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John Madden’s Turducken and Other Treats Courtesy of the NFL on Thanksgiving

Growing up I can remember looking forward to the Thanksgiving Day football games the way a fat kid would over a lifetime supply of Twinkies. Knowing that the games were coming up afterwards were the only way I could sit through those incredibly boring parades that Mom always loved to watch. As long as I could watch some football on Thursday I could put up with an handle anything.

If only that theory wasn’t tested just about every Turkey Day. For some reason Mom would call us to the dinner table as the first game was winding down and the Cowboys were driving towards the end zone for the winning score. You’d think living in Texas you would know how important those moments were!


Butler vs. Illinois and Nine Other College Basketball Games to be Thankful for This Week

I’ve always been a fan of college hoops, but I’ve found that writing about it is a lot like coaching; you never know how much you do know until you try to write (or coach) on it. The more I delve into college basketball season the more I love this game. With 344 teams across the nation there is an endless supply of stopping points for talented players. Not everyone can go to Kentucky after all. Talent is often overlooked and sometimes it plays on losing teams in high school and lies largely undiscovered by the big programs.

What that does is open the door for smaller, lesser known schools to shock the basketball world when they take down one of the big dogs. Anyone ever hear of Chaminade before they beat Texas the other night? Probably not, but what better way for a DII program to get on the map, right?

Over the next week there will likely be more upset, blowouts, and nail biters as teams continue to find out who they are and develop into cohesive units. As more questions get answered, more will pop up? Can Indiana stay on top? Does Louisville deserve to be No. 1? Is Butler back or was the win over the Tar Heels a fluke?

Hopefully we’ll get the answers to those questions and more as the next week in college hoops plays out!

Auburn and Ohio State Fans Looking to President Obama for Help

Whenever there is an injustice in the world it is only natural to look to the highest authority figure in the land for a little assistance. Governors have been known to commute sentences; presidents have granted pardons. While a governor’s pull is limited to in-state affairs there is no power greater than that of the President of the United States (except maybe Tim Tebow).

So when the fans of the once proud Auburn Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes were not sure who to turn to with their problem they went ahead and shot for the top—President Barack Obama himself.


Heisman Winner Going to be a First of its Kind

The BCS title race has found itself turned upside down on more than one occasion the last few weeks. With current No. 1 Notre Dame playing a tough USC team this weekend (even without quarterback Matt Barkley) there is  every reason to believe that the upheaval is not done yet.

When the top teams are getting shuffled around each week the top players in the land  end up going through the same thing. At one time we’ve seen Matt Barkley in the driver’s seat. Geno Smith appeared to be a sure thing. The West Virginia meltdown opened the door for Colin Klein.


Notre Dame-USC Headline Rivalry Week in College Football

This is a week where we get to eat like an absolute pig and then lie around and watch a lot of great college (and NFL) action. Talk about something worth giving thanks for!

Rivalry games always rock, but many of them this season hold some pretty special significance in the national title chase. USC will still be tough for Notre Dame to beat even without Matt Barkley behind center. Oregon will have to win the Civil War to have a shot at getting back into the chase; something that the Oregon State Beavers will not make easy.

Alabama should have a pretty easy time hanging onto the No. 2 spot with a relatively easy match up in the Iron Bowl. Georgia could be in for a tough one should Georgia Tech get its running game on track.

Those are just a few of the many rivalry games being played this week. With at least 20 of them to look forward to starting with Texas-TCU on Thanksgiving it should be a great weekend of action!

Bart Scott’s Failed Mutiny in New York, Coaches and Commentators Gone Wild, and the Coolest 9-Year Old in Football Highlight a Crazy Week on the Gridiron

Another day, another dollar; another week on the gridiron, another week of wild craziness. I don’t know what it is, but it seems that the great game of football tends to attract some of the best and brightest along with some of the wackiest and craziest!

The past week in the game is proof positive of that. The New York Jets continued to put the Real Housewives of  [insert city name here] to shame with their entertaining yet dysfunctional antics. With the season winding down in college and NFL coaches feeling the heat, many of our fearless leaders are starting to crack under the pressure. Among all the silliness, craziness, and down right hilarious goings on in the game we still had a shining light that reminds us of all that is good in the game in the form of a 9-year old girl.


Kansas State and Oregon Go Down! (and the Rest of the Best in a Great Weekend of College Football Action)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the proverbial water! What a weekend of great college football action!

Personally, I wasn’t expecting much to happen this past weekend since so many teams were playing soft opponents (i.e. Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Texas A&M, etc.). As luck would have it the few teams that were playing competitive games more than made up for it! In fact, in the future I am all for the weekend’s slate to be just like this past weekend. Normally it is kind of tough to choose what to watch and what to DVR. Since there were only a handful of games worth watching the choice was easy.

The good thing is that the drama can only get better from here. Thanks to Baylor decimating K-State and Oregon dropping to Stanford, the national title picture is going to dramatically change again. Notre Dame is the new No. 1, with Alabama, Georgia and Florida at 2, 3, and 4 respectively.

An even harder question to answer will be how Colin Klein’s poor game is going to affect the Heisman race. Johnny Manziel looked awful impressive yet again…