Nick Bromberg

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

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 17 hrs ago

    Dr. Saturday’s 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 1 day 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 1 day 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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  • Kasey Kahne smashes into pit wall, sends helmets flying (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    A Sprint Cup Series car hit the pit road wall at Pocono for the second time in two days on Sunday.

    In the opening laps of Sunday's race, Kasey Kahne's car snapped loose off turn three. He slid into pit road and smashed into the wall that separates pit lane from where the crews and fans stand.

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    The impact from Kahne's hit was so hard that a piece of his car was wedged into the wall, which appeared to bend at a joint. The wall did its job and held up, but NASCAR red-flagged the race so welders could repair a gap that was created in it.

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    Pit crews put their helmets on the wall when they're not using them. Those helmets became veritable cannonballs as they were launched towards the pit boxes when Kahne's car made impact with the wall. NASCAR said no one was hurt behind pit wall. Kahne was OK.

    "... Not sure why that happened, what happened so quickly there. But it was gone."

    Kahne said he couldn't believe his car was heading down pit road.

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  • Nebraska selling jerseys with generic numbers in 2015

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Nebraska no longer wants to sell jerseys that fans believe are a specific player's.

    The school, like many others, has typically sold football jerseys with the numbers of popular players. Because of NCAA licensing restrictions, the jerseys haven't had the players' names on the back of them. But if you were a Husker fan in the early 2000s and bought a No. 7 jersey, you knew it was Eric Crouch's.

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    In 2015, the Huskers will sell jerseys with the Nos. 1 and 15 on them. Next year No. 16 will be sold. It's for 2015 and 2016, of course.

    From the Lincoln Journal-Star:

    "Basically, we do not want to attribute any number to any specific student-athlete," said David Witty, senior associate athletic director for marketing and communications.

    The University of Miami announced a similar policy two weeks ago.

    And Witty, interviewed by phone, said it was apparent from Big Ten Media Days in Chicago that other Big Ten teams are doing the same thing.

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  • Kauffman: Car count for CGR and MWR in future isn't finalized

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman spoke publicly Saturday for the first time since his purchase of part of Chip Ganassi Racing was announced earlier in the week. After saying that he and Waltrip were close friends and business partners, Kauffman said his purchase was an "integration" rather than a step away from MWR.

    "... So any idea that like I'm leaving or taking anything is misplaced," Kauffman said. "What we're actually doing is integrating the businesses, trying to get the most competitive product on track, the best for all of our partners and that's really our focus." "It's a competitive business, as everybody knows. It's competitive on track as well as off track. The focus we're really trying to get to get this news out was to get it out of the way because rumors were bubbling and try and be as clear as we can and refocus everybody on 2015 and hopefully getting one or two cars in the Chase and doing a great job with our partners."

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  • Guess who? Kyle Busch wins pole at Pocono

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    Kyle Busch is now winning things he isn't sure he's going to win.

    Busch, who has won four of the last five Sprint Cup Series races, posted the fastest lap (178.416 MPH) in the third round of Friday's qualifying session at Pocono and will start first for Sunday's race.

    "I told you that I had a fast car, I just wasn't sure we could get the balance of it right," Busch said. "There right at the end, that last run, was the best it's been all day."

    Busch unseated Joey Logano for the top spot in qualifying and survived a fast lap by Kevin Harvick, the only other driver to post a lap over 178 MPH. Logano starts third while Austin Dillon starts fourth and Tony Stewart starts fifth.

    Harvick posted the fastest lap of the second round while Stewart was fastest in the first round.

    Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon round out the top 10.

    If Kyle Busch wins at Pocono and gets his fifth win in six races, it'd be his first win at the 2.5-mile triangle. Busch has eight top-10 finishes in 21 starts at the track. He won the pole there in 2010 and finished second to teammate Denny Hamlin.

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  • Mark Helfrich: '100 percent' confidence in QB Jeff Lockie

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Vernon Adams is considered the favorite to win Oregon's quarterback job in 2015. Ducks coach Mark Helfrich doesn't want to publicly discount Jeff Lockie, either.

    Lockie served as the backup to Marcus Mariota in 2014 as the Ducks went to the National Championship and Mariota won the Heisman.

    “He knows our system better than anybody on the team,” Helfrich said via the Eugene Register-Guard. “I have total confidence in Jeff, 100 percent. Our players do, too. That’s probably the more important part.”

    Running back Royce Freeman said echoed Helfrich's sentiments.

    “Lockie is very intelligent as a quarterback,” sophomore running back Royce Freeman said. “He knows a lot of the plays, the ins and outs of them, he hardly has any faults within the offense. He’s the guy I go to if I have any questions. If any rookie has any questions, they go to Lockie.

    “He’s stepping up in a leadership role and he’s the guy we look at, so far in the offseason, to help us.”

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  • Rich Rodriguez has a story about Mike Leach and a speedo (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is going to give you a mental image that you may never be able to erase from your brain.

    Rodriguez was on the Pac-12 Network during media days on Friday and relayed a story of watching Mike Leach swimming. We won't spoil it, because it fits the caricature that the Washington State coach can be at times.

    dir="ltr" lang="en">ICYMI: @CoachRodAZ just recalled the time he watched @Coach_Leach surface from a lagoon. No Joke. #Pac12fb http://t.co/KlKxEZjRVG— Pac-12 Networks (@Pac12Networks) July 31, 2015

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    We're anxiously awaiting Leach's version of the story. And yes, we wonder what the reactions of Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden were to seeing Leach come out of the lagoon.

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  • Clint Bowyer issues statement amidst uncertainty at MWR

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    As the future of Michael Waltrip Racing is unknown, Clint Bowyer made a statement after Friday's practice at Pocono.

    Bowyer has been mentioned as possibly switching teams before the 2016 season as MWR co-owner Rob Kauffman has purchased part of Chip Ganassi Racing. Without Kauffman's funding – he owned 50 percent of MWR – the future of MWR looks tenuous. The team does not have a manufacturer deal signed for 2016. It also doesn't have a driver for the No. 55 car or a sponsor as the contract of Aaron's is up at the end of the year.

    Bowyer, who recently signed an extension with MWR along with sponsor 5-Hour Energy, could go to Ganassi and be a teammate to Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray.

    From Fox Sports:

    Bowyer's car is sponsored by Maxwell House for Sunday's race.

    MWR currently fields Toyotas. Ed Laukes, a vice president of marketing for the car company, issued a brief statement about the situation.