Nick Bromberg

  • For baseball players in the offseason, workouts depend on their role

    Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew 2 hrs ago

    JUPITER, Fla. – Predictably, a gym full of baseball players preparing for the 2015 season is a far different scene than what you'd see at your local gym. There's no one struggling on a treadmill. Instead of the bench press being the most prevalent exercise, the room is dominated by squats, deadlifts and lunges; all lower body exercises. There are a lot of people using foam rollers and doing shoulder strengthening routines.

    And while there is a lot of commonality in terms of exercise selection and philsophy, each player is training for his needs and role on the diamond.

    Just like an infielder doesn't throw regular bullpen sessions and an outfielder doesn't practice turning double plays up the middle, offseason workouts shouldn't be uniform for every professional baseball player. You can't simply ask how a baseball player works out. You need to specify, at the very least, the player's position. And even then, it's not as simple as saying every player at a certain position should train the same way.

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  • Former Florida player Chris Johnson dead at 22

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 16 hrs ago

    Chris Johnson, a former Florida player who most recently played for Duquesne, died on Friday.

    Per the Allegheny County medical examiner's office, Johnson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 22.

    From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

    He was found in a car in Churchill at 10:59 a.m. Friday. He is from Ocala, Fla. The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide.

    “Everyone associated with the Duquesne football program is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Chris," Duquesne football coach Jerry Schmitt said in a statement. "Chris was a passionate football player who was also a great teammate, who was loved by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chris’ family at this difficult time.”

    Johnson's final game at Florida was the 2013 Sugar Bowl loss to Louisville. He was ejected in the second half for throwing a punch after an onside kick. He was a senior in 2014 at Duquesne and had 55 tackles playing defensive back.


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  • Big crash on backstretch ends with cars piling into bare concrete walls

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 17 hrs ago

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    Before last Saturday's Xfinity Series race, the lap 256 crash that happened among Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman at Atlanta on Sunday would be just another crash. But now that we're in a post-Kyle Busch broken-bones world, it'll hopefully be yet another catalyst for change.

    After Hamlin got loose coming off turn two, he collected McMurray and Newman. McMurray's car spun into Gordon's and both of their cars slammed into walls that weren't covered with protective SAFER barrier, the same type of bare concrete walls that Busch's car slammed into at Daytona, breaking his right leg and his left foot.

    All of the drivers involved in the crash were uninjured.

    Pretty convenient to c that SAFER Barrier end just before @jeffgordonweb pounds wall. Hope he's healthy! When will this end @NASCAR

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  • No. 44 car reported stolen has been found

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    The reported stolen No. 44 Team Xtreme car was found Saturday morning.

    The team tweeted a picture of the car's owner with the car, which was found in suburban Atlanta. The Morrow Police Departmentconfirmed to the AP that the car had been recovered.

    So Happy to have "old faithful" back. Favorite race car.

    The hauler the car was in was reported stolen from the parking lot of a Drury Inn on Friday morning.According to police, the hauler was taken from the parking lot at 5:34 a.m. and was reported stolen at 5:52 a.m.

    The team was forced to withdraw from Sunday's Sprint Cup race because it was the only car it had prepared for the weekend.

    Team Xtreme qualified for the Daytona 500 and finished 32nd despite a crash in front row qualifying. The team has said it plans to attempt next week's race in Las Vegas.

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  • Atlanta qualifying marred by 13 cars failing to go through inspection

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Friday's qualifying session at Atlanta was blighted by inspection issues that apparently plagued 13 teams

    More than a quarter of the 47 cars attempting the race didn't get to make a qualifying attempt because they didn't get through inspection on time. According to Fox Sports 1, NASCAR said all 13 cars were at least on their second attempt for inspection after not passing their first time through.

    Jeff Gordon, one of the drivers whose car didn't get through inspection to make a qualifying attempt, called it "embarrassing."

    "First time ever. First time for everything I guess," Gordon said about the number of cars missing out on the first round. "This is absolutely embarrassing ... I just feel so bad for my guys ... to not even get a chance to go out on the race track is ridiculous. I know the fans, they deserve an apology. I don't know how many cars there must be back here that never even got a chance to go on the track.

    While hedging with an "I don't know" in typical Matt Kenseth style, the 2003 champion quipped that "Obviously they weren't organized to get everyone through tech it appears."

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  • Watch: Video from hotel where hauler containing Travis Kvapil's car was

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    The video from the hotel where Travis Kvapil's No. 44 car was located isn't too revealing.

    TMZ obtained the security footage from the Drury Inn where the hauler containing Kvapil's car for Sunday's race at Atlanta was reported stolen.

    The video shows a silver Jeep, identified in previous reports as belonging to the person(s) suspected of taking the truck. The Jeep is shown going into the parking lot and then backing up. A man then walks across the screen from the right to the left.

    However, it's inconclusive if the man shown in the video gets in the truck or not. He disappears and then headlights appear as the truck and hauler drive off to the left.

    The alleged theft took place shortly after 5:30 a.m. From USA Today:

    Team Xtreme crew chief Peter Sospenzo called police at 5:52 a.m. to report the trailer missing.

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  • New Texas A&M DC John Chavis sues LSU and A&M over contract

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis is suing his current employer and his former employer because of a dispute involving his pay at LSU.

    Yes, Chavis is suing Texas A&M. The Aggies are involved in the lawsuit because of what Chavis says is A&M's possible obligation to pay part of what he says he doesn't owe to LSU.

    We'll let KBTX explain:

    Chavis claims under his contract, he was given a right to terminate his employment agreement with LSU without cause with 30 days notice. If there were between zero and 11 months left on the deal, Chavis claimed he would owe nothing to LSU, but if between 11 and 23 months were left, he would owe $400,000 to the university.

    On January 2, 2015, Chavis claims LSU Director of Athletics Joe Alleva demanded that Chavis pay the university $400,000. On January 5, Chavis says he turned in this 30-day notice to terminate the contract without cause, making his last day February 4.

    Chavis' contract at LSU was scheduled to expire at the conclusion of 2015.

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  • Atlanta Motor Speedway gives Jeff Gordon a bandelero for his kids

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Jeff Gordon has said he doesn't want 2015 to become a farewell tour. But you can be damn sure he's going to get a lot of gifts throughout the season.

    The gift he got from Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday was pretty cool. The track gave him a No. 24 bandalero car for his kids Ella and Leo.

    “That is amazing," Gordon said after accepting the gift. "I appreciate you not giving me anything. Leo is going to want to sleep in this thing at night. I have a feeling this might end up in his bedroom for a year or two before he can drive it. That is awesome. Thank you so much. I was watching practice earlier with Xfinity and I saw the ‘Thanks 24’ out there in the grass. It really put a big smile on my face."

    Gordon's first Sprint Cup start came at Atlanta in 1992. It was also Richard Petty's last race. In 41 starts at the track he has five wins and 26 top-10 finishes.

    Will Ella, 7, and Leo, 4, race it? Ella turned laps in a quarter midget car last year.

    “When Leo is ready we have got one for him.  I think that they are going to drive some cars I just don’t know where it all is going to go.”

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  • Kyle Busch released from hospital

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Following two surgeries for the injuries he sustained in a crash in Saturday's Xfinity Series race, Kyle Busch has been released from the hospital.

    While my teams r still doin amazing work, we r here doin up final adjustments getting ready for recovery at home!

    Two surgeries, two hospitals, one very long week! So grateful we finally get to go home! Thank you God 🙏

    Busch had surgery on his broken left foot at a hospital in North Carolina after leaving Daytona. He had his right legoperated on while in Daytona.

    David Ragan is filling in for Busch in the No. 18 car.

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  • Hauler containing Travis Kvapil's Sprint Cup car reported stolen

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    Team Xtreme has withdrawn from Sunday's race at Atlanta after the No. 44 car Travis Kvapil was scheduled to drive was reported stolen from the parking lot of a hotel overnight Thursday.

    The team said the car was in a hauler attached to the back of a truck.

    Ok, to clarify. @Teamxtreme44 transporter is @amsupdates. The guys stayed and worked on the car Thursday at the shop in NC. They drove....

    down last night in a Ford dually and enclosed trailer with racecar inside. That was stolen out of hotel parking lot this am in Morrow, GA

    From NBC Sports:

    The black Ford pickup, white trailer (both with New Jersey license plates) and the No. 44 car were taken early Friday morning from outside the team’s hotel in Morrow, Ga. [Team Xtreme owner] John Cohen said hotel security video shows a silver Jeep pull up before the trailer was taken.

    “That was a thief that stole that,’’ Cohen told NASCAR Talk.

    UPDATE: Here's the security video from the hotel, as obtained by TMZ: