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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 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

LSU Looking To Continue Improvement And Capture Gym Title

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Four All-American Gymnasts Lead Tigers To Nationals

By John Ventola

Paced by three senior first-team All-American gymnasts, LSU will go into tonight’s national women’s gymnastics semifinals trying to improve on the program’s best finish ever, last season’s third place finish in the NCAA Super Six. The Fort Worth Convention Center Arena will host twelve teams in two six-team semifinals, the three top teams in each session advancing to Saturday’s championship competition. Four other Southeastern Conference (SEC) teams will join the Tigers in a quest for another national title for a league squad. Continue reading

LSU Players Give Their All In Almost Upsetting Kentucky

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Tigers Have No Plan Or Direction At End Of Game

By John Ventola

Home standing LSU played No. 1 Kentucky down to the final shot Tuesday night in a matchup reminiscent of legendary battles between the two schools. Keith Hornsby’s fall-away three pointer in the final seconds hit the backboard and glanced off the left side of the rim before being tapped out in a mid-lane scramble to end the 71-69 game, and preserve the Wildcats’ perfect season. 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 Final Four Announcement Coming After Final Week

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Rivalry Week Not Kind To SEC

By John Ventola

Alabama managed to hang on to its No. 1 ranking by scoring touchdowns on its last five possessions in an exciting comeback against archrival Auburn, but the Southeastern Conference (SEC) took a big hit to its reputation during rivalry week games. With the victory, the Crimson Tide claimed the Western Division title and earned the right to play Eastern champion Missouri for the SEC championship Saturday in Atlanta, while Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina each lost to an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) foe. For a league that has enjoyed having four or five teams ranked in the nation’s Top Ten most of the year, the conference could have only Alabama in the elite bunch if Mississippi State drops more than six spots after being defeated by nineteenth ranked Ole Miss. Continue reading

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

Alabama Versus LSU Game Annually Showcases Quality Talent

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Annual Matchup Usually Plays Major Role In Deciding SEC

By John Ventola

The annual football game between LSU and Alabama has risen to become one of college football’s most anticipated rivalry games over the past six decades. Ever since Paul “Bear” Bryant opened his first season as coach of the Crimson Tide by hosting Paul Dietzel’s Tigers in Mobile in 1958, the annual matchups have played significant roles in deciding SEC championships, and frequently, national championships. Continue reading

Coaches Need To Also Weed Out Bad Off-Field Players

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Let True Student-Athletes Determine Championships

By John Ventola

The overwhelming need to win at almost any cost continues to grow in professional and college football. Professional players, coaches, and team executives have their livelihoods on the line while their collegiate counterparts have lucrative pro contracts, their coaching jobs, and athletic directorships dependent on their individual and team performances. This has been a year to uncover unscrupulous off field behavior and enforce some rules, particularly at the professional level, but there is still too much leniency and inconsistency at the college level. Championships at any cost seem to be the mantra. Double talk or non-specific conversations to protect dubious character is distasteful, if not downright disgusting. Continue reading

Collegiate Football Rivalries Dwindling

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Conference Realignments Stop Some Longtime Rivalries

By John Ventola 

Rivalries have always played a major role in establishing the popularity of collegiate football. Whether they involved service academies (Army versus Navy), in-state rivals (Washington against Washington State, Oklahoma versus Oklahoma State, etc.), conference adversaries, (Minnesota against Wisconsin), or cross country rivals (USC versus Notre Dame), the games played under the rivalry heading kept fan interest at a maximum level because those were the contests that would be discussed until the two teams met again one year later. The winning fan base could enjoy bragging rights, but the losing team’s loyal followers could shout out, ‘wait till next year’, and know a chance at redemption was just twelve months away. Collegiate football rivalries are a colorful part of American sports history, but sadly conference realignments by the NCAA during recent years are causing some key rivalries to stop. Continue reading