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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Frank Caliendo on Mike and Mike in the Morning


Just wanted to share with my readers Frank Caliendo's appearance on Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio. Funny stuff, enjoy.

College Football Preview November 24th



With LSU, Arizona State, and Texas losing already, today's college football games become even larger, and especially the Kansas vs. Missouri game in Kansas City. Never in the 116 game history has this game been bigger to people outside of Big 12 country. I am interested in this game simply because these are two great teams without the storied history of other great college football programs. I also like the fat man, Kansas Head Coach Mark Mangino. Where else can such a large man be considered a genius and get treated like a savior. I gotta go with the big man. Kansas Wins... 43-37. Another big game in the BCS picture is Connecticut visiting West Virginia. I like the more athletic and faster West Virginia team in this game and we could see the Mountaineers in the BCS Title game. West Va. wins 39-21. And finally for predictions, Va. Tech visits Virginia. I like Virginia to win this in a close game at home. Virginia wins 31-28.


Top 25 roundup


1.
LSU
10-2
Lost to Arkansas 50-48 (3OT)
2.
Kansas
11-0
vs. No. 4 Missouri, 8 p.m.
3.
West Virginia
9-1
vs. No. 21 Connecticut, 3:30 p.m.
4.
Missouri
10-1
vs. No. 2 Kansas, 8 p.m.
5.
Ohio State
11-1
Idle
6.
Arizona State
9-2
Lost to No. 12 Southern California 44-24
7.
Georgia
9-2
at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m.
8.
Virginia Tech
9-2
at No. 15 Virginia, noon
9.
Oklahoma
9-2
vs. Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m.
10.
Oregon
8-2
at UCLA, 3:30 p.m.
11.
Texas
9-3
Lost to Texas A&M 38-30
12.
Southern California
9-2
Won vs. No. 6 Arizona State 44-24
13.
Hawaii
10-0
Won vs. No. 17 Boise State 39-27
14.
Florida
8-3
vs. Florida State, 5 p.m.
15.
Virginia
9-2
vs. No. 8 Virginia Tech, noon
16.
Boston College
9-2
vs. Miami, noon
17.
Boise State
10-1
Lost to No. 13 Hawaii 39-27
18.
Illinois
9-3
Idle
19.
Tennessee
8-3
at Kentucky, 1:30 p.m.
20.
Wisconsin
9-3
Idle
21.
Connecticut
9-2
at No. 3 West Virginia, 3:30 p.m.
22.
Clemson
8-3
at South Carolina, 7 p.m.
23.
Brigham Young
8-2
vs. Utah, 2 p.m.
24.
Texas Tech
8-4
Idle
25.
Auburn
7-4
vs. Alabama, 8 p.m.

Syracuse Orange Bounce Back, Beat Washington


The #21 Ranked Syracuse Orange bounced back from their upset loss to Ohio State to beat Washington 91-85 in the consolation game of the NIT Pre-Season Tip Off. This is a big win for such a young team to go back into Madison Square Garden and come out with a win. Fans may look back at this game and count this as a very important win, from a confidence standpoint and even when the NCAA Selection Committee choses teams in March. Donte Greene had 25 points and 7 rebounds while Jonny Flynn added 16 points and had only 2 turnovers. Washington was hurt by their 21 turnovers in the game.

Nebraska Fires Callahan, College Football Carousel Begins!


The day after Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione resigned, Interim Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne has announced the firing of head football coach Bill Callahan. At a 10:30am EST news conference, the former head football coach legend, Osborne announced the decision to Cornhusker Nation. You could almost hear a collective cheer come from Nebraska. This along with the Franchione resignation rings extremely loud because of the success of Big 12 teams Kansas and Missouri. When a school with a long tradition like Nebraska has a tough season it only seems worse to fans when schools like Kansas with little football tradition have the success they have seen. Up next on the watch list for college coaches is Syracuse Greg Robinson.

Dennis Franchione Resigns From Texas A&M


COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Dennis Franchione gave Texas A&M another victory over Texas. Then the embattled coach handed in his resignation.

While there were no Big 12 titles or bowl victories in Franchione's five seasons, his tenure ended on a high note, a 38-30 victory over 11th-ranked Texas that gave the Aggies consecutive victories over their hated rivals.

"This team has been special all year to me," Franchione said. "And I thought they played a wonderful game."

Then, Franchione announced he was resigning. He accepted a buyout from the school.

"I've always said that coaches exist for only one reason — the players," he said. "We want them to know that we love them, feel blessed for our time together, and will miss them."

The victory over Texas was too late to save Franchione, coming after four losses the previous five games and his secret e-mailed newsletter for big-money boosters.

See the rest of this story here: USA TODAY

Friday, November 23, 2007

What's The Biggest Moment in College Football 2007?







What's the biggest moment in College Football this year? Is it the first weekend of the season with Appalachian State Upsetting Michigan? What about the two loses that LSU had in 3 overtimes each to Kentucky and Arkansas? Maybe its the Notre Dame loss to NAVY? If you are a Buckeye fan, is it the loss to Illinois? Maybe the loss to Arizona by the Oregon Ducks was the biggest moment? Whatever it is, place your vote on the new poll shown in the sidebar of Mud Free Sports. Place your vote and keep checking back for results.

Darren McFadden Won The Heisman With Friday Nights Performance




Did you get to see Darren McFadden in Arkansas' football upset of LSU? There is little doubt in this writer's mind on who will win the Heisman Trophy. It has been since Vince Young's performance against USC in the Rose Bowl/BCS Title Game that I have seen a single athlete take control of a game and win it for his team. McFadden had 3 rushing TD's and 1 passing TD in the LSU win. He carried his team, but what was interesting was there were big moments in the game that McFadden wasn't even in the game. But I believe he led his team with his performance and leadership. I never think an NFL Team should lose to get a draft pick, but if I were a Dolphin fan, I would want the team to lose the rest of the way to ensure McFadden as the #1 pick. This kid will be great to watch on Sunday's! Read more about the Arkansas Upset right here.

Major League Pitcher Joe Kennedy Dies


Major League pitcher Joe Kennedy died early Friday morning at the age of 28, the cause of death is not immediately known according to his agent Damon Lapa. Kennedy has pitched in the Majors for seven years, most recently with the Toronto Blue Jays. "We were terribly shocked," Blue Jays president Paul Godfrey told The Associated Press. "From what we understand he was in Brandon ... to be the best man at a wedding today." He apparently awoke at 1:15am at his wife's parents house and then collapsed. He was then taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. "It's a sad day and a sad situation," Colorado Rockie's Todd Helton said. "He's leaving a wife and a little boy behind." Helton is a close friend according to published reports. He was signed by the Blue Jays on August 29th of this year and earned his first win as a Blue Jay against the Yankees on September 21st. The collective thoughts and prayers of the Mud Free Sports community go out to the Kennedy Family.

ARKANSAS UPSETS #1 LSU 50-48 IN 3 OVERTIMES!

The Arkansas Razorbacks did to LSU what most teams in the Top Ten have had done to them all year, they took them out of the BCS championship with an upset. What started with Appalachian State in week one against Michigan continued today as Arkansas ended LSU's dream of a National Championship with a 50-48 win at Baton Rouge in 3 Overtimes. LSU scored in the 3rd overtime, but as the rules state, had to go for a 2 point conversion which was intercepted in the end zone. Heisman Trophy Candidate Darren McFadden ran for 3 touchdowns, 205 yards, and threw for another touchdown as he made a strong case for the Heisman in this one game. This is the second loss for the LSU Tigers in 3 overtimes, they lost to Kentucky earlier this season. This now opens up the BCS Title game to a number of teams. This also makes the Kansas/Missouri game Saturday night even larger than before. This will also make the decision for Les Miles possibly leaving for Michigan a lot easier for LSU fans to take.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

BRETT FAVRE AND TONY ROMO RULE TURKEY DAY!


Brett Favre and Tony Romo led their teams to wins on Thanksgiving in front of national audiences and setting up a battle next Thursday of 10-1 teams that most of us can't watch. The Cowboys beat the NY Jets 34-3 while the Packers beat the Lions 37-26 in Detroit. Favre was 31 for 41 with 381 yards & 3 touchdowns. Romo was a more conservative 21 for 28 with 195 yards 2 tds. & 1 interception. Next Thursdays game will be on the NFL Network & will only be available to 1/3 of the Country & not seen by a majority of football fans. The NFL needs to decide if their stance with Cable companies is really the best thing for their league when a major game between elite teams with playoff implications is unable to be showcased on a national stage. Shame on the NFL, Time Warner, and Comcast!

Thanksgiving Football Games, Turkey, and Predictions!


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I will be enjoying NFL and NCAA Football and of course Turkey! The football kicks off with the Brett Favre led Packers visiting the Detroit Lions in a traditional NFC North battle that should be a great game. I like the Packers to kick the stuffing out of the Lions. Packers win 31-17. In NFL Game 2, the NY Jets visit the Dallas Cowboys in an inter0conference battle that should be a blow-out. However, the Jets beat the Steelers on Sunday and now may be able to put 2 games together quickly and knock out another win. You can bet your giblets that won't happen! Dallas wins 42-10. The final NFL matchup on the channel most of the nation can't get is between the Colts at the Falcons. This looked like a great game in March, but a lot has happened since then. With the injuries and the short week for the Colts, this could be a dangerous game. It will be as close as your gravy to your mashed potatoes, Colts win 17-16. In College Football, the #11 USC Trojans play the #6 Arizona State Sun Devils. This should be a great game and with everything coming down to the end of the season in the BCS, this could impact secondary Bowl Games and matchups. I like the Dennis Erickson led ASU team to take out USC. ASU wins 34-27.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

LAKERS TRADE...Don't Worry...Not Kobe!


With everyone waiting for the LA Lakers to trade Kobe Bryant, they pull off a trade, but not involving Kobe. General manager Mitch Kupchak announced on Tuesday that the team had acquired forward Trevor Ariza from the Orlando Magic for forward Brian Cook and guard Maurice Evans. This trade will help the Lakers save some cash, but Mud Free Sports believes this is a set up for a bigger trade involving the All-Star. Look for a deal to be done by Christmas so that the Lakers and Phil Jackson can get on the same page before the long winter schedule takes hold in January. Their may be a team looking to package Ariza in a deal that involves Kobe, or will set up a three team trade that could finalize a deal. Bookmark Mud Free Sports and keep checking back for update.

NFL WEEK 12 POWER RANKINGS!


We head into week 12 of the NFL season and Mud Free Sports has your Power Rankings of the Top 10 NFL Teams in 2007. The Patriots have the top spot locked and loaded for this and every week in the 2007 NFL Season. They will have to lose at least 2 games before they are removed from the top spot. The mess in the rankings comes in the bottom five. With the Steelers pathetic loss at the Jets and the Titans and Bills both losing last week, we have a holding pattern in the bottom 5 of who will and won't step up the last 6 weeks of the season.

WEEK 12 NFL POWER RANKINGS

  • 10.Tampa Bay Buccaneers - With 2 wins in a row, the Bucs look like a team that actually wants to win the NFC South. Many thought the Carolina Panthers or the New Orleans Saints would be the big winners in the division, but so far the Bucs are the only ones winning the last couple weeks.
  • 9. Pittsburgh Steelers - Well, maybe 9 is a bit too low, but come on...3 losses on the road to the Cardinals, the Broncos, and the Jets? This team is so close to being #2 its ridiculous but when you lose to the Jets, 39 is generous!
  • 8. Seattle Seahawks - It appears that injuries have forced Mike Holmgren to change his style and play a more aggressive style that could lead them deep into the NFC Playoffs.
  • 7. Cleveland Browns - Did you see the end of the game vs. the Ravens. Teams that have a destiny win games like that. These Browns are a team that is going to create a mess going into and possibly in the playoffs.
  • 6. Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jags are slowly playing their way into contention and may even contend with the Colts for the AFC South title. Look, they have a great defense and a decent offense. They could make life miserable for a lot of AFC teams.
  • 5. NY Giants - The Giants prevented a second half meltdown like last year by going into Detroit and getting a key win. The only thing the Giants are in need of is a solid offensive performance from Eli Manning. Come on Eli...let's get going!
  • 4. Indianapolis Colts - The Colts stay at #4 even though they nearly fell to the Herm Edwards led KC Chiefs. It looks like the wheels are falling off this bus, but until they do, they are still in our Top 5.
  • 3. Green Bay Packers - Ok...Eat Turkey and then...Watch Brett Favre! Can't beat the game this year between the Packers and the Lions. This is a great matchup, look for Favre to win the Turkey Leg, the cranberry sauce, or whatever food item Fox gives out to the winning team.
  • 2. Dallas Cowboys - Who thought Terrell Owens would really have THIS great of a year? And Tony Romo? Forgettaboutit...these 'Boys are good and they are going to be tough to beat in the NFC. They also play on Thanksgiving, but more importantly they play the Packers on Nov. 29th in a game almost nobody will see thanks to the NFL Network and Cable Companies.
  • 1. New England Patriots - Yawn...is it over yet? They are the favorite to win everything unless the bus falls off a bridge! This team is incredible. I actually had the NERVE to pick against them going into Buffalo...am I an idiot or what? Anyone have Moss and Brady on your fantasy team?

Monday, November 19, 2007

November 19 USATODAY/ESPN COACHES POLL MEN's BASKETBALL



The November 19th edition of the USATODAY/ESPN Coaches Men's Basketball Poll was released earlier today and we have two ties, one for the Top Spot between the North Carolina Tar Heels and UCLA Bruins. The second tie is at #11 between Oregon and Michigan State. The big mover as far as teams that were ranked before is the Syracuse Orange. With 3 wins last week and the talk around basketball circles of their freshman class, they are destined to move up the polls with each win. We welcome 4 newcomers to this week's poll: #22 Clemson, #23 Butler, #24 Florida, and #25 Davidson. Arizona, Arkansas, Stanford, North Carolina State all dropped out of this week's poll but remain in the "Others Receiving Votes" section.


Nov. 19, 2007
Rank
School (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Last week's rank
1.
2-0
744
1
(tie)
UCLA (10)
3-0
744
2
3.
4-0
718
3
4.
Kansas (1)
3-0
680
4
5.
2-0
636
5
6.
2-0
612
6
7.
3-0
603
7
8.
3-0
520
8
9.
3-0
517
9
10.
2-0
422
10
11.
4-0
417
13
(tie)
2-0
417
12
13.
2-0
413
11
14.
3-0
342
14
15.
4-0
328
15
16.
3-0
294
16
17.
4-0
261
19
18.
1-0
208
21
19.
2-0
172
23
20.
3-0
152
24
21.
3-0
128
25
22.
3-0
93
NR
23.
3-0
79
NR
24.
4-0
65
NR
25.
1-1
59
NR

Dropped out: No. 17 Arizona (1-1), No. 18 Arkansas (3-1), No. 20 Stanford (4-1), No. 22 North Carolina State (1-1).

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 54, Virginia 53, Arkansas 46, Arizona 44, Stanford 33, Brigham Young 24, North Carolina State 21, Ohio State 21, Washington 20, Alabama 19, Illinois 12, Connecticut 11, Vanderbilt 11, Old Dominion 10, Xavier 10, George Mason 9, Southern California 9, Boston College 7, Miami (Fla.) 7, Providence 7, Utah 7, Notre Dame 5, California 3, Auburn 2, Maryland 2, San Diego State 2, Missouri 1, Siena 1.

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