Archives for February 2015

Hoosiers’ Yogi Ferrell: if only he wear three inches taller

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It’s hard to deny the talent of Indiana Hoosier’s junior guard Yogi Ferrell, make that Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, and what he has meant to Coach Tom Crean’s team the past couple of years. Ferrell was an absolute stud coming out of high school and was ranked 19th in the country by Rivals.com in 2012.

The McDonalds All-American knew where he wanted to play his collegiate ball and committed to IU during his sophomore year of high school without even visiting the campus.

Editor’s note: this Vic Law feature article authored by new Sports Bank contributor Wes Evans. (@WesEvans24)

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Vic Law starts to make progress at Northwestern

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The Northwestern Wildcats have never made an NCAA men’s basketball tournament and barring a miracle, they will be on the outside looking in again this year. Coach Chris Collins is looking to break this “tradition” in the upcoming years and has recruited some talented pieces to achieve that goal.

Editor’s note: this Vic Law feature article authored by new Sports Bank contributor Wes Evans. (@WesEvans24)

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NBA 1st Round Talent: Indiana Hoosiers F Troy Williams

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The Big Ten is littered with underclassmen possessing NBA potential and the Indiana Hoosiers boast the services of one of the best in the country:  Sophomore forward Troy Williams.

Editor’s note: this Troy Williams feature article is authored by new Sports Bank contributor Wes Evans. (@WesEvans24)

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Bulls need to avoid the Cavs as long as possible in playoffs

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With or without a healthy Derrick Rose, the Cleveland Cavaliers are still probably the front-runner in the Eastern Conference. They’re just so hot right now…like Hansel in Zoolander. 

A CSN Chicago poll (so you know it’s extremely biased in favor of the Bulls) asked “Now that Derrick Rose is returning, how far can the Chicago Bulls go?”

Results yielded 40% believing they’ll lose in the first two rounds, 33% believe they’re going to win it all still, while 21% believe the Bulls will fall in the conference final.

Of course, if it was an ESPN poll, the results would be skewed the other way, favoring the Cavs, since ESPN is pretty much Lebron’s publicist.  How far this Bulls team can go depends on which round they’ll have to face Cleveland.

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VIDEO: Tag Team performs “Whoomp There it is” at Bulls game

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Do you remember the 1-hit wonder duo named “Tag Team?” In 1993, they had the song of the summer, a smash hit single entitled “Whoomp! There it is” which ended up the second most popular song of the entire year. “Whoomp! There it is” went quadruple platinum has over 4,000,000 copies of the single have been sold.

However, not much has been heard from Tag Team since 1993. The United Center in Chicago is one place where the song has never gone away.

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Angel Di Maria admits he’s disappointed since transfer

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Angel di Maria is Manchester United’s most expensive player. Therefore, you would think he’d also be their best player. Di Maria broke the British transfer fee record when Old Trafford acquired his services for £59.7 million this summer. He got off to a rip roaring start in Premier League play, often looking like the best player on the pitch.

Then, as injuries mounted, he slowed down and came back to Earth. Perhaps it was a health/fitness issue? Maybe not he’ll be back to 100% himself?

Actually not so much.

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Shaq predicts Cavaliers vs Hawks Eastern Conference Finals

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Shaquille O’Neal has said one of his former teams (and really he has quite a few of those) is going to be there in the end this NBA postseason.  Yes, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the team to beat in the East now, due to the Derrick Rose injury.

Even with Rose, the Cavs probably were the front-runner in the Eastern Conference, because they’re been just so hot lately. Like Hansel in Zoolander

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De Gea discredits ‘lies” about his relationship with Van Gaal

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Supposedly an extremely frosty relationship exists between Manager Louis van Gaal and goalkeeper David de Gea. This is definitely news to us. We’re quite shocked to hear that actually.

UPDATE: De Gea says these stories are not true actually and discredits them as “lies”

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What is the Chicago Bulls ceiling now?

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Get ready for a steady dose of Kirk Hinrich while Derrick Rose convalesces. If Rose meets the optimistic timetable, 4 weeks, he’ll be back for the final nine games of the regular season. If it takes until the pessimistic mark, 6 weeks, he’ll return for the final three games, and the postseason.

Until then you’ll get a lot of Aaron Brooks, but there will be lots of Hinrich, with a dose of Tony Snell and then maybe a splash of E’Twaun Moore once in a great while. Hinrich might be emblematic of the new expectations (now with Derrick Rose out for 4-6 weeks) for the current Chicago Bulls.

That’s because Hinrich is the only link to the team, the 2006-07 Chicago Bulls, who’s final end result could mirror this season’s.

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Kevin Garnett is scaring his teammates (in a good way)

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With Kevin Garnett, the 2014-15 Minnesota Timberwolves season has new life. It wasn’t long ago that the T’Wolves had the worst record in the NBA. They have come on stronger as of late, and they won’t make the playoffs, but at least now they are more compelling.

KG, now in his 20th season in the NBA, isn’t what he once was or anything close to it, but he makes this team much more interesting.

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Former Notre Dame star Brady Quinn attempting comeback

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The NFL career of Brady Quinn is no more. potentially alive again.

According to NFL Media’s Dan Hanzus, Quinn has been working with former NFL quarterback Jeff Christensen, who has also worked with the likes of Drew Stanton and Kirk Cousins in the past.

Remember, he never made an official retirement statement. Yes, he made the decision to join Fox Sports last year; hanging up his cleats and picking up a microphone.

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Chelsea FC sign 2nd richest shirt deal in history

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Chelsea have signed a huge £200 million shirt sponsorship deal – the second biggest in history. You know who’s first- Manchester United. The Reds kit partnership with Chevrolet nets them £53 million a year, while Chelsea will earn £40 million a season from new sponsor Yokohama.

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