Friday, November 30, 2012

Old Spice and the Green Bay Packers Greg Jennings issue fantasy coupons

For some fans, it's been rather frustrating to see all those Greg Jennings Old Spice commercials and not see the star receiver on the football field.

Due to a variety of injuries, it's been since September 30th since Jennings saw live action for the Green Bay Packers.

With his expected return to the gridiron this weekend against the Minnesota Vikings, Old Spice's official facebook page issued fantasy football coupons in honor of Jennings.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Big Ten Title Game between Wisconsin and Nebraska has B1G ramifications

For the Wisconsin Badgers, a win at the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis would mean three straight Big Ten titles and three consecutive Rose Bowl appearances, a feet which is unprecedented in school history.

For the Nebraska Cornhuskers, a win in the Championship game would be their official welcome to the conference as they move on from a successful history in the Big 12 and start anew in just their second year in the Big Ten.

Who said there wasn’t a lot at stake in Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday?

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Badgers Roundtable: Penn State (


Nick Grays, The Sports Bank - It makes it hard to pick out positives when there were so many negatives, but I thought the secondary of the Badgers played extremely well. Holding Matt McGloin to 19-of-37 passing for 200 yards was impressive. Defensive back Devin Smith is playing his best football right now and improving each week. At this rate, he’s going to be a steal in the NFL draft.

Rich Branch, co-founder - To echo Nick I think the defensive backfield played a very solid game. Dezmen Southward was strong in coverage and for a second week in a row very good in run support. In addition to providing solid pass coverage, 186-pound Devin Smith made a huge open field, touchdown-saving tackle on 264-pound TE Jesse James. Smith has proven to be a very complete player and will be sorely missed next year.

Benjamin Worgull, Badger Nation - Jim Delany decided not to listen to Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald’s suggestion at Big Ten Media days that the conference should appoint a committee this season to select the two teams to compete in the conference championship game. Had Delaney taken Fitzgerald seriously, Wisconsin would be preparing for the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The only good news that came out of Saturday is UW is still headed to Indianapolis.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Eli Manning and the Giants make the Packers look like they have "dead-arm"

After not throwing a touchdown in three straight games, the New York Giants Eli Manning threw three of them in a 38-10 rout of the Green Bay Packers.

The nasty injury-bug finally caught up to the Packers (7-4) who looked lost on the offensive line and couldn't stop any facet of the Giants' (7-4) offensive attack.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Overtime is unkind to the Wisconsin Badgers, lose 24-21 at Penn State

Overtime has been unkind to the Wisconsin Badgers who have lost three overtime games in the past four weeks. Moreover, the Badgers (7-5, 4-4) last nine losses are by a touchdown or less.

Penn State fought back from a first-half deficit to beat Wisconsin, 24-21, in what was their last game of the season.

The Badgers only real highlight of the day was Montee Ball breaking the NCAA all-time touchdown record.

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Montee "Touchdown" Ball breaks the NCAA FBS Record

It didn't take long as the Wisconsin Badgers Montee Ball scored his 79th and record-breaking touchdown in the first quarter of UW's season finale at Penn State.

Ball rushed 17 yards on a sweep to the right in which he tip-toed down the sideline and walked in for the historic score.

No single player in NCAA FBS history has scored more touchdowns than Ball has during his career at Wisconsin.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wisconsin needs a win at Penn State to avoid the BIG stumble

Anytime the Wisconsin Badgers lose a couple of games at Camp Randall, it’s probably not a very good year. This year is one of those years and yet they still have a chance to turn it around with a win in next week’s Big Ten Championship.

Before they embark to Indianapolis, they travel to Happy Valley to take on a surprising Penn State team on an emotional day for their senior class. Even though it could be the toughest environment the Badgers play in all year, they need this game to avoid stumbling into the BIG Game.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What Big Ten Expansion means for Wisconsin Badgers Football

Unless you live in some vacuum without sports media, you’ve probably heard that Maryland joined the Big Ten Conference on Monday and Rutgers will soon join too.

We’ve heard all about what it means to Maryland, Rutgers and the Big Ten, but what does it exactly mean for the Wisconsin Badgers?

The simple answer is that there’s advantages and disadvantages, but let’s delve a little deeper in to the ramifications.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Badgers Roundtable: Ohio State (


Noah Jarosh, Brew Crew Ball - The Badgers’ defense was unequivocally sensational. Holding Braxton Miller to 145 all-purpose yards is something that very few defenses could do. The Badgers have struggled against mobile quarterbacks, and Braxton is one of the best as he had rushed for the 14th most yards in the FBS. Wisconsin managed to keep him in check as he gained just 48 yards on 23 carries. In addition, the Badgers’ secondary blanketed the OSU receivers, aiding in keeping Miller in check and resulting in a few sacks.

Nick Grays, The Sports Bank - Can’t argue with any of the points that Noah just made as the defense did as much as they could in order to win. The fact that they held a team who averages 41.3 points per game to 21 without one of their best players in Chris Borland is sensational. They’re the primary reason the Badgers have seven wins thus far. Also have to credit the offensive line and the run game for tallying 206 rushing yards against one of the better run-stopping defenses.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Back and Forth: Packers win a game with five lead-changes

An offensive explosion which seems imminent whenever the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions meet didn't happen. What did happen was a back-and-forth game dictated by turnovers.

The Packers (7-3) Aaron Rodgers wasn't perfect, but his throws were on the money when they counted as he led his team to a fourth-quarter, 24-20 comeback win.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Wisconsin plays beautiful defense and still falls short to Ohio State

The Wisconsin Badgers held Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to his worst game of the season, but it wasn't quite enough with the Buckeyes prevailing 21-14 in overtime at Camp Randall.

It was the first time the Badgers (7-4, 4-3) have played in multiple overtime games since the 2000 season and their second straight loss at home.

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NFC North Marathon begins with the Detroit Lions for the Green Bay Packers

Five of the Green Bay Packers’ seven remaining games will come against NFC North opponents. That should make for a very interesting division battle as Green Bay (6-3) sits just one game back of the Chicago Bears (7-2).

The marathon begins with the Detroit Lions who are coming off a tough 34-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings and will need every game they can get in order to make the playoffs.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

A pair of seniors will be pivotal in the Badgers attempt to take down Ohio State

Senior quarterback Curt Phillips will make his first and last start at Camp Randall when the Wisconsin Badgers welcome in the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes for Senior Day this weekend.

Overall, the Badgers have nine seniors taking part in the festivities, but it will be Phillips and star running back Montee Ball who will be expected to carry Wisconsin to victory.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Badgers Roundtable: Indiana (

Nick Grays, The Sports Bank - This is fairly obvious, but the offensive line and running game were unstoppable. For the Badgers to go into Memorial Stadium and put up a school-record 564 yards on the ground is impressive. Because of that, another great defensive performance will be overlooked. Against a high-powered Indiana offense, Wisconsin forced a season-high three turnovers and held the Hoosiers to their lowest scoring output of the season.

Rex Sheild, Daily Cardinal - Practically everything went right in this game. With the return of Rick Wagner, the offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage for 60 minutes, allowing the all four running backs to score and set a new school-record for most rush yards in a game. Moreover, the most impressive part of the ground attack was the whopping average of 8.8 yards per carry against the vulnerable Hoosiers defense. Once again, the defense turned in a stout performance, shutting down a passing attack that ranked first in the Big Ten (293.2 yds/game) and did not allow their fast-paced offense to get into a rhythm. Also, it was great to see Wisconsin delivering once again in what others are calling a “big divisional game” (i.e. Purdue, Indiana). In those “big games,” the offensive line has been dominant and the backs have been extremely elusive. The key thing moving forward will be consistency with those groups.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Wisconsin stomps into a Big Ten Championshp birth with 62-14 win over Indiana

The rest of the Leaders Division will have to wait another year because the Wisconsin Badgers will be the Leaders' representative in the Big Ten Championship for the second straight year after a 62-14 win against Indiana at Memorial Stadium.

Last season was the inaugural year for the Championship in Indianapolis, so make it 2-for-2 for the Badgers (7-3, 4-2).

It's gotten to the point where the Hoosiers (4-6, 2-3) dread playing the Badgers as they've been outscored 204-41 in their last three games against Wisconsin. Not only that, but the Badgers racked up a school-record 566 rushing yards in the win.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Wisconsin’s road to the Big Ten Championship runs through Bloomington

When the season began, neither the Wisconsin Badgers nor the Indiana Hoosiers could have told you that they would be playing for a birth in the Big Ten Championship at Memorial Stadium in the beginning of November.

But in a twisted and odd season of Big Ten season, that’s exactly the situation at hand.

With a win, the Badgers (6-3, 3-2) will lock up the spot, but a loss will give the Hoosiers (4-5, 2-3) an inside edge at what has become the Rose Bowl sweepstakes.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Taking a look at the Wisconsin Badgers past opponents this season

In order to determine where you’re at, sometimes you have to examine where you’ve been. It’s no different for the 2012 Wisconsin Badgers football team.

With the Badgers on a bye this past weekend, it’s only appropriate to check in with all the opponents they have played so far this season.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

The injury-riddled Packers beat the Cardinals for their fourth straight win

Injuries are as common to football as cheese is to Wisconsin, but the plague that has hit Green Bay is way beyond what any normal team goes through.

After beating the Arizona Cardinals by the score of 31-17, the Packers (6-3) are legitimately without 11 starting players. New injuries to WR Jordy Nelson, OL Bryan Bulaga and LB/DE Clay Matthews only adds salt to an open wound as the team enters their bye week.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Green Bay Packers look to give the Cardinals their fifth straight loss

Winners of three straight, the Green Bay Packers welcome in the Arizona Cardinals who appear on the opposite side of the spectrum with four straight losses.

The Cardinals (4-4) are the first team since the 2002 Oakland Raiders to start the year 4-0 and lose their next four games. Green Bay has a chance to make sure the birds from the desert don’t follow the same path as that Raiders team went on to finish the year 11-5 and win the Super Bowl behind MVP-quarterback Rich Gannon.

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2012 Fantasy Trade #5: Robert Finds Some Running Back Help With Alex Green

A lot of fantasy players don't know this, but there is a fantasy trade deadline. The important date comes on Wednesday, November 21st at 1:00 PM CT. With only a couple of weeks left, Trader's Tradeables decided to get the running back help he needed from Brady-TRON. Here's how the deal went down:

Trader's Tradeables (Robert Trader) Received:

RB Alex Green

Brady-TRON (Nick Grays) Received:

TE Greg Olson

Robert's Perspective: Coming into the week, Robert's only starting running back was Ahmad Bradshaw. You can understand why he really wanted to pursue a trade for a running back. At 5-3 and currently in the 5th playoff spot, he probably feels like he needs to win each and every week.

Nick's Perspective: I'm also at 5-3 and in the sixth playoff spot, so each week is fairly critical for me. There's three reasons I made this deal. First, my tight end Jared Cook had been a slight disappointment because of how badly the Titans use him. Secondly, Cook has a bye week coming up and I needed another tight end anyways. Thirdly, I love Olson's match-up this week against a Redskins team who gives up a lot of production to opposing tight ends.

Advantage: To be fair, I think Robert got the better deal because he received a player who will get way more touches. As many of you know, I cover the Packers for The Sports Bank and I have been let down by Green who failed to have a good game against a bad Jaguars team. There's still hope, but Olson helps my team become more complete. Trading a player I probably wasn't going to start for the rest of the year was the true motive here.

What did you think of the deal? Let me know by commenting below.