Kyle Long and Jordan Mills for their third preseason game on August 23. Their play against the San Diego Chargers more than warrants that thought, and praise from one Jay Cutler should all but guarantee a second start. If the hot and cold Cutler can feel safe behind any offensive linemen and admit it publicly, then the Bears’ coaching staff has to...
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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

#85 Iona Gaels: 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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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Chicago Bears season preview QB/ST

The new drinking game for Chicago Bears telecasts this year: “Marc Trestman is a quarterback whisperer.” I’m already very sick of this, and we’re still weeks away from the actual season even starting!  We’ll see if he can solve Jay Cutler; optimize him. Like no other quarterback coach can. By the way, if you’re looking for the shortest possible football books “Jay...
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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts season preview WR/TE/DB

If there’s a centerpiece that links both the Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck eras of Indianapolis Colts football it’s Reggie Wayne. Well, actually it’s Owner Jim Irsay, but the marquee player to line up with both Manning and Luck is Wayne. And Reggie Wayne is still a major focal point in the Indianapolis Colts offense. They will be a throw it first unit, and Wayne will be the...
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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Can Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea etc make Americans embrace soccer?

We’ve heard this storyline before. “America will embrace soccer, the most popular sport in the rest of the world, who call it football, because of reason X.” And those reasons have been: all the youth playing the sport, America hosting the World Cup, the American women World Cup, led by Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, the Olympics…it goes on. And all of them have left Americans...
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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Colts backup QB, NIU legend Chandler Harnish drills Pam Oliver in head

Chandler Harnish was once known as the greatest quarterback in NIU Huskies history. (Well, before current NIU QB Jordan Lynch breaks all the Chandler Harnish reords) Then he was taken by the Indianapolis Colts with the exact last pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, thus Chandler Harnish was better known as “Mr. Irrelevant.” Now Chandler Harnish is a co-star with NFL on FOX sideline reporter...
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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Chicago Bears season preview WR/TE/DB

In the Chicago Bears receiving corps, it’s Brandon Marshall, and just a bunch of guys. On the other side in the secondary, it’s Pro-Bowlers everywhere. Charles Peanut Tillman is a pro’s pro. He gets it done on the field and just snatches the ball away from opponents. Like John Madden once hilariously and infamously said of Peanut “he’s the best stripper in football.”...
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August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

The Purdue starting quarterback is……………….

Who will be the next individual to become the Purdue starting quarterback? And attempt to become the next name etched into the minds of Purdue fans when they hear the slogan “Cradle of Quarterbacks?” Head coach Darrell Hazell announced the Purdue starting quarterback for the opener against Cincinnati today at 6 p.m. Coach Hazell and the selected starter met with media members...
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August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Charissa Thompson opens Fox Sports 1 by misprouncing her own name

Charissa Thompson will go down in history as the first person to ever speak on Fox Sports 1, as she opened the first segment on the first show ever in the megastation’s history. And she opened by making a gaffe- mispronouncing her own name. Yes, that’s Charissa Thompson referring to herself as “Charissa Thompslon.” I guess there’s a silent L in there somewhere and she...
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August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Did Wayne Rooney saga help Manchester United TV ratings?

When you’re broadcasting the world’s most beloved sports team and attempting to reach the world’s largest fan base, television ratings numbers are critical. Especially with such a valuable sports franchise like Manchester United. They, more than any other single FC, will have a significant influence on whether or nor English football takes of in the States. (or “Americans...
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August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

#86 Oregon State Beavers: 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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August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

4 things that might happen this EPL season: Manchester City advancing?

Here are four things that might happen this English Premier League season, courtesy of  Mansur Abubakar. Arsene Wenger finally gives up-after eight years without a trophy and a woeful start to the season, the immense pressure from the fans and media might be responsible for this being Wenger’s last season in charge of Arsenal, I feel the fans frustration will reach a boiling point...
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August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Manchester United win relieves the huge pressure on David Moyes

The beginning of the David Moyes era was the dominant storyline for Manchester United today. Well, that and the Wayne Rooney saga. (The fact that Rooney didn’t enter the game until well into the second half, and didn’t celebrate with his team on their third goal only made people talk more about the disgruntled stryker). However, Moyes taking over after the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson...
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August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

News and notes from the Packers 19-7 win over the St. Louis Rams

The Green Bay Packers looked like an entirely new team from the one that was shutout in a preseason opening loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The St. Louis Rams made a lot of mistakes and the Packers played consistent football en route to a 19-7 win on Saturday Night. Here are observations from Green Bay’s second preseason game: Observations (Real Talk) - Eddie Lacy was a trending...
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August 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney excels, but doesn’t celebrate with Manchester United teammates

With Manchester United’s 4-1 victory over Swansea today they sent a message to the rest of the Barclay’s Premier League. Wayne Rooney may not want to be there, but that didn’t hamper his play. Even though he began the match on the bench. Oh and he didn’t didn’t celebrate with his teammates either on their third goal of the match. Look at this pic in the tweet from CNN...
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August 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Scheelhaase explains what happened to Illini Football

For Nate Scheelhaase and Illini football, last year was the worst of times, and…the worst of times again. Tim Beckman began his new reign by going 2-10, Ofer in conference play. Sure, Ron Turner went 0-11 in his first season in Champaign, and Ron Zook went 4-19 in his first two, but 2012 seemed a lot worse than those years, because the Zook and Turner teams didn’t have a lot...
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August 17, 2013  |  Discuss
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