Tag Archives: Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama Rises To The Top With Mississippi State Victory

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CFP Top Spot Now Sweet Home Alabama

By John Ventola

Dak Prescott’s Heisman Trophy hopes were intercepted as he and his Mississippi State teammates fell from the unbeaten ranks while last year’s award winner Jameis Winston continued to do just enough to keep Florida State’s 26-game win streak going and hopes for a second straight national title within reach. Continue reading

LSU And Saints Fail To Keep It Together For Sixty Minutes

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Boo-Hoo Works Overtime On The Bayou

By John Ventola

A month ago Louisiana football fans found themselves in the doldrums after the New Orleans Saints got off to a miserable 2 and 4 start and LSU lost its first two Southeastern Conference (SEC) games. Both teams rebounded over the next month to return to respectability, if not championship form. The Saints topped Green Bay and Carolina to claim top position in the weak NFC South Division while the Tigers won three consecutive SEC games over Florida, Kentucky, and Ole Miss. However, just when both squads had refilled their fan bases with feel good vibes, they let last minute leads disappear and lost gut wrenching overtime contests to the San Francisco 49ers and Alabama Crimson Tide on their home fields. Continue reading

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Long Ago Sports Trivia And A Couple of Tidbits

By John Ventola

Sports history and athletes that helped make it has always fascinated me. While everyone recognizes Michael Jordan as an all-time basketball great, Babe Ruth as a baseball icon, and Peyton Manning as a great football quarterback, I always tried to take notice of the team role players that helped the great athletes achieve their stardom. These support guys, often overlooked, play key roles in the sports trivia arena. I can remember sitting around with fellow journalism students years ago and playing challenging sports trivia games. Regular trivia was exciting, but guys who would go on to cover sports and write for the Times-Picayune, The Morning Advocate, and the Knoxville Sentinel would take the sports version to a whole new level. Many a sandwich, beer, and coffee were enjoyed as we all strove to come up with the stumper. Long before cell phones, and before the internet, the answers had to reside within one’s sports memory bank. On the spot sports knowledge. Continue reading