Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ravens-49ers Super Bowl XLVII freestyle rap and prediction

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Once the highly energized AFC and NFC Championship games end, the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl make for one of the most annoying experiences for hardcore football fans. Not only do you have to be subject to intense commercialism, but also the same story-lines over and over day in, day out.

Here at The Sports Bank we like to have a little more fun with out Super Bowl story-lines. Instead of writing the same-old preview and prediction, we decided to amp it up with our prediction.

Drum up a beat in your head and enjoy the prediction for Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and  Baltimore Ravens via a dope freestyle.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

The mysterious play of the Wisconsin Badgers Traevon Jackson

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Coming into the season, Wisconsin Badgers sophomore point guard Traevon Jackson‘s claim to fame was being the son of Big Ten legend and former NBA pro Jim Jackson.

Now he’s in the midst of an unpredictable point guard shuffle for a decent Badgers team (14-6) who has surged to a 5-2 record in the best conference in America.

To say Jackson’s season has been defined by up-and-down moments would be an understatement; the latest moment being a game-winning shot against 12th ranked Minnesota.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Four former Wisconsin Badgers headed to the 2013 Pro Bowl

Russell Wilson Pro Bowl

Late scratches to Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and New England’s Rob Gronkowski paved the way for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels to join the league’s best in the 2013 Pro Bowl.

Wilson and Daniels join Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt as the four former Wisconsin Badgers to make the team.

Here’s a quick summary of their great seasons and how they ended up as Pro Bowl invitees:

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Will the Deadspin story affect the NFL Draft stock of Manti Te’o?


The rumor-mill known as Deadspin dropped a bombshell of a story when they reported that Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o and the inspiring tale of him playing through the death of his cancer-riddled girlfriend was actually a hoax.

Not only was the story a hoax, they claim the so-called girlfriend never existed at all.

This comes just a couple of weeks after Alabama’s thrashing of Notre Dame in the National Championship Game and the real beginning of 2013 NFL Draft speculation.

Will this shocking story have an effect on the draft value of Te’o?

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Colin Kaepernick Sets NFL Records in Win Over Packers

Colin Kaepernick vs. Packers

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh went from potential idiot to genius in a matter of a few hours after his hand-picked quarterback shredded the NFL record books in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Second-year guy Colin Kaepernick who resembles a human-like gazelle on the football field ran for a NFL-playoff record 183 rushing yards on 16 carries against the Green Bay Packers. As a whole, the 49ers racked up an astounding 581 of offense in the 45-31 win.

For a team who dedicated the entire off-season to improving their defense, it has to be a tough loss for the Packers.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Interview With the 2012 Champ: Anthony Grande

1.) Any opening comments about your fantasy championship?

What a ride! I struggled a bit early in the year, winning a couple pity pots. My team really came together at the right time, winning baller pots in each of the first two rounds of the playoffs. My team really stayed healthy for the most part all year, which makes a huge difference. I had a great draft so I didn't need to mess around with the waiver wire much all season. Vick Ballard and Cecil Shorts are two big exceptions, as players I picked up midseason who performed well down the stretch. What really made my team tough is its depth. I never relied on one player too heavily, with every player scoring high each week. This is important when any one player can have ups and downs throughout the year.

2.) How about the amazing turnaround from last season (going 2-11)? What was different about this year?
        
Last year was tough. My team had a lot of injuries, which are hard to deal with in such a big league. It's nearly impossible to find replacements for injured players with a sparse waiver wire situation each week. This year, I had very few injuries to deal with. Also last year, my top draft picks had disappointing seasons. Particularly, Chris Johnson was a total dud as a number one pick in 2011. This year, Marshawn Lynch and Andre Johnson had great seasons as my top two draft picks. I even had some good lower round picks, such as Tony Gonzalez and the Seahawks D/ST. In fact, much of my success this season can be attributed to a good draft. Four of my draft picks -- Matt Ryan, Marshawn Lynch, Andre Johnson, and Tony Gonazlez -- made the pro bowl this year. In such a large league, where waiver wire pickups are tough, a good draft makes all the difference.

3.) Was their a so-called defining moment to your 2012 Championship season? Something you will always remember from this special year?
     
The second round of the playoffs, I had a tough matchup against Brady-Tron. Honestly, I was not optimistic going into the game. By the end of it, I had a double digit performance from every position on the team, scoring 147 in one of the biggest blowouts in the history of the league. The well-rounded performance of my team in that game, left me feeling confident heading into the championship.

4.) Who's your fantasy MVP this season?
     
Marshawn Lynch. But I need to give Tony Gonzalez a lot of credit for having another great season in his fantastic career.

5.) Everyone likes to argue about what type of player should be targeted first in a fantasy draft? What's your stance on the subject?
     
I honestly don't have a position on the subject. Every draft pick should be analyzed as a unique situation. These days drafting a QB seems like the best early pick, but RBs tend to be more consistent. The pros and cons of each player need to be considered with any pick.

6.) As the winner of the fantasy championship, you have the opportunity to make a change (if passed by a majority vote) if you would like. What would you change? (*Remember that we're already changing to fractional points)
     
.5 points per reception.

What did you think of Grande's Championship run? Let me know by commenting below.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Packers blow past the Minnesota Vikings despite Joe Webb-mania


Hours before the highly-anticipated playoff meeting between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings it was announced starting quarterback Christian Ponder was inactive with an elbow injury.

Enter back-up Joe Webb who was actually trending on twitter for much of Wild-Card Saturday.

What started as good trending (“Webb is super fast and runs the read-option, something the Packers haven’t seen”) quickly turned into bad trending when the audience learned Webb cannot throw a football.
Subsequently, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers picked apart the Vikings in a 24-10 win.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

X-Factors for the Packers and Vikings playoff game at Lambeau


There’s a lot of bad blood between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings who took part in two of the better regular season match-ups this year.

Green Bay won the first round back in early December and this past week the Vikings took round two to earn a shot at a third and final round.

With elimination on the table it would be easy to say superstars Adrian Peterson or Aaron Rodgers will be the difference, but that’s a bit too easy.

Here are some of the lesser known players who will be the x-factors in Saturday night’s rumble in Green Bay.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 NFL Draft stock report: Rose Bowl edition


Not a lot of offense in this year’s Rose Bowl as Stanford held off Wisconsin 20-14 to send the Badgers to three straight losses in “The Granddaddy of Them All.”

Nonetheless, there were some moments where certain NFL prospects impressed and others that had head-scratching moments.

Here are some players who helped or hurt their 2013 NFL Draft Stock.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Third time not a charm as Wisconsin Badgers lose Rose Bowl to a great Stanford team


Another trip to Pasadena and another loss to a great team at the Rose Bowl.

Stanford came into the game as one of the best-rounded teams in the country and left with a 20-14 win.

To get there, the Cardinal had to fight off a tough Wisconsin Badgers team who despite five losses proved they can stick with one anyone in the country.

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