- Nick Bromberg at From the Marbles1 hr ago
One of the worst kept secrets in NASCAR is finally offical. The No. 3 is back in the Sprint Cup Series.
Austin Dillon will drive a full-season for Richard Childress Racing in the No. 3 car in 2014. The No. 3 replaces the No. 29 car that Kevin Harvick drove since Dale Earnhardt's death at the 2001 Daytona 500. That was the final race that the No. 3 had been used in the Cup Series.
Here's a closer look at the paint schemes. pic.twitter.com/mwCOuiNkGw
— RCR 3 NNS Team (@RCR3ADillon) December 11, 2013
At the announcement, Childress said that he had discussed with Earnhardt during his career the idea of the No. 3 continuing on after Earnhardt's career was over and said knew that Earnhardt was smiling about Dillon in the car.
Dillon, Childress' grandson, has driven the No. 3 in the Camping World Truck Series and the Nationwide Series and has won championships in both. He won the 2011 Truck Series title and the 2013 Nationwide Series title over Sam Hornish Jr. despite not winning a single race all season.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Earlier this season we had the wonderful punt completion for a first down and now we have a punt for a safety.
Arizona Western was punting from its own end zone against New Mexico Military Academy in the El Toro Bowl and the punt was into a strong wind. A wind so strong that the punt hardly went anywhere.
And then to add to the insult, the punt bounced backwards and out of the end zone for the safety. The funniest part of the video? The audible noises in the background of the press box as the punt hits the ground and spins towards the goal line.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
As the internet continues to have fun saying the words "Nick Saban" and "Texas" in the same sentence, Saban has agreed to do something other than be Alabama's coach this January.
Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch says that Saban will be included in ESPN's BCS Championship coverage.
I can report that @AlabamaFTBL coach Nick Saban has agreed to work for ESPN for the BCS title game (Jan. 6) in Pasadena.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) December 10, 2013
Saban was on ESPN's College Gameday on Championship Saturday, his first media availability since his Crimson Tide lost to Auburn in the Iron Bowl. And while Saban's disdain for interviews and media coverage can be very transparent at times, he seemed comfortable on the set and gave thoughtful analysis.
- Nick Bromberg at From the Marbles2 hrs ago
If you sat through the American Country Awards last night, you got to see Danica Patrick dressed as a showgirl. You weren't expecting that were you?
Patrick hosted the ACAs along with country singer Trace Adkins. And she did a fine job. The writing was predictably poor and many of the skits and jokes were not laugh out loud funny by any stretch, but she did well with what she had to work with. That's definitely saying something.
And now you want to know what other NASCAR drivers would look like dressed as a showgirl, right? Let's see what we can do.
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It's Jameis Winston's trophy to lose, but the Heisman Trophy Trust really wants us to think that other people have a shot. Five others, in fact.
The Heisman Trust announced six finalists for the trophy that will be given out Saturday evening. It's Winston, the Florida State quarterback, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Auburn running back Tre Mason, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and Boston College running back Andre Williams.
Winston is the prohibitive favorite. So much so that one sports book was offering 1/150 odds on him to win the Heisman Trophy. That means you'd have to bet $150 to win $1. Any doubts about his candidacy for the award should have been allayed when Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs announced on Wednesday that Winston would not be charged in the sexual assault case from December of 2012 that he had been named in.
Wanting to go to Pasadena to see Michigan State play Stanford in the Rose Bowl but aren't sure how you're going to pay for it? You're in luck, because now you can apply for a loan from the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union to go to the game.
The credit union advertises rates as low as 6.9 percent on a loan that must be a minimum of $1,000. Plus, you only pay what you owe for as long as you borrow. Seriously. Here's a graphic from the site:
We get that going to a bowl game, especially the Rose Bowl, can be an experience that's too good to pass up. But that's only if you're able to afford it. If you answered yes to the question in the first sentence, then no, no and no. There's no good reason that you would ever need to take out a loan to travel to football game, especially not a bowl, which are pretty corrupt anyways.
- Nick Bromberg at From the Marbles1 day ago
Formula 1's final race of 2014 will be worth twice as much as the race before it.
The sanctioning body announced that the finale next year at Abu Dhabi would be worth 50 points to the winner instead of 25.
The FIA said double points would "maximise focus on the championship until the end of the campaign" and had been unanimously approved at a meeting in Paris of teams in the F1 Strategy Group and Formula One Commission.
Sebastian Vettel won the final nine races of the 19 race season last year and won the title by 155 points. So with double points last year, the gap between he and Fernando Alonso would actually have been 175. Yes, the F1 points system is heavily skewed towards winning. Not a horrible thought, right?
Jadeveon Clowney was pulled over Saturday evening for speeding after police said he was going 110 MPH in a 70 MPH zone in South Carolina.
Troopers say Clowney was pulled over in a Chrysler 300 around 7:30 p.m. Saturday night on Interstate 77 near mile marker 39.
Officials say he was immediately ticketed, but not arrested in the stop. No word on what kind of fine was issued.
He wasn't watching the SEC Championship? What kind of inter-conference support is that?
But seriously, 40 over the speed limit isn't a wise thing to do and we probably don't need to explain why. And sadly, given Clowney's expected entrance into the NFL draft, this incident will be put through the draft megaphone and they'll be faux hand-wringing about how it will affect his draft status. That's what happens in a football-crazed culture with four months from the conclusion of the college football season to the draft.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
If you're a Duke student, you've got a really big reason to make the trip to Atlanta for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 against Texas A&M. Even bigger than getting to see last year's Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel play against your team the game after this year's likely Heisman winner Jameis Winston did.
Thanks to alumni donations, tickets for the Chick-fil-A Bowl will be free for all Duke students—originally valued at $90 apiece.
— Chronicle Sports (@chroniclesports) December 9, 2013
That's a heck of a deal. Now, not every student will get a ticket to the game, but if the entire student body of 6,495 at Duke did, that's $584,550 in tickets. Of course, this is a great opportunity to show how marked up football tickets are, but even at half the listed price that's a good deal. And Atlanta is a reasonable trip from Durham at under six hours by car.
Students can pick up the tickets Tuesday and Wednesday at the ticket office at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
At introductory press conference, Chris Petersen said the time was right for him to leave Boise StateNick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Chris Petersen looked fondly on his time as Boise State's head coach, but said that it was time to move on from the team he led to a 92-12 record in eight seasons and become Washington's coach.
Petersen: "People keep asking me, 'Why now?' ... Timing and fit. It was just time. Every place has a shelf life. ... It was just time."
— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) December 9, 2013
Petersen was mentioned initially as a candidate for the USC head coaching job, but quickly withdrew his name. He said Monday at his introductory press conference that he was a "Northwest guy," another reason why Washington fit the bill as the place to go. Though we're sure that the $3.2 million guaranteed for next season is a big reason too.
Another reason the timing is right may have been the impending college football playoff. Not long ago, Boise State was maneuvering to become a football member of the Big East to play in a conference with a guaranteed BCS spot. But the Big East fell apart and became the American Athletic Conference and with the playoff, that automatic BCS bid is gone.