A look at this weekend’s conference championship games, Reverse Barometer style. Consider your picks wisely; pick the opposite of what I say (Except for Bama. Even the Barometer can’t beat them).
ACC Championship: Clemson vs. Virginia Tech
The question is – which Clemson team is going to show up? The one that lost to Pitt and should have vs. NC State? Or the one that beat Louisville and home and Auburn on the road? This game will have the biggest impact on the playoff because the Hokies have the capability of eliminating their entire conference with a title game win. The Tigers should win, but you never know with this bunch. Clemson 36, Virginia Tech 27
Big Ten Championship: Wisconsin vs. Penn State
Two Big Ten teams may still get in the playoff. The weird part – the winner of this game might not … Read More »
“How are you doing?”….“Isn’t this sad?”….“I feel sorry for you.”
I’ve been getting a lot of that since the Mavericks season started, and potentially imploded soon thereafter. My answers to those questions, comments and many others of their ilk is always the same — I have the honor and privilege that only 29 other people in the world have — to do radio play-by-play in the greatest basketball league in the world. I get to watch the greatest players in the world do their thing, while also watching how coaches try to scheme to allow or prevent those players from doing their thing. It’s the greatest job anyone could ever have. So, the Mavericks are off to a horrible start. Maybe they won’t be able to recover from their 3-13 start. Maybe this is, indeed, the end of a glorious period. … Read More »
ARLINGTON – It’s a classic cliche that is often applied to a Dallas-Washington meeting: “Throw the records out the window!’’ But in fact, in the history of this epic NFL series, team records are actually very predictive. To wit, coming into last Thursday’s Thanksgiving meeting at AT&T Stadium:
*When it’s the Redskins with a winning record, the Redskins are 23-10
*When it’s both teams with the same records, the series is 14-16-1
*When it’s the Cowboys with a winning record, the Cowboys are 28-17-1
And as Dallas came into the game 9-1 … guess what happened?
“’It’s a helluva ride,’’ Dallas defensive back Orlando Scandrick to me after the Cowboys’ 31-26 win. ‘And it’s just now beginning!’ Dallas is on quite a roll, with its two rookie MVP candidates taking lead roles. QB Dak Prescott accounted for two touchdowns and running back Ezekiel Elliott ran … Read More »
That moment when you realize that history is repeating itself…
That moment is happening around here. The 2016 Cowboys are already being compared to the team that lead this franchise to Super Bowl XXVII. There are similarities, but beware the differences.
The similarities seem so obvious. This team has a modern day version of the triplets. Back in ’92 Troy Aikman was in his fourth year as quarterback of America’s Team and he was a steady hand on the rudder. Steering this ship through a 13-3 regular season and a return trip to the playoffs.
Unlike Dak Prescott, Troy was not replacing an injury-plagued, aging and wildly popular veteran. But Troy was a part of a quarterback controversy. Then coach Jimmy Johnson drafted the quarterback that helped him to a National Championship in college. Steve Walsh was the second overall pick in the NFL supplemental draft … Read More »
ARLINGTON – Last Monday I offered some pre-game “FishTips’’ as your guide for the Ravens-at-Cowboys match-up. Now, in review of Dallas 27, Baltimore 17 … How’d I do?
FISHTIP 1: I said Dez Bryant was working through the emotions of the passing of his father and that dealing with the loss included Dez’ Saturday attendance at the Saturday funeral in Lufkin. But physically? Despite appearing on the pregame injury report — “back’’ — Bryant told me it was a “take-an-aspirin’’ sort of issue.
RESULT: “I was no big deal,’’ Dez told me after a win in which he totaled six catches for 80 yards and two TDs, but refused to bask in credit over the big numbers. “We’re for one another. That’s it.’’
FISHTIP 2: I said that Ezekiel Elliott would face his truest test of the year in Baltimore’s best-in-the-NFL run defense, … Read More »
FORT WORTH—On Saturday morning, the TCU Horned Frogs host the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Amon G. Carter Stadium. For the Cowboys (8-2, 6-1 Big 12 Conference), currently ranked No. 11, the goal is simple — win and remain in contention for the conference title.
Mike Gundy’s Pokes have won six straight conference games and four of their last five against the Frogs. But due to previous scheduling quirks, the Cowboys, 2-1 on the road this season, haven’t won in Fort Worth since 1947.
OSU brings its high-powered offense which features a passing attack averaging 348 yards per game, sixth-best in the nation, to Fort Worth to face a pass defense allowing 262 passing yards per game, 101st in the nation. Despite that glaring discrepancy, Gundy isn’t taking Gary Patterson’s Frogs lightly.
“They’re a good team. They’ve got a good coaching staff,” Gundy said … Read More »
As our country is still trying to digest the results of the Presidential election, and pollsters and mainstream media remain in shock after collectively “blowing it,” the predictive world of sports took a punch to the gut as well. You see, there have been a handful of reliable old stand-byes in sports that have stood the test of time when it comes to letting us know who the next resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will be. But now decades of “sports accuracy” have fallen by the way-side, along with Mrs. Clinton’s White House hopes.
Let’s start with college football and the SEC in particular. Leave it to Alabama to not follow script and lose as they were supposed to do, as they spit in the eye of tradition with a 10-0 victory over LSU on November 5th. With their shutout win, … Read More »