Nick Bromberg

  • What we are thankful for in 2015

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 18 hrs ago

    Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! With the 2015 racing season behind us (save for a Formula 1 race on Sunday), it's time to look back and give thanks for what auto racing gave us over the past nine months. Got anything you think needs to be added? Drop it in the comments below.

    • Jeff Gordon's career. We're not going to write anything in this space below that is anything different than what you've already read. But Gordon holds a special place in my NASCAR life. When I first started watching NASCAR (the 1993 Daytona 500), Gordon was the guy that won too much. As I found non-Gordon favorite drivers, it continued until sometime in the early 2000s.

    Yeah, I went through the same transition many NASCAR fans did. I realized Gordon's greatness and his appeal and it was hard not to appreciate his driving skill and the way he was able to help make NASCAR the fairly mainstream sport it is today. Every Cup Series race I've watched has included Jeff Gordon in it. Being in Daytona for Speedweeks in 2016 is going to be differrent. Especially as NASCAR starts a sendoff for Tony Stewart.

    • Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s continued Twitter excellence.

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  • Man dies participating in Mirror Lake jump before Ohio State-Michigan

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 20 hrs ago

    An unidentified man died while taking part in the traditional Mirror Lake jump before Ohio State's game against Michigan.

    Mirror Lake is a pond on campus and students traditionally jump into the lake in the week before the Buckeyes take on the Wolverines. This year's Mirror Lake jump was held on Tuesday night, and according to the university, the man who died was a student. According to the school's statement, Ohio State would like to end the tradition because of its dangers.

    From the Columbus Dispatch:

    "We are heartbroken over this horrible tragedy," OSU President Michael Drake said in a statement. "We have tentatively identified the young man as a student and are in the process of reaching out to his family. During this difficult time, counseling services will be made available throughout the holiday weekend for those who seek support."

    The tradition started in 1990 and has grown substantially over the past 25 years. From the Ohio State site:

    Ohio State plays at Michigan at Noon ET on Saturday.

  • Updated: Cal's win against Grambling counts for bowl eligibility

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 20 hrs ago

    UPDATE (3:30 p.m. ET)

    Cal is going to be bowl eligible. The NCAA has said Cal's win over Grambling counts towards bowl eligibility.

    Cal gets word that its victory over Grambling counts toward the six wins needed for bowl eligibility. The Bears will play in a bowl game.

    The reasons why Cal may not have been able to count the game are below in the original post.


    With six wins, it appears Cal is bowl eligible. However, the Bears may need to win on Saturday against Arizona State to make sure a bowl becomes a reality.

    One of Cal's 6 wins came against Grambling, an FCS school. Teams are typically allowed to count a win against an FCS school towards the six-win minimum for bowl eligibility, but Grambling may not fit the FCS criteria.

    Why? Those FCS schools need to have awarded an average of 90% of their 63 allotted scholarships over a two year period.According to USA Today,Grambling is a bit under that threshold.

    Grambling officials are still seeking to compile the all-countable-aid figure for 2013-14, Simmons said Tuesday night.

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  • South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper heading to NFL, his father says

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    South Carolina junior wide receiver Pharoh Cooper is going to the NFL draft.

    His father told The Statethat Cooper would be playing his final game for the Gamecocks on Saturday against Clemson.

    “He definitely appreciates the opportunity to play for South Carolina, and we as parents appreciate the opportunity they gave him,” Glen Cooper told the paper. He also said Pharoh didn't want to risk an injury and hurt his draft stock in 2016.

    Cooper has 62 catches for 887 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015. His per-catch averages are down from 2014, but that's likely because he's been the focal point for defenses on an inconsistent South Carolina offense. He had 69 catches for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014.

    South Carolina finished 2014 7-6 and beat Miami in the Independence Bowl. This season, the Gamecocks are 3-8 and will finish last in the SEC East.

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  • Mark Dantonio: LB Ed Davis will apply for 6th year of eligibility

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday that linebacker Ed Davis is one of three players who will apply for a sixth year of eligibility to play in 2016.

    Davis was a preseason All-Big Ten selection and has been out for the season because of a torn ACL he suffered in fall camp.

    Ed intends to come back for his sixth year,” Dantonio said at his press conference via iSportsWeb. “I think he qualifies for that. Brandon Clemons intends to come back for his sixth year and he qualifies for that. I believe Damon Knox intends to come back for his sixth year and I think he qualifies for that.”

    Clemons is an offensive lineman and Knox is a defensive lineman. Clemons played in all 13 games for Michigan State in 2014 and Knox had three tackles in eight games in 2014. Dantonio said Davis and Knox would be recognized during senior day festivities on Saturday against Penn State.

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  • The Dr. Saturday Podcast: Jumping on a crowded coaching carousel

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    We're on iTunes. Check us out here and subscribe or simply listen in the player above.

    Join Yahoo Sports' Nick Bromberg and Graham Watson for a Thanksgiving edition of the podcast. We wonder why teams like Iowa State and Syracuse are making coaching moves when the coaching carousel is already crowded and discuss with amazement the situation surrounding Les Miles at LSU. We also make some bold predictions for the weekend, which is the last full weekend of college football. How crazy is that?

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  • Ejected fan sends Wisconsin police 20 dozen coconut donuts (Photo)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    A Wisconsin fan ejected from Saturday's game sent Wisconsin campus police a thank-you gift.

    OK, it was sarcastic. But it was still a gift.

    The fan sent the police department 20 dozen coconut donuts. His reasoning? Because no one likes coconut donuts.

    Why a guy sent us 20 doz. coconut donuts...and how we all learned a lesson from it that we're now laughing about >>

    A friend was ejected from a Badger game at Camp Randall. Seats are not assigned, however stadium section is assigned at entry. 12 in his group was assigned 1 section, and he was assigned a different one. He tried to stick with the group he entered with and was promptly ejected from the stadium. He was upset about the situation, so he sent the department 20 dozen coconut donuts as a harmless sign of disapproval. Nobody likes coconut donuts.

    The police department was able to track down the fan's email address and inquired as to why he sent the donuts. Here's his response from the police's Imgur page:

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  • Ed Orgeron: I'd be interested in Syracuse job

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Hey Syracuse, if you're looking for a recognizable name to fill your coaching vacancy, you could do worse than Ed Orgeron.

    The former Ole Miss and USC coach told he would be interested in becoming the head coach at Syracuse. The school fired Scott Shafer on Monday. Orgeron is a former assistant with the Orange.

    "First of all, my days at Syracuse were fantastic," Orgeron said during a telephone conversation. "I learned a lot under Coach (Paul) Pasqualoni. I know Coach (Dick) MacPherson and a lot of ex-players and a lot of players who are there now.

    "I have a lot of respect for Syracuse. Great private school, great education, great tradition. So, obviously, my interest would be very high. I'd be highly interested in getting that job. I think it would be a wonderful opportunity to go back there."

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  • Tony Stewart will have a different crew chief in 2016

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Tony Stewart's final Sprint Cup Series season will include a new crew chief.

    Chip Ganassi Racing announced that Chad Johnston would become Kyle Larson's crew chief in 2016. Johnston has been Stewart's crew chief for the past two seasons. He replaces Chris Heroy at Ganassi.

    “I am very excited for the opportunity to be joining Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, and the opportunity to work with Kyle Larson," Johnston said in a statement. "The organization has a great reputation in numerous forms of racing, and I’m looking forward to adding to that reputation in NASCAR. Kyle is certainly a unique talent, and I’m eager to get to work with him and the team as we look to build a foundation of success.”

    Johnston and Stewart didn't win any races together in 2014 and 2015, the three-time champion's two worst seasons in the Cup Series. Stewart's average finish has fallen for five straight seasons. In 2014 his average finish was 20th and after finishing 29th in Sunday's race at Homestead, his 2015 average finish was 25th. He has 10 top 10 finishes over the past two seasons.

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  • Kyle 'Bush' receives congratulatory tweets for 2015 Sprint Cup title

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    The upside of social media is that it gives a public voice to many people who previously wouldn't have one. The downside is, well, the same thing.

    Last week, many people on Twitter believed that NBC's rain delay filler of taped race broadcasts were live. They were likely some of the same people who thought Jimmie Johnson's taped 2013 Daytona 500 victory happened a year later when Fox broadcast it during a rain delay.

    And, sadly, there's probably some crossover in those two audiences with a prominent segment on Sunday. After Kyle Busch's win in the Ford 400 to clinch the Sprint Cup Series title, "Kyle Bush" received a lot of congratulatory tweets. Behold:

    2015 SPRINT CUP CHAMPION Kyle Bush!!!!

    @KyleBusch is the Spring Cup Champion! Dude missed 11 races and wins it all. AMAZING!!!! #KyleBush

    Kyle Bush great job tonight



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