NBC Sunday Night Football Analyst Cris Collinsworth was on media conference call yesterday to preview the upcoming NFL season. An off topic of discussion was his son Austin Collinsworth who was named a captain of the Notre Dame football team for the 2014 season.
Notre Dame starting quarterback Everett Golson is another example of the curse of the #5 jersey. See: Paul Hornung, Manti Te’o, Chris Kluwe, Venric Mark, Braxton Miller, Josh Freeman etc. etc. etc. As ND is now embroiled in the middle of another academic scandal involving key players crucial to the team success, Everett Golson reflects on his situation.Follow paulmbanks
We don’t have any more updates about the scandal unfolding within Notre Dame football, but hey, we do have new uniforms! Look- shiny things!!!
Brian Kelly didn’t have anything to say Media Day regarding the investigation into academic cheating today, as it appears there really haven’t been any significant developments since Friday. We’ll keep you posted, in the meantime here’s ESPN’s Jesse Palmer and David Pollack discussing how ND football moves on from this latest saga.
Amory Blaine, the main character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic bildungsroman “This Side of Paradise,” once lamented that no one cares to read about business unless it’s crooked business. Likewise with Notre Dame football. Unless it’s big time breaking news, no one wants to read about Notre Dame football unless it’s the dome being tarnished.
Well, today is a day for college football news consumers. Yet another scandal under the Brian Kelly regime, (really, at this point, there’s been so many that I’ve totally lost count) rocked South Bend as the Fighting Irish could be without 3 of their best players this season, and they might see their “magical” 2012 season vacated by the NCAA.Follow paulmbanks
Now we finally have some college football news to discuss this 2014 preseason. The Notre Dame football team could dismiss four of their most important players, WR DaVaris Daniels, DB KeiVarae Russell, DL Ishaq Williams and LB Kendall Moore due to academic fraud.Follow paulmbanks
I don’t know why Notre Dame football reporters, pundits, bloggers and enthusiasts treated Brian Kelly naming Everett Golson the starting QB as actual breaking news. I mean, c’mon that was obvious. ND wouldn’t have let him back in school, nor would he have come back to school if that wasn’t going to be the case. But hey, it’s August, and practice is a very boring topic to discuss, so I get it.
You needed to fill your Notre Dame football news quota with something. But let’s look ahead. What if Golson struggles? Remember that 2012 went to the national title game with him; but not because of him. There’s a bit of a Jim McMahon/’85 Bears, just good enough to win when you have a defense like that kind of vibe with Golson.Follow paulmbanks
The NFL career of Brady Quinn is no more. Although he never made an official retirement statement. The prepared statements released by his people on behalf of him today indicate that this decision to join Fox Sports means that he has hung up his cleats and now picked up a microphone.Follow paulmbanks
Illini football coach Tim Beckman has not accomplished much in Champaign. That is not news. His 45-17 drubbing of Cincinnati was nice though, as the Bearcats were a really good team that went on to play in their conference championship. That game was Becks’ lone signature win in two years. Landing A.D. Miller would be his recruiting equivalent of that.
The 6’4″ wide receiver is the eleventh commit in the 2015 class, and he choose the Illini football program over Arizona State, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, Brigham Young, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and a bunch more.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
It’s down to 16 teams; single game elimination in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Just like in March madness, it’s “survive and advance” time. So I decided to match each country with their corresponding college basketball program. If you’re a college hoops fan, but still need a rooting interest in the World Cup, this will help you pick a team.
I’m still not sure how much Americans have embraced soccer; as of yet. I do know they’ve embraced skipping work to go drink and watch sports during the day.Follow paulmbanks
The best teams should get the most coverage; in a perfect sporting world. Almost all the teams on this list do get some coverage. Most of them sell tickets to their games, and have a decent sized fanbase. Only one team, the program in the #1 slot, is a program that nobody cares about. Even though that program is solid and consistent.
The market is saturated- that’s what all these teams have in common. For a whole host of different reasons. Basically, there is really no demand for any more coverage. Current supply is excess. The LA Kings, like the other seven teams on this list, would deserve the coverage they receive, maybe even more (they’re that good)…..if all media outlets were non-profit; serving the public interest only.
We’ll look at why these teams are all great, and the reasons why you just don’t click on stories about them. We’ll explain why
a.) more people should care about these teams and/or
b.) why those that do care, don’t read.Follow paulmbanks