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2012 National Championship Diary

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Well this diary only covers the 1st half, as the game was over then.

Pregame thoughts- I like the use of the word hiney by Pollack and Barrett Jones is the guy on the team that nobody wants to play in Words with Friends.

8:00- Have to make sure to put in a plug for the city of Miami- the most American of cities.

8:09- Wish that Brady HOke could have been the guest coach at the game having played both teams. I bet I can guess who he would rather play again.

8:21- Notre Dame also trails in bowl wins by a lot because they lost 9 in a row.

8:22- Chance Warmack needs to pull his shirt down, this program is rated TV G.

8:29- Did OSU really beat Miami for the 2002 title?

8:30-Kickoff, times will now be given based on the game clock.

1st Quarter

14:50 – ND looked good on the first run of the game.

14:10- Wide open receiver off PA

13:39- 10 yard run up the middle plus a facemask. Bama gets to the ND 30 without any difficulty. Time to see if ND can still dominate in the redzone. And an offsides penalty.

12:03- Alabama 7 – Notre Dame 0. Easy TD run by Lacy. That was about the worst start that Notre Dame could have asked for. Time to start praying.

11:21- Big 3rd down for the Irish. Can’t go 3 and out here.

11:14- ND is getting time to throw and having opportunities by the sideline on what looks like a good catch by Eifert who is a tough matchup for a corner 1 on 1. Can’t believe it wasn’t reviewed.

11:03- Well a bad kick catch interference call keeps the ball with Bama and ND has 35 yards of penalties in 4 minutes.

9:47- 3 & 1 very easy for Alabama on a run between the tackles.

9:14- Another open receiver for Alabama off Play Action, but its not converted.

8:49- Lacy is #2 in the SEC in rushing yards, Number 1?... Johnny Manziel.

6:50- Alabma already over 100 yards.

6:39- Another easy first down on 3rd and 1 up the middle.

6:14- ND is burned on play action once again. Alabma 14-0.

5:10- ND first attempt to run up the middle is stuffed.

4:31- Alabama getting the ball back. 21-0 at the end of the first?

4:22- Brent creeping on the crowd again with McCarron’s girlfriend. Reminds me of Brady Quinn’s sister/ A.J. Hawk’s girlfriend in the Fiesta Bowl in 2006.

3:34- Another big pass for Bama. Maybe we can just watch McCarron’s girlfriend instead of the game.

2:30- ND actually stuffs a run.

0:30- On the bright side, ND beat Cincinnati in basketball.

0:00- I want to go to Monster’s University

2nd Quarter

14:56- 21-0 Alabama, 2nd time the camera has gone to McCarron’s girlfriend. His girlfriend 2 – Notre Dame 0, make it 3-0. And more comments by the announcers.

14:51- Finally a good play for Notre Dame.

14:22- Notre Dame is not going to run well in this game. They couldn’t run against a terrible Purdue defense.

13:20- Well this is headed to be a repeat of the 2004 title game between Oklahoma and USC.

11:48- And Alabama will punt!

10:39- Alabama will not be run on two plays in a row. And Clinton-Dix is one of my favorite names in college football- the only one to cause a presidential impeachment.

8:56- Lacy just broke Motta’s ankles

7:15- McCarron has all the time he wants to throw. I wish this game were Alabama vs. Oregon.

6:52- Notre Dame catches a punt backtracking at the three and is tackled immediately.

4:18- Well this has been a great game.

1:37- How did Notre Dame not bring Yeldon down to force 4th down.

Halftime- Alabama 28, Notre Dame 0. Game Over



Bleacher Report

Posted on July 8, 2011 at 6:38 PM Comments comments (0)

I have just started writing on bleacher report. My first article is about NCAA violations and penalties, focusing on 1981 Clemson and 2004 USC. I will often publish articles there based on the stats from this site, along with some additional pieces.

NCAA Basketball National Championship

Posted on April 5, 2011 at 3:08 PM Comments comments (0)

Being from Indiana, I was pulling for Butler last night. Last year, I had the privledge of going in person to watch them play Duke at Lucas Oil and let me say I am quite glad that was the Butler championship I went to. Last night was an awful end to a great tournament and the college athletics school year. The tournament was a great one; all four elite eight games were entertaining til the end, both final four games were fairly close, and the final four had a 3,4,8, and 11. Yet, the game last night was a disapointment. 18.8% are you kidding? Butler was about as likely to get blocked than they were to make a field goal. With how bad Butler played, they still could have won the game. Stigall gave them a six point lead at the beginning of the second half, but from there it was horrible. Missed lay-ups, dropped passes, missed open looks, all around offensive struggle for Butler, and UConn for that matter. The game wasn't pretty for Butler or basketball fans as a whole, but Butler's story still is. The last two years saw what will most likely be the most impressive run in the history of college sports, with a Horizon team, in today's era, reaching back-to-back championship games. They were the second non-BCS team to make back-to-back title games (UNLV being the other) since the field expanded to 64 teams and the sixth overall. The difference between Butler and UNLV though is that UNLV was a favorite to win the title going in and had many future NBA players, 2011 Butler most likely had 0. Butler was also the first team to make back-to-back final fours seeded lower than 3 each time. Butler's story is one of the greatest and most impressive in the history of sports, a story of guys who, according to Pitt Forward Gilbert Brown, played harder than anyone else. They fought til the end and gave it there all. They taught the world that it isn't just McDonald's All-Americans that determine the National Championship, but the players who know that "It's the name on the front of the jersey, not the back, that matters". It's too bad that Hinkle Fieldhouse will only hang side-by-side National Finalists Banners, but in 20 years, I bet more people will remember that Butler went to back-to-back title games than can name who they lost to.

Until fall...


Posted on December 16, 2010 at 4:11 PM Comments comments (0)

New Mexico: BYU over UTEP

Humanitarian: N Ill over Fresno

New Orleans: Troy over Ohio

St Petersburg: So Miss over Louisville

Las Vegas: Boise St. 35 Utah 20

Poinsettia: Navy over SDSU

Hawaii: Hawaii over Tulsa

Little Caesars: Toledo over Fla Int

Independence: Air Force over Ga Tech

Champ Sports: WV over NC St.

Insight: Missouri over Iowa

Military: Maryland over ECU

Texas: Illinois over Baylor

Alamo: Ok St. over Arizona

Armed Forces: SMU over Army

Pinstripe: Syracuse over Kansas St.

Music City: UNC over Tenn

Holiday: Nebraska over Washington

Meineke Car Care: Clemson over USF

Sun: Miami over ND

Liberty: UGA over UCF

Chick-fil-A: S Car 37 Florida St. 28

TicketCity: Texas Tech over NW

Outback: Penn St. over Florida

Capital One: Alabama 30 Michigan St. 13

Gator: Miss St. over Michigan

Rose: TCU 28 Wisconsin 24

Fiesta: Oklahoma over UConn

Orange: Va Tech 27 Stanford 23

Sugar: Ohio St. 31 Arkansas 24

GoDaddy.com: Miami (Oh) over Mid Tenn

Cotton: A&M 20 LSU 17

Compass: Pitt over Kentucky

Fight Hunger: Nevada over BC

National Championship:

     This game isn't a fifty point shootout as some expect it to be. Both teams run the ball well and even with the fast pace offenses, the game doesn't get too out of hand. Both teams have over a month to prepare and the defenses should know what to expect. The key is what defense can step up to the challenge and what defensive players stand out. Fairley will be huge for Auburn as he is an all-america and a difference maker. For the Ducks, who can step up and stop Newton? Someone will have to. When all is said and done on Jan. 10, Auburn (30-24) will be the 2010 champion. Will they still be in 2013?

Looking Ahead To 2010

Posted on July 8, 2010 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

For me, the new season of college football begins in mid-July with the release of the NCAA Football video game. As that is next Tuesday, July 13, I have started really thinking of next year. My Boilers are looking at a 7-5 season at best, mostly due to the easy schedule they play, not talent. But, with Purdue not in the national picture, which is the norm, although basketball is a different story, I always look for a team that has a legit shot at a title that I can route for, small conference teams aside, as everyone routes for them, if only Boise St. can pull if off in FedEx Field agianst VT we may have a first national title game with a small confernce team. That  is one reason for a tournament, but that isn't happening next year, so no point considering it for title contenders for 2010. (By the way, I have my opinion of a playoff/tourney on a seperate page). The team I am routing for is acually anyone outside of USC (not an issue this year), Ohio St., Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame (even though they have no chance). The same teams as every year. All I know for sure is that 2010 will be an end of an era for college football, so hopefully it's one to remember (by Boise winning it all perhaps).