- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Not deleting emails saved Vanderbilt from four timeouts on Thursday night against Temple.
The Commodores wore special jerseys with the words "Anchor Down" (the team slogan) on the back instead of the players names. The letters of the names were in black on the black jerseys and it was a slogan, which is prohibited by NCAA rules. Before the 2014 season, the NCAA instituted a rule that the numbers on players' jerseys must be a contrasting color from the jersey and just recently, South Florida's efforts to put "The Team" on the back of its jerseys was rebuffed.
The numbers on Vanderbilt's jerseys were gold. They were good to go. The contrasting color rule specifically mentions the numbers on a jersey and not the lettering.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Don't let the final score of Ole Miss' 35-13 win over Boise State fool you. It was not a convincing win, at least for the first three quarters.
Hell, those first three quarters – the first half, especially – were the perfect example of why college football should have a preseason. Mind you, we're not advocating for a preseason in college football. But anyone who is in favor of it and doesn't use the first two quarters of Thursday night's game isn't making the best argument possible.
In the first 30 minutes, Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace and Boise State QB Grant Hedrick combined for six interceptions. The teams combined for 13 penalties, including seven Ole Miss false start penalties. It was brutal.
Through three quarters, Ole Miss led 7-6. But finally in the fourth, the Rebels looked like the team that could be a sleeper in the SEC West as Wallace threw three fourth-quarter touchdowns in the span of three drives and three passes to pull away.
The third TD was a simple short pass to Cody Core that Boise's defenders just utterly whiffed on.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles5 hrs ago
Well, we now know that Denny Hamlin knows the words to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." Need proof? Here's the video.
There's not much that we can add to this, except that it may be a very appropriate video for Hamlin's career. He almost snatched the title from Jimmie Johnson in 2010 before it all fell apart at Phoenix and Homestead, he's driven with a torn ACL and he fractured his back in a crash at California last year. Oh, and there was the whole HANS-throwing incident last week at Bristol too. Looks like Hamlin's over that.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum predicted before Texas A&M's win over South Carolina that A&M QB Kenny Hill would have a hard time adjusting in his first SEC game.
Hill did not, setting A&M's single-game passing record in the Aggies 52-28 blowout win. Perhaps Finebaum took out the frustration of his missed prediction on the SEC Network's halftime set.
(GIF via MockSession.com)
After Finebaum's mishap, it was clear that the tabletop of the SEC Network set is in four pieces for easy setup, removal and transport. And we'll call the unsecure section a product of a new network. There are bound to be some things go wrong in the first actual game broadcast, and if that was the only thing that went wrong at Williams-Brice (outside of South Carolina's performance), it's a good telecast.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Ole Miss LB Serderius Bryant was ejected for targeting in the first quarter of the Rebels' game against Ole Miss Thursday night.
It was not a borderline hit, either. While Bryant protested the call, he lowered the crown of his helmet into Boise State QB Grant Hedrick's helmet.
The call was upheld after review. Had it been overturned, not only would Bryant have been able to stay in the game, but the 15-yard penalty for the foul would have been removed as well. Last year, the first season of the targeting rule, if a foul was overturned, the ejection went away but the yardage was still applied to the foul.
Bryant's post-foul absence is a costly one as well. He led Ole Miss with 78 tackles last season and Denzel Nkemdiche is suspended for the game. It wasn't ultimately costly on the drive, however. Hedrick threw an interception shortly after it.
After he went to the locker room, Bryant took to Twitter.
That's the game of football
Bryant's ejection is not the first this year in college football. Georgia State's Tarris Batiste was ejected for targeting in the third quarter of the Panthers' game against Abilene Christian Wednesday night.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Louisiana Monroe asked all its fans to wear camo for its "Camo Out" night promotion against Wake Forest. And since the team expected fans to wear camo, it had to follow suit too.
The Warhawks are wearing camoflauge uniforms against the Demon Deacons, and yes, they're as hideous as you think.
We can confirm that the camo did not make the ULM players blend in with the field, however. On its first possession of the game, the Warhawks had a punt blocked that went into the end zone for a Wake Forest touchdown.
In case you missed it before or want to see it again, here's the ridiculous commercial promoting the game.
Willie Robertson was in attendance. Duck Dynasty is filmed in Monroe, La.
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- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles11 hrs ago
Tony Stewart is going to be back in a race car at Atlanta.
Stewart will return to the Sprint Cup Series for Sunday's race after missing three races after he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in a dirt track event in upstate New York on Aug. 9.
Stewart-Haas Racing revealed Stewart's plans Thursday afternoon.
Jeff Burton had filled in for Stewart at Michigan and at Bristol. His substitute appearances had been announced on Wednesday afternoon both times. Regan Smith was Stewart's substitute at Watkins Glen the day after Stewart struck Ward.
Statement from Stewart-Haas Racing regarding plans for the No. 14 team at Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/x61s1aUwXK
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles14 hrs ago
Throughout the week you can send us your best questions, jokes, rants and just plain miscellaneous thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org or @NickBromberg.We'll post them here, have a good time and everyone's happy.
The hot topic of the week is the schedule. Well, until a certain driver's possible appearance back in the Sprint Cup Series is decided officially or not. Let's skip the chit chat this week and dive on in. We've got time to pontificate below.
@NickBromberg Will NASCAR ever have the cojones to ever truly shake up the schedule?
I'm not sure if it's a matter of cojones. We've seen innumerable things be tweaked and changed throughout the recent history of NASCAR that were fully controlled by NASCAR (see: the Chase.)
Instead, NASCAR primarily deals with two companies for the balance of its schedule. One of them just happens to be a cousin of NASCAR. And you know how intra-family drama goes. You don't start it unless you really have to. And NASCAR is nowhere near the "really have to" point.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Coordinators on the sidelines aren't an endangered species. They're just not very common. Most coordinators sit upstairs in the coaching box to get a good look at how plays develop and the formation habits of the opposing team.
Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin isn't going upstairs. He's going to be on the sidelines for the Crimson Tide's game against West Virginia.
"We're going to put him on the field," Alabama coach Nick Saban said Wednesday.
Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart coaches from teh sidelines too. But previous Tide offensive coordinators have been upstairs. When Kiffin was head coach at USC, he called the plays. He was obviously on the sideline while doing so,
"I always let the coordinators be where they want to be," Saban said. "But in this case, even though he felt more comfortable being in the press box, I think it's important that he's on the field. He has the greatest impact and effect on players."
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles16 hrs ago
NASCAR's No. 2 series has found a sponsor for 2015.
According to the Sports Business Daily, NASCAR is expected to announce a deal with Comcast next week for the title sponsorship of what's now the Nationwide Series. It'll be a 10-year deal that turns the series into the Xfinity Series.
Comcast emerged as a viable replacement after the company’s sports TV group, NBC, signed a 10-year, $4.4B rights deal with NASCAR. As part of the deal, Comcast agreed to spend $10M marketing and promoting the sport. Its marketing team saw title sponsorship of NASCAR’s secondary series as a way to fulfill that obligation and also promote its cable TV, broadband and phone business unit, Xfinity.
The report says that Comcast initially wanted a shorter term deal than 10 years, however it decided to match the length of the deal signed by NBC.
Comcast will spend $9 million in rights fees, down from the $12-15 million NASCAR was reportedly asking. Nationwide paid $10 million per season. The insurance company is going to sponsor Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 12 races in 2015.