Old School – Top 10 Contenders to the BCS Title – Week 10

What a saddening, disappointing, heartbreaking week in the college football world. Unless you’ve been living under a rock or on an expedition in the Antarctic, you know by know the big scandal that broke this week in State College, Pennsylvania. The scandal has lead to the firing of long-time head football coach Joe Paterno.

Bryce Johnson and I covered this a good bit on Friday’s SPORTS YAPP podcast (listen here), and I just want to a quick take here in my column what I think… Continue reading

SPORTS YAPP: Week 9 Recap And Week 10 Fantasy Predictions

Most Impressive Performance:  Willis McGahee made a huge difference in the Broncos offense on Sunday, and that translated into a very impressive fantasy day as well.  He rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns. If he stays healthy and keeps running like that, fantasy owners will be very satisfied.


Pleasant surprise: Julio Jones caught two monster touchdowns for the Falcons and bounced back from a hamstring injury with a strong performance for fantasy owners.


Disappointing surprise:  Fred Jackson has been great all year long, but against the Jets he wasn’t able to get into the end zone and only rushed for 82 yards… Continue reading

Another Angle: Attack of the wasps

Growing up a Colts fan, I loved punter Hunter Smith. I even listened to his old band “Connersvine” throughout college. And now—even though he’s retired—I love him even more, especially now that I know him. The dude is hilarious.

Last Thursday and Friday, I met with him and All Pro Dad’s Darrin Gray to work on a new project in conjunction with Sports Spectrum called “The Jersey Effect.” (We’ll give you more details later.)

“Ya know,” Hunter said Thursday morning as we sat in his basement. “If my voice is going to be the main one in this book, it needs to be humorous. I’m a funny guy.”

Little did I know… Continue reading

In the News: Jesse Williams

High jumper Jesse Williams was honored on Tuesday as a recipient of the Jesse Owens Award. This season, Williams became the first American to win a world high jump crown since Charles Austin in 1991. Managing editor Brett Honeycutt’s story on Williams was featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Sports Spectrum.

U.S. Olympian. Three-time U.S. champion. Four-time NCAA champion. NCAA field athlete of the year.

Those are Jesse Williams’ accomplishments.

But it’s not what defines him… Continue reading

SPORTS YAPP: Week 9 Power Rankings

1. Green Bay Packers- If they want to go undefeated, they will. 2. Baltimore Ravens- Joe Flacco and the Ravens got a much-needed confidence boost by completing their sweep against the Steelers. 3. San Francisco 49ers- We may not know the names of the players that score their touchdowns, but the 49ers keep winning. 4. New York Jets- They were humbled with their slow start to the season. But they appear to have things back on track. 5. New York Giants- They don’t always look pretty when they win, but that’s all they seem to do. 6. Detroit Lions- I’m curious to see how their running game looks the rest of the year. Will Jahvid Best get back on the field? 7. Pittsburgh Steelers- The regular season is always important, but the playoffs are more important. That’s when we will find out what the Steelers are all about. 8. New Read More

In the News: Matt Forte

Tonight, two of the top running backs in the league in Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy and Chicago’s Matt Forte will go up against one another. Forte is averaging 155.9 yards per game and is averaging 171.3 yards in his last four contests. He also has 38 receptions for 419 yards this season as the Bears’ primary receiver. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Sean Jensen wrote this story about Forte for Sports Spectrum’s Fall 2010 issue.

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte highlighted the positive amid all the negativity last season.

After breaking the team’s single-season rushing record for a rookie (1,238 yards), Forte appeared to experience a sophomore slump and finished with nearly 300 fewer yards.

Or so everyone believed… Continue reading

SPORTS YAPP Podcast: Episode No. 7

Join host Bryce Johnson and Sports Spectrum staff writer Aaron May for Sports Spectrum Magazine’s podcast called “SPORTS YAPP.” Today on the show, they yapped about all the close games in the NFL on Sunday, LSU beating Bama, and discussed Palmer, Hillis, and Tebow. Click here to listen.

Last Wednesday, Bryce talked to ESPN’s NBA expert, Chris Broussard. Chris talks about his life, his career, his faith, LeBron James, his relationship with Skip Bayless, and a little Christian hip-hop. Click here to listen… Continue reading

Old School – Top 10 Contenders to the BCS Title – Week 9

Something I want to talk about this week is the lack of respect being shown to the University of Houston.

The Cougars are 8-0 and are ranked 13th in the BCS standings. The Harris poll and the USA Today poll have them ranked 14th. The one component that is helping them is the computers, where Houston and Oregon are both 13th!

I guess no one saw Case Keenum throw for nine touchdowns last week against Rice! Nine! That’s 63 points!Now I know what you are likely thinking or are about to say. Houston plays in Conference USA, they have a pass-happy offense, which skews statistics, and the Cougars have yet to play a ranked opponent.

So why should they be ranked higher?

Let me explain. Continue reading

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