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.

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