- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles3 hrs ago
Through eight races, Martin Truex Jr. is 28th in the points standings and has just two top-20 finishes. Did he ever envision the season could start the way it did?
"I didn't, I'll be honest with you," Truex said Tuesday while participating in a tire test at Kansas Speedway. "We've been running – the car's been fast. Man, we've had everything you can imagine bad happen to us."
Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch are also below 20th in the points standings, but the sting of their poor starts and bad luck have been eased by wins and likely Chase qualification. Truex doesn't have that luxury at the moment.
At the season-opening Daytona 500, he lost an engine and finished 43rd. While restrictor plate engine failures are fluky, the following seven races have made Truex's look like a sign of what was to come with his new team before the season's first off week.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
DENTON, Texas – The Heart of Dallas Bowl trophy sits in North Texas coach Dan McCarney's office on a coffee table near the door. It's impossible to miss. All two-plus feet of it tall, it takes up most of the table's surface.
Its prominent location isn't on accident either. North Texas' 36-14 win over UNLV on January 1 was the program's third bowl win. When something happens for just the third time in 100 years, you get the right to soak it all in.
The win gave North Texas its first nine-win season since 2003 and solidified the program's first winning season since 2004, a season that seems much further away than 10 years ago for North Texas fans.
"We set a goal last January ... and all we said was 'hit six' (wins). But what the hell is that, hit six?" McCarney told Yahoo Sports. "We said this, let's hit six, and we talked to our football team about it. Frank Winter, my strength and conditioning coach and I were the two that really kind of came up with it."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
With real games still months away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us.
How much bigger could the Hefty Lefty have been if he was in school now?
Former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen cracked a joke about his weight Tuesday evening after the NCAA's decision to allow unlimited meals and snacks for athletes. Lorenzen was listed at 6-4, 260 when he played quarterback at Kentucky from 1999-2003, but he might have played at closer to 300 pounds.
I'll tell u what the NCAA really lucked out that I don't have any eligibility left.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles8 hrs ago
Jeff Gordon said his daughter's start in racing was coming soon. Apparently soon meant Tuesday.
Gordon tweeted a photo of his six-year-old daughter Ella in a quarter-midget race car for the first time.
Ella driving a quarter midget for the first time today. The smile says it all. pic.twitter.com/T0ajPbFQTS
In an interview with Larry King before the race at Auto Club Speedway in March, Gordon said he wasn't sure how much his daughter would take to driving.
"I don't know how much she's really going to take to it because she doesn't seem to have that passion for racing, but we'll see, and I think she should definitely get the opportunity to get behind the wheel." Gordon said at the time.
Judging by the look on her face Tuesday, Ella Gordon might be hooked. Chase Elliott may have to watch his back soon, there could be an even younger hotshot offspring of a Sprint Cup champion making waves.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Welcome to Dr. Saturday's College Football Madness. Ever wondered how the 2013 college football season could have turned out with a 68-team playoff? Now you have an answer. While 68 teams participate in the NCAA tournament, we're ran an expanded college football playoff. Let's talk about the winner.
This title certainly erases the sting of the Iron Bowl loss to Auburn and the Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma. In fact, we're sure it surpasses the joy Alabama had from beating Notre Dame in the 2013 BCS Championship Game.
College Football Madness is a big deal.
The Crimson Tide stormed throughthe championship game of our inaugural tournament against upstart Fresno State. Derek Carr may get drafted higher than AJ McCarron, but McCarron now has three championships while Carr lost his chance at one.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Steve Sarkisian's first starting quarterback in his head-coaching tenure at USC isn't much of a surprise.
Tuesday, Sarkisian announced that Cody Kessler would be the Trojans' starting quarterback in 2014. Kessler was officially competing with Max Browne and Jalen Greene, though he was the only one of the three with starting experience.
"We can go out and win a lot of football games with Cody Kessler as our quarterback," Sarkisian said after practice Tuesday.
Browne was seen as Kessler's biggest competitor. He was a five-star quarterback according to Rivals and the No. 7 recruit in the country in the class of 2013.
Kessler was in a quarterback competition with Max Wittek to be USC's starter before the 2013 season. After the two split duty in the first two games of the season – a win over Hawaii and a loss to Washington State – Kessler became the team's primary quarterback. He threw for 2,968 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2013.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
A New York Times report says the police inquiry into the accusations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was "flawed" and "there was virtually no investigation at all" by either the university or the Tallahassee Police Department into the claims of sexual assault involving Winston.
The Times, after speaking with Florida state prosecutor Willie Meggs and others involved in the case, also states that the investigation by the detective assigned to the case was "halting at best."
“They just missed all the basic fundamental stuff that you are supposed to do,” Meggs told the Times, while also saying a better investigation may have turned up no other information to bring charges against Winston.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Todd Hoffner is Minnesota State Mankato's coach once again.
After he lost his job at the Division II school in 2012 over pictures of his children on his phone, an arbitrator ruled last week that Hoffner was wrongfully dismissed. On Tuesday, Hoffner announced his intention to return to the school despite taking the head coaching position at Minot State in January.
"I'm eager to return to the game and the program that I helped build," Hoffner said (via Fox 9)."This is what I wanted from day one, and now I have that opportunity to go back, and I believe it is the right thing to do."
In 2012, Hoffner's school-issued phone broke and he took it to the IT department to get it fixed. A member of the IT department saw a video of his three children dancing around naked after a bath and reported the video.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
If you want prime seating and a VIP experience for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, be prepared to spend a lot of cash.
Premium ticket package details and pricing for the title game of the first College Football Playoff at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas were released Tuesday and range in price from $1,899 to $5,999 each.
Ticket packages in the 100 and 200 levels between the 20-yard-lines for the game on January 12 start at $4,499 per person. That Gold Level Package price is for the game only, which includes field access postgame, pregame hospitality, an open bar, and the promise of appearances of "collegiate football legends."
Each package also includes a gift bag and a voucher for a program and the right to park in the preferred parking lots. However, you still have to pay for parking. But if you're spending that much on a ticket, what's another $100 or so for parking, right?
If you want to add three nights in a hotel room to your tickets, you can split a room with someone for $750 more or have your own room at one of nine hotels for $1500 more.
Some other details:
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 day ago
Our Power Rankings are far from a scientific formula. In fact, it's the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. And you think we dislike your favorite driver, so it makes sense, right? Direct all your complaints to us at email@example.com.
No. 1 Jeff Gordon (LW: 1): Gordon gets to keep this spot by virtue of his seventh place finish Saturday night though it could have been better. Gordon was plagued with another case of the dreaded Gordon Restarts at Darlington. On the next-to-last restart, Gordon, who was fifth, slipped heading into turn one and the drivers behind him attempted to take advantage, leading to contact between Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch.