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« Reply #2070 on: November 12, 2011, 08:29:40 PM »


Bittersweet to see two former Blades--Jagielka and Walker (from the youth academy through the start of their professional careers, not passers through)--playing for their nation.  Very happy for them, but sad that smaller clubs (yes, I admit SUFC is no longer maaaasssssive) can't retain quality players.

That's what she said.

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« Reply #2071 on: November 12, 2011, 10:35:37 PM »

GOOOOOOO DAWGS!!!! SICK EM!!!! WOOOF WOOOF WOOOF!!!!!!!


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« Reply #2072 on: November 12, 2011, 11:27:25 PM »

BOOYAH!!! Grin

Oregon 36, Stanford 16 - 7:41 in the 3rd.

Darron Thomas is having more luck than Andrew.
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« Reply #2073 on: November 13, 2011, 12:17:03 AM »

Imagine that! Boise State lost on their smurf turf for the first time in a decade!
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« Reply #2074 on: November 13, 2011, 12:23:41 AM »

WOO HOO!

Ducks score on a pick-6 to put this baby away!

Oregon 53, Stanford 30 - 4:28, 4th Q

Stanford is going DOWN!
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« Reply #2075 on: November 13, 2011, 12:35:06 AM »

DUCKS WIN!

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« Reply #2076 on: November 13, 2011, 03:13:43 AM »

Two out of three wasn't bad:  Texas was mediocre in losing to Mizzou today (while Texas Tech was being slaughtered yet again).  Mercurial Cal won convincingly over Oregon State.  And, in what had to be a real nail-biter, TCU became the first team to win a regular-season game on the BSU Smurf Turf in 13 years.

Gary Patterson, finding his team behind for most of the second half, had had enough, and vowed to convert for two if the Frogs got the lead, which they managed to do with a little over a minute left in the game.  The conversion was successful, putting the Frogs from a point down to a point up; they then had to weather a furious onslaught by the Broncos before one final, desperate field-goal attempt went wide right and gave the Frogs the victory.

With that win, Boisie State was effectively knocked out of contention for the BCS title game, and the Frogs got an open road to the MWC championship before departing for the Big XII.

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« Reply #2077 on: November 13, 2011, 04:12:47 AM »

Two out of three wasn't bad:  Texas was mediocre in losing to Mizzou today (while Texas Tech was being slaughtered yet again).  Mercurial Cal won convincingly over Oregon State.  And, in what had to be a real nail-biter, TCU became the first team to win a regular-season game on the BSU Smurf Turf in 13 years.

Gary Patterson, finding his team behind for most of the second half, had had enough, and vowed to convert for two if the Frogs got the lead, which they managed to do with a little over a minute left in the game.  The conversion was successful, putting the Frogs from a point down to a point up; they then had to weather a furious onslaught by the Broncos before one final, desperate field-goal attempt went wide right and gave the Frogs the victory.

With that win, Boisie State was effectively knocked out of contention for the BCS title game, and the Frogs got an open road to the MWC championship before departing for the Big XII.

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« Reply #2078 on: November 13, 2011, 08:41:16 AM »

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The TIDE ROLLS over Mississippi State 24-7. We also had lots of help from TCU and Oregon to keep us in the National Championship hunt. Trent Richardson rushed for over 100 yards once again, against a stout MSU defense; and after Stanford's thorough defeat, he may have surpassed Adrew Luck in the eyes of the Heisman voters.

If Arkansas beats LSU, then there will be a three way tie in the Western Division of the SEC. So the TIDE still has an outside chance of going to Atlanta.

Lots of football left to be played. Hoping that the Sooners cand knock of Oklahoma State. But a great Saturday today! Thanks to TCU and Oregon! Y'all really helped us out!  Wink


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« Reply #2079 on: November 13, 2011, 06:14:23 PM »


If Arkansas beats LSU....
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« Reply #2080 on: November 13, 2011, 06:17:02 PM »

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tim Tebow only completed two passes against the Chiefs on Sunday.

It turned out one was all he really needed.

The former Heisman Trophy winner connected with Eric Decker on a 56-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, helping the Denver Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs 17-10 despite playing almost the entire game without their top two running backs.

Tim Tebow can find the square root of -1 and then divide it by zero.
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« Reply #2081 on: November 14, 2011, 06:33:01 AM »



It could happen. Arkansas has only lost once this year, and that was to BAMA. They have also improved a lot since then. But I still think LSU will win.


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« Reply #2082 on: November 16, 2011, 09:30:48 PM »

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"Sports is one thing, and Jesus is another thing," said Traci Yown, a mom Christmas shopping for her son.
 
Instead of Tebow's last name on the back of the jersey, it states "Jesus" along with Tebow's No. 15.



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« Reply #2083 on: November 16, 2011, 11:06:42 PM »

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« Reply #2084 on: November 16, 2011, 11:37:45 PM »

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With Christmas less than two months away some Denver fans are customizing their own Tim Tebow jerseys.
 
"Sports is one thing, and Jesus is another thing," said Traci Yown, a mom Christmas shopping for her son.
 
Instead of Tebow's last name on the back of the jersey, it states "Jesus" along with Tebow's No. 15.



Now, this is going a bit too far.

Tim Tebow may be able to throw a TD pass now and then, but to say that he can walk on water is a bit of a stretch, don'tcha think?
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« Reply #2085 on: November 17, 2011, 12:10:45 PM »

Even if Beckham decides not to re-new his contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, and he returns to Europe to play, I applaud him for all he's done for football (soccer) in the USA. The sport has grown so drastically here, new TV deals, higher professional wages, soccer-specific stadiums, higher attendances, amoung other things. Not only has he helped the marketability of the sport in the States, but he drastically improved the marketability of the USA's Major League Soccer around the world. It's a respected league world-round now. All in all, thank you Becks, the past 5 years has been awesome. If you leave MLS after the season, I bid you good luck. Atleast we get to see you in one more game for the Galaxy this Sunday. So I hope Becks and the Galaxy win the MLS Cup this Sunday, send Becks off with a title!

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« Reply #2086 on: November 17, 2011, 03:53:19 PM »

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And as far as Fox is concerned, no matter what it takes to do so, everyone is going to eventually find out. That, in a nutshell, is the Foxy way.
 
"At the end of the day, if you coached in college football, you saw the option every week," Fox said Monday. "It's just been taboo in the NFL. Everyone is looking for that prototypical quarterback. And the truth is, there aren't very many of them.
 
"Hey, Tim thinks he deserves to have these plays in this offense. And you know what? After watching our games the last two weeks, it's hard to argue with him."
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« Reply #2087 on: November 17, 2011, 06:57:14 PM »

College band banned from season finale for taunting their winless football team

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« Reply #2088 on: November 18, 2011, 01:13:28 AM »

NY Jets, you have just been Tebow'd!!!
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« Reply #2089 on: November 18, 2011, 01:47:15 AM »

NY Jets, you have just been Tebow'd!!!
More like Tebowned. Cheesy
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« Reply #2090 on: November 19, 2011, 03:36:06 AM »

Well, Gebre, thanks to Okie State's inability to hold on to a 17-point 3rd quarter lead in a 2-OT loss to Iowa State, the big debate now is about who should get that coveted rematch against LSU: your Crimson Tide or my Ducks.

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« Reply #2091 on: November 19, 2011, 04:51:18 PM »

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Tears in my eyes listening to the introduction of our Seniors today. The 2008 recruiting class has become the winningest class in Alabama football history, with an overall record of 45-6. A remarkable achievement! Congratulations to all of our seniors! Thank you for bringing the 3 "C"s back to Alabama Football: Character, Class, and Championships!

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/11/alabamas_class_of_2008_has_fol.html


Nick Saban took the time to reflect on what has been one of the most dominant classes in Alabama football, a class that has seen unprecedented success, a class that officially brought Alabama “back.” It boasts Alabama’s only Heisman winner, three first-round picks in the 2011 NFL Draft, 45 wins thus far and, most importantly, Alabama’s first national championship since 1992.

“I hope our guys will really recognize the accomplishments of our seniors that will be recognized before this game,” Saban said “…This group of guys came here when we weren’t winning, we weren’t having success, Alabama wasn’t good. And there weren’t a lot of good things happening here at the time. And this is certainly one of the best classes I have ever been associated with.

“I hope their teammates and everybody associated with them will go out there and play to a standard and give them a final good memory of playing in Bryant-Denny Stadium.”




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« Reply #2092 on: November 20, 2011, 12:32:27 AM »

Well, Gebre, thanks to Okie State's inability to hold on to a 17-point 3rd quarter lead in a 2-OT loss to Iowa State, the big debate now is about who should get that coveted rematch against LSU: your Crimson Tide or my Ducks.

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The Ducks made a mighty attempt to come back all the way from a 14-38 deficit, but a missed FG from 37 yards out as time ran out left them 3 points short. USC 38, Oregon 35. We may have killed our hopes of earning a rematch with LSU in the national title game, but we still have the inside track to the first ever Pac-12 championship game in two weeks with the tie-breaker over Stanford.
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« Reply #2093 on: November 20, 2011, 01:15:02 AM »

Well, Gebre, thanks to Okie State's inability to hold on to a 17-point 3rd quarter lead in a 2-OT loss to Iowa State, the big debate now is about who should get that coveted rematch against LSU: your Crimson Tide or my Ducks.
Give the Ducks a chance.
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« Reply #2094 on: November 20, 2011, 02:22:43 AM »

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Iron Bowl week begins. If we take care of Awbarn, we are in the National Championship! My deepest appreciation to Oregon (for beating Stanford), Iowa State (for beating Ok St.), TCU (for beating Boise State), Baylor (for beating Oklahoma), and USC (for beating Oregon). Unbelievable how everything is falling place for the TIDE. But there's still one HUGE game left, and it won't be easy. But if we beat the Barners, I'm licking my chops to play LSU again!

Great day all around today! Amazing! Smiley


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« Reply #2095 on: November 20, 2011, 02:46:54 AM »

Baylor...what a win.
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« Reply #2096 on: November 20, 2011, 03:11:21 AM »

Well, Gebre, thanks to Okie State's inability to hold on to a 17-point 3rd quarter lead in a 2-OT loss to Iowa State, the big debate now is about who should get that coveted rematch against LSU: your Crimson Tide or my Ducks.

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The Ducks made a mighty attempt to come back all the way from a 14-38 deficit, but a missed FG from 37 yards out as time ran out left them 3 points short. USC 38, Oregon 35. We may have killed our hopes of earning a rematch with LSU in the national title game, but we still have the inside track to the first ever Pac-12 championship game in two weeks with the tie-breaker over Stanford.
Next up: The next edition of the longest running in-state rivalry west of the Mississippi - The Civil War - Oregon vs. Oregon State.
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« Reply #2097 on: November 20, 2011, 03:14:16 AM »

There's usually one gameday in the season when upsets abound, or are particularly significant, and today was it for this year's college football.

That stench you smell coming out of Fort Worth is not the Frogs, even though they played a lackadaisical, emotionless game.  It was the team we trounced to win a share of the MWC title and maybe a shot at a major bowl.

Purple must have been a good color to wear today, because K-State was victorious over a so-so Texas team who were, at least, trying.

Then, there was the Big Game, which ended in a downpour; Cal tried mightily, but couldn't quite pull it out against Stanford, who has USC to thank for knocking off Oregon and making things interesting for season's end.
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« Reply #2098 on: November 20, 2011, 12:52:58 PM »

LSU 52 - Ole Miss 3

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« Reply #2099 on: November 20, 2011, 08:24:54 PM »

WOW! Cry Just after their rise to #3 in the country and just ahead of their BIG game against LSU, tragedy strikes the Razorback football team. Their sophomore TE, Garrett Uekman, was found dead in his dorm room this morning. He was 19.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7261953/arkansas-freshman-tight-end-garrett-uekman-dies-19

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« Reply #2100 on: November 20, 2011, 08:39:09 PM »

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« Reply #2101 on: November 20, 2011, 08:58:13 PM »

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« Reply #2102 on: November 20, 2011, 11:40:47 PM »

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Not since the end of the 1971 season, when the Big 8's Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado finished 1-2-3, has one conference occupied the top three spots like the SEC likely will come Sunday night. One division of one conference? Unprecedented.

Right now it's hard to see past those three in calculating BCS scenarios. If LSU beats both Arkansas and Georgia in the SEC title game, it will almost certainly rematch Alabama come January (assuming the Tide defeat rival Auburn on Saturday). However, if the Razorbacks beat the Tigers, the SEC's three-way tiebreaker will likely send Alabama (which beat Arkansas 38-14 on Sept. 24) to Atlanta. If the Tide beat Georgia, they will presumably head to New Orleans, and there will be much sentiment to keep the thus-far dominant Tigers in the top two.

Note that Alabama doesn't have a particularly overwhelming resume. As of today they've defeated just three teams -- 9-2 Penn State, 10-1 Arkansas and 6-5 Florida -- with winning records. LSU, by comparison, has six such victories. But the Tide are sitting pretty because they started No. 2 in the polls, they took the top-ranked Tigers to overtime in the Game of the Century ... and because there aren't a lot of other options.
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« Reply #2103 on: November 20, 2011, 11:42:31 PM »

RIP to the legendary UGA football announcer Larry Munson.

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« Reply #2104 on: November 21, 2011, 12:27:31 AM »

Congrats to David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy! They win the MLS Cup Final 1-0 against the Houston Dynamo!

It may be Becks last game for the Galaxy and what a way to cap it off. I've always been a Galaxy fan, but I was definitely wanting them to win for him. He was even teary eyed at the end of the game. I'm so happy for him, hope he re-signs for LA, but wish him well even if he does not. He's done so much for the sport in the USA.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2011-11-20-la-galaxy-vs-houston-dynamo-mls-cup/recap
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« Reply #2105 on: November 21, 2011, 12:28:52 AM »

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« Reply #2106 on: November 21, 2011, 02:52:39 AM »


Note that Alabama doesn't have a particularly overwhelming resume. As of today they've defeated just three teams -- 9-2 Penn State, 10-1 Arkansas and 6-5 Florida -- with winning records. LSU, by comparison, has six such victories. But the Tide are sitting pretty because they started No. 2 in the polls, they took the top-ranked Tigers to overtime in the Game of the Century ... and because there aren't a lot of other options.[/size][/font]



Not sure what you mean by Alabama not having a "particularly overwhelming resume." We've crushed every team we've played this year, with the notable exception of a 3 point loss in overtime to #1 LSU. Being in the SEC and going 10-1 thus far is nothing to scoff at. We'll take care of Auburn on Saturday and then hopefully win the National Championship thereafter. And I really hope we get the opportunity to play LSU again. I don't want to win the National Championship by beating some PAC 10 team like Auburn did last year. Bring on the best and let us prove that we can beat the best! ROLL TIDE !!!


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« Reply #2107 on: November 21, 2011, 09:37:59 AM »


Note that Alabama doesn't have a particularly overwhelming resume. As of today they've defeated just three teams -- 9-2 Penn State, 10-1 Arkansas and 6-5 Florida -- with winning records. LSU, by comparison, has six such victories. But the Tide are sitting pretty because they started No. 2 in the polls, they took the top-ranked Tigers to overtime in the Game of the Century ... and because there aren't a lot of other options.[/size][/font]



Not sure what you mean by Alabama not having a "particularly overwhelming resume." We've crushed every team we've played this year, with the notable exception of a 3 point loss in overtime to #1 LSU.
Yeah, but only two of the ten teams your Tide beat have winning records. Frankly, that kind of resume looks like Boise State's usually does. Compare that with LSU, who has beaten six teams with winning records this year, including your Tide.
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« Reply #2108 on: November 21, 2011, 04:14:59 PM »

And what if the Razorbacks can pull off another upset of LSU?  (LSU again seems the better team to me, but Arkansas has a surprisingly strong record against them in recent years.)  That puts Arkansas at #2 at worst.  If Alabama then beats Georgia in the SEC Championship, is it an Alabama-Arkansas rematch for the BCS title?
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« Reply #2109 on: November 21, 2011, 04:19:00 PM »

And here's an interesting twist.  Assume that #1 and #2 remain from those three teams (AL, LSU, and Ark).  Whoever plays in the SEC championship game can only HURT their chances of playing in the BCS championship (by losing, of course -- it's an extra game against a solid opponent with little upside).  Is it a case where you'd prefer being #2 to being #1?
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« Reply #2110 on: November 21, 2011, 05:04:19 PM »

And what if the Razorbacks can pull off another upset of LSU?  (LSU again seems the better team to me, but Arkansas has a surprisingly strong record against them in recent years.)  That puts Arkansas at #2 at worst.  If Alabama then beats Georgia in the SEC Championship, is it an Alabama-Arkansas rematch for the BCS title?

Arkansas is 3-5 against LSU in the last 8 meetings...that's strong...?

LSU is 34-20 against Arkansas. 3 of the past 4 losses to Arkansas were by one or two points, last year LSU lost by only a touchdown.
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« Reply #2111 on: November 21, 2011, 06:16:08 PM »

LSU again seems the better team to me, but Arkansas has a surprisingly strong record against them in recent years.
Arkansas is 3-5 against LSU in the last 8 meetings...that's strong...?
Not as much strong as surprising, perhaps.  Each of those three victories was against an arguably better LSU team.  Don't get me wrong -- my money would be on LSU this weekend.  My heart?  With the Hogs, to be sure.  But my money with the Tigers.  Thank goodness I don't gamble on college sports.

(And it's also dependent on spin, of course.  Arkansas is 3-5 in the last 8, but is also 3-1 in the last four.  That appears relatively strong, however one might do the math.)
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« Reply #2112 on: November 21, 2011, 06:17:22 PM »

LSU again seems the better team to me, but Arkansas has a surprisingly strong record against them in recent years.
Arkansas is 3-5 against LSU in the last 8 meetings...that's strong...?
Not as much strong as surprising, perhaps.  Each of those three victories was against an arguably better LSU team.  Don't get me wrong -- my money would be on LSU this weekend.  My heart?  With the Hogs, to be sure.  But my money with the Tigers.  Thank goodness I don't gamble on college sports.

(And it's also dependent on spin, of course.  Arkansas is 3-5 in the last 8, but is also 3-1 in the last four.  That appears relatively strong, however one might do the math.)

Well, I watched the games, and it really isnt as strong as it looks.
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« Reply #2113 on: November 21, 2011, 06:25:19 PM »

Well, I watched the games, and it really isnt as strong as it looks.
Very well; I assess a high probability that you are right.  We'll most likely come out of this weekend with a victorious LSU.  But my second question was actually the more interesting (to me).  Considering that 1&2 are most likely coming out of the SEC West, is it better to be #1 or #2 after this weekend?
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« Reply #2114 on: November 21, 2011, 06:29:51 PM »

Well, I watched the games, and it really isnt as strong as it looks.
Very well; I assess a high probability that you are right.  We'll most likely come out of this weekend with a victorious LSU.  But my second question was actually the more interesting (to me).  Considering that 1&2 are most likely coming out of the SEC West, is it better to be #1 or #2 after this weekend?

2 would get the easier route. But 1 is the only one that would deserve to get in the BCS NC IMHO. Although Alabama is probably the 2nd best team in the country, it's hard for me to say we should put a team that didnt win their conference in the NC, if you get where I am coming from. Its hard to say, with Alabama as good as they are, but thats what I keep thinking.
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