Want to stir a passionate debate about skateboarding? Ask whether it should be considered an Olympic event. While progressive sports have reserved their own spotlight via the ongoing X-Games, the Olympics maintain the prestige of tradition. To date, a number of events (such as skiing and snowboarding) feature personalities who also enjoy skating (Shaun White for instance).Follow paulmbanks
The English Premier League is taking off stateside. Especially Liverpool FC, and especially in New York City. The New York Times did a story about Brooklyn hipsters, particularly in the ultra-trendy neighborhood of Williamsburg, where there’s been an influx of Liverpool FC fans. Or people adopting the Reds as they currently sit atop the Premier League table and have a 85% chance of winning the league.
It’s a good read, even though the article comes off extremely elitist and it works in every hipster stereotype possible; whenever possible.Follow paulmbanks
If you have Tara Lipinski on your talent roster, then you use Tara Lipinski every chance you can. It’s like the joke my brother-in-law once made to me. “Hey, we got airplanes, let’s use ‘em!”
Olympic figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi, who received critical acclaim for their figure skating analysis on NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014 Sochi Games, as well as for their conversational rapport on topics ranging from twizzles to tres chic attire, will join NBC Sports Group for its coverage of the 2014 Kentucky Derby, it was announced today.
Plus when Tara Lipinski opined on Ashley Wagner calling out the B.S. nature of the sport of figure skating that was pretty cool too.Follow paulmbanks
The post-NCAA Tournament fallout has begun as college basketball players are already announcing their intentions to either return for another year of college or enter the 2014 NBA Draft. Here is the up-to-date list of the 2014 NBA Draft early entries.
Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Draft. Click on the player’s name for an in-depth scouting report.
UPDATED: 4/22/14Follow paulmbanks
College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend. Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2014-15 season. Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.
UPDATED: 4/22/14Follow paulmbanks
There is no denying that the New York Knicks are into a very bad situation at the moment, one of the toughest ones they have been in since Carmelo Anthony came on-board . This was the first season in the Melo era that the team didn’t make it to the postseason and on top of that, their megastar forward is set to hit the free agency in a little more than one month from now.
However, the arrival of Phil Jackson, the new President of the team, has brought hope to New York. Now the team is ready to make all the corrective moves needed in order to improve next season. [Read more...]Follow paulmbanks
Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday arrives April 23rd when the Cubs host the Arizona Diamondbacks exactly one century after the Chicago Federals opened then Weeghman Park against the Kansas City Packers April 23, 1914.
The first 30,000 fans at the game will receive a replica 1914 Chicago Federals jersey as they enter the ballpark, mirroring the throwback Chicago Federals home uniforms the Cubs will wear on the field that day.Follow paulmbanks
A new survey ranked the most popular athletes in every state. Andrew Wiggins was #1 in Kansas; as expected. However, Wiggins was also #1 in Kentucky. HUH? What? Que? Well, we know this survey didn’t take into account media skills; since Andrew Wiggins doesn’t have any. Seriously, a Wiggins interview is almost always as painful if not more so than any time Cody Zeller or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist gets behind a microphone.
But why is Andrew Wiggins the most popular athlete in the Bluegrass state?Follow paulmbanks
Given how PSU football is bigger than 1,000 Jesus level figures in the state of Pennsylvania, I was shocked and I mean SHOCKED to see who the most popular athlete in the state of Pennsylvania was. It’s not someone who plays at PSU, went to PSU or coached at PSU. I know I’m amazed.
It’s actually someone who didn’t even go to college; and he’s never played for a professional team in the state either.Follow paulmbanks