Archives for August 2011

Fantasy: Evaluating Arian Foster’s Hamstring Situation


What is this world coming to when high-profile athletes start posting official medical documents over the twitterverse? That’s exactly what Houston Texans RB Arian Foster did on Wednesday to let his fans know what was going on with his injured hamstring. Not only has twitter revolutionized pretty much every sporting event, now it’s affecting fantasy football.

So you drafted Foster in your fantasy draft and now it feels like that time you forgot to DVR the new episode of Breaking Bad. Just like waiting for the re-run to air, there are ways to alleviate the loss of Foster for a few weeks. [Read more…]

Texas A&M to SEC: What it Means for College Basketball

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This rash of realignment in college athletics all revolves around college footballNebraska to the Big Ten, TCU to the Big East, Colorado and Utah to the Pac-12; these moves benefit the action on the gridiron but water down the college hoops scene.  With Texas A&M moving to the SEC, there will be another domino effect in how the major conferences look and as a result, more shakeup on the hardwood.

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Chicago Bears Have Solid Tailback Depth; With or Without Chester Taylor

The free agent signing of Chester Taylor has been pretty much a huge mistake for the Chicago Bears. Actually, his production has been so disappointing in Chicago you’d almost assume he was a Jerry Angelo draft pick.

Taylor took the blame for the confusion, in the “am I cut” or “am I not cut?” soap opera this week at Halas Hall.

So that’s admirable of him. But still…Taylor did not play in last week’s preseason game at Tennessee. Instead, the Bears went with Kahlil Bell as the third running back behind Matt Forte and Marion Barber.

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Your Preseason All-American Kicker? Purdue Boilermakers Carson Wiggs

The Purdue Boilermakers aren’t exactly poised to have a banner college football season. They lost the guy that might have been the starting quarterback in Rob Henry, and I will consider their fanbase very lucky if they actually get to see a bowl bid.

But they do have “everybody’s all-american”…… at the placekicker position, in Carson Wiggs.

He was named a first team preseason All-American by SportsIllustrated.com.

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#66 Murray State Racers: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Murray State Racers won their second straight Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship last year, but were upset in the Semifinals of the OVC Tournament and missed out on the league’s automatic bid into the Big Dance.  New head coach Steve Prohm has the pieces needed to cut down both sets of nets this March.

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Green Bay Packers 2011 Season Preview: Courtesy of SI

This week’s Sports Illustrated is the annual NFL preview issue, which hits newsstands tomorrow. They have six regional covers and Clay Matthews is on one of them.

 Excerpted is their Green Bay Packers preview article which highlights TE Jermichael Finley as a player who is poised to have a huge season coming off an injury in 2010. Finley tells SI’s Peter King, “All I’ve shown in my career is an appetizer. It’s time for the main course.”
SI has predicted that the Packers will win the NFC North with a record of 11-5 before losing in the NFC divisional playoffs.

Fantasy Football Studs, Duds & Sleepers: AFC East

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With the NFL lockout finally behind us, football fans can finally turn our attention from the courtrooms and onto the field, where it belongs. In the coming weeks, I will rank the fantasy studs, duds and sleepers for each division. Today, the spotlight is shining on the AFC East.

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Absolutely Terrible (and Funny) NBA Lockout Rap Video

Ah yes, the absolutely worst summer ever for NBA news has made us quickly forget how much fun we in the media had in 2010- the summer of free agent love. But a comedy troop called Bad Weather Films has made us laugh about it; and given us something to write about.

This starts a little slow, but give it a chance. This vid has a hilarious finish. Like the rest of us, they point out how Chris Bosh looks exactly like a dinosaur (a raptor from “Jurassic Park”), how Derrick Rose is becoming a star, and everyone HATES the Miami Heat. Love the 80s style half shirt and dig at the dumbass Skip Bayless too.

Enjoy it after the jump. But remember it’s white boy rap, so the music won’t be good; but it will be funny.

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#67 N.C. State Wolfpack: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Count me in as one of the many who was drinking the N.C. State Wolfpack Kool-Aid last off-season.  With a highly touted recruiting class coming in, the Pack was supposed to make some noise in the ACC.  Instead, they struggled and it ultimately cost Sidney Lowe his job.  Now, Mark Gottfried takes over and will try to make N.C. State a relevant hoops program.

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Packers Aaron Rodgers Sports Wild Wild West Cowboy Mustache

When you’re the Super Bowl MVP, I guess you can dress and monitor your facial hair in any manner that you deem fit. Yes, being top dog in the NFL, and “the man” at the most high profile position in all of sports afford you a ton of social capital. That’s the only explanation I have for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and his handle bar mustache.

Take a look at the pic below

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Former Wizards, Grizzlies Guard Javaris Crittenton wanted for Murder; Captured by FBI

Update: FBI arrest Crittenton at John Wayne/Orange County airport. From ESPN:

Crittenton, who was suspended from the league in March 2010 for having guns in a locker room with teammate Gilbert Arenas, was arrested Monday in Southern California to face a murder charge in a deadly Atlanta shooting.

Crittenton was taken into custody at about 8 p.m. local time at John Wayne Airport in Orange County after checking in for a red-eye Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

The FBI is hot on the trail of former NBA point guard Javaris Crittenton, a veteran who was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, but saw most of his time in the league with the Memphis Grizzlies and Washington Wizards.

The Feds are cooperating with the LAPD and Atlanta Police to try and nab Crittenton, who is charged with murder and was still at large as of Sunday night.

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#10 Wisconsin Badgers vs. UNLV Rebels: Brutally Honest Game Preview

 

It’s here! College football season has arrived and it’s that transcendent time when everyone is undefeated and we still have some summer remaining. Yes, it’s that magical time when shirtless driving season and college sports season overlap. And my 2011 trek across the Midwest (and the U.S.) begins in the city where this site has our highest traffic ranking in the entire world- Madison, Wisconsin.

Speaking of high rankings, the Wisconsin Badgers are #10 in one poll, #11 in the other. It’s Big Ten title game or bust in America’s Dairyland as UW looks like a sleeper national title team. They get things started Thursday night vs. UNLV, a team they beat 41-21 last season.

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