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All Talk on the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and Capital One Bowl January 2, 2008

Posted by Marquis Chapman in College Football, Football, Sports.
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The three bowl games I was most interested in watching were the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and Capital One Bowl. Here is All Talk on the three bowl games.

Rose Bowl

Call me crazy, but for some reason, I really thought Illinois was going to make a game of it.  USC has struggled with scrambling quarterbacks in the past, and Illinois’ Juice Williams is as mobile as they come.  However, USC dominated this game winning 49-17, which happens to be the third largest margin of victory in a BCS game. The Trojans also managed to set a Rose Bowl record of 633 total yards.  The Trojans were doing whatever they wanted to do against their opponent, forcing turnovers and turning them into touchdowns.  Overall, it was a decent game.  I thought Illinois could possibly make a game of it, but USC was just too good.

Sugar Bowl

After watching this game, I really wished Georgia could have played USC in the Rose Bowl.  It would have been a much more exciting game, and definitely not so much of a lopsided victory for the Trojans.  The Georgia Bulldogs dominated the Hawaii Warriors, much like USC did to Illinois, with a score of 41-10. Georgia’s defense really stepped up, sacking Hawaii’s QB Colt Brennan eight times. Three of those sacks belonged to Georgia’s Marcus Howard. Howard, who was named the games most outstanding player, also forced two fumbles, and returned one for a touchdown.  While Howard had an amazing game for Georgia, Hawaii’s Colt Brennan played horrible.  The Heisman candidate completed 22 of 38 passes, and threw for only 169 yards.

Capital One Bowl

The Capital One Bowl was very exciting to watch. I was rooting for Michigan because I wanted Lloyd Carr to go out with a victory.  Michigan stepped up to the challenge, defeating the Florida Gators 41-35.  As expected, Florida’s Tim Tebow had a good game, racking up 154 yards, and throwing three touchdowns.  Tebow also had 57 yards on the ground and a touchdown.  The real story however, is Michigan’s offense. Michigan’s QB Chad Henne had is way in the air, throwing for 373 yards, and three touchdowns. The run game wasn’t bad either.  Although he had a couple of fumbles, senior RB Mike Hart had two touchdowns, totaling 129 yards on the ground.  It was a great game, and even a greater moment to see such an outstanding coach go out with a victory.

Overall, the Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl were good games if you like lopsided victories, but the Capital One Bowl more than made up for it, with an exciting game between Michigan and Florida. 

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Who’s the Best Team in College Football? October 14, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in College Football, Football, Sports.
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The question above isn’t so easy to answer with USC being upset by Stanford last week, and the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country being upset this week.

No. 1 ranked LSU found out that their running game can actually be stopped as they were upset by No. 17 Kentucky in triple overtime. LSU still had a chance to win it late in the game after a touchdown and a failed two point conversion  by Kentucky.  However, the Tigers couldn’t get a first down after attempting four straight running plays, and came up a yard short on 4th and 2. 

The California Golden Bears, ranked No. 2 in the nation, faced the Oregon State Beavers at home. The Bears were led by redshirt freshmen Kevin Riley who played fairly well, considering it was his first collegiate start. It was Riley however, who cost the Bears the game, as he attempted to run instead of throwing the ball away, which kept the the clock running and didn’t allow enough time for Cal to set up for the game tying field goal to send the game into overtime.

With some of the best college teams being upset by some of the most unlikely opponents,  this is has to be the hardest question to answer in sports…  Who is the best team in College Football?

And The Team That Upsets USC Is… Stanford?! October 7, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in College Football, Football, Sports.
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Stanford CardinalsWell, I knew USC was going to be upset, but I definitely didn’t think that it was going to be Stanford of all teams to pull it off.  Some how, some way, the Stanford Cardinals shocked the USC Trojans, Trojan fans, and the entire nation as they defeated the No. 2 ranked team in the nation 24-23 in Los Angeles.

In addition to a poor showing against Arizona State the previous week, the Cardinals were coming into the game as a 41 point underdog, and without their starting quarterback T.C. Ostrander due to a seizure.

Quarterback Tavita Pritchard took on the challenge and stepped up his play.  Pritchard had only completed one pass the entire season.  But,  faced with 4th and goal, Pritchard threw the game winning touchdown to Mark Bradford with just 41 seconds remaining in the game.

While Pritchard may have won the game for the Cardinals in the end, most of the credit has to go to the Cardinal’s defense.  The Cardinals held the Trojans to just 95 yards rushing.  Coming into the game, the Trojans were ranked No. 10 in the nation, averaging 237 rushing yards per game.  The Cardinals also intercepted 4 passes from USC quarterback John David Booty and sacked him 4 times.

Surprisingly, the last team to beat the Trojans at home was the Cardinals in 2001.  With this lost, the Trojans had their 5 game winning streak against Stanford snapped, their 35 home game winning streak snapped, and their 24 game Pac-10 home win streak snapped.

So there you have it, I never expected this to happen, but it did.  The Cardinals defeated USC with a second string quarterback, and held the Trojan’s potent rushing game under 100 rushing yards. I know that anything can happen in college football, but given the circumstances, and of all the teams to upset USC… Stanford?!

When Athletes Get Angry: Coaches Edition September 26, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Baseball, Basketball, College Basketball, College Football, Football, MLB, NFL, Sports, Video, When Athletes Get Angry.
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With the recent meltdown of Oklahoma State’s Head Football Coach Mike Gundy, I thought we would take a slightly different direction in this edition of When Athletes Get Angry.  In this edition, we’ll focus on the people who coach the althletes.  Here are some of the most memorable videos of coaches getting angry.  I present to you… When Athletes Get Angry: Coaches Edition

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Parents, Are You Obsessed With Your Child Playing Sports? September 16, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, College Basketball, College Football, Football, Sports.
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It’s one thing to show your child support and encouragement when he or she is involved in sports.  It’s a completely different situation however, to be obsessed.  Here are the top 10 clues that can help determine if you are a parent who is obsessed with your child playing sports.

10.  You make it a point to be the team mom or dad.

9.  It is an absolute must for you to attend every practice and stay to the very end.

8.  You attend games and only cheer for your child.

7.  You feel like a failure when your child has a bad game.

6.  When conversing with other parents, you find yourself constantly bringing up sports no matter the setting.

5.  You’ve become very good friends with the head coach and constantly give him tips on how to make the team better (the tips usually involve drawing up more plays for your child).

4.  You pick your child’s highschool based on sports and not academics.

3.  You’ve never talked to your child about the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and having fun when playing sports.

2.  When your child is academically ineligible, you don’t scold your child, but rather blame the coach and the school policy for not letting them play.

1.  No matter how bad your child is at sports, you feel that he or she should get a full ride athletic scholarship, and if they don’t, you blame the coach for not pushing them to reach their full potential.

 

The Art of Talking Trash September 13, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, College Basketball, College Football, Football, MLB, NBA, NFL, Sports.
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Some do it every now and then, some refrain from it, and some live by it.  In sports, trash talking is the norm and can be heard at almost every sporting event.  There are many different forms of trash talking as well as different types of trash talkers, but one thing is certain, trash talking is truly an art.

The idea behind trash talking is to take your opponent out of his game by constantly insulting him or reminding him of a great play you made against him.  Your opponent becomes more concerned about the trash talking than focusing on the actual game.  When done correctly, it is a beautiful thing to witness. This should be a player’s #1 goal when talking trash.

There are many different types of trash talkers.  The most common types are the loud mouths. They often forget the objective of trash talking. Loud mouths don’t talk trash to gain a competitive advantage, but rather do it because they simply just like to hear themselves talk.  Players that use this method include Terrell Owens, Gary Payton, Reggie Miller, Shannon Sharpe, and Chad Johnson. Users of this method never seem to shut up.  They talk trash to opponents, teammates, and sometimes to themselves.  Although loud mouths talk a lot, they are usually good players, and back up everything they say.

Others use a more subtle approach when trash talking. They’re called the quite trash talkers.  This type of trash talker comes across as a player that would never talk trash, but will say things under their breath just loud enough for you to hear it. This can be very aggravating to the opponent, especially if it continues throughout the entire game. Larry Bird was a master at this. He would make a great play and literally come up to his opponent and whisper in their ear, reminding them how great the play was.  This method proved to be very effective for Bird, as he provoked the great Dr. J to take a swing on him during a game.  David Eckstein also uses this method.

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When Athletes Get Angry: Miami Hurricanes September 8, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in College Football, Football, Sports, Video, When Athletes Get Angry.
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Although I’m a die hard Miami Hurricanes fan, I’m not completely oblivious to the fact that the Hurricanes have had their fair share of  character issues in the past.  The constant trouble players get into off the field has caused fans to change the name of the Hurricanes from the “U” to “Thug U”. It seems like everytime you think the Hurricanes have finally changed for the better, they turn around and do something crazy. Take this incident for example. The Hurricanes decide to have a brawl against FIU, stomping, striking with helmets, and even body slamming FIU players. 

Only at the U.

 

It’s Always Hurricane Season in the NFL August 31, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in College Football, Football, NFL, Sports.
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Miami HurricanesIf you’ve read my about page, you know that the Miami Hurricanes are my favorite college football team.  Sure, the program may not be as strong as it used to be, but one thing is for sure, the Miami Hurricanes have produced some great NFL players. 

The Hurricanes hold the record for most players selected in the first round with 6 players drafted in the 2004 NFL Draft.  For the past six years, the Hurricanes have had at least one player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.  They also hold the record for having 66 consecutive weeks of having at least one player from the University score a touchdown in the NFL.  Lastly, the U has the most alumni on active NFL rosters than any other university.

The list could go on forever, but here are just a few of the Miami Hurricane alumni that have become great players in the NFL:                                       

Jonathan Vilma

Ray Lewis

Clinton Portis

Ed Reed

Frank Gore

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Georgia Tech Football Team Training for the ’06 Season August 11, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in College Football, Football, Sports, Video.
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This is an amazing video of the Georgia Tech Football team training for the 2006 season along with some highlights from the ’05 season.  Some of the drills they’re doing are extremely demanding and are designed to improve speed, power, and strength.  It also shows the results of all the hard work, by showing the crazy amount of weight they’re able to lift in the weight room. You also get a look at how much of an athletic freak Calvin Johnson is.  Johnson breaks the school’s vertical leap record by jumping 45” and breaks the broad jump record by jumping over 11 feet. If this doesn’t make you want to hit the gym, I don’t know what will.

 

 

 

When Athletes Get Angry: Kellen Winslow August 3, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in College Football, Football, NFL, Sports, Video, When Athletes Get Angry.
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In this edition of When Athletes Get Angry, Miami Hurricane Tight End Kellen Winslow goes off on reporters after they ask him about the illegal blocking in a game against Tennessee.  One thing you should know about Kellen before watching this video is… HE ‘S A SOLDIER!