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NCAA Basketball Tournament Has No Clear Favorite

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Dance Will Feature Parity and Various Styles

By John Ventola

The 68-team NCAA Division I basketball bracket will be announced today. The tournament, which runs from March 14 until championship night April 3, will feature several teams capable of winning the national championship. Last season’s champion Villanova showed that the slippers (sneakers) can fit a Cinderella. With parity very much the current state of college basketball, true hoops junkies will not be surprised to see another underdog climb the ladders and cut down the nets come April. Continue reading

Kentucky-Wisconsin Rematch, Duke Possibility Top Final Four

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Indy Final Four Features Three Top Seeds

By John Ventola

Kentucky proved they are not perfect while remaining unbeaten, Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker showed white guys can have game, three Duke freshmen continued to exhibit skill-sets every bit as impressive as that of the Wildcats highly acclaimed frosh class, and Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo’s adjustments and strategy again showcased why a team’s coaching talent on the sideline is just as important as its athletic ability on the court. Continue reading

Kentucky Continues Down The Road To Perfection

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Tournament Parity On Display As Teams Advance To Sweet 16

By John Ventola

After four days of following the bouncing ball, and hearing on-court exploits described with such phrases as dribble drive penetration, kiss off the glass, drive and deliver, crossover dribble, and dominating the boards/tempo, it is time to say goodbye to fifty-two college basketball squads that started the week with various levels of confidence that they would advance to next week’s Sweet Sixteen. Continue reading

NFL Could Have Major Fallout Over NFC South Playoff Team

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South Division Could Prove Very Divisive For NFC

By John Ventola

National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell has experienced a bumpy 2014 season while the league’s reputation has been tarnished due to current and former players being charged in well-publicized rape, domestic and child abuse cases. Those troubling off-the-field incidents forced Goodell to submit and get NFL owners approval on a new personal conduct policy. As serious as those cases were because of the human element involved and their severity, the league is only weeks away from a major on-field public relations nightmare. A current playoff rule will come under scrutiny and be discussed ad nauseam at the end of the regular season and, no doubt, be changed by league officials before next year. Continue reading

Coaching Carousel Now In Full Motion As Hoke Joins Group

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Muschamp Pelini Hoke And More Walk The Plank

By John Ventola

The collegiate coaching carousel for 2014 has begun. Already, before this season’s bowl matchups have been announced, Florida’s Will Muschamp, Nebraska’s Bo Pelini, and Michigan’s Brady Hoke have been relieved of their duties at three of the big-name universities in the country. Continue reading

SEC Teams Looking For Two College Football Playoff Spots

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November Stretch Run Should Be Interesting

By John Ventola

The College Football Playoff is far from being settled and the past two weeks of competition shows just how close some of the top ranked teams really are heading into the November slate. Nine days ago, second ranked Florida State kept their two year winning streak going by besting No.8 Notre Dame when a last second Irish touchdown was disallowed because of offensive pass interference. Then last weekend third ranked Auburn topped then ranked No. 9 Ole Miss when a receiver was grabbed from behind, badly injured, and fumbled at the half -yard line. The football was recovered by the Tigers in the end zone, sealing the Auburn victory. Close? You bet. One play at the end of each game decided the winner. Continue reading

Mississippi Enjoys Second Week Of Unparalleled College Football Success

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College Football Continues To Shine Each Week

By John Ventola

Pardon me, does anyone have two extra tickets to the Egg Bowl in Oxford in November? I am looking for an early Christmas present and I can not think of a better way to wind up this exciting football season that sitting in The Grove with cowbells ringing in my ears before witnessing this year’s feel good story in sports. Mississippi State against the University of Mississippi. The Dak Attack versus Bo Knows, The Battle of the Magnolia State. Maybe those frat boys at Ole Miss have been correct with their annual proclamation that the South would rise again. It took a while, but it seems the ascension has occurred. Continue reading