Link Bank 12-6-11: Britney Spears, Erin Andrews, WORST Bowl Game

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Feel old? You will now: Britney Spears turned 30 yesterday. (Popwatch) I remember back in junior year of college when she burst onto the scene as Little Ms. Jailbait. And some dude in the school paper wrote an op-ed saying something to the extent of “Spears is making Lolita Complexes fashionable right now, but chill out. By the time she’s 25, she’ll be a really fat, divorced single mom.” (It wasn’t me- I swear!)

Damn, he nailed that one. The only part he didn’t prophesize was her second divorce and comeback/weight loss.

-The Erin Andrews peephole video saga is very far from over

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The Anti-Bracket: Kardashian Regional

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The Sports Bank’s third annual Anti-Bracket (formerly known as the Douchebracket) celebrates all that is wrong in the world, most prominently in the sports world.  Four regionals will chosen by an esteemed panel of TSB contributors.  With your input, the field will be narrowed down to a Final Four where our readers will choose the winner of the 2011 Anti-Bracket.

Past winners of the this Regional include Notre Dame football fans with absolutely zero connection to the school and the Chicago Bears Media Relations Department .  BOTH WENT ON TO BECOME CHAMPIONS OF THE OVERALL BRACKET!

Help me figure who will earn that honored distinction this season by leaving a comment below as to who you think needs to advance to the Final Four. And a 3-peat??!!!

By Paul M. Banks

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#18 Iowa vs. Ball State: Brutally Honest Game Preview

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Poor Ball State. They’re getting the Iowa Hawkeyes at the exact wrong time. The Hawks were upset in the late night desert air by Arizona, and now they need wins with huge style points to compensate for how far they fell in the national rankings. Critics of Iowa say the team, and the state itself, is boring.

I disagree. Iowa provided the setting for “Field of Dreams” and “The Music Man,” two works of American fiction that have influenced and inspired contemporary pop culture in every genre. Regarding the team itself,  they had a backup offensive lineman appear on a national morning talk show, possess one of the best defensive lines in the nation, and possibly the best defensive player overall in Adrian Clayborn. How many programs have star power like this?

Throughout the season, I’ll be bringing you these informative yet blunt game previews of every contest I cover (and a second game that week that interests me); with a heavy focus on my three “home teams” Northwestern, Illinois, Notre Dame, and the Big Ten in general.

By Paul M. Banks

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Deron Williams, All-Star: About Frickin Time!

By Paul M. Banks

Yesterday was a glorious day that I have waited a long time for. It felt exactly like a special night about 14 years ago when a T.F. South high school cheerleader took…well never mind, let’s just focus on the now.

Deron Williams will return to his hometown as an NBA All-Star. The former Illini will suit up for the Western Conference Feb. 14 NBA at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, according to the report. The Utah Jazz point guard is the first NBA All-Star from Illinois since Don Ohl in 1967, according to UI sports information.

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