Tag Archives: TCU

Rally Possum Super Powers At Work

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LSU Enters Super Regional With Omaha Again In Sight

State of mind plays a major part in the level of success achieved by players involved with athletics. When skill-sets and talent are comparable, confidence often determines the victor. Nowhere has that fact been more evident that the run the LSU baseball team has been on since a tiny marsupial snuck into the Alex Box Stadium outfield in the midst of a 9-1 beat down by SEC opponent Arkansas on May 7th. Continue reading

Arrieta Pitching Excellence Something To Behold

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Cubs Right-hander Now At Dominating Best

By John Ventola

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta pitched the first no-hitter of the 2016 major league season Thursday. The shutout of Cincinnati in a 16-0 blowout was Arrieta’s second no-hitter in his last eleven regular season starts, continuing one of the most dominant pitching streaks in baseball history. 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

Fournette Could Run Wild Against Defenseless Red Raiders

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Miles Reprieve And Opponent Should Result In Solid Effort

By John Ventola

LSU faithful have had thirty-one days to process the embarrassing drama that played out around Les Miles in November as the Tigers plummeted from the ranks of the unbeaten (ranked No. 2 in the initial CFP poll) to a team not ranked in the Top 25. A three-game SEC losing streak put the quirky eleventh year head coach on the hot seat, and ultimately atop the shoulders of his players following a job-saving victory over Texas A & M in the home finale, a win that literally gave him a “third quarter” reprieve from the coaches’ unemployed list. Continue reading

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

Virginia Pieces It Together To Capture First Baseball Title

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Cavaliers Win First College World Series Championship

By John Ventola

“Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus” was the title of an editorial published in 1897, about the time Thomas Jefferson’s carefully planned out university started playing baseball (1889) in Charlottesville. While most Cavalier players and fans feel that Christmas came six months early this year, sports writers across the country can write today about the wonderful present that was unwrapped in Omaha by a relentless, underdog college baseball team. Yes, Virginia, You Are The 2015 CWS Champions! Continue reading

Postseason Batting Slump and Limited Pitching Prove Too Much

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LSU Lack Of Dependable Arms Cuts CWS Play Short

By John Ventola

LSU’s seventeenth trip to the College World Series ended with a third game loss to TCU that also put the finishing touches on a 54-12 season by the Tigers. For a veteran team that was ranked near or at the top of national polls all season long, losing two straight games to the Horned Frogs might be called disappointing by some, but Coach Paul Mainieri’s ability to conceal the squad’s lack of dependable pitching depth made it one of his finest coaching campaigns in Baton Rouge. Continue reading

LSU Goes For Seventh College World Series Championship

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Tigers Go For Seven In College Baseball Heaven

By John Ventola

LSU baseball fans have enjoyed three decades of success and the team annually leads the NCAA in home attendance, but this weekend loyal purple and gold followers will again be streaming into Nebraska for the 2015 College World Series. The Tigers won five national championships under the tutelage of Skip Bertman at old Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, and added a sixth title in 2009 under Paul Mainieri, a year before the stadium was closed. Now it is time to go for No. 7 in what many consider collegiate “Baseball Heaven”, Omaha, Nebraska, TD Ameritrade Park. 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

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