Daily Sports Roundup 1/2/08

There were only a couple of stories worthy of writing about today so here they are:

SMU Wants June Jones: Hawaii head coach June Jones just finished the final year of his contract with the Warriors and SMU has shown interest in the coach. Hawaii went 12-1 this year with their only loss yesterday to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Jones has spent the last 9 years in Honolulu, compiling a 75-41 record and making a BCS Bowl this year. SMU is prepared to offer Jones between $1.5-1.7 million a year while Hawaii has yet to negotiate with the coach. I’m sure they will make a bid for Jones and I hope Jones accepts an offer, even if it is for a little less. He has done such a great job in Hawaii and the school loves him.

BCS Bowls A Bust, So Far: Yesterday was the first day of BCS Bowls with the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl. Unfortunately, the games were one-sided and were not close for long. USC destroyed Illinois 49-17 in the Rose Bowl while Georgia beat up on Hawaii 41-10. Hawaii and Illinois were both underdogs going into the game and rightfully so. Some experts believed that the Warriors and Illini could pull upsets, but neither had a chance. They both were dominated in all statistics and both quarterbacks struggled mightily. Hawaii’s Colt Brennan threw three interceptions and zero touchdowns while the Illinis’ Juice Williams threw 2 interceptions and also did not throw a touchdown. For those college football fans looking for close the games, the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl were both disappointments. For those fans looking to change the college football playoff system, then they were happy. USC and Georgia both looked capable of playing in the National Championship Game. There is hope though, as West Virginia and Oklahoma face off in the Fiesta Bowl tonight. It should be a close, hard fought game and I am looking forward to watching it. Continue reading “Daily Sports Roundup 1/2/08”

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Daily Sports Roundup 12/30/07

A light day in sports so far, but it is still early. Then again, it is Sunday and besides football, there isn’t much else.

Week 17 of NFL Season: Today is the final week of the NFL season and there are still a playoff spot in each league up for grabs. The Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans both control their own destiny and only need a victory to clinch a playoff spot. The Redskins face the Cowboys at 4:15 and the Titans face the Colts at 8:15. The Cowboys and Colts will likely rest their players as they both have to look ahead to the playoffs. If the Titans or Redskins lose though, it opens up the door for the Browns and Vikings respectively. If the Redskins and Vikings both lose, then the New Orleans Saints have an opportunity to steal he last playoff spot.

Patriots Are Perfect:The Patriots wrapped up their perfect season last night, barely. The Giants played a strong game, but fell apart down the stretch. Down by 12 in the 3rd quarter, Maroney ran for a 6 yard touchdown run to make the score 28-23, Giants still leading. 8 minutes later in the 4th quarter, Brady threw a 65 yard touchdown pass to Moss to give the Pats the lead for good. That pass gave Brady his 50th touchdown pass of the year and the reception by Moss was his 23rd touchdown catch of the year. Brady broke Peyton Manning’s record of 49 touchdown passes in a season while Moss broke Jerry Rice’s record of 23 touchdown receptions in a season. They waited until 11 minutes left in the 4th quarter to break the records, but nevertheless came through. The touchdown put the Pats up 31-28 and they never looked back. Continue reading “Daily Sports Roundup 12/30/07”

2007 NFC Preview

Here is the NFC:

East

  1. Philadelphia Eagles
  2. Dallas Cowboys
  3. New York Giants
  4. Washington Redskins

The Eagles will have Donovan McNabb back for their season opener, anmcnabb.jpgd still have Brian Westbrook at running back. The receiving core is solid, making the Eagles a constant threat on offense. Defensively, the secondary is also solid, but their 2006 run defense was horrible. A new linebacker core including Takeo Spikes should make the Eagles greatly improved in that aspect of the ball. This team is completely capable of a Super Bowl run. The Cowboys are returning an excellent offense with Tony Romo at QB Julius Jones and Marion Barber at running back, and Terrell Owens receiving. The Cowboys’ biggest weakness was their defense, and they are slightly improved this year in that category. With Bill Parcells no longer coaching, the player seem to be more confident, especially defensively where players were living in constant fear of failing Parcells. Unlike the Eagles and Cowboys, the Giants seem to be on their way down as Tiki Barber’s retirement leaves Tom Coughlin with no legitimate running back. That means the bulk of the offense will be on the shoulders of Eli Manning. Even if Manning has a breakout year, it still may not be enough without any kind of a running game. Defensively, the Giants are mediocre and did very little to improve over the off-season. Michael Strahan’s holdout did not help the team focus during camp either. This team has a possibility to be good, but it is much more likely that one thing will go wrong, distract the rest of the team, and then destroy the season. The Redskins have no real Quarterback, a depleted running game, and had the league’s worse defense last year. The offense will surely struggle, but the defense is more important to the Redskins. They completely changed their starters and brought in a bunch of new faces to try to reinvent their defense. The Redskins show very little promise and will not win many games until they can find a franchise quarterback and young defense. Continue reading “2007 NFC Preview”