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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

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

Golf’s Young Guns Ready For 72-Hole Showdowns

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McIlroy Spieth Fowler Reed Represent Youth

By John Ventola

Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Rickie Fowler enjoyed a wonderful stretch of golf during the early part of 2015, and their outstanding skills position them for much more as the game looks for future stars to further popularize the sport over the next two decades. Continue reading

Seahawks And Patriots Clash In Super Bowl XLIX

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Seattle Defensive Backs Go For Second Straight

By John Ventola 

Last season’s drive to Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII victory featured balanced offense and physical, intimidating defense. While the Seahawks offensive production was consistent, led by steady quarterback Russell Wilson and 1,200-yard rusher Marshawn Lynch, it was the hard-hitting defense that was the team’s hallmark. This year Pete Carroll’s team has basically followed the same script, overcoming a subpar performance by Wilson to rally to a comeback overtime win over Green Bay in the NFC title game. 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

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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Inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship

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Football Version of Final Four Should Be Interesting

By John Ventola

College football programs across the country are preparing themselves to enter the College Football Playoff National Championship (CFP) era in three weeks. The ultimate goal for each school will still be to grasp that hard-earned national championship trophy after the season’s last game in January, 2015, but the process will be different, the prized trophy will be different, and programs, players, and fans will all have to make various adjustments to the new system. Continue reading