Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly quasi-endorses The Sports Bank

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For the 2011-12 holidays I was in sunny Pasadena, enjoying the absolutely first rate hospitality a media member receives when covering the Rose Bowl; the greatest bowl game of them all. And to top it all off:

I’m told by the winning coach of a BCS game (Oregon Ducks’ Chip Kelly) that my business and marketing ideas are superb! In a crowded room full of my media peers no less!

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Rose Bowl Bread & Circuses just as Impressive as Football Game Itself

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It’s hard not to have a very high opinion of oneself after covering the Rose Bowl. Because you and all the other journalists who cover the game are indeed treated like royalty all week.

Granted I knew I was “kind of a big deal” before going to Pasadena, but all the superb hospitality and first-rate service made me feel like even more of a rock star. Now I’m ready to work on that New Year’s Resolution- stop being a nice guy.

The Rose Bowl game takes place on what is by far the best sports day of the year- New Year’s Day. A good chunk of major bowls, the NHL Winter Classic, some NBA and conference play in college basketball take place on this day as well. Even though it’s sports overload, it’s one of my favorite days of the year.

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College Football’s Next Big Thing: Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas

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He helped the Oregon Ducks get their first Rose Bowl win in 95 years. Before the big win yesterday, De’Anthony Thomas wasn’t known to many college football fans outside the Pacific Northwest.

Just a freshman, he’s still rather obscure, but that will certainly change next year. Thomas name will be household on a national level, as he’ll make tons of highlight reel plays next year.

Needing just 2 carries (both touchdowns) to hit 150+ yards.,He finished with an INSANE 77.5 yards per carry in the win over the Wisconsin Badgers.

His 91-yard TD run was the longest in Rose Bowl history.

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Offensive Explosion in 2012 Rose Bowl! Ducks 45, Badgers 38

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Records fell left and right. The 2012 Rose Bowl set a new record for most points scored in a quarter, half and entire game. The Wisconsin Badgers saw their tailback Montee Ball tie the college football record for most TDs in a season.

The UW quarterback, Russell Wilson set a new season mark for passer rating. But it still wasn’t enough as the Oregon Ducks won their first Rose Bowl in 95 years, 45-38.

The offenses were as hot as the weather; as this was the sixth warmest Rose Bowl in the 98 year history of the game.

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De’Anthony Thomas Breaks Rose Bowl Record for Longest Run

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Oregon Ducks freshman tailback De’Anthony Thomas is fast. Like Usain Bolt fast. The two guys ahead of him on the depth chart, juniors LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner are really fast too.

But Thomas has “SEC speed” and he showed it on his 91 yard TD run in the first half; which is the longest run in Rose Bowl history.

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Ultimate Rose Bowl Preview Guide: Oregon vs. Wisconsin

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The 98th Rose Bowl takes place at 2 pm PT. Should be a shootout, and as good a college football game as any you’ll see this year. Lots of points- the over/under (again just for recreational purposes) is 72.

And the passer rating record will likely fall in this game too. (More on that here)

So here’s everything you need to know about the “Grand Daddy of them All,” created and produced with the WIFI at “Grand Daddy’s Lounge” in downtown Los Angeles.

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Rose Bowl Preview: Oregon Ducks Have Weapons to Win Shootout

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Is the third time a charm for Chip Kelly and his Oregon Ducks? Will the 2012 Rose Bowl end differently than last year’s national title game and the 2010 Rose Bowl?

The knock on Kelly’s Ducks is that if you get an entire month to prepare for them, then stopping the 3rd in the nation in total yards Quack Attack isn’t so difficult.

However, the Ducks are 6 point favorites in this game. And this is the first year of the Pac-12 Championship game, so the layoff this year is significantly shorter. They are the school to have a current three game BCS streak.

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Rose Bowl Preview: #10 Wisconsin Can and Will Hang With #5 Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

For the second consecutive year, the Wisconsin Badgers find themselves representing the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl. However, this time around, they get a Pac-12 powerhouse in Oregon instead of a pesky TCU squad who proved to be too much in an upset in Pasadena.

The battle between the Badgers (11-2) and Ducks (11-2) is one of the most intriguing match-ups of the bowl season, particularly because the two teams are so much alike. The game will feature two of the most potent offenses in the country and both teams seem to be playing their best football right now. [Read more…]