Monday, December 31, 2012

My Writing for New Year's Eve 2012

My take on the importance of having a bowl game at Cotton Bowl Stadium on January 1.

Stepfan Taylor's importance to the Stanford Cardinal in tomorrow's Rose Bowl.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

My Writing for 12/30/2012

A Flashback of the 2000 Rose Bowl. This year's game and that year's game features the same matchup, though a lot of things are reversed. But there are things that are the same about these two games as well. Kind of amazing how history comes back around, even if there's 13 years in between.

My look at the running attacks in Capital One Bowl. Both Nebraska and Georgia have been powered by great running this season and it is that running that should power this game.

How the Wisconsin Badgers' running attack needs to be used so the team can win Rose Bowl. The past two Rose Bowls have provided disappointment and heartbreaking for myself and so many others in Wisconsin or who are just Badgers fans. Hopefully this year can bring a different result.

My Writing for UFC 155

My recap of the UFC 155 prelims. Guillard/Varner was worth the wait after the fight was delayed two weeks due to Varner being sick. Pickett/Wineland had some sickeningly loud punches landing during their bout. Not too bad an undercard considering the absence of star power.

My recap of the UFC 155 main card. Velasquez dominated dos Santos on his way to a second heavyweight title while Miller and Lauzon tore the house down with their bout. Constantinos Philippou put his name into the middleweight title picture and Yushin Okami may be climbing back up in the middleweight rankings.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

My Writing for 12/29/2012

The Michigan Wolverines have had some player issues before the Outback Bowl. This looks over those issues while examining what the effect will end up being for the Wolverines on New Year's Day when they play the South Carolina Gamecocks. This bowl game is an interesting matchup and style clash for those who know of these teams or have seen them in action this season.

Follow UFC 155 results at MMA 101

My predictions for the main-card:

Brunson over Leben
Belcher over Okami
Philippou over Boetsch
Miller over Lauzon
dos Santos retains heavyweight title

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

My Writing for 12/26/2012

A look at the distinctly opposite offenses and defenses in this year's Chick-fil-A Bowl. LSU will be providing the defense while Clemson, Tajh Boyd specifically, will be providing the offense.

Monday, December 24, 2012

My Writing for Christmas Eve

Yes, even on Christmas Eve I'm writing something.

The LSU Tigers are in Chick-fil-A Bowl this season. In the eight seasons that Les Miles has coached the Tigers, they've been to two Chick-fil-A Bowls.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

My Writing for 12/23/2012

My recap of yesterday's Tomasz Adamek/Steve Cunningham fight. It was for Adamek's IBF North American heavyweight title and potentially a shot at Wladimir Klitschko and ended in controversy. Not the good kind of controversy like with the first three Pacquiao/Marquez decisions, the kind of controversy like the Pacquiao/Bradley decision.

Friday, December 21, 2012

My Writing for 12/21/2012

No fucking apocalypse. World still goes on, just as expected by sane people. Anyone who bought into that bullshit for even a second, I can't help you, and probably nobody else can either.


Jerry Kill, the coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, has had issues with suffering seizures during games in recent years. His latest was at halftime of the Golden Gophers regular season finale November 24. If they win the Meineke Car Care Bowl, part of it may be that they were playing for him, though I hate attributing that to a team's win no matter the sport.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

My Writing for 12/20/2012

A preview of the defense, if any, that will be in Meineke Car Care Bowl between Minnesota and Texas Tech. Both teams, especially Tech, live by the offense. Both have played good defense in a few games this year, but it isn't what either team is all about or what got either team to a bowl game.

Who Should be on MMA's Mount Rushmore?

I found this article yesterday and after looking through it, I'm actually okay with this foursome. Three of them are must-have's on any Mount Rushmore for MMA. I'm still not completely sold on Anderson Silva just because there's already Brazilian representation. Not to mention that there are plenty of other names that could go along with the other three like Bas Rutten and Randy Couture that could be right up there instead (especially Bas). Still, a good article and a perfectly acceptable Mount Rushmore. Again, it's what mine would be with one exception.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My writing for 12/19/2012

Larry Merchant announced his last fight for HBO boxing this past weekend. This an article with my thoughts on Merchant's time with the network and time ringside as both were very important to my development as a boxing fan and writer.

The return of my Wild Weekends college football column. This week: Johnny Heisman and whether I think he can win a second one.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My Writing for 12/18/2012

My latest slideshow for Rant Sports: the Top 15 quarterbacks heading into 2013. I did this under the assumption that juniors would be coming back for their senior seasons. So this list could be funny as hell to look at in as early as a month from now.

Monday, December 17, 2012

My Writing for 12/17/2012

Aaron Murray apparently couldn't sleep that well in the week or so following the SEC title game. Murray quarterbacked the Georgia Bulldogs in their 32-28 loss to Alabama. Tough loss no doubt, but they're still playing on January 1 and Murray needs to remember that.

The story of Nick Griffin, a backup running back for Mississippi St. who will not play in the Gator Bowl with his team because of a really bad knee injury. Pretty sad considering Griffin's gradual improvement in his first two years at the school as well as how that translated into much more playing time this season.

Hector Lombard rebounded from a very poor UFC debut with a first round knockout victory this past Friday. Lombard wants Bisping, but will he get him? Time will tell.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

My Writing for 12/16/2012

My take on why the SEC is the best conference in college football. I know their nearly decade reign of terror should speak for itself, but I had to chime in.

A.J. McCarron announced that he is returning to Alabama for his senior season. Win or lose in Miami, the Tide became favorites to take it all next year simply with this move. If not favorites, then second or third best chance to take it next season. And this season isn't even over yet. That says a lot about a team doesn't it?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

My Writing for 12/15/2012

My first ever slideshow article, but hopefully not even close to my last. My picks for the best Big Ten plays of the season. Probably not too many surprises, but awesome plays are pretty easy to identify.

My recap of tonight's Nonito Donaire/Jorge Arce bout. Donaire is a star, all it's going to take is the masses getting on board. That might be tough, but if he has longevity and can become the next Pacquiao like I think he has the potential to be, it could be done.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Writing for 12/12/2012

Ooooooooooh, spooky. The month, day, and year are the same. Anyway, onto my writing for the day:

My thoughts on bowl games on December 29 & New Year's Eve

A preview of this weekend's Masakatsu Funaki/Volk Han fight in Japan. This should be a feeding frenzy for any old-school MMA or Japanese pro wrestling fan.

My thoughts on bowl games on New Year's Day.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

My Writing for 12/11/2012

These are my thoughts on all the college football bowl games through December 28.

An article about the Pacquiao/Marquez ending this past Saturday. I go over the ending, how things got there, my thoughts on the ending, and then a personal take on the whole thing.

Monday, December 10, 2012

My Writing for 12/10 & 12/11/2012

Got a big, heaping helping of my writing today. Forgot to post the links for stuff that was out yesterday, so I combined the two. It was a big weekend and now it's about spending Monday completing the weekend's work.

My recap of Pacquiao/Marquez IV. If somehow you don't know the results I won't spoil anything. But for those who do: was that a fight or was that a fight?

This is a retrospective of Pacquiao/Marquez I that I wrote on Yahoo! Expect similar articles for the second and third fights soon.

My recap of the UFC on Fox 5 prelims. There were a few nice knockouts including Daron Cuickshank's KO win, which was an easy knockout of the night in my opinion.

The news today is that Marcus Lattimore will be entering the NFL Draft instead of playing another year at South Carolina. Good move when everything is weighed in.

My recap of the UFC on Fox 5 broadcast from this past Saturday. Glad to see the ratings went up a little for this one as it was a pretty stacked card, even though the national T.V. broadcast in August was a much better show than what we got on Saturday. Maybe their national T.V. broadcast in late-January will feature another really stacked card that produces the kind of fights that UFC put on national television back in August.

Friday, December 7, 2012

My Writing for 12/7/2012

My look at tomorrow night's fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. It is the fourth fight between the two with other fights taking place in 2004, 2008, and 2011. I'm a big fan of both (Marquez more) and am always at the edge of my seat when these two step into the ring against each other. Plus, my thoughts on Pacquiao/Mayweather.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

My Writing for 12/6/2012

After Bret Bielema shockingly left Wisconsin to take the open head coaching job at Arkansas, Barry Alvarez will come out of retirement for one game to coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl on January 1st. After watching Alvarez as coach of the Badgers from childhood into college and win three Rose Bowls along the way, I'm pretty pumped about this actually.

The downside of the Wisconsin Badgers search for a new head coach comes with Paul Chryst, former offensive coordinator for the Badgers, is no longer a candidate for Wisconsin job. It's really too bad because I'm 99.9% sure they won't find a guy who's as good a fit for this job as Chryst is.

Monday, December 3, 2012

My Writing for 12/3/2012

My look at the Wisconsin Badgers' running game in this past weekend's Big Ten championship game. The Badgers' running backs totaled 539 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground in their 70-31 win. They will now play Stanford in the Rose Bowl. This is the Badgers' third straight Rose Bowl; the last Big Ten team to go to three straight Rose Bowls was Michigan in the '77-79 games. They lost all three and the Badgers will suffer the same fate with a loss on January 1.

The Georgia Bulldogs' defense held Alabama virtually in check during the first half of this Saturday's game. But the fact that this game turned into an instant classic meant that there wasn't a lot of defense from either side in the second half.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

My Writing for 12/1/2012

My analysis of the two freshman sensations at running back that helped Alabama and Georgia create a classic SEC title game. The game didn't start out that way, but man did it become a tense, suspenseful and entertaining football game. See, SEC football ain't so bad after all.