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Pro Football Focus picks their All-Pro team for 2013 - Bench McElroy
[quote]OFFENSE [b]Quarterback: Peyton Manning (DEN) and Philip Rivers (SD)[/b] Backups: Russell Wilson (SEA), Drew Brees (NO), Matthew Stafford (DET) and Tom Brady (NE) [b]Running Back: LeSean McCoy (PHI) and Jamaal Charles (KC)[/b] Backups: Eddie Lacy (GB), DeMarco Murray (DAL), Adrian ...


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Mack Brown is seeking as much as $1.3 million annually for the next seven years - Bench McElroy
[quote]Mack Brown is contractually obligated to receive at least $500,000 annually through 2020, but Texas’ soon-to-be former head football coach is pushing for a lot more. Don Evans, a former UT regent and one-time U.S. Secretary of Commerce, is involved with Brown’s buyout negotiations with sch...


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Jay-Z may soon compete with Drake, Lil Wayne and Birdman over blue-chip athletes - Bench McElroy
[quote]In a remix of the popular song “All Of The Lights,” produced by Jeff Bhasker and Kanye West, and featuring the performing artist publicly known as Drake, another popular artist named Big Sean raps, “my vision is 20/20 so I be counting a hundred 100's.” Drake is signed to Cash Money Records, ...


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Carl Crawford gets engaged to Chad Johnson's ex-wife Evelyn Lozada - Bench McElroy
[quote]Evelyn Lozada is switching sports allegiances — and getting married to boot. The 38-year-old "Basketball Wives" star announced her engagement to Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford on Christmas Day. Lozada, who is seven months pregnant with Crawford's child, is coming off a sho...


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Oklahoma RB: Alabama is the best team in the country and everybody knows it - Bench McElroy
[quote]The Tide may not be in the title game, but Oklahoma says they're still Alabama. Said Sooners running back Brennan Clay,"I honestly believe we are playing the best team in the country. I think everyone else knows that as well. So we are preparing hard, and we're up for the challenge."[/quot...


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Kate Winslet is a closet Alabama fan - Bench McElroy
[quote]Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll have chosen the name Bear for their new baby son. The child will have his famous mom's surname, so he'll be Bear Winslet, the Oscar winner's rep, Carrie Gordon, confirms to USA TODAY. Winslet, 38, welcomed her third child on Dec. 7 at a National Health Ser...


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Martin Scorsese: I'm not a fan of The Sopranos - Bench McElroy
[quote]He does not watch much television, despite having worked on Boardwalk Empire for the last five years: “I don’t have time to watch any other shows, the famous ones. I’ve seen a few episodes of some, in fact. I only watched The Sopranos once or twice. I just couldn’t connect with it. People won...


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Rumor about the real reason why Prince Fielder struggled last season - Bench McElroy
[quote]I led with this item on the last podcast, but after enough inquiring Google searches landing on this site in regards to the rumor; it’s time to bring into the open what I know (what I heard). So at my real job – the one that has kept me barely blogging this winter - I am approached by a fr...


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Floyd Mayweather makes fun of Manny Pacquiao in his Christmas card to the world - Bench McElroy
[quote][img]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BcL9n3sCIAASMC4.jpg:large[/img] Floyd Mayweather @FloydMayweather This is my Christmas card to the world... Happy Sleepy Holidays zzzzzzzzzzzz [/quote] [link=(http://www.cbssports.com/general/eye-on-sports/24386114/look-floyd-mayweather-mocks-m...


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Rick Reilly: I hated Ray Lewis and then I met him - Bench McElroy
[quote]The times I loathe myself the most are when I'm so cocksure of something, so bulletproof screwed-down certain, that I don't make room for the possibility that I might not be just wrong, I might be loud wrong. Take, for instance, Ray Lewis. Despised him. Didn't trust him. Didn't matter t...


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Cleveland Browns fans threatened to kill Marty Schottenheimer's son - Bench McElroy
You can hear the story in 0:30 mark of this video. [link=(http://www.nfl.com/videos/a-football-life/0ap2000000300078/A-Football-Life-Marty-Schottenheimer-The-family-fist)]LINK[/link] And Browns fans wonder why they've been stuck with a bad team for so long. :dope: ...


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It looks like the Penn State job will open up in a few weeks - Bench McElroy
[quote]Penn State coach Bill O'Brien amended his contract last summer with the intent to lower the buyout any NFL team would have to pay the school and make it easier for him to jump to the pros, a copy of the Nittany Lions coach's contract provided to ESPN reveals, and there already have been conve...


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Scott Boras pushes for New Jersey, Montreal to get a major league baseball team - Bench McElroy
[quote]Super agent Scott Boras said it again — New Jersey would make a great home for a major league baseball team. But, Boras said, the Yankees and Mets would have a problem with anyone trying to bring one to the Garden State. "In the New Jersey and New York area," Boras said at the Winter Me...


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Farewell to Candlestick Park, the worst stadium in sports - Bench McElroy
[quote] I hate my park .... In San Francisco .... OK, so that's NOT what Tony Bennett sang. But very few do wax rhapsodic about Candlestick Park, that condemned property by the Bay. It will be host to one last scheduled sporting event this Monday night (a 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons football ...


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Earl Thomas on who he wants to be the next Texas HC: Anybody but Jim Harbaugh - Bench McElroy
[quote]Former Longhorn, and current Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas is an interested third party in the Longhorns’ coaching search to replace Mack Brown. Thomas didn’t have any ideas to fill the position when speaking to ESPN’s Ryen Russillo. But there was one name he wanted Texas to...


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Nick Saban's daughter asks judge to end lawsuit over fight with sorority sister - Bench McElroy
[quote]The daughter of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban said evidence proves she isn't to blame for a fight with a sorority sister who is now suing over the brawl, and she is asking a judge to rule in her favor. Lawyers for Kristen Saban have filed legal documents asking Tuscaloosa...


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Jim Harbaugh: I'm sick and tired of unnamed sources linking me to the Texas job - Bench McElroy
[quote]Harbaugh’s name surfaced last week in reports that he would be among the coaches that the University of Texas would target to replace Mack Brown. Sources told CSNBayArea.com that Harbaugh has no desire to return to the college ranks. But Harbaugh was apparently talking about the reports th...


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SI: Texas should worry about a Tennessee-like aftermath after ousting Mack Brown - Bench McElroy
[quote]Does the Mack Brown saga remind you at all of what happened with Phillip Fulmer at Tennessee? Successful, long-tenured coaches in competitive conferences who found new up-and-comers edging them out of programs they once led to national championships? If so, are there enough similarities that ...


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Most NFL scouts view McCarron as a second or third round draft pick - Bench McElroy
[quote]The strongest scouting opinions on Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron among NFL clubs vary wildly, from a late first-round pick to as late as Round 5, according to Reese's Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage, but most identify the Crimson Tide's fifth-year senior as a second- or third-rou...


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Birmingham News columnist blasts Bama for giving Saban another raise - Bench McElroy
[quote]For the sake of dealing with one number, let's go with the $7.5 million figure. So, how much is $7.5 million a year in salary? It's roughly 72 times more than Gov. Robert Bentley makes a year, if he took his salary, which he does not. It's 14 times more than what University of Alabama Pres...


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Connecticut Police Investigating ‘Untimely Death’ of Aaron Hernandez Associate - Bench McElroy
[quote]Another associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been found dead. According to the Hartford Courant, authorities who were responding to a 911 call found 27-year-old Tabitha Perry on the floor "unconscious and not breathing" at the home of a friend she was visi...


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Trent Dilfer: The NFL Product sucks - Bench McElroy
He said it last month on SVP and Russillo during the time of the Ahmad Brooks/Drew Brees controversy. Do you agree with his comments? I think he makes a lot of good points. [quote]Ryen Russillo: Trent, I want to ask you a bigger picture though. We're going to get to the game here in a second. I'...


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Matt Stafford = Less clutch version of Tony Romo - Bench McElroy
What is his career record against teams with a winning record now? 1-35? ...


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NFL.com ranks the ten most heartbreaking losses of Tony Romo's career - Bench McElroy
[quote]10. October 27, 2013: Last-second loss to Detroit Dallas blows a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and gives up an 80-yard touchdown drive with one minute left to lose to Matthew Stafford and the gang. 9. September 12, 2011: Week 1 loss to the Jets In Romo's first game back from ...


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Oakland A's looking to build $500 million ballpark at waterfront site - Bench McElroy
[quote]Imagine AT&T Park flanked by giant shipping cranes - that's pretty much the vision A's boosters have for a 38,000-seat ballpark at the Port of Oakland, just west of Jack London Square. The $500 million waterfront ballpark is being proposed by a team led by Clorox chairman and CEO Don Knaus...


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Cleveland Browns staggering run of ineptitude - Bench McElroy
[quote]Tom Withers ?@twithersAP 6h #Browns are second NFL team with at least 10 10-plus loss seasons in 11-year span. They join the #Buccaneers. #miserylovescompany[/quote] [link=(https://twitter.com/CLE_CLCFan/status/412655274009174017)]LINK[/link]...


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Fox Sports: How every rumored candidate is denying interest in the Texas job - Bench McElroy
[quote]If you were out of the Texas loop over the weekend, let’s get caught up by looking at the major names that have been thrown around and what each one has said (or not said) about the gig they’re rumored to be a candidate for. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers "I always had a desire to com...


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Why isn't Texas looking at Rex Ryan as a coaching candidate? - Bench McElroy
Rex is an excellent x's and o's guy and imagine how good he would be on the recruiting trail. He also has a good amount of college experience (4 years as Division I DC, 10+ years as college coach). And I think he's pretty attainable too. It's only a matter of time before Geno gets him fired. I think...


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Longhorns list of candidates includes Pete Carroll, Mike McCarthy and Chip Kelly - Bench McElroy
[quote]Santa's not the only one with a list. New Longhorns athletic director Steve Patterson has a list of NFL coaches he's considering for Texas' vacant head coach position according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen said on "Sunday NFL Countdown", via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Included on that...


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R.I.P. Joan Fontaine, dead at 96 - Bench McElroy
[quote]Joan Fontaine, the patrician blond actress who rose to stardom as a haunted second wife in the Alfred Hitchcock film “Rebecca” in 1940 and won an Academy Award for her portrayal of a terrified newlywed in Hitchcock’s “Suspicion,” died at her home in Carmel, Calif., on Sunday. She was 96. H...


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