21 November 2012

2012 NFL on FOX Announcers & Distribution: Week 12

Thanksgiving is this Thursday and FOX features a classic NFC East rivalry with the Washington Redskins heading down to Arlington to take on the Dallas Cowboys. Then we are on to this Sunday where FOX will have a doubleheader with the primary game in the early window being an ol' fashioned Black and Blue division matchup with the Bears hosting the Vikings. Other early games are Falcons-Buccaneers and Dolphins-Seahawks. Then the primary game in the national window is the 49ers going down to the Big Easy to take on the Saints, with the other game being Rams-Cardinals. Continue reading for announcers and distribution.

19 November 2012

2012 NFL Week 12 Picks

When you think of Thanksgiving, first things that come to mind have to be turkey, mashed potatoes, pie, family, that crazy uncle, fall, being thankful and football (and not necessarily in that order). Football has truly become a great piece of the Thanksgiving tradition in this country and we get to enjoy it this Thursday with three quality games. And thus, it is time for my week 12 picks.

What does Maryland's and Rutgers' move to the Big Ten mean?

Maryland's Byrd Stadium
This morning, the Board of Regents at the University of Maryland voted to leave the Atlantic Coast Conference, of which it is a charter member, for the Big Ten Conference for the 2014-15 school year. This was expected after rumors swirled all weekend that the Big Ten was in serious discussions with Maryland as well as Rutgers, which is expected to vote like Maryland as its Board of Governors is meeting later today. Here is what this latest bit of realignment means for the college football world.

Why Miami is making a mistake with another bowl ban

One would appear that when Stephen Morris and the Miami Hurricanes clinched bowl elgibility on Saturday after blowing out South Florida. But this morning, in an attempt to get ahead of sanctions from the Nevin Shapiro scandal and a hope to lessen said sanctions, the university has decided for the second straight year to impose a bowl ban in a move the school refers to as "unprecedented."

Now normally I would not have a problem with this move; the Hurricanes are not looking to get into a major bowl so trying through this move to possibly get a lesser penalty from the NCAA would make sense. But I do think this is a mistake and here is why.

18 November 2012

2012 NFL on CBS Announcers & Distribution: Week 12

Thanksgiving and football just go together just like any great combinations in history. A key part of the tradition is the Detroit Lions, who have hosted games on Turkey Day since 1934. CBS will feature the Lions hosting the Houston Texans this Thanksgiving. And then on Sunday, most of the country will see Broncos-Chiefs with others seeing Bills-Colts, Steelers-Browns, Raiders-Bengals, Titans-Jaguars or Ravens-Chargers in the late slot. Continue reading for announcers and distribution.

2012 College Football Week 13 Picks

No Oprah appearances are required now for Manti Te'o and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to get to the BCS National Championship Game because after all the madness on Saturday night with both Oregon and Kansas State losing, all they have to do is win Saturday night in Los Angeles are they will be playing for all the marbles. Will they get it done or come up just shy? It's my week 13 selections.

Watch Dana Holgorsen absolutely lose his mind

Everybody knows that West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is the prototypical "Mad Scientist" and an incredibly energetic and fiery guy. The guy loves to drink Red Bull and will frequently go nuts. Case A: late in third quarter, Holgorsen, irate after what he felt was a pass interference no-call, threw his headset a couple of times and proceeded to berate the referees. Good stuff, let's go to the videotape.

2012-13 Bowl Projections After Week 12

Thanks to redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Hoga and the Stanford Cardinal, as well as the Baylor Bears, we have ourselves a hearty shakeup in the BCS picture. Not just because Kansas State and Oregon fell, but the Cardinal may be on their way to a potential Rose Bowl appearance, their first since 1999. Without any further hesitation, here are my current bowl projections.

With Kansas State AND Oregon losing, there's BCS chaos (or something like that)

First it was the Baylor Bears upsetting the top ranked Kansas State Wildcats in a game that was never that close with a 52-24 final. And then, it was the Stanford Cardinal going into Eugene, getting a late tying touchdown and fortunately getting a missed Oregon field goal in overtime to knock out the second ranked Ducks by a 17-14 final. So now, we've got ourselves some chaos in the BCS.