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#47 Iowa State: College football 51 in 51

Due to time constraints, the intro paragraph for the Iowa State Cyclones season preview will be pre-empted. We will now join the Iowa State season preview already in progress. Iowa State to get EXCITED! ALL CAPS! Well, they really should push around their hated in state rivals, the Iowa Hawkeyes in week two. So enjoy the Cy-Vee Classic or the Hum-Vee shootout or whatever it’s...
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July 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Coach K and Mike Brey in Holy War of Words via Newspapers

Duke Blue Devils ruling Czar Coach K. and Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey are friends and colleagues; contemporaries if you will. Still it hasn’t stopped them from engaging in a miniature Holy War of words via a couple newspapers. They have a disagreement over Notre Dame’s decision to be just friends-with-benefits with the ACC; not actually commit to them. And one coach...
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July 08, 2013  |  Discuss

#48 Texas Tech: College football 51 in 51

Guns Up!  Texas Tech football has been nothing if not exciting and fun to watch lately. They produce extreme passing offenses that put up a lot of points. And chaotic crapola for pass defense that keeps their opponents in games. Other than a recent down year, TTU is always in a bowl game, but never quite able to take that next step to the top of the Big 12. They’re good, but never...
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July 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick finishes a pedestrian 14th; hey, it’s something. sort of

Danica Patrick finished 14th in Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona. Hey, I guess she really does excel at Daytona. This wasn’t one of her usual 25th to 33rd place finishes that we’ve become so accustomed to seeing from Danica Patrick. The race’s winner was, get ready for this, hold on to your butts, Jimmie Johnson! Yes, rooting for Jimmie...
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July 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates are the best team in MLB! Wait, what?? You’re joking?

Before he became a hideous, grotesque science project, Barry Bonds was a skinny, speedy outfielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Back then, Bonds teamed with Bobby Bonilla to give the Pittsburgh Pirates an NL East mini-dynasty. They won a bunch of division titles. Well, that’s it. End of story. Still, baseball mattered in the steel city during the early 1990s. Since then, Pittsburgh...
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July 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Butler replaces Brad Stevens with Brandon Miller. WHO???

Does the defection of Brad Stevens to the Boston Celtics spell the end of Butler basketball being relevant? Well, maybe, but not right away. Stevens’ replacement, Brandon Miller has the opportunity to work with all the players Stevens recruited. At least for now. You can’t blame Stevens for taking the big money and the bright lights of the NBA. Unfortunately for Butler, it happened...
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July 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Bruins cast off Tyler Seguin: rather dumb and socially backward

As if Boston sports needed more bad news. Boston athletes were generating enough negative PR as it is. Enter Tyler Seguin. Well exit Tyler Seguin, he does so many dumb things that he got himself traded out of town to the Dallas Stars. Mostly because he’s such a party animal. To be fair, Tyler Seguin is pretty dumb when he’s sober too. His partying got so bad that the Bruins hired...
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July 07, 2013  |  Discuss

White Sox Chris Sale makes All-Stars; W-L records irrelevant?

As Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale makes the All-Star team, teammate Jesse Crain was selected too, you have to wonder if win-loss records for a pitcher are still relevant. It’s kind of a really dumb stat. I know it was gospel for the longest time, and 300 wins is this gold standard for pitchers to reach Cooperstown, but that doesn’t matter as much anymore. No one in MLB...
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July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs lone All Star Travis Wood: is he off the table?

The Chicago Cubs got one player into the Midsummer Classic: left-handed pitcher Travis Wood. Wood will represent the Cubs at the 84th Major League All-Star Game Tuesday, July 16 at New York’s Citi Field. This is his first All-Star nod. Travis Wood leads all of MLB with 16 quality starts. However, his record it still below .500 because the Cubs are bad at baseball. The Cubs are...
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July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Josh Smith signs with Detroit Pistons, won’t join Dwight Howard in Houston

With Dwight Howard choosing the Houston Rockets, the rest of the dominoes are start to fall in place for the rest of the NBA free agents.  Josh Smith was rumored to be heading to Houston in a sign-and-trade deal but has instead signed with the Detroit Pistons.  The Atlanta Hawks replaced Smith with former Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap while O.J. Mayo inked with the Milwaukee...
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July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Got $1500? Hire Red Sox hostess Jenny Dell to watch a game with you

Boston Red Sox television hostess Jenny Dell is kind of a big deal. At least in New England she is. And if you want to get to know Jenny Dell in person, and you have some disposable income, well you can make that happen now. Jenny Dell can be hired to catch a game with you for $1,500. For dinner?$750. Too rich for your blood? There’s a $99 Jenny Dell package – she’ll make a...
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July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

49ers TE has Hooters GF worth posting about: Sarah Hinton

Let me make this absolutely clear. I despise writing posts about athlete personal lives. It’s mindless drivel which is so far beneath me…there isn’t enough alcohol distilled on this Earth that could dumb me down enough to actually care about player/coach wives, girlfriends, babies, kids etc. I’m going to keep “articles” on that TMZ crapola to a minimum moving forward...
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July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

#49 Mizzou: College football 51 in 51

After the Missouri Tigers left the crumbling Big 12 for the richer life in the SEC, the Mizzou college football program lost its only real rivalry with the Kansas Jayhawks. I mean the states of Missouri and Kansas even had a mini Civil War in the battle known as “Bleeding Kansas.” Now that’s a rivalry with history. Today, they have nothing. Many believe Mizzou will form a...
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July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Worst 5 college fight songs list

In compiling this college fight songs list, I tried to keep emotion and association out of it. I tried the best I could. Hey, my alma mater, Illinois is only honorable mention for best five. Schools I hate made the list too. And schools I like made the worst list as well. However in the end, both the best and worst were programs with mascots from ancient warriors of the Aegean Sea...
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July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Top 5 college fight songs list

In compiling this college fight songs list, I tried to keep emotion and association out of it. I tried the best I could. Hey, my alma mater, Illinois is only honorable mention for best five. Schools I hate made the list too. And schools I like made the worst list as well. However in the end, both the best and worst were programs with mascots from ancient warriors of the Aegean Sea...
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July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Blackhawks busy Day 1 of NHL free agency

The Chicago Blackhawks kept the revolving door moving on Day 1 of the NHL free agency period. Including Chicago’s signings, 60 deals were struck in roughly eight hours. What is more astonishing is the $394, 875, 000 included in the contracts. The Blackhawks were able to keep a good amount of the free agents they wanted to re-sign. Michal Rozsival was brought back on a two year...
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July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

DWIGHTMARE OVER! Grading Houston Rockets signing of Dwight Howard

  Houston Rockets sign C Dwight Howard to 4-year, $88 million deal ’m just glad the Dwight Howard drama is over and that he didn’t drag it out that long.  Look, I don’t think at this stage of his career that Dwight Howard is a max contract player but I also realize that the only way to land his services is to offer him the whole enchilada.   For a Houston Rockets...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Golden State Warriors create cap space to sign Andre Iguodala; Dwight Howard out of the picture?

Dwight Howard might not be a realistic prize right now with the reports circulating that he is likely heading to the Houston Rockets, but still the Golden State Warriors make a major move by dumping salary in a trade with the Utah Jazz to create the cap space to sign free agent Andre Iguodala.  Here is a breakdown of how the moves played out and why it tremendously benefits the...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees reporter Meredith Marakovits “raps” Fresh Prince Theme

Yes Network hired Meredith Marakovits away from CSN Philadelphia. Marakovits is from just north of Philadelphia, so her attempting to rap a song that begins “in West Philadelphia born and raised….” That’s right Meredith Marakovits broke out some Will Smith, the theme from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” on the air on Independence Day. As you know “Independence Day” is a...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

John Daly out 3-4 months after elbow surgery

John Daly, of Dardanelle, Ark., will undergo elbow surgery next week, keeping him off the golf course for about 3-4 months. As he rehabs, remember that John Daly the golfer is a completely different person from Daily Show host Jon Stewart. I cannot tell you how many times my senior citizen parents mix these two men up; and I have to correct them. Today Daly tweeted: Surgery on elbow...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Derrick Rose bombed his own individual press conference

Derrick Rose sat down with Chicago Bulls TV for an interview that ran exclusively on the Bulls website. So by definition, it’s not really an interview or a press conference, it’s simply a press release by Derrick Rose and the Bulls; only in video form. It’s not a real Q&A, it’s a pre-rehearsed, formulated message. That said, how come it did absolutely zero to win over...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

New Dwight Howard 2013-24 jerseys just relased (photo)

It’s Friday, the day Dwight Howard supposedly makes up his mind. GUARANTEE he waits until 6pm, after most media have left for the day. This is exactly what both the Boston Celtics and Butler basketball did on Wednesday. Of course, it’s a holiday weekend, so a lot of media are off anyway. Therefore, Dwight Howard, if you’re like the Celtics and Brad Stevens, and don’t want...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

#50 Utah Utes: College football 77 in 77

To time constraints, the intro for the college football 77 in 77  will be omitted for the Utah Utes. Only a  few programs will have an introduction the rest of the way. Utah Utes to get EXCITED! ALL CAPS! The run defense was stellar last season, and although only four defensive starters return, there’s belief that they’ll be good again. There should be better stability in...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

#51 Rutgers: College football 51 in 51

For Rutgers, the interest in their athletic programs surrounds their college basketball coach. And the Athletic Director who presided over him, who could be in serious trouble himself. Their college football coach isn’t known for abusing his players. Rutgers football is known for Ray Rice. They certainly could use him right now. I know the “Jersey Shore” trend is finally and...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Ranking the 2013 College Football teams 1-51

We’ve redone our college football rankings for 2013. And I’ve also decided to trim some of the fat from these rankings. Due to lack of interest, the 77 in 77 has now become the 51 in 51. That means 51 team previews in 51 days. Why 51? It’s the number of Dick Butkus, the greatest linebacker in NFL and college football history. From…The University of Illinois, my alma mater...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss
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