BBB: Results // As of 11/25/13

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Six games in the books and it’s not looking pretty for little Nicky. But you know what the best part about Bowl Season is? We are just getting started! There are 29 games left! And if you are into comedy like us, you know that there are 2 dozen teams playing bowl games in January, and playing in January just doesn’t mean the same as it use to.. according to Iowa State Athletics twitter account – wait, what? The Cyclones have never played a Bowl Game in January! How would they know if it’s the same as it use to be?! = COMEDY!

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NICK’S PICKS = CAPS   Adam’s Picks = Bold

Gildan New Mexico Bowl:

  • WASHINGTON ST v. Colorado St // Adam 

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl:

  • USC v. FRESNO ST // Adam

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:

  • San Diego St v. BUFFALO // Adam

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl:

  • TULANE v. LA Lafayette // Adam

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl:

  • EAST CAROLINA v. Ohio // NICK

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl:

  • Oregon St v. BOISE ST // Adam

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What to watch this Thanksgiving!

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You have two choices this weekend.

One, hang out with all the family and talk about what you’re doing in a year, hearing that they can’t believe you’re growing up so quickly, and wondering when you’ll be getting married.301330_10150347611903695_135356403_n

Or, you could cut all family ties and watch the amazing slate of sporting events. Every year Thanksgiving has some NFL games and recently Iowa has started to play on Black Friday.  This year, with the Thanksgiving later than usual, we get rivalry week for college football on Saturday and some of the best matchups you will be seeing all season.

Bonus!  College basketball has tournament time and even better, the Hawks will be playing all weekend!  Dreams really do come true.  Oh yeah and that thing called professional basketball is on too.  You’re sure to catch a good game or two if you desire.

Here’s what to watch on this sports filled weekend of giving thanks to the Pilgrims:

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Because I can and I love college basketball more than anything else… (thinking)… yup more than anything else, I am starting this off with the previews of the 3 tournaments to watch this weekend.

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  • First round matchups:
  1. KU v. Wake Forest.
  2. Villanovia v. USC.
  3.  Tenn v. UTEP.
  4. Xavier v. Iowa.
  • Favorite = Kansas:  Like that’s saying much.  They’re #2 in the nation and tout one of the best freshman classes.  A win over Duke already on the year has them in prime position to take this tournament with ease.
  • Sleeper = Iowa: Watch out for the Hawks.  They have one of the deepest rosters in the nation, yet haven’t played a team with a pulse yet. Some competition could be a proving ground for this team destined for big things, or it could be a disaster

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  • First round matchups:
  1. Purdue v. Oklahoma St.
  2. Butler v. Washington St.
  3. Memphis v. Siena.
  4. LSU v. St. Joseph’s
  • Favorite = Oklahoma St:  Marcus Smart has this team ranked in the top 5 and anything but a title in this tournament will be a disappointment.
  • Sleeper = LSU: Offensive rebounding and an efficient defense might be enough to help them overcome their lackluster three point shooting and shock the world.

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  • First round matchups:
  1. Miami v. George Washington.
  2. Marquette v. Cal St. Fullerton.
  3. Charleston v. San Diego St.
  4. Creighton v. Arizona St.
  • Favorite = Creighton: The Blue Jays have one of the best players in college basketball and have played the game the way it should so far this year, landing in the top 10 in points, assists (currently leads), and FG% in per game stats.
  • Sleeper = Arizona St: They already knocked off Marquette earlier this week so the sky is the limit in the tournament for them… as long as they escape the first round matchup with Creighton.

NFL-Thanksgiving

What is the one thing you’re thankful for on Thanksgiving?  Family?  Friends? Health?  Money?  A job?  How about a slate of football games all day?!  They may not be the best games of the week, but with the Cowboys playing, you know at least one game will be close.turkey

  • Packers v. Lions (NFL) – The Scot Tolizen experiment was a dud, but Matt Flynn sure looked good last week.  He’s going to need to work his magic because with Megatron, Stafford, and Bush on the other sideline, you know this one will be a shootout.
  • Raiders v. Cowboys (NFL) – The game this family will be most excited to see better not be much of a game.  Somehow though the Cowboys will keep it interesting until Romo pulls out the win, one can only hope.
  • Steelers v. Ravens (NFL) – Both of these teams were hoping for more this year.  By some miracle, they still both have a chance for the final wild card berth because the AFC is so weak.  Winner sets themselves up perfectly, while loser might as well start playing Madden, because they’d be about as close to the playoffs as they’ll get.thanksgiving-fans-800

Hmm…  Do I want to sit outside in the freezing cold for that TV I don’t need or do I want to watch football?  Like that’s even a question.  Black Friday is meant for football.  I don’t need to deal with the crazies that go out Friday morning.  I get enough stress from self-checkout at Wal-Mart.  I couldn’t handle it.  I’d much rather sit back and watch some football and I think you should too.HGhyveeblack

  • Iowa v. Nebraska (NCAAF) – This rivalry game hasn’t been that great the past two years, but it looks like it’ll be different this year. The Hawks are riding high after a come-from-behind win over the Wolverines last week and are looking to finish the season on a high note with 3 straight wins and an 8-4 record.  The Cornhuskers meanwhile are sitting at 8-3 right now, but it hasn’t looked pretty. They are hoping that they can pull off the win this week and salvage the season and maybe Coach Pelini’s position as head ball coach.
  • Oregon St. v. Oregon (NCAAF) – The Civil War is taking place this week.  No, its not between the North and the South.  Actually this part of the country wasn’t even around during the first Civil War.  Why is their rivalry named after it then?  All confusion aside, last week I would have said this one would be nothing to see, but after Oregon’s loss to Arizona, Oregon St.’s chances got a whole lot better.kevin-durant-nba-playoffs-2013-game-4
  • GS Warriors v. OKC Thunder (NBA) – You get one good game of basketball the day after Thanksgiving, but what else are you going to watch. By the time the game tips off, Oregon will probably be blowing out Oregon St…  Back to basketball though. Two of the top teams in the West face off and its sure to be a good one.  I am fully on board the Warriors band wagon and can’t wait to catch this one.  Steph Curry for President.

When Saturday rolls around, you’ll most certainly be hungover. If you did things right. And you will most certainly have leftovers. If you did things right. It will seem like Monday morning with all the sports that have taken place thus far. But its not. The family is heading back home and you’ve got more football to watch. Oh, and basketball.

  • 1959_Auburn_vs_AlabamaAlabama v. Auburn (NCAAF) – The Iron Bowl.  The West division crown.  National Title implications.  The state of Alabama. It’s all on the line for this one.  Can the Tigers knock off the Crimson Tide and move on to the conference title game?  Will the Crimson Tide get that marquee win and continue to show they are the most recent version of a college football dynasty?  We’ll find out come Saturday.  Can’t wait!
  • 1962_Clemson_vs_South-CarolinaClemson v. South Carolina (NCAAF) – The Battle of the Palmetto State takes place with huge implications for BCS at-large berths.  Clemson won’t be going to the ACC title game, but a win would surely give them an at-large berth.  South Carolina is praying for a Missouri lose, but if that doesn’t happen, could still make it as an at-large team with loses by Auburn this week and Missouri the next.
  • Notre Dame v. Stanford (NCAAF) – I can’t even predict football anymore.  My record for Iowa football shows that.  What I can predict is that this game will be completely unpredictable.  Notre Dame has beaten USC, Arizona St, and Michigan St, yet lost to Michigan and most recently Pitt.  Stanford has beaten Arizona St, Washington, UCLA, Oregon St, and even Oregon, yet lost to Utah and USC.  This one will be good.  I can predict that.
  • Texas A&M v. Missouri (NCAAF) – The two newcomers to the SEC have been absolutely fantastic since the move. Granted A&M is in the midst of a disappointing season and most likely going to lose the most fantastic player college football has seen, but they could still salvage something by knocking of Mizzou.  Meanwhile, a win is all that Mizzou needs to set up a conference title game versus Alabama or Auburn.  Be careful what you wish for.
  • tumblr_lvaruev0Bm1qc7tt1o1_500UCLA v. USC (NCAAF) – The Battle of LA.  No I don’t mean the sneaky good Hollywood movie about an alien attack.  I mean the Bruins and Trojans showdown in the Coliseum.  There is nothing on the line other than bragging rights.  Both teams were hoping for more this season, but going out with a win over a hated conference rival would sure help ease the pain.
  • Houston Rockets v. San Antonio Spurs – If you lived in Central Texas and weren’t going back home for Turkey Day, this might be a good game to go watch. The Spurs, minus Duncan, have looked good this year and the Rockets should be better. Even though I have completely lost all respect for the man, I still want to see Dwight Howard in person. Dude’s a freak of nature. Oh and because I have complete respect for the man, I want to see James Harden in person. #FearTheBeard

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Sunday fun day:

  • Horse_fillies_colts_foalsTitans v. Colts (NFL) – Humor me and let me say this is a game to watch this weekend.  I know I’ll be watching.  And praying.  A lot.  Mainly that they can actually look competent because the last 4 weeks have been a disaster.  A Titans win would mean the division is back up for grabs.  Uh-oh.
  • Broncos v. Chiefs (NFL) – This rematch now, actually means something. Even though the Broncos won round one, with both teams losing last week, and the playoffs nearing – things are getting serious. You don’t want that 5th seed in the AFC. Win or probably have a really rough time in the playoffs.
  • gal-december-38-jpgIndiana Pacers v. Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) – Every Sunday morning I wake up before church. And pop in the Larry Legend Documentary. Once it’s finished, I say grace. And it’s off to the temple. Now that Larry Legend is back in Indiana, back with Indiana – I think it’s safe to say this team is going to make moves in the Eastern Conference. Speaking of making moves, the Clippers were suppose too once Doc Rivers came to town. That’s a good start. But Blake Griffin still has room to improve and with Deandre Jordan at center.. Let’s just say it’s know ’08 Celtics. Yeah. I’m not bitter at all. If you are looking for a change of pace, turn the channel over to some round ball and check out this exciting matchup. Amen.

Will you still have leftovers come Monday and or will your significant other still be talking to you? That is the real question here.

  • Saints v. Seahawks (NFL) – The video below is the only thing I know, and you ever need to know about the Saints vs the Seahawks. Happy Holidays!

Best and Worst of the Weekend

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Nicholas:

BEST // Auburn winning on a Hail Mary after Georgia took the lead just one minute before.

WORST // Standford chokes against USC a week after upsetting Oregon.

Adam:

BEST // The Dallas Cowboys had a BYE week. Didn’t lose.

WORST // Mark Martin’s “final” NASCAR race took place in Miami after 31 years racing in the Sprint Cup Series.

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Looking Ahead to the 12th Week of College Football

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Football started early this week as Northern Illinois avoided an upset against Ball St 48-27 last night.  This Thursday isn’t quite as exciting as last weeks was, although a Georgia Tech, Clemson showdown is nothing to scoff at.  And even though the Hawks are off this week, there’s still a good slate of games to catch for the weekend.  Here’s what to watch:

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  • Iowa St. v. Oklahoma – JOKES! ISU is going to lose by 40.  Move along now.
  • 106597163_crop_650x440Michigan St. v. Nebraska – It’s hard to believe, but the Cornhuskers control their own destiny in the Legends division.  A win, however, will not be easy, as the leagues best defense comes to town in the Spartans.  This promises to showcase all the glory (or boredom) of Big 10 football.
  • Georgia v. Auburn – The Tigers are trying to get back to the Cam Newton glory days.  Getting rid of Gene Chizik was a good start and now they are 9-1.  A win here would set them up for a showdown against #1 Alabama, where the winner would advance to the SEC title game.
  • Mack_Brown_Texas_Horns_up2Big 12 Battles – Two very important Big 12 games with league title implications are on the slate this week.  The first has Oklahoma St traveling to Austin to face a Texas team that is somehow undefeated in Big 12 play (I hate ISU, but they were screwed in that one).  A Texas win would narrow down the field to 2 for the title, while a Texas loss is just what fans want, so they have an excuse to get rid of Mack.  The night game is a faceoff of teams traveling in opposite directions.  The Red Raiders have lost 3 straight, after starting the season 7-0.  Meanwhile, Baylor has beat every team they’ve faced handily, as Oklahoma was no contest last week.  My prediction: this one won’t be close.
  • Stanford v. USC – Remember when Daniel Tosh, err I mean Lane Kiffin was fired?  All USC has done since then is go 4-1 and set themselves up for a Gameday stop as Stanford comes to town.  The Trojans are hoping they can catch the Cardinal off guard, after their impressive win over the Ducks.  A win here for Stanford would add to an already spectacular résumé.

Oh’s Knows’ The Steve Lattimer Game of the Weak:

THE CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (1-9, 0-7 Pac-12) at THE COLORADO BUFFALOES (3-6, 0-6 Pac-12) 

The Pac-12 gets no love you say? What about Stanford you say? What about all the East Coast bias?

MV5BMTM0ODI4NjA2OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzQ3OTQzOA@@._V1._SX640_SY742_Well how about you toughen up the cupcakes you got down there in the bottom of your division. You’re only as good as your weakest man right? Now listen up – take a knee, helmet’s not a chair.

If you can’t win ball games you can’t win viewership. Enough said. What’s that? The SEC has a couple teams who haven’t won conference games? Yeah, but they are on the East Coast. And they got Bama. And other teams that aren’t Oregon and Stanford.

Listen. Calling it right now. These teams will find a way to lose. Both of em. First time in the history of College Football. Maybe.

Oh yeah they are going to put up points. Lots of points. They both sling the rock relentlessly but also rank 2nd and 5th worst in all of College Football for points against. But you don’t got time for that.

Trying to save you here. Defense wins you championships  not offense. Just ask Trent Dilfer. And the ’03 Chicago Cubs. Or me. Steve Lattimer.

No place at the table for the Pac-12. Better luck next year when there’s a playoff system. But you’ll probably still get screwed then too. And always remember, “The NCAA will be testing on Saturday.”

But not for Marijuana.

What We Learned // College Football Week 11

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Finally a shakeup in the BCS.  The Ducks were sent packing in the late edition of Thursday night football, after the Bears’ domination of OU.  Famous Jaemis lead his team to an easy victory and the #2 spot in the BCS polls.  Here’s what we learned this week.

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  • Stanford’s One of the Best – Stanford put on a show for the home crowd and showed their worth one Thursday night, albeit a late rally by Oregon in the 4th made this one closer than it actually was.  They’ve now beaten five ranked opponents and one has to wonder if they could jump one of the unbeatens in the BCS rankings.  It might be hard for them, however, considering they lost to the lowly Utes of Utah.
  • Baylor Passes First Test – What was more impressive in this one?  The offense or defense?  While the O sputtered in their first couple of drives, the D contained the Sooners’ attack.  At the end of the 2nd quarter the offense finally turned it around and scored on 3 straight drives to basically put this one in the bag.  Up next are the slipping Red Raiders.1110_SPO_FOOTBALL_11-1024x711
  • Bowl Eligible – The Hawks became bowl eligible this weekend with a big win over the Boilermakers. Looking at the record (6-4), some may say this season has been kind of disappointing.  However, considering how close the games have been and the combined opponents’ record of our losses (32-3), I’d say it’s been a pretty good year for a young team.  “In Kirk We Trust!”
  • The Best Around – After that dominating performance over LSU can one even make a case that there is anyone better than the Bama.  Yes, if the Aggies had a defense they might have lost, but we can’t count that against them.  They’ve beaten every team on their schedule since and beaten them handily.  They have two weeks before they play another tough matchup; at Auburn. #RollTide

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BARNEY STINSTON’S LEGENDARY PLAY OF THE WEEK:

Because how often are you going to hear, “Muffs it.” And “Take it all the way,” in the same sentence? Gross.

Looking ahead to the 11th Week of College Football

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What a week of football we have ahead of us.  If you aren’t excited for it, then I don’t know what will get you going.  Maybe curling or something weird like that.  There are two prime time matchups on Thursday that you can’t miss (I will.. Stupid night class) and two more on Saturday that are sure to be just as good.  Here’s what to watch this weekend:

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  • Thursday Night Madness – Hide yo kids and hide yo wife.  You will not want to be disturbed this Thursday night.  It starts off with #6 Baylor playing host to #10 Oklahoma.  The Baylor offense has embarrassed every team it has played, raking up almost 70 points and over 700 yards a game so far this year.  Oklahoma better come prepared because this one may get ugly in a hurry.  Big time title game implications are on the line in this one as #3 Oregon travels down to the Golden State to face off against #5 Stanford.  Oregon’s offense is nearly unstoppable, while Stanford’s defense is the only one to have shut down Mariota in his career.  Winner of this one can pack their bags for the Pac 12 title game.7765750
  • Nebraska v. Michigan – The obligatory Big 10 game of the week looked a lot better before the season started.  Two teams that are looking to salvage their seasons face off as Michigan is looking to rebound from the beating they received from in-state rival MSU.  Meanwhile, Nebraska pulled out a victory over the reeling Wildcats, avoiding a two game losing streak.  Let’s hope this one turns out to be a decent game, and can preserve the Big 10 name (thankfully basketball is almost here).
  • Va Tech v. Miami – In the early 2000s, this was the matchup to see.  Since then, Miami has gone through a rejuvenation period, while Va Tech has stayed the course and let Frank Beamer guide the ship.  Miami lost star running back Duke Johnson last week, while Va Tech lost some of it’s pride the past two weeks losing to Duke and Boston College.  Both teams are hoping to get out of their current tailspin and have a shot at Florida St in the ACC title game.
  • 111204_alabama_lsuLSU v. Bama – One of the final speed bumps in route to Pasadena could end up being a pot hole as #1 Alabama faces off against #13 LSU.  Alabama has played nearly flawless football since their victory over Texas A&M in week 3.  The press has spent more time covering Nick Saban’s potential move to Texas than this team’s on the field performance, but that’ll change this week.  The past 3 regular season contests have been decided by a combined 10 points and one can only imagine we’ll have another close one here in Tuscaloosa.

What We Learned // College Football Week 10

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Another day, another depressing Iowa loss.  Great defensive play was negated by horrendous offensive play.  Moving on past Iowa, this week was filled with blowouts and very few upsets as the Top 10 didn’t see much change.  Here’s what we learned:

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  • MSU – Facing their toughest opponent remaining on their schedule, the Spartans came away with a huge rivalry game win, dominating the Wolverines and proving yet again that their defense isn’t a fluke.  A win over Nebraska in two weeks would almost surely set them up for a title game showdown against the Buckeyes
  • #2 is Up for Grabs – After Florida St. demolished MIami and knocking them from the ranks of the unbeaten, they moved into the #2 spot in the BCS standings.  How long that’ll last depends on Oregon’s next matchup.  As long as these two stay undefeated, it’s going to come down to the wire.526c92d90ca92.preview-300
  • NIU v. Fresno St. v. ND – One of these three teams will most likely sneak into a BCS bowl game, as Northern Illinois and Fresno St remained undefeated, while Navy almost upset the Notre Dame.  A matchip against Stanford can almost assuridly count out Notre Dame, while NIU might leap frog FSU, as they have a conference championship game.
  • Big 12 Title Race Thinning Out – After Oklahoma St knocked off Texas Tech the race for the title was trimmed down to 4.  Texas stayed undefeated in the conference with a win over Kansas, while Baylor and Oklahoma stayed undefeated because you can’t lose on a bye (crazy I know).  In the coming weeks, all 4 teams face off and will help determine who the title winner will be.

THE BARNEY STINSON LEGEND-I HOPE YOU’RE NOT LACTOSE INTOLERANT-DARY PLAY OF THE WEEK

No brainer.

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