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)

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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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