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Posted on: September 15, 2009 3:16 pm
 

Weekend in Review

Well, this was another interesting weekend. On Saturday we had college football with Oklahoma State losing and almost everyone else taking care of business. We also had Serena melting down and losing to the new mom, Kim Clijsters. We had the chase field set in NASCAR with Kyle Busch just missing out to Brian Vickers. He will be back next year, folks. We had Tiger shooting a 62 on his way to winning the BMW Championship and regaining the lead in the FedEx Cup.  The rest of the weekend we had the Federer Express getting derailed by Del Potro, the opening weekend in the NFL, and more pennant race baseball. I find it difficult to write on here at times because I am watching so many different sports all the time.  I am not an NFL or nothing honk.  I love many different sports all year long.  People should try to think that way. It really is not that bad.
Category: General
Posted on: September 9, 2009 1:01 pm
 

Danica

Well, this could be interesting. Danica Patrick said that she would probably move to NASCAR next year, but would start in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series first.  That would be a good move.  If you jump to these new cars that are in the Sprint Cup Series right away, you will get eaten alive.  These cars are different than any other cars in the world.  The driver is more to the right than any other car in the world.  The weight is more toward the right side in the Cup Series.  You have to learn how to ease into the Cup Series.  The Nationwide Series will have a new car for four races next year. It will have the same wheel base as the the Cup car, but not as heavy.  She needs to learn how to handle these kinds of cars. Racing in IndyCar and going straight to the Cup Series without any experience in the lower NASCAR divisions is about the same as going to the NFL straight from high school football. It would not be pretty at all.  The cars in IndyCar are very flat and are glued to the ground and handle much better than the cars in any level of NASCAR.  The racers are also in the center of the car. That does not get discussed enough regarding that series.  NASCAR is the hardest form of racing in the world.  We shall see if Danica is up to it.
Category: General
Posted on: September 7, 2009 10:58 pm
 

Labor Day Weekend Show

Wow, what a weekend!!! The first weekend of the college football season was only a part of it. We had Oklahoma losing and Alabama coming up with the biggest win of the weekend against Virginia Tech. We had Melanie Oudin defeating Sharapova and then coming down from dropping the first set again against Petrova to get to the quarterfinals. We had pennant race baseball all weekend. We had NASCAR in Atlanta with everyone getting closer in the race for the Chase.  We had the final cuts in the NFL rosters.  We had the PGA Tour Playoffs in Boston with Stricker winning on the final hole to take the lead from Tiger in the standings.  People ask all the time why some people like sports so much. This weekend was a perfect example of why they have become such a large part of American society!!
Category: General
Posted on: September 4, 2009 7:36 pm
 

Just to be Blount

Well, that was an interesting start to the season.  Oregon played a terrible game against Boise State and lost after having several opportunities to get back into the game. What happened after the game made it that much worse.  LeGarrette Blount punched a Boise State player and made a scene of it afterwards. Oregon has suspended him for the season.  I don't know that they necessarily needed to go that far, but I really don't have a problem with it. This guy rushed for over 1,000 yards last season. However, he had -5 yards rushing and 13 yards receiving last night.  It was probably best for Oregon if they did not have to deal with him the rest of the season.  This will live with Blount the rest of his life, whether he likes it or not.  That is most unfortunate. That summed up a sub-par first night of college football that including an upset of Villanova over Temple in the battle of Philadelphia and South Carolina surviving against North Carolina State.
Category: General
Posted on: September 2, 2009 10:56 pm
 

Final Predictions

I have previewed all 120 AFKA 1-A college football teams the past couple of months. Here are my final predictions for the season:

Conference Championship games

ACC- Virginia Tech over Florida State

Big XII- Oklahoma over Nebraska

Conference USA- Tulsa over East Carolina

MAC- Buffalo over Central Michigan

SEC- Florida over Alabama

The "other" conference champions

Big East- Pittsburgh

Big Ten- Iowa

Mountain West- BYU

Pac-10- USC

Sun Belt- Troy
 
WAC- Boise State

National championship game

Florida over USC

Heisman trophy: Tim Tebow

The season starts tomorrow.  We'll see how this looks in January.




Category: General
Posted on: September 1, 2009 4:24 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2009 7:27 pm
 

SEC

My tour of the college football world ends with the best conference in college football. That conference would be the SEC.  Three straight national championships ends any argument about that. It could very well win four in a row this year.  There are several teams that can do it. Here is how I see the SEC:

SEC East

Florida- What more has to be said about this team?  Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow are one of the best coach-quarterback combos maybe in college football history.  The defense improved last year. The defense cost them a shot at potentially four straight national championships when they lost those games in 2007. The defense came up huge last year in the national championship game against Oklahoma.  If the defense is as good this year, there is almost nothing that can stop this team.

Georgia- Wow, that was disappointing. The team that was the preseason number one last year could not make it stick.  The offense was not the problem last year. The problem was defensively.  This year, the problem could be the offense because Joe Cox has to prove that he is a capable SEC quarterback.  This could be a disappointing year for Mark Richt and company.

Tennessee- Lane Kiffin, you are on the clock, already.  He has certainly made a splash in his first year as a head coach in the SEC.  However, don't expect anyone to take it easy on him. Johnathan Crompton is his starting quarterback. He was most of the problem last year. He will have to improve for Tennessee to get back to a bowl game.

Vanderbilt- This could be a great story again.  Bobby Johnson finally got Vandy back to a bowl game after being shut out for so long. Much credit has to go to the administration for changing the way that Vandy ran itself as a university. MacKenzie Adams will be the starter and Vandy could get back to a bowl game again.

South Carolina- Well, this could be the year, maybe.  Steve Spurrier is finding it tougher to win at South Carolina than at Florida.  He has done a reasonably good job there, but not as good as when he was at Florida.  Stephen Garcia will probably be the starter. He will have to play well for the Gamecocks to get back to a bowl game.

Kentucky- Well, this is an interesting spot for Rich Brooks.  Kentucky made a bowl game last year, winning the Liberty Bowl.  Brian Hartline is back as the quarterback.  They could get to eight or nine wins this year. That is always a good job at Kentucky.

SEC West

Alabama- What more can be said about Nick Saban?  He took guys that were not together as a team before he got there and got them together in two years.  This is the favorite in the West, even though going to the Grove in Oxford will be a tough task.  Greg McElroy is the key for this team, along with getting another receiver for Julio Jones.

Ole Miss- Houston Nutt is also a guy that has turned around a culture. Ed Orgeron was a great recruiter, just not a great head coach. Jevon Snead is the key for this team to potentially get to ten wins and another big-time bowl game.

LSU- Les Miles, you are on the clock. However, his job is not in jeopardy this year. He just made a bad decision last year holding on to Ryan Perrilloux for much too long. That left his short handed at quarterback, and he chose not to play Jordan Jefferson. Jefferson is the starter this year and LSU should be much better, assuming that the defense can improve from a bad year last year.

Arkansas- How does the SEC feel, Bobby Petrino? His first year in the SEC did not go so well. He tried to get Ryan Mallett in there in his first year, but was not successful.  He is the starter and Arkansas should get back to a bowl game.

Mississippi State- Well, can Dan Mullen bring the magic to Starkville?  Sylvester Croom resigned after a dreadful performance against Ole Miss the last game of the season.  That was probably the right decision because he would have been on the hot seat next year and probably would have eventually been gone.  Mullen comes over from Florida with the spread offense. We shall see if it works as well without Tim Tebow.

Auburn- This could be one of the worst Auburn teams in history.  Tommy Tuberville resigned after a dreadful performance against Alabama.  The relationship that he had with Auburn was never really the same after Jetgate.  That was headed for a divorce in one way or another.  The idiotic Auburn administration cannot seem to make a correct move. They had a good coach in Tuberville, but they just had to go for Bobby Petrino.  That is a move that will haunt them for years to come.  Gene Chizik escaped Ames, Iowa to come to perhaps just as bad of a job.  Chris Todd is the starter. That is not a good thing for anyone who has watched him last year.  If this team wins five games, Toomer's Corner will be set ablaze.  I don't think anyone wants to see that.

The conferences are done. Tomorrow I will make some more predictions and the season begins on Thursday. YES!!!!!
Category: General
Posted on: August 31, 2009 11:39 pm
 

Big XII

My tour of college football is almost done.  This entry examines the SECOND best conference in college football. Yes, it is still behind the SEC because of last year's national championship game. It will have to beat the SEC in a national championship game before it is considered the best conference in college football.  The conference does, however, have some very good offensive players, especially in the South. The North is still waaay behind the South in this conference. Here is how I see it:

Big XII North

Missouri- Well, Gary Pinkel has earned his keep.  He has brought back a program that was dormant basically after Kellen Winslow left.  He will have a tough job to do this year after losing Chase Daniel and his offensive coordinator to Wyoming as the head coach.  They will still have a shot in this division, as almost everyone does. 

Nebraska- Way to go, Bo!!!  Bo Pelini brought Nebraska back to a bowl game last year after being named the Nebraska coach several years too late.  Bill Callahan did too many crazy things to stay the head coach at Nebraska.  His teams had too many bad performances.  Bo Pelini should have been named the coach after Frank Solich was fired.  Steve Pederson did not agree with that statement. Unfortunately, that cost him his job as athletic director.  Tom Osbourne is back at Nebraska after being in Washington for a few years as Senator. Yea, like he really had to do a whole lot to get that job. Anyways, he is the AD and should be much better than that blowhard Pederson. They should not hire the "other" Nebraska blowhard who is slumming down in Omaha as athletic director at Nebraska-Omaha after Osbourne. That would be Trev Alberts, if you are not familiar.  Anyways, Nebraska should compete for the division title again this year.

Kansas- Mayor Kringle is alive and well.  Alright, you have to be really good to get that one.  Mark Mangino looks like Mayor Kringle who died of a heart attack very early in the movie "Mouse Hunt".  The guy who played him also had a small part in the Phil Collins music video "I Can't Dance". Well, Mangino has proven that Kansas can dance on the big stage.  He has brought Kansas to two straight bowl games for the first time in school history.  Todd Reesing should be very good again and have them in the hunt for the division title.

Colorado- This could be a big season for Dan Hawkins.  Boise State has not really missed a beat without him as his pupil, Chris Peterson, seems to be just as good, if not better, as a head coach. He has not done as well at Colorado. He could have to make a very tough decision regarding his son, Cody. If he is not effective, does he bench him to try to save his job?  He might have to do it. It would be hard on the entire family, though.  Colorado will be very fortunate to make it to a bowl game.

Kansas State- Can Bill Snyder play the part of Anne Sullivan again?  Ron Prince was out after just three years probably because he did not recruit the way that Snyder did when he was a miracle worker in restoring a program that had never had sustained success.  He will have to again go the JUCO route to get the good players. A bowl game would be a great accomplishment.

Iowa State- Maybe Dan McCarney was not so bad.  The Gene Chizik era ended on a really bad note with a 2-10 season. I don't think that anyone outside of Ames, Iowa can blame him for leaving to go to Auburn. It is an almost impossible place to win. They just better pray that they never move to the South.  Paul Rhodes takes over after being at Auburn for the past few years under Tommy Tuberville.  A bowl game would be amazing here.

Big XII South

Oklahoma- This is the time for Bob Stoops.  He has proven that he is among the top ten, if not top five coaches in the country. However, the past few years have shown that when he goes against the best coaches, he does not necessarily win.  Oklahoma responded well after losing to Texas last year. That was part of the reason that they were in the Big XII Championship Game as well as the National Championship Game.  Sam Bradford is back and will probably be in contention for the Heisman Trophy again.  Their biggest games are against Texas and Oklahoma State.  If they win both of those games, they will be right there in contention for the national championship.

Texas- This is also the time for Mack Brown.  Texas was one play away for probably playing for the national championship last year. Unfortunately, Michael Crabtree had other plans.  Colt McCoy is back and so is his best friend Jordan Shipley.  Texas will be right there with Oklahoma until the Red River Rivalry.  The winner of that game might very well play for the national championship.

Oklahoma State- This is the team that could challenge Texas and Oklahoma. Zac Robinson and Dez Bryant are right up there with the best quarterback-wide receiver combos in the country.  They need to beat Texas or Oklahoma to be in the discussion for the national championship.  Don't forget about the first game with Georgia, either.

Texas Tech- Well, Mike Leach decided to stay. He got his contract done with Texas Tech for five more years and put to rest the rumors that he could leave.  Tech might not be as good this year losing Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree, but they should get to a bowl game and that is always a good thing at Texas Tech.

Baylor- This could be the surprise team of the year.  Art Briles did a wonder job his first year at Baylor getting them to four wins. Robert Griffin is an underrated quarterback that could breakout this year. A bowl game is not out of the question and would be a great thing for a this school which does not get to bowl games very often.

Texas A&M- What has happened here?  The Coach Fran era left this team in shambles for last year. Mike Sherman should get this team back to a bowl game eventually.  Jerrod Johnson will be the starter.  A bowl game could happen, but they are building more for 2010.

One more conference left.  You can figure out which one that is, hopefully.
Category: General
Posted on: August 27, 2009 8:58 pm
 

Bristol

It has been a few days, but I can still write about what happened.  Kyle Busch proved why he is still one of the best racers out there.  He held off Mark Martin in the last few laps after not being up front most of the night.  Mark Martin probably had the best car, but Kyle Busch raced better than he did. He is only 34 points out of being the chase and being very close to the lead once the chase starts after the next two races.  He and Brian Vickers might be the only guys that have a realistic shot after Clint Bowyer's struggles and David Reutimann falling farther behind the cut line, if you will.  The guys from six on up are more than likely safe to be in the chase unless something very bizarre happens. Everyone from Ryan Newman down is not safe and must walk a very fine line to make the chase.  There are two races left for guys to get into the chase or fall out of it.  Atlanta and Richmond will be very interesting.
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