Saturday, November 3, 2007


In what had been billed as the Nick Saban bowl, Les Miles and the LSU Tigers beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 41-34 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. LSU scored the final 14 points and more importantly scored the final touchdown after Chad Jones busted through and hit John Parker Wilson and caused a fumble that LSU recovered at the Alabama 4 yard line. LSU then scored 2 plays later to take the 41-34 lead. This should start to quiet some of the LSU fans that felt spurned by Saban when he left for the Miami Dolphins and then went to Coach the Tide, despite repeated statements saying he wouldn't be the head coach at Alabama. LSU has a national championship contending team and a class act in head coach Miles. LSU fans...give him a break...and if not as a Syracuse fan I will trade you Greg Robinson for Les Miles every day of the week!


The #8 Kansas Jayhawks took the Nebraska Cornhuskers behind the Cornfield and beat the Hell out of them 76-39. The Jayhawks scored on ten straight possessions and put a whooping on Nebraska like never before in 117 years. This is a much different Jayhawk team from years past. Between 1998-2003 the Cornhuskers outscored the Jayhawks 40-8. This Kansas team was able to put up 572 yards of offense and embarrassed the Cornhuskers. This could be Nebraska Head Coach Bill Callahan's last day on the job with Interim Athletic Director and former head coach legend Tom Osborne looking over his shoulder. With only two games left and a 4-6 record, the Nebraska faithful could be waiting for him when he gets back to Lincoln. Meanwhile, Jayhawk Coach Mark Mangino is the best...gotta love an overweight brotha' leading the troops...he looks more like the guy in charge of grilling at pre-game events not the head coach of one of the top teams in the country.

Marathon Runner Dies During Olympic Trials!

Ryan Shay, #10 pictured on the left in this file photo, died during Olympic Trials in NYC on Saturday. I found this article at that just hit recently and thought I would share...Prayers go out to his family!

Marathon Runner Dies During Olympic Trials

NEW YORK (CBS) ― Ryan Shay, a four-time national champion marathon runner, died during the U.S. men's Olympic marathon trials Saturday after collapsing about 51/2 miles into the race. He was 28.

The death was confirmed after the race by New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg. She said he was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital on the Upper East Side and was pronounced dead at 8:46 a.m.

CBS 2 will have much more on this developing story as more information is released.

Shay of Flagstaff, Ariz., hit the ground near East 75th Street in Manhattan during the 26.2-mile qualifier for the Beijing Games. Shay was a favorite going into the 2004 trials but was hampered by a hamstring strain and finished 23rd. He was third at this year's U.S. 25K championships. His wife, Alicia, also is a professional distance runner. They married in July.

"We all are devastated over Ryan's death," USA Track and Field CEO Craig Masback said in a statement. "He was a tremendous champion who was here today to pursue his dreams. The Olympic Trials is traditionally a day of celebration, but we are heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ryan's wife, Alicia, and all of his family. His death is a tremendous loss for the sport and the long-distance running community."

Shay, who was born in Michigan and graduated from Notre Dame, qualified for the trials at the 2006 Twin Cities Marathon.

"We ask you to join us in extending our very deepest condolences to Alicia, to Ryan's family and the Notre Dame running community," Wittenberg said. "It's certainly not the way we expected any part of the race to go."

Added Ryan Hall, who won the trials and was friends with Shay: "My thoughts and prayers just go out to them and their family. It's a sad thing."

A 2002 graduate of Notre Dame and a native of Michigan, Shay was the 2003 USA marathon champion, the 2003 and 2004 USA half-marathon champion and the 2004 USA 20 km champion. He won the 2001 NCAA 10,000m title, winning the first national individual title for Notre Dame, and was a nine-time All-American.

After college, he trained with Team USA California, a group that includes Olympic medalist Meb Keflezighi and Deena Kastor and now includes 2008 Olympic Trials champion Ryan Hall. In 2003 he won the USARC racing series after winning national road running titles in the marathon and half marathon, and taking third at 5 km and 20 km.


Hey...anyone hear if there are any good games this week? Oh, thats right, the Texans and Raiders play Sunday. Ok, ok...the big game is obviously the Patriots at the Colts on Sunday. I can't remember a bigger game that has people talking like they have leading up to this game. There are numerous implications that are hanging in the balance here. Whoever wins really has a 2 game lead in home field advantage, because of the loss for the losing team and the head to head win. I have had the Patriots in the #1 spot in the Mud Free Sports Power Rankings, but this week moved the two into a tie, because it will be settled this week. I believe this is going to be a track meet on turf. Marvin Harrison is hurt but will play. Peyton Manning is focused and ready. The Colts defense is stronger and better than last year. Tom Brady is playing is best ever football. Randy Moss has found himself a new home. Bill Belichick acts like he has something to prove to the whole NFL. Look for the 45 million viewers to be watching and look for the Colts to win this track meet 41-38. For a look at the rest of my picks look below...the ones with the ** next to is who I like to win. Last week I was 10-3 picking outright winners.
WEEK 9 (CBS doubleheader weekend)
** Signifies who MFS picks as winners.


(OPEN DATES: Chicago, Miami, NY Giants, St. Louis)
San Francisco at Atlanta** 1 p.m.
Cincinnati at Buffalo** 1 p.m.
Denver at Detroit** 1 p.m.
Green Bay** at Kansas City 1 p.m.
San Diego** at Minnesota 1 p.m.
Jacksonville at New Orleans** 1 p.m.
Washington** at NY Jets 1 p.m.
Arizona at Tampa Bay** 1 p.m.
Carolina at Tennessee** 1 p.m.
Seattle at Cleveland** 4:05 p.m.
New England at Indianapolis** 4:15 p.m.*
Houston at Oakland** 4:15 p.m.
Dallas** at Philadelphia 8:15 p.m. (NBC)
Baltimore at Pittsburgh** 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)


Just like the days of Magic and Bird, all eyes are on the Celtics and Lakers these days. With Kobe Bryant on the verge of being traded...maybe. And with the arrival of superstar Kevin Garnett, the Lakers and Celtics are the talk of the NBA once again. This summer was awful for the league after a dismal showing in the NBA Finals by the Cleveland Cavaliers and then with the report and arrest of NBA Veteran official Tim Donaghy in the gambling case. The whole Kobe situation looked like it could cause some problems for the Lakers, but they went into Phoenix and beat the Suns on Friday 119-98. Kobe finished with 16 and Suns Guard Steve Nash had 19. In Boston, the Celtics beat the Wizards with their best magic, Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 28 points while Garnett added 22 points. Wizards Guard Gilbert Arenas had 21 points but was only 5-20 from the field. I will be honest, I am a fringe NBA Fan...but to see these two teams take the limelight once again makes me want to watch. Lets hope Kobe stays in LA.


Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for Sunday's Dickies 500 at the Dallas Motor Speedway. This is Truex's first pole position and comes the same year he won his first race, and keeping with the 1st theme...thats right he drives the #1 car. Jeff Gordon finished 2nd in qualifying while the on fire Jimmie Johnson qualified 8th.
I have a question! What is going on with Tony Stewart. Ever since the Chase for the Cup started he seems to be fading, and quickly! Tony, drive the damn car! he seems to be holding back, but with just 3 races left, there is nothing to wait for. Everyone say with me...Tony...Move that Car!!..Maybe he has gained too much weight and is afraid of climbing that fence if he wins...Oh crap....10 more feet, come on fatty get your butt up there! Instead of doing donuts on the infield...he will be eating them...

Friday, November 2, 2007


The AP Pre-Season Mens Basketball poll was released on Friday November 2, 2007. North Carolina tops the list with 29 first place votes while UCLA, Memphis, Kansas and Georgetown round out the Top 5. Memphis kicks off the season on Monday November 5th in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tourney, taking on Tenn-Martin. Who's your favorite team?? Syracuse Orange here...tell me who, why, and what you think of their upcoming season?

AP Top 25 Ranking
Rank Team Record Pts Last Week
1. North Carolina (29)
(0-0) 1728 NR
2. UCLA (24)
(0-0) 1710 NR
3. Memphis (18)
(0-0) 1680 NR
4. Kansas
(0-0) 1568 NR
5. Georgetown (1)
(0-0) 1504 NR
6. Louisville
(0-0) 1380 NR
7. Tennessee
(0-0) 1371 NR
8. Michigan St.
(0-0) 1296 NR
9. Indiana
(0-0) 1145 NR
10. Washington St.
(0-0) 1103 NR
11. Marquette
(0-0) 1002 NR
12. Oregon
(0-0) 918 NR
13. Duke
(0-0) 868 NR
14. Gonzaga
(0-0) 711 NR
15. Texas
(0-0) 638 NR
16. Texas A&M
(0-0) 623 NR
17. Arizona
(0-0) 499 NR
18. USC
(0-0) 480 NR
19. Arkansas
(0-0) 468 NR
20. Kentucky
(0-0) 372 NR
21. N.C. State
(0-0) 338 NR
22. Pittsburgh
(0-0) 293 NR
23. Stanford
(0-0) 290 NR
24. Southern Ill.
(0-0) 222 NR
25. Kansas St.
(0-0) 216 NR
Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Villanova 144, Ohio St. 128, Butler 114, Syracuse 103, Clemson 83, Xavier 73, Connecticut 50, Davidson 50, Mississippi St. 38, Florida 35, West Virginia 20, VCU 19, Virginia 19, Notre Dame 18, Wisconsin 15, Alabama 14, Missouri 8, Maryland 6, Washington 6, Nevada 6, Vanderbilt 6, New Mexico St. 4, Utah St. 4, BYU 3, Providence 3, Akron 2, Illinois 2, Southern Miss 2, George Mason 1, Houston 1

College Football Preview 11/3/07

As the great Keith Jackson would say, Whoa Nellie....we have some great matchups this week in College Football. The day starts off with #21 Wisconsin visits Columbus to take on #1 Ohio State. Besides last weeks game against Penn State, this will be the Buckeyes biggest test. The Badgers suffered two losses in October at Illinois and at Penn State. Look for a close game. Ohio State 28-24.
The second set of games features #3 LSU at #17 Alabama in the Nick Saban Bowl. Look for Saban to have his troops ready for battle and make a statement. This is why he is getting paid what he is. Roll Tide, 17-7.
Then later in the evening, #4 Arizona State takes on #5 Oregon. Ummm....honestly I haven't seen much on ASU, but Dennis Erickson is the coach and that tells me one thing...DEFENSE. But have you seen Oregon? They will hand the Sun Devils there first loss. Oregon 35-21.

Top 25 Games:
12:00 PM ET Clemson (24) at Duke
12:00 PM ET Wisconsin (19) at Ohio State (1)
12:30 PM ET Nebraska at Kansas (8)
12:30 PM ET Vanderbilt at Florida (17)
1:00 PM ET Troy at Georgia (10)
2:30 PM ET Tennessee Tech at Auburn (16)
3:00 PM ET San Jose State at Boise State (22)
3:30 PM ET Cincinnati at South Florida (21)
3:30 PM ET Michigan (14) at Michigan State
3:30 PM ET Texas (12) at Oklahoma State
5:00 PM ET Louisiana State (3) at Alabama (18)
6:30 PM ET Missouri (9) at Colorado
6:40 PM ET Arizona State (6) at Oregon (4)
7:15 PM ET Rutgers at Connecticut (20)
8:00 PM ET Florida State at Boston College (2)
8:00 PM ET South Carolina (25) at Arkansas
8:00 PM ET Texas A&M at Oklahoma (5)
8:00 PM ET Oregon State at Southern California (15)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Battle of the Techies! Va. Tech at Georgia Tech Preview

#11 Virginia Tech travels to Georgia Tech in a battle in the ACC Coastal. Va. Tech has the ability here to make a statement before the other teams hit the field Saturday. With their loss to #2 Boston College, the Hokies suffered a setback, but with the up one day down the other BCS Standings, they can play themselves back into the hunt for an ACC Championship game bid and possible BCS Bowl berth. They first must take care of a tough Georgia Tech team that is 5-3 on the year and played a 7-2 Virginia team and Boston College team. They did lose to Maryland which hurt them in a chance to climb up in the rankings. Their signature win came against then #13 Clemson on September 29th 13-3. Hokies Freshman QB Tyrod Taylor will be back after injury and is 5-0 as a starter. Look for a hostile Thursday Night crowd with a national tv appearance and look for the Hokies to come back from their loss last week and make that statement. Hokies win 21-10.

Joe Torre Officially Hired by the Dodgers!

Joe Torre was hired Thursday by the LA Dodgers as their next manager, replacing Grady Little who resigned under speculation that he was being replaced. "Joe Torre is one of the most respected men in the game of baseball," said Dodger owner and chairman Frank McCourt. "As a player, a broadcaster, a manager and in his life off the field, Joe is a winner through and through. As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Dodgers moving to Los Angeles, we will again have a Hall of Fame caliber manager at the helm. Joe's dedication, desire and ability will help lead the Dodgers to our ultimate goal -- a world championship." Joe Torre grew up in Brooklyn when the Dodgers made their home at Ebbet's Field, but routed for the cross town rival NY Giants. "As a kid growing up, you didn't like them," Torre said on WFAN radio in New York less than an hour before the hiring was announced. "As a player, to me the Dodgers were the Yankees of the National League because ... you either loved them or you hated them." Good Luck Joe, as a Yankee fan I hope he has great success there and turns the Dodgers around, but just not if they face the Yankees!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tom Brady Is Your NFL MVP!

Well Mud Free Sports had a mid-season MVP Vote and Tom Brady is your Mid Season MVP! He crushed the competition in our poll just as he has done on the field. Not much of a surprise to me. Thanks for your votes and check out our next poll, mid-season coach of the year in the NFL! The poll is located on our sidebar.


QB John Kitna of the Detroit Lions is getting some heat from the media in Detroit after he and his wife attended a teammate's Halloween Party dressed as a naked man and a fast food worker, according to I know, whats the big deal!? Well, the back story on this is of Lions defensive line coach Joe Cullen who was arrested twice for driving under the influence, including one time driving thru a Wendy's drive thru naked. OK....done laughing yet? Look Kitna was having fun, I get that...but there is a line. This coach is still on the team. Find a better outfit than that. Kitna, is a "Born Again Christian" and holds meetings at his house. Nothing funnier than a Christian wearing a naked man costume, thats what I have always said.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Joe Girardi To The Yankees: Joe Torre to the Dodgers

Today, Joe Girardi was announced as the new manager of the New York Yankees. This comes on the heals of Joe Torre rejecting a one year salary offer from the Yankees last week. Unfortunately this also signifies the end of Don Mattingly coaching for the Yankees. But, as I have said before, I believe Girardi is the right manager for the job. With a move toward younger talent and the relationships he has with veteran players, I think he will be successful. Plus, the youth and enthusiasm he brings will be a much needed change from the somber, half-asleep look Torre had.

The New York Post is reporting Tuesday evening that Joe Torre has agreed to a $14.5 Million contract with the LA Dodgers. Larry Bowa and Don Mattingly are expected to follow Torre to the West Coast. This happens after Grady Little resigned earlier Tuesday from the Dodgers. The NY Post is also speculating that the Dodgers may become home to former Yankee Alex Rodriguez who would help boost their offense and attendance in LA.



10. Detroit Lions - The Lions look like a playoff team. Did I really just type that?! Everything seems to be going the Lions way, and I for once can't wait to watch them play on Thanksgiving!
9. Jacksonville Jaguars - Rebounded nicely after loss to the Colts. One of those teams that you wouldn't want to face in the first or second round of the playoffs.
8. Tennessee Titans - The Titans just keep winning and just like the Jaguars, they aren't a team you would want to face in the playoffs. Look for Vince Young to get healthier and keep on winning.
7. San Diego Chargers - Can you hear that? Thats the sound of the locomotive known as the Chargers coming down the track...and are car is stuck on the rails...careful, they are going to get you...
6. Pittsburgh Steelers - Look, I am an unabashed Steelers fan, but a thumping of the Bengals is not impressive. Lets see how they perform against the Ravens, even the old guys should put up more of a fight then the Bengals Defense.
5. NY Giants - Did anyone want to hurt themselves after watching them beat the Dolphins? The rain, the fans with jacked teeth, the huge passing games? Make it stop. I was curled up on my futon in the fetal position with the shakes at the end of that game.
4. Green Bay Packers - One loss and an "easy" schedule looking ahead. Brett Favre's legend grows and we are watching history. He will lead this team to the playoffs.
3. Dallas Cowboys - I expect the Cowboys to start where they left off before their bye week. Tony Romo has a new deal, Terrell Owens has made too much noise...yet.
1.(TIE) Indianapolis Colts - An impressive game against the Panthers on Sunday when they could have had a let down. That earns them a tie for this week. They may be the better team, right!? We will find out...until then...they are both #1!
1.(TIE) New England Patriots - Just like the comes down to Sunday...they have earned #1 so far, but play the best defense they have faced. Not sure who I like in this...check back Saturday for the picks.

LETTERMAN - Top 10 Reasons Joe Torre Quit The Yankees

This is the Top 10 Reasons Joe Torre Quit the Yankees according to David Letterman...I know its a bit dated, but just saw it and thought I would share it with my Peeps!


The Brett Favre dream season continued last night as the Green Bay Packers defeated the Denver Broncos 19-13 in overtime. Favre hit Greg Jennings in stride for an 82 yard touchdown that ended the game. That was the second longest touchdown pass in overtime in NFL history. The Broncos sent the game into overtime as Jason Elam hit a hurried field goal with time running out, just as he had down in Buffalo in week 1. This moves Green Bay to 6-1 and more importantly cements them as one of the top 2 teams in the NFC.

Monday, October 29, 2007


This is one of those games that makes you wonder. Wonder if Brett Favre is the aging superstar that we get to watch one more time on Monday Night Football and how he is going to dazzle us with some great play. Wonder who the Broncos are going to be...the team that beat the Steelers or the team that barely beat the Buffalo Bills in week one? I like the Packers to show us more than Brett Favre and to expose the Broncos for the sup-par team that they are. Look for the Packer defense to give Jay Cutler some problems. Packers win 17-10.


As all of us know, Alex Rodriguez chose not to attend Game 4 of the World Series to receive the Hank Aaron award but chose rather to announce that he wouldn't be back with the Yankees next year. Here are some of my thoughts...I remember supporting A-Rod when I attended a game toward the end of 2006 when he was going thru his funk at the plate. I told my then 10 year old son that we don't boo him, we cheer him and make sure he knows that fans have his back. Now is my chance to boo him. I wanted him to do well with the Yankees, to stay with them over the next 10 years, break the home run record with them, have the new stadium be called the "House that A-Rod Built", have a monument in the new ballpark, show up at Old-Timer's Day, and be a Yankee legend forever. Now that the blanket is pulled off my eyes I see him for a money-hungry, self-motivated, "me first", excuse for a team player. I am glad he is gone. He hasn't performed in the biggest games, though to be fair he kept the Yankees in it this season especially early. He disappeared during the playoffs. I hope the only time he will be brought up during a World Series celebration was last night. He could've been a legend with THE YANKEES!! For all of us that grew up dreaming of being the next superstar for our beloved team, this stuns us. Good bye A-Rod. Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!

Oh...almost forgot. I have said all along that Joe Girardi is the right choice for the Yankees...glad that Brian Cashman was reading!! Go Yankees!


The Boston Red Sox swept the Colorado Rockies 4-0 to win their 2nd World Series in 4 years! The Red Sox hammered the 21-1 record right out of the Rockies. I don't think the layoff had anything to do with how bad the Rockies got beat, except maybe in the first game. The Red Sox had great hitting and pitching throughout the 4 games and leading up to the Series. "They beat us with small ball. They beat us with the long ball," Colorado's LaTroy Hawkins said. This team was down 3-1 to the Indians and still had the fight to come back and prove their worth. Mike Lowell was named World Series MVP, not bad for a guy that was the throw in player on the Josh Beckett trade. It hurts to say this as a Yankee fan, but Congrats all you Red Sox fanatics, you deserve it. I think it just makes the Yankees vs. Red Sox rivalry even greater!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Jimmie Johnson Wins Pep Boys Auto 500 in Atlanta!

Jimmie Johnson stayed away from trouble at the end and was able to hold on for the win at the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The last 10 laps had crashes, crashes on restarts, and even leader Denny Hamlin running out of gas on a restart. Johnson was able to avoid the debris and swerving vehicles to take the lead and hold on for the Win and move up in the Chase for the Cup standings. Johnson said he will donate his winnings from Sunday's race to the American Red Cross for the fire relief effort in his native California.

1 Jeff Gordon6201---$6,548,9786102027
2 Jimmie Johnson6192-9$6,455,527831821
3 Clint Bowyer6090-111$3,831,46912517
4 Carl Edwards5940-261$4,063,187301014
5 Tony Stewart5879-322$5,810,282301022
6 Kyle Busch5873-328$4,188,318101018
7 Kevin Harvick5809-392$6,934,22410413
8 Jeff Burton5801-400$5,429,22910915
9 Kurt Busch5782-419$4,598,38921512
10 Denny Hamlin5777-424$4,435,889111117
11 Matt Kenseth5753-448$5,408,965101019
12 Martin Truex Jr.5688-513$4,349,82610611


The BCS Ratings were just released Sunday night and you can see them in their entirety below. The big drama besides knowing that Va. Tech and South Florida were dropping out of the top 10 were Missouri and Georgia jumping up into the top 10. Notice also that the BCS Avg. between the top 8 teams is down to minimal amounts that could grow and decrease depending on schedules and how previous opponents fair the rest of the way. Look for the big game this week to be between Arizona State and Oregon on Saturday.

Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings BCS

1Ohio State128501.000011495.9967252522212323.930T-2.97561
2Boston College22665.935121414.9427242425252525.9901.95592
4Arizona State62291.803961221.8140232124242224.930T-2.84934
7West Virginia72232.783271177.7847192219191919.7607.77597
11Virginia Tech141286.451213736.490751514172017.63010.52408
18South Florida20602.211221291.194012715161514.56012.321710
22Boise State22394.138222218.145361310002.18022.1545NR
24Wake Forest25272.095428115.07677571165.250T-19.1407NR

NFL Scores and Wrap Up Week 8

The matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots has set up perfectly for the NFL and CBS next week, as well as us fans. Both teams crushed their opponents. The Colts beat the Panthers 31-7 and the Patriots trounced the Redskins 52-7. In London, the Giants hung on against the Dolphins on a muddy "pitch" and the rain coming down most of the game. Other teams doing well were Detroit, Philadelphia and Cleveland. The Browns made a big statement that they may be competing for the Wild Card or even the AFC North if the Steelers stumble. And on the west coast, San Diego recovered well from their tough week, dismantling the Texans 35-10 and proving that they are a team to beat in the AFC. Remember, no Sunday Night game due to the World Series being on tonight.
*-Represents Mud Free Sports Prediction
WEEK 8 (Fox doubleheader weekend)
(OPEN DATES: Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, Seattle)
Indianapolis* 31 Carolina 7
Detroit 16 Chicago*7
Pittsburgh* 24 Cincinnati 13
NY Giants* 13 Miami 10 (in London)
Philadelphia 23 Minnesota* 6
Cleveland* 27 St. Louis 20
Oakland 9 Tennessee* 13
Buffalo* 13 NY Jets 3
Houston 10 San Diego*35
Jacksonville 24 Tampa Bay*23
Washington 7 New England*52
New Orleans*31 San Francisco 10
Green Bay*at Denver