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Pro Sports Wrap - by Sam Ruesler

Barner Burns USC

November 7th 2012 17:58

Even after a couple of marks in the L column for USC, the matchup against Oregon last week was huge. The Ducks were easily the favorite though they were on the road, but it was still gonna be a tough challenge. I had to work so I recorded the game; there was so much speed and so many big plays that I watched it in 1 hour. USC racked up over 600 yards while Oregon added over 700.

The score ended up being 62-51 Ducks. A lot of that had to do with Kenjon Barner, and that is why he is my player of the week. He carried it a wopping 38 times. Everytime him or one of his teammates lost yards on a play, they would come right back with a play of 10 plus yards. Barner ended up with 321 yards rushing, which averages out to 8.4 yards a carry. That is pretty insane for having carried it so many times.

He also added 5 touchdowns. We all know he has crazy speed, but there were some runs down the sideline where you had no idea how he made it through all the bodies without stepping out or being tackled. Kansas State's Klein still leads the Heisman chase, but Kenjon Barner just shot himself right into the picture.



October 31st 2012 16:52

I know the NBA season started last night with the Heat defending their title, but I'll let more games go by to start on the season. Instead I've chosen a new player of the week. Normally they perform greatly and help their team win; this weeks winner is a little different.

Name: Marcus Lattimore

Position: RB South Carolina
Year: Junior

He was one of the top running backs in the nation the moment he stepped on the South Carolina campus; having a good running back in the SEC is very important. He showed why the Gamecocks wanted him, by running for over 1,100 yards and 17 touchdowns. His 2nd year was going just as well until an injury ended his year. Lattimore came back this year ready to go and helping his team off to a fast start. After a couple of losses it was time to face Tennessee. Though the short losing streak was over, it wasn't time to celebrate.

The season once again ended for Marcus, this time with an injury that no one wants to watch happen again. All the players and coaches from both teams surrounded him on the field, showing their respect for such a great player and person. You could see the emotions on everyone's face, and you heard the respect from NFL players and opposing coaches. What he has done in a short time in Columbia makes everyone hope for his return to the field. A crunching hit on the leg also happend to Willis McGahee while he was at the U; maybe Lattimore will call him up and be back next year banging his way against SEC defenses or in the NFL.

Another Week

September 21st 2012 21:02

Coming into the 3rd week of the NFL season, which actually started last night, there were the same amout of 2-0 teams as 0-2 teams (6). That means there are 20 teams that are 1-1, the most ever. There are definitely surprise teams that fall into each of these categories. Who saw the Cardinals going 2-0 or the Saints going 0-2? The later is more believable because of all the offseason stuff. After winning week 1 Tom Brady and New England looked like an easy 2-0 start until those pesky Cardinals beat them in their home opener.

Plenty of story lines will be unveiled throughout Sunday and Monday night. Here are the things I'm looking at (including some college action).

- Will the replacement referees give the NFL more reason to lean towards a agreement with the normal refs? Or will these replacements step up and take control of these games? Players and coaches have both been taking advantage and intimidating the replacements. As long as us fans continue to watch, which there is no doubt that we will, the NFL has the upperhand. There may be some horrible calls or wasted time, but the play is still entertaining.

- Atlanta Falcons vs. San Diego Chargers. Both teams are 2-0 and have looked very impressive. Matt Ryan looks like he is ready to take that next step to being elite and bring his team with him. Julio Jones is breaking out to be amung the top receivers, while the Chargers are the hardest team to ever figure out. They normally get off to horrible starts but still make the playoffs where they lose (so do the Falcons). Then you have last year where they didn't make the playoffs in their weak division. FALCONS WIN

- Saint Louis Rams vs. Chicago Bears. Both are 1-1 and the Rams could easily be 2-0. After only winning 2 all of last year Stl looks much improved in Sam Bradford's 3rd year and under Jeff Fisher. The Bears beat the Colts who also only won 2 games last year and have a rookie qb, needless to say not an impressive win. Then they go out and get manhandled by the Packers. Cutler can't throw 4 interceptions and get sacked 7 times if they want to avoid falling to 1-2. Don't think its as bad but still no protection leads to a RAMS WIN.

- Kansas City Chiefs vs. New Orleans Saints. No team needs a win more than Drew Brees in the Saints. With all the offseason issues they have started as bad as can be. 0-2 with absolutely no defense having the Chiefs coming into town is perfect timing. KC has looked absolutely horrible; if they pull the upset off then New Orleans fans my as well take a lesson from Cub fans, "There's always next year." Chiefs are too awful and fall to 0-3 as SAINTS WIN big.

- Peyton Manning, more week 1 or 2? Really the only bad part of week 2 was the first quarter where he was obviously confused. Give credit to the Falcons defense and to Peyton for coming back and making it a competitive game. The answer is he is still Peyton Manning and will be fine. HOUSTON WINS though to go to 3-0.

- Will Jet's fans start chanting Tebow? Sanchez better hope he shows more of week 1 than 2. All I have to say is I hope its not until they face a good defense that can crush him. JETS WIN with no Tebow chants at least for another week.

- Saturday night packed with ranked games, which will I watch? LSU facing their first text in Auburn could be a good one but probably just one to watch until others get started. 30 minutes into that one Notre Dame (11) hosts Michigan (18) where the Irish will show if they are for real this year and Denard Robinson will try to come back and show what he's got. Don't know how good Oklahoma is as number 6 but they host Kansas State in a top 15 matchup. Then comes the one I'm definitely ready for, Clemson (10) at Florida State (4). The Tigers have looked really good while the Seminoles have also while not facing any real competition. Finally to close off the night and send me to bed ready for the NFL is Arizona (22) against the high power offense, lead by freshman qb Mariota, of Oregon (3).

- Will USC bounce back and crush CAL? Most likely but being upset again will be fine by me. Will any other top teams get upset? Possibilities for the upsets are Mizzou trying to get their first SEC win over South Carolina (7), an improved Vanderbilt team going down to Georgia (5), and Oregon State looking to do in for the 2nd time already this year against surprising UCLA (19).


Back for Football

September 7th 2012 17:57

Been in process of moving and finally git it done just in time for football. Having directTv is going to be great, the first weekend of college football has already proven that. I got to watch every game I wanted to live or recorded and watch great plays over and over again. Banana dominated big blue and jumped to number 1 where they should have already been. There were some great games (Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina), great debuts (Marcus Mariota), great plays. Then there were blowouts between big time programs and FCS. teams, tons of drop passes ending in interceptions, and bad debuts (Mike Leach).

I'm even more excited for this weekend; I love college football and being from Missouri I'm a MIZZOU fan and am pumped for their SEC debut. Both them and Texas A&M have already started talking shit and I have no clue why. Let your play on the field do the talking. Now if you suck it up you look even worse. I will give the Aggies a pass because it was a fan who put up a dumb billboard (they aren't too bright but think they are apparently).

On top of this its the first week on the NFL season so I'll be right here on my couch for about 48 hrs starting tomorrow morning. Perfect time to get directTv with getting Sunday Ticket for free. Only problem is deciding what game to record and which ones to watch. That along with having to get up to grab a beer or piss are gonna give me head aches. There are huge story lines; Petting Manning, rookie qb's, and backs coming off injuries. One game has already been played but to me it was kind of a let down, hopefully San Fran at Green Bay will live up to being best game if week one. Speaking of the 49ers my Super Bowl pick is Baltimore over San Francisco, the marchioness of brother coaches that came so close to happening last year.

I hope everyone us as pumped for this weekend as me. Let me have your Super Bowl picks and what else you are looking forward too.

Two Days, Two Tragedies

November 21st 2011 19:33
On Sunday, Arkansas redshirt freshman tight end Garrett Uekman was pronounced dead at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayatteville, Arkansas. Although you may not know him, I can assure you that his teammates, friends, family, and coaches knew and loved the 19 year old TE.

“Garrett’s loss is a terrible shock for the University of Arkansas and the Razorback program,” Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement. “Our sincere condolences go out to his family and to all of those who knew him. He will be missed by many friends, teammates and others throughout campus. The well-being of our student-athletes is at the very core of our mission and when a tragedy like this happens it is a tremendous loss to the entire campus community. We will work with various campus services to provide support for the Uekman family, our student-athletes, coaches and staff during this difficult time

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10/2011 Roundup: TTU!

October 23rd 2011 07:03
Dude, today was the day I immersed myself in the wonders of college football. How can it be that the World Series is somehow overcome by a sport in which players are illegally paid to play? The answer is simple; college football kicks ass. Pardon me for my language that trumps standard elementary school vocabulary, but my previously candid statement sums everything up perfectly. How else can I describe a tipped Hail Mary pass that sent one of my favorite teams to victory? Order a schadenfreude movie on DVD now! Underneath a libel washes the motorway.

Now, LSU's romping of Auburn only serves as a warning to the only other team who can play with them; 'Bama. LSU is basically saying, "Yo Saban, which just owned your rival. Come play us and see some real swag on a football field." Landry Jones and his deflated bunch have pretty much dropped themselves out of the class of LSU and 'Bama, if they were ever in that class to begin with. Oh yeah, you know, I don't care much for those damned rankings at the beginning of the season. Nobody has ever seen anybody play, so they don't mean anything at all. The term is meaningless- I know- but the nonsensical rambling of a sports blogger are droning through an equally meaningless post

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I have decided to start a new blog segment where I talk a little bit about a now retired athlete who is most likely not a well-known player. There will usually be very little information regarding the player in question, but I will try and do my best to talk a little bit about him. The inaugural historical player profile will be Dean Hamel's.

Dean Hamel was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 1, 1961 and played his college ball at Tulsa. Hamel is currently working for a company speed and agility training company called "3 Up, 3 Down" after spending six seasons in the NFL for two rival franchises

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Yeah, I haven't written about anything soccer in a while or very much on this website. It's mainly because- as an American- I am focused on basketball, baseball, and football. That's America's Big 3. What I'm writing about is obvious and overstated, but I will try and bring it into different terms. This season, there have only been three undisputed elite soccer teams in the world. Those are Dortmund- who lost to Frankfurt and are spiraling downward, Manchester United- who might not even deserve to be on this list, and Barcelona. Only the last team of those three cannot be questioned at all.

All three teams have dominated, and really I should rephrase that sentence in the last paragraph. Only one of those teams is indisputably elite. I just had to name a top three. Barcelona are mowing through the La Liga in style. Nobody can exactly romp the Champions League, but if anyone can- it's Barcelona. Usually, we find about five teams each year that are very strong. Last year, Chelsea; Inter; Barca; Bayern; and Manchester United were dominant. This year, it's been all about La Blaugrana

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