Jim Harbaugh is totally right about Twitter trolls


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Most coaches are on Twitter, verified blue check mark and all, but most don’t actually do the Tweeting. It’s usually a member of the Sports Information Department who runs it, writes and publishes the Tweets. Jim Harbaugh says he does his own Tweets and given the way he answered questions about the micro-blogging platform, I believe him.

The way he articulated his experiences with trolls, it definitely sounds authentic.

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Jabril Peppers, Wayne Lyons give Michigan Wolverines future NFL DBs


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The Hullabalooza over Jim Harbaugh overshadows everything else that’s a part of Michigan Wolverines football this season, and that’s a shame because we have plenty of other topics to discuss. No, the Wolverines won’t be that good. They were 5-7 last year and their incoming recruiting class was ravaged by the regime change.

But they do have a world class secondary, led by their pair of future maize and blue chip NFL prospect cornerbacks Wayne Lyons and Jabril Peppers.

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Michigan players acknowledge the Harbaugh Media Circus


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Reporters need to stop trying to make coaches and players write their stories for them. Every Media Day the extremely leading and tiredly predictable questions come, and the self-reflexive bait is never taken. Coaches and players are smart enough not to play along with the already established narratives that pertain to them. You have to ask other individuals that question

Newly installed Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh obviously knows there’s a HUGE media circus around him, but he’s not going to admit it! He has to have a sense of humility. Take a look at this picture; which indeed says a 1,000 words.

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How to have fun with Big Ten Media Day Cliches


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Last year, my kitty question to then Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini ended up the lead in every national publication’s Big Ten Media Day coverage. I’m not just #humblebragging here, I was genuinely shocked that a topic so trivial would become 2014’s most compelling Big Ten Media Day storyline. People (like myself) love cats, but the greater point here is: very little, if any, actual news is made at Big Ten Media Day.

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Michigan Football: Never Too Early Season Preview


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Jim Harbaugh taking over Michigan football OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF FOOTBALL; NO WAIT IN THE HISTORY OF HUMANITY!!!

Or so we were told to believe by the media; because that’s essentially the way they spun Harbaugh’s return to Ann Arbor. The media certainly loves the shopworn “homecoming cliche.”

Yes, the khaki-ed one will reinvigorate Michigan football eventually; so you do have some cause to be excited. With how Harbaugh brought Stanford back to life, you know it’s inevitable that he’ll work his magic his alma mater as well.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (6/29/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  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.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (6/25/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 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.  Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (6/25/15)


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT 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.

Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.

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2015 College Basketball transfers list (6-5-15)


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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 2015-16 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

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PHOTO: Jim Harbaugh QB Camp a bit delusional about Jay Cutler


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The official Twitter account attributed to Jim Harbaugh tweeted out this promotional poster which is just unintentionally hilarious. The poster is for Michigan Quarterback’s Camp and it is about as “FOOTBALL! RAR RAR! FOOTBALL = WAR!!!” KILL! BLOW THINGS UP!” as it gets.

Whether the “AERIAL ASSAULT! AIR STRIKE! ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM!” promo is awesome or offensive is in the eye of the beholder- that’s another discussion for another time. (“Top Gun,” a movie which obviously inspired the poster, was a great film, we’ll just all agree on that.

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Jalen Rose and Christian Laettner bury the “pus**” and “bit**” hatchet


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Jalen Rose, ESPN Analyst and owner of the third highest scoring average in Chicago Bulls history (minimum 100 games) clarified a situation for us yesterday. Rose was on media conference call to discuss the NBA Playoffs, and there was some urgent pressing news that needed to be uncovered.

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Michigan among 6 non-NCAA Tournament teams likely dancing next year


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College basketball teams are experiencing more year-by-year turnover than ever before due to graduation, players leaving early for the NBA Draft (click here for a list of 2015 NBA Draft early entries), and transfers galore (click here for an up-to-date list of college basketball transfers so far this off-season.)   Here are five teams who missed the 2015 NCAA Tournament this season but should be dancing next year.

Here are five teams who made the tourney this year but are likely to regress in 2015-16.  Also, check out my insanely early 2015-16 preseason Top 25 rankings. [Read more…]