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Longhorns meet the Sun Devils at the Holiday Bowl

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Happy holidays people!

Now that THAT is out of the way, the culmination of the 2007 NCAA college football season continues with the Holiday Bowl on December 27 when the Texas Longhorns lock horns with the Arizona State Sun Devils.

And although missing a BCS bowl game should definitely be a disappointment for the Arizona State Sun Devils and their fans, they still are coming off their best season in over a decade and they should still be excited about their date with the Texas Longhorns at Qualcomm Stadium two days after Christmas.

Hell, it’s not easy to go 10-2 with ten being the most victories the football program has got since they won 11 back in 1996 when they won the Pac-10 title.

And although first-year Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Dennis Erickson may beg to differ about his team missing out on a BCS bowl game, he knows the BCS ranking system can sometimes be unfair.

”It’s working as well as it can,” coach Dennis Erickson said of the BCS. ”They have to make decisions. That’s the system. They made their decisions; they voted and it’s over and done. I remember when Auburn was 13-0 (in 2004) and didn’t make it into the championship game. That’s just how it is.”

Facing the Texas Longhorns is no…

BYU blocks UCLA for 17-16 win at Las Vegas Bowl

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

seth-edward-oneal.jpgViva Las Vegas! Viva Las Vegas! (Or something like that…)

Yep, those college kids came to Las Vegas while their moms probably were hoping their kids went there to watch the football game between the UCLA Bruins and the BYU Cougars, staying away from all those blackjack tables and slot machines.

Oh yes, the UCLA Bruins played the Brigham Young Cougars in the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl at the Sam Boyd Stadium. Of course, those college kids I mentioned probably gambled at them casinos still. He he…

The Brigham Young Cougars were looking to extend a nine-game winning streak when they went up against the stumbling UCLA Bruins. Considered as one of the nation’s most balanced teams, the Brigham Young Cougars posted 458 yards of total offense per game under new quarterback Max Hall, compared to the 465 it averaged during John Beck’s final campaign.

In the end, all it took was a blocked field goal attempt to extend their dominance over these bowl games in the Sin City. After Brigham Young’s defense allowed UCLA to drive 87 yards in the final two minutes, Eathyn Manumaleuna saved the Cougars with his fingertip.

Manumaleuna got his right hand on…

2007 New Orleans Bowl: Memphis V Florida Atlantic

Friday, December 21st, 2007

seth-edward-oneal.jpgHow about that, those guys are still milking the Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans thing…

On Friday, as the New Orleans Saints try to keep their playoff hopes alive, a championship will be decided as the Memphis Tigers take on the Florida Atlantic Owls at the Superdome for the 2007 New Orleans Bowl.

Led by Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Howard Schnellenberger, the Owls will try to help their coach improve to 5-0 since becoming a head coach in bowl games, though he has not appeared in one since leading Louisville to a Liberty Bowl win over Michigan State in 1993. Howard Schnellenberger’s most notable postseason appearance was a 1983 Orange Bowl win over Nebraska that gave Miami a national championship.

The Florida Atlantic Owls won their final two games of the season on the road to finish with a 6-1-conference record. They now look to win three straight for the first time since the 2004 season when they go up against the Memphis Tigers.

Florida Atlantic Owls quarterback Rusty Smith was voted the Sun Belt player of the year. Smith led the conference with 3,352 passing yards and a school-record 27 touchdowns while throwing only eight interceptions.

Florida Atlantic Owls wide receiver Cortez Gent has been the beneficiary of course. Cortez Gent had a career-high 155 yards and a touchdown on eight catches in the conference-clinching win over Troy. Gent has 1,030 receiving yards and nine TDs in 11 games after totaling just 66 yards in nine games as a redshirt freshman last…

Can Nuggets bounce back in Denver against Rockets?

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

They have to, because the last time the Nuggets played in front of their adoring fans at the Pepsi Center, the Blazers simply lit them up.

I guess home teams losing are slowly becoming the trend this 2007-08 NBA basketball season eh? While I probably understand why the Miami Heat loses at home so much, (HINT: Those guys are just pathetic…) I’m just dumbfounded every single time I see the Denver Nuggets lose at home.

Hell, the Denver Nuggets are probably the only ones already used to the thin temperature up there at the Pepsi Center and yet, teams just run them over all game long.

Denver NuggetsAgainst the Portland TrailBlazers, all five Nuggets on the floor looked like Paris Hilton because they let everybody SCORE on them.

Brandon Roy had 26 points to lead the Blazers while Channing Frye added 20 as Portland beat Denver, 116-105. It was Portland’s third straight win on the road, their 7th of the season. And after struggling at the beginning of the year on the road, all of a sudden, these Blazers are beginning to like all these travel.

”We don’t feel invincible, we feel comfortable and confident,” Brandon Roy said. ”Winning…”

2007 Poinsettia Bowl: Utah Utes V Navy Midshipmen

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

seth-edward-oneal.jpgBefore anything else, I just wanna’ know what the fuck is a Poinsettia?

Whoever can tell me that can have ten gran’ from me. He he… Of course I’m kidding. ANYWAY, yep, the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl will be played this Thursday and it’s between the Utah Utes and the Navy Midshipmen at the Qualcomm Stadium.

The Navy Midshipmen will banner a new head coach, Ken Niumatalolo, who had been former Paul Johnson’s offensive line coach. Niumatalolo is believed to be the first Polynesian coach in NCAA Division I-A history. He is a native Hawaiian who was a quarterback for Hawaii in the 1980s. Not that it will help him win on Thursday.

2007 Poinsettia Bowl GameThe Navy Midshipmen (8-4) look to continue to rely on its triple-option rushing attack against the Utah Utes. ”Offensively, we’re going to keep doing what we’ve done, we’ve had six great years of success. Why change it?” Navy Midshipmen new head coach Ken Niumatalolo said.

It is the offense that helped the Navy Midshipmen lead the nation in rushing in four of the last five seasons, including a NCAA-record three straight times since 2005. This season, the Midshipmen had the most attempts (746), net yardage (4,218) and rushing touchdowns (51) in the FBS this…

Brian Westbrook, most hated man in Fantasy Football

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Of course, we can also play the hate game on Tom Brady, Tony Romo and Randy Moss but the difference is, they didn’t turn down any touchdowns.

As far as Brian Westbrook is concerned, he did. And when the two final weeks of the 2007-08 NFL football season gets underway, it means it’s playoff time in a number of NFL fantasy leagues out there. And what Westbrook did to his fantasy owners sure were fucking irritating.

When Brian Westbrook turned down a touchdown, that’s like losing six fantasy points or more for your own fantasy football playoff team. Well, that is if your fantasy team made the playoffs and you have the stupid Philadelphia Eagles runningback in your roster.

Brian WestbrookImagine if you lost a very important fantasy football playoff game by five points or less just because Brian Westbrook turned down a touchdown. He he… All that hard work to make the fantasy playoffs all blows up in smoke just because Westbrook just wanted to preserve the win for his Philadelphia Eagles over the Dallas Cowboys.

And in case you were wondering, the Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys, 10-6, when Westbrook broke free for what would’ve been a 25-yard touchdown run, but instead of scoring the touchdown and…

Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson can pass, Bears finished

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

seth-edward-oneal.jpgOf course, probably everybody expected the Bears to lose right from the get-go.

And while the Bears bid their farewell from the playoff picture this 2007-08 NFL football season, at least now, Chicago fans can put the blame on Kyle Orton and not Rex Grossman for a change.

Kyle Orton was the only remaining quarterback for the injury-plagued Chicago Bears. Both Grossman and backup Brian Griese went down with injuries and with their running game virtually put on hold with Cedric Benson going out for the rest of the season, these guys can’t possibly expect to beat the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night right?

Tarvaris JacksonAt least the Chicago Bears defense tried, forcing FOUR turnovers to keep themselves in the game. Hell, the Bears were up 13-3 at one point as the Bears defense went old-school, dusting off their punishing hits and staying opportunistic every single time the Minnesota offense were in their sights.

Alas, Chicago just wasn’t able to keep that intensity as the defense fell back into its bad habits again, specifically during the second half. Maybe those guys are just too banged-up as Minnesota Vikings rookie runningback Adrian Peterson just kept on…

Beasts of the East collide as the Pistons face the Celtics

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

And somehow, someway, I’ll try to root for one team instead of both.

And in case you didn’t get that, I like both of these powerhouse teams from the Eastern conference. I’ve been a Pistons fan for a long time now and I’m beginning to like Boston since they already have a roster I figured I can root for all the way to the NBA Finals this 2007-08 NBA basketball season.

On Wednesday night, these two teams will play each other with both ranking as the top two teams in the East. Hell, these two teams are so good that they are two of the top three teams in the league overall, with the other one being the injury-plagued San Antonio Spurs from the West.

Detroit PistonsSo who should you put your money on? Easy. It should be the Boston Celtics since they haven’t lost yet at home. Sure, the Pistons will definitely be one nasty bunch of visitors trying to take over the Boston Ga… TD Bankno… or something Garden but hey, as long as those guys have Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce on one goddamn team, you should take them to beat any spread.

However, the Detroit Pistons are at their best when they are entering a game as heavy underdogs. Remember when they beat the star-studded Los Angeles Lakers roster of…

Nobody cares if Kaka wins the FIFA World Player of the Year in Football, Soccer or whatever it is you call it…

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Probably because most of us just wouldn’t give a rat’s ass about the game or just can’t seem to understand it.

As for the rest of the world, Brazil midfielder Kaka will be recognized around the world as the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year after receiving an astounding 1,047 votes, that’s twice as much ahead of his closest rival, Messi, who got 504.

As for my boy from that little club dubbed Manchester United, Man-U suprstar Cristiano Ronaldo finished third in the voting race with 426 votes. All three were picked as finalists from a list of 30 candidates, voted in by team captains and managers.

KakaApparently, these guys just don’t care what their fans think. Nevertheless, this would be the third time Kaka received some award this calendar year. He was also awarded with the European soccer’s Golden Ball, as well as the World Soccer magazine’s player of the year award.

”Tonight is a really special night for me,” Kaka said after being awarded with the trophy. ”When I was young, I dreamed of becoming a professional player for…”

Vikings to finish the Bears off on Monday Night Football

Monday, December 17th, 2007

How come all these lame-ass football games always make their way on Monday nights?

Chicago has probably accepted the fact that the Bears won’t be making any runs at the Super Bowl this 2007-08 NFL football season. After losing to Washington last week and to the Giants the week before, the Bears are already out of the playoff picture after representing the NFC at Super Bowl XLI last season.

And to make things worse for the Chicago Bears, they lost running back Cedric Benson and quarterbacks Rex Grossman and Brian Griese to injuries. The only thing these guys have left is a defense pressured to score some points and a third-year quarterback named Kyle Orton.

Adrian PetersonThings are definitely not looking good for the Chicago Bears as they try to end their season on a high note. Hell, facing monster rookie runningback Adrian Peterson and the rest of the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome already is one tough roadblock to go through altogether.

The Minnesota Vikings have won four games in a row as they try to secure a playoff spot in the NFC. These guys are on a different level right now and the Bears are looking like easy prey for the red hot Vikings on Monday night.

If it’s any consolation for the Bears fans, at least their struggling team knows who to stop if ever they still have any hopes of…



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