Author Archives: Chris Cassidy

2018’s Way-Too-Early Top 25: Who Will Be the Class of College Football Next Fall?

Now that your heart rate has slowed after Monday’s national title game, you must be clamoring for more football.  As we enter the two-month college football wasteland before spring practice begins in earnest, it’s time to look ahead to…read more

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Ohio State football: What Jerome Baker’s NFL draft decision means for Buckeyes

Preparing for NFL defections is one thing, but replacing a truly unique playmaker such as Jerome Baker is another. Ohio State is recruiting at a high level and has no shortage of candidates waiting in reserve for a shot…read more

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Jaguars coming full circle under Tom Coughlin with playoff win

Back in the summer, on the day before training camp opened and months before these Jaguars would brand themselves “Sacksonville,” executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin sat in his old office and explained that…read more

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NFL referees made plenty of ‘forward progress’ screwing up on Wild Card Weekend

NFL officiating made itself part of the story during Wild Card Weekend. At one point things got so bad it prompted Fox’s rules expert and the league’s former VP of Officiating, Mike Pereira, to publicly call out the men wearing … Continue reading

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Trump the target of protests at college football championship game

President Trump was greeted by a roar of cheers and a smattering of boos as he stepped onto the field Monday night for the biggest game in college football, while activist groups demonstrated a president who has used sports to incite political…read … Continue reading

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WATCH: Trump Takes the Field at College Football Playoff National Championship Game

President Trump appeared on the football field ahead of tonight’s College Playoff National Championship Game in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs will face off tonight, but before the game began, Trump…read more

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McElroy: The NFL isn’t dead, but it lost its Teflon coating

What I learned in sports this week is that the NFL’s ratings were down this year. Again. A year after watching its TV attendance dip 8 percent in 2016-2017, the NFL ratings collectively fell 9.7 percent this past season. Those … Continue reading

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Jon Gruden on Raiders coaching job: ‘Nothing’s official’

Jon Gruden’s contract — a mammoth one — is still being worked out, but with a number like $100 million and multiple reports packing his backs for the Bay Area, ESPN decided to acknowledge the news. ESPN broadcaster Sean McDonough … Continue reading

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Alabama’s Scott Cochran got in trouble for smashing College Football Playoff trophy

Scott Cochran doesn’t like second-place trophies. That was made abundantly clear when a video emerged this week of Alabama’s strength and conditioning coach smashing the Tide’s runner-up trophy from the 2016…read more

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College Football Playoff: Epic ticket demand has prices high, fans facing dilemma

The voice on the other end of the line played for Alabama, coached at Alabama and wants no part of seeing Alabama on Monday in the College Football Playoff National Championship. There is too much money to be made in … Continue reading

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Georgia football’s title hopes may rest in the legs of a bespectacled former walk-on

Look closer and Rodrigo Blankenship is much more than a glasses-wearing kicker…read more

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Gallup poll: Football loses some fans, still Americans’ favorite sport

The sport of football has taken a public relations beating in recent years, but it’s still by far the most popular spectator sport in the U.S., according to a recent Gallop Pole. Conducted in early December, the poll found out 37 … Continue reading

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Trump duped a lot of NFL football fans

I am having trouble understanding how so many football fans can be so successfully trolled by Donald Trump. The football players taking a knee prior to kick-off is not in any way intended to show disrespect to the flag or … Continue reading

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Khan: Jaguars ‘maybe not the biggest idiot’ in football

With the Jacksonville Jaguars hosting a wild-card game, and threatening to make a deep run in the playoffs, Shad Khan is very much enjoying his I told you so moments this week. On Thursday, the Jags owner touched on a … Continue reading

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Georgia football: Kirby Smart guarding against emotional drain on Bulldogs

ATLANTA — It took two overtimes for Georgia to finally beat Oklahoma and claim its spot in the national championship game. Each extra second added more drama — and more reason for coach Kirby Smart to worry about the needle on … Continue reading

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We need a 64-team College Football Playoff to decide national champion

Bless your heart. You thought split national championships died years ago, and now there’s a Group of 5 team scheduling a parade and handing out title bonuses to its coaching staff. Like it or not, UCF has raised an important…read … Continue reading

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College Football Playoff Controversy Is 100 Years Old—Just Ask Georgia Tech

Want some real national championship controversy in Atlanta? Go back 100 years to 1917, when Georgia Tech (sort of) ruled college football…read more

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For the N.F.L. Playoffs, Much Has Changed. Then There Are the Patriots.

In the N.F.L.’s first game this season, the New England Patriots lost at home by 15 points. The Patriots defense gave up 42 points and 537 yards. Tom Brady did not throw a touchdown pass and was sacked three times. … Continue reading

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Randy Moss, Terrell Owens among Hall of Fame finalists

he list of 15 Modern-Era Finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 features five players who are finalists for the first time. The group includes four first-year eligible nominees…read more

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College football’s breakout players for 2018

Before the 2017 season kicked off, Stanford’s Bryce Love was known as Christian McCaffrey’s backup. Jake Fromm was Georgia’s other young quarterback, the pace car for Jacob Eason. You had to look down Wisconsin’s running back depth chart to find…read … Continue reading

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