Tag Archives: Marcus Mariota

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

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

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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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

Top Ranked Teams Control Their Own CFP Destiny

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College Football Playoff Rankings Causing Early Debates

By John Ventola

The third College Football Playoff (CFP) standings are out and already second-guessers and naysayers are chopping away at the rankings, and the process by which this season’s national championship will be determined. The twelve-member selection committee ( College Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning took a leave of absence because of additional surgery needed after his recent knee replacement procedure) caused a stir with this week’s posting by moving once beaten Oregon into second place ahead of unbeaten and defending national champion Florida State, and pushing defenseless TCU into the fourth position over Alabama, Arizona State and Baylor, which defeated TCU earlier this year. Continue reading