The 2014 NFL Draft will see a record 30 players in attendance. Many of them are the usual suspects, but there’s a few sleepers in here too. Obviously, these are the 30 former college football players likely to hear their name called on 2014 NFL Draft night; the Thursday portion. Some of these names I’ve moved out of my mock 2014 NFL Draft, I might have to move them back in for my next update.Follow paulmbanks
The post-NCAA Tournament fallout has begun as college basketball players are already announcing their intentions to either return for another year of college or enter the 2014 NBA Draft. Here is the up-to-date list of the 2014 NBA Draft early entries.
Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Draft. Click on the player’s name for an in-depth scouting report.
UPDATED: 4/23/14Follow paulmbanks
Today was Wrigley Field 100, the “party of the century” as the Cubs marketing called it. Well, someone narced on your party and told the campus police to come and break it up. For Cubs fans, the ending was even worse than the weather. And that’s saying something given how the temperature was in the mid to high 30s in the shade.
And today the Friendly Confines were quite shady. It was a day of honors, celebrations, excitement, hoopla, luminaries and icons. However, it also saw the Cubs blow a 5 run lead in the ninth inning to the worst team in Major Leagues; a three run lead when the D-Backs were down to their final out. Making 100 years of Cubdom, essentially 100 years of Cubdumb.
We’ll go through the good, the bad, and the ugly of Wrigley Field 100 with you.Follow paulmbanks
Fancy a flutter on this year’s World Cup? Alongside wagering on who will walk away world champions, one of the most popular wagers each year is on the World Cup top scorer betting market. Things are already hotting up here, with plenty of world-class talent giving the bookies a tricky time in predicting the favourite.
Here’s a look at some of our standouts for top World Cup goalscorer.Follow paulmbanks
Sophomore forward Alex Poythress will return to Kentucky for the 2014-15 season.
“Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine, but I want to make sure that I’m NBA-ready before I make that jump,” Alex Poythress said. “By coming back, I’ll be so much closer to earning my degree in business and it will give me another year to prepare my game and my body for the next level.”Follow paulmbanks
Yannick Noah made his name in tennis. He’s best remembered on the court as a the last Frenchman to win the French Open men’s singles title. But today Yannick Noah is less known as a tennis champion than he is a European pop star. His music is huge, and I mean huge in France. As the son also rises, Joakim Noah made his name in basketball through defense.
That reputation only increased when Joakim won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award yesterday. However, Noah the Younger is extremely versatile just like Noah the Elder. Joakim has become a true NBA superstar due to developing his passing and transition ability, an offensive skill set to complement his defense and rebounding.Follow paulmbanks
Danica Patrick and her Racing Team tackle Richmond International Raceway this weekend for the Richmond 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Patrick will lean on the advice doled out from her Stewart-Haas Racing crew chief Tony Gibson – “Be patient. Focus on you. Race the racetrack. Take what the car and the track will give you all night. If you can do that all night, you’ll end up with a solid finish.”
This weekend, Danica Patrick & Co. hope that advice will finally pay off for once with a decent finish finally.Follow paulmbanks
Want to stir a passionate debate about skateboarding? Ask whether it should be considered an Olympic event. While progressive sports have reserved their own spotlight via the ongoing X-Games, the Olympics maintain the prestige of tradition. To date, a number of events (such as skiing and snowboarding) feature personalities who also enjoy skating (Shaun White for instance).Follow paulmbanks
The English Premier League is taking off stateside. Especially Liverpool FC, and especially in New York City. The New York Times did a story about Brooklyn hipsters, particularly in the ultra-trendy neighborhood of Williamsburg, where there’s been an influx of Liverpool FC fans. Or people adopting the Reds as they currently sit atop the Premier League table and have a 85% chance of winning the league.
It’s a good read, even though the article comes off extremely elitist and it works in every hipster stereotype possible; whenever possible.Follow paulmbanks
If you have Tara Lipinski on your talent roster, then you use Tara Lipinski every chance you can. It’s like the joke my brother-in-law once made to me. “Hey, we got airplanes, let’s use ‘em!”
Olympic figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi, who received critical acclaim for their figure skating analysis on NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014 Sochi Games, as well as for their conversational rapport on topics ranging from twizzles to tres chic attire, will join NBC Sports Group for its coverage of the 2014 Kentucky Derby, it was announced today.
Plus when Tara Lipinski opined on Ashley Wagner calling out the B.S. nature of the sport of figure skating that was pretty cool too.Follow paulmbanks