Saturday, December 29, 2007

Michigan Man Sets NFL Record



Liberty and Alamo Bowl Previews & Giants-Pats Preview

Liberty Bowl - Mississippi State vs. Central Florida - 4:30 ESPN
Jackson (Miss) Clarion-Ledger sports reporter Kyle Veazey writes how Mississippi State is motivated to keep up the SEC dominance..... "Soon comes the inevitable question, the one that asks about UCF, the Conference USA champion, playing a team out of the big, bad Southeastern Conference." ....
  • Kyle Veazey

  • Orlando Sentinel sports reporter Kyle Hightower writes how Central Florida had 1 goal when they broke camp back in August..... "Back in August when UCF broke its first team huddle to end a practice, they did it with a simple cadence: "One blood, one heart, one mission: To the champs." ......
  • Kyle Hightower

  • Alamo Bowl - Penn State vs. Texas A&M - 8:00 ESPN
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports reporter Ron Musselman writes how Penn State is focused on putting pressure on Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee..... "Several Penn State defensive players said McGee's scrambling ability is similar to that of Illinois quarterback Juice Williams. They agreed, however, that McGee is a much better passer." ....

  • Ron Musselman

  • San Antonio Express-News sports reporter Tim Griffin writes how Texas A&M can upset Penn State.... "The Aggies' biggest challenge will test their offensive strength. A&M's mammoth offensive line will be challenged to push Penn State's athletic defensive front." ...
  • Tim Griffin

  • New England Patriots vs. New York Giants - 8:00 NFL Network, NBC, CBS
    Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan writes how Bill Belichick does not want people to think that he knows how big tonight's game is against the Giants.... "And, that done, he will remind one and all that 16-0 is nice, but it won't be worth a book of 1963 game plans if his team doesn't win three playoff games." ....
  • Bob Ryan

  • New York Daily News sports columnist Lisa Olson writes the Giants are dreaming of an upset.... "Here is how the Giants envision the final seconds on Saturday night in the Meadowlands, as the clock creeps toward midnight: New York's defense, exhausted but as healthy as it can be after surviving the 16th game of the season, a game that has been far more punishing mentally and physically than any of the 15 games that came before it, sacks Tom Brady, aka the prince, one last time." ....
  • Lisa Olson
  • Friday, December 28, 2007

    Stu Nahan Dies - Announcer in the Rocky series

    Longtime sports announcer Stu Nahan died this week....he may best be remembered as the ringside announcer in the Rocky series

  • Stu Nahan
  • Dream Playoff - National Title Game - Southern Cal vs. Oklahoma

    We are down to the last game - the National Title Game between Southern Cal and Oklahoma.....therefore, I officially call to order the Kings of the Roundtable....I have brought together the blogosphere's best and brightest to breakdown college football....the Fab Five are Zach of The Big Picture, Graig of Money Shot, Jon of Complete Sports, Virgil of The Ship of Fools (formerly of Wasting Company Time), and me (Rick) of Stiles Points.....

    Semi-Final Game USC Trojans vs. Oklahoma Sooners
    USC favored by 2.5
    Game to be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena

    Jon of
    Complete Sports
    USC comes in riding high. After upsetting LSU in the first round, they easily dispatched Virginia Tech to secure their spot in the title game. For Oklahoma, it's been a tough road, as they eeked out a win against Georgia before upsetting top-ranked Ohio St. in the semfinals. Both teams are playing well. However, while this one won't be as lopsided as the national title game between these teams a few years ago, I think the result will be the same. USC might have just a little too much firepower offensively and too much speed defensively. Oklahoma will have to effectively run the ball and control the clock, but I don't think they're quite good enough to do it for 60 minutes.
    USC 27 Oklahoma 17

    Graig of
    Money Shot
    Two of the richest histories in college football get together to decide our champion. Both teams have fierce and physical defenses. Both teams have two-headed monsters at running back. Both have good but inconsistent quarterbacks. Both have great coaches who have won a title before. So who the hell is the difference maker if both of these teams are virtually the same? The Oklahoma offensive line. They have one of the biggest and best that college football has seen over the past few decades. I think that USC could hang with them for the most part, but that gargantuan O-line wears them down in the second half. Having beaten a very physical LSU team in the semifinals still lingers for the Trojans. So I'm putting on my Jim Ross cowboy hat and screaming "Boomer Sooners", baby!
    Oklahoma 23 USC 21

    Virgil of
    The Ship of Fools
    How we ended up with this matchup of two-loss disappointments in the finals is beyond me. But here they are. In my opinion, the key to this game will be the propensity of USC quarterback John David Booty to make mistakes. Booty threw at least one interception in four of the Trojans' first five games, including four INTs in the loss against Stanford. OU QB Sam Bradford, on the other hand, threw 34 TD passes and only 7 INTs. I think that the steady play of Bradford, along with the Sooner running game, will be the difference.
    Oklahoma 21 USC 10

    Rick of Stiles Points
    A few years back these two faced off for the national title in the Orange Bowl and USC destroyed Oklahoma.....Bradford and OU are playing well, but to me, Southern Cal has too much talent, especially on would not be a blow out this time, but in the end, USC wins again....
    USC 24 Oklahoma 21

    So with the Kings tied at 2 apiece and Zach not responding, I once again had to go to my 76-year-old father, Ignatius to break the tie.....after a few minutes of pondering the decision, he chose Southern Cal because they came on strong at the end of the year and are rolling.....he also said these two teams should be playing in the BCS Title game, not LSU-Ohio State.....So Let It Be Written - So Let it Be Done - the Roundtable rules 3-2 in favor of Southern Cal winning our Dream Playoff.....I want to thank my fellow bloggers for was much appreciated......I leave you with a few photos of the lovely Southern Cal Song Girls.....

    Thursday, December 27, 2007

    Holiday Bowl and other Bowl News

    For the last week or so I have been a bit lazy on my blog....but starting today, I will provide links to the various upcoming bowl, tomorrow will be the predictions in our Dream National Title Game between Oklahoma and Southern Cal....

    Holiday Bowl - Texas vs. Arizona State - Thursday 8:00 p.m. (EST)
    Suzanne Haliburton of the Austin American-Statesman writes how Texas head coach Mack Brown worked his team hard before this year's Holiday Bowl..... "Four years ago — the last time his Longhorns played in the Holiday Bowl — Texas coach Mack Brown knew something was wrong two days before the team took on Washington State. Practice was void of emotion." .....

  • Suzanne Haliburton

  • Jeff Metcalfe of the Arizona Republic offers a preview of tonight's Holiday Bowl.... "It's not where you play a bowl game, Texas coach Mack Brown said, but who you play. Arizona State has plenty of respect for Texas, its opponent in Thursday's 30th annual Holiday Bowl. The Longhorns were national champions two years ago and are trying for their seventh consecutive 10-win-or-better season and a school-record fourth consecutive bowl victory." ....
  • Jeff Metcalfe

  • College Football News's Pete Fiutak previews tonight's Texas-Arizona State game....
  • College Football News

  • Champs Sports Bowl - Michigan State vs. Boston College - Friday 5:00 p.m. (EST)
    Spartan beat reporter Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal writes how Michigan State will be without their top sack master..... "Senior defensive end Jonal Saint-Dic, a first-team All-Big Ten selection and second team All-American, is academically ineligible for Friday's Champs Sports Bowl." ....

  • Joe Rexrode

  • The Boston Globe's Matt Blaudschun writes about how the Boston College seniors will be ending a good era in BC football.... "Twelve of the 17 started for the Eagles, comprising the bulk of a senior class that compiled a 38-12 record, the best in school history. The group has never lost a bowl game, part of an NCAA-best seven straight bowl victories." ....
  • Matt Blaudschun

  • BCS Title Game - #2 LSU vs. #1 Ohio State - January 7
    Columbus Dispatch reporter Garrett Downing writes about what swag the Buckeye players will be taking home with them from the BCS title game.... "When the Ohio State University football team earned a bid to the national championship game, the players could cross some items off their Christmas wish lists." ....

  • Garrett Downing

  • New Orleans Times Picayune's James Varney writes about LSU defense coordinator Bo Pelini and his days as a Buckeye..... "He said this week he remembers the atmosphere at Tiger Stadium in 1987, when No. 7 Ohio State and No. 4 LSU battled to a 13-13 tie, and he remembered LSU defensive end Karl Dunbar deflecting a 47-yard field-goal attempt in the final seconds that would have won the game for the Buckeyes. The next year in Ohio Stadium, when Ohio State scored 16 points in the final 1:56 to shock the No. 9 Tigers, Pelini said, "We probably shouldn't have won that game." ....
  • James Varney

  • Strip clubs in Texas
    If you plan on going to a strip club in Texas, starting in 2008, you will have a $5.00 tax added to your admission.... "The group of Texas strip clubs fighting an upcoming $5-per-customer fee is focusing on what it calls an unconstitutional tax, and, at least for now, is setting aside its First Amendment argument." .....

  • Texas Strip Club Tax