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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Brutally honest B1G Basketball rankings; Bo Ryan supreme overlord


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As Tom Izzo pointed out Wednesday night in Chicago, Bo Ryan and the Badgers are sitting up top, and then you can flip a coin 2-10 in the Big Ten this season. That’s entirely correct. The Badgers are the class of the league. There’s a whole bunch of teams that are in the NCAA Tourney and NIT mix in (2-10) in the second tier. Then there’s a third tier of teams that won’t be going to the post season.

So enjoy it Bo Ryan, you’re in the penthouse.

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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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Hawkeyes Brandon Scherff talks NFL Draft prospects, WEIGHT ROOM!!!


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

“He’s a football freak.” 

Brandon Scherff is called a freak because he can do this, which is insane. (h/t) ESPN) 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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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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UPDATED: Complete 2014 College Basketball transfers list


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College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2014-15 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

UPDATED: 6/3/14

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UPDATED: 2014-2015 preseason top 25 college basketball rankings


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Now that we know which college basketball players have declared for the NBA Draft and top 2014 recruit Myles Turner has made his college decision, it is time to update my insanely early 2014-15 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and entering the draft.  Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or if you notice an error in a projected roster.  (Click here to see how my 2013-14 way too early preseason college basketball rankings turned out.)

Allow me to present to you my way too early 2014-2015 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings.  (Check out The Sports Bank’s 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.)

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2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology


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Yes, I know the 2014 NCAA Tournament just ended but I’m already thinking ahead to next March.  Here is an extremely early projection of the 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi four of the past five years.  

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2014-15 preseason Top 25 rankings

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2014 NBA Mock Draft- First Round (3/25/14)


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Andrew WigginsJoel Embiid, or Jabari Parker.  Who will be the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft?  It’s an ongoing debate that will continue up to draft night on June 26th.

Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have 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.

So without further ado, here is our 2014 NBA mock draft.

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