Tag Archives: Jameis Winston

Alabama Clemson Face Off In CFP Rematch

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Saban Can Tie Bear with Sixth National Title

By John Ventola

The third College Football Playoff championship game will be played tonight in Tampa between No. 1 ranked, unbeaten Alabama, and No. 3 ranked (before CFP semifinals), once beaten Clemson. Continue reading

Alleva Needs To Alleviate LSU Coaching Scrutiny

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Coaching Drama Now Annual Thanksgiving Tradition

Louisianans can be excused for backing away from the Thanksgiving feast in front of them for the second consecutive year. Just like 2015, the turkey and cranberry was again served this year with a large helping of drama, courtesy of the LSU head football coaching position. 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

Athletes Need To Be Held To Higher Behavior Requirements

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 Pro and College Conduct Policies Need To Be Read And Enforced

By John Ventola

While the USA national debt and crime rate are rising at an alarming rate, standards of conduct, particularly those of our nation’s professional and collegiate athletes, are definitely in a freefall, coming down faster than a South Carolina Confederate flag. Seems not a day goes by without an athlete arrested and charged for some type of criminal offense. When one considers these players are possible role models for today’s youth, it becomes quite alarming. Continue reading

Sports Names Getting Harder To Pronounce And Spell

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What Is In A Name?

By John Ventola

With apologies to Billy Shakespeare, I could not help but think of his questioning phrase “what is in a name” as I recently watched the 2015 NFL Draft. As the player selections were made and their names announced by Commissioner Roger Goodell and others, I had to lean in, and wait for the name to flash up on the television before writing it down on my notepad. Long gone are the days of Joe, Bill, Tom, John, Jim, Sam, Roger, Leroy and other popular first names of decades ago.   Continue reading

SEC Still Dominant League Despite Missing Title Again

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Florida State SEC Lead School and Conference Draft Choices

 By John Ventola

Teams do not win championships if they do not have talent. Coaching can cover up some shortcomings, but a glaring weakness in any area will soon be uncovered and exploited by the opposition. Talent, a lot of it, is mandatory for any collegiate team to capture a league championship, and be able to advance to the national playoff stage (formerly the BCS, now the College Football Playoff (CFP) system). One or two star players can lead a team, but it takes talented teammates with varied skill-sets to capture a title. Continue reading

Few Surprises As 2015 NFL Draft Gets Underway In Chicago

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Winston Mariota Top Choices In NFL Draft

By John Ventola

Although a couple Collins families would strongly disagree, the first day of Chicago’s 2015 NFL Draft went pretty much as prognosticators expected. The nation’s two top collegiate quarterbacks, Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, were selected first and second, respectively, and the league’s 32 teams put their scouting and evaluation process into action mode as franchise needs were addressed based on player rankings. Continue reading

Draft Focus On Passing Game, Athletes To Make It Stop And Go

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Time To Address Team Needs With Player Rankings

By John Ventola

Tomorrow’s professional football draft choices had three or four years to showcase their skills in collegiate competition. While that was important, and a successful body of work during their careers opened them up to further evaluation, the past three months of individual workouts and school pro days for coaches and scouts has given them the opportunity to overcome both skill and character flaws. Up close and personal. Continue reading

Walks Like A Duck, Runs Like A Duck, Color Ducks Champions

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Talking Heads Lack Objectivity In Predictions

By John Ventola

Jerry’s World will be hosting the first College Football Playoff championship game tonight and professional results from yesterday point to the owner not being in a festive, entertaining mood. 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