Sport Imitates Life

January 26, 2010 4:20 AM

20 Questions, Super Bowl XLIV Style

Here now is the XLIV version of the mind-numbing Super Bowl trivia game that's fun for the entire family. By that, I mean you'll probably need to consult your uncle or grandfather for some of the answers, but your uncle or grandfather will probably need to consult you for a few too. Some questions share all or part of their answer with other questions, and whether it's right on the tip of your tongue or buried in the back of your mind, these questions should be answerable for the true NFL fans and Super Bowl enthusiasts among us. If not, just watch ESPN for the next 10 days and they'll probably answer them for you.

Continue to 20 Questions, Super Bowl XLIV Style

January 17, 2010 5:44 AM

Goodspeed Coach Bowden: A Fond Farewell From a Devout Miami Hurricane

As a lifelong Miami Hurricane fan, I've spent a considerable amount of time lately trying to find the right way to say goodbye to ousted Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden.
I know Bowden's last game was two weeks ago and I know we're supposed to be timely with our articles here in the sports media, but I think we can say to hell with 'timely' when the subject is timeless.

Continue to Goodspeed Coach Bowden: A Fond Farewell From a Devout Miami Hurricane

January 3, 2010 7:37 AM

Bravo Urban Meyer, Boo Indianapolis

Sometimes slamming on the brakes helps you avoid an accident, but sometimes it causes one.
Florida's Urban Meyer probably avoided a nasty -- and potentially fatal -- head-on collision by pulling off to the side of the road last week in Gainesville.
Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell (and the rest of the Colts' brass), on the other hand, caused a 53-car pileup by slowing down suddenly in heavy traffic last Sunday at the Lucas Oil Drum.
Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor, but these contrasting cases illustrate how exercising discipline, foresight and restraint isn't always the right move to reasonable minds.

Continue to Bravo Urban Meyer, Boo Indianapolis

December 22, 2009 4:37 AM

Whispers in the Knight

When Bob Knight speaks, the sports world has to listen whether it wants to or not.

Kentucky Wildcat fans better have been listening last week when Knight publicly questioned the character of UK's newfound basketball savior, John Calipari. The question is, what can the characters in the Bluegrass State really do about it now that they're married to the mob?

Pray Calipari doesn't do to them what he did to his previous employers, that's what.

Continue to Whispers in the Knight

December 17, 2009 4:18 AM

Four Monkeys Off The Bearcats' Backs

Big ups, mad props and shouts out to the Bearcats of...drum roll, please...
...Northwest Missouri State University.
You thought I was going to say Cincinnati, didn't you?
No, it's the newly crowned NCAA Division II national football champions in Maryville, Missouri, a town of about 11,000 located an hour and a half north of my house in Kansas City.
Northwest Missouri State has now won three national titles in the last 12 seasons beginning with back-to-back crowns in 1998 and '99, but the Bearcats had been the biggest losers in Division II football over the past four seasons.

Continue to Four Monkeys Off The Bearcats' Backs

December 10, 2009 4:05 AM

College Football: Players Subject to Change, Teams Not

If you paid close attention to last week's commercials for this week's Heisman Trophy presentation, you noticed a discrete disclaimer beneath the highlight clip of Stanford's Toby Gerhart plowing into the end zone against USC earlier this season.
The disclaimer said "Players Subject to Change", meaning the players whose highlights you were watching on that commercial might not necessarily be the players invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony this Saturday.

Continue to College Football: Players Subject to Change, Teams Not

December 3, 2009 2:25 AM

A Lesson in In-Vince-ablity

There's only one number that matters when you're measuring Vince Young, and it's not the '10' he wears on his jersey.
It's not 6-foot-5, 233, and it's not six years at $58 million. It's not his 26 NFL touchdown passes or 34 interceptions, and it's not even his 1,133 yards rushing as quarterback of the Tennessee Titans.
It's neither his career completion percentage (58) nor his career passer rating (79.1).
In fact, now that I think of it, what best measures Vince Young isn't a number at all. It's a letter, and that letter is W, as in wins, victories, triumphs ... success.
Young is 23-11 as the Titans' starting QB, with five consecutive victories after the team started the season 0-6 and nine straight W's dating back to 2007.
Any questions?

Continue to A Lesson in In-Vince-ablity

December 2, 2009 1:26 AM

I Am Notre Dame's Savior

I would like to officially announce my candidacy for the recently vacated position of men's head football at the University of Notre Dame.

Like panhandlers in a pothole or fireflies in a firefight, Notre Dame stands little chance of attracting quality coaching candidates, and my credentials speak for themselves:

Continue to I Am Notre Dame's Savior

November 17, 2009 4:10 AM

A College football playoff: Now or Never?

If you consider yourself a responsible college football fan and you haven't abandoned all hope for sense and sensibility in NCAA Division I, you'd better be rooting like hell for four teams the rest of the 2009 season:

Texas, TCU, Cincinnati and Boise State.

If you're a responsible college football fan, you don't need Beano Cook to tell you who those teams are and you don't need me to tell you why they're the four most important college football teams in the history of the world right now.

I don't care who your favorite team is and I don't care who your alma mater is: If you care about college football and you still hope for justice and equality in interscholastic athletics, we must unify now behind those four teams.

Continue to A College football playoff: Now or Never?

November 14, 2009 5:52 AM

Good Riddance, LJ

Sunday's pivotal AFC west showdown with the Oakland Raiders won't be the Kansas City Chiefs' first game without Larry Johnson; it will be their first game after Larry Johnson.

Johnson was released earlier this week after wearing out his welcome and then re-wearing it out in the Midwest's mild-mannered Mecca of barbecue. The reviled Johnson was just 75 yards away from breaking the franchise rushing record held by the revered Priest Holmes, and the timing of Johnson's release is by no means a coincidence.


Continue to Good Riddance, LJ

A Member Of