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


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 2006 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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Chicharito Completely Starstruck By Meeting J.J. Watt (Video)


As standard this time of year, we have another story of futbol meeting football. With both football and American football/soccer being in their offseason right now star players from both sports often cross paths and the results are sometimes amazing.

Houston Texans superstar defensive end J.J. Watt stopped by Team Mexico’s training session, and totally made Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s week. The star striker for El Tri  was completely star struck upon meeting Watt, as you can see in the video below:

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Early 2016-17 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings


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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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…]

Badgers Coach Greg Gard defines true meaning of “adversity”

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Wisconsin basketball is having a rough season this year. Some of it is bad luck. Some of it is rebuilding and reloading. Some of it is the transition from Bo Ryan to Interim Coach Greg Gard. Some of it is…they’re just not that good. However, losing basketball games IS NOT adversity. Losing playing time IS NOT ADVERSITY.

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Wisconsin basketball: season a total train wreck by their standards


Ask millenial college basketball fans and they’ll tell you what a proud, nationally prominent program Wisconsin basketball is. Since they’re millenials, they’ll likely tell you how “on fleek” the Badgers were these past couple years, and then maybe give you a “shruggy guy” emoticon when you ask them why Badger basketball is so down this year.

Ask (quoting The Simpsons) “cynical members of generation X” what Wisconsin basketball is/was, and they’ll tell you about Dick Bennett and his unique brand of very bland stall ball building the program from absolute nothing into a regional power.

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Notre Dame #1, Nebraska #2 in CFB Gameday Experience


The day after tomorrow is arguably the most important on the college football calendar. Therefore, there’s no time like the present to reflect, analyze and articulate topics within the college football hierarchy. We’ve ranked the top four college football game day experiences in the Midwest.

Remember, this is just for the Midwest- with Notre Dame tops overall.

There’s a reason the College Football Hall of Fame was in South Bend for so long.

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Bret Bielema’s wife, Jen Bielema, inspires CFB QOTY


The wife of Bret Bielema, Jen Bielema, whose maiden name is Jennifer Hielsberg, inspired the quote of the year this college football season. Following his game on November 14th, the Arkansas Razorbacks Coach said in his post game press conference that he was excited about “hopping on his wife,” before correcting the Freudian slip, to what he really mean to say:

“hop on a plane with my wife.”

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#18 Northwestern Football vs #25 Wisconsin: Preview, Prediction


The Northwestern football record for single season wins is ten. The mark is shared by Gary Barnett (1995) and Pat Fitzgerald (2008). NU is at 8 right now with two games left, plus a bowl game. So there’s a very decent chance the Wildcats could tie the school record for wins, and an outside chance they could break it.

Oddsmakers aren’t giving them of a chance this week though.

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Wisconsin basketball faces much turnover after Final Four runs

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After back-to-back trips to the Final Four, it appears to be the end of an era for the Wisconsin basketball program. During the summer, Bo Ryan announced his 15th season at UW would be his last though that remains somewhat uncertain as Ryan has backpedaled a bit in the past couple months. Under Ryan’s leadership, the Badgers have accomplished an incredible feat by never finishing lower than fourth place in the Big Ten. That streak is in jeopardy this season though as Wisconsin loses four starters from last year’s National Runner-Up squad. [Read more…]