A Speech That Should Be Required Viewing For High School Graduation

Every college baskbetall season, we see the clip of Jimmy Valvano’s “Don’t Ever Give Up Speech from the 1993 ESPYs. The foundation continues to raise money for cancer research. They play clips frequently, but I whole-heartedly believe the entire speech, which checks in around 10 minutes, should be required viewing. Seriously, I watch it at least once a year. You should too. Even if you have seen it before. Watch it again. Then go live it. The rest takes care of itself. While you are at it, go watch Stuart Scott’s too, then wipe away the tears, come back and … Continue reading A Speech That Should Be Required Viewing For High School Graduation

College Football Power Ratings Week 14

Between the Macbook biting the dust and travel by both me and my boss in consecutive weeks, it has been about a month since I was last able to update my power ratings for college football. The holiday week allowed me to finally get them updated this week. This is my first update since the Tua injury, and Alabama slides down to number four in my rankings. That is probably a spot or two higher than most, as I’m giving credit to Nick Saban to be smart enough to negate some of the dropoff through game plan. I think his … Continue reading College Football Power Ratings Week 14

Will Leitch Weighs In On Deadspin

Having gone to school at Eastern Illinois University in the late 90s, early 2000s, and working sports for the local Charleston radio station, Will Leitch popped up on my radar early in his career. Before “the break” with Deadspin. We orbited the same circles at just slightly different paths in Coles County. Will had ambition and pursued it. He caught his break nationally in 2005. That was the same year I found my home covering local sports here in Fairfield, after working for three radio stations, a TV station and my hometown paper for a spell throughout college and shortly … Continue reading Will Leitch Weighs In On Deadspin

College Football Spreads Week 10

Here are this week’s college football lines vs. the Vegas lines. The big match up of course is Georgia vs. Florida. This line has been moving this week, so chances are you could find a number you like for either team. I have Georgia at -4.8. In Washington vs. Utah, the Utes are three point favorites, and I have that game at just a 1.5-point difference. The other top 25 match up is SMU at Memphis, where I have the Mustangs covering. Away Home IAW Vegas West Virginia Baylor -19.9 -18.5 Georgia Southern App St. -15.8 -15 Navy UConn 25.5 … Continue reading College Football Spreads Week 10

College Football Power Ratings Week 10

After not getting to update last week, here are the updated IAW ratings. And yeah, we have a new number one. With Tua out, I have Ohio State 3.4 points better than Alabama. With Tua healthy, I would still have them about 1/2 point better. Rank Team IAW RTG 1 Ohio State 0.0 2 Alabama 3.4 3 Clemson 4.1 4 LSU 6.3 5 Oklahoma 8.6 6 Georgia 9.9 7 Penn State 11.3 8 Wisconsin 12.1 9 Auburn 12.6 10 Utah 13.9 11 Oregon 14.3 12 Michigan 14.6 13 Florida 14.7 14 Notre Dame 18.0 15 UCF 18.2 16 Washington 18.3 … Continue reading College Football Power Ratings Week 10