Archives for October 2011

Preseason All-America Hoops Team Released; Buckeyes Sullinger Only Unanimous Choice

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The Big Ten conference as a whole may take a step backward this college basketball season, but their star power will remain high this hoops season. The AP All-American preseason first team was released a few short hours ago, and the league made a very tremendous impact on that very short list.

Ohio State‘s Jared Sullinger was the only unanimous choice of the 65-member national media panel. The Badgers Jordan Taylor is the only senior.

Harrison Barnes of North Carolina, Terrence Jones of Kentucky and Jeremy Lamb of Connecticut, three sophomores, round out the rest of the team.

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Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries Getting Divorced. No Big Surprise!

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

So a no-talent, famous-for-nothing, spoiled human being with no discernible purpose on this Earth (but a very discernible buttocks) had a marriage which a shelf life of just over two months?

SHOCKER!

Just 72 days after their $10 million wedding, Kim Kardashian plans to file for divorce from Kris Humphries on Monday, a source confirms to Us Weekly.

Your source for this breaking non-news? Ryan Seacrest.

“Yes @kimkardashian is filing for divorce this morning,” Seacrest tweeted. “I touched base with her, getting a statement in just a few minutes.”

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Notre Dame Could Struggle in 2012, Brian Kelly’s Seat Warming?

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Yesterday was a big day for the Notre Dame football team on the field, as they absolutely thrashed Navy 56-14, routing a team that has had their number in recent years. But being mediocre and routing somebody bad doesn’t cover up the larger issues at work in South Bend.

This week marked the one-year anniversary of Declan Sullivan‘s death. If you forgot that name, it’s the Notre Dame videographer who took to his scissor lift in historically dangerous windstorm conditions, and paid for that mistake with his life.

This was a week when the school could have really used more positive publicity; but instead more negativity surrounded the program.

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Big 10 Football Power Rankings: Mediocrity, Parity, Blah Edition

There are only two times when doing a power rankings can be fun- way early in the season/preseason, or when everything is jumbled, disorganized chaos and blah. Doing a power rankings when the hierarchy is clear cut is a practice strictly for centrist, vanilla losers.

In the current Big Ten football world, mediocrity, blahness, national irrelevance, and parity reign. And remember that’s PARITY not PARODY! Weird Al Yankovic does not play tailback in college football.

I HATE when writers make that mistake worse than when announcers call coincidence “irony.” Some say the teams beat up on each other and hurt each other’s record. That’s a feeble excuse; because every team in this league is severely flawed in at least one major area. And in the interest of me being my ornery, cynical self, I’m going to highlight each team’s fatal flaw in my snippet.

Numerical rankings are from the latest BcS standings.

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Party Rock Anthem Halloween 2011 Light Show (Video)

Without a doubt, LMFAO‘s “Party Rock Anthem” is this year’s “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz. Which was last year’s “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. Meaning it’s the most overplayed, oppressively annoying song going right now.

If you work out in the field covering sporting events that goes double, because no arena/stadium DJ can resist playing these songs. But that doesn’t take away from YouTube user KJ92508‘s Halloween Light Show 2011 Party Rock Anthem

Pretty awesome light show, watch it after the break.

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#12 Xavier Musketeers: 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 Xavier Musketeers enter this season as one of the elite “mid-major” programs in the country.  Actually, they have become a major program competing in a non-power conference.  X has captured five straight Atlantic 10 titles and won at least 24 games in each of those seasons.  That level of success should continue this season with three starters returning and the addition of several key newcomers.

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Spreading the Blame for the Indianapolis Colts’ 0-8 Start

The Indianapolis Colts are winless for half a season.

Sunday’s 27-10 loss at Tennessee dropped the Colts to 0-8, a record they’ve not seen since 1997, and the final score has left Indy outscored 89-17 over their last four halves of play.

Everyone figured the Colts would struggle without quarterback Peyton Manning, but who thought it would be THIS bad? One thing is for sure, though: There’s blame to go around on all sides.

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Mark Cuban’s NBA Lockout Mouthpiece: Colbert SUPER Pac?

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It’s about time we had some non-dreary and depressing NBA lockout news. Actually this is fun, comedic lockout news.

NBA Commissioner David Stern issued a gag order on the labor situation. As you know, Michael Jordan broke that rule and was fined $100,000. The gag order prohibits Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban publicly discussing any aspect of the NBA labor situation.

However, unaffiliated third parties can say whatever they want. And an “anonymous donor” inspired Stephen Colbert to release an ad detailing a solution to the league labor crisis on the Colbert Report. While we can’t say whether that anonymous donor is or isn’t Cuban, the video (which you can watch after the jump) tells us to draw a straight line to the owner of the Blog Maverick URL.

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#13 Louisville Cardinals: 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.

For the second straight year, Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals had their season end in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament; this time at the hands of 13th seeded Morehead State.  With several core players returning, the Cards are expected to be a top ten team in 2011-12 though a season-ending injury McDonald’s All-American Wayne Blackshear lowers their expectations a bit.

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LSU, Alabama Remain on Top as SEC Dominates Latest BCS Poll

With only six days until their titanic clash in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide remained on top of the latest BCS standings, which were released on Sunday night. Despite not playing this week, they both remained ahead of an Oklahoma State Cowboys squad that destroyed Baylor on Saturday, but none of that matters now as what will arguably be the most hyped college football game in quite some time is really imminent.

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Rob Gronkowski’s Little Brother Goes as Older Bro for Halloween

Call it “Gronkowsking.” I hope you enjoy this post as much as I do.

Glenn Gronkowski, the younger brother of Patriots star TE Rob Gronkowski, paid homage to his older bro with his Halloween costume.

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Fantasy Football Weekly Podcast Week 8, Sports Radio 1400

Stephen Kelley of WQOW ABC 18 co-hosts a weekly fantasy football radio show in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. After the jump you can listen to “Fantasy Football Weekly” on Sports Radio 1400.

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