2017 NFL mock draft 10-13-16


In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on a hybrid of three facets: the latest Chicago Tribune NFL power rankings, the current NFL standings and our speculation of how the league will play itself out during the remaining three quarters of the season the post-season.

Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, as team needs are a very fluid situation.

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.

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NFL’s New Chip-Equipped Footballs could Prevent Another Deflategate


Deflategate will soon be a thing of the past. That is probably hard to believe for those people for whom the phenomenon has taken over the league. Tom Brady recently dropped his legal appeal of the four-game suspension to which he had been sentenced, though one wonders whether the decision will have any impact on online NFL betting odds and considerations.

Whatever the case, the league is quickly becoming inundated by rumors (and conspiracies) surrounding the computer chips that the NFL is planning to insert into the football during preseason and Thursday night games.
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Roger Goodell, NFL Team Owners Aren’t Fans of HBO’s “Ballers”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

New England Patriots fan Mark Wahlberg, executive producer for the HBO series “Ballers,” said the NFL isn’t too happy with the show. He said commissioner Roger Goodell even tried to get him to cancel it. Since the show is fictional, it won’t affect NFL betting lines, but it does show that the NFL commissioner and team owners don’t shows attempting to realistically depict NFL players.  [Read more…]

Illini Football: 2016 NFL Draft Return a Future Springboard?


In 2016 Lovie Smith takes over an Illini football program that recently had a really good reputation as a NFL vocational development school. Then Mike Thomas came along; and hired Tim Beckman. For two years the NFL Draft then became an Illini football free zone. Illinois excelled in winning draft night up until 2014, as the program was then shut out in 2015 and 2016.

The Illini were among the best, if not the best in the Big Ten when it came to being a NFL Draft factory, which we covered in more detail here.

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2016 NFL Mock Draft 4-28-16 FINAL


Happy Draft Day!!!! This will be our penultimate 2016 NFL mock draft update, with the final version coming late this afternoon.  To get you ready for the draft, here’s a list of 40 NFL Draft buzzwords, catch-phrases and cliches that you’ll hear tonight, and all weekend, from the TV network draftniks.

“He can make all throws when you put him in space a hand in the round guy road grader space eater people mover who plays faster than his tape.”

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Denver Broncos: New England Patriots’ playoff Kryptonite


Four times the New England Patriots have marched into Denver during the AFC playoffs. Four times, most recently in Sunday’s 20-18 defeat in the AFC Championship game, their Super Bowl dreams were snuffed out by the Orange Crush. With eye black residue from Sunday’s game likely still visible on Tom Brady’s face, we revisit the three times prior to Sunday’s defeat that the Patriots’ Super Bowl aspirations tumbled in Denver like boulders down the Rocky Mountains.

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Bill Belichick ahead of his time fashion wise (not parody)

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New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick is just two wins away from defending his current NFL championship title. We’ll see what happens tomorrow versus Denver in the AFC Title game, but if Belichick and company get it done, it just continues the current trend of ruling oligarchies retaining their hegemony (Duke, Alabama, New England, Blackhawks).

In the meantime, it turns out that Belichick and his “homeless chic” look that he perfected with the hoodie well over a decade ago is now en vogue.

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Patriots’ Chandler Jones involved in bizarre medical Marijuana situation


Make no mistake, this is not a “marijuana offense” for New England Patriots Defensive End Chandler Jones. The youngster from Syracuse is in a very weird situation that involves medical marijuana, so high times are not criminal times in any way possible.

He has broken no laws, as he was smoking the good weed as a way to treat a medical condition.

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2016 NFL mock draft 12-8-15


This 2016 NFL mock draft order is loosely based off the order derived at SB Nation. They took current record plus strength of schedule into account. We then made a few changes based on how current injuries could impact the team and their final season record.

Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account. We played fast and loose with that because it’s still quite early. So many of these picks are “Best player available.”

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Amy Schumer has a GRAPHIC Tom Brady fantasy


As overrated and over-publicized as Amy Schumer is these days, she still can be extremely funny, at times. It’s not her fault that the media and the general population has gotten carried away with defining and redefining her. Is Amy Schumer a great comedian? Absolutely. Is she a social trail blazer and transcendent pioneer?

Absolutely not. Not even close. She does tell a great sex joke here and there though.

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Donald Trump has serious Tom Brady man-crush

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady

Good for Tom Brady that he’s finally getting all this publicity. Poor little guy has flown under the radar in obscurity for so so long. I’m just so glad to see that Tom Brady is finally now in the national discussion.

Ok, turning the sarcasm font off now.

Donald Trump went on Colin Cowherd‘s show today and talked a multitude of topics, including daily fantasy sports, and Tom Brady. He talked about Tom Brady so much that Trump is really drifting towards singing this song below:

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Tom Brady Plays, Roger Goodell Pays

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So the verdict came down, and surprising no one — Brady was reinstated and Roger Goodell was defeated. The real question after all of this is what it means for the NFL as a whole, how will this whole fiasco that unfolded affect the game? The answer is really complicated and there are a lot of potential outcomes. Part of the problem is that as fans we eat this up, though with football back, it’ll be less at the front. Still, it feeds our appetite for the sport and the continued controversy focuses us in even further.

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