Go back and look at the historical data in the Rivals.com recruiting database, and the top ten classes each season generally include the same cast of university characters -- some permutation of USC, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Georgia, with a generous smattering of Michigan, ... More >>
"I feel like I'm a mentally tough guy right now. I feel like I'm the right guy." -- Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien on the day he was hired, 1/8/2013
Selecting the recipient of the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award for the best head coach of a given college football season has generally been a p ... More >>
If you're a prominent, successful college football player or coach, it is usually necessary to block out the second week of December. This is when most of the college football awards are handed out, the week after the regular season ends. For many, it's an exhausting, circuitous journey across the n ... More >>
Sitting and watching Jim Calhoun's retirement press conference as I type this post, and I got to thinking....it's nice to build something.
In 1986, Jim Calhoun inherited a UConn men's basketball program that was 12-16 the year before and to that point had won just four NCAA tournament games in its ... More >>
Hopefully will not include "NAPA Know-How" ads.In the second part of my ongoing series "Sean phones it in on the Hair Balls blog during his vacation week," here are six picks I really like for the upcoming week of huge (and not so huge) bowl games.
Have I mentioned that I'm 56-38-1 this year ... More >>
Dandy Don was singing in the third quarter.It's easy to blame the dual distractions of the BCS and Kevin Sumlin's future when trying to explain the Houston Cougars' (12-1) 49-28 loss to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (11-2) in the C-USA Title Game on Saturday. It's easy, but it's wrong.
It ... More >>
As of now, the Coogs are BCS-bowling.I spent most of Saturday afternoon working on a post explaining the possible ways the Cougars could still make a BCS bowl even with Boise State going undefeated and taking the one guaranteed BCS bowl spot that the non-automatic qualifying conferences get. ... More >>
Jim Tressel, tattoo victimBy now, you probably know the story at Ohio State. It's the age-old story of "football players befriend drug trafficking tattoo parlor owner, players swap memorabilia for tattoos (and quite possibly drugs), head coach finds out about scam via e-mail and does nothing ... More >>
One possible solutionFor illegal chicanery including, but not limited to, allowing its former CEO John Junker to reimburse political campaign contributions from the bowl revenues and permitting Junker to run up extravagant, frivolous, non-bowl-related expenses on the bowl's dime, the Fiesta B ... More >>
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.OMG IT'S TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!
Well, technically it's tomorrow morning, but if you're one of the hard-core Royal Wedding watchers, you'll be up and partying when the action begins in the wee hours of Friday.
Anglophile bars in town are hosting watch partie ... More >>
It's a bad news day when you're hoping for stories on barry Bonds' shrunken balls"I see trees of green ... red roses too
I see em bloom ... for me and you
And I think to myself ... what a wonderful world."
-- Louis Armstrong
Clearly, Louis Armstrong would have never made it as a sports fan ... More >>
Ron Franklin: Voice of the Oilers in the `70sRon Franklin, the play-by-play voice of the Luv Ya Blue-era Houston Oilers, was fired today by ESPN, according to media reports.
Why? Because he apparently has a workplace worldview developed closely on the tenets of Mad Men.
Franklin, who was th ... More >>
It's almost here. After wading through the sludge of bowl season, with
just one more "go get me some popcorn" match left tonight between Troy and
Central Michigan (Admit it, ninety percent of you reading this have no idea
what state "Troy" is in), finally tomorrow Alabama and Texas will meet for
a ... More >>
The winner and NEEEWWWW Intercontinental Champion...the Boise StateBRONCOS!!!-- me on Twitter last night after the Fiesta BowlFor those of you who don't get the analogy, I'll give you the back story. In professional wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment (known better by the acronym WWE) has th ... More >>
It's the middle of winter, we're about to get new shows, and this is the year I make contact. This was the week in TV Land.
• So, New Year's happened. This was my first year not to ring it in with a regular party of friends who get dangerously drunk and watch the ball drop on Telemundo. But my ... More >>
Whenever people ask me what the best sporting event is that I've ever been
to, the answer is always an easy one:
October 15, 1988...Notre Dame 31, Miami 30.
It had all the critical elements of a personal "best sporting event ever"
--- Heated rivalry? Check. Brawl before the game in the tunnel? ... More >>