Nick Bromberg

  • Happy Hour: Your reaction to NASCAR's lower series rule

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 hrs ago

    Welcome to Happy Hour. As always, you can tweet or email us your NASCAR thoughts 24/7 at the links below.

    The topic of this week’s mailbag was pretty clear once NASCAR made its announcement Wednesday about limiting Sprint Cup veterans from the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. Few things get fans more riled up than Cup drivers in lower series.

    But it is funny that the Cup Series is entering its final four races of the season and the third round of the Chase and the racing isn’t the dominant topic of the week heading to Martinsville. After the laser inspection hullabaloo at Chicago, numerous people were wishing that the racing would become the dominant topic as the Chase moved along.

    Welp, here we are with a rule change that could have easily been announced in December. Let’s get to your comments.


    Ridiculous rule. No need for it. Just more confusion for fans. The complainers are at home on the couch not attending races. Absolutely no need for this. – Mark


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  • Farmers Insurance leaving Kasey Kahne's No. 5 team after 2017

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 8 hrs ago

    Kasey Kahne’s most identifiable Hendrick Motorsports sponsor is leaving after the expiration of its current deal.

    Farmers Insurance told Sports Business Journal that the company wouldn’t be renewing its agreement with the No. 5 team after the 2017 season. Farmers joined Hendrick Motorsports when the team signed Kahne before the 2011 season.

    A spokesperson for the company told SBJ that it had “made a strategic decision to focus on other brand activities.” Farmers initially had sponsored about two-thirds of Kahne’s races with Hendrick Motorsports and is slated to be a primary sponsor for 12 races each in 2016 and 2017.

    Farmers’ departure leaves Hendrick Motorsports with one insurance sponsor. Nationwide Insurance signed on before the 2015 season to sponsor Dale Earnhardt Jr. after it it didn’t renew its title sponsorship of what’s now the Xfinity Series.

    Kahne has missed the Chase in each of his last two seasons. He qualified for the 2014 Chase with a win at Atlanta two races before the playoffs but finished 18th in 2015.

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  • Shots fired into Memphis player's car hours after alleged altercation with teammate

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs ago

    Memphis wide receiver Jae’Lon Oglesby and cornerback Kam Prewitt have been suspended indefinitely after an alleged physical altercation between the two Tuesday.

    Oglesby also told police his car was shot at late Tuesday night after the two had been in their dispute, though he wasn’t sure who fired the shots. From the Memphis Commercial-Appeal:

    Oglesby told police that he was sitting in his apartment in the 600 block of Patterson Street at around 10 p.m. Tuesday when he heard several gunshots outside. He noticed bullet holes in two windows and both of the passenger-side doors of his Nissan Altima, as well as bullet damage to the roof of the car, according to a police report. While he did not see who fired the shots, Oglesby told officers that he had a physical altercation with Prewitt earlier in the day.

    Oglesby's car was shot up outside of his apartment near campus.

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  • Spread Options: Dr. Saturday's Week 9 picks against the spread

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs ago

    Keep on keeping on with the fading of our picks. We went 3-7 last week for a total record of 29-47-4. Brutal. If we’re terrible in Week 9 we’re going with an opposite week in Week 10.

    Appalachian State at Georgia Southern (OVER 44.5), 7:30 p.m. ET THURSDAY: The Mountaineers are on a four-game winning streak after the shellacking to Miami at home. Georgia Southern broke a three-game losing streak at New Mexico State last week with a 22-19 win. We’re going with the over in this game thinking that Georgia Southern will break Appalachian State’s rush defense. App State is giving up just 124 yards a game on the ground.

    Kentucky (+5) at Missouri, Noon ET: What does Vegas know that this Missouri alum doesn’t? The Tigers defense took a big hit against Middle Tennessee State, giving up 51 points and losing two of its best defenders for the season. The SEC East is still so much of a cluster that the Wildcats are a game out of first with Tennessee and Georgia yet to go while Missouri is the league’s only winless team in conference play.

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  • The Ann Arbor Ruth's Chris is booked solid after the Michigan State game

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    Many Michigan fans apparently have already made dinner reservations to celebrate a Wolverine win over 2-5 Michigan State on Saturday. And they’re hoping for a deep discount too.

    The Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Ann Arbor has no open reservations on Open Table from Sunday through Thursday. You may remember the Ruth’s Chris as the restaurant offering patrons a discount equaling undefeated Michigan’s margin of victory(up to 50 percent) after Wolverine games this year.

    The restaurant’s promo first gained notoriety after the Wolverines’ 78-0 win at Rutgers. Even coach Jim Harbaugh took advantage of the discount after the Rutgers game.

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    Word is, the staff was so caught off guard by the response to the promotion the first night, an employee at a rival steak house was tapped to help with food-running.

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  • After limiting Cup drivers in lower series, it's time to raise the bar for Cup Series participation

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Early Wednesday, NASCAR announced a rule limiting the number of races Sprint Cup Series veterans can run in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. Now that the rule is official, the series should take a hard look at creating another one centered around experience. Namely, one establishing a higher baseline experience minimum to compete in the Cup Series.

    18-year-old Gray Gaulding is attempting to make his Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend at Martinsville. Gaulding has raced twice in the Xfinity Series and has made 13 starts in the Camping World Truck Series. He’s recorded one top five finish.

    Nothing about Gaulding’s resume says he’s ready for the Sprint Cup Series. But since he meets the age minimum, has a sponsor and has a NASCAR license, he has the opportunity to hop in the No. 30 car in the hopes of making his Cup debut.

    And existing Xfinity Series or Truck Series teams could have the chance to gain a funded driver for a season, possibly giving a team or two a sponsorship opportunity it may otherwise not have.

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  • Wisconsin kicker planning to help carry Sam Foltz's jersey out to field Saturday

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Wisconsin kicker Rafael Gaglianone will walk out of the tunnel with Nebraska before the Badgers and Huskers play each other Saturday evening in Madison.

    Gaglianone will help the Huskers carry the jersey of former Nebraska punter Sam Foltz, who died in a car crash along with former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler in July. The two punters were on their way back from a kicking camp in Wisconsin.

    A friend of Foltz, Gaglianone was at the kicking camp as well. After Foltz’s death, Gaglianone decided to wear Foltz’s No. 27 during 2016. But he’s missed most of the season with a lower-back injury.

    The injury will allow him to spend time with Foltz’s parents on Friday night at the Nebraska hotel. He said he’s talked to Foltz’s father every week since Foltz’s death. From

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  • Missouri LB Michael Scherer and DT Terry Beckner both have ACL tears

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Two key Missouri defenders are likely out for the season after suffering ACL tears in the Tigers’ homecoming loss to Middle Tennessee State.

    Missouri coach Barry Odom said middle linebacker Michael Scherer suffered a torn right ACL and MCL during the Tigers’ first defensive series of the game when he got cut blocked. And defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. suffered a torn ACL in his left knee — also on a cut block — in the second half.

    Scherer is Missouri’s top tackler. The senior has 53 tackles in 2016 including 3.5 for loss.  He had 114 tackles as Missouri won the SEC East in 2014 and 93 tackles in 2015.

    Odom said Scherer’s career was over. He didn’t make the same season-ending declaration about Beckner, but given that he too has a torn ACL, it seems probable he’ll miss the rest of the year too.

    It’s Beckner’s second season-ending knee injury in two years with the Tigers. He tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee on a cut block vs. BYU in 2015. He recovered in time to return for preseason practice in 2016.

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  • Experienced Cup drivers limited to 17 Xfinity and Truck Series races a year starting in 2017

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    A rule limiting Sprint Cup drivers in NASCAR’s No. 2 and No. 3 series is official.

    NASCAR said Wednesday that Cup drivers with five years full-time experience in the series will be limited to 10 Xfinity races and seven Camping World Truck Series races a season starting in 2017. Cup drivers are also barred from competing in the Chase races in each series.

    It’s a compromise that allows sponsors the opportunity to sponsor Cup drivers at a discount in the Xfinity and Truck Series while also turning the championship focus to the drivers who compete in the series full time.

    When NASCAR instituted eight-race Chase formats in the Xfinity and Truck Series before the 2016 season, it said Cup drivers were barred from competing in the winner-take-all finales at Homestead-Miami Speedway. That ban is still in place.

    Cup drivers are also now prevented from competing in the four Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash races. Those races — Bristol, Richmond, Dover and Indianapolis — are given more importance on the Xfinity Series schedule with extra cash given to the highest-finishing Xfinity Series driver. Xfinity regular Erik Jones won two of those races in 2016 while Cup drivers won two.

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  • Navy doesn't grant QB Tago Smith extra season of eligibility

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Navy quarterback Tago Smith’s college football career is over.

    Smith suffered a torn right ACL in the team’s season-opener vs. Fordham. Since the injury occurred so early in the season, he could have applied for a medical redshirt with the NCAA and played in 2017 if it was approved.

    He didn’t even get to the medical redshirt process. According to the Annapolis Capital-Gazette, he was denied a fifth year by the superintendent of the school.

    “This is a four-year academic institution and midshipmen are expected to graduate in that period of time unless the superintendent determines there is a significant reason why they cannot do so,” McKinney said. “Vice Admiral Carter looked at this particular situation and decided that is not the case with Midshipmen Smith.”

    Smith, who backed up record-setting quarterback Keenan Reynolds in 2015, is set to graduate in May and athletic director Chet Gladchuk said the school doesn’t have any rules allowing athletes extra time for their sports. Had Smith been approved by the school, he then could have appealed to the NCAA.

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