Jim Harbaugh Likely Attending Chelsea FC vs Real Madrid, Won’t Choose Sides

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On Saturday, Chelsea FC will take on Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s the second largest stadium in the world, and the biggest one outside North Korea. It’s home to Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan Wolverines. 

Harbaugh will be there; probably.

The last time a soccer game was played at the venue commonly referred to as “The Big House” was August of 2014 between Real Madrid and Manchester United; and that match such a new record set for American single game soccer attendance.

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All B1G Teams as Simpsons characters: Michigan Wolverines =Mr. Burns

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Today kicks off B1G Media Days and your Michigan Wolverines are now deemed the league favorite. Actually, some sports books have ascribed UM the National Championship favorite. Ok, that’s a bit presumptive! Yes, we know that the media fawns over Jim Harbaugh more than they fawn over any other individual, but I still don’t know how we really got here on that one.

Of course, I also have no idea how a casino magnate with three wives and a disturbing tendency to publicly lust over his own daughter became the Presidential nominee of the political party dominated by the religious right, as 2016 is truly bizarro world.

How did we get here? The last time the Michigan Wolverines were last nationally relevant in 2016 and their most recent title came in 1997.

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College Football Award Watch Lists: Just Please Stop Already!

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Yesterday kicked off, as the great Elvis Costello sang, “the other side of summer.” That’s because Tuesday July 5th initiated the evil scourge that is College Football Award Watch List Season. These pointless press releases are sent out as breaking “news.”

Not only does the journalist receive the email blasts from the award and college football organization themselves, every single school sends out their own individual email blast themselves. Now you cannot blame the SIDs for this. It’s not their fault and don’t shoot the messenger.

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2017 NFL mock draft 7-6-16

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A 2017 NFL mock draft? Yes, a 2017 mock. It’s never too early. However, it is still extremely early, thus the order was randomized and team needs were very lightly taken into account here, and in some cases not at all. The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

Enjoy the 2017 NFL mock draft, some player descriptions were filled in, others will be completed as we go along.

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Michigan Cheerleaders Win Fourth Straight Title

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The Michigan Cheerleaders team claimed their fourth straight NCA Collegiate Championship title last night, finishing just ahead of runner-up Florida International for the Coed Cheer Division I title.

The Michigan Wolverines posted a finals score of 86.23 edging out FIU’s mark of 86.20.

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Early 2016-17 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings

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Looking at the very early Big Ten basketball power rankings for next year, MSU is the unquestioned. David Kmiecik, via his top 25 for next season, which you can view here, collaborated with Paul M. Banks on this listing. Dave did the entries for the nationally ranked Big Ten basketball teams, and Banks had to do the teams that aren’t as good. (of course! always!)

Enjoy! We also linked the three early season previews that we already did for three Big Ten basketball teams.

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2016-17 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings

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Yes, I know the college basketball season is just ending but it is still the perfect time to reveal my insanely early 2016-17 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  There are still a ton of x-factors as guys are deciding on whether or not they are going to enter the NBA Draft, players are transferring, and a few McDonald’s All-Americans have yet to make their college decision so consider these rankings a rough draft and expect an update in a couple of weeks.

Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and where. Here’s a list of underclassman who have declared for the draft.

Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or otherwise have an issue with something.

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Michigan Stadium Will Host Chelsea FC vs Real Madrid

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The last time Michigan Stadium, “the Big House” hosted a soccer match, all it did was break the American attendance record  (109,318) for the sport. Football international returns to the home of Michigan Wolverines football as  Chelsea will take on Real Madrid. 

The International Champions Cup, a preseason exhibition tournament composed of many global football powers in several leagues, and played on multiple continents, made the announcement today.

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Jim Harbaugh Tops B1G Coach Brand Name Power Rankings

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Happy first day of March Madness everyone! It’s quite possibly the greatest sports day of the year, and with spring football practice going on, we’re officially in overlap season. It’s not quite the same type of overlap as what we get in November, but it’s close.

Everybody is of course focused on the brackets, as they should be, but Jim Harbaugh has still, some how some way captured some media attention for his practices being held in Florida.

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FINAL 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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Happy Selection Sunday.  Here is a pre-season 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 five of the past six years. [Read more…]

Michigan Basketball NCAA Tourney Chances: Flip a Coin

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Michigan basketball fans will be sweating it out for the next 24 hours. this week. They got two more wins in the Big Ten Tournament, including a thrilling signature win over top seeded Indiana. However their tournament chances remain 50/50.

It’s a weak bubble, in terms of the teams on it, but it’s an ever shrinking bubble, due to a fair amount of chaos in the conference tournaments this week.

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Protest against Governor planned at Michigan St-Michigan basketball game

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Michigan State and Michigan basketball fans obviously butt heads a lot. (Ditto for football, hockey and every other sport). It’s a very heated rivalry to say the least. Michigan basketball fans tastelessly defacing the Magic Johnson statue in the week leading up to the football game between the two schools is the latest classic example.

However, tomorrow will see Michigan State and Michigan basketball fans comes together in unison for a much bigger cause than hoops.

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