In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order at the regular season. We sorted the playoff teams based on how we’re predicting the NFL playoffs will shape out. The NFL breaks ties in draft order by reverse order of strength of schedule. Thus we don’t know for sure who will be picking #14 and #15 between Indianapolis and Minnesota’s pick (which is owned by Philadelphia), as the NFL has not confirmed the order officially.Follow paulmbanks
It’s a tradition unlike any other,” as Jim Nantz would say when it comes to Wisconsin Badgers tailbacks.
Senior Corey Clement is the latest in a long line that includes such stalwarts as Ron Dayne, Montee Ball, Melvin Gordon, James White, Anthony Davis, P.J. Hill, Brent Moss, Terrell Fletcher, John Clay and Alan Ameche.Follow paulmbanks
College football is a sport with a long established tradition of having controversy and debate woven into the very fabric. On Sunday, the discussion will be all about who’s the top four? Who’s left out #5 and #6. Someday, in the not too distant future it’ll be wh0’s the top eight? And who got left out and nine and ten?
It’s really up to ESPN- they’ll ultimately decide when we got from four to eight as they’re the ones who are paying the bills on college football these days. They ponied up the dough for the broadcast rights, and like any and all media corporations, controversy is their oxygen, and debate is their lifeblood.
Saturday night in Indianapolis, the Wisconsin Badgers and Penn State Nittany Lions could add more fuel to that debate fire.Follow paulmbanks
It will be very difficult for the Wisconsin Badgers versus Penn State Nittany Lions game at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night to match the Ohio State-Michigan “El Classico” last weekend, but it could happen. The B1G Title game Saturday night is like the Electoral College, with OSU-UM the popular vote.
Last weekend’s “The Game” is the de facto B1G Title match-up while this one is the de jure championship. The winner of last week’s clash is in the playoff, and the loser might be as well.Follow paulmbanks
It’s November 8th B1G basketball fans! Huzzah, if you’re reading this it means that we actually made it through the strangest, ugliest and most low brow election cycle in the history of our glorious democracy. Election Day fell on the latest possible day that it possibly could, and that’s unfortunate, given how one poll showed that 13% of respondents preferred a meteor hitting the Earth to Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump.
Hey, it’s all over tomorrow and then we can all move on to other past times like college hoops, which tips off its season on Friday.
Viva la Revolucion!Follow paulmbanks
In a very ho hum kind of game, the #8 Wisconsin Badgers kept rolling along the route to Indianapolis; thwarting Northwestern 21-7. It wasn’t a very exciting or entertaining affair, but that could have been expected given how tremendously dull their meeting in Madison was last season, when NU won 13-7.
The Badgers made quick work of the Wildcats (or at least they would have if not for television), as this was a really fast moving game. ABC, of course, did all they could to prevent the contest from being over that rapidly though.Follow paulmbanks
UPDATE: This past Sunday, we wrote the following column below calling out the Wisconsin football program for not going as far as they could in dismissing the disgusting racist fan who attended last weekend’s game dressed as President Barack Obama with a noose around his neck.
While we acknowledge that UW did everything totally correct to the letter of the law in handling this bigoted buffoon, they didn’t do everything that was morally right.Follow paulmbanks
You could make it in the big leagues someday, kid. You got talent I tells ya, and moxie too, kid.
Those two old timey borscht beltisms could apply to both the Northwestern Wildcats and Wisconsin Badgers in 2016. By beating the Nebraska Cornhuskers last Saturday night, the Badgers have established themselves as the de facto best team in the B1G West and the third best side in the league.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks
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.Follow paulmbanks