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You never really know what you are going to get from a rookie quarterback. JaMarcus Russell, the number one overall pick in 2007, struggled for four seasons with turnovers and codeine syrup, and is now out of the league. Tom Brady, the number 199 overall pick in the 2000 draft, is a seven-time Pro Bowler, three-time Super Bowl MVP and is now married to a supermodel.
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Q: Between a bad breakup and the long summer, I've been out of the dating scene for a while. What are some good ideas for a guy trying to get back on the dating scene, and for a fun date on a college student budget?
Friends often tell me that the regular college basketball season doesn't matter, and that it's all about the tournament.To them I ask, are you kidding?
Jeremy Lin has taken the world by storm. He has quickly gone from nobody to "The Guy" in the biggest basketball city in the world. He has set all kinds of scoring records and has even hit a last-second three-pointer to give the Knicks a victory. It almost seems as though he has single-handedly turned the Knicks season around. He has become the true point guard the Knicks needed to effectively run Mike D'Antoni's offensive system.
First, I'd like to apologize to my fellow Giant fans. As much as I'd love to ramble for days about how they won the Super Bowl and what an amazing journey this season has been, there is a more pressing issue we need to deal with.
After longtime friend and colleague Bobby Bowden retired from coaching in 2009 after 46 years, Joe Paterno was often asked why he didn't retire as well. His answer was always, "Because after you retire, there's really only one big event left." Sadly, that took place this Sunday as Paterno died at the age of 85 because of complications from lung cancer.
This past weekend was the divisional round of playoff matchups in the NFL. For those of you who do not know, it is the second round, but the first in which the top two seeded teams from each conference participate. They receive a bye for the wild card round.
Jan. 1 it was 70 degrees in my hometown, and I was one of the many people spending the day outside. No doubt these people had made a promise to themselves to start the year off with healthy habits. It's common to make a resolution that will improve your physical health, whether it be going to the gym more often or swearing off D-hall dessert.
While spending six months in a foreign country without the radio blasting out the latest pop hits and Bruno Mars-driven rap songs, I had to start listening to the local music to get some fresh songs to ride the tube with. Because I was in England, I already knew a fair amount of bands such as Coldplay and Mumford and Sons from their breakout hits in America. It was the tips from my flatmates that allowed me to bring back my iPod filled with new songs and artists who I had never heard of, and who are frankly better than most of the stuff that goes mainstream here. I listen to every type of music, but I am going to go ahead and throw out a few artists and songs that you may never have heard of, in hopes of getting some new fans for the bands.
Now that baseball season is over, the best part of the year for every fan whose team didn't win the World Series has begun. The offseason is officially upon us. How is this the best part of the year? Well for every team besides the St. Louis Cardinals, it means hope. Even if your team has been in dire straights in past years, there is still that glimmer of hope that shines like the sun rising over the ocean in the back of every fan's mind.
A few Saturdays ago, I woke up to find my Facebook news feed blown up by statuses from "Roll Tide!" to "Geaux Tigers!" reminding me the Alabama versus LSU game was on that night. How did I find out Friday that my beloved Tarheels had beaten Michigan State? A Facebook friend had posted a link to photos of the game, which had been played on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Where did I look for controversial discourse regarding the Penn State scandal? In the comment section of my news feed, of course.
While I was leaving the University of Delaware last weekend, I was reminded that at one point this year, Richmond was ranked in the top five in the nation. After the team's seventh straight loss, a loss that wasn't as close as the 24-10 score indicated, it was easy to forget that fact.
"What's up dudes!" Pat clamors in the door, with a Yankees cap and McNabb jersey on. My godfather has always had that New York Sinatra-esque moxy, to come in a room and light up the mood. "Scott!" I hear from behind him. I know that cheery voice is my godmother Beth's. She's one of the most caring people I know. The only time I've seen her mad is when I used to call her "Mrs. Ginefra." Ironic since I now see her as my second mom. It's the first time my brother and I have seen them since the early fall, and we all embrace. Behind their parents, Marco and Jesse sift through the mix, smiling ear to ear. We smile right back. It's been so long since we've seen our family. My two god-brothers are sporting midnight green and look ready. "Let's go, Eagles," we all say.
At 8 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 5th at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the #1 Louisiana State University Tigers are facing the #2 University of Alabama Crimson Tide.
So in a week that I was referring to as practically irrelevant, what with the LSU-Alabama showdown coming up this Saturday, much has changed in the landscape of college football. While LSU and Bama were dormant this week, each still holds the top two spots in the BCS rankings. (Stanford won for the first time by less than a hundred this season, beating USC in triple overtime.) Oklahoma State, No. 3 in the polls, demolished an upstart and dangerous Baylor team by 35, while its in-state rivals, Oklahoma, spanked previously unbeaten Kansas State 58-17.
With Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder making his first start this past Sunday, it appears all the rookie quarterbacks expected to take over as his team's starter is in place (I'm banking on the Tennessee Titans sticking with Matt Hasselbeck over Jake Locker) for the season.
Years ago, when my now 15-year-old sister was still in elementary school, she dressed as Johnny Damon for Halloween. This was when Damon was still playing for the Red Sox and he was her hero. She wore his jersey and a dark wig to hide her blonde hair and painted a beard on her face. She had been planning the costume for months. Her friends were dressed as princesses and fairies and she was dressed as a Major League Baseball player. Now, she wouldn't be caught dead in that outfit, but I would consider it to be one of the greatest sports-themed costumes I've ever seen. Below are a few suggestions for those who plan on scrapping together a costume at the last minute...
It's getting harder and harder to watch SportsCenter these days. Watching them develop new ways to poke fun at my Philadelphia Eagles with cute headers like "Dream team becomes a nightmare" is bad enough. But then I've got to listen to reasons A, B, C and D for why there won't be an NBA season next year. One of my teams falling apart, I can deal with(and have...for a while), but an entire league?
A few weeks ago at a Michigan high school homecoming, the kicker for the football team, who scored the winning field goal, was also crowned homecoming queen. Brianna Amat, a senior at Pinckney Community High School joined the homecoming court, not in a dress and heels, but in her football uniform and pads. Amat, who is also a soccer player, was the first girl to make Pinckney's varsity football team.