Nick Bromberg

  • Former Alabama RB Altee Tenpenny says he's heading to UNLV

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago

    Coach Tony Sanchez has a high profile transfer to start his UNLV career.

    Former Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny said he was heading to the Rebels on his Instagram account. Al.com first reported Tenpenny's choice as his Instagram account is listed as private.

    Tenpenny won't be eligible to make an immediate impact for Sanchez, however. He's got to sit out the 2015 season and will have two years to play. Sanchez is beginning his first season as UNLV coach after coaching at Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman High School.

    When he is eligible to play, Tenpenny could be a huge boost to UNLV's backfield. Last year, the Rebels averaged just 3.6 yards per carry as a team and the leading rusher was senior Shaquille Murray-Lawrence with 552 yards.

    For more UNLV news, visit Rebel-Net.com. 

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  • Power Rankings: Does Earnhardt Jr. crack the top two?

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 hr 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): Can you imagine the reaction if Johnson passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the last couple laps? Of course, the chances of that happening were slimmer than they otherwise would have been given the two drivers' Hendrick relationship, but Johnson could have done some serious damage to his popularity with the pass. And yes, Johnson is popular, Vader-haters. Though if you look at the rest of the top five, Johnson easily would have been the second-most popular choice for the win.

    5. Martin Truex Jr. (LW: 6): Truex beat Harvick at Talladega to cut into his points lead ... by two points (Harvick was three sports behind Truex but led a lap). Barring some sort of collapse, Truex is going to make the Chase via points. Yeah, we sound like a broken record, but given the team's struggles in the first half of last year, it can't be repeated enough how good they've been in 2015.

  • Happy Hour: Our driving experience, race lengths, engines and more

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 5 days ago

    Throughout the week you can send us your best questions, jokes, rants and just plain miscellaneous thoughts to happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com or @NickBromberg. We'll post them here and have a good time.

    It's Talladega week.

    Here's to turning up, slowing down, and cars that go real fast.

    We'll be taking care of some non-racing business this weekend, but we've got the race on the DVR and Jay Busbee will be at Talladega. We can't wait for October, where we hope to see both the Alabama Crimson Tide and Talladega in person. And it will be wonderful.

    Side note of actual news before we continue. Joe Gibbs Racing has confirmed that Erik Jones will be in the No. 18 starting at Kansas. David Ragan moves to the No. 55 at Michael Waltrip Racing that weekend.

    Back to our regularly scheduled nonsense.

    Did the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Kansas Speedway last week and man, was it a lot of fun. It was our first time in a stock car on an oval and got up to 134 MPH. Which, frankly, is embarrassing. WE NEEDED TO GO FASTER.

    Yesterday, the following was the afternoon topic on Sirius XM's NASCAR channel.

    WE THINK SHE WILL.

     

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  • Poll: 46 percent of Iowa fans approve of Kirk Ferentz's job

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Almost a third of Iowa fans don't have a very high opinion of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, at least according to a new poll.

    Public Policy Polling surveyed 1,219 Iowans and asked their favorabilty ratings of local politicians and influential figures. When Iowa fans were asked if they approved of the job Ferentz was doing, 30 percent said they disapproved while 24 percent said they were unsure. The other 46 percent approved of his job.

    Iowa lost three games in a row to end 2014 and finish 7-6. The Hawkeyes haven't had double-digit wins since 2009, though they've gone to a bowl in 12 of the last 14 seasons. Last year, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, he had a 60 percent approval rating while 13 percent didn't approve.

    Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffrey had a 65 percent approval rating.

    The most popular coach, despite his team's 2015 NCAA tournament loss, was Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg. He has a 74 percent approval rating.

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  • Auburn DE Elijah Daniel suspended after burglary arrest

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Auburn defensive end Elijah Daniel is suspended indefinitely from the football team after his arrest on theft and burglary charges.

    From Al.com:

    Daniel was booked on four theft of property charges ranging from first to third degree, including two third-degree charges, and four burglary charges ranging from second to third degree. His bond totals $24,000, according to online records.

    Two of the theft charges and all four burglary charges are classified as felonies.

    The site also said walk-on DeNorris James, who had joined the team in the spring, was also arrested on the same charges. More information about the arrests was not initially available.

    According to a statement, coach Gus Malzahn is aware of the situation.

    Daniel had 15 tackles and a sack in 2014 and is expected to be an important part of Auburn's defensive line in 2015. He was a four-star recruit according to Rivals and the No. 8 strongside defensive end in the country in 2013. He was the No. 2 prospect in the state of Indiana.

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  • Random Recap: The 2005 UAW-Ford 500

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 5 days ago

    Dale Jarrett snuck ahead of Tony Stewart before the caution flag waved on the final lap to win the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega.

    The race was extended two laps because of a crash and Jarrett restarted fourth, behind leader Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman and Stewart. He was fourth as the field headed into the tri-oval on the penultimate lap when Stewart made a big attempt at a pass on both Newman and Kenseth, who had maintained the lead.

    After passing Newman on the high side Stewart dove low to pass Kenseth, who threw a block. As Kenseth attempted to make sure Stewart didn't get around him, Jarrett cruised around on the high side, pulling even with Stewart through turns one and two on the final lap.

    The two were side-by-side down the backstretch as Jarrett held a slim lead. As he was ahead of Stewart, the caution came out for a crash involving Kyle Petty, meaning the field was frozen and Jarrett had his 32nd Sprint Cup Series win.

    Kenseth ended up third while Newman was fourth. Carl Edwards, a fourth Chase driver, was fifth.

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  • Jeff Gordon to drive pace car at Indianapolis 500

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 5 days ago

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    Jeff Gordon has never done the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 "double." He's not doing both races in the same day again in 2015, but it may be the closest he's ever come to trying it.

    Wednesday, Chevrolet announced Gordon would drive the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 before he retuns to Charlotte to drive in the 600 on May 24.

    He's never competed in the 500.

    "As I got older, I moved to Indiana," Gordon, who was born in California, said. "My first car was a Chevy. My second car was a Chevy. Now I get to drive Chevrolets every weekend on the racetrack and win in a Chevy.  To do it here in Indianapolis is the ultimate.

    "There's only one thing that was missing, that was the Indy 500. This is as close as I think I'm going to get.  But this is pretty awesome."

    The four-time Sprint Cup Series champion is retiring from full-time competition at the end of 2015. He grew up racing open-wheel cars but hasn't driven a CART or IndyCar Series race in his career. He ran his first Cup Series race in 1992.

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  • Report: SEC coaches not allowed to attend Michigan's camp

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    If you were wondering if any coaches would take Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh up on his open camp invitation, you can knock coaches from the SEC off your list of candidates.

    SEC coaches have reportedly been told they can't attend Harbaugh's "Exposure U." The Michigan coach posted an open invite to the camp on Twitter amidst the ruckus around satellite football camps.

    I was told SEC coaches were notified about 10 minutes ago they are not allowed to be guest speakers at Michigan's Exposure U camp.

    Last tweet, SEC coaches were notified by the SEC they aren't able to attend Michigan's camp

    We're guessing that there weren't many coaches itching to go in the first place. Or that the invitation was more tongue-in-cheek than anything else.

    Mark Richt on Jim Harbaugh's camp invitation to all coaches: “I don’t know how many guys wanna go up there and freeze their tail off."

    This debate isn't going to end quickly. Or very easily, it seems.

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  • GoDaddy dropping Danica Patrick's car sponsorship

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 6 days ago

    GoDaddy won't be returning to sponsor Danica Patrick's car next season.

    The company announced Tuesday it is ending its primary sponsorship of Patrick's Sprint Cup Series ride. She has been sponsored by GoDaddy for the entirety of her Sprint Cup Series career.

    The company would still like to sign Patrick to a personal services contract, and a spokesperson said it was looking to expand its international brand. NASCAR is much more popular in the United States than it is in other parts of the world.

    From USA Today:

    "We love Danica and all she does to empower and inspire people, especially women, which is why we are working to keep her in the GoDaddy family," GoDaddy chief marketing officer Phil Bienert said. "We have the utmost respect for Stewart-Haas Racing, and they've been phenomenal partners. In fact, NASCAR has been a tremendous domestic platform to help us achieve an 81 percent aided brand awareness domestically, but at this stage, we need a range of marketing assets that reach a more globally-diverse set of customers."

  • Georgia looking at games at 'iconic stadiums'

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    Georgia is looking to strengthen its non-conference schedule and is taking possible opponents' stadiums into consideration.

    According to Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity, the Bulldogs would like to play road games at "iconic stadiums."

    From the Macon Telegraph:

    "I ask staff, I ask friends, I ask donors, if you had two or three places where would you like to go? And they've aligned with what I think," McGarity said Tuesday before a UGA Day in Albany. "So that's what we're trying to do, is do some experiences not only for our fans but our students."

    The Bulldogs are already playing a home-and-home series with Notre Dame starting in 2017. The Bulldogs head to Notre Dame that season and get the Fighting Irish at home in 2019.

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