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Greg Biffle takes the winner’s cheers at Michigan. (AP Photo)

Greg Biffle won the Pure Michigan 400 from Michigan International Speedway on Sunday afternoon and became the points leader in the process.

The Biff, as he is called by many, captured his second win of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and was able to snap a seven race winless streak at MIS for Roush-Fenway Racing.

Jimmie Johnson, who looked to be the one to beat towards the end of the race, would blow an engine with four laps to go.  This wasn’t the first engine issue for the Hendrick organization. Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon also had engine issues earlier in the race.

“I was closing in on [Johnson] and I don’t know if I would have got him in those eight laps or not but it would have been a hell of a run to the end,” said Biffle.

Polesitter Mark Martin led the most laps but finished his race on lap 65 in a scary crash against one of the pitwall openings. The concrete barrier penetrated the side of the car right behind the driver’s seat, while Kahne’s crew members were also lucky to escape getting hit by Martin’s car.

The next race for the Sprint Cup Series is Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Unofficial Race Results:
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Okay, what in tarnation is going on? This Ryan Lochte kid wins a couple of gold medals during the London Summer Olympics, rocks some USA flavored grills (which was pretty cool at the time) and now he thinks he’s some authority on the word “Jeah”? Child please! Lochte must be out of his god damned mind if he thinks he can trademark “Jeah” and get away scott free. He’s clearly trying to squeeze as much as he can out of his 5 minutes but can we hold our horses on him trying to pimp out jeah? I hope to hell not.  Read the rest of this entry »

Every year we get into week 8 or 9 of the NFL season and say to ourselves, “Man I had no idea ___ was going to be good/much better this year”.  Last year the two teams fans probably said that the most about were the 49ers or the Lions.  And then who can forget the epic “handshake” at the end of their game?

Granted, the 49ers play in the horrid NFC West, but no one in their right mind would have chosen Alex Smith to be the QB to lead their team to a division title.  That was supposed to be Sam Bradford.  But with the Rams riddled with injuries, the 49ers and first year head coach Jim Harbaugh, laid the smack down.

As week 1 of the preseason has now wrapped up, I have scoured the teams and have come up with 5 teams that could fly under the radar this season and surprise people. Read the rest of this entry »

AP Photo/Autostock, Russell LaBounty
Alex Tagliani poses with the pole award for the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, in Montreal.

IndyCar Series veteran driver, Alex Tagliani will make his fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series start on the pole for the Napa Auto Parts 200 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in his hometown of Montreal on Saturday afternoon. With a lap of 100.865 seconds, 96.687 mph, Tagliani was able to capture his first pole in the series. Sam Hornish, Jr. will start second, but will make the trip to Michigan International Speedway to compete in the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, while Jacque Villenueve will start third.

Fans can catch the Napa Auto Parts 200 beginning with the NASCAR Countdown at 2pm EST on ESPN.

Starting Lineup:

  1. Alex Tagliani
  2. Sam Hornish Jr.
  3. Jacques Villeneuve
  4. Danica Patrick
  5. Kyle Busch
  6. Michael McDowell
  7. Cole Whitt
  8. Ron Fellows
  9. Billy Johnson
  10. Brian Scott
  11. Brendan Gaughan
  12. Andrew Ranger
  13. Patrick Carpentier
  14. Eric Curran
  15. Justin Allgaier
  16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  17. Elliott Sadler
  18. Jason Bowles
  19. Austin Dillon
  20. Alex Kennedy
  21. Brad Sweet
  22. Mike Wallace
  23. Mike Bliss
  24. Chris Cook
  25. Jeff Green
  26. Jeremy Clements
  27. Kyle Kelley
  28. Kenny Habul
  29. Timmy Hill
  30. Blake Koch
  31. Daryl Harr
  32. Tayler Malsam
  33. Michael Annett
  34. Eric Darnell
  35. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin
  36. Tim Andrews
  37. John Young
  38. Dexter Stacey
  39. Tony Raines
  40. Chase Miller
  41. Matt DiBenedetto
  42. Eric McClure
  43. Derek White
DNQ: Ryan Ellis (No. 52)

With a speed of 199.706mph, Mark Martin captured the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. This is Martin’s 55th career pole, but his first pole at MIS.  Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson round out the top three.  Of note, Parker Klingerman qualified for Sam Hornish, Jr. who is focusing on his NASCAR Nationwide Series ride in Canada but will be in the car on Sunday. This was Kligerman’s first time qualifying for the Cup Series.

Coverage for the Pure Michigan 400 from Michigan International Speedway begins at noon eastern time on ESPN.

Starting Lineup:

  1. Mark Martin
  2. Carl Edwards
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Kasey Kahne
  6. Trevor Bayne
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Marcos Ambrose
  9. Landon Cassill
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While the London 2012 Summer Olympics wrapped up last weekend, TSB reader @matt__harris requested we showcase one last athlete, Great Britain cyclist Victoria Pendleton.  She won the gold medal in the keirin at the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well as silver in the individual sprint.  The only thing I know about cycling is that most cyclists have HUGE thighs.  Thunder thighs or no thunder thighs, one thing’s for sure- Victoria Pendleton is an absolute Total Sports Babe.  Check out some more pictures of Olympic cyclist, Victoria Pendleton: Read the rest of this entry »

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Oh Melky!

August 15, 2012 by

Photo Credit: Tony Medina/Getty Images

On Wednesday afternoon, Major League Baseball officials announced that the 2012 All-Star MVP, Melky Cabrera failed a drug test and would be suspended for 50 games effective immeditely. Unlike NASCAR, the MLB told the media what the substance Cabrera tested postive for was. Cabrera was said to have testerone in his system. A no-no in the league.

Too bad NASCAR can’t step up and tell us what A.J. Allmendinger had in his system, but this isn’t about him.

“My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used,” Cabrera said in a statement. “I am deeply sorry for my mistake.”

The Giants, who are tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers atop the NL West, have only 45 games left in the regular season makig Cabrera eligible to return in the sixth game of any combiniation of tiebreakers, wild card games and playoff contents, thought he wouldn’t have the benefit of working his way back.

Currently Cabrera leads the league with 159 hits and holds a .346/.390./.516 line with 11 homers and 60 RBIs for the Giants.

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Chad Ochocinco Johnson and soon to be ex-wife Evelyn Lozada have been married for 41 days.  After the alleged headbutt and consequential domestic abuse charge, Lozada has filed for divorce, breaking Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries record of their 72 day long marriage.  Lozada gained fame as a “star” of Basketball Wives, as she was once engaged to former NBA star Antoine Walker.  It’s a well known fact that Walker is broke as a joke, so naturally Lozada would move on to find another professional athlete to settle down with.  Just like every girls dream courtship, Lozada and Johnson first corresponded with each other on twitter, and the rest is history.  Check out some pre-headbutt photos of Chad Johnson’s wife, Evelyn Lozada: Read the rest of this entry »

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Easily a top 5 all-time Breaking Bad episode, Season 5 Episode 5 “Dead Freight” starts off just like any other episode with a scene that leaves you scratching your head.  The scene is set in the desert where a young kid is riding his dirt bike.  The kid stops and finds a tarantula, which he plays with for a few seconds and promptly bottles his new pet up in a mason jar, then rides away.  Roll opening credits.  The f*ck? Read the rest of this entry »