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Saturday, December 1, 2007

NFL PREVIEW: DECEMBER 2nd, WEEK 13



Week 13 of the NFL Season has already hit us with a great game on Thursday when the Cowboys beat the Packers to take the outright lead in the NFC. Now we have a full slate of Sunday games and New England at Baltimore in the Monday Night Game. Here is a preview of a few games I am taking a look at this week. First, the game to decide the first pick in the NFL Draft is between the NY Jets and Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have a 2 game lead right now, but could cut that lead in half with their first victory. I like the Dolphins to get have the snide and get their first "W" of the year. Dolphins win 17-13. The big game of the day is the Jaguars visiting the Colts. This is an important game in the hunt for the AFC South and with all the injuries, this may be the best time for the Jags to show there strength. I like the Jags to beat the Colts, 27-24. The final game I will take a look at is the Bengals visiting the Steelers on Sunday Night's Football Night in America on NBC. If the field is in good shape, this could be a great contest. The Steelers have been unimpressive as of late, and the Bengals looked great last week. I like the upset, as much as I am a Steelers fan, Bengals win 31-28.

*-Indicate Mud Free Sports Picks
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
San Francisco at Carolina* 1 p.m.
Jacksonville* at Indianapolis 1 p.m.
San Diego at Kansas City* 1 p.m.
NY Jets at Miami* 1 p.m.
Detroit at Minnesota* 1 p.m.
Seattle at Philadelphia* 1 p.m.
Atlanta at St. Louis* 1 p.m.
Houston at Tennessee* 1 p.m.
Buffalo at Washington* 1 p.m.
Cleveland* at Arizona 4:05 p.m.
Denver* at Oakland 4:05 p.m.
NY Giants* at Chicago 4:15 p.m.*
Tampa Bay* at New Orleans 4:15 p.m. (originally at 1 p.m.)
Cincinnati* at Pittsburgh 8:15 p.m. (NBC)
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3
New England* at Baltimore 8:30 p.m. (ESPN

Les Miles, LSU or Michigan?! "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"


Mud Free Sports reported earlier that according to news reports, Les Miles had agreed to be the next coach at Michigan. Instead, Les Miles has said he is staying at LSU and has agreed to a new contract with LSU. According to LSU Athletic Director Skip Berman, the deal was done before ESPN reported it Saturday. “Friday it was finished,” Bertman said in a phone interview this afternoon. “He met with the chancellor and finished this one Friday. We still don't have the papers and the agreement. Everybody's happy, we're especially happy. He never wanted to go to Michigan. He was called by the chancellor of the university who said, 'Les, please don't go.'.” So, is this Nick Saban all over again? This is the way I see whats going on in Les Miles head...it's the Clash..."Should I stay or should I go?"

NEW POLL: Which Heisman Candidate Will Have the Best NFL Career?






Mud Free Sports has posted a New Poll located on the Sidebar that we need your help with. Which Heisman Candidate Will Have the Best NFL Career? Don't just vote, let us know who and why you think it...post it right here on this article...let's get a great debate going...I will start it off...Pat White is my answer. The NFL is going to start using the spread offense more and more, and his ability to run it will be key for an NFL team to go forward with this innovation. True he is small, but has performed at a high level his whole career. PAT WHITE gets my vote! What? Don't agree...Bring it!! Let's hear your vote!

LES MILES TO COACH MICHIGAN



According to published reports, barring any unforeseen circumstances, current LSU head football coach Les Miles will take over at Michigan, his alma mater and former employer. Miles played and worked under the legendary Bo Schembechler who passed away just over a year ago. Miles would be taking over for Lloyd Carr who resigned a couple of weeks ago after their loss to Ohio State. Miles and his LSU team takes on Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, but will most likely leave for Ann Arbor immediately, rather than coach in any Bowl Game. There are also reports that interim coach of Georgia Tech Jon Tenuta would join the staff at Michigan as Defensive Coordinator. The carousel in the coaching world continues...

Friday, November 30, 2007

Video of Tony La Russa's DUI Arrest


Video has surfaced of St. Louis Cardinal's Manager, Tony La Russa being arrested for DUI on March 22, 2007 in Jupiter, Florida. He has a little bit of a trouble with his alphabet...."T, U, V, V, Z, T, U, V, X, Y, X, Z". Just missed it! He was so close, yet so far away. Just remember, don't drink and drive kids.

DAREDEVIL EVEL KNIEVEL DIES!


Evel Knievel, legendary daredevil, died Friday at the age of 69. Best known for his attempt to cross the Snake River Canyon on his rocket-powered "Sky-Cycle", he lived as a legend despite failing health from Diabetes and Hepatitis C. Early this week, he settled his lawsuit with Rapper Kanye West over West's use of his likeness in the "Touch the Sky" video. Evel will live on in the memories of many that grew up glued to their television sets watching his larger than life attempts at greatness. Evel, rest in peace, you are a legend and you obtained greatness. Below is the video of his attempt at crossing Snake River Canyon.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

College Football Preview for December 1, 2007

The ACC Championship, SEC Championship, Big 12 Championship, ARMY/NAVY Game, and the Backyard Brawl highlight a day of matchups that will define how the BCS and other Bowl Games shape up for the College Football Season. In the ACC Championship, VA TECH takes on Boston College. BC beat Va Tech earlier in the season. I like history not to repeat itself and Va Tech to win 31-24. In the SEC Championship...yawn...if only Georgia was here! Tennessee takes on a bitter LSU that may be losing its coach. I like Les Miles to lead his team to victory in his final game at LSU, 42-38. In the Big 12, what a great rematch! Missouri is hot, I like Oklahoma to let MISSOU know that the Sooners are still the big boys on the block. Oklahoma wins 35-24. I like ARMY, but gotta go with Navy to win in the ARMY/NAVY game. 24-7. And look for West Virginia to run all over Pitt 65-14 and waltz into the BCS Title Game.

1:00 PM ET Virginia Tech (6) vs Boston College (12)
4:00 PM ET Tennessee (15) vs Louisiana State (7)
4:30 PM ET Oregon State at Oregon (20)
4:30 PM ET UCLA at Southern California (9)
6:30 PM ET Brigham Young (19) at San Diego State
7:45 PM ET Pittsburgh at West Virginia (1)
8:00 PM ET Arizona at Arizona State (13)
8:00 PM ET Oklahoma (8) vs Missouri (2)
11:30 PM ET Washington at Hawaii (10)
11:00 AM ET Central Michigan at Miami (Ohio)
12:00 PM ET Tulsa at Central Florida
12:00 PM ET Army vs Navy
2:00 PM ET Florida Atlantic at Troy
4:00 PM ET Louisiana Tech at Nevada
7:00 PM ET North Texas at Florida International
7:00 PM ET California at Stanford

SYRACUSE KEEPS FOOTBALL COACH GREG ROBINSON


In a move that upset many and surprised few, Syracuse University Athletic Director announced they will retain Head Football Coach Greg Robinson. This is tough, one part of me likes Greg Robinson as a recruiter, as a game planner, and he is quite positive...Ok...sorry...he sucks as a game planner and positive? my college coach told a player that he didn't care if the player hit another in the back and pissed blood for a week, at least he would learn! No positive talk there! My PROBLEMS with Greg Robinson are these:
First, not a motivator. In the end of the Pitt game, Syracuse had a chance to come back and he was jumping around and cheering and NOBODY was jumping around near him. The players weren't motivated by his excitement and were almost embarrassed by his display. 'Cuse went on to lose.
Secondly, inconsistent. His game plan for the Louisville game was brilliant. They hit slant patterns, long passes down the sideline, were aggressive on defense. Didn't see that at all in any other game.
Finally, not a natural winner. Some coaches can win in big games because they are natural winners. G-Rob can't win the small games, with the exception of Buffalo. Syracuse went on the road and lost at Miami...of OHIO! Pitiful.
I understand a 4th year, but I fully support a mid-season fire next year if it starts off bad against Northwestern and Akron. Syracuse also has Penn State and Notre Dame next season, on top of their Big East Schedule. What is interesting is both Greg Robinson and Charlie Weiss could be coaching for their jobs when they play on November 22, 2008.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

THURSDAY NIGHT MATCHUP: PACKERS VS. COWBOYS

Thursday Night brings us the game of the year part 3, as the Green Bay Packers visit the Dallas Cowboys for NFC supremacy. Both the Packers and the Cowboys have played at high levels this season, but look to take control in the race for home field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs. This will be a great battle that too few people will be able to watch. With the second week of games on the NFL Network, their is a growing outcry of fans against both the NFL and Cable Companies that haven't struck a deal with them yet. This will prevent nearly 75% of the country from watching this slug fest. I have been saying from early on that the Packers are for real, and the battle between Brett Favre and Tony Romo should be a classic. Look for the home team to jump out early, but old steady, Favre, to lead the troops to victory. Packers will win, 34-21.

25 Year Anniversary of THE PLAY Cal vs. Stanford


When Cal and Stanford meet this Saturday it will be the 25th meeting since "The Play" when Cal came back to win 25-20 with laterals, miracles, and a band. Watch the video above, has a great 3-D animation to it that gives a different perspective on a classic play. The Play occurred November 2o, 1982 during the "Big Game" and went on to stardom as every news outlet carried video of it and water coolers were surrounded with talk about it that next week. The great play ended when the Stanford band stormed the end zone, assuming the game was won and over and as the play continued Kevin Moen took the last pitch and ran into the end zone where he ran into lead trombone player Gary Tyrell. "We were just rockin' out, playing "All Right Now." And, while this was going on — we're high-fiving — they still had to do this kickoff behind us," recalls Tyrell. "I saw this Cal player in the end zone ... and he had the football," Tyrrell recalls. "Next thing I know, I'm sittin' on the Astroturf!" What a play!

JIM VALVANO (JIMMY V) SPEECH AT 1993 ESPY's


This week at ESPN is Jimmy V week and it brings to mind Jim Valvano's great ESPY speech from 1993 where he said "Don't Give Up, Don't Ever Give Up". Look...listen to the speech...let it motivate you to live everyday to the fullest, and if so moved you can visit Jimmy's V Foundation for Cancer Research and give a donation. Click here....Jimmy V Foundation

Pro Football Hall of Fame Announces Semi-Finalists


The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the Semi-Finalists for the 2008 class of modern-era inductees for enshrinement in Canton, Ohio. Included are WR Cris Carter and DB Darrell Green, the only first-year eligible players selected for the Hall. LB Rickey Jackson and DT Cortez Kennedy make the list for the first time, although they were eligible prior to this year. Other greats included again are OL Russ Grimm and Gary Zimmerman, WR Art Monk, and Special Teams/WR Steve Tasker. Non-players include former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Former Giants GM George Young. This list will be trimmed to 15, announced in mid-January and the finalists voted on and announced on Saturday February 2nd during Super Bowl XLII festivities in Arizona.

For the announcement from the HOF click here

The list of modern-era semi-finalists includes:

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Richard_Dent
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Davis
Dawson
Dean
Dent
Cris Carter, WR – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
Dermontti Dawson, C – 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
Fred Dean, DE – 1975-1981 San Diego Chargers, 1981-85 San Francisco 49ers
Richard Dent, DE – 1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles
Randy_Gradishar
Kevin_Greene
Russ_Grimm
Ray_Guy
Gradishar
Green
Greene
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Guy

Randy Gradishar, LB – 1974-1983 Denver Broncos
Darrell Green, CB – 1983-2002 Washington Redskins
Kevin Greene, LB/DE – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
Russ Grimm, G – 1981-1991 Washington Redskins
Ray Guy, P – 1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

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Lester_Hayes
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Hayes
Jackson
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Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
Lester Hayes, CB – 1977-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Rickey Jackson, LB – 1981-1993 New Orleans Saints, 1994-95 San Francisco 49ers
Joe Jacoby, T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins
Cortez Kennedy, DT – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks
Bob_Kuechenberg
Randall_McDaniel
Art_Monk
Andre_Reed
Kenny_Stabler
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Monk
Reed
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Bob Kuechenberg, G – 1970-1984 Miami Dolphins
Randall McDaniel, G – 1988-1999 Minnesota Vikings, 2000-01 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Art Monk, WR – 1980-1993 Washington Redskins, 1994 New York Jets, 1995 Philadelphia Eagles
Andre Reed, WR –1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
Ken Stabler, QB – 1970-79 Oakland Raiders, 1980-81 Houston Oilers, 1982-84 New Orleans Saints
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Derrick_Thomas
Andre_Tippett
George_Young
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Tasker
Thomas
Tippett
Young
Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League
Steve Tasker, Special Teams/WR – 1985-1986 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills
Derrick Thomas, LB – 1989-1999 Kansas City Chiefs
Andre Tippett, LB – 1982-1993 New England Patriots
George Young, GM/Administrator – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League
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Zimmerman
Gary Zimmerman, T – 1986-1992 Minnesota Vikings, 1993-97 Denver Broncos
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