IHRA Summer Nationals Nitro Jam Concludes In Illinois

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Racing has concluded, but spectators were left with plenty to remember (via dragzine)

After twelve years gone, the IHRA Summer Nationals Nitro Jam Event returned to Cordova Dragway, and the results were massive.

Racing began on Friday, with the professional show beginning at seven.  The weather could not have been more beautiful the entire weekend—sunny and 80 degrees—for both the massive number of spectators and the racers. Read More »

Heisman Watch: Jameis Winston

Archie Griffin is the only player to ever win the Heisman Trophy twice (via toptenz)

Archie Griffin is the only player to ever win the Heisman Trophy twice (via toptenz)

Last year Jameis Winston had to work for everything earned. It all started in the spring and preseason when he battled for the starting quarterback job with Jacob Coker. Although Coker put up a good fight Winston was able to impress head coach Jimbo Fisher just enough to start. When the season opened up Winston led the Florida State Seminoles to a 41-13 victory over Pittsburgh. After that win Jameis Winston and FSU didn’t look back. They went undefeated during the Read More »

MLB Week in Review: AL West

Excellence is going to be a necessity to claim the AL West. The Oakland Athletics have dominated baseball thus far, and with recent additions to further bolster the squad’s pitching staff, this division is all but wrapped up. The Los Angeles Angels continue to trail the A’s closely, while the Seattle Mariners have made a case for the playoffs. The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers have taken a back seat in the competitive division and the American League. Read More »

MLB Week in Review: AL East

Boston continues to falter and can find no offense (via bosoxinjection)

Boston continues to falter and can find no offense (via bosoxinjection)

After a slight breather, the second half of the AL East race has picked up right where it left off. The Baltimore Orioles have managed to pull ahead with a slim lead over the rest of the division. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees have managed to limp through significant health issues while the Toronto Blue Jays are looking to recover from a major collapse before the All-Star festivities. Also, the Boston Red Sox are just ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays near the bottom of the division, but neither team is out of the pennant race. Read More »

San Antonio Spurs: Free Agency Champions

The Spurs made probably their biggest splash in free agency by keeping Gregg Popovich (via thefumble)

The Spurs made probably their biggest splash in free agency by keeping Gregg Popovich (via thefumble)

Ever since the creation of the modern-day “Big 3″ (Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett) each free agency period has become less about finding a player that fits the mission of a particular team and more about finding the best available superstar to pair with your current superstar in order to have the best chance at claiming a title. The new vibe around free agency is keeping up with the Jones’; almost every team in the league gets better during the free agency period, especially those who fell just short of winning a championship the previous season. Teams need to keep up, they need to sign better players while keeping the good and great players they have now, and every team seems to operate the same way, except for one. Read More »

The Heisman Watch: Todd Gurley

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Will Todd Gurley be the first player from the University of Georgia to win the Heisman Trophy, since Herschel Walker? (via sportsworldreport)

In the past four seasons the Heisman Trophy has gone to a quarterback. This has been especially tough on running backs. The last running back to win the award was Mark Ingram in 2009. Since 1990 there have been only six running backs who won the award if you count Reggie Bush’s vacated one. If there is a running back that should win the award it has to be Georgia running back Todd Gurley.

In just two seasons at Georgia Todd Gurley has been nothing short of spectacular. As a Read More »

Today in History: Sonny Liston vs Floyd Patterson II

On July 22, 1963, Sonny Liston defeated Floyd Patterson in their second meeting to defend the heavyweight title at the Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Patterson hit the ground three times and was finally counted out 2:10 into the first round. Ironically, a ring side vendor yelled “Last round, folks,” before the match started.

The contract for their first meeting bound the two fighters to a rematch within a year if Patterson lost. He was defeated 2:06 into the first round at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The fight gave Liston the heavyweight title. Read More »

Gunner Kiel Looks To Prove Doubters Wrong At The University of Cincinnati

Gunner Kiel will look to prove many wrong after being very indecisive and finally making his choice to stay at the University of Cincinnati. (via cincinnati)

Gunner Kiel will look to prove many wrong after being very indecisive and finally making his choice to stay at the University of Cincinnati. (via cincinnati)

Two years ago, quarterback Gunner Kiel became the laughing stock of college football after notoriously committing to Indiana, then leaving and committing to LSU, after that, he once again left and ended up at Notre Dame, eventually leaving Notre Dame and transferring to Cincinnati after one season.

Kiel was mocked for being indecisive, but not many people looked at it from his perspective. College students go through different stages and ask themselves many questions. People fail to realize that like Kiel, many college students jump from part-time job to part-time job because they hate it or that  students switch majors various times because they have no idea what they want to do with their lives. Being indecisive can be an attribute of being young. Read More »

Staten Island Yankees vs. Williamsport Crosscutters

The Staten Island Yankees returned home for a six game stand (via Grandstand University)

The Staten Island Yankees returned home for a six game stand (via Grandstand University)

After a decent six-game road trip (2-4), the Staten Island Yankees return home for a six-game home stand. Staten Island (16-16) opens the six-game home stand with a three-game series against the Williamsport Crosscutters (17-15). “It’s wonderful. We love playing here as a group. We love New York and this view never gets old,” Staten Island Yankees manager Mario Garza said before the game.

During Staten Island’s average road trip, the offense turned around. During the six-game road trip, Staten Island scored 27 runs on 49 hits. In the previous six games, the Yankees scored 16 runs, which is almost less than half of the runs scored during the six-game road trip, on 45 hits. Read More »

MLB Power Rankings: Week 16

As you have probably guessed before even reading this first sentence, the Oakland Athletics once again top Grandstand U’s MLB Power Rankings after Week 16 of the MLB regular season. Oakland is the best team in baseball, and that has been proven time and time again; however, there is another team in the A.L. West who is only inches behind. The Los Angeles Angels come in at second in this week’s rankings for another consecutive week. Still one and a half games out in the A.L. West, the Angels are coming off a hard-fought series victory over the Seattle Mariners. As the final months of the season are on the horizon, one can only imagine how exciting this divisional race will be. Read More »