Archives for September 2012

Packers survive close call in 28-27 win over the New Orleans Saints

Despite some more questionable calls and a suspect pass defense, the Green Bay packers persevered at home to outlast the New Orleans Saints by the score of 28-27.

Aaron Rodgers wasn’t quite Drew Brees, but still effective while going 31-of-41 for 319 yards, four touchdowns and just the one interception.

The Packers (2-2) kept pace in a competitive NFC North division while the Saints (0-4) pretty much doomed their playoff chances.

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Why is Illinois so bad at football?

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The Illinois Fighting Illini are 2-3, but those two wins came courtesy of a MAC and FCS team. They’ve been absolutely destroyed by every FBS team they’ve faced this season, even getting routed at home by a non power conference team in Louisiana Tech. In their three losses, the Illini have surrendered an average of 44 ppg.

Yesterday, Illinois, not Penn State looked like the team on sanctions with nothing to play for. The Nittany Lions didn’t gain many more yards than Illinois, but they didn’t make all the mistakes that the Illini did. PSU can’t go to a bowl, but looked like a bowl team. Illinois looks like 3-9, 4-8 at best. Considering that Illinois still has talent on the roster how did this happen?

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Huskers score 20 unanswered to knock out the Wisconsin Badgers

At one point, the Wisconsin Badgers held a 27-10 lead, but Nebraska went twenty unanswered to snatch a 30-27 win in front of the fifth largest crowd at Memorial Stadium ever.

Taylor Martinez led the charge for the Huskers (4-1) with 116 yards on the ground and three total touchdowns.

The Badgers (3-2) lose their second road game of the season and open up an entirely new Pandora’s Box in regards to the 2012 season.

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Northwestern sets school record for total offense

In their 44-29 victory over Indiana Saturday, Northwestern had an extremely balanced attack on offense: accruing 310 yards passing and 394 yards rushing (704 overall on 93 plays). The first and only 700 yard total offense day in school history just says so much about how a very bad Hoosier defense was just so over-matched all day.

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Top 5 Achievements of the ATP Champions Tour Players

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The ATP Champions Tour brings together the best tennis players of their generation, players who are proving that age need not be a factor in determining the top ranking tennis players in the world today. Best of all, the ATP Champions Tour travels around the world, so that fans everywhere can have the opportunity to see these masters of the game

As the ATP Champions Tour continues its exciting 2012-2013 season, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Pat Cash, Mats Wilander and Goran Ivanisevic lead the field in this season’s star-studded lineup. Each of these players has distinguished himself with a career filled with major competition wins.

Here are the top five career achievements for these five players:

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New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers: Brutally Honest Preview

Now that the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints have combined for only one win in a total of six games, it almost makes you believe that the league has some kind of vendetta against them.

Because of Bounty-Gate, the Saints (0-3) are without key defenders and their head coach Sean Payton which has them reeling at the end of close games. Meanwhile the Packers (1-2) are on the wrong side of a .5oo record due to the replacement refs’ blunder on Monday Night Football.

For these reasons, the match-up on Sunday is pretty much a must-win if either team wants to make the playoffs.

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Marlins to Give Adam Greenberg Another Major League Plate Appearance

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           One of Adam Greenberg’s recent tries to play baseball on a major stage ended prematurely a few days ago when Team Israel bowed out one victory short of qualifying for next spring’s World Baseball Classic, but the outfielder had a major wish granted this very day when the Miami Marlins surprised the 31-year-old during a Today Show appearance that they will sign the Guilford, CT resident to a one day contract and give him his second major league plate appearance against the New York Mets on Tuesday.

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#67 Virginia Cavaliers: 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.

Two steps forward, one step back.  A year after making the NCAA Tournament, Tony Bennett’s Virginia Cavaliers are unlikely to match that level of success with a young roster that doesn’t boast a whole lot of size or skill inside.

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2013 NFL Mock Draft 9-28-12

Chicago White Sox Will Win the AL Central

For the first time in almost a month, the White Sox share first place in the American League Central with the Detroit Tigers.  Now with the most optimism a White Sox fan with ulcers from the stresses of watching his team can muster, believes: The Chicago White Sox will win the AL Central.

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Wisconsin Badgers vs. #22 Nebraska Cornhuskers: Brutally Honest Preview

Excitement, mystery and revenge are just a few of the words that can be used to describe the start of the conference season for the Wisconsin Badgers and Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Both teams look to move forward from what was a disappointing non-conference slate from not only their-selves, but the entire Big Ten conference as a whole.

The Badgers are still searching for their offensive identity and the Huskers still have a bad taste in their mouth from the 48-17 drubbing Wisconsin handed them to open the conference season in Madison last year.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers legend Tom Osborne retires

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University of Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne, the legendary national title winning college football coach with the Cornhuskers is stepping down. And what a career he’s had before he retires. From the football field to the administrative offices to the political realm, Osborne was a success and a Big Ten icon every step of the way.

From the L.A. Times:

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