Nick Bromberg

  • Oregon has an ornate display for Mariota's Heisman (Photo)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 11 hrs ago

    Don't feel bad if your eyes are immediately drawn to the display holding Marcus Mariota's Heisman Trophy rather than the trophy itself.

    Oregon unveiled the elaborate display that the 2014 Heisman-winner's hardware will sit on within its football facilities on Tuesday.

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    From GoDucks.com:

    The display was inspired by Mariota’s unforgettable Heisman acceptance speech, and engineered with the theme of the No. 8. Not only did Mariota wear No. 8 with the Ducks, but there are eight Hawaiiian islands – incorporated into the display as large black marble benches behind the trophy – and eight levels to the base on which the trophy sits.

    Those levels represent Mariota’s parents and brother, his roots in the islands – illustrated with the help of a Polynesian tattoo artist – his youth football and Saint Louis School coaches, his teammates, coaches and fans at Oregon, and his collegiate home, Autzen Stadium.

  • UConn still emphasizing 'rivalry' with UCF

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 11 hrs ago

    The brief and awkward history of the "rivalry" between UConn and Central Florida was a topic of discussion Tuesday at AAC media days.

    To recap: UConn started the "Civil Conflict" in June when it posted a picture of a rivalry trophy to be given to the winner of the game between the two schools. UCF, however, wasn't aware that UConn wanted to have a rivalry with the Knights. But UConn coach Bob Diaco said he didn't need UCF's permission to start the rivalryand has said that the rivalry was created because he wanted his program to emulate UCF's success.

    First day back on campus for #UConnFootball! And just 130 days until the next Civil Conflict with @UCF_Football ! pic.twitter.com/RgOkXiob0T

    Yes, that comment included some subtle trash talk. Well done, O'Leary.

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  • Power Rankings: Did Kyle Busch's stay at No. 1 run out of gas?

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 12 hrs 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 happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com.

    1. Kyle Busch (LW: 1): Two miles of fuel would have gotten Busch his fifth win of 2015 and his fourth straight. The two miles of fuel may not have been enough to make it to the end, but Busch had a 16-second lead on teammate Matt Kenseth. He would have been able to coast around to the end and beat Kenseth, even if it would have been fairly close. Instead, Busch ran out of gas and he did it in a terrible spot; on the frontstretch past pit road. He ended up 21st. But after qualifying first and putting himself in position for a potential win, we're not going to punish him.

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    Dropped Out: Denny Hamlin

    The DNF: Kasey Kahne, who fell out of the "in the Chase right now" standings with his pit road crash.

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  • San Diego State has new uniforms for 2015 (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 13 hrs ago

    San Diego State's new uniforms for 2015 were released on Tuesday.

    Here's the program's teaser video of the uniforms.

    We love the design on the helmet and the shoulders of the jerseys. Do you recognize it at all? It's from the Aztec Calendar. These may be the best new helmets of 2015. At least among primary designs.

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    The design appears on the sides of the pants as well. SDSU will wear black at home and white on the road.

    The Nike uniforms are part of the company's new "Mach Speed" collection. Here are more pics of the new duds, which will debut in San Diego State's opening game against San Diego.

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  • No. 22 Missouri: Tigers shoot for 3rd-straight SEC East crown

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 17 hrs ago

    Dr. Saturday will unveil its preseason Top 25 team-by-team during the next 25 days. This list is based on returning starters, schedule and prospects. However, we all know that once the games begin, things can change very quickly. Still, we thought we’d give our best guess heading into the 2015 season.

    No. 22 Missouri

    2014 record: 11-3, 7-1 in SEC

    Returning starters: 6 offense, 5 defense

    2015 Outlook: Can the Tigers become the third team in SEC history to win three consecutive division championships?

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    Only Florida (1992-1996) and Alabama (1992-1994) have been to the SEC Championship Game three-straight times. After winning the East in 2013 and 2014 Missouri can join the two SEC blue-bloods. But to do that, the following things have to happen.

    • Quarterback Maty Mauk has to be one of the better quarterbacks in the SEC. Mauk shows flashes of greatness at times. He's mobile and has a strong arm. However, those flashes are overshadowed by moments where Tiger fans wonder what in the world is going on as Mauk tries to force a throw into a non-existent window.

    Player to watch: Russell Hansbrough, RB

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  • Temple WR Robby Anderson eligible for 2015

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 18 hrs ago

    Temple's receiving corps has gotten a big boost just before fall camp.

    Wide receiver Robby Anderson, the team's leading receiver in 2013 as a redshirt sophomore, is eligible for 2015.

    "I am elated," Temple coach Matt Rhule told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I love the kid, and just on a personal level, even when it looked like he wasn't coming back, I maintained a relationship."

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    Anderson missed the 2014 season because of academic reasons. He wasn't enrolled at all at Temple during the season after he was dismissed and took classes at a junior college. He did well enough that he was reinstated by the NCAA in time to play in 2015.

    For more Temple news, visit OwlScoop.com.

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  • Vince Young must wear Cal shirt on TV if Bears beat Texas

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 19 hrs ago

    Former Texas quarterback Vince Young may be wearing a Cal shirt on the Longhorn Network in September.

    Young has made a bet with a Texas high school football coach and if Cal beats Texas on September 19 Young will wear a Cal shirt on air. Young started appearing on LHN's "Texas GameDay" in 2014.

    How did the bet happen? Scott Nady used to play football at Cal and is now the coach at Dallas' Parish Episcopal High School. He and Young became friends years ago and the bet was hatched while on an offseason trip to Mexico.

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    They even shot a video to show former Texas coach Mack Brown, who was Texas' coach when Young led the Longhorns to a victory over USC in the Rose Bowl following the 2005 season.

    From Scout.com:

    If Texas wins and Young wins the bet, Nady has to wear a Texas shirt on TV with Young.

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  • No. 23 Stanford: Cardinal are a legit Pac-12 title contender

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Dr. Saturday will unveil its preseason Top 25 team-by-team during the next 25 days. This list is based on returning starters, schedule and prospects. However, we all know that once the games begin, things can change very quickly. Still, we thought we’d give our best guess heading into the 2015 season.

    No. 23 Stanford

    2014 record: 8-5, 5-4 in Pac-12

    Returning starters: 9 Offense; 5 Defense

    2015 Outlook: You can make a legitimate case that Stanford is the favorite in the Pac-12 North.

    The Cardinal have a favorable schedule in the incredibly tough Pac-12 in 2015. While Stanford visits USC on September 19, it's the only trip the Cardinal has to make to a team that has realistic Pac-12 title game aspirations. Arizona, UCLA and Oregon all come to Stanford, while the Cardinal also host Notre Dame to end the season. Stanford's other conference road games? At Oregon State, at Washington State and at Colorado. All are eminently winnable.

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    Player to watch: Devon Cajuste, WR

    Breakout player: Chris McCaffrey, RB

    For more Stanford news, visit CardinalSportsReport.com.

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  • Brad Keselowski recovers from scary pit road incident to finish 2nd

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Brad Keselowski's day nearly went sideways during a green-flag pit stop in the first half of Sunday's race at Pocono. And he nearly had some injured crew members too.

    Keselowski's front tires locked under braking as he pulled into his pit stall and his car slid through the pit box. As his car didn't slow appropriately and his crew was waiting for him in the box, Keselowski hit multiple members of his crew and one of the tires that was supposed to get on his car went rolling down pit road.

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    It was a scary moment for all involved, especially the crew member carrying the jack. It nearly fell on top of him as he tumbled through the air.

    Keselowski was told that his crew members were OK. And in addition to the long pit stop because of the near-calamity, he had to serve a pass-through penalty for an uncontrolled tire.

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  • Matt Kenseth wins nutty Pocono race on fuel mileage

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

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    Joey Logano was cruising to victory in Sunday's race at Pocono. And then Kyle Busch looked poised to win his fourth race in a row.

    But neither of them won. Instead, it was Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth, who made his fuel tank last to the end while Logano and Busch ran out of gas.

    Teams usually work the races at Pocono backwards, meaning they calculate their fuel mileage from the end of the race and try make their final pit stop as soon as possible. At most NASCAR races, teams pit whenever they can under caution periods for fresh tires as tires are more important than track position.

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    At Pocono, laps at the 2.5-mile track can take so long that drivers can pit under green flag conditions without losing a lap. And with track position at a premium, pitting under green is more beneficial than pitting under a caution flag and potentially losing spots to other teams.

    It's Kenseth's second win of the year.

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