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Can Novak Djokovic end the Roland Garros Reign of Rafael Nadal?

Novak Djokovic has never been the champion at Roland Garros. The French Open has eluded the #1-ranked Serbian star as Rafael Nadal has historically clamped down on the red clay courts. But as we saw at Monte Carlo, Djokovic is absolutely on fire – no matter what court surface – and Nadal will have his work cut out for him come the French Open in late May. Still it’s tough to...
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May 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Lebron James most underpaid in NBA? And Interesting NBA Fines Info

Researching NBA salaries and found that LeBron James is the most underpaid athlete in the NBA. Here are some of the more powerful statistics we’ve found: LeBron James is the 13th highest paid player in the NBA. Players ahead of him include Gilbert Arenas, Brandon Roy, and Elton Brand. The year after gaining LeBron James, the Miami Heat saw a 99% increase in the their local TV ratings...
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May 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Reese Witherspoon: Patriot. Freedom Fighter. Illegally Blonde (video)

Reese Witherspoon wasn’t joking when she told Good Morning America she was “saying all kinds of crazy things.” TMZ has obtained the entire, unbelievably entertaining dash cam video. Embedded below. Reese Witherspoon sounded ditzier than the character she played in the Legally Blonde movies. And Reese Witherspoon is on the wrong side of the law here. She’s pretty convinced...
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May 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Nebraska fan Warren Buffett joins Twitter; cheerleaders sing with him (video)

Warren Buffett, the 82 year old “Oracle of Omaha” joined Twitter today today. It’s not everyday a multi-zillionaire gets on the 140 character or less micro-blogging platform. He sent his first tweet while being interviewed by Fortune magazine at the University of Nebraska. And the Nebraska fight song sounds so much better when you’re one of the richest men alive and surrounded...
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May 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Condom company donates a year supply to Jason Collins

Jason Collins received a gift for making his historic announcement this week: a year’s supply of condoms from NuVo condoms. NuVo Condoms is also offering Jason Collins an all expense paid wedding at the 2013 NYC PrideFest on June 30, 2013, if he is ready to walk down the aisle. I don’t know if Collins is engaged, or even has a boyfriend or whatever, so this second part kind...
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May 02, 2013  |  Discuss

SEC and ESPN finalize SEC network

Today, the SEC and ESPN announced their partnership in forming an SEC network. The deal will give ESPN the rights to all SEC sports on television. However, CBS will still be able to keep one SEC game of the week, keeping a longstanding arrangement between CBS and the SEC. The SEC Network deal runs until 2034. Making it the longest television deal in history. Not the longest college...
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May 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Amanda Bynes tweets topless photo (SFW) curses at Jenny McCarthy

Amanda Bynes has crossed over into Lindsay Lohan territory. She’s a walking punchline, and the mother of all train wrecks. When Jenny McCarthy is a voice of reason and sanity by comparison, you have problems Amanda Bynes. Apparently, the cops have been to the house of Amanda Bynes, and she’s got some substance abuse issues. Oh and Bynes tweeted out some topless pictures and slightly...
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May 02, 2013  |  Discuss

NCAA bans hashtags on football fields #WhitePeopleProblems

Hashtags on college football fields? To quote Jeremy Irons in his absolutely moronic opinion about gay marriage: “I don’t have a strong feeling either way.” But if the NCAA really has nothing better to do than get rid of them, stories about hashtags on fields it is. That’s why I put one right there in the title. Seriously, what about all the messes to clean up in college...
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May 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Al Harris retires as a Green Bay Packer

Former NFL cornerback Al Harris played seven seasons (2003-09) with the Green Bay Packers. Hours ago he informed the Packers of his decision to retire with the Packers. The Al Harris announcement was made by Ted Thompson, Executive V.P. and GM. Al Harris, who was acquired by Green Bay from Philadelphia in a trade last month, started 102 games for the Packers in seven seasons. He...
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May 02, 2013  |  Discuss

NBC beating a dead horse with Kentucky Derby coverage

NBC started 14.5 hours of Kentucky Derby coverage yesterday on NBC Sports Network with Kentucky Derby Classics. It will end with the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. They sent out a press release yesterday with many words in ALL CAPS!!! SO YOU KNOW IT’S IMPORTANT!!!! THAT’S WHY WE’RE SHOUTING!!!! LOUD NOISES!!!!! The press release subject heading was: NBCUNIVERSAL...
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May 02, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NBA Mock Draft- Second Round (5/2/13)

Here is the second round of our updated 2013 NBA Mock Draft.  Click on the players’ name for a complete, in-depth scouting report. (By the way, The Sports Bank was graded as the most accurate 2011 AND 2012 NBA Mock Draft on the web.) CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST ROUND Check out The Sports Bank’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft. 31. Cleveland (from ORL)- Livio Jean-Charles, F, France, 6-9...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NBA Mock Draft- First Round (5/2/13)

Here is our updated 2013 NBA Mock Draft.  Click on the players’ name for a complete, in-depth scouting report. (By the way, The Sports Bank was graded as the most accurate 2011 AND 2012 NBA Mock Draft on the web.) GO HERE FOR THE SECOND ROUND Check out The Sports Bank’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft. 1. Orlando- Nerlens Noel, PF/C, Kentucky, 6-10, Fr. A season-ending torn ACL could...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Jason Collins to Jackie Robinson analogies sort of work, sort of don’t

I wrote about the Jackie Robinson movie “42″ 17 days ago: when it comes to social pioneering in sports, you’ll soon be hearing a lot of Jackie Robinson comparisons in the media. That’s because we’ll likely see the first ever openly gay athlete in the four major sports come out within the year. Early word is the NFL will be first, but the NHL may have fostered a more conducive...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Churchill Downs removes press box; only cares about NBC coverage

On Saturday, America will pretend like they still care about horse racing; if only for a day. However, Churchill Downs in Louisville, where the Kentucky Derby will be run, doesn’t care about the media. The media cares about Churchill Downs, and the Running of the Roses. However, Churchill Downs is not reciprocating in this relationship. From Ed Sherman’s The Sherman Report: ...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Jason Collins doing Oprah, did HLN and Lance Bass XM shows

On Monday, NBA player Jason Collins came out and made history. In doing so, he became a trending topic and knocked Tim Tebow, Rebecca Martinson, Kelsey Williams, every other 15 second of fame personality “off the homepages.” His story is so important that he even (rightfully so) made the NBA and NHL playoffs take a backseat. You’ll notice I didn’t even bother to bring up...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

CBS Houston fires troll who attacked “fat” Thunder cheerleader

It looks like the controversy between OKC Thunder cheerleader Kelsey Williams and CBS Houston/blogger Anna-Megan Raley or “Claire Crawford” isn’t going to last in our media cycle. Now that “the eye” has canned Crawford/Raley, this story will be as forgotten as Rebecca Martinson in a couple days. Certainly so by the weekend. That’s disappointing. Because like Thunder cheerleader...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild: game 1 takeaways

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild. It’s a matchup that was under most people’s playoff radar; until last night. A majority of pundits had the Chicago Blackhawks sweeping the Wild. Regardless, this will be an interesting series. The Blackhawks came out flat against a Minnesota Wild team that was at the top of their game in game 1 of the playoff series Tuesday night. The...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Yahoo hires Melanie Collins

Former bikini model and Penn State alum Melanie Collins has a job again. After falling down from NBA TV and Big Ten Network to Total College Sports, she’s back to help ramp up page views for Yahoo! Because one thing Melanie Collins does well is increase the page views. That’s probably why Yahoo! is making this move. Not that I’m any better, I mean I’m wasting a whole post...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick scores a goal at Blackhawks playoff game (video)

Danica Patrick showed off some hockey skills tonight (I’m sorry “last night,” technically, as I’m writing this at 1:48 am CDT on May 1st, and she scored her goal somewhere around 8:30 ish pm CDT April 30th). You gotta love Twitter timelines and WordPress time stamps. Danica Patrick showed up for Game 1 of the Chicago Blackhawks series with the Minnesota Wild, sitting in the...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Former Cubs 1B Mark Grace behaving quite well in prison

Former Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace is finishing out a 4 month sentence at Tent City Prison in Arizona. Mark Grace, most recently a D-Backs television color analyst Mark Grace was sent to jail on DUI charges. The “lovable” drunk that used to hang out a lot at Durkin’s on the North side of Chicago trolling for Lincoln Park Trixie booty is supposedly...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Patrick Kane gives the middle finger (photo)

This comes from Twitter user @MollieScott, who’s tweets are now protected. By her account, that’s Chicago Blackhawks franchise player and drinking legend Patrick Kane giving the photographer the middle finger at Stanley’s, a Lincoln Park bar that’s famous as a Blackhawks player hang out. We all know Kaner likes to have a good time; and here he is full glory as we begin the...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

14 pictures of girls in Kentucky Derby hats

Ready to buy some Kentucky Derby hats for this weekend? The Kentucky Derby- the one weekend out of the year that everyone wants to be engulfed in KY. (I’m referring to the state, not the jelly, you dirty mind!) The annual Running of the Roses at Churchill Downs in Louisville is a big media and social event. And lots of attractive women sporting cocktail dresses, mint juleps and...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Blackhawks announcer Olczyk won $497,000 betting on horses

For Eddie Olczyk, it’s a huge week. The Blackhawks start the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs versus the Minnesota Wild tonight; and the Kentucky Derby is Saturday. It’s the one day a year that the masses pretend to care about horse racing, so it’s high time we talk about someone who actually does truly care about horse racing. Chicago Blackhawks televison analyst Eddie Olczyk, is...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Maria Shriver returning to NBC News in special role

Maria Shriver is joining NBC News as a special anchor reporting on the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a sister of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward Kennedy. Shriver, who has Kennedy lineage in her bloodstream, will give reports and appearances on NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC and NBC Sports. The...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays reporter Kelly Nash almost nailed by home run ball

Kelly Nash is a Fox Sports sideline reporter covering the Tampa Bay Rays. As you can tell from the photos, her job is largely influenced by her looks. Probably had a lot to do with how she got this sweet gig. So getting a batting practice home run ball to the face would likely not be the best thing to happen to Kelly Nash and her media career. Obviously. And it actually came “this...
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April 30, 2013  |  Discuss
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