Brown, SMU snubbed by NCAA tournament

UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas – Somewhat more than a thousand SMU followers, players, band members and cheerleaders and coach Larry Brown sat in Moody Coliseum in anticipation of the school's first NCAA appearance in additional than 20 years, solely to experience disappointment.

SMU's name by no means appeared on the NCAA bracket. As an alternative, the Mustangs have to be content with the No. 1 total seed in the faculty's first look within the NIT since 2000.

It turns out that the staff's solely three-sport dropping streak of the season got here on the incorrect time, because the Mustangs fell to Louisville and Memphis to finish the regular season after which misplaced to Houston within the first spherical of the American Athletic Convention tournament. Shedding to two of the league's worst teams in South Florida and Temple might not have helped, both. All of it was simply enough to keep the invitation from exhibiting up on the SMU campus, about 20 miles from where the Last 4 shall be performed in lower than a month at AT&T Stadium.

Moments after the broadcast was over, Brown took the microphone and addressed his workforce and people fans in attendance.

"I feel bad for our team and you followers," Brown said. "I feel like we allow you to all down."

That acquired an instantaneous response from the group, shouting: "No."

Brown, clearly disillusioned and admitting that he didn't know what to say, selected to deal with how his team can respond.

"When issues do not go precisely how you deliberate, you can both pack it in or you'll find a strategy to do higher," Brown said. "We have to use this as a technique to get better."

SMU finished the season 23-9 and had an RPI of fifty three coming into Sunday's games. It was a memorable season for the Mustangs, regardless of dropping three consecutive games to finish the regular season.

In chatting with the media afterward, Brown lamented among the shut calls SMU had over the course of the season.

"We might have overwhelmed Louisville at residence. We jumped on them, then obtained in foul hassle and acted foolish," Brown mentioned. "We did not play our greatest sport at Memphis, but we did not get blown out by both staff. I checked out our schedule; we did not get blown out by anyone.

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A late-season swoon price SMU a trip to the NCAA tournament, however the Mustangs did earn the highest general seed in the NIT.

"We almost beat Virginia. We had possession down one. But when we didn't beat Houston, I form of thought this could presumably occur. Folks have stated we lost our last three games. We lost two of our last three against top-20 teams, and one in every of them may be one of the best group in America. I hoped possibly they would look at it that manner but I believe they looked at [it] like we lost our last three games."

SMU defeated four ranked teams for the first time since 1955-56, which additionally was the varsity's solely Final 4 look. The Mustangs received 23 games for the first time since 1987-88 and earned 12 conference victories for the first time since 1992-ninety three.

SMU made Dallas a real house-court benefit, going 15-1 at residence, together with 9-1 in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum. Three of the team's wins over ranked opponents occurred in that building.

Brown spoke to his group briefly after the NCAA choice process was over.

"I mentioned I don't want anyone crying or complaining as a result of that takes away from the groups that bought in," Brown said.

Brown mentioned that when he saw that Louisville obtained a No. 4 seed, he "figured that they [the selection committee] didn't have a number of respect for our conference."

Brown harassed to his group to finish the season with a strong effort within the postseason and said he felt like the Mustangs didn't finish in addition to they may have, which could have cost them a chance to get to the NCAA event.

"I believe we'll be better for this," Brown stated. "I definitely hope I am and I am pretty confident the individuals in that locker room will study from it and grow from it, and hopefully it would assist our program get to the point where we would like it to be."


Richard Durrett joined in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News protecting the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and excessive faculties.

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No. 7 Syracuse keeps falling, loses to Georgia Tech

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A month in the past, Syracuse was unbeaten, ranked No. 1 and using excessive. Now, the Orange are struggling towards the postseason having lost four of five.

Trae Golden scored sixteen points, including six clutch free throws in the closing seconds, and Georgia Tech shocked No. 7 Syracuse 67-sixty two on Tuesday evening, the Orange's second straight dwelling loss to a staff with a sub-.500 document.

Syracuse (26-4, thirteen-four Atlantic Coast Conference) began the season with 25 straight wins and spent three weeks at No. 1.

''I'm not proud of tonight, but I am very comfortable to be 26-4,'' coach Jim Boeheim said. ''We're well ahead of predictions. We simply should regroup.

''I strive to have a look at the large image and never snapshots. We're in good place. When you get in the (NCAA) tournament, you're going to play somebody good. You play good, you have got a chance to win. You play nicely, seeding doesn't matter. It's so simple as that.''

Last season, Syracuse stumbled down the stretch of the regular season, losing four of its last five video games, the last a humbling sixty one-39 loss at former Massive East archrival Georgetown. The Orange responded by profitable three straight video games in the Large East tournament, shedding to eventual national champion Louisville within the title recreation, and then went on to the Final Four.

''It didn't end the best way I wished it to,'' said C.J. Fair, who matched his profession high with 28 factors within the remaining dwelling sport of his profession. ''It occurred, however our season's not over. I nonetheless have a chance to win my last recreation.''

Golden gained it with some clutch free throw taking pictures within the ultimate 35 seconds.

''I form of went again to when I was a child and just knocked them in,'' stated Golden, who was eight of 8 from the line. ''My dad used to make me nervous when I was youthful. It made me think about that calm. It really helped me out.''

Georgia Tech (14-sixteen, 5-12) snapped a 4-recreation shedding streak, and its previous 5 ACC highway trips had produced two wins, an additional time loss, a 3-point loss, a four-point loss and a 10-point loss.

Getting healthier by the day, the Yellow Jackets, who at one point within the season had solely seven scholarship gamers accessible, closes the regular season against Virginia Tech on Saturday with the conference tournament looming subsequent week.

''Large may be an understatement. It is a huge win for us,'' Golden said. ''We beat one of many high groups within the nation.''

The loss value the Orange an incredible likelihood to lock up a high seed within the conference event.

Jerami Grant, the Orange's leading rebounder, had been hobbled by back problems the past two video games and watched in street clothes as freshman Tyler Roberson made his first start of the season. Grant's absence was felt as solely Truthful and freshman Tyler Ennis, with 18 factors, scored in double figures.

''Not having him, he is a giant a part of our staff,'' Fair said of Grant. ''It could have been a distinct game if he was there. You never know, but it's a big blow to the crew.''

Georgia Tech had 18 assists and shot 24 of 51 from the sector while committing only 9 turnovers.

''I believed our guys did an important job of executing the game plan when it comes to taking care of the basketball, shifting the basketball, getting it underneath the zone and making performs for each other,'' Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory stated. ''We've had some tough times this 12 months. This was a complete group effort.''

Daniel Miller had 15 factors and six blocks and Robert Carter Jr. added 12 points for Georgia Tech.

Truthful was 12 of 25 from the sector and Ennis finished with seven assists. Trevor Cooney had only seven factors and was 1 of 8 from behind the arc.

After Honest lower the result in 39-33 with a driving layup, Golden responded with a 3 from the suitable wing to place Georgia Tech up by nine. Two free throws by Kammeon Holsey and a jumper in the lane by Miller made it 46-34 with thirteen:18 to go.

Truthful's driving layup and a free throw by Michael Gbinije minimize the deficit to single digits, but Chris Bolden beat the Syracuse press for a layup to give Georgia Tech a fifty two-41 lead with eight:10 to go.

Truthful missed a three however Bolden shortly missed one at the other end instead of taking break day the clock and Fair responded with a drive and shot off the glass with 2:forty one left to make it fifty nine-55. Honest was fouled on the play but did not convert the free throw, making Syracuse a pricey 7 of 16 from the road.

Miller's slam then beat the Orange press after a turnover by Honest, but Cooney finally got here via with a three from the wing as Syracuse closed to 61-57 with 1:forty eight to play.

Carter missed a free throw, but Ennis misplaced the ball on a drive in the lane with simply over a minute remaining.

Syracuse, which additionally misplaced at house to Boston School, closes the season at Florida State on Sunday.

''We're just desirous to get that win,'' Truthful mentioned. ''As soon as we win a couple of consecutive games, that can get us going.''

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NBA Prediction Friday Night Preview/Pick- Clippers vs. Grizzlies

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Los Angeles Clippers (37-19, 14-14 away) @ Memphis Grizzlies (30-23, 15-14 home) 02/21- 8:00PM EST


Line: LAC -2.5

Over/Under: 196.5


Two of the hottest teams over the last six-weeks, the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers will square off in the final regular-season meeting between these two teams on Friday night at FedEx Forum.


The Grizzlies (30-23), winners of 15 of their last 19 find themselves one game out of the eighth position in the tough Western Conference for the final playoff spot while the Clippers (37-19), winners of 14 of 19 lead the Pacific Division.


The Clippers’ Blake Griffin has been a big reason for their success averaging a career-best 24.4 points, while going for a career-high 25 points or more over his last nine games and has posted six double-doubles in seven games, though his last effort of 35 points and 12 boards was not enough to defeat the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night 113-103.


He scored like 60, didn’t he? Blake’s great,” Spurs veteran Tim Duncan said. “He’s been playing the best basketball of us career thus far.”


The Clippers had won three in a row prior to losing to San Antonio but their defense has come into question where they have allowed 110 points or more in four of their last six games… and that must improve if they expect to be a factor come playoff time.


Sometimes you can’t control if you’re shooting the ball well or things like that. But you can always control your energy on defense,” Griffin said. “Even when you’re tired, you can still bring a little bit more.


“…. It’s on me. I think I have got to show a little more energy at the start, especially defensively.”


For the Grizzlies, defense has been a vocal point all season, surrendering only 87.8 points per game since Jan 14. One of only two teams along with the Chicago Bulls (93.3) to allow less than 96.0 points per contest in that span.


The big front line of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph have done a stellar job of containing Griffin since the start of last season allowing only 14.3 points per matchup and his 16.5 career average is the lowest against any NBA opponent.


Memphis, winners of three straight will be in search of winning the regular-season series for the first time since the 2008-09 year with both teams winning on each others home court thus far this season.


The Grizzlies have found their groove since dealing with early season injuries which found them four games under .500 in early January, but despite their winning streak and defense… find themselves a (minus -2.5) point underdog to the visiting Clippers. I’m not sold on the spread, but you can stay up-to-date on the latest lines on the game up until tip off right here at Wonder Punter.


I look for the Grizzlies to continue with their tough defense on Friday night, establishing themselves as a team to be reckoned with for the second half of the season and predict a good home win to extend their winning streak to four games.


Prediction/Pick- Memphis



By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

Stadium games set regular-season ratings marks

The Stadium Series set record ratings in LA. (Getty Images)
The Stadium Series set document rankings in LA. (Getty Photos)

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If the novelty of out of doors hockey video games is beginning to put on skinny, it isn’t being mirrored very a lot in the television scores.

The NHL opened the Stadium Series with two outside video games this weekend, one on Saturday night time in Los Angeles on NBCSN – hardly a really perfect setup for large ratings – after which one other on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium between the Rangers and Devils that was aired on NBC. Both yielded good numbers for NBC compared to your average common-season broadcasts.

Onerous to learn by way of the short-hand but the game at Yankee Stadium was NBC’s finest completely nationwide broadcast of a regular-season sport within the non-Winter Classic division.

In the New York space the sport drew a rating of 5.1 and in a market the size of New York, that equates to a lot of eyeballs. In fact that doesn’t rely the 50,000 that were in attendance on the sport, either.

NBC did not release any national numbers for the game at Dodger Stadium between the Kings and Ducks but the native numbers were sturdy as effectively.

Like New York, the two.38 is not an enormous quantity scores smart however 1) it is a record for the community that simply so occurred to come back on the worst TELEVISION night time of the week and a couple of) in LA that also equates to a lot of people watching when you speak about the sheer quantity available in the market.

All in all, not dangerous while you’re speaking about regular-season games in late January. The NHL’s gamble on the attraction lasting seems to be paying off as you may’t complain about setting scores information.

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NFL Prediction Week 17 Sunday Night Game Preview/Pick- Eagles vs. Cowboys

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Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) @ Dallas Cowboys (8-7) 12/29- 8:30PM EST


Line: PHI -7.0

Over/Under: 52.5


The NFL’s regular season-finale on Sunday night will feature the biggest game of the year for both the Eagles and Cowboys who will put it all on the line for the NFC East title and most importantly… a playoff spot.


As widely reported, Tony Romo will not be available for this Sunday’s win-or-go home showdown, so the Dallas Cowboys will put their hopes on NFL veteran Kyle Orton.


The thinking is, with the Cowboys (8-7) having lost their last two regular season finales to division foes to be eliminated from playoff contention, they can’t do any worse with Orton calling the signals.


The more times you put yourself in these situations, you have to keep getting better,” said Romo, who is 1-6 in elimination games. “You have to have a stronger belief in yourself than the doubt of other people.”


Romo will be on the sidelines on Sunday night having had back surgery on Friday in which he hurt last week in their 24-23 comeback win over Washington.


It’s simple for Orton… win, take the title and earn a trip to the playoffs, lose and go home. For the Eagles, a win or tie will give them the East and a playoff spot.


We’ve been operating as if Kyle Orton is going to be our starting quarterback,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “At the same time we were trying to do whatever we could to see if we could help Tony and get him back as quickly as possible. We just felt like this was the best course of action.”


The Cowboys with Romo under center are 0-3 in regular-season finales with the division title up for grabs. They lost to Phily in 2008 44-6, 31-14 to the New York Giants in 2011 and last year to the Redskins 28-18.


Orton is a nine-year NFL veteran with a 35-34 record and will have an opportunity to lead a team into the postseason for the first time with a win and the Eagles will be ready.


I don’t think the offense changes too much with one or the other,” Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis said.


For the Eagles (9-6), Nick Foles has had a great season once he won the starting quarterback position, but a game of this magnitude for all the marbles is uncharted territory for him. Foles worst performance during the season came at the hands of the Cowboys back on October 20 when he went 11 of 29 for just 80 yards in a 17-3 loss in which he left the game in the third quarter with a concussion.


I know everybody is going to dwell on last time, but this game isn’t the last game. Foles said.


Since that dismal performance, and sitting out the following week, Foles has won six of seven, throwing for 22 touchdowns in nine starts with only two interceptions and is also the leagues top-rated passer.


With the absence of Romo, the Eagles can expect a heavy dose of running back DeMarco Murray, who has rushed for 614 yards with six touchdowns in his last six games. He is also averaging 5.8 yards a carry, but will be facing an Eagles defense that has held its last four opponents under 100 yards on the ground.


Philadelphia will also counter with league-leading rusher LeSean McCoy who has 1,476 yards and will be facing a porous Dallas rushing defense that is allowing an average of 150.6 rushing yards per game.


The oddsmakers have confidence in the Eagles getting it done on Sunday making them a big (minus -7.0) point favorite on the road, but get the latest up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.


The Cowboys have put their confidence in Orton, who has completed 12 of 15 passes for 129 in his two years with Dallas.


I think the guys have a lot of confidence in me. I’ve got a lot of confidence in myself,” Orton said. “I can fall back on my experience.”


Will that confidence and experience by Orton translate to a big Dallas win remains to be seen, but all my money is on the Eagles winning Sunday to knock ‘Americas Team’ out the playoffs once again.


Prediction/Pick: Philadelphia

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LeBron goes for 30 as Heat run over Jazz

LeBron Falls Short Of Triple-Double


MIAMI – In the 3rd quarter, LeBron James lost their headband and turned his remaining ankle.

Nor slowed him for long.

James finished along with 30 points, nine rebounds plus nine assists despite getting a long break after tweaking the ankle joint, Dwyane Wade added 27 factors and the Miami Heat beat the particular Utah Jazz 117-94 on Mon night.

It had been the best shooting night in group history, Miami connecting on 63. 4 percent of its shots. Wayne led the way, making 13 associated with 17 attempts.

"I'm excited I could go back on the market, make some plays and finish the overall game off, " James said. "But I know in the morning, when I wake up, it's going to pretty sore. "

Chris Bosh scored twenty points for the Heat, who shifted within two games of Indianapolis for the East lead. Miami serves the Pacers on Wednesday.

Alec Burks obtained a career-high 31 points intended for Utah, which got 17 through Derrick Favors.

"We didn't match their strength in the second half, " Punk coach Tyrone Corbin said. "Give them credit. They know what it requires to get themselves out of holes. inch

It was Miami's 17th straight victory over a Traditional western Conference opponent, the second-longest regular-season streak by an Eastern Meeting team in NBA history. Birkenstock boston won 20 straight over the Western during a nine-month span of 1973.

A game keep away from pitting the two-time defending winners against the team with the worst report in the West wouldn't seem all that very likely to conjure some NBA Finals remembrances.

Then Adam lost his headband, and once once again, everything started to click for the Temperature.

Just like within Game 6 of the Finals towards San Antonio this past June, whenever James had his terrycloth item knocked to the court, something simply seemed to change about his sport. Miami was up only 3 points when James went with no headband, and the lead was as much as 13 later in the quarter.

Miami outscored Ut 36-21 in the third. The Heat have been outscored 56-33 in their two latest third quarters combined.

"The guys have possessed that, addressed it, came out along with great activity, but also offensively, quite aggressive in that third quarter, inch Heat coach Erik Spoelstra stated. "The last two games we all settled, less energy that we delivered to that quarter offensively, less tolerance. "

Adam left late in the third one fourth after twisting his ankle on the dribble about 30 feet from your basket. After re-lacing his trainer – his typical self-inflicted therapy for ankle twists – this individual wound up getting subbed out a couple of seconds later. He walked off the courtroom slowly, took a seat on the ground near the Heat bench and smacked his hand on the hardwood along with such anger that the hit might be heard halfway up the arena.

"He does it every year, " Bosh said. "This is definitely his time. It's usually in December, as well. Got that out of the way and now we are able to keep moving on. "

During the stoppage between the 3rd and fourth quarters, James did not even get up to join his teammates at first, remaining down with a bath towel over his head. He ultimately got to his feet, draping the particular towel around his neck plus largely keeping to himself, shrugging his shoulders when Bosh contacted to ask him something.

But he arrived for Wade midway through the 4th, finished the game, and the Heat cruised. Miami shot 68 percent right after halftime.

"I didn't feel like we were in that excellent of a flow, " Wade stated. "I guess the numbers confirm me wrong. "

Burks made 12 associated with 17 shots for the Jazz. Enes Kanter had 14 points plus eight rebounds for Utah, which usually led by as many as eight factors in the second quarter.

The Jazz wound up walking by as many as 25.

"They did what they do, inch Burks said. "They had fast-break plays and great stops in order to win the game. "

Norris Cole scored thirteen points and Mario Chalmers completed with 12 for Miami.

The clincher included 3: 10 left. James went right by Burks, threw lower a dunk while getting fouled plus made the ensuing free toss to get to 30 points and give the warmth a 109-90 lead.

All that remained undecided when this occurs was whether James would get one more triple-double. He wouldn't, leaving 1 rebound and one assist shy : the second straight game that's occurred.

It was the particular eighth time in James' career which he finished exactly one rebound then one assist shy of a triple-double.

Game notes

Miami's last loss within a regular-season game against a Western foe was against Utah, in January… The Jazz had just one starter finish in double numbers… Jazz rookie

Trey Burke

shot 1 intended for 8, scoring a season-low 3 points… Chalmers had eight helps.

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Peyton can play in the cold or warmth

Peyton Defends Cold-Weather Perform


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning insisted Wednesday he is not a different player in freezing weather despite a track record that will seems to show otherwise.

Asked whether he believes he's a different player in cold temperature, Manning simply said, "I avoid. "

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Peyton Manning wears a fitted glove in the throwing hand in the rain or even cold and snow. Against the Patriots this season, he wore gloves to both hands.

Asked why he believed he wasn't a different quarterback within cold weather, he added only, "That's not how I feel, so.. do I miss the question? "

Manning is 3-7 in the regular season and postseason combined when the game-time temperature will be 32 degrees or colder, based on ESPN Stats & Information.

He's thrown intended for 11 touchdown passes and twelve interceptions in those games great completion percentage is 59. four percent, well below his profession average of 65. 4. Their 214. 1 passing yards for each game in those 10 excursions are also well below his profession average of 269. 5.

Coach John Sibel also doesn't buy the notion that will Manning is a different player within the cold, saying that 10 games is not really a sufficient sample size for a gamer in his 16th season.

Manning has made one noticeable concession to cold or severe weather with the Broncos since returning through multiple neck surgeries. He today wears a fitted glove in the throwing hand in rain or cool and snow. He wore hand protection on both hands in New Britain when he threw for a hundred and fifty yards, and a glove on his tossing hand this past weekend in Kansas City when he finished along with 403 yards and five touchdowns.

"It's simply part of the adjustment I've kind of needed to make, " Manning said. "I've said that I've had to make a large amount of changes at this point in my career. I am kind of coming off an injury and various team. It's just been portion of the adjustment.. and still working through this kind of each time that I wear it. inch

Manning tried gloves previously in his career, which includes during his time with Indiana, but said he "never simply quite found a pair that I loved. "

With all the Broncos, Manning's overall sample dimensions are 28 regular-season games and a postseason loss to Baltimore. He is 23-6 as a starter in those video games with 80 touchdown passes and it has averaged more than 300 yards for each game.

Nevertheless , the Broncos' loss at home within last season's playoffs and final month's collapse in frigid Foxborough, Mass., when the Broncos led 24-0 at halftime but ended up dropping in overtime, were confirmation for a few that the phrase "cold shoulder" indicates something else entirely for Manning.

But Fox stated in those instances that a protective breakdown late in regulation contrary to the Ravens and a bouncing punt contrary to the Patriots were at the root of the particular losses.

"I don't think where you're located which you ever really get used to really cold temperature, " Fox said. "I don't believe you grow thicker skin since you live in it. I don't think may physiological thing. I think a lot of it really is mental, just dealing with the elements. That might be a torrential downpour, it could be the snowstorm… And if we won all those games, we wouldn't be referring to the weather right now. "


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NCAA Prediction & Pick- Aggies vs. Tigers Week 14 College Football Preview


#21 Texas A&M Aggies (8-3) @ #5 Missouri Tigers (10-1) 11/30 7:45PM EST


Line: MIZZ -4.5

Over/Under: 67.0


On Saturday night regular-season finale, the only thing standing in the way of No. 5 Missouri winning the Southeastern Conference East title is finding a way to slow down Johnny Manziel along with his 21st ranked Texas A&M Aggies in what should be a another good game.


That is the big challenge facing Missouri (10-1, 6-1), especially after last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel torched the Tigers. Win and Missouri has a date on December 7 for the SEC title game in Atlanta. Lose and the South Carolina Gamecocks would advance by virtual of beating the Tigers back on October 26.


We’re excited about playing this game,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “We’ve worked real hard to get this position. You know what, you compete for a championship, you’ve got to beat good people.”


For the Aggies (8-3, 4-3), they will have the pleasure of playing spoiler after losing big last week to another Top 25 team, the LSU Tigers 34-10.


Missouri doesn’t figure Johnny Manziel will have two bad games in a row where last week he stunk it up (in Manziel standards) completing only 16 of 41 passes for 224 yards, one touchdown, two picks and career-low 5.46 yards-per-attempt.


It wasn’t fun to get beat like that,” said Manziel. “We will see how we handle adversity. This team with a bunch of young guys—we just have to see how they bounce back.”


A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin added…


I think the guys are ready to play,” Sumlin said. “We are playing in a real season and real opponents and real games. Are we where we want to be right now? No. It doesn’t mean the sky is falling either.”


Manziel may be playing in his regular-season finale, who is expected to go Pro, so he wants to finish strong to end the season.


The sophomore sensation has been silent about his draft intentions, but it’s a safe bet that the NFL will be the next step for him.


All Manziel has done in his second season in the SEC is lead the conference in passing yards per game with 321.5 touchdown passes with 32. He also has 665 yards rushing and eight touchdowns added into the mix.


He’s such a great player,” Pinkel said. “If you watch him game in and game out, then you see the consistency oh how he plays and the way he does it. You have to contain him the best you can, and you have to score points on offense. There is nothing magic about this.”


But Manziel will have to deal with a defense that leads the SEC with 35 sacks and 18 interceptions and a defensive unit that has forced turnovers in 41 consecutive games… good for the nation’s longest streak.


They really improved from last year, obviously, and statistically lead the league in sacks,” Sumlin said. “They lead the league in interceptions too, which is an underrated stat.”


And with a Missouri running game that ranks second in the SEC with 238.0 yards a game along with their defense, the early lines have made the Tigers a (minus) -4.5 point favorite for Saturday’s contest. As the spread may change, be sure to check the latest odds here through Wonder Punter up until game time.


Revenge will be fresh on the minds of the Tigers who last year suffered a 59-29 beat down at the hands of Johnny Manziel who went 32 of 44 for 372 yards and three scores while adding two rushing touchdowns of his own on 67 yards.


That A&M win last year snapped the Tigers three game winning streak in the series.


As for the numbers, the Aggies average 45.6 points to Missouri’s 39.7 but the Tigers have the better defense yielding 19.3 to A&M’s ‘soft’ 31.2 points per contest.


A&M sophomore Mike Evans is the biggest threat with 61 catches for 1,314 yards with 12 touchdowns.


This year I expect the Tigers’ senior quarterback James Franklin to make it three-out-four years for the Missouri Tigers beating the Aggies. Franklin returned to action last week after missing time with a shoulder injury.


It’ll be just nuts because it’s Senior Night and because of how we’ve been doing this year,” said Franklin. “The fans want to come for what’s on the line.”


PICK: Missouri



By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter




NCAA Prediction College Football Week 13 Game Preview/ and Pick- #12 Texas A&M vs. #22 LSU


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#12 Texas A&M Aggies (8-2) @ #22 LSU Tigers (7-3) 11/23- 3:30PM EST


Line: LSU: -4.5

Over/Under: 71.0

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This Saturday afternoon, expect another classic battle as two of the top quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference, as well as some of college football’s best receivers and running backs… as the No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies travel into Death Valley to take on the No. 22 LSU Tigers.


On the mind of LSU coach Les Miles is Saturdays matchup of the up-tempo offense of the Aggies, which is lead by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.


Miles says he is “not looking forward to that style of game.”


I want the defense to stop them,” Miles said. “Certainly we recognize the challenge that an offense like A&M will bring … I like my defense. I suspect they’ll play best in this game. I think they’ll be a challenge to A&M and I think being in Tiger Stadium will be a challenge to A&M. It’s a much different environment and a place where the home team generally does pretty good.”


LSU (7-3, 3-3 SEC) is a (minus) -4.5 point favorite and has been good at home, winning all five of their games so far, but get up to the minute odds here at Wonder Punter up until kick off.


Manziel is been stellar once again this season accounting for 300-plus yards in 19 straight starts, even having thrown 500 total yards against No. 1 Alabama earlier in the year.


The Aggies 578 yards per game and scoring average of 49.2 easily lead the SEC.


It’s a great challenge,” Miles said. “It’ll be a great matchup. I think our defense is really looking forward to it. These Tigers look forward to a challenge and this is really going to be one. I think our guys will play well. I think we have a nice scheme and a variety of ways to pressure, disguise coverage, get in the backfield.”


Miles wants his defense to come up with some third down stops to get off the field for breathers against the Aggies’ up-tempo offense and plans to rotate his players often to help keep them form wearing down.


LSU cornerback Jalen Mills said the Tigers defense will be bracing for a test of stamina.


It is a day game. It’s going to be hot. If somebody catches a cramp or somebody may be gassed and may need to sit out for a play or two, we do have the depth for it,” Mills said. “Your name could be called at any time during that game, so you have to be ready. No sitting on the sidelines.”


Another key to the Tigers winning Saturday will be to control the football and keeping the Aggies offense off the field.


We know what kind of offense they have over there and the recipe for success against those guys is running the football successfully,” LSU running back Jeremy Hill said, noting that that game plan worked last year leading to a victory over A&M.


We want to get 35 minutes or more in time of possession, just keeping (Manziel) off the field as much as possible and helping our defense, keeping those guys fresh,” Hill said. “In the Alabama game, they were out there for a lot of plays and we were on the sideline for most of the second half and that hurt our defense… They got tired out there.”

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A&M (8-2, 4-2) has scored more than 50 points in winning its past three games. The Aggies will looking for their first victory over LSU and will making their first trip into Baton Rouge.


I want nothing more than to win these two games and to get into a good bowl game and go 10-2 in another regular season,” Manziel said. “I can’t even put into words how bad I want that for seniors on this team and for this team in general.”


I’m looking forward to Saturday’s game, with back and forth action with lots of points put up but will give a slight edge to the Tigers and predict a close one.





By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter








Seahawks WR Harvin expects to debut vs. Vikings

Percy Harvin is on track to make his 2013 regular season debut on Sunday. (USATSI)
Percy Harvin is on track to make his 2013 common season debut on Sunday. (USATSI)

It’s been over a calendar yr since Percy Harvin final played in an NFL sport, however that drought ought to end on Sunday. Harvin was a full participant in Seattle’s practice on Friday and after the apply, Harvin gave the impression of somebody who plans to be on the field on Sunday.

“I positively assume I’m able to play,” Harvin stated, via “I still have plenty of work to do, however it was nice to be out there with my teammates running plays and going to the huddle. Hopefully the whole lot goes properly [Saturday] and I can stay up for the sport.”

Harvin hasn’t played since Nov. 4, 2012 when he was still a member of the Vikings. In an odd coincidence, that Nov. four game was in opposition to the Seahawks. On Sunday, Harvin will likely be member of the Seahawks and make his regular season debut towards the Vikings.

“It is going to be nice to see those guys and play towards them,” Harvin said of enjoying his former group. “Nevertheless it’s not concerning the Vikings; it is in regards to the Seahawks. This is just about getting again out there and serving to the workforce to a playoff run.”

Harvin spent the primary four seasons of his career in Minnesota earlier than being traded to Seattle in March. Nonetheless, Harvin’s Seahawks debut was delayed after he underwent surgery on a torn labrum in his hip on Aug. 1. Harvin was placed on the physically unable to carry out list before the season started and wasn’t officially moved to the lively-roster until Monday.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did not see something in apply this week that may preclude Harvin from taking part in, “He came by means of the week very well,” Carroll said. “He did every part we requested him to do.”

However, Carroll did not say how long he expected Harvin to be on the sector, “You may simply have to attend and find out,” Carroll stated when he was requested how much taking part in time Harvin would see in opposition to the Vikings.

With Harvin again, the Seahawks might be close to full power on offense as they enter the ultimate seven weeks of the season. Seattle’s additionally anticipating offensive lineman Russell Okung, Max Unger and Breno Giacomini to return on Sunday.

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NFL Prediction Week 11 Game Preview/Pick- 49ers vs. Saints


49ers vs Saints Prediction and Pick

San Francisco 49ers (6-3) @ New Orleans Saints (7-2) 11/17- 4:25PM EST


Line: NO -3.0

Over/Under: 47.5


Making their first trip to the Big Easy since this year’s Super Bowl loss, the San Francisco 49ers will have yet another challenge to face when they must find a way to slow down the New Orleans Saints… a team that thrives under the Superdome lights in an NFC showdown Sunday afternoon.


New Orleans (7-2) has been dominating this year at home, outscoring their opponents 176-75 while going undefeated at 5-0 and looking to stay ahead in the NFC South over the hot Carolina Panthers.


In what will be another measuring stick for both teams, the 49ers (6-3) will be trying to avoid back-to-back defeats after dropping a tough 10-9 home loss to the Panthers last Sunday at Candlestick.


We’ve got a tough game coming up, and we’re not going to wallow in (the loss to Carolina),” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “We’re going to move to New Orleans.”


New Orleans will be looking to win yet another home game after last weeks thrashing of the Dallas Cowboys on national television where they accumulated a regular season team-record 625 yards and recorded an NFL-record 40 first downs against the Dallas defense.


You don’t play many games like that, and every once in a while you find yourself on the good end and sometimes you find yourself once in a while on the bad end,” New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. “You hope when your career is done you have more experiences on the good end.”


The Saints also found some balance against the Cowboys on the offensive side of the ball where Drew Bress passed for 392 yards and the running game came up big with 242 yards after going in averaging only 79.8 yards per contest.


It’s important for us to have that balance,” Payton said.


Bress is on fire at home where he has completed 74.4 percent of his passes and averaged 367.2 yards passing while tossing 18 touchdowns and only two interceptions… none in the last three home games.


If not that wasn’t enough, the Saints average 463.6 yards and 35.2 points per game at the Dome, but San Francisco’s defense ranks fourth in the league allowing only 17.2 points per game, so something as to give.


And, it’s that 49ers defense that the oddsmakers are banking on making the Saints only slight favorites with only a (minus) -3.0 in the latest line spread, but as always, Wonder Punter will provide the latest odds up until kickoff, so check back often.


With last weeks loss still fresh in their minds, San Francisco must focus their attention on the offensive side of the ball where the Saints defense is allowing only 18.1 points.


After averaging 34.8 points a game during their five-game win streak and 357.6 yards, the Niners could only put together 9 points on 151 yards total against the Panthers.
The way we look at it as a unit. Offensively, we didn’t play well enough to win the game,” Harbaugh said. “Across the board, we take accountability for that and have fingerprints on it. I’m not going to go through and dissect position by position, raking anybody over the coals. I don’t think that’s the best thing for us.”


Coach Harbaugh added… “I think their mindset will be what it’s always been, it’s a blue-collar mindset. That involves fixing things, building things, sutures in our hands and the weapons are in our hands, our fate is in our hands.”


With Mario Manningham making his season debut last week, he will provide an added boost to an offensive looking to get back on track.


Tight end Vernon Davis is questionable for Sunday after suffering a concussion against the Panthers and receiver Michael Crabtree is an outside shot for his season debut following his Achilles injury in May.


San Francisco has won two straight over the Saints, but come Sunday and the way the New Orleans plays at home, I would be hard-pressed not to go with the Saints as my favorite.


PICK: New Orleans


By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


Brian Wilson’s beard a dealbreaker for Yankees


Brian Wilson's beard means more to him than pitching for the Yankees.Brian Wilson’s beard means more to him than pitching for the Yankees. (USATSI)


With Mariano Rivera calling it a career and GM Brian Cashman saying he’s “not sure” if setup man David Robertson is prepared for the ninth inning, the Yankees figure to be available in the market for a closer this winter. Joe Nathan and Grant Balfour are free brokers, amongst others, however we are able to cross former Giants closer Brian Wilson off the listing. Why? Look:

Brian Wilson’s agent informed Brian Cashman that Wilson will not shave his beard. “Cross him off the checklist,” Cashman mentioned.

— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) November 13, 2013

The Yankees have had a pretty strict facial hair coverage – neatly groomed mustaches only, no hair below the lip – for decades now, a policy the right-hander desires no a part of. Keep in mind, Wilson reportedly turned down a cool $1 million to shave his beard earlier this 12 months.

In 24 games with the Dodgers after returning from his second Tommy John surgery, Wilson allowed one run whole in 19 1/3 innings between the regular season and postseason in 2013. His fastball sat within the mid-90s and his slider was a wipeout pitch.

Given his energy stuff and pedigree as a World Sequence successful closer, Wilson made an terrible lot of sense for New York. Alas, it is not meant to be.

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Ex-Raiders, BYU star Christensen dies at 57

Remembering Todd Christensen


Todd Christensen, a five-time Pro Bowl tight finish who played most of his profession for the Raiders, died Wednesday from complications throughout liver transplant surgical procedure. He was fifty seven.

Brigham Younger University, the place Christensen starred as a operating back from 1974 to 1977 and was inducted into the college’s corridor of fame in 1992, mentioned in a tweet Wednesday he died from complications from surgical procedure.


Christensen played in 136 video games for the Raiders, serving to the franchise to two Super Bowl wins.

Christensen’s son Toby later told The Related Press his father handed away Wednesday morning at Intermountain Medical Middle near his residence in Alpine, Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune reported he battled liver illness and other critical diseases lately.

“I’ve been receiving hundreds of texts, Facebook postings and emails – from everybody with a story about my dad,” Toby Christensen said.

A member of four Western Athletic Convention championship groups at BYU, Christensen was a primary-team WAC choice as a senior. He finished his school profession with 1,089 rushing yards and seven touchdowns together with 1,566 receiving yards and thirteen landing receptions.

Taken within the second round of the 1978 draft by the Dallas Cowboys, Christensen broke his foot throughout coaching camp and did not play within the regular season for the eventual NFC champions. He was released before the subsequent season.

The New York Giants claimed him on waivers, but Christensen performed only one game with the crew. He played 136 of his 137 profession games for the Raiders, winning two Super Bowls (1980, 1983) with the franchise.

He led the NFL in catches twice (92 in 1982, 95 in ’86), setting a league report for receptions by a good end both seasons. The Cowboys’ Jason Witten holds the record now with a hundred and ten catches in 2012.

Christensen retired after the 1988 season with 461 receptions for 5,872 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Christensen, at 6-foot-3 and 230 kilos, was a considerate son of a professor. He even learn his own poetry at a news conference before the AFC Championship Game against the Seattle Seahawks in January 1983.

“I assumed you is likely to be occupied with one thing that I wrote in coaching camp that I feel is apropos right here,” Christensen instructed the assembled media. “That is something I’ve written in regards to the Raider organization, and this is entitled, ‘A Future to Win.'”

Upon completing the 15-verse poem, many of the reporters gathered burst into applause.

“I bear in mind Todd as always utilizing large phrases and quoting well-known authors and poets,” former coach Tom Flores stated in a statement launched by the Raiders. “He was comical at times because no one knew what he was speaking about. I hadn’t seen a lot of him recently however miss the enjoyable, nice occasions all of us shared as a Raider household.”

Former Raiders teammate James Lofton was amongst these to make use of Twitter to remember Christensen:

“I am deeply saddened to listen to the news in regards to the passing of my former teammate Todd Christensen. Todd was a special participant and an exemplary teammate, and I cherished our time collectively as Raiders,” Oakland common manager Reggie McKenzie said in the group’s statement. “The ideas and prayers of the complete Raider family are with the Christensen family in this time of mourning.”

Christensen grew to become a broadcaster on NFL video games for NBC within the nineties. He additionally worked as a commentator on college football broadcasts for ESPN, CBS Sports and the Mountain West Convention’s network.

He was a devout Mormon who did not drink, and members of the family consider his liver problems started 25 years in the past after a “botched” gall bladder operation, his son informed the AP.

A native of Pennsylvania, Christensen and his family moved to Eugene, Ore., when he was a toddler, and he grew to become a standout at Sheldon Excessive School. He was later inducted into the Oregon Sports Corridor of Fame.

Christensen is survived by his spouse and four sons. The household was planning for a funeral as early as Saturday at a neighborhood Mormon church ward house in Alpine.


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Fox back in December?


John Fox is hoping to be back on the Broncos sideline before the season ends. (USATSI) John Fox is hoping to be again on the Broncos sideline before the season ends. (USATSI)


Denver Broncos coach John Fox continues to be in Charlotte, N.C., recovering from his Nov. 4 open-coronary heart surgical procedure, however his goal is to be in Denver quickly – as quickly as he’s medically cleared to fly – and his ultimate objective is be on Denver’s sideline earlier than the Broncos common season ends on Dec. 29.

“My aim and dream is to be there (on the sideline) before the conclusion of the season,” Fox mentioned on Tuesday during a convention call with Denver media, through the Related Press.

Returning to the sideline before the season’s over may be a lofty goal, but if anybody can do it, it’s in all probability Fox. The Broncos coach pointed out that not only is he wholesome now, however he was released from the hospital after solely four days. Most patients who bear aortic heart valve substitute surgical procedure are hospitalized for 5 to seven days.

“I’m very, very wholesome,” Fox mentioned. “I was out [of the hospital] in 4 [days]. So, this isn’t because of poor lifestyle, not being healthy, an excessive amount of stress, not enough stress. That is principally one thing I used to be born with that I wanted mounted. I feel the short restoration speaks to what nice form I am in.”

An issue with Fox’s heart was discovered in 1997, but he wasn’t instructed till this year that surgical procedure would completely be mandatory. Fox referred to as the problem a ‘delivery defect’ and said that his coronary heart issue had nothing to do with the pressures of teaching.

“Sure, there’s some stress and stress concerned in coaching,” Fox said. “However I feel lots of people out there in Denver, on this nation, really around the globe, have very strain-packed jobs. I believe our army comes to mind possibly as a type of that I do not assume coaching compares to. So, it wasn’t the pressure of teaching or any sort of factor.”

Fox made national headlines on Nov. 2, when it was reported he had suffered a heart assault on a Charlotte golf course. What actually happened is that Fox grew to become dizzy as a result of his coronary heart valve was almost utterly closed. “I was receiving very little blood to my physique,” Fox stated.

The Broncos third-year coach then described his expertise on the golf course, “I don’t know for those who’ve ever passed out before, however you are feeling it overcoming you,” Fox stated. “Principally you get tunnel imaginative and prescient and you attempt to fight it off. I hit two pictures, a chip shot and a putt that I can truly let you know I do not keep in mind every little part of it. Then I needed to sit on the ground and truly lay on the bottom. I by no means really passed out, but you’re preventing passing out. And I hit two golf photographs in the midst of it.”

Though Fox mentioned he wish to be again on the sideline before the Broncos regular season ends, he did not supply any timetable for his return.

“I can simply tell you that I’m working very laborious to get higher and I feel like my docs are pleased that I’ve improved day-after-day,” Fox stated. “So things are going great. I like the place I am at right now and we’ll see the place that leaves us.”

In the interim, interim coach Jack Del Rio will handle issues, including Denver’s Sunday night time showdown with undefeated Kansas Metropolis in Week eleven.

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Wonder Punter NFL Week 11 Power Rankings


NFL Power rankings for week 11 2013


With a 10 full weeks of NFL games in the books, let’s take a look at our new NFL Power Rankings for Week 11 which will begin on Thursday. The Indianapolis Colts who were a constant top 5 teams in our rankings took a hit with their bad loss at the hands of the Rams, as did some other teams after Sunday and Monday night’s game. The Carolina Panthers made the biggest jump with their impressive defensive performances win at San Francisco. And Tampa Bay and Jacksonville are in the win column… finally.


1 Kansas City Chiefs (9-0)- Even with the bye week, I will keep them in No. 1 spot, however they will be challenged in the next two of three weeks with the Denver Broncos on the bill.


2 Denver Broncos (8-1)- Denver’s next three games…. KC, at New England, at KC. Things are about to get interesting in the AFC.


3 Seattle Seahawks (9-1)- Seattle put together a full road game against the Falcons on Sunday and dominated them. Much more impressive win.


4 New Orleans Saints (7-2)- World beaters at home… except in the NFL you only get to play half at home during the regular season.


5 New England Patriots (7-2)- Coming off their bye week, they will have a great road test at Carolina on Monday night.


6 Carolina Panthers (6-3)- One quality victory down with a road win at San Fran., can they duplicate another at home against the Patriots on Monday night?


7 Indianapolis Colts (6-3)- I don’t think anyone is sure what happened to them on Sunday’s ugly home loss to the Rams…. They couldn’t have been looking ahead to the Titans, could they have?


8 San Francisco (6-3)- A bounce here, a bounce there, who knows… but teams 6 and 7 beat them at Candlestick.


9 Detroit Lions (6-3)- Big road win at Soldier Field to take over sole possession over first place in the NFC North.


10 Cincinnati Bengals (6-4)- Back-to-back road losses at Miami then Baltimore.. lose to Cleveland on Sunday and they may have a problem.


11 New York Jets (5-4)- Coming off their bye week with winnable game at Buffalo on Sunday.


12 Chicago Bears (5-4)- Can Josh McCown hold it together ‘til Cutler makes it back… whenever that is.


13 Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)- Nick Foles has had two great back-to-back games. My favorites now to win a weak NFC East.


14 Green Bay Packers (5-4)- Despite their quarterback injuries, they have a winnable game at the Giants on Sunday.


15 Dallas Cowboys (5-5)- In what was probably their ‘rock bottom’ game on Sunday, they are still in first place in the NFC.. but barely.


16 Arizona Cardinals (5-4)- Too bad they have play in the same division as the Seahawks and 49ers.


17 San Diego Chargers (4-5)- Too bad they have to play in same division as the Chiefs and Broncos.


18 Cleveland Browns (4-5)- Win at Cincinnati on Sunday and they may have a chance to win what is now a weak AFC North.


19 Baltimore Ravens (4-5)- It’s a good thing the defense showed up on Sunday against the Bengals because the offense was nowhere to be found.


20 St. Louis Rams (4-6)- The Tavon Austin show and a blowout win at Indy.


21 Miami Dolphins (4-5)- In week one following the bullying-blowup, they lose to the winless Bucs.


22 Tennessee Titans (4-5)- First they lose Jake Locker for the year, then they lose to the worst team in the league.


23 Washington Redskins (3-6)- In a weak NFC East, they show no signs of wanting it.


24 Oakland Raiders (3-6)- Have now lost 12 straight on East Coast trips and now word Terrelle Pryor may be out for awhile.


25 Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6)- What’s all this talk about trading away ‘Big Ben?’ Will that make them better… and will anybody take a banged-up quarterback?


26 New York Giants (3-6)- Must I keep talking about the NFC East anymore… they’re still in it but have some tough games coming up.


27 Buffalo Bills (3-7)- It’s all about building a foundation for 2014.


28 Houston Texans (2-7)- Still better then their record indicates.


29. Atlanta Falcons (2-7)- I used to think they were better then their record indicated.


30 Minnesota Vikings (2-7)- With Christian Ponder’s status up in the air for Sunday’s game, will we see another quarterback change for the Vikings?


31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8)- Guess they didn’t want to be ranked last in the league.


32 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8)- Well for about 32 hours they were ranked 31st….




By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NCAA Basketball odds 2013

North Carolina v Maryland

NCAA Basketball Odds: Top Two Teams Collide in Early Kentucky-MSU Clash

The biggest game of the college basketball regular season may well be over before the majority of casual hoops fans even realize the year is underway. That’s why the NCAA Basketball betting community has paid especially close attention to the upcoming tilt between the No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats and No. 2 Michigan State Spartans.

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On Tuesday night the top two teams in the country, including last year’s Sweet Sixteen contender and one of the most hyped freshman classes we’ve seen in a while, will get the opportunity to test their mettle against one another and you can thank the State Farm Champions Classic for the early look at a potential NCAA Tournament preview.

The Wildcats, of course, lead the college basketball futures with 7/2 odds of winning March Madness while MSU trails on the list with 9/1 odds of their own.

In order to live up to the hoopla, wins in games like this are an absolute necessity. We hate to keep bringing it up, but remember what happened to the Wildcats last year when the Kentucky campaign started to go south?

It may not be March, but the madness has already begun.

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Fantasy football: Injury Roundup: Week 10


There have been loads of injuries in this Sunday’s slate of video games. So let’s assess the damage.

In line with the Nashville Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt, Jake Locker’s proper foot harm could be season ending. In accordance with Wyatt’s source the damage seems to be Lisfranc and surgery is a chance. Ryan Fitzpatrick would grow to be the starter. He doesn’t harm the offensive players all that much but hurts their playoff probabilities.

Jay Cutler needed to depart the matchup with the Lions within the fourth quarter due to an ankle harm, but he in all probability should have left earlier since he regarded hurt and even admitted he wasn’t in a position to make some of the throws. He will have additional testing on his sprained ankle Monday, however it doesn’t matter what it looks just like the Bears are in good arms with Josh McCown because the backup.

Peyton Manning didn’t depart the game, however needed to name a outing after successful so he may stay within the sport. He took a pair hits to the legs and you could possibly inform he was hurting. The MRI revealed he aggravated the damage he originally suffered in Week 6, but has avoided a real setback With the next recreation in opposition to undefeated rival Kansas City it would take a big damage to maintain him off the field.

Vernon Davis left the sport in opposition to the Panthers within the second quarter with a concussion. It was a giant blow for the 49ers that don’t have any different playmakers in the receiving recreation and it confirmed. Vance McDonald took Davis’ snaps, but ended up with no receptions. He’s talented though and would have some appeal if Davis were to overlook any time.

Tony Gonzalez injured the toe on his left foot and was seen limping after the game. When asked if he’ll be okay going forward, Gonzalez replied, “We’ll see.” He’ll have some extra exams to find out the extent of the damage. Gonzo noticed five targets and caught three for 29 yards against the Seahawks.

Stevie Johnson left the game with a groin injury and admitted that he is “uncertain” of his Week 11 availability. If Johnson and Robert Woods (ankle) can’t play in Week eleven towards the Jets, Marquise Goodwin and T.J. Graham would grow to be their beginning receivers.

Terrelle Pryor has a sprained MCL and says he felt “very sore.” It most likely gained’t maintain him out next week, however with out his great speed will probably be powerful for him to have startable fantasy video games since his passing has regressed of late. He had a troublesome game in opposition to the Giants completing simply 11-of-26 handed for 122 yards and an interception.

Michael Floyd left the game with an acromioclavicular shoulder sprain and never returned. Coach Bruce Arians said Floyd should be advantageous for Week 11, however we’ll should see how he does this week in apply. Andre Roberts stepped in for him and had a pleasant recreation.

Bears positioned Charles Tillman on injured reserve/designated to return with a triceps injury. He can’t play for another eight weeks, so Tillman’s regular season is over. He had been battling injuries all season, but was still getting sufficient playing time to be a big a part of their defense. The Bears are a matchup dream each week now.

Chargers FB Le’Ron McClain was pressured from Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Broncos with an ankle injury. With their offensive line hurting and now their lead blocker, the Chargers will face some real questions within the run game.

Seneca Wallace left the game in opposition to the Eagles within the first quarter with a groin damage. Scott Tolzien replaced him and carried out nicely underneath the circumstances, completing 24-of-39 for 280 yards with one landing and two interceptions. He has already been named the starter for their Week 11 recreation in opposition to the Giants.

Cowboys middle linebacker and defensive quarterback Sean Lee left Sunday night’s sport against the Saints with a strained left hamstring. Matt Mosley of Fox Sports Southwest has been informed they are looking at a 3-4 week timeline for his return for the time being. Dallas’ defense was already in shambles, but this is yet one more blow. Without Lee they gave up a NFL record 40 first downs.

Other Damage Notes:

Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson left the Arizona sport with a rib injury. 49ers free safety Eric Reid sustained a concussion when he collided with bowling ball Mike Tolbert. Chargers’ outside linebacker Larry English was forced from the Broncos sport with a biceps injury. Packers’ cornerback Casey Hayward reinjured a hamstring harm he’s dealt with for much of the season. Eagles inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks sustained knee injury after tackling Eddie Lacy. Brandon Browner left the game in opposition to the Falcons within the second quarter with a groin injury. Chargers left tackle King Dunlap suffered a concussion. This is Dunlap’s third concussion of the season. It is attainable he’ll be shut down. Eagles left deal with Jason Peters suffered a quad damage. He is riddled with injuries at the moment. Cowboys’ linebacker Justin Durant had to depart Sunday’s sport with a hamstring injury. Very similar to MRSA in Tampa Bay, hamstring injuries have infested Dallas’ locker room.

There were loads of accidents on this Sunday’s slate of video games. So let’s assess the injury.

In response to the Nashville Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt, Jake Locker’s right foot injury may be season ending. In keeping with Wyatt’s supply the harm seems to be Lisfranc and surgery is a possibility. Ryan Fitzpatrick would turn into the starter. He doesn’t damage the offensive players all that a lot however hurts their playoff probabilities.

Jay Cutler needed to leave the matchup with the Lions in the fourth quarter on account of an ankle harm, but he in all probability ought to have left earlier since he appeared damage and even admitted he wasn’t capable of make some of the throws. He can have further testing on his sprained ankle Monday, but it doesn’t matter what it appears to be like like the Bears are in good hands with Josh McCown because the backup.

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Peyton Manning didn’t depart the sport, but needed to call a time out after successful so he may keep in the recreation. He took a couple hits to the legs and you could inform he was hurting. The MRI revealed he aggravated the injury he initially suffered in Week 6, however has avoided a true setback With the following recreation towards undefeated rival Kansas Metropolis it might take a major injury to maintain him off the sphere.

Vernon Davis left the game against the Panthers within the second quarter with a concussion. It was a giant blow for the 49ers that don’t have any different playmakers in the receiving recreation and it confirmed. Vance McDonald took Davis’ snaps, however ended up with no receptions. He’s talented although and would have some appeal if Davis were to miss any time.

Tony Gonzalez injured the toe on his left foot and was seen limping after the sport. When asked if he’ll be okay going ahead, Gonzalez replied, “We’ll see.” He’ll have some extra exams to find out the extent of the harm. Gonzo noticed 5 targets and caught three for 29 yards towards the Seahawks.

Stevie Johnson left the game with a groin harm and admitted that he is “uncertain” of his Week eleven availability. If Johnson and Robert Woods (ankle) cannot play in Week eleven in opposition to the Jets, Marquise Goodwin and T.J. Graham would grow to be their beginning receivers.

Terrelle Pryor has a sprained MCL and says he felt “very sore.” It in all probability received’t preserve him out next week, however with out his tremendous velocity will probably be powerful for him to have startable fantasy video games since his passing has regressed of late. He had a troublesome sport in opposition to the Giants finishing just 11-of-26 handed for 122 yards and an interception.

Michael Floyd left the sport with an acromioclavicular shoulder sprain and by no means returned. Coach Bruce Arians said Floyd should be advantageous for Week 11, however we’ll need to see how he does this week in follow. Andre Roberts stepped in for him and had a nice game.

Bears positioned Charles Tillman on injured reserve/designated to return with a triceps harm. He cannot play for one more eight weeks, so Tillman’s regular season is over. He had been battling injuries all season, but was still getting enough taking part in time to be a big a part of their protection. The Bears are a matchup dream every week now.

Chargers FB Le’Ron McClain was forced from Sunday’s sport towards the Broncos with an ankle damage. With their offensive line hurting and now their lead blocker, the Chargers will face some real questions in the run sport.

Seneca Wallace left the game against the Eagles within the first quarter with a groin damage. Scott Tolzien replaced him and carried out well underneath the situations, completing 24-of-39 for 280 yards with one landing and two interceptions. He has already been named the starter for his or her Week eleven game against the Giants.

Cowboys center linebacker and defensive quarterback Sean Lee left Sunday evening’s game in opposition to the Saints with a strained left hamstring. Matt Mosley of Fox Sports Southwest has been advised they’re looking at a three-four week timeline for his return for the time being. Dallas’ defense was already in shambles, however that is yet one more blow. Without Lee they gave up a NFL document forty first downs.

Other Damage Notes:

Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson left the Arizona game with a rib injury. 49ers free safety Eric Reid sustained a concussion when he collided with bowling ball Mike Tolbert. Chargers’ exterior linebacker Larry English was compelled from the Broncos game with a biceps injury. Packers’ cornerback Casey Hayward reinjured a hamstring injury he’s handled for much of the season. Eagles inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks sustained knee damage after tackling Eddie Lacy. Brandon Browner left the game against the Falcons in the second quarter with a groin harm. Chargers left sort out King Dunlap suffered a concussion. That is Dunlap’s third concussion of the season. It’s attainable he’ll be shut down. Eagles left tackle Jason Peters suffered a quad harm. He’s riddled with accidents for the time being. Cowboys’ linebacker Justin Durant had to depart Sunday’s recreation with a hamstring injury. Much like MRSA in Tampa Bay, hamstring accidents have infested Dallas’ locker room.

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Tolzien still GB starter


Scott Tolzien will be the Packers starting quarterback in Week 11. (USATSI) Scott Tolzien would be the Packers starting quarterback in Week eleven. (USATSI)


The Packers third-string quarterback will be the Packers first-string quarterback in Week 11. After Inexperienced Bay’s 27-thirteen loss to Philadelphia on Sunday, coach Mike McCarthy introduced that Scott Tolzien could be the Packers beginning quarterback when Green Bay plays in New York in opposition to the Giants next week.

When the month of November began, Tolzien was the Packers third-string quarterback and relegated to the practice squad. However, after Aaron Rodgers fractured his collarbone in Week 9, Tolzien was promoted from the observe squad to the lively-roster.

Seneca Wallace was the Packers starter towards the Eagles on Sunday, however Wallace went down with a groin damage in the first quarter paving the way for Tolzien to enter the game. In simply over three quarters of action, Tolzien completed 24 of 39 passes for 280 yards, a landing and two interceptions. It was Tolzien’s first time taking part in in a regular season game in his three-12 months career.

“I thought Scott Tolzien played in addition to will be expected,” McCarthy mentioned. “He’ll begin against the Giants.”

A very good recreation against New York may earn Tolzien a second profession begin. Proper now, Rodgers is week-to-week, but the ninth-12 months quarterback isn’t expected again till Thanksgiving on the earliest.

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MJ says Bobcats won’t tank, doesn’t believe in it

Michael Jordan is not a fan of tanking and wouldn't ask to do it.(USATSI)
Michael Jordan is not a fan of tanking and would not ask to do it. (USATSI)

Michael Jordan hasn’t exactly been a profitable staff builder when it comes to getting the workforce into the playoffs. His capacity to identify expertise when he was working the Washington Wizards wasn’t legendary for the appropriate causes (see: choose, Kwame Brown). Since purchasing majority ownership within the Charlotte Bobcats, his workforce has gone from a playoff staff to a rebuilding workforce that had the worst season in NBA history.

Whereas the Bobcats try to execute their rebuilding plan to get again into the playoffs, tanking in an effort to acquire the best odds of successful the NBA Draft Lottery is just not part of the plan. Michael Jordan informed the Related Press that he would not imagine in tanking and it is not something the Bobcats would do.

Neglect that the NBA would seemingly hand down a hefty superb and fans would most likely boycott if a crew admitted to doing that, Jordan mentioned purposely losing video games in hopes of getting a high pick in the draft isn’t any option to repair a rebuilding franchise.

The Bobcats proprietor scoffed at the idea Friday, telling The Associated Press, “I don’t know if some groups have considered that. That’s not one thing that we might do. I don’t believe in that.”

He then laughed heartily and stated, “If that was my intention I never would have paid (free agent) Al Jefferson $13 million a year.”

This is an organization that happened to lose the ultimate 23 video games of the 2011-12 regular season, which happened to be the same year that “can’t miss” prospect Anthony Davis was heading into the draft. The Bobcats ended up not getting the top pick in the lottery, settling for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as the second pick. I do not think you may say/show that the Bobcats had been tanking. They were actually awful all of that season so it’s onerous to say they began tanking or they just did not have luck putting a younger roster collectively.

Whatever the purpose they were so bad, lots of people assumed it was tanking because of the extent of ineptitude the crew showed on the court docket. It’s similar to how folks anticipate to view the 76ers this 12 months. The Bobcats actually aren’t going the tanking route this season, as Jordan said after signing Al Jefferson to a giant three-year deal. It’s just attention-grabbing to attempt to discover the road between being poorly run and being intentionally run into the ground so you can rebuild.

It is not a shock that one of the crucial aggressive people in sports activities history would be against purposefully setting your self up to lose.

(H/T – ProBasketballTalk)

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NCAA Prediction College Football Preview & Pick- #21 Michigan vs. #22 Michigan St.


NCAA Prediction College Football Preview & Pick- #21 Michigan vs. #22 Michigan St.


#21 Michigan (6-1) @ #22 Michigan St. (7-1) 11/2- 3:30PM EST


Line: MSU -6.0

Over/Under: 46.0


Stakes will be high on Saturday afternoon when the No. 21 Michigan Wolverines clashes with No. 22 Michigan St. Spartans in a Big 10 showdown that can put the winner in the driver’s seat for the Big Ten championship.


Michigan coach Brady Hoke doesn’t want to hear any talk about a Big 10 championship just yet.


If you get ahead of yourself, you’re really going to make a mistake,” Hoke said. “Our thoughts and everything that we’re focusing on is going up to East Lansing and competing like hell with Michigan State.”


Michigan (6-1, 2-1) ranks #21 in the BCS, while Michigan St. (7-1, 4-0) ranks #22 and both looking to take control on the Legends Division in the Big 10.


We have our goals, just like everybody else,” Spartans coach Mike Dantonio said. “And among our goals is to be in that championship game and then win it.”


The Spartans lost to Wisconsin in 2011 Big 10 championship.


The road to the championship is a little easier for the Spartans if they can survive the Wolverines on Saturday with remaining games at Nebraska and Northwestern and a final home game against Minnesota.


For Michigan, it’s a little tougher challenge with the seasons final game against No. 4 Ohio St. at The Big House Nov. 30 still to come.


Anything less then a championship appearance is a disappointing season.


As a competitor, there’s no question that the goals are always high, the expectations are high.” Hoke said. “So when you don’t achieve those aspirations—which everyone in this conference has which is to win the conference—then it obviously hasn’t been the kind of year that you want.”


Michigan will be looking for redemption after getting beat 28-14 in their last trip into East Lansing in 2011 with Michigan St. having won four out-of-the last five meetings. Michigan won last year 12-10 at home.


They bullied us,” Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan said. “That’s tough for me to admit because I don’t like getting bullied.”


The Wolverines admit the advantage goes to Michigan St. when it comes to defense as the Spartans have allowed only three points in it’s last two games.


They have a great defense,” Michigan offensive tackle Michael Schofield said. “It will be a great test for our offense. We could really show what our offense could do if we do well against these guys.”


Michigan has not won a Big 10 championship since 2004 and has reminded his players the stakes come Saturday.


You’d be foolish not to,” Hoke said.


The Spartans will ready to show people they are deserving of a Top 25 ranking for the first time this season.


I think our main focus is what’s going on in our conference right now and playing ourselves to the end of the regular season,” Dantonio said. “I have been on football teams that have been ranked early in the season and faded out. Been on teams that never have been ranked and ended ninth in the country.


I think you play things out to the end and you have to understand that a lot of this is motivated by votes. If you just keep winning your games, good things happen.”


The series began way back in 1898.


With Michigan being too inconsistent during the season with its play, I like the Spartans to show their defensive might and win on Saturday.


Predection for the Michigan st. Spartans vs Michigan Wolverines is … PICK: Michigan St. Spartans