Billy Donovan, Brad Stevens, Butler Bull Dogs, College Basketball, Duke (Blue Devils), Elite Eight (Elite 8), Final Four, NCAA Basketball Championships, NCAA Tournament, NCAA ............, Shelvin Mack, Sports

Mack The Knife …………………….


Mack The Knife …………………….

Well the Florida Gators when the chances were there to put the game ( 74-71 ) away the Butler Bull Dogs simply outplayed the Gators as Brad Stevens’ team make their second consecutive Final Four in the NCAA Tournament .

======================================================================

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

=====================================================================

Slide show for your perusal.

Destiny was there for the Bull Dogs’ as Shelvin Mack literally stuck the dagger in the backs of the Gators and having impaled Billy Donovan’s team , Mack and his teammates turned and stuck that knife even deeper into the wound as the Gator’s hopes bled incessantly with no way of stopping the flow. Along with that win it now adds further legitimacy as to what Butler has done and in particular it makes the young Brad Stevens perhaps an even hotter prospect as a potential candidate for a NBA coaching position should one become vacant this offseason within the NBA .

This game was as exciting as one would expect and a thriller it turned out to be but at the same time would one say that Butler was a team of destiny ? Or did they simply to their strengths while the Florida Gators fall apart under the mountain of expectations albeit that may well have been the perception of their rabid and vociferous fans ? These are the questions that may well be asked and are still to be answered over the course of the next few days. And while I’ve no doubt that to their credit the Gators under Billy Donovan overachieved with this team . The players to their credit can certainly take something away from this defeat but at the same I don’t think that they can hide the disappointment of this loss and what it meant to them as player but also the Gators’ fans up and down the country.

From my own perspective this tournament has been one to be appreciated from all perspectives but this much I do know seeing the Duke Blue Devils fall (93-77) to the Arizona Wildcats was enough for me to know that this wasn’t to be Mike Krzyzewski’s year to win his fourth national title . So 2012 becomes a another year and another chance to aspire to add to his legacy and that of the Blue Devils’ program.

For Billy Donovan I can’t help but feel sorry for coach and his team as they were never really expected to get this far much less competing with this much competitiveness during the tournament . And for Donovan having won consecutive titles in 2006 and 2007 the coach was seeking to win his third title overall with the Florida Gators. This has been a spectacular run by the coach , this program and what it has done for the school in terms of the publicity gained .

As to the remainder of the tournament the berths have now been set with regard to the Final Four and the teams now chasing collegiate basketball immortality. It has to be said that each of the participants left are deserving of their fate and whatever they achieve from hereon in has to be seen as an added bonus for those teams and their respective fans across the country. Collegiate basketball at the D1 level offers a spectacle unlike any other collegiate tournament presided over by the NCAA or BCS in terms of the FBS and their national championship. The BCS for all of its merits to my mind pales into insignificance in comparison to the NCAA Tournament. And inasmuch as fans across the country have been in awe of the BCS National Championship as a thrilling spectacle is something to appreciate but I for one believe that it elicits nowhere near as enough excitement as that of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament . College football may well be the more popular of the two sports by far of which there’s no denial but there’s every reason to believe that while over the course of the season it has the fans showing their passion for the game . This much we do know is that come time for the NCAA Tournament it grabs even the uninitiated amongst us and has in awe and appreciation for the game the teams and all of the excitement it brings .

======================================================================

=====================================================================

Picture gallery for your perusal .

In terms of what you’ve witnessed during the tournament do you feel that it has lived up to your expectations and what if anything are you now expecting to see during the Final Fours and which teams do you expect to be playing for the national title ? Simply chime in with your thoughts on the matter and thanks as always for the continued support !

Alan aka tophatal ………………………..

http://tophatal.wordpress.com/

ūüėČ

Picture and slide show details
——————————————————————————————

(1) Butler’s Alex Anglin holds up the Southeast Regional Trophy as the team is greeted by fans as they arrive at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 27, 2011. Butler defeated Florida, 74-71 , to advance to the Final Four. AP Photo/Darron Cummings ……..

(2) Butler head coach Brad Stevens talks to the fans that greeted the team at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 27, 2011. Butler defeated Florida, 74-71, to advance to the Final Four. AP Photo/Darron Cummings …..

(3) Erving Walker #11 of the Florida Gators fouls Matt Howard #54 as Chrishawn Hopkins #20 of the Butler Bulldogs tries to block his shot in the second half during the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images ………..

(4) Shelvin Mack #1 of the Butler Bulldogs reacts during their game against the Florida Gators in overtime of the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images ……..

(5) Shelvin Mack #1 of the Butler Bulldogs dunks against the Florida Gators during the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images ……

(6) Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs celebrates defeating the Florida Gators 74 to 71 in overtime by cutting down part of the net during the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images ……

(7) Head coach Billy Donovan talks to Patric Young #4 of the Florida Gators during the second half of their game against the Butler Bulldogs in the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images ……

——————————————————————————————-

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Elite 8 results

Final Four

Games scheduled for Sunday 27th March to decide the final two berths

Kentucky Wildcats vs North Carolina

Kansas vs VCU

Already through to the Final Four ……… U Conn and Butler

—————————————————————————-

Brooke  Burke

Eye candy ………… Brooke Burke

—————————————————————————–

Mase ……. feat’g Total …………………. “Tell Me What You Want From Me”

Fredro Starr ….. feat’g Jill Scott ………………. ” I See Your True Colors”
================================================

Advertisements
Baseball, College Football ........, DeMaurice Smith, Detroit Tigers, Football, Jim Tressel, Michael Ilitch, MLB, NCAA ............, NCAA President Mark Emmert, NFL, NFLPA, Ohio State (Buckeyes), Roger Goodell, Sports Economics, Sports & Social commentary, Sports Commentary

Take Me At My Word …… !


Take Me At My Word ………….

Well the idiocy of the NFL labor talks continue unabated and much like the stupidity of the Congress and Senate in trying to reach a compromise , here the two sides are so far apart that you could drive a Mack Truck through the chasm of their division. The NFLPA led by Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has asked that the NFL open up its books for public scrutiny of which I for one don’t believe that the NFL hierarchy ( team owners ) would be willing to do because then the public would find out the lies that have been told by them as it concerns their overall finances . Certainly NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t issued a public statement on the matter . But you’re continuing hear from various sources in and outside the NFL that the two sides are getting closer to a compromise . If only that were so because it seems that neither side at this juncture is truly willing to given an inch in order to elicit any type of real compromise !

================================================================================

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

================================================================================

Slide show gallery for your perusal .

FMCS Director George Cohen the federally appointed mediator to oversee the mediation process can’t be pleased with either side at this juncture and with the intransigence being shown by both sides. And should he have to render a decision here you can be sure that it will be one that will be beneficial to one side while being a total detriment to the other even if on appearance it seems to be fair.

With the original collective bargaining agreement having passed as of 3rd March and then summarily extended by 24 hours momentarily before the two sides opted in taking this past weekend off and then extending that deadline by a further seven days . Well with that deadline now expiring at midnight tonight it remains to see whether or not the idiocy will still continue . This much I’m definitely sure of , if these two sides can’t agree how best to split a $ 9 billion ( $9,000,000,000 ) industry in terms of its revenues whereby both sides can feel happy , then the fallout from this debacle will rest squarely upon the shoulders of the NFL , NFLPA and the owners evenly. Any sympathy that either side may well have been looking for from the fans and general public alike will have completely disappeared .

It certainly never ceases to amaze me with the naivete shown by the fans and the college coaches within collegiate athletics . Within the ranks especially of college basketball and football where these coaches are well compensated not only by the salaries paid to them by their respective institutions but also by way of commercial endorsements that are to be had by when their programs become successful. Is anyone now really surprised by the allegations that have been leveled against Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel ? Long thought of as being above reproach who runs an exemplary program we now find out that Tressel much like many of his peers within collegiate basketball and football is nothing more than a conniving cheat and a complete imbecile ! What might make matters worse concerning the allegations against the coach is the very fact that he knew and kept them hidden from the athletics department and faculty of the school. His initial stance was that he hadn’t thought anything improper had gone on concerning the fact a number of players on the team had been receipt of gift monetary and otherwise from independent parties . However , what might be even more disturbing about these allegations is the very fact the coach had been receipt of an e-mail from an attorney , Christopher Cicero who’d also been a player for the Buckeyes when Tressel was then an assistant coach with the program. In that communique it informs Tressel that a number of players on the team had actually been selling memorabilia for financial gain. That is in of-itself is a major transgression of NCAA rules and for the coach to even keep that fact hidden from the AD and school is tantamount to condoning the acts of the players rather than instigating an internal investigation.

Courtesy of USA Today

Ohio State punishment of Jim Tressel called ‘a little light’

By Erick Smith of USA Today

The head of a law firm that helps schools deal with the NCAA said the Ohio State punishment of Jim Tressel appears lenient.

Michael Buckner spoke with The Columbus Dispatch and offered his analysis of the two-game suspension and $250,000 fine given to Tressel by the school for failing to reveal information about possible violation by two of his players.


“Just looking at it, it may seem a little light, especially in light of the fact Tressel didn’t report it to the university within a reasonable period of time,” Buckner said.

The Dispatch noted the NCAA has sanctioned 27 schools since 2006 for violating bylaw 10.1, which requires coaches and others to be truthful and forthcoming about possible NCAA violations. Of the 12 coaches involved, only one kept his job. The others either resigned or were fired by their schools.

“In those periods when he had an opportunity and a duty to disclose, he failed to do so,” Buckner said. “I think the NCAA could also come back and add failure to monitor or failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance. Those are program violations.

“With those three (including the bylaw 10.1 violation), you could look at the two-game suspension and the fine to be the minimum.”

============================================================

Click on link to read this article in its entirety.
=============================================================

Clearly here these transgressions by the players of which it now seems the coach had been fully are of at the time were serious enough to warrant an investigation. But with the coach apparently thinking that it was beneath him to actually take this finding to the athletics department beneath him and furthermore being somewhat complicit in trying to hide it all makes one now wonder what else has Jim Tressel suborned to in the past with regard to the football team’s program which may well have broken NCAA rules ? If this were a simple mistake on his part then perhaps one might understand but the act the coach itself was calculated and premeditated and that in spite of his formal public statement on the matter .

With the university having suspended the coach for the first two games of the program‚Äôs upcoming 2011 season and a fine of $250,000 being imposed on Jim Tressel they feel that the punishment befits the crime . But I‚Äôm not so sure that the NCAA themselves will feel it at all adequate given the fact that coaches have actually been fired or suspended for even longer terms , having violated such rules . But therein lies the actions of the NCAA , as they seemingly pick and choose whom they wish to punish with impunity in order to make an example of a program. Is it any wonder that the governing body of collegiate athletics can‚Äôt be taken seriously in terms of its standing and the actions they at times deem fit concerning not only the coaches but the athletes themselves when they‚Äôve broken the rules ? There’s never any consistency as the punishment meted out and not once ever has a coach been financially penalized for any wrong doing on their part by the collegiate body that governs college athletics. If the rules are meant to cover those involved in collegiate athletics then surely the coaches and their staffs fall under those rules apart from the athletes themselves !

NCAA President Mark Emmert who only assumed the position full time in November of last year having served as the interim president whilst his predecessor the late Dr Myles Brand underwent chemotherapy has got his hands full dealing with many of the issues now facing that body. Not only has he got to prove to the public that the NCAA actually stands for something but also that they can be trusted to act impartially and when necessary do what is morally right instead of appearing certain programs over others. Moreover if there was a environment of transparency as it relates to the NCAA‚Äôs business dealings rather than a great deal of it being so secretive and done behind closed doors then perhaps the public and college sport‚Äôs fan in general may well feel that they can be trusted . Instead they might just be as disliked as the present administration , the Congress and Senate jointly . At this moment the jury is still out with a verdict so it’s anybody’s guess as to what their thought might be on the NCAA .

Continue reading

Bill Self, College Basketball, Ed O'Bannon, Kansas (Jayhawks), NCAA ............, NCAA President Mark Emmert, Oscar Robertson, Sports & Social commentary

Care To Tell Me What The NCAA Can Do Next To Make Themselves Look The Complete Ass ?


Care To Tell Me What The NCAA Can Do Next To Make Themselves Look The Complete Ass ?

Having lost both of his parents in the space of two years and now his maternal grandmother Kansas Jayhawks’ —– Thomas Robinson has been forced to take on the role of a parent in the care of his younger sibling , his nine year old sister. His grandmother was the child’s guardian and provided loving care and a home for the young girl .With no living immediate relative to take care of his younger sibling Robinson will now assume that control . Coach Bill Self , Robinson’s teammates and the University of Kansas will try to assist the player as best they can in making sure that this is a smooth transition for the Jayhawks’ player.

======================================================================

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

======================================================================

Slide show for your perusal.

One moment Robinson is riding on the crest of a wave on this Jayhawks’ basketball team the next moment he’s now taking the responsibilities of a young man who sought education and athletics as the next step in his career. Now he may well have to forgo that if he can’t find a means of looking after his sister’s well being. The NCAA rather idiotically has come out and made the statement that Robinson cannot accept any monetary gifts that would in any way assist him in his collegiate career even with his present predicament . Are those disingenuous and unemotional idiots really kidding ? How can they view the player’s situation as being one ordinary and one that’s not deserving of some latitude in this instance ? The college itself has set up an educational foundation that will indeed pay for the player’s sister future education and a trust fund has also been set up to take donations that will facilitate the care of the player’s sister.

The NCAA for its part has suggested they cannot change the rules even given this instance where Thomas Robinson finds himself in such an unenviable role being the guardian to his young sister. Personally while I understand the NCAA’s stance this is merely one more reason to my mind why it is that I find collegiate athletics’ highest governing body totally corrupt and completely lacking in common sense ! If ever there was a time to completely dismantle the organization now would be it and then replace with an institution that would be held more accountable and with even more transparency than it is said to show. We’re often told how concerned the institution is with the well being of the student athlete and how it governs collegiate athletics. But in reality the NCAA has simply become another multi billion dollar money making institution where in some cases its revenues derived is greater than that of some third world countries.

What might be even more unconscionable is the mere fact that while the NCAA has become the production line for the professional level of sports namely the NBA , NFL , NHL and MLB it goes without saying that riches that there are to be had is nothing compared to what those teams will continue to make in perpetuity off the names of the athletes associated with these sports. Even at the college level where now the NCAA is in the midst what is a civil suit of which Ed O’Bannon and recently NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson has added his name to, in charging that the NCAA has used their likeness in marketing and promoting the sport without there being reward to the players . And though one might argue that there isn’t any veracity to this argument because as such the athletes are amateurs the NCAA still profits greatly in the use of an athletes’ likeness even after they’ve turned professional and long after their college and professional careers are over . Please tell me in what other endeavor such a thing is allowed to happen and at the same time where players themselves aren’t allowed to profit from that specific practice ?

And while both sides aren’t willing to address the issue in public it has to be said that the thought of the NCAA and the power it now wields over the collegiate sports’ landscape is staggering and without merit. It’s rare that the body is challenged in any form and even rarer for the institution to actually suffer a defeat . It hasn’t happened at the judicial level in years and even within its own realm rarely has the NCAA been challenged by an educational establishment to the fact they can actually say they’ve won an outright victory. The incoming NCAA President Mark Emmert having taken over from the late Dr Myles Brand has essentially not changed how they operate and it has to be said it’s not been actually for the better.

I’d like to think that the NCAA can show compassion when needed but it appears that the institution is merely driven by its pursuit of money and not much else beyond that . And when greed has solely been your whole mantra to exist rather than that of the well being of the athletes and institution you preside over then the whatever befalls that body tends not to be a good on appearance or image alone. Is anyone really of the opinion that the NCAA has served the college athlete with any real distinction much less with any integrity for that matter ? Merely look at the NCAA’s actions recently and the fact that they can’t seems to show any impartiality as to the way it conducts its business and how they go about dealing with many of the issues they face with ever increasing regularity ?

======================================================================


By clicking on a frame you can view a specific picture in its original formatted size.

===================================================================

Picture gallery for your perusal .

What thoughts if any do you have concerning the NCAA’s stance concerning Thomas Robinson and do you feel that they ought to make some sort of change to cover such an instance ? Merely offer up your own thoughts as how you best feel that this particular situation can be dealt with ?

Picture and slide show details.

LAWRENCE, KS – January 29th 2011. (1) Brady Morningstar (12)of the Kansas Jayhawks is fouled as he passes to Markieff Morris (21) during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats on January 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images …..

(2) Kansas forward Thomas Robinson (0) blows a kiss to the crowd after an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Kansas won the game 90-66 . AP Photo/Charlie Riedel ……..

(3) Marcus Morris (22) of the Kansas Jayhawks and teammates cheer from the bench during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats on January 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images ………..

(4) Kansas coach Bill Self questions a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel …….

(5) Ranked #9 on the NBA’s list of all-time scorers Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson recently added his name to an ever increasing list of former college athletes charging that the NCAA has continued to use their likeness in a civil suit that seeks unspecified and punitive damages. No trial date hast been set for the trial for the trial to take place in the Federal Court System . Picture appears courtesy of Getty Images North America Inc/ Robert Moore …….

Alan aka tophatal …………..

====================================================================

Sade ……….. “No Ordinary Love ”

===================================================================

College Football ........, NCAA ............, Sports

Keeping It In The Family ……… It Pays …. It’s Simply Business


Keeping It In The Family ……… It Pays …. It’s Simply Business

The never ending story surrounding Auburn Tigers’ quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Cam Newton now seems to be taking on a life of its own. Ever since his departure from Florida under what one might deem rather dubious circumstances an ever darkening cloud seems to be hovering over the player. What might even be more disturbing is the the rumored sources and the actions allegedly by Newton’s father Cecil Newton .

The patriarch of the family is a pastor of a church and there now seems to be allegations that the demands made by the player via his father was a for monies to be exchanged for his services and attendance at Mississippi State University. At the time Newton having left Florida was in attendance at a junior college and he’d been keenly aware that there were said to be several schools who sought his entry into their respective programs . What we now are being made aware of is that the player and his father have not been completely upfront as to his recruitment and the process that would ultimately be the deciding factor as to where he would attend school and play football.

======================================================================

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


======================================================================

Slide show for your perusal .

We now know that when first approached about these demands Mississippi State made immediate contact with the SEC (Southeastern Conference) and that Commissioner Mike Slive and the conference’s own internal Infraction’s Committee would conduct their own investigation into the matter. Furthermore, as there were now said to be several approaches made by Newton’s father via a conduit in Kenny Rogers a former college player the NCAA quickly became involved in the matter. But as of yet no outright public statement has been forthcoming from that body. Slive and the SEC have been in possession of this information for over six months and I now find it somewhat curious that it is only now that there seems to be something happening. Given the fact the money that Cecil Newton is said to have been trying to extort ranged from anywhere between $150,000 to as high as $200,000 one has to ask what the hell is going on and how is that these establishments have so lax ?

As to Auburn’s own stance on Cameron Newton and what they feel is an unwanted attack on the player’s integrity . I find it somewhat intriguing and take the view that if the player wasn’t so important to their national title ambitions would the team’s coach Gene Chizik stand so steadfast in his support of the player ? Furthermore given the actions of former Heisman Trophy winner and USC Tojans’ player Reggie Bush this is something that cannot be immediately overlooked and glossed over. The rules are set in place for these players to abide by and at the same time the athletics directors and compliance officers within these schools and the coaches have to be fully aware as to what is going on amongst their recruits. It seems somewhat asinine to think that because a player then chooses to flout the rules when it’s clear that there has been a certain amount of culpability and duplicity on the part of boosters and coaches it is merely the college that is subsequently punished with sanctions imposed by the NCAA. It is only rare for a school to voluntarily sanction itself after the actions of a coach or player and guilt has been proven to be a violation NCAA rules. It now begs the question that should it come to light that indeed Newton and his father acted inappropriately and that there’s clear and irrefutable evidence that the player was accepted into the school after money changed hands then whatever punishment meted out has to be extensive enough to deter this from happening again.

What appears to be the case as of now is that Newton is for an eligible player on the Auburn Tigers’ football team. However, one has to now question what actions if any took place in the recruitment of the player and were they indeed above aboard ? Furthermore , if as is being alleged Cecil Newton’s church was indeed a benefactor of a rather generous donation wherein the refurbishment of that entity was able to take place. Then the perception is there for all to see that whomever made that donation to the pastor clearly was in league with an intermediary action on behalf of the family. There may well not be a paper trail as to the evidence but there are too many coincidences for this to be a mere confidential benefactor ingratiating themselves with the church , its congregation and the community of Newnan and Holy Zion Center of Deliverance , Newnan , Georgia. Cecil Newton has remained circumspect and there has been no admission of any wrongdoing on his part. Many within the African American community there in Newnan may well see this as another ‘witch hunt’ wherein a young African American athlete is being dragged down by the media and allegations that they may well feel are without foundation. But until the rather shall we say laborious investigations are at an end we may well never know the actual truth as to what has really taken place.

Courtesy of ESPN.com news services

Rogers: Cecil Newton put price on son

A former Mississippi State player who worked with agents says Cecil Newton told him it would take anywhere from $100,000 to $180,000 for his son, Cam Newton, to sign a scholarship with Mississippi State.

Kenny Rogers told ESPN radio 103.3 in Dallas on Thursday that when he and Cecil Newton met with two MSU coaches at a hotel in Starkville, Miss., last Nov. 27, one of the coaches said “No, no I don’t want to hear that,” when Cecil Newton asked about the payment for Cam Newton to attend Mississippi State.

Rogers was asked if Cecil Newton told him how much money it would take to get his son to play for Mississippi State. “Yes, he did,” Rogers said.

Asked how much, Rogers said the price would be: “Anywhere between $100,000 and $180,000.

Cam Newton eventually signed with Auburn, where the school says the quarterback is eligible to play. Newton is a leading Heisman Trophy contender and has the unbeaten Tigers in the hunt for the national championship. He’s expected to play Saturday against rival Georgia.

Later in the interview, Rogers said he and Cecil Newton first talked after Cam Newton left the Florida Gators following the 2008 season. In the course of their conversations, he said Cecil Newton told him, “It’s not gonna be free this time.”

Rogers said he was involved with Cecil Newton only in regards to Mississippi State.

Rogers said that on Nov. 28, 2009, he and Cecil Newton followed each other out of Starkville, Miss., after the Ole Miss-Mississippi State game. He said Newton asked him: “What do you think is going to happen? You think it’s going to go through?”

Rogers said he was referred to a Mississippi State booster named Bill Bell. Rogers said he left Bell a message telling him he was with Cecil Newton, who wanted to know if the deal was going to happen.

=====================================================

Click on link to read this article in its entirety.

=====================================================

We do know once again that an athlete at the height of their college career is once again cast as a ‘villain’ and yet again a family member is partially at the center of attention. One can surmise that these are young athletes who aren’t yet mature enough to actually make a decision for themselves. But I would suggest that when these athletes enter into to the world of academia and collegiate athletics this is but the first step in them learning how to be and act like an adult rather than still being cuckolded like a prepubescent child still unsure of what they want.

======================================================================

======================================================================

Picture gallery for your perusal .

What thoughts if any do you have on the situation now surrounding Cameron Newton and the actions allegedly taken by his father and an associate ? Also do you feel that as things now stand with an investigation now underway would it be appropriate for the school to sit the player out until the facts are laid bare for all to see ? Simply chime in with a comment on this matter .

ūüėõ ____ ūüôā ___ ūüė¶

NB : Auburn’s remaining 2010 football schedule .

Auburn’s football roster .

Auburn’s coaching staff .

BCS rankings ………


Top 10 teams

CURRENT BCS STANDINGS

Team BCS Average

1 Oregon .9638
2 Auburn .9611
3 TCU .9259
4 Boise State .8662
5 LSU .8170
6 Stanford .7454
7 Wisconsin .7349
8 Nebraska .7298
9 Ohio State .6613
10 Oklahoma State .6211

Click on this link to view in its entirety BCS rankings

Alan aka tophatal …………………….. ūüėõ

====================================

Karmen

Pseudonym or not she calls herself Karmen Sutra . I wonder why ?

================

Oh what a ‘thick booty’ Karmen has got !

College Football ........, NCAA ............

It’s For All The Marbles And Offcourse Then There’s Mryon Rolle And Tim Tebow ………


Well¬†this¬† Saturday the¬† Florida¬†State¬† Seminoles¬† face¬† their¬† antagonists¬† and¬† instate¬† rivals¬† the¬† University of Florida Gators. In¬† a game¬† that¬† all¬† but¬† will¬† signify¬† who¬† has bragging¬†rights¬† to¬† call¬† themselves¬† the instate¬† champions¬† of¬†college¬† football within¬† the state.¬†¬†¬† That being¬† said¬† we’ll¬† also be¬† seeing¬† two¬†of the¬† heralded¬† players¬† within¬† that¬† state’s¬† much¬†¬†heralded¬† college¬† football program.¬†¬† They¬† are¬† Myron Rolle of¬† Florida¬† State¬† and¬† Tim¬† Tebow¬† of the¬† University¬† of Florida.¬†

Tim Tebow the¬†Gators’ quarterback runs¬† for a first¬† down against¬† the¬† Citadel¬†during¬† the¬† first half of¬† he¬† game played¬† in¬† Gainesville, Florida.¬† The¬†Gators¬† would¬† go¬†on¬† defeat¬† Citadel¬† 70-19¬† in¬† a¬† lopsided win. picture appears courtesy of¬† ap/photo/Phil¬† Sandlin¬† ………….

 

Tim Tebow we¬† already know as¬† the reigning¬† Heisman¬† Trophy¬† winner¬† and¬† with¬† Myron Rolle he’s¬† the¬† Rhodes’ scholar¬† who¬†one¬† day¬† hopes¬† to¬† become¬† a¬† neurosurgeon.¬† What¬† hasn’t¬† escaped many who¬† understand the¬† intricacies¬† of¬† the¬†game¬† is¬† what¬† this¬† will¬† mean¬† to both¬†¬† programs¬† as¬† well¬† as the¬† players¬† themselves.¬† To say¬† that¬† they’ll end¬† their¬† careers¬† on¬† a¬† high¬† would¬† be¬† an¬† understatement. Albeit¬† that¬† Tebow¬† has yet¬† to¬† make¬† it¬† clear as to¬† what¬† his ambitions are¬† once¬† the¬† season¬† is¬† over.¬† The¬† one thing¬† for¬† sure¬† that¬† we¬† know¬† concering¬† Rolle¬† is¬† that¬† having graduated already¬† in¬† 2 1/2 years¬† with¬† 3.75 GPA and¬† with a¬† degree¬† in Exercise Science¬† and a¬† Masters in Public¬† Administration.¬† But it¬† has¬† been¬†his interest¬† in¬† articulating¬† his¬† passion¬† for¬† medicine¬† and¬† helping¬† others¬† less¬† fortunate¬† than¬† he.¬† His¬† interests in¬† biochemistry¬†¬† and¬†¬†all¬† that¬† it¬† entails¬† shows¬† that this young¬† man¬† is¬† indeed a¬† very¬† extraordinary¬† human¬† being.¬†And¬† with the aspirations¬† to¬† become a¬† neurosurgeon¬† it¬† can¬† be¬† said¬† that his¬† calling¬† is¬† a¬† profound one.¬†¬†¬†The¬† beckoning of the¬† NFL¬† can’t¬† be¬† far from¬† his¬† mind¬† but pursuant¬† of¬† that¬† may¬† well¬† lie¬† the¬† fact¬† that¬† Rolle himself¬† doesn’t¬† seem¬† to¬† be¬† overly¬†¬† concerned¬†¬† by the¬† riches¬† that¬† particular¬†¬† will¬†¬† reward¬† him with.

 

 

Florida State Seminole safety Myron Rolle is congratulated after the¬† Noles’ defeat of Maryland 37-3 in a game¬† played¬† in College Park, MD. picture appears courtesy¬†of ap/photo/ Rob Carr ……………..

 

For Rolle’s counterpart who’ll be¬† on¬† the¬† opposing team.¬†In¬†Tim¬†Tebow¬† we have¬† a player¬† who it can¬† be said¬† is¬† having¬† another stellar year.¬† Though¬† on the face of¬† it¬† his¬† statistics¬† aren’t¬† as¬† eye¬† popping¬† as¬† last¬† year.¬† It can be said¬† that he’s¬† now¬† leading¬† the¬† Gators¬† with¬†¬† even¬† more¬† assuredness¬† than¬† anyone¬† could’ve imagined.¬† And what¬† the¬† team¬† has been¬† doing as¬† of¬† late¬† to¬† their¬† opponents¬† has sent a¬† shiver¬† across the¬† college scene.¬† So much¬† so¬† that¬† there’s¬† the¬† belief¬† that¬† this¬† team¬† is¬† by¬† far¬† and a way¬† playing¬† better than¬† any other¬† college¬† program¬† at present.¬†¬† In every¬† facet of¬† the¬† game at present they’ve¬† been¬† playing¬† with an exuberance¬† not seen¬† in¬† a team¬† in a long¬† while.¬†¬† Their¬† confidence¬† now¬† is at¬† an¬† alltime¬† high¬† but¬† that’s¬† not to¬† say¬† that they’re¬† about¬† to¬† go¬† into this¬† game¬† thinking¬† that¬† all¬† they’ll¬† have to¬† do¬† is just¬† to¬† turn up¬† to intimidate¬† their¬† opponents.¬† Nothing¬† could¬† be¬† further¬† from¬† the¬† truth¬† and¬† one doubts¬† that¬† the¬† Gators’ coach¬† Urban Meyer would even allow¬† them¬† to¬† think¬† that¬† way.¬† The¬† game¬† singularly¬† would¬† have¬†¬† tremendous¬† ramifications¬† were¬† they¬† to¬† lose.¬† National¬† championship¬†¬† aspirations are¬† still¬† within their¬† grasp.¬†¬† And with a game¬† against¬† Alabama¬† in the¬† offing¬†¬† for¬† the¬† SEC championship, one¬† has¬† to say¬† that there’s¬† still¬† a¬† great¬† deal¬† to¬† play¬† for.

  

Tebow(15)¬† and¬† teammate¬† backup¬† quarterback¬† John Brantley(12) leave¬†the¬†field¬† after¬† the¬† team’s¬† win¬† over the¬† Citadel.¬† They’re¬†congratulated¬† by¬† fans as¬† they¬† make¬† their¬† way¬† to¬† the locker¬† rooms.¬†¬† picture appears courtesy of¬† ap/photo/Phil¬† Sandlin ………………………¬†

 

When¬† the¬† two¬† teams¬† step¬† unto¬† Bobby¬† Bowden Field at Doak Campbell¬†Stadium in¬† Tallahassee.¬† This¬† game will¬† mean a great deal¬† to¬† the¬† fans¬† in attendance¬† and¬† those watching¬†¬†nationwide.¬†¬†Both¬† teams are¬† ranked in¬† the¬† AP Top 25.¬†¬† The¬† BCS¬†rankings as they¬† now¬† stand¬†leaves a¬† lot¬† to¬† be desired¬† and any¬†slip up¬† by¬† any¬† of the¬† teams¬† ranked¬† within¬† the¬† top5¬†¬†most assuredly¬† would¬† signal the¬†death¬†knell¬† as to their ambitions. And an emphatic win¬† by¬† the Gators¬† over¬† their instate¬† rivals¬† could¬† very well¬† be¬† the thing¬† that’s needed¬† to cement¬†an¬†even¬† greater presence amongst¬† the national¬† championship¬† aspirants as well as the¬† justification¬† to¬† the¬† public at large. Seemingly¬†¬† playing¬† the¬† best¬† of¬† any¬† of¬† the¬† teams at the¬† upper echelons of¬† the¬† rankings.¬†¬†Florida’s¬† ranking of #4 in¬† the BCS¬† doesn’t¬† on¬† the¬† face of¬† it¬† do them¬† any¬† justice.¬† But¬† for¬† their¬† loss to Ole¬† Miss we mightn’t¬† be¬† discussing¬† the¬†¬† facts¬† and¬† opining¬† on it.¬† But¬† that’s indeed¬† why¬† the¬† games¬† are¬† no doubt played on the¬† field¬† and¬† not¬† in¬† the¬† minds of the¬† protagnosticators and¬† analysts.

 

 

Myron Rolle

Florida State safety¬† Myron¬†Rolle is¬† congratulated¬† by¬†Back¬†Judge Tommy Pace¬†having¬† entered the¬† game in the¬†first¬†half against Maryland. The¬†game played in College¬† Park ,¬† Maryland¬† was¬† won 37-3 over¬†Maryland. picture appears courtesy¬†of ap/photo/ Rob Carr ………………

As¬† for Bobby¬† Bowden¬† and his Seminoles’¬† team¬† this¬† may¬† well¬† be¬† all the¬† inspiration¬† that¬† they¬† need¬† to derail¬† the¬† ambitions¬† of¬† Urban¬† Meyer’s¬†team.¬† Though¬† the¬† team¬† has played¬† with a great deal¬† of¬† gusto of late.¬† They’ve been¬† viewed as somewhat of¬† a disappointment¬† within¬† the ACC.¬† Their 8-3 over¬† record¬† though (5-3) within¬† conference and¬† sitting¬† atop¬† of the¬† Coastal Division. So¬† much¬† were¬† was¬†expected of the¬†team as a whole. Nor¬† too was the inconsistency¬† of¬† their play¬†throughout much of¬† the season.¬† There’s¬†¬†a great deal of¬† talent¬† on both¬† sides¬† of¬† the¬† ball¬† on¬† this team.¬† And in¬† Christian Ponder¬†they’ve¬† a quarterback¬† who’s playing with a great deal¬† of confidence and¬† it’s¬† now beginning to¬† be¬† embraced by¬† his¬† teammates.¬† And¬† they’re feeding¬† of¬†¬†this¬† with their¬† play, raising¬† it¬†to what’d¬†been¬† expected¬† by¬† Bowden himself. And for¬† all¬† of¬† the¬† coaching experience¬† by one of¬† the¬† grand¬† old¬† men¬† of¬† the¬† game it¬† can¬† be said¬† that for Bowden this¬† is a season that¬† has turned around¬† somewhat.¬† A bowl berth¬†is theirs¬† for¬† the¬† taking should¬† the team¬† close its¬† schedule¬†with¬† the¬† wins¬† needed. But much of¬† that¬† now¬† is¬† predicated¬† upon their¬† performance this¬† upcoming¬† Saturday in their¬† home stadium.¬†

Gators’ offensive¬† lineman Carl Johnson(57) celebrates¬† with¬† teammate Percy Harvin after he’s¬† scored a touchdown¬† on¬† an¬† 11yd reception in the game played against the Citadel,¬† in¬†Gainesville, Florida.¬† The Gators went¬† on to¬† win with¬† game in¬† a lopsided¬† fashion, winning 70-19. picture appears courtesy of¬† ap/photo/John Raoux ……………………..

Rivalries being¬† what they are can either be¬† exciting or they¬† can¬† dampen¬† the¬† ardor of¬† the¬† fan¬† should¬† the¬† event¬† fail¬† to¬† live¬†up¬† to expectations. And that if¬† anything¬†is something¬† that I¬† for¬† one feel¬† won’t¬† be happening¬† this¬† upcoming Saturday.¬† With¬† so much¬† at stake¬† for¬† both¬† teams they’ll¬† be playing with a great deal¬† of passion¬† and¬†¬† physicality. Both¬† teams it can¬† be¬† said¬† have¬† their¬†set¬† of¬† renowned¬† athletes. The Gators however have¬† been lighting up¬† the¬† scoreboards with¬†such¬†propensity¬† that¬† it¬† has¬† become¬† downright scary¬† to¬† see¬† them¬† play¬† with¬† a full¬†head of¬† steam.¬†¬†

Seminoles’ quarterback Christian Ponder(7) splits Maryland¬† defenders Jeff Allen¬†and Dave Philistin¬† to score a touchdown during the¬† second half of the¬† game played in College Park,Md.¬† picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Rob Carr …………..

The Seminoles for their part¬† know that¬† they’ll have to¬† raise¬† the level¬†of their¬† play if¬† they’re to¬† have¬† a¬† remote¬† chance¬† winning¬† the¬† game.¬† Such¬† has been the ferocity of¬† this¬† rivalry¬† at times that¬† it¬† has¬† to¬† be said¬† that¬† without¬† these two¬† teams¬† college¬† football within¬† the state¬† as¬† of¬† late would¬† be¬† nothing¬† more than afterthought.¬† Yes¬† Florida’s most recent¬† championship was in¬† 2006 .¬† And with the¬† Seminoles¬† now appraoching¬† on¬†almost a decade since¬† their¬† last¬†win¬† of¬† national¬† championship.¬† The woes¬† of within¬† the¬† state¬† though¬† not¬† acute¬† it has¬† to¬† be said¬† that¬† if¬† there’s¬† not the¬† presence¬† of¬† at least¬† either Florida, Florida¬† State¬† or¬† Miami on the¬† national landscape¬†when¬† it¬† comes to¬†the¬† college¬† game.¬† There¬† isn’t¬† as such¬† any¬† veracity¬† to¬† the¬† game¬† overall.¬†


Florida State quarterback¬† Christian¬† Ponder¬† is¬† sacked¬† by¬† the¬† Terrapins’ defense¬† during¬† a game¬† played in¬† College Pk, Maryland.¬† The¬† Seminoles¬† would¬† go on¬† to¬† defeat the¬† Maryland Terrapins¬† 37-3. picture appears courtesy of¬† ap/photo/Rob Carr¬† ………………….

As the season slowly¬† winds¬† down¬† to¬† its¬† culmination, it¬† can¬† be said¬† as¬† to¬† the¬† vagaries¬†¬† therein.¬† We’re all unsure¬† as to¬† what’ll¬†¬†happen¬† as to the¬† fortunes¬† of¬† a¬† number¬† of¬† teams.¬† But¬† for¬† many¬† of¬† them¬† their¬† fates¬† will¬† lie in their¬† own¬† hands.¬† And for¬† others it’ll¬† lie¬† in¬† the¬† hands¬† of¬† the¬† BCS committee¬† and¬† the computer geeks who’ll¬† be¬† playing¬† with the¬† numbers¬†¬† in deciding¬† who’s worthy of¬† a BCS Bowl¬†Berth¬† and¬† who’s not.¬† Technology¬†for¬†all¬†of¬†its¬† advances¬† and¬† we can’t yet¬†¬† to¬† decide¬† on a¬† national¬† champion¬† in athletic¬† endeavor¬†. That ¬†it may¬† well¬† come¬† down¬† to¬†the¬† crunching of¬† numbers¬† when¬† it’s¬† all¬† said¬† and done as to¬† who’ll be¬† a¬† participant in the¬† game itself.¬†¬†¬†¬†

tophatal ………..

College Football ........, NCAA ............, Sports

It Is What It Is …………..It’s Going To Be A Shootout …………


Well¬† this weekend¬†¬† the¬† number¬†¬† one¬†¬† ranked¬† Texas¬† Longhorns¬† will¬† be¬†¬† taking¬† on¬† their¬†¬† instate¬†¬† rivals¬†¬† the¬† Texas¬†¬†Tech¬†, Red Raiders¬†¬†¬†for¬†¬†bragging¬†¬†rights¬†,¬† state¬†¬† supremacy¬†¬† and¬†¬†¬† with¬† an¬†¬† eye¬†¬† on¬†¬† further¬†¬†¬† enhancing¬† their¬†¬†¬† national¬†¬† championship¬†¬† credentials.¬†¬†¬† And¬† when¬† these¬† two¬† top¬†¬† ten¬†¬†¬† teams¬†¬† meet¬†¬† on¬† Saturday¬†¬† infront¬† of a¬† sellout¬† crowd¬†¬† in¬† Jones SBC Stadium , in¬† Texas.¬†¬† It¬†¬† will¬†¬† be¬†¬† to¬† the¬†¬† delight¬†¬† of¬† the¬† crowd¬† and¬†¬†¬†a¬†¬† nation¬†¬† watching¬†¬†¬† in¬† anticipation¬†¬† to¬† see¬†¬†¬†¬† how¬† things’ll¬†¬†¬† unfold.

Colt McCoy¬† of¬†¬† the¬† Texas¬†¬† speaks¬† to¬†¬† the¬† press¬† about¬† the¬†¬† team’s¬†¬† upcoming¬†¬† game¬† in¬† Lubbock¬†, Texas¬†¬† where¬† they’ll¬†¬† face¬†¬†¬†¬† instate¬†¬† rivalas¬† Texas¬† Tech¬†¬† in¬†¬† the¬† nationally¬†¬† televised¬†¬† game.¬†¬† picture¬†¬† appears¬† courtesy of¬† ap/photo/Harry Cabluck¬† ……………..

 

With¬†¬†¬† both¬† teams¬†¬† at¬† 8-0¬†¬†¬† and¬†¬† ranked¬† #’s¬†¬† 1 and¬†¬† 8¬†¬† respectively¬†¬†. It¬† has¬†¬† to¬†¬† be¬† said¬†¬† that¬†¬† the¬† might of¬†¬† the¬† Big¬† 12¬† will¬†¬† be¬†¬† on¬†¬† display¬†¬† for¬† all¬† to¬†¬† see.¬† The¬†¬†¬† standings¬† as they¬†¬† now¬†¬† sit¬† within¬†¬† the¬† conference¬†¬† refect that¬† these¬†¬†¬† are¬†¬† the¬†¬†¬† two¬†¬†¬† dominant¬†¬† teams¬† and¬†¬† programs¬†¬† this¬†¬†¬† year¬†¬†¬† in¬† the¬† Big¬† 12.¬† Nationally¬† as well¬† in¬† both¬†¬† the¬† AP¬†¬† Top¬† 25 and¬†¬†¬† the¬† BCS¬† Poll¬†¬† both¬†¬† have¬†¬† very¬† credible¬†¬† rankings.¬† Though¬† that¬†¬† in¬† ofitself¬†¬† won’t¬†¬† be¬† the¬† only¬†¬†thing¬† to¬† be¬† admired¬† about¬† this¬†¬† game.¬† We’ll¬†¬†also¬†¬†¬† get¬†¬† to see¬†¬† some¬†¬†very¬†¬† talented¬†¬†¬† players¬†¬† and¬†¬† Heisman¬†Trophy¬†¬† candidates¬†¬† in¬† the¬† guise¬†¬† of¬† Colt McCoy,¬†Graham¬†Harrell¬†and¬†¬†Michael¬† Crabtree.¬†¬†¬† Each¬† of the¬† three¬†¬†¬† in¬† question¬†¬†¬† will¬† be¬†¬† hoping¬†¬† to¬† show¬† their¬†¬†¬†prowess¬†¬† on¬†¬† gameday¬† and¬†¬†¬† catch¬†¬† the¬† eye¬† of¬† ¬†the¬†¬† voters.¬†¬†¬† The¬†¬†clearly¬†¬† discerning¬†¬†¬† fans¬†¬† will¬†¬† only¬† all¬† too¬† pleased¬†¬† to¬† see¬†¬†¬†such¬† a¬†¬† talented¬†¬† bunch¬†¬† of¬†¬†¬† individuals.

Michael¬† Crabtree¬†(5) of¬† Texas Tech ¬† is¬†¬† tackled¬†¬† by¬†¬† Kansas’¬† linebacker¬†¬† James¬† Holt¬†¬† during¬† the¬† second¬† half¬†¬† of¬† a¬† game¬†¬† played¬†¬†¬† between¬†¬† Kansas¬†¬† and¬† Texas¬† Tech¬†¬† in¬† Lawrence,¬† Ks.¬†¬†Texas¬† Tech¬†¬† would¬†¬† go¬†¬† on¬† to¬†¬† defeat¬† Kansas¬†¬† 63-21¬†¬†in¬† the¬† game.¬†¬† picture appears courtesy¬† of¬† ap/photo/¬† Orlin Wagner¬† …………………..

 

The¬† aspirations¬†¬† of¬†¬† the¬† Red¬† Raiders¬†¬†¬†is¬†¬† that¬† should¬†¬† they¬†¬† unseat¬†¬† their¬†¬†¬† unbeaten¬†¬†¬† guests¬†¬†¬† then¬†¬† they¬†¬†¬† now¬†¬†¬† will¬† be¬†¬† viewed¬†¬† as¬†¬† legitimate¬†¬†¬† national¬† contenders¬†¬† for¬†¬†¬† a¬† BCS¬†Bowl¬† berth as¬† and¬† national¬†¬† championsip.¬† Undoubtedly¬† though¬† much¬† of the¬† puublicity¬† has¬†¬† been¬† around¬† the¬† nationally¬† top¬†¬† ranked¬†¬† Longhorns.¬†¬† But¬†¬† Texas¬† Tech¬†¬†¬† too¬† are¬†¬† deserving¬†¬† of¬†¬† the¬†¬† acclaim¬† being¬† shown¬†¬† to¬†¬† their¬† instate¬†¬†¬† rival.¬†If¬†¬† nothing¬†¬† else¬† they¬† too¬† have¬†¬†¬†shown¬†¬† prodigious¬†¬† talent¬† on¬† the¬† field¬†of¬†¬† play¬†¬† as¬†¬† well¬† as¬† productivity.¬†¬†¬† And¬†¬† you’d¬†¬† be¬† hard ¬†pressed¬†¬† to¬† say¬† that¬†¬† they’re¬† not¬†¬†¬† in¬†¬† the¬† same¬†¬† class¬†¬†as the¬† Longhorns¬†¬† at this¬†¬† juncture.¬†¬† As¬† prodigious¬† as¬†¬† the¬† Longhorns¬†¬†¬† have¬†¬† been .¬† The¬† Red¬†¬†¬† Raiders¬†¬†¬† have¬†¬† been¬†¬† equally¬†¬†¬† so.

Longhorns’ running¬† back¬† Chris¬† Ogbonnaya¬† evades¬†¬† a¬†¬† defensive¬† play¬†¬†¬† by¬† an¬† Oklahoma¬† State¬† player¬† during¬†¬† the¬†¬† game¬† played¬† in¬† Austin¬†,¬† Texas¬†¬† which¬†¬† Texas¬†¬†¬† would¬†¬† go¬† on¬† to¬† win¬† 28-24. picture¬† appears¬† courtesy of ap/photo/Harry Cabluck¬† ………………..

 

As¬†¬†¬†the¬†¬† game¬†¬† approaches¬†¬† a¬†¬† lot¬†¬† will¬† be¬† on¬† the¬† minds¬†¬† of¬†¬† the¬† two¬† teams’¬† respective¬† coaches.¬† Mike¬†¬† Leach¬†¬† of¬†¬†¬† Texas¬†¬†¬† Tech¬† and¬†¬†¬†¬† the¬† much¬†¬† respected¬†¬†Mack¬† Brown¬† of¬† Texas¬†¬† both¬†¬† know¬† that¬† they¬†¬† possess¬†¬† two¬†¬† exceptionally¬†¬† talented¬†¬† teams.¬†¬†And¬†¬† it¬† has¬†¬† to¬†¬† be¬†as such,¬† with¬†¬† the¬†¬† two¬†¬† teams¬† that’s¬†¬† profligated¬†¬† with¬†¬† talent¬†¬† on¬† both¬† sides¬† of¬† ball.¬†¬† There¬† are¬† many¬†¬† who¬†¬† felt¬†¬† that¬†¬† Brown’s¬†¬†¬† national¬† championsip¬†¬†winning ¬†team¬† of¬† 2005¬† may well¬† have¬†¬† been¬† the¬† best¬†¬† Longhorns’¬†¬† team¬† that¬† he’s¬† coached¬†¬† in¬† his¬†¬† tenureship¬†¬†¬† there¬†¬† in¬†¬† Texas.¬†¬† This¬†¬† team¬†¬† may¬† well¬† surpass¬†¬† that¬†¬† achievement¬†¬†¬†should¬† they¬† win¬† the¬† national¬† championship.¬†¬† Such¬†¬† was¬† the¬† hype¬† over¬† that¬†¬† 2005¬† Rose¬† Bowl¬†¬†¬† victory¬†¬†¬† over¬†¬†¬† Pete Carroll’s¬†¬† USC¬† Trojans.¬†¬†¬† That¬† many¬†¬† felt¬† that¬†¬† all¬†¬† Carroll’s¬†¬† team¬†¬† had¬† to¬†¬† do¬† ,¬† was¬†¬† to¬†¬† turn¬†¬† up.¬† And¬† then¬† they’d¬†¬† proceed¬†¬† to¬† defeat¬†¬† the¬† Texas¬†¬† Longhorns.¬†¬† Someone¬†¬† obviously¬† forgot¬† to¬† send¬†¬†¬† Mack¬† Brown¬† and¬†¬† his¬† team¬†¬†¬† the¬† script.¬†¬† As¬†¬†the¬† VInce¬† Young¬† led¬†¬†¬† Texas Longhorns¬†¬† proceeded¬†¬†¬†to¬†¬†¬† upend¬† the¬†¬† might¬†¬† of¬†¬†¬† USC.

Mike¬† Leach¬† center¬† is¬† pictured¬†¬† watching¬†¬† his¬†¬† team¬†¬†during¬† the¬†¬† first¬† quarter¬†¬† of¬†¬† their¬†¬† game¬†¬† played¬† against¬†¬† Kansas,¬† in¬†¬† Lawrence,¬†Kansas.¬†¬† picture¬† appears courtesy¬† of ap/photo/Orlin¬† Wagner …………………

 

Mike¬† Leach’s¬†¬† team¬†¬† won’t be¬†¬†afraid¬†¬†¬† to¬†¬† face¬†¬†¬† the¬† Longhorns¬†¬† head¬†¬† on¬†¬† and¬†¬† show¬† them¬† what¬†¬†¬†they’re made¬† of.¬†¬†¬†¬† And¬†¬† this¬†¬†¬† game¬†¬† will¬† be¬† a¬† battle¬† of¬†¬† wills¬†¬†,¬† seeking¬†¬†¬† supremacy¬†¬†¬† in¬† every¬†¬† aspect¬† of the¬†¬†¬† game.¬†¬†¬† Defensively¬† the¬†¬† edge¬†¬† may¬†¬† well¬† be¬†¬† with¬†¬†the¬† Red¬† Raiders¬†¬†.¬† But¬†¬† on¬† the¬† offensive¬†¬† side¬† of¬† things¬†¬†¬† it¬† may¬† well¬†¬† be¬†¬† the¬†¬† Longhorns¬†. Who¬†may well ¬† hold¬†¬† the¬† upper¬† hand.¬† Hopefully¬†¬†¬† however¬†¬† we¬†¬† won’t¬† see¬†¬† the¬†¬† type¬†¬† of¬† game¬† that¬†¬†¬† was¬†¬† nationally¬†¬† televised¬†¬† last¬†¬† weekend¬†¬† and¬†¬†played¬†¬†¬† infront¬† of¬†¬†¬† a¬† national¬†tv ¬† audience¬†¬† by¬†¬†¬† Penn¬† State¬† and¬† Oklahoma¬† State ?¬†¬† Such¬† was¬†¬† the¬†¬† monotony¬†¬† of¬† the¬† display by¬†¬† both¬†teams¬†¬†¬† that¬† you¬†¬† may¬† well¬† have¬†¬† wanted¬† to¬†¬†leave¬†¬† your¬† seat¬† and¬†¬† so¬† some¬†¬†¬† chores¬† around¬†¬† the¬†¬† house.¬†¬† Neither¬† team¬†¬† showed¬† any¬† inclination¬†¬† for¬†¬† creativity¬† on¬† the¬† field¬†once¬†¬† the¬†game¬† unfolded.¬†And¬† it¬† has¬†¬† to be¬† said¬†¬† that¬† complete¬† and¬†¬† utter¬†¬† boredom¬†¬†¬† must’ve¬† set¬†¬† in¬† for¬†¬† those¬† watching¬†¬† the¬† broadcast.¬† As¬† to¬† those¬†¬† in¬† attendance¬†¬†¬† they¬† may¬†¬† well¬† have¬†¬† felt¬†¬† the¬†¬†same¬†¬† way.¬† Though¬†¬† it¬†¬† may¬†¬† not¬† have¬†¬†¬† been¬†¬† visible¬†¬† for¬† all¬†¬† to¬† see.¬†

Ohio¬† State¬† running¬† back¬†¬†Kendall¬† Hunter (24)¬†¬† is¬† stopped¬†¬†¬† by¬†¬† Longhorns¬†defensive¬† players¬†Blake¬† Gideon, Roddrick¬† Muckelroy¬†, Ryan¬† Palmer¬† and¬† Earl Thomas¬† in¬†¬† a¬† game¬† won¬† by¬† Texas¬† 28-24.¬† picture appears¬† couertesy¬† of¬†¬† ap/photo/Eric¬† Gay …………….

 

The¬† likelihood¬† is¬† that¬†¬†¬† we’ll¬† see¬†¬† a¬† far¬†¬† more¬†¬†¬† entertaining¬†¬†and¬†¬† well¬†¬† played¬†¬†game¬† exhibited¬†¬† by¬†¬† the¬†¬† two¬† teams.¬†¬†¬† They’ve¬†¬† shown¬† all¬†¬† year¬† that¬†¬† they’re¬†¬†¬† more¬† than¬†¬† capable¬†¬† of¬† playing¬† to¬† the¬† highest¬†¬† levels.¬†¬†¬† But¬†¬†¬† there’ve¬†¬† been¬†¬† times¬†¬† also¬†¬† where¬†¬†¬† there’s¬†¬†¬† been¬†¬† something¬† of a¬† tailoff¬†¬† in¬† their¬†¬† play.¬†¬† And¬† that’s to¬† be¬†¬† expected¬†¬† as ¬†the¬†college¬†¬† season¬†¬† is¬†¬†¬† long¬† and¬†¬† arduous.¬†¬† This¬†¬† isn’t¬†¬†a¬†¬† trap¬† game¬†¬†¬† for¬†¬† either¬†¬† team¬† and¬†¬† they¬† both¬†¬† know¬†¬†¬† that¬†¬† they’ll¬†¬† either¬†¬†¬† put¬†¬† up¬† or¬† shut¬†¬† up¬†¬† at¬†¬† the¬† end¬†¬† of¬†¬† day.¬†¬† There¬† are¬†¬† no¬†¬†second¬†¬†¬†chances¬†¬† here¬†¬† and¬† it’ll¬†¬† be¬†¬† a¬†¬† game¬†¬†¬† not¬†¬† for¬†¬† the¬†¬† faint¬†¬† of¬† heart.¬†¬†

Red¬† Raiders’¬† signal¬†¬† caller¬†¬† Graham¬† Harrell¬†¬† who’s¬†¬† viewed¬† as¬†¬†¬† prodigious¬†¬† and¬†¬† efficient¬†¬†¬† talent¬† by many.¬†¬†¬† Harrell¬†¬†¬† has¬†¬† guided¬† Texas¬† Tech¬† to¬†¬† an¬†¬† 8-0¬†¬† unbeaten¬†¬† season¬†¬† thus¬† far.¬† picture¬† appears¬† courtesy¬† of¬† ap/photo/Orlin¬† Wagner ……………………

 

As¬†¬†¬† to¬† the¬†¬† talent¬† on the¬†¬† field¬†¬† with¬†¬†Chris ¬†Ogbonnaya,¬† Colt McCoy ,Jordan¬† Shipley¬†,¬† Quan Cosby¬† and¬† the¬†¬† cadre¬†¬† of¬†¬†¬† defensive¬†¬†¬† players¬†¬†¬† such¬†¬† as¬† Rodrick¬† Muckelroy,¬† Ryan¬† Palmer,¬† Earl Thomas and¬† Blake Gideon.¬†¬† The¬†¬† Longhorns¬†¬† will¬† be¬† showing¬†¬† us¬†¬† inheritly¬† what¬† they’re¬†¬† made¬†¬† of¬†¬†in¬† every¬†¬† facet¬†¬†¬† of the¬†¬† game.¬†¬†¬† The¬†¬†¬† Red Raiders¬†¬†¬† will¬†¬† throw¬†¬† at¬† the¬† rivals¬†¬†¬†prodigious¬†¬†¬† quarterback¬†¬† Graham¬† Harrell,¬†¬†wideout¬†¬† Michael¬† Crabtree¬† , Ryan¬† Hale,¬† Eric¬† Morris , Edward Britton ,¬† Baron¬† Batch.¬†¬† Equally¬†¬†¬† on¬† the¬† defensive¬†¬† side¬†¬† of¬† things¬†¬† they’re¬† no¬†¬† slouches¬†¬†either. As¬†¬† they’ll¬†¬† look¬† to¬† be¬†¬† tested¬†¬† by¬†¬†¬†¬† the¬† Longhorns¬†¬†prodigious¬†¬† offensive¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†capabilities.¬† It’s¬† to be¬†¬†seen¬† whether¬†¬† or¬† not¬†¬† the¬†¬† likes¬†¬† of¬†¬† Marcus¬† Bunton , Brandon¬† Sesay, Jake¬† Ratliff,¬† Darcel McBath, Marlon¬† Williams¬†¬† can¬†¬† withstand¬†¬† the¬†¬† tempest¬†¬†¬† of¬†¬† the¬† Longhorns’¬† offense.¬†¬†¬†¬† So¬†¬† it¬† ought to¬† be¬† real¬† fun¬†¬† finding¬†¬† out¬†¬† this¬†¬† coming¬†¬† Saturday.¬†¬†¬†

Jordan¬† Shipley¬† of¬† Texas¬†¬† catches¬† a¬†¬† touchdown¬† pass¬†¬† against¬† Oklahom¬† State¬†¬†¬† trying¬†¬† to¬† prevent¬† the¬† catch¬† was¬†¬† Oklahoma¬† State¬† defensive¬† player¬†¬†Ricky¬† Price (6).¬†¬† picture appears¬† courtesy¬†¬† of¬†¬† ap/photo/Eric¬† Gay¬† ………………………

 

The¬†¬† game¬†¬† will¬† have¬†¬†¬† its¬†¬†¬† high¬† stakes¬†¬† built¬†¬† in.¬† So¬† much¬†¬†of¬† what¬†¬† we’ll¬†¬† witness¬† will¬† be¬† predicated¬†¬† as¬† to¬† who’s¬† prepared¬†¬† to¬†¬† ante¬† up¬†¬† and¬†¬† lay¬†¬† their¬†¬† cards¬† on¬† the¬†¬† table.¬†¬†¬† No¬†¬† doubt¬† this¬†¬† particular¬†¬†¬†¬† shootout¬†¬† will¬†¬† have¬†¬† its¬†¬† ramifications¬†¬† one¬† way¬† or¬† another¬†¬† for¬† one¬† of these¬†¬† two¬†¬† teams.¬†¬†The¬†¬† question¬†¬† is¬† which¬†¬†¬† one’ll¬†¬†¬† have¬†¬†their¬†¬† bullets¬†¬†¬† loaded¬†¬† and¬†¬†¬†gun¬† ready¬† to¬†¬†pull¬†¬†the¬† trigger¬†¬† and¬† draw ¬†?¬†¬†¬† Last¬†¬† man¬† standing¬†¬†¬†your¬†¬†¬† guess¬† will¬† be¬†¬† as¬† good¬†¬† mine¬† ?¬†

 

 

 

 

tophatal ……………….¬†