Nick Bromberg

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Nick Bromberg is the editor of From The Marbles, which is appropriate because his first words as a child were "Go car, go." A lifelong sports fan, Missouri alum and Kansas City lifer, Nick is all too familiar with losing and heartbreak. Nick is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist so if he isn't watching cars go in circles, he's likely at the gym.

  • Random Recap: The 2004 Daytona 500

    Welcome to Random Recaps, a weekly feature at From The Marbles. In this space, we'll recap a random race from the past at the track the where Sprint Cup Series is racing next. This week's race is the 2004 Daytona 500. And as always, Random Recap is truly random thanks to Random.org.

    The final laps of the Daytona 500 came down to a one-on-one battle between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart. Junior won out.

    The son of NASCAR's seven-time champion got his first Daytona 500 win by beating the 2002 Winston Cup champion.

    Junior took the lead from Stewart for the last 20 laps and while Stewart was able to make multiple charges, sometimes with an assist from Kurt Busch, a lapped car, he wasn't able to clear Junior, who had a gap of nearly three-tenths of a second at the finish.

    The race turned into a heads up battle over the last laps because the final rounds of pit stops came under green flag conditions. The last 120 laps of the race didn't have a caution flag. So as teams pitted

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  • Jim Harbaugh throws out first pitch at Tigers game (Video)

    The college football coach first pitch tour continued Tuesday night. With Jim Harbaugh, of course.

    The Michigan coach threw out the first pitch at the Detroit Tigers game. You can tell he used to play a position that required a lot of throwing. And no, we're not surprised at all he was wearing khakis.

    The pitch isn't the best part of it though. Harbaugh was wearing the jersey of former Detroit pitcher Mark "The Bird" Fidrych and his windup was pretty close to Fidrych's. It's not exact, but you can see the similarities.

    He also got some pretty sweet seats after the game.

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  • UAB and coach Bill Clark working on long-term deal

    Now that football is back at UAB after a brief hiatus, coach Bill Clark wants to stay with the school.

    Clark told Al.com that he's working with the school on a new long-term contract. He said his current deal runs through the end of 2016 and needs a new deal to help recruit. UAB's athletic director said negotiations were ongoing.

    "It's going to be a commitment to myself and my family, and my staff that we want to be here, we're going to be here," Clark told the site. "But it's our school saying, 'Football is here to stay, this is our coach, this is his staff. We're going to commit to him and the things it takes to do it the right way.' "

    UAB announced the decision to drop football following the 2014 season. After much protestation from various groups and a private fundraising effort that garnered over $17 million, the school restored football along with rifle and bowling in June. The school said it would like to make the football program profitable within five years.

    Clark won't be

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  • Reports: Daytona to hold Confederate flag exchange program

    A Confederate-themed flag flies atop an RV at the NASCAR race in June's Sonoma. (AP)A Confederate-themed flag flies atop an RV at the NASCAR race in June's Sonoma. (AP)Fans heading to Sunday's Coke Zero 400 will have the opportunity to get rid of their Confederate flag if they so choose.

    According to reports from NBC Sports and the Orlando Sentinel, Daytona International Speedway is hosting a Confederate flag exchange program over the race weekend.

    A track spokesperson told NBC that specifics for the program have not been finalized.

    “We want to be open and inclusive,” Daytona president Joie Chitwood told the Orlando Sentinel. “We want to celebrate the American flag this weekend. That’s the flag that we should be celebrating. We’re going to have flags available so if fans want to exchange whatever flags they have for an American flag, we want to make sure they wave our nation’s flag. It’s our nation’s birthday. We’re going to have military there. That’s going to be our goal."

    NASCAR chairman Brian France said he doesn't like the Confederate flag and would like to have it eliminated from his sport's races. While the sport doesn't use the flag in any

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  • Report: Alosi had previously been unhappy with Combs' absence

    Apparent discontent with Justin Combs' absence at team workouts was reportedly nothing new at UCLA.

    According to TMZ, UCLA strength coach Sal Alosi previously used the son of P. Diddy missing workouts as an example to the team.

    Sources connected to UCLA's football program tell TMZ Sports ... the humiliating incident went down in February. Coach Sal Alosi had several players in the the gym for a training sesh, which Justin missed because he was at the NBA All-Star game.

    We're told Alosi openly mocked Justin by putting a pic of him at the game -- next to Diddy and Ben Stiller ... in all the gym monitors. We're told Alosi told players ... "While you guys are training, this guy is sitting courtside with his dad." The pic remained up for 24 hours.

    The incident between P. Diddy and Alosi and the rest of the UCLA coaching staff last week came after Combs was kicked out of a workout session being led by Alosi. According to former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel, Combs had missed earlier workouts

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  • Power Rankings: The tires cut short Truex's ride at the top

    Our Power Rankings are far from a scientific formula. In fact, it's the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. And you think we dislike your favorite driver, so it makes sense, right? Direct all your complaints to us at happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com.

    1. Jimmie Johnson (LW: 2): Oh, Johnson was an absolute sitting duck on the final caution flag for Casey Mears' broken axle. Had Johnson pitted, lots of cars behind him likely would have stayed out. So Johnson stayed out, and everyone else behind him came in. He had a great car and did a pretty damn good job to hold on to sixth with old tires while everyone else behind him had fresh ones. But it was the right call to stay out. He was simply damned no matter what happened.

    2. Kevin Harvick (LW: 3): Harvick finished fourth after charging forward with fresh tires. He had one of the day's better cars, he simply started 17th, so he didn't spend the entire day at the front. Plus, all of the differing strategies make it

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  • Jim Harbaugh once played chess and drank milk with now-recruit

    We doubt Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin had any idea they could have been recruiting for many years into the future when they stopped by the Murphy household on a recruiting trip for Stanford.

    Yes, this is another random Harbaugh story.

    While the two were coaching the Cardinal they were recruiting Trent Murphy, a defensive end in the class of 2009. When they stopped by the Murphy household for a visit, Trent's parents weren't there. They were at the hospital as Laurie Murphy was pregnant with their seventh child and was having labor pains.

    "It was either go home, get ready for Jim Harbaugh or get my wife to the hospital," Jerry Murphy told Sports 360. "Well my wife’s going to win. We went to the hospital. We thought it was going to be a routine visit, just go there and leave … by the time we left, we were at the hospital for a good five hours."

    Connor Murphy, now a three-star defensive end in the class of 2016, was home while his parents were at the

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  • Akron president says he would not have built football stadium

    Akron struggled getting fans into the seats of InfoCision Stadium in 2014. And those attendance struggles are making the president of the school second guess the decision to build the new stadium a handful of years ago.

    The Zips attracted just over 55,000 fans last year. Yes, that's for an entire season. In case you were wondering, each of the top 30 teams in FBS attendance in 2014 each averaged more than Akron's season total per game.

    InfoCision Stadium seats 30,000.

    In an interview with the Akron Beacon-Journal, the president of the university was pretty straightforward when asked about the stadium built in 2009.

    Even UA President Scott Scarborough, who took over last year, is lukewarm on InfoCision Stadium.

    “I would not have built that stadium,” he said, putting extra emphasis on the word “that” during a recent interview with the Beacon Journal editorial board.

    According to the Beacon-Journal, the Zips' 2014 attendance was just over 50 percent of the attendance in the first year

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  • The rainbow car is back: Gordon to run special scheme at Bristol

    If you were wanting Jeff Gordon to run a rainbow throwback car during 2015, your wish has been granted.

    Gordon will drive a car similar to his iconic car of the 1990s at Bristol in August. He's vacating the seat of the No. 24 at the end of the season and moving to a broadcast role with Fox Sports in 2016.

    You'll notice one difference right away. And it's Axalta instead of DuPont. The Carlyle Group bought DuPont in 2013 and the company became Axalta. The sponsorship with Gordon stayed.

    If you're drawing a blank on what the original rainbow car looked like, here it is.

    Now we just have to persuade Gordon to bring back the mustache for the Bristol race. He brought it back a few years ago, so we know he's not anti-mustache. Maybe a Change.org petition will do the trick? They seem to be the answer

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  • Martin Truex Jr. found the tire barriers at Sonoma

    Martin Truex Jr. had 14 top-10 finishes in the first 15 races of 2015. He now has 14 in the first 16 races.

    Truex's race went south in the early stages on Sunday at Sonoma when he made contact with David Ragan.

    The two were racing side-by-side in the esses when they made contact. As Truex's car nudged ahead of Ragan's they made contact again and Truex was heading into the tires.

    The impact necessitated a red flag to fix the tires and the concrete wall behind them. Truex was unhurt.

    I kind of had [Ragan] passed about four times and every time he just didn’t really give an inch," Truex said. "I hit him down there in Turn 7 on accident and kind of doored him and I think he got pissed off and turned me on purpose. It’s just unfortunate that happened, but that is part of the restarts here and part of the craziness that happens. You have to be up front."

    Truex's team got his car wounded car raceable again and he was able to get back on the track, albeit many laps down. Not long after Truex

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