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NCAA Basketball Tournament Has No Clear Favorite

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Dance Will Feature Parity and Various Styles

By John Ventola

The 68-team NCAA Division I basketball bracket will be announced today. The tournament, which runs from March 14 until championship night April 3, will feature several teams capable of winning the national championship. Last season’s champion Villanova showed that the slippers (sneakers) can fit a Cinderella. With parity very much the current state of college basketball, true hoops junkies will not be surprised to see another underdog climb the ladders and cut down the nets come April. 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

Clemson And Alabama Semifinal Rankings Will Prove Accurate

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Bama Should Roll If Secondary Plays Well

By John Ventola

The second College Football Playoff (CFP) semifinals will be played today as the four top-ranked teams battle it out in the Capital One Orange Bowl and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. The victors will meet for the CFP championship on Monday, January 11th, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Continue reading

College Football Playoff Jockeying Stretch Starts Now

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Second Year CFP Selections Could Prove Tougher

By John Ventola

Tonight the first College Football Playoff (CFP) poll of 2015 will be revealed on ESPN. Last season, the inaugural CFP poll was released a week earlier, on October 28th, after the first nine games of the season. This season panelists received an extra week of action to decipher as they put together their crucial rankings. 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

Duke And Wisconsin Rev Up For Indy Final

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Thirty Eight One And Done

By John Ventola

Kentucky Coach John Calipari had been describing his Wildcat basketballers as “not perfect, but unbeaten” for the last few weeks as the squad worked its way through the first four games of NCAA tournament action. His extremely talented team had run roughshod over most of the season’s competition, and survived a couple of regular season last second upset bids before besting Notre Dame by two points to capture the Midwest regional championship. Continue reading

Kentucky-Wisconsin Rematch, Duke Possibility Top Final Four

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Indy Final Four Features Three Top Seeds

By John Ventola

Kentucky proved they are not perfect while remaining unbeaten, Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker showed white guys can have game, three Duke freshmen continued to exhibit skill-sets every bit as impressive as that of the Wildcats highly acclaimed frosh class, and Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo’s adjustments and strategy again showcased why a team’s coaching talent on the sideline is just as important as its athletic ability on the court. Continue reading

Kentucky Continues Down The Road To Perfection

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Tournament Parity On Display As Teams Advance To Sweet 16

By John Ventola

After four days of following the bouncing ball, and hearing on-court exploits described with such phrases as dribble drive penetration, kiss off the glass, drive and deliver, crossover dribble, and dominating the boards/tempo, it is time to say goodbye to fifty-two college basketball squads that started the week with various levels of confidence that they would advance to next week’s Sweet Sixteen. Continue reading

LSU Should Revisit Prep Quarterback Evaluation Process

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Tigers Need To Get Capable Quarterback On Board

By John Ventola

After taking a couple of days to digest Ohio State’s demolition of Oregon’s Sitting Ducks in the College Football Playoff (CFP) title game, local attention should refocus on how LSU coach Les Miles addresses his squad’s lack of a top rated quarterback. 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