Tag Archives: Missouri

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

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

Yogi Berra Was Far More Than A Baseball Player

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Childhood Hero Passing Evokes Many Fond Memories

By John Ventola

The death of Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra last night brought back many memories of my falling in love with the game of baseball in the mid-50s. It was a far simpler time, no Netflix, no video games, no cell phones, hell, no air conditioning. Just a grand game that led neighborhood boys to look for the nearest sandlot (open field) for a chance to throw, field, and hit. Yogi, a short, rotund, unorthodox looking athlete, who went on to play for ten Yankees World Champion teams, gave us all hope that one day we could do the same. 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

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 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

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

SEC Teams Looking For Two College Football Playoff Spots

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November Stretch Run Should Be Interesting

By John Ventola

The College Football Playoff is far from being settled and the past two weeks of competition shows just how close some of the top ranked teams really are heading into the November slate. Nine days ago, second ranked Florida State kept their two year winning streak going by besting No.8 Notre Dame when a last second Irish touchdown was disallowed because of offensive pass interference. Then last weekend third ranked Auburn topped then ranked No. 9 Ole Miss when a receiver was grabbed from behind, badly injured, and fumbled at the half -yard line. The football was recovered by the Tigers in the end zone, sealing the Auburn victory. Close? You bet. One play at the end of each game decided the winner. Continue reading