Tag Archives: Auburn

Sixteen Gets First NCAA Victory

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U May Be Cinderella

By John Ventola

March Madness turned into full blown insanity Friday night. For the first time a No. 16  tournament seed beat a No. 1 as UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) embarrassed this year’s top seed Virginia, 74-54. Continue reading

Make Or Break Time

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Draft Days Are Here

By John Ventola

The annual three-day National Football League (NFL) draft gets underway tonight in Philadelphia. Two hundred fifty-three names will be called before the event concludes Saturday afternoon. Thirty-two league franchises, each hoping to improve their team’s talent pool, will make choices to either correct a position deficiency, or select the best player available (according to their talent evaluations) at the time of their pick. Continue reading

LSU In For Long Season

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Lackluster Offense And Sideline Incompetency Doom Tigers Again

By John Ventola

Reversal of good fortune? Nah, just lady luck evening up some things with embattled LSU coach Les Miles. Continue reading

Miles Could Be Headed For Another Interesting Thanksgiving

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Tigers Unimpressive In Season Opener

By John Ventola

For years good days in my hometown Baton Rouge coincided with LSU football success. At least that is the way I felt as a youngster and as a student at the university. That feeling only intensified when my dad handed over the family’s two season tickets (17 years at that point) upon my graduation. Forty-six years later (yeah, Ventola family now in 63rd year as season ticket holders), LSU victories and championships make life good and more tolerable, but are no longer essential. Continue reading

Restricting Heisman Ceremony Candidates Not Fair To Some

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Fournette Snub Shows Process Is Flawed

By John Ventola

The Heisman Trophy finds itself losing some of its luster as the selection process criteria of the most prestigious award in collegiate athletics now seems to rely strictly on statistics, and whether the recipient is on a high ranked team. Continue reading

Time To Take Hard Look At Miles Despite Hefty Buyout

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Sloppy Play And Unimaginative Calls Doom LSU

By John Ventola

LSU lost a third straight game for the first time in sixteen seasons Saturday as Ole Miss easily defeated the Tigers 38-17 in Oxford. While losing three straight is an uncommon occurrence, sloppy and seemingly unmotivated performances by this year’s Les Miles contingent have become weekly lowlights for LSU’s faithful. Continue reading

Fournette Needs To Focus And Ignore National Talking Heads

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Knee Injury Can Possibly End Career

By John Ventola

Only three games into his sophomore year, LSU running back Leonard Fournette finds himself hemmed in more by questions about his collegiate future than any defense he has faced this season. Continue reading

LSU And Notre Dame Capture Impressive Victories

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Great Football Weekend For This Blogger

By John Ventola

The third weekend of the 2015 collegiate football season is in the books and already top teams are vying for the four College Football Playoff spots, and players are pushing for individual performance recognition such as the Heisman Trophy. Continue reading

Oh My Oregon And Ohio State To Clash For CFP Championship

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Bowl Season Reveals SEC No Longer Dominant

By John Ventola

This much is clear after watching the bowl games through New Year’s Day. The Southeastern Conference (SEC) has taken a major hit to the league’s reputation, and the first College Football Playoff (CFP) national champion will be a big, fat O. Continue reading

CFP Selection Committee Had Many Variables To Compare

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High Noon On Pearl Harbor Date Should Prove Interesting

By John Ventola

“I heard it through the Grapevine. Oh and I’m just about to lose my mind.” With apologies to Marvin Gaye for borrowing a couple of lines from his famous hit song, the lyrics seem fitting as there are football fans all over America waking up this morning and wondering what four teams the College Football Playoff selection committee came up with after late night Saturday and early morning Sunday balloting. The 12-member committee gathered in Grapevine, Texas to watch college football’s final week of games and had the tough task of picking four semi-final teams from six deserving squads.

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