Hawkeyes Brandon Scherff might be a top 5 NFL draft pick


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“He’s not just a weight room freak,” Iowa Hawkeyes tailback Weisman said of former UI OT Brandon Scherff.

“He’s a football freak.” 

Brandon Scherff is called a freak because he can do this, which is insane.  Yes, he power cleaned 443 pounds three times. FOOTBALL! STRENGTH!!!! RAR RAR RAR!!!!!!!!!

Scherff is almost guaranteed to be a first-round pick (here’s where I have him in my latest mock) and in my interview with him below we talk NFL Draft, and his weight room heroics.

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Analyzing the Iowa Hawkeyes NCAA Tournament chances


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Iowa Hawkeyes Coach Fran McCaffery was once again defensive and surly towards the media today. He’s been testy and rude in every press conference since the Adam Woodbury eye-poking story blew up nationally.

It’s not about Woodbury anymore. It’s not about the way McCaffery showed poor media skills as he mishandled the public perception of the situation. Right now, it’s about wins and losses and getting back to the NCAA Tournament.

Today, when a reporter asked McCaffery if he’s frustrated by the overtime loss at Northwestern (RPI 164)/two losses this week, he snapped back with a sarcastic “what do you think?”

Then he abruptly ended the media session.

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Basketball Gods grace Chris Collins; smite Iowa Hawkeyes


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Finally, the “basketball gods” have smiled upon Chris Collins and his Northwestern basketball program.

“I’m a believer in the basketball gods, I got that from Coach K, there’s basketball gods and sometimes the basketball gods are really harsh to you; and sometimes they can be good to you when you deserve it.”

“I really feel that shot by Uthoff [to send the game to overtime] went in to test us, in a sick kind of way,” said Collins.

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VIDEO: Michael Wilbon has interesting Adam Woodbury solution


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When Aaron Craft graduated, after what seemed like a 12 year career at Ohio State, he left a vacancy that has now been filled by Adam Woodbury. He’s the player all Big Ten fans hate; not love to hate but actually hate. It’s well deserved too.

Check out this video of Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon from ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption:

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Big Ten Basketball: 17 worst losses this Pre-Conference season


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“Our effort was not up to standard tonight which i take very personally,” said Northwestern Coach Chris Collins after losing at home by 13 to a middle tier MAC team.

“I can’t explain it. If I had an answer for it I would tell you guys. We got out-everythinged,” he continued.

“We didn’t give them any resistance to start the game.”

Collins and the Wildcats getting dominated at home by Central Michigan is troubling, but it’s just one of many very bad losses that Big Ten basketball has suffered this non-conference season. Let’s break it down.

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B1G Basketball power rankings: the “we apologize” edition


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There are certain B1G basketball teams that owe an apology right now. Sure, one team nationally ranked in the preseason losing to a low-major that you’ve never heard of is excusable although unexpected. Upsets happen. However, two preseason AP top 25 teams losing to low-majors on two separate occasions? That’s kind of embarrassing. Plus the B1G hasn’t had a whole lot of signature wins to really counter-act those ugly losses.

Hey, at least they won the challenge versus the ACC

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Miss Iowa Aly Olson to sing before Hawkeyes vs Northwestern


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Aly Olson, the current Miss Iowa now competing in the 2015 Miss America pageant (she made the cut down to the final 12), will sing “God Bless America” before the Iowa Hawkeyes host Northwestern at Kinnick Stadium. Olson is attending the University of Iowa on a presidential scholarship. Aly Olson hails from Des Moines and is pursuing a bachelor of music in vocal performance.

She will perform her rendition of Irving Berlin’s patriotic tune on the field before the national anthem is played preceding kickoff.

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VIDEO: MSU Spartans mascot dancing in Taylor Swift parody


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It’s a good thing my 11-year-old niece doesn’t read my site. She’s a “Swiftie” and might get upset by seeing how much I’m about to rip the music of Taylor Swift here. On the other hand, she’d probably find this parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” as disturbing and bizarre as I do. In the video below, you’ll see several Big Ten mascots “shaking it” and “working it” and lusting after young women.

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Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz gave us the best 2014 Media Day soundbite


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I’ve been to five college football media days thus far and I’m so nauseated that I will not be attending the sixth one that I had planned.

You know the  kinds of phrases:

“focused on our execution”

“got to stay focused”

“working hard”

“we’re excited about…..”

“comes down to making plays”

“trying to get better everyday”

“improving any way I can to help the team”

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Jay Cutler DON’T CARE Award 8-8-14: Iowa Hawkeyes


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Welcome to the August 1st, 2014 edition of “The Cuttys,” or the Jay Cutler DON’T CARE awards. They honor, as one Facebook commenter put it:

“all the non-news that’s fit to delete.”

Or more literally:  “terrible attempts at creating news, that I instantly deleted upon seeing it in my inbox.”

All media members receive dozens of press releases and story pitches from publicists, Sports Information Departments, Media Relations and PR people every week. This was the most utterly asinine and completely worthless among the 100-150 or so that I receive in a given week.

And as always, in case you missed it, here’s how these awards got named.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft (6/30/14)


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Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class.  Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft- 2nd round


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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