Nick Bromberg

  • Clint Bowyer: Royals player for a day (or a few hours, anyway)

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 4 hrs ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – "What the (duck) did you get me in to?"

    Those were the famous last words of Clint Bowyer before he climbed the steps into the Kansas City Royals dugout on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. He was dressed in full uniform (sans spikes) and went through pregame rituals with the team.

    But not after talking some NASCAR with Royals manager (and noted Yahoo Fantasy NASCAR player) Ned Yost, who chatted with him almost as soon as he entered the clubhouse.

    The experience wasn't entirely new to Bowyer. He took batting practice before a game a few years ago. Yes, that was the last time he swung a bat.

    "I feel like a baseball player, Bowyer said. "However, I know what's underneath is clearly not a baseball player."

    But this one involved catching fly balls during batting practice too. The last time Bowyer caught a fly ball was many moons ago. He guessed he was 7. So instead, he talked in the outfield. We weren't sure he moved more than a few steps any time a ball was hit to where he was stationed in left field.

    "When you hit a wall at 200 MPH you don't have a ball cap on."

    This is a true statement. Bowyer is a man of wise words.

  • Ryan Newman's tire penalty upheld on second appeal

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 4 hrs ago

    The tire penalty given to Ryan Newman's No. 31 team after California stands on final appeal.

    Final appeals officer Bryan Moss upheld the penalties assessed to the team after the first appeal based on a "preponderance of evidence." While the original penalties were decreased after the initial appeal, Richard Childress Racing elected to take its case to Moss in the hopes of getting them decreased further.

    The team was penalized for manipulating the tires during the race at Auto Club Speedway. According to NASCAR, the team made a modification to release pressure from the tire outside of legal means. Before Newman's penalty, there was talk in the garage that teams were poking holes in tires to bleed air pressure throughout the length of a tire run. As tires get hotter, air pressure builds and a tire with lower air pressure is faster.

    Newman will lose 50 points while crew chief Luke Lambert, tire tech James Bender and engineer Philip Surgen are suspended for six races. They did not start serving their suspensions through the appeals process and are now eligible to return at Daytona in July.

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  • Random Recap: The 2011 STP 400

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 12 hrs ago

    Welcome to Random Recaps, our new weekly feature at From The Marbles. In this space, we'll recap a race from the past at the track the where Sprint Cup Series is racing next.

    This week's race isthe 2011 STP 400. Need to know how Random Recap works? Click here.

    Brad Keselowski won the second race of his career and the first of his Penske Racing tenure at Kansas Speedway.

    Keselowski and crew chief Paul Wolfe played a different fuel strategy than teammate Kurt Busch and took over the lead for the final nine laps, the only laps he led all day. Busch lost the lead because he was forced to pit for fuel with 10 laps to go after a long green flag run to end the race.

    The fuel-mileage finish was set up when the final caution flag came on lap 163. The last 102 laps were run under green and Keselowski last pitted 57 laps from the finish, making it further to the end than anyone else.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second, though he couldn't mount much of a charge because he too had to save fuel.

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  • Report: Ohio State spent $600K more than Oregon on CFP

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 13 hrs ago

    Yeah, Ohio State and Oregon made a nice bit of money for making the first College Football Playoff Championship, but they also spent a big chunk of change to get there.

    According to CBS Sports, the Buckeyes spent $4.4 million to get to the Sugar Bowl and the title game while Oregon spent $3.8 million for the Rose Bowl and title game.

    The entire list of expenses and accompanying chart is fascinating and we highly recommend you take a look. Here are a few points from it:

    • Ohio State and Oregon's per-game expenditures weren't the highest of the four teams participating in the playoff. Alabama spent the most of anyone for the Sugar Bowl, spending approximately $2.6 million to send over 900 people – yes, over 900 – to the game. Almost half of those were classified under "band and cheerleaders," according to CBS.

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  • NAPA to be Chase Elliott's primary Sprint Cup sponsor in 2016

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 14 hrs ago

    NAPA is sticking with Chase Elliott.

    Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday morning that the auto parts company would become Elliott's primary Sprint Cup Series sponsor for the next three seasons. Elliott, who is running a part-time schedule in the Cup Series this year, is taking over Jeff Gordon's No. 24 car at the start of 2016.

    NAPA will sponsor 24 races each year through 2018.

    “We have an incredible opportunity with NAPA, both on and off the track,” Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick said in a statement. “Our organizations work extremely well together and share many of the same values. The program already has a ton of positive momentum, and we want to carry that into 2016 with great performance in all areas of the business. We take a lot of pride in the relationship and are committed to making a big impact for NAPA.”

    The company is sponsoring Elliott in his part-time run this year and has sponsored him since he moved to the Xfinity Series (and won the title) in 2014.

    Meanwhile, MWR was forced to cut back to two teams after NAPA left and hasn't won a race in the 46 races since while HMS has won 18 races.

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  • 3 new bowl games are reportedly official for 2015

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    There will be three new bowl games in 2015.

    According to ESPN, the NCAA made the games official and they will be hosted in Austin, Texas, Orlando and Tucson, Ari. An official announcement is expected later this week from the NCAA.

    From ESPN:

    Matchups for the new bowls are as follows: Tucson (Mountain West versus Conference USA), Austin, Texas (American versus Sun Belt) and Orlando (American versus Sun Belt).

    The three additional games mean there will be 42 bowl games at the conclusion of the 2015 season, counting the College Football Playoff Championship, and 82 teams will be required to fill up all the bowl spots. The bowl in Orlando, the Cure Bowl, is set for December 19 while the game in Tucson, the Arizona Bowl, is on December 29. 

    The game in Austin would be played at the University of Texas' Stadium. The Orlando game would also give the city three bowl games with the continued presence of the Russell Athletic Bowl and the Citrus Bowl.

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  • Texas Tech WR Reginald Davis reportedly arrested for marijuana

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Texas Tech WR Reginald Davis was reportedly arrested for suspicion of marijuana possession on Monday.

    According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Davis has been released from the Lubbock County Detention Center.

    LPD Lt. Ray Mendoza said Davis was pulled over for a traffic violation around noon in the 5200 block of 50th Street. Officers allegedly found less than two ounces of marijuana in Davis’ possession, Mendoza said.

    The amount means that he won't likely face a harsh punishment for the alleged offense.

    A team spokesperson told the Avalanche-Journal that it was looking into the situation and was in the process of gathering information about it.

    Davis had 29 catches for 318 yards and five touchdowns in 2014, though his production tailed off as the season went on. He was Texas Tech's sixth-leading receiver last season and is set to be in the mix for significant playing time again in 2015.

    For more Texas Tech news, visit RedRaiderSports.com.

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  • Kevin Manion named crew chief for Sam Hornish Jr.

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Sam Hornish Jr. will have a new crew chief starting at Kansas Speedway.

    Richard Petty Motorsports announced Tuesday that Kevin Manion would replace Drew Blickensderfer atop Hornish's pit box. Hornish has struggled mightily this season with the team. He's 28th in the points and has finished on the lead lap in three of the first 10 races.

    His two finishes inside the top 15 this season have both come at restrictor plate tracks. He finished a season-high sixth on Sunday at Talladega.

    "We began the season with changes to the No. 9 race team, most notably with the addition of Sam as our driver," RPM director of competition Sammy Johns said in a statement. "We are now looking to give Sam all the tools he needs to be successful.  We feel that Kevin will bring in some new ideas to help better our performance.  We welcome him to the Petty family."

    The team said Blickensderfer had been offered another position within the organization.

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  • Wake Forest shows off redesigned uniforms for 2015 (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Wake Forest released its new uniforms for 2015 on Tuesday with the help of a very dramatic video.

    According to the school's release, the jerseys feature a custom font to honor the school's founding in 1834.

    Does the description mean the school would switch uniforms if or when Clawson is no longer the coach? Clawson arrived at the school from Bowling Green before the 2014 season.

    Here are the uniforms in picture form. The set on the left is the alternate while the away uniform is in the middle and the road is on the right.

    For comparison's sake, here's the black jersey Wake Forest wore last year.

    We like the matte black helmets, though we've made no secret of our affinity for the style. We think the black jerseys on the left look the best of the three, at least in the pictures. The gold-dominated pattern stands out too much on both the white and the third jerseys.

    What do you think?

    For more Wake Forest news, visit DeaconsIllustrated.com.

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  • Here's what submissions won't be North Dakota's new nickname

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The University of North Dakota is looking for a new nickname after phasing out its previous "Fighting Sioux" one. It reached out to the public for ideas on the new nickname and well, you can guess that there were a ton of entertaining choices.

    It released the list of official candidates and non-candidates for selection on Monday, and as you can imagine, the list of the names rejected and the reasoning assocated with them is much more entertaining.

    You can find the link to the PDF here, but we want you to be warned there are some, uh, inappropriate ideas. We'll go through some of the highlights of ones fit to print below. If you're a fan of juvenile humor (aren't we all?), you know where to click.

    To view the list of considered names, click here.

    • There were multiple suggestions for "Ermine," a type of weasel. Not surprising it was rejected.

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