- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Welcome to the Dr. Saturday Podcast! Throughout the season we'll be talking weekly about whatever is going on in the world of college football. This week, join Graham Watson and Nick Bromberg as we review week five and preview week six. This week's episode includes:
• Michigan and Brady Hoke • Who is No. 1? • Pick Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State, Oklahoma vs. TCU and more against the spread • Buy or sell Mack Brown to SMU, Wisconsin QB Joel Stave seeing playing time soon and the Pac-12 missing the College Football Playoff
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- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles6 hrs ago
Slugger Labbe won't be atop Paul Menard's pit box after the October 11 race at Charlotte.
Richard Childress Racing announced Wednesday that Labbe was taking a leadership role with the team's research and development efforts and would be moving away from his role as Menard's crew chief.
Justin Alexander will take over as Menard's crew chief.
“I’m looking forward to slowing down in my NASCAR career a little bit and spending more time with my family,” Labbe said in a statement. “This is a good move for RCR, Paul and the No. 27 team, and I’m going to be there to help Justin with the upcoming transition.
Alexander came to RCR in January from Hendrick Motorsports. He was the lead engineer for Jimmie Johnson in 2005, became an R&D engineer in 2006 and the lead engineer for Jeff Gordon in 2009.
Menard and Labbe won the 2011 Brickyard 400 together. This season, Menard is 21st in the points standings and has four top fives and 11 top 10 finishes. Labbe has five career wins as a crew chief including the 2003 Daytona 500 with Michael Waltrip. He's been with Menard since the beginning of the 2010 season.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Mark Richt is no stranger to alternating quarterbacks at Georgia. While he hasn't employed the strategy in recent history – Aaron Murray's presence helped dissuade it – Richt isn't saying no to using two QBs in the near future.
Senior Hutson Mason took over for Murray last year after Murray suffered a knee injury. Mason entered 2014 as the starting QB and has kept the job. However, he hasn't been dynamic; through the first four games he hasn't thrown for over 200 yards.
Richt was asked Tuesday if he planned to use backup quarterbacks Brice Ramsey or Faton Bauta against Vanderbilt. Given that Georgia is a heavy favorite at home and Vanderbilt is the worst team in the SEC, it'd be a prime opportunity to give either QB a chance to play in a conference game.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
After suffering a left shoulder injury in Thursday night's loss to Oklahoma State, Texas Tech QB Davis Webb's status is day-to-day according to coach Kliff Kingsbury on Monday.
However, Webb might have taken a step towards playing Saturday against Kansas State during Tuesday's practice.
A spokesperson for Texas Tech confirmed to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journalthat Webb practiced Tuesday. Webb had been seen fully dressed for practice.
When Kingsbury addressed Webb's status Monday, he said Webb needed to be able to protect his shoulder. When Webb was scrambling in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma, his left forearm landed on the turf and his arm jammed into his shoulder.
"Just make sure he can protect himself, really, and operate at a level we need him to operate," Kingsbury said Monday. "But more than anything, that he can handle taking a hit and protect himself."
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Katie Castan will get her puppy, but she's waiting until after the playoffs to adopt.
Castan was the Kansas City Royals fan spotted by TBS cameras in the middle of the fifth inning of Tuesday's wild card game between the Oakland A's and Royals holding a sign saying the man she was with would buy her a puppy if the Royals won.
When we went to look for her in the 10th inning of Tuesday night's game, we found her section, but the fans around her said she left. While Castan and her boyfriend had left their seats, they hadn't left the ballpark. Castan emailed us after the game was over with a picture from the outfield concourse. The two had moved to the fountain area in the seventh inning for another beverage and to try to spark the Royals.Thu, Oct 26:07 PM PDTKansas City at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Don't have any cash at a Georgia Tech football game? You can buy popcorn and a drink now with bitcoin.
The school announced Wednesday that it would accept bitcoin for concession purchases at Bobby Dodd Stadium. As part of the partnership, students will be able to use bitcoin on Georgia Tech's campus as well. The bitcoin stations at the stadium will be at the student section.
“We look forward to working with BitPay to make bitcoin a viable payment option for our students and fans,” Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski said in a statement.“At Georgia Tech, we are always looking to lead in innovative ways, and this partnership with BitPay gives us an opportunity to do so by integrating this new technology at a sports venue and in the daily lives of our students."
Students will be able to use bitcoin on their BuzzCards, the student credit payment method.
In June, BitPay announced that the former Beef O'Brady's Bowl would become the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
West Virginia P Nick O'Toole has some of the best facial hair in college football.
Not many people have the ability and the desire to grow a handlebar mustache, but O'Toole can pull his off incredibly effectively. So it's only natural to let him give us tips on how to keep such great facial hair looking pristine.
The pen tip is a good one to get the curl of the mustache just right. We'll never likely use it, but it's a good factoid to keep in the back of our heads for when we're asked about how to curl a handlebar mustache.
O'Toole is also a fan of patterned socks. During Big 12 media days in July, he broke out his USA socks.
You know what would go great with O'Toole's mustache? A mullet, though since O'Toole is a senior, it's too late for it to take effect for the 2014 season.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Antrione Archer, the Cincinnati Bearcats' director of player welfare and development, has been fired from his post. He is appealing the decision.
According to WKRC,Archer, 28, was in a grocery store and exposed his genitals and touched a worker at the store.
Archer was booked and charged on June 14,according to Cincinnati.com. Per Cincinnati athletic director Mike Boh, the school learned of his charges on Friday and suspended him before dismissing him on Tuesday.
“UC Athletics is fully committed to upholding the highest level of professionalism and conduct for our staff, coaches and student-athletes,” Bohn said. “The university will cooperate with the authorities in this matter.”
Tuesday, Archer's lawyer said Archer planned to appeal and would like a 60-day leave from Cincinnati to resolve the charges instead.
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Salvador Perez just needed to take a pitch.
A player not known for his patience at the plate, Perez was especially antsy in the late innings of Tuesday's wild-card win against the Oakland A's. With the Royals trailing 7-6 with one out and runners on the corners in the bottom of the eighth, Perez, the Royals' All-Star catcher, was facing the A's Luke Gregerson.
Gregerson, a righty reliever who relies primarily on his slider, attacked Perez with the pitch. Perez was more than willing to go after it. Gregerson threw three straight sliders and Perez chased all three, unable to lay off the last one before it bounced in the dirt. Perez was the second out and the Royals didn't score again in the inning.
After Kansas City tied it in the ninth inning, Perez was up with Eric Hosmer on third and two outs in the 10th. He fouled the first pitch and swung at the second, grounding out softly to second.
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Royals pitcher James Shields had his goggles perched above his head taking questions away from the fray of the celebration in the clubhouse. He was already drenched, but it was a smart move to escape the mess for a minute.
It's an oversimplification to say the Kansas City Royals' trade for Shields before the 2013 season was for games like Tuesday night's wild-card eliminatorbetween the Oakland A's and Royals. But the Royals knew what Shields' role would be after he logged seven straight 200-plus-innings seasons and six postseason starts with the Rays.
Earlier in September, the Royals shuffled the pitching rotation to ensure the man with the "Big Game James" nickname would be lined up to pitch the franchise's first postseason game in 29 years.
That he did. And while Shields left the game with the lead in the sixth inning, he ended up with a no-decision as the Royals came back three times to win 9-8 in 12 innings.