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Bruce Pearl . . . Master Recruiter

Jordan Adams, of Oak Hill Academy, is one of the top 50 recruits in the nation. Although Adams was recruited by many, he eventually chose to play at UCLA. That’s not the interesting part of his recruitment. That comes from the “tactics” Bruce Pearl used to try to lure Adams to play basketball at the University of Tennessee. When asked by the National Recruiting Spotlight to...
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December 23, 2011  |  Discuss

Happy Hour – Bowl Game Predictions

Some people hate it but it can’t be stopped and it only grows bigger and bigger. I’m talking about college football bowl season, get your minds out of the gutter! My favorite teams Notre Dame and Nebraska will both be in Orlando, Florida for their bowl games. Then there is the BCS, which kicks off on January 2nd with the Rose Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl. I have predictions and previews...
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December 22, 2011  |  Discuss

Top 50 Sports Plays of 2011

#1 is Rocket. Not an argument
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December 22, 2011  |  Discuss

Former Players File Suit Against the NFL

Dorsey Levens, Ryan Stewart, Jamal Lewis, and Fulton Kuykendall have filed suit against the NFL in U.S. District Court in Atlanta over chronic injuries they say are a result of concussions suffered from playing football. The men, all Fulton County residents, say they suffer from memory loss, headaches and sleeplessness as a result of multiple traumatic brain injuries during their...
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December 22, 2011  |  Discuss

If it wasn’t for bad luck, Bears wouldn’t have no luck at all

Here’s the last month for the Chicago Bears: Nov. 20–Jay Cutler breaks thumb on throwing hand in a win against San Diego, ending a season that saw him playing like an elite QB. Bears are 7-3, playoff chances very solid. Nov. 27–Backup Caleb Hanie throws three picks and Bears lose to Oakland. 7-4 Dec. 4—This day was all kinds of fun, but comes in second place to Dec. 11...
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December 22, 2011  |  Discuss

Video: Blake Griffin and Chris Paul Doing What Blake Griffin and Chris Paul Do

This is a great clip.  It’s almost worthy of breaking down second by second like it’s the Zapruder film.  Looks like one William J. Simmons III’s annual purchase of Clippers season tickets will be well worth it this year.   And just for fun, here’s a gif of that same play on loop.   Video via @jose3030 and gif via @bubbaprog
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December 22, 2011  |  Discuss

Happy Hour: Coaching Conundrum

 This here is Randy Cunneyworth.  He’s the recently installed interim coach of the Montreal Canadiens (aka  Les Habitants).  He has taken over for the fired Jacques Martin in Montreal.  Now the Quebecois take their hockey seriously.  Very seriously.  Take some of the most intense fan bases you’ve seen and double it.  That would just about cover the intensity of Habs’...
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December 21, 2011  |  Discuss

Scott Raab; Defender of Cleveland

I’m not from Cleveland, have never been there. I’ve flown over it, and have driven around it. I did have a hemorrhoid once though. The writer Scott Raab was on a local morning sports radio show this morning—look up The Score 670′s website, click on shows and podcasts, look for Mully and Hanley (I’m tired of trying to link the podcast) — and it was a great listen. I am...
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December 21, 2011  |  Discuss

2012 PGA Tour Preview: Part 1

What’s that you say? Frankly, sir, I find your tone to be offensive. Why, of course I realize that I’ve been talking about golf endlessly, but if I could implore you to check your handy, pocket sized PGA calendars, you’ll notice that the official start to the PGA Tour season is a scant two weeks away! I swear to Golden Bear, I’m not making this up… And, because I’ve...
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December 21, 2011  |  Discuss

The Odds-On Favorite: 2011 Gambler’s Regrets – Week 15

If you’ve ever walked out of a casino penniless you’ve likely felt Gambler’s Regret.  You look back on what just happened trying to pinpoint where it all went wrong.  Maybe you were up a little bit at some point and thought about leaving, but ultimately pushed your luck a bit too far.  Maybe you played perfect strategy at a table, but then the dealer turned over a brutal...
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December 21, 2011  |  Discuss

Could Prince Fielder Really Be an Oriole?

Baltimore hasn’t been a real big player in free agency since Miguel Tejada came over in 2004. You remember how that worked out? (And no matter what, it was better than the ill fated Albert Belle signing in the mid-90s) Rumors say that might be breaking the seal. Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman reported yesterday that the O’s might still be in the hunt for Prince Fielder. No...
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December 21, 2011  |  Discuss

Happy Hour- NFL MVP

Aaron Rodgers has been the presumptive MVP winner this year for a while now, and while I tend to agree with the consensus, it’s actually a much closer race than the media would have you believe. If you compare Aaron Rodgers to Drew Brees, you can make a case either way: In Drew Brees’s favor: He has 420 more passing yards and completes 71.5% of his passes to Rodgers’s 68...
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December 20, 2011  |  Discuss
OF COURSE HE DID

Video: Fan 'Tebows' after hitting $25K shot

It may never end. UF senior Brian Grundt hit a half-court shot at halftime of the Florida vs Texas A&M game in the Orange Bowl Classic. Of course he was going to celebrate in a way that would honor the greatest Gator known to mankind.
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December 20, 2011  |  Discuss

Not All Big Hires are of the Head Coaching Variety

Obviously the head coaching newbs are the most talked about positions in the off season for college football, but the coordinator vacancies are often times just as (if not more) important. As an example, see Auburn and Gene Chizik. If Chizik doesn’t hire Gus Malzahn, he doesn’t get Cam Newton and Chizik finds himself on the hot seat. The hires coaches make are far bigger than...
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December 20, 2011  |  Discuss

Craig James for Texas State Senate

The following is a paid advertisement for the Craig James for the Texas State Senate Campaign. Craig James, football star, television commentator, true Texan, and now he’s asking for your vote for Senator of the great State of Texas. What does Craig James do for me? The question should be what doesn’t he do? Craig James is a born and bred Texan who knows the hardships we feel...
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December 20, 2011  |  Discuss

TST’s RAW Recap 12/19/2011

Live from Philly. Daniel Bryan is world champion. Strange times, these. They have already added RVD partner masked Kane to the opening credits. I didn’t realize the opening song was Nickleback until Tribute to the Troops taught me. I’m sorta proud of that. We open with a dark screen. The disembodied voice of Punk is talking to us. After some comedy he announces his victory last...
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December 20, 2011  |  Discuss

Don’t Drink & Yell

PGA Golfer, Jeff Overton, was just trying to keep up with the Bloomington tradition of getting trashed and having a good time. Indiana University is a perennial powerhouse when it comes to drinking, and Overton is an alum of the university. Last week at the Kentucky/Indiana basketball game, he presented a $50,000 check to the school to support the Play Golf America University program...
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December 20, 2011  |  Discuss

What Mama Don’t Know…

Nobody is going to confuse Jason Pierre-Paul with a waterboy. But the New York Giants second-year defensive end hid football from his mama, much like Bobby Bushay did in the feature film. Pierre-Paul had plans of playing basketball, but a broken leg, and constant nagging from the football coaches convinced him to change his mind. He didn’t want his mom to know, because she was...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

Running Down the NCAA Head Coach Movement

Lots of jobs have come and gone this offseason. Join me as I analyze every fire and hire/potential hire in Division I-A football. Akron: Out – Rob Ianello (Canned) In – Paul Winters (?) Had Akron pulled the ultimate coup and nailed down a National Championship caliber coach like the Vest it would have ever so sexy. They were rejected, and have turned towards Wayne State head...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

An Open Email to Joe Dumars

Dear Mr Joe Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuumars, Let me first begin by telling you how much of a fan I was of you when I was growing up. You were, by far, my favorite Piston on the Bad Boys squad that dominated the NBA at the end of the 80s. Your quiet, yet cerebral, demeanor on what was the most passionate, toughest, and loudest championship team in NBA history was always appreciated...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

An Open Letter to Joe Dumars

Dear Mr Joe Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuumars, Let me first begin by telling you how much of a fan I was of you when I was growing up. You were, by far, my favorite Piston on the Bad Boys squad that dominated the NBA at the end of the 80s. Your quiet, yet cerebral, demeanor on what was the most passionate, toughest, and loudest championship team in NBA history was always appreciated...
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December 19, 2011  |  1 Comment

The Morning After – December 19, 2011 edition

Hello and I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and other holidays that come at this time of the year. Allow me to once again take things seriously as the Motherland, specifically its southern portion, was battered by Tropical Storm Washi (locally known as Sendong) over the weekend. I am fine, but after personally enduring the wrath two years ago, it surely is not alright down...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

Sunday Funday: NFL Week 15

Yeah the 1pm games today are pretty mcuh worthless when you’re looking for curb appeal. The match-up between the Giants and Redskins has an effect on the NFC East, especially with the Cowboys beating Tampa Bay last night. The late slate is much better, as the Pats and Broncos bump heads along with….yeah, that’s pretty much it. Anyways, the rundown. Miami @ Buffalo – The Dolphins...
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December 18, 2011  |  Discuss

Giants Michael Boley Under Investigation for Child Abuse

New York Giants linebacker, Michael Boley, is currently under investigation due to allegations of child abuse of his 5-year-old son. The news was first reported by TMZ earlier today. According to the report, Boley is alleged to have participated in willful abuse of his son over a 1 week period last spring (May 30 to June 5) per police in Gadsden, AL. No formal charges have been...
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December 17, 2011  |  Discuss
SNIFFED OUT

Tebow dog makes drug bust

A police dog named "Tebow" helped with a drug bust at the airport in Orlando. The dog sniffed out a kilo of cocaine in a suitcase. 

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December 17, 2011  |  Discuss
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