Man United vs Real Madrid attended by Ndamukong Suh, Ziggy Ansah

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Ndamukong Suh was famously quoted a few years ago:

“I’m just a different breed. I hate to say that, but it’s kind of like, no athlete in the NFL is like any other person. You can’t treat everybody the same exact way. That would be unfair, but there’s guidelines that everybody needs to follow behind, so that’s more or less the understanding that I needed to see.”

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Big Ten basketball postseason projections 1-6-14

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Note: projections will not include my predictions for the Big Ten basketball tournament, nor any March Madness predictions.

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2013 Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Hip Hop MCs Edition

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Can’t leave Big Ten football alone the game needs me. Notorious B.I.G. once said that he raps about the ghetto because that’s what he knows. And…”if I worked at McDonald’s, I’d be rapping about Big Macs and fries.”

You write and talk what you know and live. And I know Big Ten football. We’re still a ways away from Big Ten football media days. Well, less than two weeks now. The preseason is indeed here, time for some WAY TOO Early Big Ten football power rankings

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Georgia Bulldogs handle Nebraska Cornhuskers in Capital One: news and notes

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In their respective conference championship games, the Georgia Bulldogs came up 5 yards short of competing for the national title versus the Crimson Tide. The Nebraska Cornhuskers had 70 points hung on them by a 5 loss Wisconsin Badgers team. So on this college football holiday, what would happen in the Capital One Bowl? They day belonged to UGA, so thus will the news and notes in this post.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Georgia Bulldogs in Capital One Bowl

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The SEC championship game runner-up Georgia Bulldogs (11-2) were extended, and accepted, an invitation to the Capital One Bowl (we used to know it as the Citrus Bowl)
Sunday to face Big Ten championship game runner-up Nebraska (10-3) in Orlando, Tuesday, Jan. 1.

UGA will be HUGE favorites! They were five yards away from playing for the national title, and taking on a team that just surrendered 70 points to a 7-5 opponent.

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#17 Nebraska Cornhuskers: College Football 77 in 77

Welcome to The Sports Bank 77 in 77. We’re previewing one team a day everyday as the college football season approaches. And we’re doing it in rapid fire sequence. Today, the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

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Can Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead win the Big 10 Silver Football?

Perhaps the position with the most tradition at Nebraska is tailback. The starter this fall is Rex Burkhead, a senior who’s been inspired by some of the past greats in Lincoln.

“Roy (Helu) last year, he was a guy I looked up to quite a bit. He was a great player, but also a great person. Seeing how he went about his business, and his daily routine,” Burkhead said.

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Will Compton: Nebraska Cornhuskers leader on defense

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers will be without their three superstars on defense from last year: Alfonzo Dennard, Jared Crick and Lavonte David. All are in the NFL now. Even with the trio, the team’s defense wasn’t all that spectacular in 2011. Linebacker Will Compton may not have as much NFL potential as Baker Steinkuhler, or some of the other blackshirts, but he’s the heart and soul of their defense this fall.

Compton talked about all the challenges he faces as a Linebacker going against the various offenses in the Big Ten.

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Nebraska tight ends key to Cornhuskers offensive push

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Kyler Reed will be a crucial component to the Nebraska Cornhuskers offense this fall, and his impact will go beyond the receiving stats in the box score.

Reed will be a key to the unit getting a nice offensive push forward, as they take on a league loaded with strong defensive lines. In the Big Ten, there’s a ton of great DL units: Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue and more.

The Huskers will need all hands on deck to get the offense moving forward.

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2012 Big Ten Power Rankings: post media day edition

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These are highly subject to change. Brady Hoke remarked at Media Day that UM was picked fifth in their division a year ago; and just outside the top 25 in the year they won their last national title- 1997.

So maybe these rankings don’t really mean all that much? Of course, that won’t stop you from reading them and commenting, right?

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NFL Draft 2012: Best and worst team-to-player fits

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When newly drafted players join their NFL teams this season, the coaches, system and competition each encounters will have a huge influence on how quickly they can make an impact. Here’s a look at the best and worst fits for players drafted in 2012. Note: this isn’t an assessment of good or bad picks, but rather an analysis of the best and worst marriages between player and team with regards to maximizing each player’s potential.

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Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez Continues Throwing Progression

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While college students across the nation were enjoying a week-long break from the pressures of schoolwork, Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez was doing something quite different.

The quarterback, instead of relaxing at the beach, went back home to California and used the time to work on his throwing.

Talk about commitment.

Martinez worked for three days with quarterback coach Steve Calhoun, a man who runs a quarterback development camp called Armed and Dangerous Football Camp and can count Cam Newton and Jake Locker among his former students.

Martinez praised the three days with Calhoun as a wonderful learning experience, but if there was one lesson to be taken from their work, it was a simple, yet important message: improve footwork. [Read more…]