Category Archives: College Sports
It’s finally here. The day we have been waiting weeks for. Super Sunday. But, will it really be a game for the ages or, just another ho hum boring game like so many past ones? On paper it looks like a great match up. A great defense ( Seattle ) versus a great offense ( New England ). A rising star QB ( Russell Wilson ) vs. a first ballot Hall of Fame QB ( Tom Brady ). A Hall of Fame Head Coach ( Mr. Belichick ) seeking his fourth Super Bowl ring versus a Head Coach with a checkered past ( Pete Carroll ) attempting to win back to back Super Bowls. There are a lot of great story lines going into tonight’s game but there are also a lot of dark clouds that surround both of these teams.
The Pats have had to deal with SpyGate in 2007, DeFlateGate in 2015, and the ongoing Hernandez murder case. Recently, Hall of Fame coach Don Shula referred to Belichick as “Belicheat”. However, say what you want, Bill Belichick has been the architect of the first, and perhaps only, dynasty in the salary cap era! It’s a classic question of “the chicken or the egg”? Belichick, Brady. Brady, Belichick. Regardless, in a league of “it’s all about me”, the New England Patriots have been the dominate team, the team that all others are compared to, the team that is feared most.
Will Tom Terrific win his final Super Bowl game and ride off into the sunset on top of his game and be considered the greatest QB of all time? Will Mr. Belichick win his fourth ring and be considered the greatest coach of all time?
Ohio State has won the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship Game after beating the Oregon Ducks 42-20 in Dallas on Monday.
Ohio State began the first major college football playoff as the fourth and final seed. They came into the game as a six-point underdogs. They were underdogs all year: first when starting quarterback Braxton Miller got hurt before the season, then after they got killed at home against Virginia Tech, again when second-string quarterback J.T. Barrett got hurt before the Big Ten Championship game, and especially against Alabama and Oregon with a third-string quarterback in the playoff.
They overcame all of those obstacles, improving as the season went along and peaking at the perfect moment.
Following Monday nights victory…Buckeyes head coach Urban Myer had this to say about the win. “The chase is complete,” He added “It’s done. It’s over. They accepted their final mission, their final assignment and their final directive, and they did it. That was our whole mantra this last couple of weeks. A job well done, and we’re very grateful.”
With 21 bowl games now in the books (and 17 more to go), let’s catch up on some of the highlights and lowlights of this years version of “Bowl Mania”.
The coaching merry-go-round…Harbaugh to Meechigan? The worst kept secret in college football will be announced today at noon when former ’49er HC Jim Harbaugh leaves the left coast for all the $$$ to become the top man in Ann Arbor. WHY??? The Big 10 is a dying conference (#5 out of the Big 5 ) that is owned by the Urbanites currently. Oh sure, every once in a while Wisconsin or Michigan State is competitive, but the Wolverines have been dying for years. Can he resurrect the Maize and Blue? Probably. But it may take a few years and in the meantime Ohio State will run roughshod over the depleted Big 10 and remain the face of the conference. Until the Big 10 starts playing a competitive non conference schedule and starts winning major bowl match ups, Harbaugh, Michigan, and the rest of the Big 10 will never be relevant again on the national scene. Enjoy the big jack Jimmy!
The hootin’ and hollerin’ is over now but the College Football Playoff committee really did get the best 4 teams in the playoffs.
The biggest issue was on how they arrived at those 4 deserving teams. The top 3 ( Alabama, Oregon, and FSU ) were no brainers. The mess became, and has been for several weeks, picking the 4th team. When TCU went from 3rd one week to being out of it on the last day, that was the rub. If the truth be known, Ohio State, TCU, and Baylor were so evenly matched in every facet of the argument that any of the 3 could have made it.
No matter who was chosen, there were going to be 2 upset universities. OSU overcame so much adversity with the loss of not just one, but 2 starting QB’s. Baylor beats TCU but played the poorest non-conference schedule. TCU blew a 21 point lead to Baylor and lost in their head to head showdown. OSU plays in the worst of the “Big 5″ conferences and lost to a poor Virginia Tech squad in their only competitive non-conference game. You can just go on and on about the comparisons but in the end, the Big 12 does not have a conference championship game and that hurt both TCU and Baylor. Message to the Big 12 – go find 2 more teams and fix this problem or you will put your universities at risk every year.
On Wednesday morning police reportedly were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at an OSU campus apartment.
When they arrived they found OSU quarterback JT Barrett and his pregnant girlfriend, Alexandra Clark.
Clark claimed that he choked her and threw her across the room.
According to the police report, Barrett — who broke his ankle in a game last month during the fourth quarter of the Buckeyes’ 42-28 victory against Michigan told police that Clark refused to leave his apartment. He claims she ran at him and he merely pushed her away in self-defense.
There was no evidence of injuries. No arrest were made.