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US Marshal Service Deploys Added Security to Federal Courthouse

security increased in oregon

Authorities on both the State and Federal levels increase security and vow to take action against violent ‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters in Portland, Oregon.

As the chaos and protest continue in Portland, the US Marshals Service announced it’s plans to deploying 100 deputy marshals to fortify security outside Portland’s federal courthouse.

Alabama and the SEC keep on ROLLING!!

What a dominant performance on Monday night as the Alabama Crimson Tide destroyed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

ND was getting a lot of love and a lot of the media gave them a real chance of ending the SEC reign over college football. ‘Bama was gunning for a 7th consecutive title for the powerful SEC. Notre Dame, coming off of an outstanding season, was looking to restore it’s past glory. Coach Kelly had said all along that he was in a 4 year plan for the Irish to be BCS contenders and exceeded everyone’s expectations this year by getting them to the championship in year 3 of his regime. In the end, the Tide looked like they could have beaten anybody on that night. Don’t think for a minute that Oregon could have played with them. ‘Bama’s lines would have crushed the Ducks and thrashed them worse than they did against the Irish. At least ND had some hamburg, I mean beef, to somewhat stand up versus the Tide. Maybe a rematch against Texas A&M would have been a better game.

All of you SEC haters would have loved that – another BCS National Championship game between 2 SEC schools!! The reality is that the SEC championship games are the better games, a true indication of the best 2 teams in America. We now have Florida in ’06, LSU in ’07, Florida in ’08, Alabama in ’09, Auburn in ’10, Alabama in ’11, and Alabama in ’12 as the last seven BCS National Champions – all schools representing the SEC!!

So, what does it look like for the 2013 season? In no particular order, here are the Top 10 contenders for the 2014 title:

Southeastern Conference Teams

1. Stanford. No Harbaugh, no Luck, no problem! The Cardinal is flying high these days! Only Oregon and UCLA seem to be in their way.

2. Clemson. Coming off their greatest win in years versus LSU, the offense is loaded, recruiting looks good, and the defense seems to be improving. Georgia, FSU, and South Carolina will have something to say about that.

3. Notre Dame. They return practically everyone, have another stellar recruiting class coming in, know what it is like to be in the spotlight, and Golson keeps improving. Watch out!

4. Alabama. McCarron, Lacy, Yeldon, and SABAN. Great recruits, great planning, great work ethics – ’nuff said!!

5. Georgia. Losing a bit on “D” but a tremendous offense returns. Can they get past a brutal opening schedule?

6. South Carolina. Jadaveon Clowney, 2 solid quarterbacks, and Steve Superior highlight a bright outlook for the 2013 Gamecocks.

7. Ohio State. After going 12-0 in 2012 they are primed to get back into the national spotlight. Coach Meyer is loading up on star recruits!

8. Texas A&M. Was their first year in the SEC a fluke? Recruiting has been solid over the last 2 years and if they can keep Manziel out of the tabloids, they will be a national force again. Manziel was a one man wrecking crew in year 1. How does he build on his Heisman performance in year 2?

9. Oregon. Now that Chip Kelly has decided to stay in Eugene, their fast break offense will continue. A ton of offense returns but how will recruits react knowing that Kelly may bolt for the NFL?

10. UCLA. Move over USC, their is a new sheriff in town. The Bruins are back, may have a Heisman hopeful, are relevant once again, and stealing some of the top recruits that USC used to get. Nice job by Pete Carroll getting USC on probation and jetting off to the NFL leaving the door open for Coach Mora and the Bruins.

I am sure some Cinderella will pop up and contend. LSU can’t stand ‘Bama getting all the ink, Texas is bound to bounce back, FSU plays in the weak ACC and should be tough, Florida will be there, Charlie Strong and Louisville continues to get “Stonger”, and maybe Boise State will cause some BCS noise. New coaches at Tennessee, Auburn, and Arkansas will create some more competition, probably in 2014 and beyond, but will set the tone this year.

Most of the 2013 schedules are set and are now posted. Last year I picked on Oregon, FSU, and Georgia for playing atrocious schedules – and they deserved it!! However, maybe the worst schedule in the history of college football, goes to the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes. Get this – they open with Buffalo, San Diego State, California, and Florida A&M! Are you freaking kidding me? This is a supposed to be a national contender? How can voters put a team like this in the top of the weekly polls, and you know they will???? The Big 10 will once again be the doormat of all of the power conferences and this will be their face?? On the flip side after trashing Georgia last year, my hat is off to them for this year. Three out of their first four games are against Clemson, South Carolina, and LSU. I don’t care if their third game is against South West Winston-Salem ( Anchorage ) AT&T! That’s the type of schedule that if you win, will get you to the BCS National Championship game!

The Heisman watch has begun and the list includes:

Oregon – QB Marcus Mariota, RB De’Anthony Thomas

Alabama – QB AJ McCarron, RB Eddie Lacy, RB TJ Yeldon

South Carolina – DE Jadaveon Clowney

Texas A&M – Johnny Manziel

Clemson – QB Tajh Boyd

Louisville – QB Teddy Bridgewater

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College Football 2012 – Recapping Week 11, Or, The Tide Turns!

What a great day for college football yesterday as we witnessed some classic battles. The T.V. gurus finally got it right with their scheduling as South Carolina kicked things off at noon, followed by Alabama at 3:00, then we got to see LSU at 7:00, Notre Dame at 8:00, and the Ducks bringing it home at 10:00. In between there were several other wonderful games for us to watch scattered throughout the day. It seems like for the last few weeks, all the key games have been on at about the same time of day and you couldn’t focus on any 1 game. I don’t mind bouncing back and forth between 2 games, but, 4 key games all at the same time slot is very frustrating! Let’s get to the action.

The much anticipated game between Texas A&M at Alabama was the game of the day and lived up to it’s hype. A&M was on a bit of a roll and Johnny Football has become the media darling.

‘Bama was coming off an emotional struggle with LSU and we all wondered if they could bounce back quickly from that road victory. The Aggies jumped out to a quick 20-0 lead with Johnny Football running like Johnny Musso and passing like Joe Namath leaving the Crimson Tide reeling. When they finally shook off the LSU hangover, they started playing like a Nick Saban coached team.

Unfortunately for the Tide faithful, they turned the ball over 3 times and when they had a chance to win the game late, a goal line interception ruined their undefeated season and the college football rankings were turned upside down. In the meantime, Kansas State, not sure if Heisman hopeful Collin Klein could play, were thrilled to see him on the field at TCU. Collin turned in another rock solid performance as he lead to Wildcats to a possible number 1 ranking with the Tide going down to defeat. ND, coming off a tough win versus Pitt, did what they had to do on the road at arch rival BC and took care of business allowing themselves to move up a notch in the polls. Oregon whipped up on another soft opponent as they dismantled Cal. Oregon State lost for the second week in a row, Louisville lost their first game of the year on the road to an improving Syracuse squad, and Mississippi State lost for the third week in a row. South Carolina won impressively at home against Arkansas, a team that has owned them over the last few years and the Florida Gators pulled a rabbit out of their hat winning at the horn against La. Lafayette.  FSU on Thursday eeks one out at Va. Tech, Clemson whips up on a poor Maryland team and LSU, UCLA, Stanford, and Nebraska all post excellent wins.

As the season sadly begins to wind down ( although there are a ton of great games to go ), I want to point out some of the disparities in scheduling that is causing many of the problems in college football today with the BCS and the polls in general.

Until we get a true playoff system, balanced scheduling, and conferences that make sense, we will continue to have controversy and turmoil.

BCS College Football National ChampionshipAt this point in time I hope K State, Oregon, and ND all remain undefeated with Alabama sitting out there with just one loss. Which 2 teams will go on to play in the BCS National Championship game? K State vs. Oregon? Oregon vs. ND? ND vs. K State? What about a 1 loss Bama team? Steve Spurrier said it best when he said ” winning the SEC is harder than winning the national championship”. No truer statement has ever been said. Let’s look at some of the scheduling disparities this year. Mississippi State opens the season with Jackson State, Auburn, @ Troy, South Alabama, @ Kentucky, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee and gets our hopes up. Reality then sets in as they lose 3 weeks in a row to Alabama, Texas A&M, and LSU. Thank you for playing! LSU, with a vanilla opening schedule to their season has 5 consecutive weeks of Florida, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Alabama, and Mississippi State. Ouch, Ouch, Ouch, Ouch, and more Ouch!! How would you like some of that Oregon? The Georgia Pussycats – I mean Bulldogs. With only 2 competitive games on their schedule this year ( humiliated at South Carolina and squeaked one out versus Florida ) they have played the likes of Buffalo and Florida Atlantic with Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech left to play before their showdown with Alabama in the SEC championship game. Me-freaking-ow! Talk about a tough 3 game stretch, how about South Carolina? They had Georgia at home before going on the road at LSU and Florida, and now have Clemson on the road to finish their year. Texas A&M, in it’s first year of SEC play gets introduced to a 4 game conference stretch by playing LSU, @ Auburn, @ Mississippi State, and @ Alabama. Nice introduction! Alabama, opens with a made for T.V. neutral site game with Michigan, has home games with Mississippi State and Texas A&M, and road games versus Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and LSU. Holy cow sports fans!! The Florida Gators only had to play @ Texas A&M, LSU, South Carolina, a neutral site game with Georgia, and have their season ending match-up with FSU left to play.  Kansas State had 2 early season gimmes against Missouri State and North Texas before having to go on the road to beat Oklahoma, West Virginia, and TCU. Along with the rest of their Big 12 schedule they still have to play Baylor and Texas.

College Football Notre Dame, which typically plays one of the toughest schedules in America year after year, has had to get through Michigan State, Michigan, The “U”, Stanford, BYU, and Oklahoma to remain perfect to date. With their nemesis USC left to play in their season finale, ND has done the unthinkable this year and is now one upset away from going to the BCS National Championship game! Oregon has had to “struggle” with powerhouses Arkansas State, Fresno State, and Tennessee Tech to remain perfect for the 2012 campaign. With only 1 competitive game to date ( a 62-51 track meet with USC ), they have games left against Stanford and Oregon State before heading to the PAC 12 championship game. FSU has had to play perennial powers Murray State, Savannah State, and South Florida. They gave one away at N.C.State and Clemson has been their only other competitive game. They finish the year with rival Florida in the Sunshine State Showdown! Clem-And-Son, squeaked by a poor Auburn team to open the season and then has played Ball State, Furman, and a poor ACC schedule to go 9-1. All they have left is their in state rival ( South Carolina ) on the calendar and that match-up has been one-sided the last 3 years!

Am I honking the SEC? Yes I am! But the point is they play the best competition, the best schedule, and have the best athletes in all of America. The SEC haters got their wish yesterday when the Tide got beat by Texas A&M. For the SEC to win it’s seventh consecutive national championship, there has to be one more upset along the way. There is no doubt, a one loss SEC team deserves to play in the BCS National Championship. As I pointed out in this rant, there is no scheduling parity, conferences make no sense, teams don’t play equal number of games, some leagues have a championship game and others don’t. As long as the NCAA allows this to happen, we will continue to have turmoil and controversy. Put me in charge of the NCAA and I could fix this problem in one day!

A To Z Top 25:

  1. Kansas State 10-0
  2. Oregon 10-0
  3. Notre Dame 10-0
  4. Alabama 9-1
  5. Georgia 9-1
  6. Ohio State 10-0
  7. LSU 8-2
  8. Florida 9-1
  9. South Carolina 8-2
  10. Texas A&M 8-2
  11. FSU 9-1
  12. Clemson 9-1
  13. Oklahoma 7-2
  14. Stanford 8-2
  15. Nebraska 8-2
  16. UCLA 8-2
  17. Texas 8-2
  18. Oregon State 7-2
  19. Louisville 9-1
  20. USC 7-3
  21. Rutgers 8-1
  22. La Tech 9-1
  23. Boise State 8-2
  24. Michigan 7-3
  25. Mississippi State 7-3

On the out side looking in : Toledo 8-2, Ohio 8-3, Northwestern 7-3, Wisconsin 7-3, Texas Tech 7-3, Cincinnati 7-2, Kent State 9-1, San Diego State 8-3, Tulsa 8-2


#1 Kansas State @ Baylor

#14 Stanford @ #2 Oregon

#6 Ohio State @ Wisconsin

N.C. State @ #12 Clemson

#13 Oklahoma @ West Virginia

#20 USC @ #16 UCLA

#21 Rutgers @ Cincinnati

With just a few weeks left to go, it is crunch time. Your dreams of a conference championship season, beating your arch rival, a shot at a huge payday in a bowl game, or a chance to play for the BCS National Championship, hinges on every snap of the ball. What if Stanford upsets Oregon? What if K State losses on the road? What will the BCS look like then? ND versus Alabama for the BCS National Championship?? WOW, way too many scenarios!! Stay tuned…..

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College Football – Week 1 News and Notes

With just 1 game left on the opening week schedule ( Monday night – Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech ), we have learned a lot from week 1. Teams struggled, quarterbacks were off target, receivers dropped passes, referees missed calls, there were ridiculous match-ups, and the SEC is without question, the best conference in America!

College Football 2012Maybe I am wrong, but there seems to be a push among the Talking Heads to jump on the USC bandwagon and try to derail the SEC from it’s 7th consecutive BCS National Championship. Things could get very interesting now with new allegations of more payoffs to USC athletes. They are just now getting out from under some of the NCAA sanctions and this new claim could signal the end of USC football. Who knows what the NCAA will do at this time? They just dropped the bomb on Penn State and if something major comes out of this investigation, 2 of the highest profile football schools in the country could be wiped out for the next 6-8 years. SC did look good against the Hawaii Hula Hoops and only have 3 tough games this year – 4 if they meet Oregon twice this year and right now, the dream match up for the BCS Championship would be USC vs. Alabama. Stay tuned!

Once again, the Big Ten laid an egg. Talk about a JV vs. a Varsity game with Michigan against Alabama! ‘Bama was supposed to have a rebuilt and questionable defense the year. Newsflash…..their defense is really, really good. Offensively, they are efficient, athletic, and want to just pound you. Let’s not kid ourselves, the Wolverines, nor any other Big Ten team, can compete with the SEC at this time – end of discussion. Michigan State and it’s poor QB play should have lost to a rebuilt Boise State team. Wisconsin struggled with that powerhouse from Northern Iowa, Penn State got manhandled in the second half against perennial power Ohio, and Ohio State beat up on an unknown.

I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of some of these high profile schools playing cream puffs in week one. I get it that some conferences are tougher than others and you need a tune up or a game in which your reserves get a lot of PT but, seriously, Oklahoma State vs. Savannah State? UNC vs. Elon? Oregon vs. Arkansas State? Georgia vs. Buffalo? Maybe Oregon realizes that playing against the big boys ( see last years spanking in game 1 vs. LSU ) isn’t the way to go.

On the other hand, kudos to the decision makers that gave us Tennessee and NC State, Boise State vs. Michigan, Nebraska vs. Southern Miss, Miami vs. Boston College, Michigan vs. Alabama, South Carolina and Vanderbilt, Clemson vs. Auburn, and Louisville vs. Kentucky. Some rivalries, some conference games, and some games of national importance offset some of the drubbings and butt whippings. Monday night should provide us with another very entertaining game as Va. Tech plays Georgia Tech to close out a very good opening week.

Quick notes….Florida and Michigan State need to get better play out of their QB’s if they want to be competitive this year. Marcus Lattimore ran the ball like….. the Marcus Lattimore of old – welcome back!! Hello Odell Beckham and say good bye to the Honey Badger! The SEC East just got a whole lot better – welcome back Tennessee ( maybe Georgia’s cream puff schedule just got a little tougher ). Has Notre Dame found their QB of the future? Look out Big 12 – West Virginia can play and is really, really good!

GaTech @ 16 VaTech,  Mon, 8:00 pm ET

2012 College Football Schedule by Conference

My Top 25 will come out on Tuesday ( need to see the outcome of Monday nights game first ) but here is the Top 10:

  1. Alabama
  2. USC
  3. LSU
  4. Oregon
  5. Arkansas
  6. West Virginia
  7. Oklahoma
  8. South Carolina
  9. Georgia
  10. FSU

Let’s hope week 2 provides us with more entertaining games as the season starts to heat up. Usually, some of the biggest team improvements come in week 2 after the kinks get worked out from whatever problems were exposed in the opening game. Some teams really need to improve this week or it is going to be a long season!

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Heisman Hopefuls

Did Andrew Luck’s stock fall after a loss to Oregon? Charles Davis with FOXSPORTS.com breaks down this year’s Heisman hopefuls.
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Or….Another one bites the dust ( Stanford ), and another one is gone, and another one is gone, another one bites the dust ( Boise State )! I said it several weeks ago that we must let the season play out and we will get a a BCS Championship rematch between LSU and Alabama. One by one, the number of undefeated teams are dwindling. Now, if only Oklahoma can beat Oklahoma State, there will be no controversy and the 2 best teams in America will meet again. Having said all of that, if OK State beats the Sooners, it may be a great game between the Tigers and the Cowboys. Georgia can throw a monkey wrench in all of this if they were to upset LSU in the SEC championship game. Can you imagine the mess we would then have? We would have the most controversy trying to figure out who plays for the BCS Championship in the history of college football!! You know what? Maybe that’s what needs to happen ( sorry Tiger fans ) to fix this BCS disaster once and for all. Maybe conferences could get aligned, maybe all teams would play the same number of games, maybe all conferences would have a championship game, maybe there would be no more independents, maybe SOMEONE would be in control of college football. Gosh, what am I smoking!! Wake up!! You know common sense and doing the right things will never happen!

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