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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

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

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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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

College Football Playoff Season Off And Running

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Gurley Runs Like A Man

 By John Ventola

The inaugural College Football Playoff season kicked off last week with a lot of fanfare and anticipation. Starting this year, teams will be playing to ensure they are definitely in college football’s version of the Final Four come late December. Gone will be the unbecoming sports information campaigns to support certain teams and leagues, and coaches brazenly politicking for their own squads. Hopefully. 

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Leonard Fournette Has Potential Greatness

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Great Expectations Can Be Unreasonable

 By John Ventola

The LSU Tigers open their 2014 college football season tonight against the Wisconsin Badgers in Houston, Texas. While the ESPN nationally televised game has been marketed as a battle between Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Big Ten conference powers, Tiger fans are anxiously anticipating the college debut of last season’s high school player of the year, St. Augustine High’s Leonard Fournette. The highly acclaimed running back from New Orleans was described in glowing terms throughout his high school career as an athlete that possesses the rare combination of speed, power, and maneuverability. Saturday’s game in NRG Stadium will give an early answer to the oft-asked question of whether expectations of Fournette’s immediate stardom are unreasonable. Continue reading