Friday, September 05, 2008

Notes on the Dallas Cowboys

Jean Jacques-Taylor of the Dallas Morning News has an interesting story about the Dallas Cowboys new team chaplain... "Trust, you see, is the most important part of the relationship between a chaplain and the players he serves. Somebody always wants something – a car, a loan, an autograph, a jersey and appearance – from a player because of the money he makes and the way we idolize him. So players learn not to trust folks." ...
  • Jean Jacques-Taylor

  • Tod Archer writes how Zach Thomas has to prove himself once again... "Thomas has been symptom-free since May after having deviated septum surgery, which alleviated pressure between his eyes. But Thomas knows people will wonder if the next hit will be his last." ...
  • Tod Archer
  • NFL Trends for Week 1

    Some interesting trends from Jim Rich of the New York Daily News...

    This week's trends to consider:

    Titans are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games vs. AFC South teams.

    Steelers are 35-16 ATS in their last 51 games as home favorites of 3.5-7 points.

    Bills are 15-4 ATS in their 19 games vs. NFC West teams.

    Cowboys are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games as road favorites of 3.5-7 points.

    Chargers are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games as home favorites of 7.5-10 points.

    Dolphins are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games vs. AFC East teams.

    Chiefs are 11-24 ATS in their last 35 games vs. AFC east teams.

    Lions are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 road games.

    Saints are 10-22 ATS in their last 32 games as home favorites of 3 points or less.

    Rams are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games vs. NFC East teams.

    Thursday, September 04, 2008

    Wednesday, September 03, 2008

    Beano Cook talks college football

    One of the all-time good guys in college football is Beano is the link to his weekly chat...
  • Beano Cook

  • Another good college football analyst is Ivan is the link to his weekly chat...
  • Ivan Maisel
  • Gentleman Jim speaks concerning Beanie Wells injury

    UTEP gets chance of a lifetime against Texas

    Miami @ Florida
    Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald writes how about a former Hurricane recruit who headed north to Gainesville after the murder of Bryan Pata... "Born in Hollywood, Wright grew up worshipping one of the greatest safeties in the history of college football, Sean Taylor. By all accounts, Wright was supposed to be the extenuation of Taylor's legacy." ...
  • Manny Navarro

  • ESPN's College Gameday will be live from The Swamp...
  • Gainesville Sun

  • Texas @ UTEP
    Alan Trubow of the Austin Statesman writes how UTEP head coach Mike Price has been disappointed with his performance the last two years... "The 45-13 loss to Toledo that followed came in the last bowl the Miners have taken part in, which is why Price, in his fifth season in El Paso, has mixed emotions when he talks about the job he's done." ...
  • Alan Trubow

  • Bret Bloomquist of the El Paso Times writes about the Miners chance of a lifetime to play Texas at home... "While they are, to a man, excited about the opportunity and will talk about that when asked, they know their focus has to be more narrow than that every afternoon at practice" ...
  • Bret Bloomquist
  • Monday, September 01, 2008

    Rich Rodriguez news conference on Monday

    Clips from Rich Rodriguez's Monday news conference...

    Michigan gets commitment from four-star quarterback Tate Forcier

    Michigan Wolverines
    Saturday was not a total loss in Ann Arbor...after the game, the Wolverines received a verbal commitment from four-star quarterback Tate Forcier...
  • Detroit Free Press

  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish
    Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune writes about Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate who wants to create a "Redeem Team" on the football field... "But if the Irish are going to shock the college football world in 2008 — in a good way — it won’t happen without the transformations of players like Tate, the fastest and simultaneously the most puzzling offensive player in ND’s statistical apocalypse in 2007." ...
  • South Bend Tribune

  • Miami Hurricanes
    Jeff Shain of the Miami Herald writes about The U's big game against in-state rival Florida and how it was the biggest rivalry in the state... "The teams haven't met since the 2004 Peach Bowl, the fourth clash in a five-year span. Before that, there was a 14-year hiatus after the Gators dropped UM to fulfill an expanded Southeastern Conference schedule." ...
  • Miami Herald

  • Florida Gators
    Robbie Andreau of the Gainesville Sun writes that Florida speedster Percy Harvin should be ready to play on Saturday against The U...
  • Gainesville Sun

  • Oklahoma Sooners
    John Shinn of the Norman Transcript writes how the Sooners will have a tougher battle on Saturday when Cincinnati comes calling... "Make no mistake, Saturday’s victory was about as easy as it can get for OU. It will be a whole lot tougher from here on out." ...
  • Norman Transcript
  • Should C.C. Sabathia get a no-hitter?

    You watch the replay and decide...

    Sunday, August 31, 2008

    A "blue" day in the Big House

    Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press writes that Michigan fans got a hard dose of reality on Saturday... "Rich Rodriguez is 0-1 at Michigan, and let's be clear on this: One game, no matter how ugly, does not define a coach or even a season. Rodriguez has been successful in the past and could win a ton of games at U-M." ...
  • Michael Rosenberg

  • • The announced crowd of 108,421 is the 209th consecutive game welcoming more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.

    • Seniors Sean Griffin, Tim Jamison, Mike Massey and Morgan Trent served as game captains in the season opener.

    • Former All-Americans Bob Chappuis (1942, 1946-47), Ron Kramer (1954-56) and Reggie McKenzie (1969-71) represented the Wolverines as honorary alumni game captains against Utah.

    • After previously taking only four career snaps, sophomore quarterback Nick Sheridan started at the helm of the Wolverine offense and completed a team-high 11-of-19 passes for 98 yards and one touchdown.

    • Seven Wolverines made their first starts today, including senior linebacker Austin Panter, junior offensive lineman David Moosman, sophomores linebacker Marrell Evans and quarterback Nick Sheridan, and freshman running back Sam McGuffie, offensive lineman David Molk, wide receiver Martavious Odoms and wide receiver Darryl Stonum.

    • Fifth-year senior K.C. Lopata's career-long 50-yard field goal was U-M's first conversion of at least 50 yards since November 3, 2001.

    • Fifteen U-M players made their collegiate debuts today: center David Molk, receiver Martavious Odoms, receiver Darryl Stonum, quarterback Steve Threet, running backs Sam McGuffie and Michael Shaw, defensive tackle Max Martin, defensive end Ryan Van Bergen, safety Mike Williams, cornerback Boubacar Cissoko, and Kevin Leach, J.B.Fitzgerald, Brandon Herron, Mike Therman and Jordan Reilly on special teams.