Here is a look at the 2015 preseason poll order of finish as voted on by members of the media.
BU's Davis Named Preseason AP All-American
Junior forward Nina Davis (Baylor) is one of five players chosen to the preseason Associated Press All-America team by a 32-member national media panel. The junior forward was also named the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year. She was a unanimous …
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With the 2008 season right around the corner, it’s time to predict how each division will pan out. Let’s take a look at the NFC South.
1.New Orleans Saints: This team looks poised to make a serious run at the conference championship. The offense is swimming with talent. Drew Brees will have two big targets in Marques Colston and the newly-acquired Jeremy Shockey. The addition of Shockey will be big, as Brees has an affinity for throwing to tight ends (Brees was the quarterback in San Diego that helped Antonio Gates become the star he is today). Look for a bounce-back season from Reggie Bush; he’ll make some of the plays that everybody thought would have him selling NFL tickets by the boatload. The defense should be much improved, thanks largely in part to the highway robbery of a trade that the Saints pulled off when they acquired Jonathan Vilma from the New York Jets. Vilma has Pro Bowl written all over him; he was just stuck in the wrong scheme in New York. Sedrick Ellis should help plug up the middle of the defensive line, and while the secondary is still suspect, I think the Saints will be a real contender in 2008.
2.Carolina Panthers: The Panthers are a well-balanced team. They’ve got a lot of weapons on offense and a solid defense as well. Running back tandem Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams complement each other well and should make a formidable duo. Jake Delhomme has two reliable receivers in Steve Smith and Muhsin Muhammad. The Panthers might have the best defensive player in the entire league in Julius Peppers and have playmakers at every level on the defense side of the ball.
3.Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The major problem I have with this team is that the roster is getting old, especially the defense. They have a number of aging quarterbacks, all of which are serviceable, but none of which are great. The running back situation is iffy with Earnest Graham; Cadillac Williams may return around midseason. They just don’t have a guy with that “it” factor on either side of the ball.
4.Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons are rebuilding and did well in drafting Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan in an effort to move on from the Michael Vick era. Fans will need to be patient with Ryan, who will be starting from day one but won’t need to be coddled. The thing I like about Ryan is his mental fortitude; his nickname “Matty Ice” suggests that he has ice water in his veins. The team landed a solid running back in Michael Turner and has Jerious Norwood to provide a nice change of pace. The defense leaves much to be desired, but it’s a work in progress for the Falcons.
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With the 2008 NFL season right around the corner, it’s time to predict how each division will pan out. Let’s take a look at the AFC West.
1.San Diego Chargers: This team took down the Colts, albeit without Marvin Harrison and Dwight Freeney, and gave the Patriots a run for their money in the AFC Championship without LaDainian Tomlinson and with a hobbled Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates. The Chargers’ roster is filled with Pro Bowlers and they have two of the best defensive players in the league in Shawne Merriman and Antonio Cromartie. Merriman could miss the season with a knee injury, but the Chargers will still fare very well, even without him. This is all but a lock.
2.Denver Broncos: The Broncos have some good players and a bright future on offense, but the defense is aging and the overall roster doesn’t look like a playoff team. Jay Cutler is one of the league’s up-and-coming studs, as is his favorite target Brandon “Baby T.O.” Marshall. These two guys should be hooking up for big gains for the next decade if Marshall can stay out of trouble. The backfield situation is unclear as usual, but probably won’t matter much if history is an indication.
3.Oakland Raiders: The Raiders still have a ways to go, but they should definitely make some strides this season. There is a chance that they’ll finish second in the division due to their defense and soft schedule, but I just wasn’t prepared to make that my official prediction. The team has perhaps the best secondary in the league aside from the Dallas Cowboys and the defensive unit as a whole should be pretty stingy. The offense is young and lacks receivers, but both JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden have the potential to be superstars and guys who sell loads of NFL tickets. Look for Russell to take some steps in the right direction by using tight end Zach Miller early and often in games. McFadden should outshine supposed starter Justin Fargas and earn the starting gig by the end of the season.
4.Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs have a bright future and had one of the best rebuilding drafts I’ve ever seen, but they’re just not ready to contend as of now. The Chiefs nabbed the best defensive player in the draft in Glenn Dorsey, who should be dominant as long as he can stay healthy. I do think that Brodie Croyle is a quality player and will develop into a starting caliber signal caller in the NFL, but I also believe that Larry Johnson is out of gas and will never return to Pro Bowl form.
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Nfl Expert Picks Preseason
It’s the final week of the NFL preseason which means it’s also the final week to do some sports handicapping and scouting before you make those regular season NFL weekly picks.
I know you’re reading this, thinking to yourself, “How do I scout when we’ll be lucky to see the starters past the National Anthem?” All the better to make some extra money during the season with, my dear.
There’s no doubt that having A-list starters go a long way toward NFL success. It doesn’t take a football genius to see that a team quarterbacked by Peyton Manning will usually have more success than one led by Alex Smith. But this isn’t your dad’s NFL. Heck, it’s not even your big brother’s NFL. Today’s league is defined by much more specialization in the past, with coaches squeezing every bit of work they can out of their 45-man active rosters.
Nickel and dime-backs have become a lot more valuable than their titles would indicate. With the emphasis on their performance and that of other specialists like third-down and short-yardage running backs, cover corners and run-stuffing nose tackles, every player on the roster usually has an important role to fill. Nfl Expert Picks Preseason
Enter the fourth and final preseason game. This is where guys are playing for their NFL lives. This is the week that coaches make their final decision on who will make the roster and how their rotations will work. Sure, Drew Brees and Darren Sharper had a big hand in the Saints winning the Super Bowl. But the key to any championship winning club is the ability to have the unsung Grind Guys doing their jobs on a weekly basis.
The genius of the New England Patriots in the 2000s wasn’t their ability to snag Tom Brady in the sixth round – although that was pretty damn smart. Their biggest strength was being able to take overlooked young players (who’s Tully Banta-Cain?) or discarded veterans (Rodney Harrison, anyone?) and put them in situations where they could succeed. Those are the teams that you want to pay attention to in the preseason. They can be NFL gold.
So before you yawn your way through these final NFL appetizers before the main course, realize that these could be the key to winning your NFL weekly picks and impressing your friends. Hey, sometimes it takes a little pain to get to some eventual pleasure. You can thank me later. Nfl Expert Picks Preseason
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If you are a basketball fan, you know that basketball is great, exciting and fun. Millions of people just love basketball, specifically the NBA games! It is the ostentatious display of smart strategies, the mad basketball skills and the amazing athletic performances that always keep me hooked on the game. Plus, there are a lot of great NBA personalities to watch out for on and off the court. Now, if you are a basketball fan like me, you might want to try and up the excitement. You can do this by getting yourself involved in the exciting world of basketball betting.
What is great about basketball betting is you can bet on the game whether or not the NBA season has begun. If bookies see an opportunity to raise money, then you can be sure that they will have basketball betting action ready for you. The NBA preseason is an opportunity to drum up business for bookies so NBA preseason betting is something that you can participate in. However, it is important to note that the bookies do limit their offerings to just taking this as a side wager with the exception of one or two sportsbooks out there. The NBA basketball betting preseason shares some of the concepts of NFL preseason betting in the sense that you choose whichever team you would want to win. If a coach really wants to dominate the preseason then the coach can put the better players, the superstar players, to play for a longer duration of time.
So, the fact that home teams will perform phenomenally well in their home court during the NBA preseason show comes as no surprise.
In data taken from the NBA 09 – 10 preseason, the numbers show that the home team wins in an 18 – 5 straight up game. We all understand the logic behind this. If you are in a basketball team, or any sports team for that matter, playing at home is inspirational and you get motivated by the energy of your fans in the home crowd so players work harder and perform better.
Another common aspect of NBA preseason basketball betting is the planning of game strategies by the coaches beforehand. When you find a basketball team eyeing players that will make the cut to join the team, the coach will say this as early as preseason.
When a basketball team gets poor records or poor attendance in the previous season, studies show that when it comes to home court, the players will be performing better. Try doing your own research and take in all the data you will find. You’d actually be surprised on all the useful facts you’ll find out there.
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New Ford Fusion NASCAR stock car. New 2013 Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup Car Brings the “Stock Car” Back to NASCAR New 2013 Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup Car Brings the “Stock Car” Back to NASCAR Click here to download related images. Ford Racing unveils 2013 Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup redesign at Charlotte Motor Speedway during NASCAR Media Tour. 2013 Sprint Cup car features full redesign by Ford designers to mirror 2013 Fusion production car and return brand identity to the track. New Fusion race car will debut at Daytona 500 in February, 2013. The 2013 Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup car, unveiled today as part of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour, was worked on by Ford designers in an effort to bring brand identity back to the sport. The result is undeniable with the 2013 Sprint Cup car mirroring the recently unveiled 2013 Ford Fusion production car. Featuring a completely redesigned sleek new silhouette and fresh face, the 2013 Fusion Sprint Cup car was designed to be the face of a new era of stock car racing. “We wanted Fusion to be the car that helped return ‘stock car’ to NASCAR.” stated Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “I think fans, when they see the car, are just going to smile and cheer. It is going to reengage them with the sport and make the sport better because there is just something natural about seeing race cars that look like cars in their driveways.” This marks the third time Ford simultaneously launched production and NASCAR versions of a new …
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