Thankfully Football Saves Us From Football

Stephen A.Smith

Everything gets pushed aside for the start of NFL training camps.

Is Kevin Love getting traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Not nearly as important as a cocky, highly questionable rookie quarterback for the lowly Cleveland Browns. The size of the most recent Jose Abreu home run? Psshh.

Was it bigger than Jay Cutler’s new shaggin’ wagon?

Much like the way the commencement of baseball Spring Training fills us with a sort of revitalizing vigor every year, this version of the start of the NFL season (not to be confused with the draft or minicamp or the Hall of Fame Game or your team’s first preseason game or the third preseason game that’s like almost real football or the Thursday game of Week 1 or Sunday of Week 1 the next week) stirs up those savage desires to watch controlled violence.

Football makes everything better.

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Chicago Bears mock draft composite part 2

Tyler Eifert

About a week has passed since I released part one of this mock draft composite.

A few of those 13 expert predictions for whom the Bears will pick have changed since I compiled the list on February 23rd.

Take a look at who has changed their mind since last week, and get an inside look at the rest of the draft prospects who have been most commonly linked to the Bears.

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#49 West Virginia Mountaineers: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

As a Big East fanatic, I hate that the West Virginia Mountaineers made the move to the Big 12 Conference.  It makes zero sense for the basketball program which has no even semi-rivals in their new league.  However, that is the ever evolving landscape of conference realignment.  In their inaugural season in the Big 12, West Virginia has some major shoes to fill if they hope to keep their run recent of success going.

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West Virginia’s Geno Smith: early Heisman front-runner

With a dominant performance that included 656 passing yards and eight touchdowns, West Virginia’s Geno Smith has earned Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week honors. Smith’s record-breaking afternoon helped guide the Mountaineers to a 70-63 win over the Baylor Bears.

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#11 West Virginia Mountaneers: College Football 77 in 77

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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 West Virginia Mountaineers

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West Virginia Could Lose $650,000 on Orange Bowl Tickets

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The Orange Bowl required West Virginia University to purchase 17,500 tickets. WVU has sold just 7,500 of that allotment for their Jan 4th match up with Clemson. Even the most optimistic of projections have them coming well short, and eventually losing about $650,000 on the Orange Bowl ticket agreement.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

West Virginia is also competing with other sources that are selling Orange Bowl tickets for less. The lowest ticket prices through the school are $99 in the upper level, but on Monday afternoon, StubHub.com had tickets for the Orange Bowl as low as $19…

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Report: LSU Could Be Without Three Key Cogs Vs. Auburn

Just three days after it was revealed that the LSU Tigers had edged the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first BCS rankings, the news turned bad for the squad. They will be hosting the Auburn Tigers in the Feline Bowl in Death Valley, and they will be doing it without three of its top players. According to reports from Baton Rouge, the team has suspended running back Spencer Ware and defensive backs Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu and Tharold Simon for the game. LSU officials refused to confirm or deny the report, saying that the players were involved in an “internal matter” that would be handled by head coach Les Miles.

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LSU, Alabama Top First BCS Rankings

With seven weeks done in the college football season, the first edition of the BCS rankings came out on Sunday night, and there were a few surprises through the list. The LSU Tigers ended up edging the Alabama Crimson Tide on the list, finishing a mere .0003 points ahead of them in average. The Oklahoma Sooners ended up finishing in the third spot, followed closely by conference rival Oklahoma State at fourth. Boise State rounded out the top five, with Wisconsin, Clemson, and Stanford close behind.

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#46 West Virginia Mountaineers: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

With only three players back from last season and seven newcomers joining the fray, Bob Huggins and the West Virginia Mountaineers will experience their share of growing pains this season. As is the case with any Huggins’ coached team, WVU will be competitive due to their hard nosed style of play.  However, I am not sure it will be enough to get the Mountaineers back to the NCAA Tournament.

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Fighting Illini Hoops Crush West Virginia in Scrimmage at Italian Air Base

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It is impressive that the Michigan State Spartans and North Carolina Tar Heels will take on each other in college basketball aboard the deck of an aircraft carrier. But don’t sell the Illinois Fighting Illini and West Virginia Mountaineers short. The two basketball teams visited Aviano Air Base yesterday during their summer Italian tours.

And it resulted in Illinois destroying West Virginia 47-26 in an exhibition scrimmage held in front of approximately 500 military personnel and their families. The 20-minute contest was part of a special opportunity that also saw the Illini and Mountaineers hold a youth clinic for children of the Airmen and had each team participate in a 10-minute scrimmage against the Aviano varsity unit. In those games, Illinois defeated Aviano 26-12, while West Virginia topped Aviano 25-7. The three squads also held a dunk contest for the crowd with Illini junior Joseph Bertrand claiming the victory.

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#18 West Virginia Mountaineers: College Football 77 in 77

The tallest midget. The most intelligent Kardashian sister. The most interesting reality “star.” The richest man in Joliet. The least fattening funnel cake. These are all synonyms for the best team in the Big East. Yes, it’s a super conference in college basketball; but in college football…well, I’ve already thrown up enough this week.

And in 2011, the most sober frat boy award goes to…..the West Virginia Mountaineers. Hey someone need to snag that BcS bid.

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Illinois Basketball to Scrimmage West Virginia at NATO Air Force Base in Italy

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It is impressive that the Michigan State Spartans and North Carolina Tar Heels will take on each other in college basketball aboard the deck of an aircraft carrier. But don’t sell the Illinois Fighting Illini and West Virginia Mountaineers short. The two basketball teams will visit Aviano Air Base on Aug. 17 during their upcoming Italian tours.

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