Saturday, April 30, 2011

Green Bay Packers 2011 NFL Draft Recap/Analysis



By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank
Coming into the 2011 NFL Draft, no one knew for sure where Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers would go to address their few needs as reigning Super Bowl Champions.

Now we know.

Let’s breakdown all ten of the Packers‘ draft picks.

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What Gabe Carimi Brings to the Chicago Bears


By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

On Thursday, the Chicago Bears addressed their greatest need when drafting Wisconsin's offensive lineman Gabe Carimi with their first pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.

The Bears gave up a disgusting 56 sacks (tops in the league) and ended up with a bruised and battered Jay Cutler when it was all said and done last season.

Let me tell you why and how Carimi can upgrade one of the worst offensive lines in all of football.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Former Wisconsin Badger J.J. Watt Excited to be a Texan


By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

Former Wisconsin Badger J.J. Watt became the first Big Ten player selected in the 2011 NFL Draft when the Houston Texans picked the defensive end 11th overall.

Radio City Music Hall saw it's fair share of surprises on Friday evening, but Watt wasn't one of them. The Texans feel they have one of the best defensive players in the draft and Watt couldn't be happier to be heading to Houston.

"It’s a great day to be a Texan.  I can’t wait to get down to Houston and start getting to work," said Watt. "At the end of the day, I was waiting for a phone call and was extremely excited when it came from Houston."

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Previewing the Green Bay Packers 2011 NFL Draft


By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

“The Green Bay Packers select Aaron Rodgers (2005), Jordy Nelson (2008), A.J. Hawk (2006), B.J. Raji (2009), Clay Matthews (2009), Donald Driver (1999).”

By now, everyone has seen the ESPN commercial listing various Green Bay Packers draft picks over the the last decade.

For General Manger Ted Thompson and the Packers, the NFL Draft is truly “Where Champions are Built,” because key steals in April were the reason the Green and Gold brought the Lombardi Trophy back home this past season.

Even though the Packers are the returning champions, Thompson and the team are aware of some holes to fill. Read on to see where the team may go in the draft and what to expect this weekend.

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Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (4-25-11)


By: Nick Grays, Senior Writer at The Sports Bank

If you’re not one of those baseball nerds who follows every single thing going on in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization, don’t worry, because The Sports Bank’s Nick Grays has you covered with what happened in the past week and what’s going on in the future.

And if you are one of those nerds, feel free to join in on some good old analysis of America’s pastime in the Brew City.

This week we talk about the surprisingly pleasant series with the Phillies, big money for Ryan Braun and an upcoming series with the rival Reds!

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Badgers’ Jordan Taylor Up For the Eddie Sutton Award



By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank
On Friday, Wisconsin Badgers starting point guard Jordan Taylor was named a finalist for the new Eddie Sutton Tustenugee Award, given to the player who best shows tenacity and unselfishness on the court.

Taylor joins California’s Jorge Gutierrez, Butler‘s Matt Howard, Duke’s Kyle Singler and Arizona’s Derrick Williams as the five finalists for the inaugural national player of the year honor.

The winner will be awarded on May 7th at the Tulsa Sports Charities “Legends in Sports Dinner” in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Wisconsin Football Spring Game: Your Essential Guide


By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

All eyes will be on redshirt sophomore QB Jon Budmayr in 2011 as he attempts to take over for Scott Tolzien. Tolzien wasn’t the flashiest of quarterbacks, but he was one of the most efficient signal-callers in the country last season.

Considered by many to have an even stronger arm, Budmayr has quite the task ahead of him when replacing Tolzien who led last year’s squad to a Rose Bowl and rarely made mistakes on the football field.

Budmayr gets his first chance on Saturday when the first-team offense (Cardinal) takes on the first-team defense (White) in the Wisconsin Badgers Annual Spring Football Game that kicks off at 1:00 PM.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun signs $105 Million Extension


By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

On Thursday, the Milwaukee Brewers organization announced that they will extend star-outfielder Ryan Braun’s contract through 2020.

The deal is worth $105 million for five years on top of the seven-year deal he signed in 2008 (seven years and $45 million). That’s right, Braun will rake in $145.5 million over the next nine seasons.

“This is an historic occasion for our franchise and for our fans, knowing that we were able to make Ryan’s desire to wear a Brewers uniform for the long term a reality,” said Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Green Bay Packers 2011 Schedule Notables



By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

We’re not sure if all of them will be played, but the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers schedule has been released.

Not only do they kick off the NFL Season in the league’s opening Thursday game, they play on three holidays and have many juicy match-ups in their journey to back-to-back Super Bowls.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (4-18-11)


By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

If you’re not one of those baseball nerds who follows every single thing going on in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization, don’t worry, because The Sports Bank’s Nick Grays has you covered with what happened in the past week and what’s going on in the future.

And if you are one of those nerds, feel free to join in on some good old analysis of America’s pastime in the Brew City.

This week we talk about the Brewers’ pair of Mexican hurlers, rain-outs and much much more.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Milwaukee Brewers Prince Fielder's Top Five Destinations for 2012


By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

In an era where the new gold standard is no longer a million dollars but the almighty billion dollars, sports superstars are looking for every million they can drain out of these loaded sports franchises.

Boston Red Sox First-Baseman Adrian Gonzalez' seven-year contract worth 154 million is a perfect example of such a thing.

The situation will be no different for Milwaukee Brewers Prince Fielder in 2012 when he becomes a free agent under the infamous Scott Boras.

Unfortunately for the Prince, the days of a designated hitter being crazily overpaid in the American League seems to be coming to an end. That's why my top five destinations for Fielder are riddled with National League foes.

Follow the jump to see which teams are most likely to snatch up the left-handed slugger.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

3rd Annual Mad-Brackets Results

By: Nick Grays, Bracket Manager

I know it's been a couple of weeks since UCONN did the unthinkable and beat Butler on their way to the NCAA National Championship.

Just wanted to let everyone know who ended up at the top of our 37-member pool and what the payouts were!

1st Place - Mike Szombatfalvy (pictured above) $185
2nd Place - Joe Selbo $92.50
3rd Place - Loran Klitzman $31.45 and Tony Steinhauer $31.45
4th Place - Jason Harder $5.55 and Seth Merrill $5.55

Thank-you for the great turn-out and I hope to see each one of you next year's pool!

Let me know what you thought of the pool by commenting below!

Brewers Prince Fielder Earns NL Player of the Week Honor



By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank
Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder couldn't be stopped against the Chicago Cubs en route to being named National League Player of the Week.


Fielder led the Majors with 11 RBI and 21 total bases during the last week when Milwaukee hosted the Braves and Cubs.

After starting the season a dismal 0-4, Fielder helped the Brewers change things around at Miller Park by winning five of their last seven.

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Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (4-11-11)



By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank
If you’re not one of those baseball nerds who follows every single thing going on in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization, don’t worry, because The Sports Bank’s Nick Grays has you covered with what happened in the past week and what’s going on in the future.

And if you are one of those nerds, feel free to join in on some good old analysis of America’s pastime in the Brew City.

This week we talk about the Brewers 5-2 home-stand and Prince Fielder (a.k.a The Cub Killer).

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Yovani Gallardo Shuts Out the Braves for Brewers First Win of the Year



By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank
All of the Milwaukee Brewers fans out there can now let out a sigh of relief as the team finally pulled out their first win of the season. After starting the season at 0-4, the Brewers blanked the Atlanta Braves 1-0 on Tuesday night.

While the bats were still not there, young hurler Yovani Gallardo pitched a masterpiece. His complete game shut-out/two-hitter may have been exactly what the Brewers needed.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Milwaukee Brewers Weekly Check-In (4-4-11)


By: Nick Grays, Senior Editor at The Sports Bank

If you’re not one of those baseball nerds who follows every single thing going on in the Milwaukee Brewers Organization, don’t worry, because The Sports Bank’s Nick Grays has you covered with what happened in the past week and what’s going on in the future.

And if you are one of those nerds, feel free to join in on some good old analysis of America’s pastime in the Brew City.

This week we talk about the Brewers depressing series with the Reds and the team going ahead.

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