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Ara Parseghian and the Tie of the Century

August 18th, 2017 · No Comments · College football

In 24 seasons leading four college football programs, Ara Parseghian‘s teams won 170 games, lost 58 and tied six. Improbably, he is best-remembered for one of the six ties. In what was widely described as The Game of the Century, Parseghian’s top-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish made a point of running out the final 90 […]

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USC at Alabama, Rams at Houston: The College/NFL Doubleheader

January 6th, 2017 · No Comments · College football, Football, NFL, Rams, USC

Ah, memories. This collection seeped into my consciousness when prompted by the discovery that the Oakland Raiders are playing at Houston on Sunday … and remembering I had covered an NFL game in Houston. At the Astrodome. While covering the Los Angeles Rams. In 1978. A long, long time ago. And I was pretty sure […]

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USC Back Where It Belongs?

January 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · College football, Football, USC

Wow. It had been that long? I covered at least 15 Rose Bowl games, maybe 20, and  should have known this. But I may have mentioned I’ve been away. What I know for sure is that USC is supposed to 1) be in the Rose Bowl more often than this and 2) win the Rose […]

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Good News! Army 21, Navy 17

December 10th, 2016 · 1 Comment · College football

Certain great sports rivalries tend to attract and then polarize fans. Not much gray area when you consider Real Madrid and Barcelona. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Federer and Nadal. And, in Amercan college football, Army and Navy. I am an Army fan. I’m not exactly sure why, but I am. Perhaps […]

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The Fall of Troy

September 3rd, 2016 · 1 Comment · College football, Football, Los Angeles Rams, Rams, USC

If it were not already time for this, it certainly is now: We no longer can consider USC a “football” school. Not after what Alabama did to the Trojans in their open tonight … a 52-6 blowout, nationally televised, that made the Trojans look like chumps. Not after compiling a overall record of 57-28 since […]

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NFL’s Dolphins and a Worst-Case Draft Night

April 28th, 2016 · No Comments · College football, Football, Los Angeles Rams, NFL

Well, this is the sort of nightmare scenario for NFL teams who inevitably say: “We did our homework.” Not talking about the Los Angeles Rams here. They needed a quarterback and they took Jared Goff of Cal with the first pick in the draft — the safer (and perhaps duller) choice between Goff and the […]

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Leicester City Fans Make the Earth Move

March 10th, 2016 · No Comments · College football, English Premier League, Football, soccer

It’s been that kind of season for the Leicester City soccer team, a club that has never done much of anything but now leads the English Premier League by five points with nine matches to play. Leicester (pronounced “LESter” by the English, despite all those other letters) looked a cinch to be relegated a year […]

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USC Football: Chaos and Defeat

December 30th, 2015 · No Comments · College football, Football, USC

Wow. What a mess. USC football may be at a low ebb, at least in this century. The coaches and players who contrived to lose to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl tonight constitute a program that is in trouble. The Trojans, over decades, have too often embraced the dim-witted arrogance of the biggest and most […]

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Supersoft Twins: Arsenal and UCLA

December 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Arsenal, College football, English Premier League, Football, UCLA

I am a fan, more or less, of the English Premier League club Arsenal and the American football team from UCLA. It occurred to me today why it is that I settled on each of them: My own appreciation of skill and style … ahead of the more significant essence of physical and mental toughness. […]

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The Warriors and NBA … in Control on December 25

December 25th, 2015 · No Comments · Basketball, College football, NBA

The NBA has taken over Christmas Day. Not long ago, this was a day ceded to second-tier college football bowl games. The Blue-Gray game was the first thing up. Maybe the Sun Bowl in the afternoon. Nothing that mattered much. For decades, the NBA didn’t do much to take the day away from the random […]

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