Tough Loss could benefit Mustangs

The Mustangs had high hopes and big expectations coming off winning both the regular season conference championship and conference tournament championship. Coming in as a number six seed, they expected to make a deep run into the tournament and hopefully surprise even more people than they did last season with an NIT Championship game run. But Larry Brown had his Mustangs expecting to surprise the world and make a deep run into April. But even he knew the first game would be as challenging as the last game. Continue reading

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Texas is 3-0? Who would’ve guessed it?

 At the Start of the season, I was figuring Texas was looking to bounce back with a solid 8 win campaign and I had them being 2-1 after the first three games, but that was the best case scenario. Fast forward to the season and the Longhorns just had their way with UCLA and are now 3-0. This is a surprising revelation for any fan, even the most optimistic and diehard fan had to figure that a 3 -0 start wasn’t in the cards for this team. Given the fact that Garret Gilbert was the starting quarterback, there wasn’t any sign of hope for this to happen.

 

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89 in a row for UCONN Women; Did anybody notice?

First off, let me congratulate the University of Connecticut Women’s team for an amazing feat of 89 wins in row. That is just an astonishing feat for any team, men’s or women’s basketball. But other than a scroll across the bottom of ESPN, how many people outside of Storrs, Connecticut really saw this or paid attention? This has been such a small story in the national media that I didn’t even know they were nearing the feat itself until I saw on “Outside the Lines” segment yesterday. For the true hardcore women’s basketball fans and followers this is a huge ordeal, but that is such a small amount of people that it wouldn’t even make a blip on the radar.

Had this been a men’s team making this kind of push towards a record, there would have been 2 or 3 daily stories on the front page of every major sports media outlet, it would have been the talk of the country for months. While this may seems unfair and almost a sexist thought. All I have to say is sorry, but the truth hurts. Men’s basketball is followed coast to coast and is in our faces year round with great recruiting and breaking news stories. Meanwhile the women’s game seems to fade outside of the campuses that have top programs.  So, yes while this is a great record to behold and something for these women to be proud of and past players to cherish in. The average joe sports fan probably won’t even click on the story. It is just a painful truth that women’s sports in America don’t even garner a grain of interest from the average fan.

What I learned – Championship Week

Yesterday was the last full Saturday of the College football season and boy was it exciting. While it is sad that this will be final full weekend for now. It went out with a bang. So here is what we know after this last weekend of the season.

SMU vs UCF
While this game wasn’t on a lot of peoples radar, this was still an interesting game to watch. SMU kept having chances to get back into this game and make it interesting down the wire. But UCF was able to make the plays and put themselves in position to win this game. While it was a bummer to see them lose this game, SMU has come a long way in two seasons under June Jones. SMU will be back to compete for the Conference USA again. Meanwhile UCF may have made the best case for them to get an invite into the Big East conference.

Oregon vs Oregon St.
While it looked from the start that this game was going to be a tight one and possibly an upset minded Oregon State was more ready to play. It only took a matter of time before Oregon got their offense going and pushed their will on their rival. Oregon was playing for their chance to go to Glendale and play for the National Championship. They punched their ticket with ease and will now have over a month to prepare. And they will need every practice to get ready for their next opponent.

Auburn vs S. Carolina
This was supposed to be the game of the day. Everyone was figuring this would be a tight game with an Auburn victory, well, you got half of it right. Auburn took advantage of every opportunity and ended up make this a run away. Cam Newton all but locked up his bid for the Heisman trophy in this game. Now Auburn has punched their ticket to Glendale to face Oregon. Auburn has been one of the better teams all season and they can now prove it.

Virginia Tech vs Florida St.
This game started like it was going to be a track meet, but unfortunately for Florida State couldn’t keep up. Virginia Tech has really turned their season around after their 0-2 start. They finished on a 9 game winning streak and will get to play in a BCS bowl. Should be a good building tool for next season.

Nebraska vs Oklahoma
This is the final championship game  for the Big XII. It turned out to be the most exciting game of the night. Nebraska was trying real hard to win the final championship and skirt their way to the Big Ten conference. Instead, they get beat again in Dallas. They will now pack their bags for their new conference and hope to have more success there. Meanwhile Oklahoma finished a good turnaround after their dismal season last year. They will play in the Fiesta Bowl against an at large team which is to be announced.

Honorable Mentions
It was an interesting day to say the least, we had a story of a Cincinnati mascot getting ejected from their game yesterday for throwing snowballs into the stands. This has been a bad year for mascots all around. The Big East conference got their champion in a doozy of a game with UConn winning the game with a 50 yard field goal. Another interesting story came out of Los Angeles, where fans from USC and UCLA got into a brawl where two men were stabbed and a cop had a broken hand. In the end, that put this game on the map and made it some what news relevant. Otherwise nobody outside of Los Angeles wouldn’t have cared about this game.