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CBS’ Tracy Wolfson talks sports media, NCAA Tourney (exclusive part 1/3)

Tracy Wolfson did the sideline work for CBS at the Big Ten Tournament. Her Michigan Wolverines, she’s a UM grad beat Ohio State in a nail-biter and then lost to my Michigan State Spartans, I did my MBA at MSU, in the Tourney final. Although I can’t talk smack because 1.) The Wolverines eliminated my Illini (I did my undergrad at UI) and 2.) I was at press row as well in Indianapolis...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

March Madness: Sweet 16, Final Four, Brackets, Title picks

The Sports Bank staff brackets breakdown. Here’s the TSB staff picks for all the brackets, Sweet 16, Final 4, National Title game. Brackets, brackets, brackets, let’s dive right in. Here’s the tv, tip times and on-air talent assignments for all the brackets. Resident college basketball genius David Kmiecik: SOUTH REGIONAL: #1 Florida over #4 UCLA and #7 New Mexico over #3...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

David Moyes on the brink, as United sponors and business partners disapprove

David Moyes is truly in danger of losing his job soon. This idea has been floated earlier this season, but now it seems like a genuine possibility. In defense of their top-flight title, Manchester United are currently 18 points off table leaders Chelsea after being soundly beaten 3-0 by their bitterest of rivals, Liverpool on Sunday. I’m not saying that was the straw that broke...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

David Moyes could be managing for his job Wednesday vs Olympiacos

On Wednesday, David Moyes manages a match that could make or break his regime. Manchester United host Olympiakos, looking to erase a two-goal aggregate deficit in order to advance to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. Another setback here and United are eliminated from the Champions League Tournament. Their only chance to qualify for next year’s Champions League is by...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Wichita St Shockers disrespected, using that dumb cliche doesn’t help

Covering the Wichita St Shockers is tricky for a whole host of reasons. First off, they’re a mid-major, so wave goodbye right now to the idea of having a ton of people read what you write about that. Unless you actually get linked by any mid-major or WSU message boards or fan blogs, very few people will read it. Of course now, search engine generated traffic is higher for every...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick Twitter paroduy account: real and spectacular

You’ve heard me criticize the Danica Patrick Twitter account. By that I mean the official account with the little white checkmark. People think these types of accounts are “real,” but it only means they are “real” PR pros doing the tweeting on behalf of the celebrity. Critiquing the Danica Patrick Twitter account really means something coming from me too (if you’ve seen...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan St basketball: NCAA Tournament opening round preview

Covering Michigan St basketball in the Big Ten Tournament, I witnessed a pretty dominant run. This impressive three game stretch, along with my Spartan lineage made me biased towards thinking Michigan St basketball is going to win the whole thing. Then when I got home from Indianapolis I realized, everyone else is picking them too. All 5 ESPN experts are picking the Spartans. Pretty...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

David Moyes losing support from United Board Members; in real trouble

David Moyes is really in serious trouble now. Just when you thought rock bottom had been reached; the loss to Liverpool happened. Yes, a new bottom, drops out again. You just can’t be that thoroughly dominated by your most hated of rivals like that. Now according to sources close to ESPN FC’s Miguel Delaney, the new Manchester United manager is losing support from board members...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Illini QB Juice Williams joins Tim Beckman’s staff

Former Illinois Rose Bowl quarterback Juice Williams has a new job. Illini football coach Tim Beckman announced Wednesday that Isiah “Juice” Williams is joining his staff as director of alumni and former player relations. Juice Williams broke Illinois records for career and single-season total offense, career starts by a quarterback and career and single-season rushing yards...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Fox Sports 1 debuts new talk show: America’s Pregame

  America’s Pregame is a new hour-long program on Fox Sports 1. The announcement of the show’s addition to the schedule was made today by Scott Ackerson, Fox Sports 1’s Executive Vice President, News. America’s Pregame airs Monday to Friday from 5:00-6:00 PM CST and premieres on Monday, April 7. Said Ackerson: “We’ll discuss in detail the night’s most compelling games...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Giggs furious about rumors he’s feuding with David Moyes

Manchester United star Ryan Giggs, a famed member of the legendary Class of ’92, is furious about rumors suggesting that he’s had a rift with Manager David Moyes. The Manchester Evening News first reported this. Reports had indicated that the Welshman – who is part of the coaching staff at Old Trafford – has had a breakup in his relationship with the Manchester United boss...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

450,000 unlike Man U’s Facebook page following loss

Man United has 660,000,000 million fans; according to the latest surveys. At least the surveys discussed by Man United icon and official team Ambassador “Captain Marvel” Bryan Robson. It stands to reason that when you have a number of supporters that high; the largest amount of fanatics for any sports team in the entire world, that things like this will happen. If this is actually...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Wolves get mixed results versus best teams

The Chicago Wolves are in the middle of the AHL Western Conference playoff race, which explains their play against the teams ahead of them in the standings. Chicago is in fourth place in the west with 76 points, only 7 points out of eighth. Ahead of them in the standings are Grand Rapids, Texas, and Toronto, the division leaders. It would be tough to imagine Chicago jumping any of...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Mel Kiper Jr. evaluates Kain Colter’s NFL Draft stock (exclusive)

A few months ago, I joined a conference call with ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. where I asked about the professional football future of Big Ten players. Kain Colter was the only Northwestern guy Kiper mentioned. Colter was also the Scouting Combine’s only NU invitee. Unfortunately, Colter was still not healthy enough to perform receiver drills at either the combine or at...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State basketball stock is WAY UP: time to buy in

Michigan State basketball has 17 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, that’s the 2nd most in the nation. Tom Izzo is indeed “Mr. March” as he sports a winning percentage of 71% in the NCAA Tournament. Tom Izzo thinks this Michigan State basketball team is the next in line to reach the Final Four, and if this group does do Dallas, then Keith Appling and Adreian Payne will...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Noah Vonleh likely leaving IU early to enter the NBA Draft

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, Indiana forward Noah Vonleh is leaning toward heading to the NBA rather than return for his sophomore season in Bloomington. I told you this was coming after the Illini knocked the Hoosiers out of the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. I told you that IU had way too many bad losses to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to merit an...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State: National Champion Pick of all 5 ESPN Analysts

Even though MSU is just a #4 seed, Las Vegas has them with the second greatest odds of winning it all at 9-2. Florida is first at 4-1. Nate Silver who predicted 49/50 states correctly in the last two U.S. Presidential races has Mich St. as the favorite to win the East Regional. They have a 24% chance of winning it. Silver has not revealed who is national title choice is as of yet...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament: Tip Times, on-air talent for every game

The 2014 NCAA Tournament tips off with the play-in games on truTV Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19 (6:00 PM, ET; both days). Firs “round” coverage begins Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21 (12:00 NOON-Midnight; both days) with all games available live in their entirety across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. Additionally, truTV will...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NCAA Tournament Predictions: Midwest Regional bracket breakdown

Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy this bracket and are out of your NCAA Tournament pool by Sunday.  However, if you do listen to my college basketball wisdom and win some money, I want 20% of the pot or at least a shout-out on your twitter or facebook page. The Midwest Regional is by the far the most brutal of the four. Unbeaten Wichita State cemented their status...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NCAA Tournament predictions: West Regional bracket breakdown

Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy this bracket and are out of your NCAA Tournament pool by Sunday.  However, if you do listen to my college basketball wisdom and win some money, I want 20% of the pot or at least a shout-out on your twitter or facebook page. Arizona had locked down the top seed in the West Regional a long time ago and will represent the west coast...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NCAA Tournament predictions: East Regional bracket breakdown

Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy this bracket and are out of your NCAA Tournament pool by Sunday.  However, if you do listen to my college basketball wisdom and win some money, I want 20% of the pot or at least a shout-out on your twitter or facebook page. The biggest headache for my bracketology was who would earn the fourth number one seed in the 2014 NCAA...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NCAA Tournament predictions: South Regional bracket breakdown

Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy this bracket and are out of your NCAA Tournament pool by Sunday.  However, if you do listen to my college basketball wisdom and win some money, I want 20% of the pot or at least a shout-out on your twitter or facebook page. Florida earned the top overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament are the favorites in the South Regional...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Usain Bolt tweets inspirational message to Manchester United

  Usain Bolt is a huge Manchester United fan. He was with the club showing his allegiance through a very busy stretch for the Red Devils: November 24th vs Cardiff City, Bayer Leverkusen on the 27th, a trip to Whiteheart Lane on December 1st, and a match against Everton on December 4th. About a month ago Usain Bolt engaged in a little social media sparring with CNN personality, and...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

David Moyes fails again; loses badly in biggest game vs Liverpool

David Moyes still believes that Liverpool is Manchester United’s greatest rival, and I doubt many Supporters would disagree with him. It’s the first date circled on the calendar, so to speak. Man Utd and Liverpool built their rivalry by often being right near each other at the top of the Premier League table for many years. United has sustained that success (until this year)...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

UNC Coach Roy Williams: Funniest. Parody. Twitter. Account. Ever

Interviewing Danica Patrick was an exciting career moment for me last summer. However, it wasn’t as fun as interviewing this icon out of NASCAR country: the fake Roy Williams Twitter account.  Yes, former Kansas Jayhawks and current North Carolina Tar Heels coach Roy Williams has the funniest sports figure parody Twitter account you’ll ever see in @Roy Williams Twitter account...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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