VIDEO: Wisconsin Badgers release old Chris Farley “Matt Foley” bit


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“If you don’t go to the University of Wisconsin, you’re gonna end up eating government cheese and living in a van down by the river!” – Matt Foley, motivational speaker.

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Wisconsin Badgers will have very little resistance from B1G


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This is not the season for Frank Kaminsky and the Wisconsin Badgers to compare themselves against the Big Ten. This year, Frank Kaminsky and the Wisconsin Badgers will measure themselves nationally; which means against Kentucky.

Just like the college football bowl season every year is about the SEC versus the rest of the nation, this year’s NCAA Tournament is about who could actually be that SEC powerhouse- Kentucky.

Wisconsin is one of the few who have a chance. Bo Ryan has his best team yet in Madison.

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Bo Ryan reveals secret of his success at Wisconsin


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Bo Ryan has more media skills than most coaches. Not just Big Ten coaches, or basketball coaches, but all almost all coaches. It’s too bad that most postgame press conferences aren’t Bo Ryan postgame press conferences. Because he actually says something.

He’s truly interesting.

I understand why most “leaders of young men” revert to Coachy McCoachington type coachspeak at these things- they don’t want to give away the store.

Ryan is different; he is slick enough and intelligent enough to provide “good copy” and not give his opponents any intel to use against him at the same time.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (1/8/15)


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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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF OUR 2015 NBA MOCK DRAFT.

Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (1/6/15)


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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.

Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (1/6/15)


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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. [Read more…]

SEC football crashing out at “SEC Speed” this bowl season


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Everyone is piling on SEC football right now. Before we join in, let’s take a moment to remind everyone how/why we got here. SEC football is exceptional. With it comes SEC football exceptionalism; and it’s something that the SEC football communities love to remind you of.

This will be the first time since 2005 that we have a national title game without a SEC team. Last year, was the first time since that same year in which we had a non SEC National Champion. From 2003-2012, the SEC won it all every season but two.

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Big 10 Basketball predictions (“power” rankings)


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There are plenty of Big 10 basketball teams that owe us an apology right now. We tracked all of the losses that the league suffered to low-majors and mid-majors up until a couple weeks ago (results here). Then the number hit the high teens, and we just gave up.

Getting people to care about college hoops during the holidays is always difficult. When Big 10 basketball is having a really down year like this, it’s even harder.

Hey, at least they won the annual challenge versus the ACC!

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Paul Chryst can’t be announced as new Badgers coach until Wed


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With the Paul Chryst deal done, that was a really, really quick coaching search by Wisconsin. It’s not a home run hire by any means, but it’s a perfect fit. He’s from Madison, he was the offensive coordinator for a very long time under Bret Bielema and it makes total sense. You would have to think that this might be a dream job for Chryst.

However, this won’t be made official and Paul Chryst won’t be formally introduced as the new coach in Madison until Wednesday December 17th, at the earliest.

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B1G Basketball power rankings: the “we apologize” edition


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There are certain B1G basketball teams that owe an apology right now. Sure, one team nationally ranked in the preseason losing to a low-major that you’ve never heard of is excusable although unexpected. Upsets happen. However, two preseason AP top 25 teams losing to low-majors on two separate occasions? That’s kind of embarrassing. Plus the B1G hasn’t had a whole lot of signature wins to really counter-act those ugly losses.

Hey, at least they won the challenge versus the ACC

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Top eight Wisconsin Badgers head coaching candidates


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There must be something about that Wisconsin Badgers job Gary Andersen knows, and Bret Bielema knew, that we don’t. And whatever that something is, likely won’t be made public knowledge for a long time. Bielema moved laterally at best, but at least you could understand the move. He had been there for awhile and it is a huge step up in conference. Andersen made a significant step down in heading to Oregon State.

And the “be closer to his family” excuse doesn’t pass the smell test as an explanation. Utah was Andersen’s dream job; not Oregon State. But hey, at least we now know why the Wisconsin Badgers didn’t show up for a second of the Big Ten title game; their coach already had one foot out the door. I guess that explains a four point favorite losing 59-0.

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Wisconsin Badgers football: worst. episode. ever.


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This B1G Title game didn’t have as many compelling story lines as previous years. It certainly didn’t have the sizzle or steak of last year’s #2 vs #10, 24 game unbeaten streak on the line, Rose Bowl berths hang in the balance affair. With the Wisconsin Badgers qualifying for the third time in the four years that this event has been in existence; and the Ohio State Buckeyes making their second consecutive appearance, it felt like a “re-run.”

It had some San Antonio Spurs vs Miami Heat, “been there, done that” feel, just with more red. So while it was less exciting than in years past, it still had potential given that Wisconsin was favored by just 4.

How wrong we were.

B1G Championship Game: Worst. Episode. Ever.

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