Archives for December 2012

Bulls victim as Bobcats end 18 game losing streak

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The current team of Michael Jordan bested the old team of Michael Jordan in a New Year’s Eve matinee, which is extremely embarrassing for the Chicago Bulls. The Charlotte Bobcats ended their 18 game losing streak 91-81 on the road at the United Center. Remember, this is the same team that set a NBA record for lowest ever winning percentage in a season.

It’s clear the Bulls need Derrick Rose back ASAP- but he’s nowhere near ready. You won’t see him until after the All-Star break.

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New Northwestern helmets for Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi St.

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When the Northwestern Wildcats look to end their bowl game drought tomorrow (you might have heard a thing or two about it in the local media) they’ll do so with these new helmets on. Expect to see a lot of running with Venric Mark and Kain Colter at the Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi State, MSU has a cornerback named Johnathan Banks who will be a top 15 pick in the NFL Draft.

So they’ll be less passing with Colter and Trevor Siemian.

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Aaron Rodgers ripped on Twitter by Greg Jennings’ sister

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Wow! The kids in elementary school (in the insurance ad) aren’t as hard on Aaron Rodgers as the sister of Greg Jennings. No discount double check applicable to Valyncia Jennings. Despite the fact that her brother was targeted 12 times and had 120 yards receiving in the Green Bay Packers loss to the Minnesota Vikings, she was still less than satisfied.

She’s an example of how live tweeting a game can be stupid, and dangerous.

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What NFL coaches and GMs are likely to be fired today?

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Today is the day the axe will fall on numerous NFL coaches and GMs. If it were happening on Christmas Eve, and not New Year’s Eve, these acts would be Dickensian. Actually, that has happened in the NFL- the late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis canned Mike White on December 24th. Let’s take a look at who’s likely to be cut loose and those who will stay.

Not all will be dismissed today, it may take a couple days for some of these moves to be made.

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Chip Kelly a good fit to replace Lovie Smith?

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There’s been enough written and said about the job security of Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith. If he’s gone, which is quite likely, time to move forward and think ahead to his replacement. Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly is being recruited by the NFL once again.

He turned down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head job last year and rumors are abound that he’ll replace the soon to be fired Andy Reid in Philadelphia. With a record of 45-7, the highest winning percentage in all of college football, third in the nation in wins over that span, and he’s made a BCS bowl every year he’s coached in Eugene. He’s a hot coaching commodity. And he endorses this website, which is very important.

But will his coaching style translate to the NFL?

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Green Bay Packers are in the giving mood with a loss to the Minnesota Vikings

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With a thrilling 37-34 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers are in the gift-giving mood.

It was the Chicago Bears who were naughty and the Vikings who were nice this holiday season.

Not only did the Packers gift-wrap a spot in wild-card weekend, Adrian Peterson and his 199 yards (a mere nine yards short of the single-season record) was most likely enough to give him the 2012 MVP Award.

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Buffalo Wild Wings OVERDOES self-promotion at Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl BUFFALO WILD WINGS!

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One thing I can’t stand about college football are bowl games that have just the corporate shill as their name. There’s no other name for the bowl except the shamelessly self-promoting corporate sponsor. Because you can’t refer to the game as anything else but the brand. Now Buffalo Wild Wings took this corporatization of the game a step further than all the others.

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Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams has new video game: NBA Baller Beats

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Deron Williams has gotten a lot of bad press lately. With the firing of Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson, he garnered a reputation as a coach killer/diva. But here’s some more Williams news that isn’t bad PR.

The freshly-launched NBA Baller Beats (the first ever motion-based sports video game using a real basketball in an interactive beats-driven experience) exclusively on Kinect for Xbox 360 ($39.99; 29.99 at Walmart).

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#12 Illini struggle too often in beating bad teams

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The 12th ranked Illinois Fighting Illini have struggled this pre-conference season in blowing out/closing out teams that are supposedly very inferior to them. When you’re a top 15 ranked team, with very solid signature wins over #13 Gonzaga and #18 Butler, you should handle the mid-major and low-major scrubs very easily.

But the Illini don’t do that. They let bad teams hang around. After leading a 5-6 Auburn team by 11 at the United Center, they found themselves up by just one within four minutes to play at the home of the Chicago Bulls. This Auburn team is HORRIBLE. They lost to DePaul, Winthrop at home and Murray St by 20. This never should have been close. But it’s a pattern that’s been continuous all non-conference season.

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Cincinnati student Aubrey Ireland national media sensation

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The case of Aubrey Ireland is becoming a national media sensation. She’s a 21-year-old music theater major at the prestigious College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. And a local judge decided to give this Bearcat a restraining order against her parents, David and Julie Ireland.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Ireland told the court that despite making the dean’s list, her parents would routinely drive 600 miles from Kansas to Ohio to make unannounced visits to her at school. Then they accused her of illegal drug use, promiscuity and mental illness. They tried to get her evaluated by a psychiatrist.

Her “helicopter parents” allegedly became so overbearing that they installed spyware (keylogging software) on her computer and cell phone to watch over her even more.

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Michigan State has many non-conference wins, but most with struggles

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There’s no question that the teams of Tom Izzo are much better in March -when it counts- then November/December. But nothing has come easy for this Spartans team. It seems like every time they play inferior competition they struggle with them. They still win, but play way down to their level.

They did it again versus Texas, trailing in the second half. Yes, the Longhorns just knocked off a #23 ranked North Carolina team, but the Tar Heels are overrated. And UT has lost to Chaminade, USC, Georgetown and USC. State won of course, but the ‘Horns were down by just two down the stretch.

MSU’s struggles started with the upset to an inferior UConn team in Germany. They only beat Boise St. by four, not pulling away from Oakland until the closing minutes, beating Lousiana-Lafayette by just three, losing to unranked Miami team, they also trailed late in the second half to Loyola and Bowling Green. They’re just not dominating teams nor closing them out. By far, the highlight of the non-conference slate was the win over now #9 Kansas.

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Are the Chicago Bears better off losing this Sunday?

If the Bears fall to Detroit in Week 17, will it be better for the team in the long run?

If the Bears fall to Detroit in Week 17, will it be better for the team in the long run?

It’s that time of year again Bears fans. No, I’m not talking about making New Year’s preparations and looking forward to a nice long bye week heading into the playoffs. It’s time to look back on what was once a promising season, and hurriedly scramble together a scenario that has the Bears backing into the playoffs as the 2nd Wild Card team.

This year, the equation isn’t all that difficult: take care of business against Detroit at Ford Field, and then hope for a little help from “our friends” from Green Bay as they take on the Vikings.

But in the grand scheme of things, would it actually be better for the Bears to lose this Sunday and miss the playoffs all together?

I can hear all the diehards yelling at me through their computer screens. But hear me out.

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