More than somewhat surprisingly, Kubiak stepped down after the season finale due to health can’t help but recall some of our more memorable days, often which came in past opening weeks of the college season.
We also fondly recall many of the legendary gridiron greats we have had the pleasure of following, though, as a byproduct of the passing of time, we are inevitably losing more and more of the all-timers who contributed to so many of those past remembrances.
A culture change in the new front office, plus skipper Torey Lovullo, completely altered the dynamics from a dysfunctional 2016 team.
If there is an “over” in Phoenix it will likely be calls from potential suitors at the trade deadline; Bledsoe, plus two of the few vets on the roster (Tyson Chandler and Jared Dudley), figure to be the depth in the East is negligible, the top-tier teams will likely meet less resistance as they move past 50 wins. GM Danny Ainge looks as if he has assembled the most serious threat to Le Bron James’ streak of seven straight East titles in Miami and Cleveland.
The abundance of pieces for the Celtics now includes new additions Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, plus Marcus Morris and Duke rookie Jayson Tatum, all of which should more than make up for the departure of there is a Wild Card team capable of making a deep run this October, we suspect it’s the Arizona Diamondbacks (8-1).
But we finally must admit to some satisfaction at the reaction of the majority of those who cover the games in regard to the NCAA’s recent ruling (or non-ruling) regarding the academic fraud investigation at North Carolina, as outlined in depth in last month’s , our annual reminder of time gone by is the week USC and Notre Dame tangle; this Saturday the hostilities between the Trojans and Fighting Irish will be renewed in South Bend.
For one of only a few times in recent years, there is some meaning attached to this week’s gridiron festivities beneath the Golden Dome; both are relevant again and ranked at the same Washington Wizards (48 ½) are probably among only four East teams (with Cleveland, Boston, and Toronto; add Milwaukee to the list if you wish) capable of getting to 50 wins, which the Wizards just missed a season ago.
The Garden State’s latest attempt to legalize single-game, Nevada-style sports betting (chronicled in depth on these pages since 2012) has been road-blocked in federal court, but after its latest rejection by the Third Circuit, New Jersey connected on a Hail Mary pass when the US Supreme Court decided in June to hear the case ...
Mike Riley’s dismissal after desultory 4-8 campaign, the worst in Lincoln since the pre-Bob Devaney days of 1957 under Bill Jennings, was more telegraphed than one of George Foreman’s roundhouse rights aimed at Muhammad Ali in the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle.Beau Baldwin, recent HC at Eastern Washington, appears an inspired hire. No one expected the Bulldogs to beat Alabama and Washington, but FSU scratched out spread covers vs. the line for Tedford, who seems to have things much better organized than recent years in the Central Valley. The latest house-cleaning in Santa Clara, however, looks as if might stick, as the new braintrust of HC Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch made the NFL sit up and take notice on draft night, culling three extra draft picks from the Bears just to move down one spot (from 2 to 3) in the first round so Chicago could take North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky, who wasn’t on the S. Entering 2017, however, the Hawks are off consecutive ignominious playoff exits, and have to be satisfied with that one Super Bowl win and recognition as the NFC’s only team with at least one playoff win in five consecutive...After a five-year run as AFC West champions, capped by a victory in Super Bowl 50 over Carolina, Denver fell back a couple of notches in 2016 when adjusting to the loss of future HOF QB Peyton Manning.Arizona also made plays all over the field this season to help its staff, which sets up well for the playoffs In the past, we have periodically published the list when appropriate, usually when there was a change at the top, which is why we haven’t seen fit to update the rankings in print since 2007, when the all-time result would remarkably change Justin Wilcox, Cal... But because most of the national sports media follows a curious narrative, the recent academic scandal at North Carolina and, to a bit lesser extent, Louisville’s current mess with the NCAA, continue to receive much less attention than the various misdeeds of either should warrant.The Bears are 3-0 SU for Wilcox, who has them playing defense in Berkeley for the first time in years, while new o.c. to be as bad as they were in last year’s 2-14 debacle. Five more trades followed, including one with Seattle so the 49ers could steal, who looked on their way to multiple titles a few years ago, with a young, championship-level core that won Super Bowl XLVIII in a romp and if not for a temporary loss of consciousness the following year would have won back-to-back Supes.Former HC Gary Kubiak, struck by migraines while breaking in inexperienced QB Trevor Siemian and rookie Paxton Lynch behind a thinned, rebuilding OL, saw his offense stall too often in 2016.