Nick Bromberg

  • NASCAR unveils details of Indianapolis and Michigan rules tweaks

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 4 hrs ago

    Sprint Cup Series cars will have more drag at Indianapolis and Michigan this summer.

    Cars at the Brickyard 400 and the August Michigan race will have a higher spoiler than has been the norm in 2015. The spoilers on the cars will be nine inches (currently six) and the cars will have a one inch wicker with bigger radiator pans and leading edges of the splitters.

    The goal of the higher spoiler and other tweaks is to allow trailing cars to gain a speed advantage over the car ahead, especially on the straightaways. Turbulent air from a car ahead, especially if it isn't far in front, can make the trailing car slower in the corners.

    O'Donnell later added on Twitter that lap speeds at both tracks could drop about 10 miles per hour.

    At Indianapolis especially, the ability for cars to pass on the straightaways is imperative. Cars are unable to go through the corners two-wide at anywhere close to the pace of a car by itself. Kasey Kahne might have had a faster car than Jeff Gordon at the end of last year's race, but once Gordon beat Kahne on a restart and got out front, Kahne was not able to make a charge.

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  • Trevone Boykin installed as 2015 Heisman favorite by sportsbook

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    Your 2015 Bovada Heisman favorite is TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin.

    The sportsbook released its preseason Heisman odds on Tuesday and the senior has the best odds of anyone at 6-1. Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is second at 7-1.

    Boykin was 301-492 passing for 3,901 yards, 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2014 as the Horned Frogs were Big 12 co-champions and won the Peach Bowl against Ole Miss.

    Elliott helped carry Ohio State to the College Football Playoff title. He ran for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns. He surpassed the 200-yard mark in Ohio State's final three games.

    At 6-1, a $1 bet on Boykin would net you $6.

    Elliott has a teammate at third, and it's a teammate who didn't play at all in 2014. Braxton Miller, who missed the season because of a shoulder injury, has odds of 10-1. All three Ohio State quarterbacks vying for the 2015 starting job are given odds by Bovada. Cardale Jones is at 20-1 and tied for 11th. J.T. Barrett, who spent most of the 2014 season as the starter before suffering an ankle injury against Michigan, has odds of 25-1.

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  • Former OU DT takes issue with Mixon discipline after Johnson dismissal

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs ago

    Former Oklahoma defensive tackle Tony Casillas doesn't agree with his school's discipline of running back Joe Mixon.

    Mixon, a highly-touted recruit in the class of 2014, missed the entire season after he punched a female OU student at a mall restaurant. He's back on the team for the 2015 season.

    Monday, Florida State dismissed freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson. He had been charged with battery after allegedly punching a female FSU student at a bar and kicked off the team shortly after the surveillance video went public.

    While certain media outlets were allowed to view the surveillance tape of the Mixon incident, it has not been released to the public.

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    Casillas is referencing the university's handling of the racist chant used by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

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  • Austin Dillon says severity of wreck hit when he talked to brother

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 13 hrs ago

    Austin Dillon started looking at videos of his crash not long after he emerged from the infield care center on Monday morning.

    Dillon's car launched into the catchfence at the end of the rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. After making contact with Denny Hamlin's car, Dillon's car flew over two lanes of cars and slammed into the fence above the wall. Five fans were treated for minor injuries from his car, which came to rest upside down between the track and pit road.

    Dillon said Tuesday his groin and tailbone are sore, but that he doesn't have a headache from the crash. He started to watch the videos of his crash after he showered following the race and the severity of the wreck became apparent when he talked to his brother Ty, who drives in the Xfinity Series.

    A broken radio cord added to the drama after the race. As crew members from various teams rushed towards Dillon's car to see if he was OK, his team was radioing him and asking him if he was OK. But Dillon's radio was not working. He could hear his crew but they couldn't hear them.

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  • Power Rankings: Jimmie Johnson holds serve

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 14 hrs ago

    Our Power Rankings are far from a scientific formula. In fact, it's the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. And you think we dislike your favorite driver, so it makes sense, right? Direct all your complaints to us at happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com.

    1. Jimmie Johnson (LW: 1): It was like Talladega all over again. And likely because people's attendtion was divided at the finish, there aren't the same ridiculous cries that Johnson allowed Earnhardt Jr. to win the race. Did Johnson have one of the two best cars like his crew chief, Chad Knaus, said at the end of the race? Probably. But let's be real here, Johnson was No. 2 in that group and Knaus likely knew it.

    was the right call to stay out. He was simply damned no matter what happened.

    7. Joey Logano (LW: 5): Logano finished 22nd, which is a much higher finish than you'd think he'd get after being involved in the lap three crash. The front end of his car was a mangled mess. Hell, he finished on the lead lap too, which may be even more impressive. He got back on the lead lap because of David Ragan's spin with 12 laps to go and is still in fourth in the standings.

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  • South Alabama launches exploration of on-campus stadium

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    South Alabama is investigating the possibilities of an on-campus stadium.

    The school announced Monday it would begin the process to see if a stadium was feasible.

    "Construction of a football stadium is an extremely complex undertaking that requires significant due diligence on the part of the University leadership, and we are at the very beginning of a process that will examine all the issues we must consider before a decision can be made," South Alabama president Tony Waldrop said in a statement.

    The school said the process would be done by a "small group" of trustees, administrators and staff.

    South Alabama's football program began in 2009 and the school joined the FBS division in 2012. The team currently plays its home games at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, the site of the Senior Bowl and the GoDaddy Bowl.

    The Jaguars finished the 2014 season 6-7 after losing to Bowling Green in the Camellia Bowl.

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  • Kentucky QB Patrick Towles really likes Harry Potter

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 17 hrs ago

    You're not a real Harry Potter fan unless you're dressed up like him on the cover of a magazine.

    Got that? OK. Because Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles is a real fan. He's on the cover of the 2015 edition of The Cats Pause Kentucky football yearbook with glasses and a scarf.

    If you need to get your copy, the magazine is expected to start shipping next week.

    Towles told CatsPause.com that he took the opportunity to dress up like Harry Potter for the magazine to show people that he too has obsessions that are outside of football. If there's a Harry Potter movie on TV, he said he's likely watching it.

    “It's a chance to show people that I’m a real person who likes what you guys like, who eats what you guys eat and does what you all do,” Towles said. “It helps develop a sense of common ground. ‘Hey, he’s not really that far away,’ or, ‘He’s not really that different. He’s just one of us who happens to play football.’”

    Towles threw for 2,718 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2014.

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  • Earnhardt Jr. wins at Daytona in front of Dillon's vicious crash

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

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    Austin Dillon's car was catapulted into the catchfence in the Daytona International Speedway trioval during a massive crash at the end of Sunday night's Coke Zero 400 as Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race.

    One fan was taken to the hospital after it appeared some debris from Dillon's car flew into the grandstands.

    Junior crossed the finish line ahead of a massive pack of cars typical of any restrictor plate race. Denny Hamlin got turned around behind Junior and chaos ensued. Dillon's car got launched from the inside line of the track over two lanes of cars and into the catchfence, where it hit bottom-side first, going from nearly 200 mph to zero in an instant.

    According to Daytona president Joie Chitwood, eight fans declined treatment in the grandstands following the crash. The person taken to the hospital was treated and released from Halifax Health early Monday morning.

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    Fan treated and released from Halifax Health Medical Center.

    Here's what the crash looked like from the stands.

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  • Big crash happens early at Coke Zero 400 (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Sunday's Coke Zero 400 was delayed over three hours because of rain. When it finally got going before 11 p.m. ET, it didn't take long for the first big crash to hit.

    David Gilliland cut down in front of Clint Bowyer on lap three. He wasn't clear of Bowyer and went spinning off Bowyer's bumper. As drivers behind the two checked up, chaos ensued.

    Your browser does not support iframes. Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano was involved as his car was damaged heavily. He was ordered back to pit road after the race went back green because the splitter was dragging on the track.

    Another big crash struck with more than 50 laps to go in eerily similar circumstances when Matt Kenseth cut in front of Kasey Kahne and spun as he moved towards the inside.

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  • Practice speed nets Dale Earnhardt Jr. the pole at Daytona

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    A Saturday afternoon thunderstorm in the vicinity of Daytona Beach meant Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start first in Sunday's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

    Qualifying ended up being cancelled and the grid was set by the speeds in Friday's first practice session. Junior was fastest. So he's got the pole.

    He's joined on the front row by Austin Dillon, who won the pole for the 2014 Daytona 500. The rest of the top five is comprised of Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard and Trevor Bayne.

    The session was set to be the first time NASCAR used its new single-car qualifying format at Daytona. After pole qualifying for the 2015 Daytona 500 included drafting and crashes, NASCAR tweaked the qualifying format.

    Cars are released one-by-one from pit road at an interval that doesn't allow them to draft. Each qualifier gets one full lap to post a speed. The top 12 cars then repeat the process for a second round and the fastest car in that round gets the pole.

    Michael McDowell and Ryan Blaney will miss Sunday's race. Both drivers are running part-time schedules and were at the bottom of the qualifying cancellation hierarchy because of their limited number of race attempts.