Archives for November 2010

Rose, Bulls About to Elevate Another Level as Boozer Returns

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It’s been a long time since the Chicago Bulls have entered December in a position as favorable as this. They’re in first place by a game over the surprising Indiana Pacers, their biggest threat to the division, the Milwaukee Bucks, have spent most of November east bound and down, and they actually finished the dreaded circus trip with a winning record of 4-3.

Usually, the circus road trip is like the set-up of a George Lopez joke: you just know complete failure in the task at hand is about to occur.

And on top of all these good vibes, the Bulls’ superstar, Derrick Rose is elevating his game to another level. This NBA season will only get better for Chicago as Carlos Boozer may return Wednesday night versus Orlando. With Booze now being served, Rose and company have that dynamic second option in place, and things are about to take off.

By Paul M. Banks

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Illini Star, NCAA INT Record Holder Al Brosky Passes Away

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Former Illinois football standout defensive back and College Football Hall of Fame member Al Brosky passed away on Sunday, Nov. 27, at the age of 82. Brosky played three seasons with the Fighting Illini from 1950-52, breaking NCAA records for career interceptions with 29, interceptions in consecutive games (15) and interceptions per game (1.1) during his career.

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A glimpse into the Milwaukee Bucks without their Bigs isn’t pretty

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What do Andrew Bogut, Corey Maggette, Carlos Delfino and Drew Gooden have in common? The answer: A DNP label next to their names for the Milwaukee Bucks 109-88 loss to the Utah Jazz.

While Delfino’s injury status was ambiguous until late last week, the temporary losses of Bogut, Maggette, and Gooden exposed the reality of what could happen should any of them go down for any extended period of time.

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Field of 68 (TSB’s Bracketology) 11/30/10

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I am a huge college basketball nerd.  I know it and if you are a frequent visitor to the Sports Bank, you know it as well.  So much in fact, that I create my own bracketology which is seventy times nerdier than making a NBA mock draft.

In my inaugural year of entering this hallowed ground of geeks, my bracketology more than held its own ESPN’s “expert” bracketologist Joe Lunardi; a feat that I consider to be a huge accomplishment.

This year, there is more to take into account with the NCAA expanding the field to 68 teams.  That means there will now be four play-in games held in Dayton.  Two of those games will feature the final four at-large bids battling to be in the Field of 64.  Same will go for the last four automatic qualifiers.  Be sure to check back every week for updates on my Field of 68.

By: David Kay
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Undefeated and Nationally Ranked Notre Dame Getting Stability from Atkins

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Entering the college basketball season, Notre Dame knew that the primary issue was “who’s going to run the point?” with Tory Jackson, the second leading assist man in school history, graduated.

“You go right into the issue of Tory Jackson leaving the building, you had the ball in his hands 38 minutes a game and you didn’t have to worry, and the toughness factor, and maybe more than anything how he led and helped me manage the locker room,” Head Coach Mike Brey said at Media Day.

Whoever takes over though had one advantage going for them.

“Trying to stay old with the guys who are on the floor for us is very important and we managed our roster to try and be that with red-shirts and transfers and bringing guys along earlier in their careers,” Brey continued.

What about Eric Atkins, the highly heralded freshman from Baltimore?

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Cardinals QB Derek Anderson Laughs then SCREAMS! (Video)

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Wow! We haven’t seen a good NFL tirade like this since…Dennis Green, also on a Monday night, his famous “THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE” explosion. Coincidentally, it also came out of Arizona (yes, the correct word to use there is “coincidentally” not ironically. Yeah, I know I’m the only person left who use the word “irony” correctly. Anyways, enough digressions, this is about Arizona Cardinals QB Derek Anderson, his Todd Collinsesque passer rating, and whatever seemed to think was so funny.

Basically, this video will soon become to the NFL blogs what Mike Gundy and his “I’M A MAN I’M 40” was to college football.

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Dan Persa Named Big Ten All-Conference First Team Quarterback

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Northwestern’s Dan Persa (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) was selected as the All-Big Ten first team quarterback by a vote of the conference coaches while wide receiver Jeremy Ebert (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) is an All Big Ten first team choice of the conference media.

Persa, one of the most valuable and dynamic players in the Big Ten and all of college football, led Northwestern to a 7-3 record in 10 starts this season before suffering a season-ending injury in a victory over the then-No. 13 Iowa Hawkeyes on Nov. 13.

He ranks second in the Big Ten in passing yardage per game (258.1), total offense per game (310.0) and led the nation in completion percentage (73.5).

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Denard Robinson wins Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Award

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It was definitely a tale of two seasons for University of Michigan sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson. He absolutely destroyed the college football world after his first five games, and his team was undefeated. But the native of Deerfield Beach, Fla. slowed down, as did his team in the back half of the season, once the Wolverines started to play real defenses.

Still DenardD did enough to win the Big Ten offensive player of the year award from both the coaches and media. Robinson was also named to the All-Big Ten first team by the media and earned honorable mention recognition from the coaches.

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Rejoice TCU! You’re joining the Big East, and will soon have BCS Chances

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In a deal that’s great for both parties involved. TCU joined the Big East conference today. If you’ve watched ESPN College Football Gamenight this season, you’ve noticed their running gags “Big East Bound and Down” and the “ACC Wheel of Destiny” to make fun of how mediocre, or just plain the respective conferences are.

Although this move will not help the TCU Horned Frogs this season, when it comes to possibly getting into the BCS title game. At least in a couple of years, their chances of not getting screwed by the BCS will be a lot, lot smaller. Being in a power conference and playing a power conference schedule will make a huge difference. Because right now they’re not in a conference that brings anything to the table.

And this is great for the Big East, since they’re football is even worse than the ACC, which means it’s downright pathetic.

By Paul M. Banks

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Iowa Hawkeyes DE Adrian Clayborn Named All-American

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Iowa Hawkeyes senior defensive end Adrian Clayborn has been named a first-team all-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). It is the only college football All-America team that is voted on entirely by coaches.

Clayborn, a 6-4, 285-pounder from St. Louis, is the eighth Hawkeye player to ever make the elite AFCA all-America team. He is the fifth Kirk Ferentz coached Hawkeye to make the AFCA team. The others were PK Nate Kadeing and OL Robert Gallery (2003) and OL Eric Steinbach and TE Dallas Clark (2002).

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We’ll Miss You Leslie Nielsen, star of Greatest Sports Movie Montage Ever

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As you have already heard a bunch of times, but just in case you haven’t, I’ll crib TMZ.com

Legendary funny man Leslie Nielsen died today of complications of pneumonia in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, this according to his agent. He was 84. His agent tells TMZ Nielsen passed surrounded by his wife and friends at about 5:34 PM ET.  Nielsen was best known for his roles in “Airplane” and the “Naked Gun” series.

Indeed this is rather sad. He’s one of the funniest men of our generation. And he gave us possibly the best ’80s movie musical montage (certainly the best sports movie musical montage of all time). You remember the 80s? and those “music videos” in the middle of movies used to show the passage of time? Having a bunch of stuff happen at once in order to rapidly advance the plot; all set to a catchy jingle.

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Big Ten Looking To Repeat Against ACC In Annual Challenge

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The ACC-Big Ten Challenge has not been much of a challenge at all as the Atlantic Coast Conference has won ten of the eleven years since its inception in 1999.  The only time the Big Ten conquered this match-up was last season; as the Midwest’s premiere conference won six of the eleven games including Wisconsin’s home upset of then sixth ranked Duke.

This week, the Big Ten should be the favorite.  If they are able to once again take down the ACC, in the words of Cleveland Indians manager Lou Brown in Major League, “that’s called a winning streak.”  Here is a breakdown and predictions for the 2010 ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

By: David Kay

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