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Chicago Bulls media day highlights

With former MVP Derrick Rose set to miss at least half the season as he rehabs his ACL, the Chicago Bulls will have a completely different look this season. Kirk Hinrich takes over at starting point guard, and the bench has been completely reshuffled, giving the Bulls basically a whole new team. Which makes this media day and start of training camp basically a very new beginning...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Washington Wizards: 2012-13 NBA Season Preview

The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going. The Washington Wizards training camp began with a sour taste as news came out that John Wall suffered a minor setback to his knee injury and could...
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October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Bulls Derrick Rose discusses his rehabilitation

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose addressed the media today for the first time in awhile and said “I’m at peace with my health and no one should be worried” “just trying to stay positive, work extremely hard to be better than before. I’m working on my patience knowing that I have to prove I’m ready to come back. I’m about two weeks away from being able to cut” He went...
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October 01, 2012  |  Discuss

#65 Wichita State Shockers: College Basketball 111 in 111

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season. We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order...
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October 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Charlotte Bobcats: 2012-13 NBA Season Preview

The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going. After finishing with the worst winning percentage in NBA history, the Charlotte Bobcats have nowhere to go but up.  Their rise won’t be rapid...
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October 01, 2012  |  1 Comment

#66 George Mason Patriots: College Basketball 111 in 111

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season. We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order...
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October 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Packers survive close call in 28-27 win over the New Orleans Saints

Despite some more questionable calls and a suspect pass defense, the Green Bay packers persevered at home to outlast the New Orleans Saints by the score of 28-27. Aaron Rodgers wasn’t quite Drew Brees, but still effective while going 31-of-41 for 319 yards, four touchdowns and just the one interception. The Packers (2-2) kept pace in a competitive NFC North division while the Saints...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Why is Illinois so bad at football?

The Illinois Fighting Illini are 2-3, but those two wins came courtesy of a MAC and FCS team. They’ve been absolutely destroyed by every FBS team they’ve faced this season, even getting routed at home by a non power conference team in Louisiana Tech. In their three losses, the Illini have surrendered an average of 44 ppg. Yesterday, Illinois, not Penn State looked like the team...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Huskers score 20 unanswered to knock out the Wisconsin Badgers

At one point, the Wisconsin Badgers held a 27-10 lead, but Nebraska went twenty unanswered to snatch a 30-27 win in front of the fifth largest crowd at Memorial Stadium ever. Taylor Martinez led the charge for the Huskers (4-1) with 116 yards on the ground and three total touchdowns. The Badgers (3-2) lose their second road game of the season and open up an entirely new Pandora...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Northwestern sets school record for total offense

In their 44-29 victory over Indiana Saturday, Northwestern had an extremely balanced attack on offense: accruing 310 yards passing and 394 yards rushing (704 overall on 93 plays). The first and only 700 yard total offense day in school history just says so much about how a very bad Hoosier defense was just so over-matched all day. Quarterback 1a/wide receiver Kain Colter scored...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Northwestern: Chicago’s 5-0 B1G team

Entering this college football Saturday 4-0, Northwestern was just outside the national rankings. If that seemed perplexing, consider the unimpressive record of NU’s four vanquished opponents. After today however, with a 44-29 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers bringing NU to 5-0, the Wildcats should be well within the national rankings, and deservedly so. Not that IU is anything...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Jenn Brown working out (video)

ESPN sideline reporter Jenn Brown gave a behind the scenes look at one of her workouts at Marina Del Rey’s Paradiso CrossFit. Watch the video after the jump In the video, Brown can be seen running, performing box jumps, wall balls (tossing a medicine ball at a fifteen foot target from a full squat), snatches, and using a Concept 2 rower.   Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Top 5 Achievements of the ATP Champions Tour Players

  The ATP Champions Tour brings together the best tennis players of their generation, players who are proving that age need not be a factor in determining the top ranking tennis players in the world today. Best of all, the ATP Champions Tour travels around the world, so that fans everywhere can have the opportunity to see these masters of the game As the ATP Champions Tour continues...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers: Brutally Honest Preview

Now that the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints have combined for only one win in a total of six games, it almost makes you believe that the league has some kind of vendetta against them. Because of Bounty-Gate, the Saints (0-3) are without key defenders and their head coach Sean Payton which has them reeling at the end of close games. Meanwhile the Packers (1-2) are on the...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Marlins to Give Adam Greenberg Another Major League Plate Appearance

           One of Adam Greenberg’s recent tries to play baseball on a major stage ended prematurely a few days ago when Team Israel bowed out one victory short of qualifying for next spring’s World Baseball Classic, but the outfielder had a major wish granted this very day when the Miami Marlins surprised the 31-year-old during a Today Show appearance that they will...
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September 28, 2012  |  Discuss

#67 Virginia Cavaliers: College Basketball 111 in 111

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season. We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order...
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September 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Sarah Kustok inducted into Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame

Sarah Kustok, a popular television star at Comcast Sports Net Chicago since 2009, has moved on to the YES Network in New York. But she was back in Chicago last Wednesday to be inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero. The extremely photogenic former Blackhawks reporter joined 19 other inductees including Green Bay Packers legend Paul Hornung...
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September 27, 2012  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Mock Draft 9-28-12

The draft order is utterly random, with consideration to how things might play out given what we know in today’s NFL. Team needs were sometimes, but not always considered, as this is highly subject to change. Let’s get to the 5 Ws of the players making the transition from Saturdays to Sundays. 1. Cleveland Browns, Matt Barkley, QB, USC You gotta feel for the Brownies. Like Michael...
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September 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Wisconsin Badgers vs. #22 Nebraska Cornhuskers: Brutally Honest Preview

Excitement, mystery and revenge are just a few of the words that can be used to describe the start of the conference season for the Wisconsin Badgers and Nebraska Cornhuskers. Both teams look to move forward from what was a disappointing non-conference slate from not only their-selves, but the entire Big Ten conference as a whole. The Badgers are still searching for their offensive...
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September 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Nebraska Cornhuskers legend Tom Osborne retires

University of Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne, the legendary national title winning college football coach with the Cornhuskers is stepping down. And what a career he’s had before he retires. From the football field to the administrative offices to the political realm, Osborne was a success and a Big Ten icon every step of the way. From the L.A. Times: “At some point...
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September 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Bikini Hockey League for real? (video)

The NHL just doesn’t seem to learn when it comes to lockouts and how it hurts the popularity of the sport. Hockey has had 4 work stoppages in the past 20 years. But here’s an alternative, of sorts, the Bikini Hockey League which looks like it really might happen. Move over Lingerie Football League h/t Big Lead [Bikini Hockey League] Check out the BHL Media Day video, as well...
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September 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Ohio State Buckeyes looking to wreak havoc on Big Ten

The Ohio State Buckeyes don’t exactly have all that much to play for this year. They are on postseason probation, thus can’t win the Big Ten and can’t play in a bowl game. However, Head Coach Urban Meyer has his team buying into the fact that a 12-0 season would be of the utmost importance, especially if it can wreck the year of so many other teams in the Big Ten. The first...
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September 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Notre Dame Cancels Michigan Rivalry?!?!?

Notre Dame has notified Michigan that they will be cancelling their series with the Wolverines after the 2014 season. This announcement is a result of Notre Dame’s recent deal with the ACC. The deal states that the Irish will play five football games per season vs. ACC opponents once Notre Dame moves their athletic allegiance the ACC starting in 2014. However, Notre Dame will still...
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September 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox Will Win the AL Central

For the first time in almost a month, the White Sox share first place in the American League Central with the Detroit Tigers.  Now with the most optimism a White Sox fan with ulcers from the stresses of watching his team can muster, believes: The Chicago White Sox will win the AL Central. How is it possible that a team that can’t hit the weight of Alexei Ramirez (175 lbs.) with...
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September 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs open bar and grill in O’Hare airport

Air travelers passing through Chicago O’Hare International Airport can now get a taste of the Friendly Confines and take a piece of Cubs history home to share with family and friends. The Chicago Cubs today unveiled the Cubs Bar & Grill, which is a licensing deal with HMSHost and the Chicago Department of Aviation. The Cubs Bar & Grill, formerly the O’Hare Bar & Grill...
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September 26, 2012  |  Discuss
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