Archives for July 2012

New Under Armour Northwestern uniforms: is this “it?”

Northwestern and Under Armour recently unveiled the new uniforms that the Wildcats will wear this season. Cutting their ties with Adidas after last season, Northwestern is the first Big Ten school to have Under Armour as their official apparel provider.

Although what Under Armour created for Northwestern is kind of sharp looking, I am, for the most part, disappointed.

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#110 Utah Utes: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Utah Utes came in dead last in our rankings a year ago but move up one whole spot this time around.  In their inaugural season in the Pac-12, the Utes won just six total games and the outlook is not any better heading into this season.  Second year head coach Larry Krystowiak lost six players to transfer and has 11 players who didn’t see a single minute in a Utah uniform last year.

For the Utah Utes football preview go here
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Life after sanctions for Penn State, Jordan Hill and company

Defensive tackle Jordan Hill is arguably the best player on the current Penn State team (assuming Silas Redd leaves as he’s rumored to be doing so). Hill was at Big Ten Media Day, so I asked him other than wins how does this team heal?

“Being together, being through this.  Going out and just playing football. You know if we just sat there and gave up, we would regret it for the rest of our lives. We keep looking forward  and just being around each other and sticking together. That’s all we really need,” he answered.

Coach Bill O’Brien, who left the New England Patriots to come to a program hit hard with NCAA sanctions has told his team that every game this year will be their bowl game since they aren’t allowed to go to one.

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver O.J. Murdock passes away

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Tampa Bay Online is reporting that O. J. Murdock, a wide receiver for the Tennessee Titians, has passed away from an apparent suicide. He was 25-years old.

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Penn State lucky to avoid television banishment

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For all the talk of the death penalty, and what Penn State got sanctioned with, (and what they didn’t get sanctioned with) one penalty would have hit PSU very hard had it been applied- a television ban.

Penn St. athletic director David Joyner was at Big Ten Media Day, and he discussed how much tv coverage of the team means to his program:

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2012 London Olympics: A-Z Reference Guide

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Are you as excited as we are about the Olympics this weekend? We are especially looking forward to the events that combine multiple disciplines, such as athletics, modern pentathlon and triathlon. Not sure what goes on in those events?

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The Michael Phelps in Chicago Press Conference

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Here was something that ended up being much less exciting than it appeared to be.

Olympic gold medal record setter and swimmer extraordinaire Michael Phelps was in Chicago during the height of his popularity and I had a front row seat at his press conference. You can listen to the audio below

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Let’s care about Swimming again like we did in ‘08

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A moron left an idiotic comment on my Washington Times.com exclusive with Washington Wizards/Capitals owner Ted Leonsis last sumemr And within that comment is an inaccurate phrase that reminded me of what’s become of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps’ star power these days.

This buffoon brought up “Michael Phelps’ crack-smoking episode.” It was marijuana, not crack, get it right! But it makes me realize how low Phelps’ Q Rating must currently be.

People have actually forgotten which illegal narcotic he was busted for using! It can’t be. Michael Phelps and the Beijing water cube was ALL that people talked about three summers ago.

I remember that popularity spike in lap-swimming, the “Beijing Bump.” It didn’t last, and now it’s a sport no one cares about other than me. Well, here’s one other person who does. To be truthful, Phelps wasn’t the best spokesperson for my favorite sport. I got to attend one of his press conferences for Chicago 2016; and it was BORING.

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#111 Nebraska Cornhuskers: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Receiving the dubious honor of coming in dead last; the Nebraska Cornhukers.  As expected, they struggled in their inaugural Big Ten season which led to the firing of head coach Doc Sadler.  Tim Miles was hired from Colorado State and faces a massive re-building effort in trying to make the Huskers a relevant basketball program.
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#32 Notre Dame Fighting Irish: College Football 77 in 77

#33 NC State Wolfpack: College Football 77 in 77

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NC State Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon could leave his mark on the program. Other than Phillip Rivers or Russell Wilson, no one has put up some of the numbers that Glennon has. And it could seriously augment his NFL Draft stock. At 6’6″ NFL scouts will be checking him out.

Now if only the Wolfpack could develop a running game to go with their passing attack; then they could be ACC title game bound.

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