Saturday, December 31, 2011

Cold Day at the Kohl Center: Iowa Hawkeyes Knock Off #11 Wisconsin

No, this headline is not a misprint, the #11 Wisconsin Badgers have indeed dropped their conference home-opener to the Iowa Hawkeyes by the score of 72-65.

Iowa (9-6, 1-1) took full advantage of a horrendous-shooting performance from the Badgers (24-for-69) and a lackluster showing on the defensive end despite Wisconsin (12-3, 1-1) being one of the best in the nation on that side of the ball.

Freshman Hawkeye Aaron White was the surprising star of the day with a game-high 18 points off the bench.

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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.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Analyzing the Packers' Seven Pro Bowl Selections: Snubs and Surprises


Not a lot of people get excited about actually watching the Pro Bowl, but almost everyone gets excited about the announcement of the Pro Bowl Selections. This year, the NFC's #1 Seed, the Green Bay Packers have received seven selections for the free trip to Hawaii.

It's not eight that the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots pulled, but nonetheless an impressive list of players who hold an argument for being the best at their position.

Let's take a closer look at all seven selections and briefly mention who may have been snubbed.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Aaron Rodgers’ 2011 Numbers Aren’t Far Off From Tom Brady’s 2007 MVP Season


For most of the 2011 season, the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers has been the odds-on favorite to win his first MVP award. With the Packers losing against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Saints' Drew Brees making a run at Dan Marino's all-time passing record, it may not be as clear cut of a race as we thought.

However, if we go back just a few years ago, you can see that Rodgers has compiled a resume similar to what Tom Brady did during the 2007 season, a year in which Brady won the first of his two MVP awards.

If Rodgers plays in the final two games of the season, I think the argument can be made that Rodgers has actually had the better season, even though the Packers won't finish undefeated and he won't throw 50 touchdowns.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Kansas City Chiefs Bring the Packers Perfect World Crashing Down


The Kansas City Chiefs shocked the world with an impressive 19-14 win over the previously undefeated Green Bay Packers. Green Bay's 19 game winning streak came to a screeching halt with a lot of credit due to the' Chiefs defense who put forth an inspiring effort.

Not only did the Packers receive their first L on the season, linemen Bryan Bulaga and Derek Sherrod went down with injuries, further hurting an already weak offensive line.

Yes, the Packers can no longer have an unblemished season, but maybe a loss helps their quest for back-to-back Super Bowls.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Brewers Chase Hitting Sensation Norichika Aoki, Could Mean Ryan Braun Will Sit 50 Games


In what has become a bizarre beginning to the Milwaukee Brewers' off-season, the notion continues with a $2.5 million bid to win the rights to Japanese Outfielder Norichika Aoki.

Aoki is one of the best hitters in Japan and has posted a .336 career batting average during his first seven seasons.

If the Brewers can strike a deal in the next 30 days, he will join a crowded outfield consisting of Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and Nyjer Morgan. With a deal like this, you can't happened but wonder whether Braun really will miss 50 games or if a trade involving Hart or Morgan is in the works.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Some Retro Ryan Grant Helps the Green Bay Packers Move to 13-0

With an easy 46-16 win over the Oakland Raiders, only three games stand between the Green Bay Packers and a perfect regular season. Aaron Rodgers was his brilliant self while amassing 4,000 yards and becoming only the fourth player in NFL history to throw two or more touchdowns in thirteen consecutive games.

In addition to having a lot of success through the air, the Packers actually excelled on the ground against a 28th ranked Raiders run defense. Ryan Grant ran to the tune of 85 yards on ten carries and scored two touchdowns, an effort which conjures up memories of his breakout 2009 season.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

If True, Brewers Ryan Braun Has Quite Possibly Ruined His Legacy

In a report issued by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”, the National League MVP and Milwaukee Brewers all-star left-fielder, Ryan Braun, has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs (PED’s).

Braun is disputing the result through arbitration and if he is to lose, he will face a 50 game suspension to start the 2012 season.

I’m not here to jump to conclusions, but if Braun’s legal team fails to account for the positive test, this will most definitely have a detrimental effect on his legacy and forever taint what appeared to be a hall-of-fame bound career.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Rose Bowl Bound Wisconsin Badgers Offense is Highly Decorated

The addition of transfer quarterback Russell Wilson and blossoming of running back Montee Ball has transformed what was a very good Wisconsin Badgers offense into the most prolific unit in school history.

This season, the Badgers have scored touchdowns on 61 of their 70 trips to the redzone (.871), including a perfect 5-of-5 in the Big Ten Championship win over the Spartans.

What makes UW’s accomplishments even crazier is the fact that they’ve played five of their games against defenses ranked in the top 20 in the nation (two against third ranked Michigan State).

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wisconsin Smells the Roses With 42-39 Win Over the Spartans (Rapid Reaction)

For the second consecutive year, the Wisconsin Badgers are headed back to Pasadena to represent the Big Ten in the BCS Rose Bowl. The inaugural Big Ten Championship and 42-39 win over the Michigan State Spartans was a game for the ages.

It included a ton of offense (816 total yards), multiple lead changes (three to be exact) and a questionable play at the end of the game (did Badgers punter Brad Nortman flop?).

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Can Wisconsin’s Montee Ball Break Barry Sanders’ Single Season TD Record?

The Wisconsin Badgers’ stud running back, Montee Ball, sits just five touchdowns back of the legendary Barry Sanders' single-season collegiate touchdown record. Ball’s four touchdown performance versus Penn State gave the junior 34 on the season.

With two games left, can the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year eclipse the 39 touchdowns Sanders accumulated for Oklahoma State in the 1988 season?

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

B1G Championship Preview: Wisconsin Badgers to Rely on Potent Offense

Saturday’s match-up between the #13 Michigan State Spartans and #15 Wisconsin Badgers is not only the rematch for one of college football’s most dramatic endings this season, it’s also the deciding factor in which team takes home the Big Ten Title and represents the conference in Linkthe Rose Bowl.

If the Badgers are to win, they will need to rely heavily on their high-octane offense led by Heisman contenders Russell Wilson and Montee Ball as well as the commonly overlooked offensive line.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wisconsin Routs Penn State to Earn Place in Big Ten Championship (Rapid Reaction)


The play-in game for the Big Ten Championship was never really that close as the #16 Wisconsin Badgers routed #19 Penn State, 45-7, in front of a packed house at Camp Randall on Senior Night. The Badgers (10-2, 6-2) will now represent the Leaders Division against a surging Michigan State team who has won eight of their last nine.

QB Russell Wilson and RB Montee Ball proved to both be worthy of the all-mighty Heisman as both players either tied or broke NCAA records on Saturday afternoon.

Following the game, UW's Head Coach Bret Bielema said "I think we can play with anyone in the country, regardless of conference or ranking."

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Green Bay Packers Could be Hurting at LB Position due to Erik Walden Arrest

Shortly after the Green Bay Packers27-15 Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions, linebacker Erik Walden was arrested on a Felony Battery charge and awaits court on Monday morning.

The dispute reportedly took place Friday morning at 2:30 am at an apartment complex where the 26-year-old Walden had an altercation with his girlfriend.

If the alleged crime is true, the undefeated Packers (11-0) could be facing some serious problems at the linebacker position where the team has already been stretched low because of injuries.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Brewers Ryan Braun Edging out Matt Kemp for NL MVP was the Right Choice


On Tuesday, Ryan Braun became the 3rd Milwaukee Brewers player and first since 1989 to win an MVP Award. Braun received 20 of 32 first-place votes to edge out the Dodgers' Matt Kemp and teammate Prince Fielder for one of baseball's most prestigious awards.

I'm not always on par with what the MLB or corresponding baseball media does (e.g. All-Star Selections, Silver Slugger Winners and Gold Glove Awards), but this time around the Baseball Writers' Association of America got it right.

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2011 Fantasy Football Awards (Week Eleven)

America’s favorite game is back and The Sports Bank has you covered with the best and worst of what was Fantasy Football Week Eleven.

RB Kevin Smith came out of no where and with the help of QB Matthew Stafford put together a pleasant fantasy day for the Detroit Lions.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

2011 Fantasy Football Awards (Week Ten)

America’s favorite game is back and The Sports Bank has you covered with the best and worst of what was Fantasy Football Week Ten

Holy Chicago Bears D/ST as they racked up an astonishing 36 points in standard scoring leagues. Playoffs are a mere three weeks away and those on the bubble are starting to feel pressure each week.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Packers Defense is the Surprise in a 45-7 Win Over the Vikings

Everyone knew Aaron Rodgers and the offense would have a big game, but it was the Green Bay Packers’ defense and special teams who stole the show this Monday Night.

Coming into the game, the undefeated Packers (9-0) were allowing 22.4 points per game, but Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings (2-7) came nowhere close to that in a 45-7 loss at Lambeau Field.

Rookie wideout Randall Cobb jump-started the Packers big win with a 80 yard punt return for a touchdown on Green Bay’s first possession. With the score, Cobb became the only rookie in Packers history to return a kick-off and punt for a touchdown in the same season.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Wisconsin Badgers Rumblings; Destiny, Records and Much Much More

Besides a few injuries, this past Saturday couldn’t have went any better for the #18 Wisconsin Badgers (8-2, 4-2) who took home Paul Bunyan’s Axe for the 8th consecutive year with a 42-13 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The Badgers now control their own destiny in the Big Ten Leaders division due to Purdue’s upset of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Nebraska’s courageous win over the Nittany Lions. All Wisconsin has to do is win out and their headed to Indianapolis for the first-ever Big Ten Championship game.

On top of all that, Badgers players were busy making a dent in the record book this weekend.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

#18 Wisconsin and Minnesota Battle For The Axe (Game Preview)

This Saturday, the #18 Wisconsin Badgers (7-2, 3-2) and Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-7, 1-4) will meet for the 121st time which ranks as the most-played rivalry in FBS history.

In the last decade, the Badgers have been in full control of Paul Bunyan’s Axe as they go into the latest installment of the series winning the last seven games, including thee of them on the road in Minneapolis.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bo Ryan and Badgers Land Talented Prospect Sam Dekker

The recent success of Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin Badgers is starting to make a difference on the recruiting front as the state’s best players are beginning to stay put. On Wednesday, the 18th ranked prospect in the nation, Sam Dekker, decided to sign his National Letter of Intent to play at Wisconsin starting in 2012.

Currently a senior at Luthern High School in Sheboygan, WI, Dekker averaged 28.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and four assists during his junior season.

“We’re obviously very excited to have Sam join our program. He brings the entire package to Wisconsin,” Ryan said. “Sam possesses all of the first-class intangibles that you want in someone representing your program on the court, in the classroom and in the community.”

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Badgers Montee Ball Is Having a Monster Year

If it wasn’t for the incoming hype of transfer quarterback Russell Wilson, Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball could have been the Heisman candidate coming out of Madison.

The numbers that the junior is producing are absolutely ridiculous. Ball has scored a touchdown in 15 straight games and a total of 39 scores over that span (next highest total in FBS is Bernard Pierce of Temple with 23).

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Joe Paterno Out After 46 Seasons at Penn State?

Earlier today, Mark Viera and Pete Thamel of the New York Times reported that Penn State University is planning the resignation of long-time Head Coach Joe Paterno.

Meanwhile, Paterno’s son, Scott, tweeted that the NYTimes reporting was “premature,” and that there are “no discussion about retirement with JVP.”

Whatever the case, Penn State has some heavy decisions to make in the next 24 hours as the Jerry Sandusky scandal has snowballed into one of the biggest stories in college football history.What Sandusky has allegedly done in the past is unforgivable, but it doesn’t change what Joe Paterno did for a school and place that wasn’t even on the map when he started as an assistant in 1950.

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2011 Fantasy Football Awards (Week Nine)

America’s favorite game is back and The Sports Bank has you covered with the best and worst of what was Fantasy Football Week Nine

Just when you thought the RB position was back, QB’s came roaring back with six of the top ten fantasy performances this week.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Packers Defense is Terrible, But Aaron Rodgers is Not


It's no secret, the Green Bay Packers defense gives up a lot of points. Their horrendous play was on full display this Sunday, but it didn't matter because their QB Aaron Rodgers is almost too good to be true.

Rodgers threw for another four touchdowns (24 on the season) to will the Packers to a 45-38 win over the San Diego Chargers. Green Bay remains as the NFL's lone undefeated team at 8-0 and have scored over 24 points in every single game this season.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wisconsin Runs Over Purdue 62-17 (Rapid Reaction)

The #20 Wisconsin Badgers returned to their winning ways with a 62-17 shellacking of the Purdue Boilermakers. Running Back Montee Ball led an offense that racked up 605 total yards, including 364 via the ground.

Wisconsin (7-2, 3-2) has won fifteen straight home games and scored at least 30 points in it’s last 11 at Camp Randall.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

#20 Wisconsin Searches for Identity Versus Purdue (Game Preview)

A couple of weeks ago, the Badgers were flying high with a #6 ranking in the BCS and an unblemished 6-0 record. It really is surprising what can happen in a matter of days in the realm of college football.

Wisconsin (6-2, 2-2) now sits at #20 in the rankings and are currently holding on to a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten’s Leaders division. One of those teams sharing second place is the Ohio State Buckeyes who upset the Badgers last weekend in Columbus and the other, the unexpected Purdue Boilermakers (4-4, 2-2), who happen to be the next opponent for Bret Bielema’s Badgers at Camp Randall this weekend.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

2011 Fantasy Football Awards (Week Eight)

America’s favorite game is back and The Sports Bank has you covered with the best and worst of what was Fantasy Football Week Eight.

With four of the top five fantasy performances this past weekend, the running back has retained the status as the game’s alpha-dog.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Badgers Ben Brust Leads the Way in Annual Red-White Scrimmage


A serious question facing the 2011-12 Badgers is whether or not they can replace the production from departing seniors Jon Leuer, Keaton Nankivil and Tim Jarmusz. In Sunday’s annual Red-White Scrimmage at the Kohl Center, part of that question was possibly answered.

Sophomore guard Ben Brust stepped up in a big way to score a game-high 22 points and lead the Red to a 72-56 win over the White squad who was led by preseason All-American Jordan Taylor.

“He can have a scoring frenzy at times. He did it last year at practice every once in a while. He’s quick with the ball and includes his teammates,” said Head Coach Bo Ryan of his young guard Brust.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ohio State Extends Badgers Nightmare on the Road (Rapid Reaction)

In what has become a very bizarre or mediocre year (whatever you would like to call it) in the Big Ten, one of the conference’s perceived best received their second loss. Dan “Boom” Herron and Braxton Miller ran wild as the Ohio State Buckeyes shocked the Wisconsin Badgers in a 33-29 win.

Ohio State’s (5-4, 2-2) offense methodically out-played Wisconsin’s (6-2, 2-2) offense and took advantage of many defensive miscues from the Badgers. None bigger than the secondary’s blown coverage with 20 seconds in the fourth quarter when Miller connected with Devin Smith for a wide-open and game-winning 40 yard touchdown.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

#15 Wisconsin Looks to Bounce Back Against Ohio State (Game Preview)

The #15 Wisconsin Badgers national title hopes may be dead, but their Big Ten title hopes are well and alive. Their route to the inaugural Big Ten Championship and a BCS bowl hits another potential barricade this weekend when they take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.

At 4-3 and 1-2 in the conference, this Ohio State team is not your typical Buckeye team. In fact, this will be the first time since 1963 that the Badgers enter the game as the only ranked team.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

2011 Fantasy Football Awards (Week Seven)

America’s favorite game is back and The Sports Bank has you covered with the best and worst of what was Fantasy Football Week Seven.

Welcome back Arian Foster and who knew DeMarco Murray was such a beast. Those were just a couple of really nice fantasy performances from running backs this week.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Packers Play Same Ol' Record in 33-27 Win Over the Vikings (Rapid Reaction)


Nothing could stop the Green Bay Packers offense as they put up 421 yards of offense in a 33-27 win over the lowly Minnesota Vikings.

Like a broken record, Aaron Rodgers was great and the Packers scored a lot of touchdowns in their league-high seventh win. The Packers are now 7-0 for the first time since 1962, a year in which they won their eighth championship.

Rodgers also became the first quarterback in NFL History to record a QB rating of 110 or higher in seven straight games.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Michigan State Spoils Wisconsin's Perfect Season with Crazy Hail Mary


Just when you thought the Wisconsin Badgers were dead in the water, they came charging back in the fourth quarter only to be crushed by a desperation hail-mary as time expired. Michigan State put together an all-around great performance to win 37-31 and hand the Badgers their first loss of the season.

Senior wideout Keith Nichol caught the 44 yard heave from Kirk Cousins in a play that will be talked about for a long time. At first, the referees called Nichol down at the one yard line, but after an official's review, the play was overturned and announced as a touchdown.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wisconsin and Michigan State Meet for Big Ten Supremacy (Game Preview)

By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

ESPN College GameDay is heading to East Lansing to watch the Big Ten’s two best teams face off in prime-time. After being snubbed in the recent BCS rankings, the #6 Wisconsin Badgers (6-0) feel they have a lot to prove while the #16 Michigan State Spartans (5-1) hope to emerge from the shadows as a BCS contender.

All eyes are on Heisman Hopeful Russell Wilson and how he reacts to a stifling Spartans defense. The Badgers have not fared well in East Lansing while dropping their last three at Spartan Stadium, including their only regular season loss in 2010.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

2011 Fantasy Football Awards (Week Six)

By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

America’s favorite game is back and The Sports Bank has you covered with the best and worst of what was Fantasy Football Week Six.

The game of fantasy appears to be returning to normal as running backs ruled again in week six with three of the top five performances coming from the RB position.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Badgers Russell Wilson is So Much More Than a Heisman Candidate

By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

Wisconsin Badgers QB Russell Wilson’s arrival in Madison has been nothing more than outstanding through the first seven weeks of the college football season. We’ve seen him throw, run and now catch touchdowns (he really can do it all) on a journey which could quite possibly lead to a Heisman Trophy.

But, the most shocking part of Wilson’s game is his ability to embrace any situation put in front of him. Russell is mature beyond the game of college football and acts as if the words “pressure” and “nerves” are foreign to him.

In an age where so many star athletes are all about their-selves or portrayed as so, Wilson is showing the nation how to be an exemplary student athlete.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wisconsin Plays Trickery in 59-7 Win over Indiana (Rapid Reaction)

By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

Homecoming turned out to be a sweet experience for the still-undefeated Wisconsin Badgers (6-0) as they steam-rolled the Indiana Hoosiers (1-6) in a 59-7 romp. It wasn’t quite 83 points, but a similar message was instilled with the blowout win.

Heisman front-runner and Stanford QB Andrew Luck should take notice when he sees the trick play Montee Ball and Russell Wilson completed in the second quarter of a game that was never very close.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

How Many Points This Year? Indiana vs. #4 Wisconsin (Game Preview)

By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

Barring the most miraculous upset of all-time, the Indiana Hoosiers (1-5) have no shot at winning at Camp Randall against the #4 Wisconsin Badgers (5-0). With the outcome basically decided, the only question left is how many points can the Badgers score or how many push-ups will Bucky have to do, how ever you want to look at it.

Last year, it was an astonishing 83 points (or 573 push-ups), the most-ever against an Indiana football team. With an even better offense led by Heisman Candidate Russell Wilson (@RussellManiaXVI) and a Hoosiers defense ranked close to last in the Big Ten (421.5 yards per game), the possibilities are really endless.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

2011 Fantasy Football Awards (Week Five)

By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner at The Sports Bank

America’s favorite game is back and The Sports Bank has you covered with the best and worst of what was Fantasy Football Week Five.

This week was all about the return of the running back as three backs scored 25 or more fantasy points.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Aaron Rodgers Spreads It Around While Packers Improve to 5-0

By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

Green Bay's 25 unanswered points helped the Packers move to 5-0 after beating the Atlanta Falcons, 25-14, at the Georgia Dome on Sunday Night. Superstar Aaron Rodgers completed passes to twelve different receivers while fighting for his life behind a makeshift offensive line.

The loss was a spoiler for Matt Ryan who came into Sunday's affair with a 21-2 record at home. Now, two of Ryan's three career losses in Atlanta (the other being the 2010 NFC Championship game) can be credited to the Packers.

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Brewers Bats Explode in NLCS Game One Win


By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

The Suds Series II started out with a bang as the Milwaukee Brewers took out the St. Louis Cardinals 9-6 to jump to a 1-0 game lead in the 2011 NLCS.

Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder continued their reign as the MLB‘s best one-two-punch while combining for six of the Brewers’ nine total runs.

Starting pitcher Zack Greinke didn’t have his best stuff, but still picked up the win. Greinke has yet to lose a game at Miller Park and has moved to 12-0 at home in 2011.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2011 Fantasy Football Awards (Week Four)

By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

America’s favorite game is back and The Sports Bank has you covered with the best and worst of what was Fantasy Football Week Four.

I’m officially donning 2011 one of the weirdest fantasy years ever as some very surprising players made the awards this week (just look at Honorable Mention for MVP if you don’t believe me).

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Monday, October 3, 2011

2011 Week Four Monday Night Heroes


By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

So far, I have to admit that I've liked week four in fantasy. Who cares if I had Aaron Rodgers who put up 45 fantasy points, that didn't have anything to do with it, I swear. I'm also officially naming the QB as the new most important position in the game of fantasy. Once again, we had the top of the scoring leaders littered with signal callers. But, if you didn't have one of those awesome QB's on Sunday, don't worry, you just may have a possible Monday Night Hero (MNH) from the following game:

Indianapolis Colts (0-3) vs. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-1) 7:30 PM CT (ESPN-HD)

*Score are subject to change

1.) Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (2-1) vs. Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (2-1)

Score: 94-88 Team Lee (6 point lead)
Possible MNH's: RB LaGarrette Blount (Team Lee)
Reaction/Prediction: This was a defensive battle to say the least as Isaac's Jets D/ST (16 points) and Matt's Ravens D/ST (29) duked it out on Sunday night. Even though Isaac lost the battle of the defenses, his depth was way too good this weekend. Do the victory dance LaGarrette (proj. of 13) because your fantasy team is on their way to 3-1.

2.) Team Dogfighters (Chad Breiby) (1-2) vs. Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (1-2)

Score: 78-68 Team Dogfighters (FINAL)
Possible MNH's: N/A
Reaction/Prediction: It wasn't pretty, but Michael Vick (29 points) finally proved his worth in fantasy despite a loss for the Eagles. As for Mike's team, he didn't really receive any production outside of Ray Rice (18 points). Chad on the up-and-up at 2-2 while Mike goes down to 1-3.

3.) Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (3-0) vs. Arthur's Arsenal (Robert/Johnny) (2-1)

Score: 82-79 Free Victory (FINAL)
Possible MNH's: N/A
Reaction/Prediction: Tim is finally breaking out of his fantasy shell as he will now be 4-0. Much thanks to his RB Matt Forte (28 points) who finally looks like an elite back. Tough loss for Arthur's Arsenal who now has to worry about Andre Johnson's (3 points) hammy injury.

4.) Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (1-2) vs. Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (3-0)

Score: 114-101 Wizard Killer (FINAL)
Possible MNH's: N/A
Reaction/Prediction: Joe says not so fast Tim while joining him as the only other undefeated fantasy team. WR Wes Welker (21 points) is helping Wizard Killer be quite the dangerous team. Heartbreaker for Seth who really received great effort from WR's Hakeem Nicks (22 points) and Steve Smith (18 points).

5.) Banana Fosters (Kari Klitzman) (2-1) vs. Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (1-2)

Score: 87-80 Team Lowenberg (7 point lead)
Possible MNH's: TE Kellen Winslow (Banana Fosters) and WR Reggie Wayne (Team Lowenberg)
Reaction/Prediction: There's not a lot of MNH opportunities this weekend. However, here's one and Kari needs a big night from Winslow (proj. of 5) who has yet to score over six fantasy points this season. Lowenberg can block with the Colts' top WR, Wayne (proj. of 13), who I fully expect to get the job done. Luckily for Kari, Arian Foster (22 points) is back and looked really good on Sunday.

6.) Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood (Nick Grays) (0-3) vs. Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (1-2)

Score: 99-73 Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood (26 point lead)
Possible MNH's: K Adam Vinatieri (Mr. Rodgers) and WR Mike Williams (Team Szmanda)
Reaction/Prediction: Aaron Rodgers (45 points) was money and for that reason Vinatieri (proj. of 3) should be more than enough to hold off Williams (proj. of 12) on Monday Night. I feel bad for Jason who had to be burned by his former player like this, but I needed a win really bad!

7.) The Hellmuthinators (Rory Linton) (2-1) vs. Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (0-3)

Score: 103-53 The Hellmuthinators (50 point lead)
Possible MNH's: Bucs D/ST (Team Grande)
Reaction/Prediction: Anthony is really struggling this year and it's not like he's not trying. For the third week this season, it looks like he's sure to win the pity pot even though we've seen some big performances from defenses this week. The Bucs D/ST (proj. of 5) play a bad Colts offense, but 15 points is still a bit to ask for, so I expect Grande to remain the only win-less team and win another $5 for his troubles.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Aaron Rodgers and Packers Put Up College-Like Numbers Against the Broncos

By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

With a 49-23 win over the Denver Broncos (1-3), the Green Bay Packers (4-0) join the Detroit Lions as the only other undefeated team in the NFL. Offensively, the Packers are unstoppable as they’ve averaged a ridiculous 37 points per game on their four game winning streak.

Aaron Rodgers has shown he’s the premiere quarterback in the NFL and a legitimate MVP contender with another near-perfect performance including six total touchdowns.

In many ways, the Packers are putting up college-like numbers, something the Wisconsin Badgers are doing on a regular basis in the very same state.

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Wisconsin 48, Nebraska 17: Best in the Midwest Rapid Reaction


By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

The atmosphere at Camp Randall was electric as 81,384 fans watched the #7 Wisconsin Badgers (5-0) spoil the #8 Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-1) first-ever Big Ten game by beating them fairly handily, 48-17.

With the win on national TV for everyone to see, the Badgers will be catapulted in to National Championship talk. After the game, Wisconsin Head Coach Bret Bielema stated “I hope the blackshirts enjoyed their trip to Madison.”

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Yovani Gallardo’s Brilliant Performance Leads Brewers to 4-1 Win in Game 1

By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

The fans at Miller Park were electric and provided the home-field advantage everyone thought they would, but it was a near-perfect performance from Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo who helped the Brew Crew grab a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in game one of the NLDS.

Gallardo pitched eight innings and struck out nine while giving up only four hits and the one run. On the offensive side, it was Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder (who else would it be?) who combined for five of the Brewers’ eight hits on the day.

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Home-Field Should Help the Brewers Beat the D-Backs (NLDS Preview)



By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

The Milwaukee Brewers (96-66) did their-selves a huge favor when clinching the second seed in the Playoffs. By doing so, they emerged as the favorites in their National League Divisional Series (NLDS) with the Arizona Diamondbacks (94-68).

On paper, the Brewers and D-Backs appear to be two evenly matched teams, but at home, the Brewers have played great baseball with a league-best 57-24 record.

Follow the jump to find probable pitchers, game-by-game analysis and predictions for the NLDS between Milwaukee and Arizona.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Battle for the Best in the Midwest; #8 Nebraska vs. #7 Wisconsin (Game Preview)

By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

For the first time since 1962 (#3 Wisconsin vs. #5 Minnesota), two top-ten teams will face-off at Camp Randall Stadium. The highly anticipated game between the #7 Wisconsin Badgers (4-0) and #8 Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-0) will be under the lights as the prime-time game on ABC with the help of ESPN College GameDay.

The battle for the Best in the Midwest contains more story lines than As The World Turns, and just might have as many followers as the popular soap opera. Nebraska fans are on a mission to scoop up as many tickets as they can to watch the favorite team in their Big Ten debut while the Badgers fans try to embrace a team who just might have a shot at a national title.

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