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Should College Football Embrace the Madness?

March Madness is the pinnacle of sports. 68 teams. Underdogs.  Upsets. Yale beating Baylor. It is a single-elimination thriller that has become one of the greatest events in sports.   As a result, many fans think it makes sense for college

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NCAAF: It’s Time to Go Bowling

[The College football playoff system has taken a little bit of the luster from the bowl game tradition.  If you love the game of football and like to assess talent striving to play at the next level, however, you are still excited about

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The Walk On

The Walk On by John Feinstein  The Walk On is the first book in the Triple Threat Series by John Feinstein (Walk On, The Sixth Man and The DH).  It is a gripping book that merits 4.5 stars and should

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Fourth and Long

Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football  College Football captures our hearts and minds. When we think about rivalry, we think Ohio State and Michigan.  In this superb book, John U. Bacon takes us deep into the

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Our Boys

Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen Heart. Commitment. Character. That is what Roger Barta had always preached to his high school football teams in Smith Center, Kansas (pop. 1,610). Coach Barta always says

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NCAAF: Longhorns Give Tom a Cruise to Austin!

The Charlie Strong era comes to a close.  And within one hour, a new era begins with Tom Herman as the new coach of the Texas Longhorns! According to various media reports, Herman will make between $5 and $6 million per

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Houston, There Is No Problem: The Case for Tom Herman Staying Put

Before KU kicker Matthew Wyman made the 25-yard field goal that effectively ended Charlie Strong’s coaching tenure with the University of Texas (UT), there had already been heavy chatter that the Longhorns were pursuing the head coach of the University of Houston,

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Ole Miss and a Small Winning Tide: A Look Back at Ole Miss and Alabama

[It was a great weekend of college football.  Unfortunately, it included a devastating loss for my Texas Longhorns to the California Golden Bears.  Among the other big games, Ole Miss and Bama was one of the better match ups.  Ole

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Will “Tebow-ing” Make It to a Ballpark Near You?

[Adam Shemesh, one of the best writers on the great game of baseball, weighs in with a pitch perfect piece on Tim Tebow and his foray into baseball.  September is a great month where we have both baseball at its highest

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Crisp Autumn Air, Smash-Mouth Football and Storied Rivalries

When former Ohio State Coach Jim Tressell spoke at his opening news conference, he said, “You will be proud of our young people in the classroom, in the community and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan.”  Setting

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Big Man on Campus: Three QBs to Watch this Fall

In The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks, Bruce Feldman writes, “You don’t play quarterback. You are quarterback.”  The QB position, as Feldman rightly suggests in his masterful book, requires a leader.  The success of a young athlete in stepping

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A Quack and a Growl: A Tribute to Mad Ducks and Bears

The credit belongs, said former President Teddy Roosevelt, to the man that is actually “in the arena.”  TR’s main point in his famous speech is a simple one: if you have never actually done something, then can you really critique

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My Top Five Sports Moments

Sports bring us joy.  They make us cry.  They inspire us.  Over the next several days, I will be posting my top sports moments of all-time.  It is impossible for team and geographic bias to not play some meaningful role

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What is the Best 30 for 30?

[Editor’s Note:  We get another great story from Kansas City-based Mac Trigg looking at 30 for 30.  Every reader of this site loves this series.  You may disagree with his picks, but you surely agree that 30 for 30 is

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Are Youth Athletics Too Competitive?

[Editor’s Note:  I want to welcome one of our new writers for this summer, Mac Trigg.  He brings a passion for basketball and also plays football, tennis (and a little bit of lacrosse).  Many of our readers play competitive and

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College Football Playoff Semifinals

New Year’s Eve is just days away now, starting off the New Year, and of course, the College Football Playoff. The playoffs are set to be big, maybe even bigger than last year, as the B1G Ten looks to be

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Top Sports Moments of 2015

Have you been reading the list of top sports moments in 2015? Do you like what the major media players like the Associated Press, PTI and Sports Illustrated have to say about the big stories of the year?  Simply put, does anyone that

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CFB Rankings and Predictions

After 14 exciting and crazy weeks of College Football, it is officially (besides for Baylor and Texas) playoff season. Big conference championships this weekend, determining the College Football Playoff this year. The big games include 5th ranked Michigan State taking

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME (COLLEGE) FOOTBALL?

Another season is upon us. Campus passions are high. Rivalries are set to be renewed. As Ricky Bobby said in Talladega Nights, “If you ain’t first, you’re last. You know what I’m talking about?” It’s college football time. Sports Illustrated

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BCS National Championship Predictions

This article was originally written on December, 31 2014. New Years Day. 2015. College Football. Urban Meyer vs Nick Saban. Ohio St. vs Alabama. Can’t get much better than that, can it? For the first time in history there will

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BCS Championship Preview

College Football has drastically changed over the past year. One of those changes have been the structure to the BCS Championship Game. This year unlike past years there were two games to decide the two sides in the biggest game

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Rose Bowl Preview

On New Years Day, the Rose Bowl will take place at five PM Eastern time. The Rose Bowl features a team who has not experienced defeat in over a year versus a team who lost only once this College Football

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BCS Championship

The great Darrell Royal once said, “Football doesn’t build character. It eliminates the weak ones.” On Monday, we not only will witness the last non-playoff BCS Championship, we will watch two teams that have demonstrated great character over the course

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A Longhorn Lament: Winds of Change in Austin?

The winds of change are starting to blow in the Hill Country of Texas. Major change is coming. It is as inevitable as food safety was abysmal in Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. It is, as people like my uncle down

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Mack Brown: A Lonely Dog in the Lone Star State

While Mack Brown has been low before, he has probably not sunk much lower than the last several weeks. When you have fans booing at home, boosters weary to give money and talk radio calling the Longhorns the 3rd best

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Johnny Manziel and the NCAA’s decline

As most of our viewers know already, Johnny Manziel was suspended half a game against Rice to open up the NCAA season. This was after the NCAA couldn’t find proof that Manziel signed autographs for money. In this article, I’ll

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