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  • Blog Post: Bowl Journal (Dec 28)

    The season's first five bowl games all went over the point total with individual games averaging 66.8 PPG and surpassing the total on average by 12.6 points per contest. The Hawaii Bowl was the first game to stay under, as SMU's 45-10 win over Nevada stayed just more than two TDs under the closing...
  • Blog Post: Ness Notes: NBA Playoff Journal (Apr 19)

    The entire NBA 'world' (but of course NOT, David Stern and the NBA brass) was rooting for and expecting a Finals showdown last June between the Cavs and Lakers (LeBron vs Kobe). After all, for the first time in NBA history, two teams had won 65 games or more in the same season in 2008-09, the...
  • Blog Post: Bowl Journal (Dec 23)

    They are called minor bowls for a reason. The bowl schedule now features 34 games which means 64 schools are participating. With that many bowl openings, there almost has to be, by very definition, room for some schools which would qualify for the "cash for clunkers" program. Wyoming was...
  • Blog Post: "Mid-Summer Classic" (down memory lane)

    MLB's first-ever All Star game was played on July 6, 1933 at Comiskey Park in Chicago. It was promoted by the Chicago Tribune in conjunction with the city's Century of Progress Exposition (anyone ever heard of that?). It game was a big deal at the time. The retired John McGraw was in the dugout...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoffs Journal (May 10)

    There was plenty excitement in last night’s games, as the Heat needed overtime to take a 3-1 lead in their series against the Celtics while the Thunder and Grizzlies went three overtimes before settling their Game 4 and leaving the series tied at two-all. Both home teams lost, making them are 9-7 SU...
  • Blog Post: Heisman Watch (Tuesday, October 26)

    Alabama entered the 2010 season as the defending national champs and the consensus No. 1 team in the country. The Tide extended its winning streak to 19 games but lost at South Carolina 35-21 back on October 9. Ohio State, winners of 12 in a row, took over the No. 1 spot when the new polls came out the...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoffs Journal (May 26)

    The Mavs came from 15 points down with just under five minutes to go to win Game 4 in OT vs the Thunder and last night, closed out Oklahoma City with another late surge, outscoring the Thunder 14-4 in the last 4:37, turning a six-point deficit into a 100-96 win. Nowitzki hit a HUGE three with 1:14 left...
  • Blog Post: NFL Notes (Week 11)

    Michael Vick put on a clinic last Monday night as the Eagles decimated the Redskins, 59-28. Vick completed 20-of-28 passes for 333 yards with four TD passes and not a single interception. He also ran for 80 yards (on just eight carries) while tacking on another two Ds on the ground. "Jaws"...
  • Blog Post: College Football 2010: Roll Tide?

    Nick Saban's Alabama team of 2008 entered its SEC championship game showdown with Florida ranked No. 1 in the nation sporting a 12-0 record but as 10-point underdogs to then-No. 2 Florida. The oddsmakers, not the polls, had it right as the Gators won 31-20. Florida would advance from there to beat...
  • Blog Post: NBA’s Second Season

    All 30 teams were in action on the final day of the regular season (last Wednesday) with all 16 playoff berths already having been clinched. The East was settled with all eight seeds already having been decided but in the West, the Lakers, Mavs, Thunder, Hornets and Grizzlies still had some “skin in...
  • Blog Post: NFL Notes (Weeks 1 & 2):

    The Saints and Vikings opened the 2010 NFL regular season on September 9, a rematch of last year's NFC championship game which the Saints won 31-28 in overtime. This game was nothing like last year's shootout, as the Saints prevailed 14-9. It's somewhat ironic that 2010's first game fell...
  • Blog Post: CBB Notes (BracketBusters & More)

    The BracketBusters started back in 2003 with the intention of helping out the little guy. The theory being that mid-major schools would get an opportunity to face a quality opponent with a chance of hopefully improving its at-large status. However, in practice, the fact remains that there are very few...
  • Blog Post: NFL Notes (Week 7)

    An age-old axiom says you need to run the ball to win in the NFL and for those who believe in that, the following numbers will support that belief. Teams with the most rushing yards in a game are 65-25 SU (.722) and an equally impressive 61-27-2 ATS (69.4 percent) after six weeks. Teams who have run...
  • Blog Post: NBA Finals Journal (Game 6)

    The Celtics won Game 5 of the NBA Finals 92-86 on Sunday night, taking a 3-2 series lead. The game really wasn't as close as the final score, as the Lakers never led after owning a 37-36 lead and in watching the game, one never felt the Celtics "weren't going to win." Kobe scored 38...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoff Journal (5/27)

    It was only last Sunday afternoon when the NBA was getting ready for yet another Finals matchup between the Celtics and Lakers, as both legendary franchises were seemingly on their way to sweeps in their respective conference finals. The Celtics trounced the Magic 94-71 last Saturday night to take a...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoffs Journal (May 6)

    The Celtics and Lakers met in last year’s NBA Finals. It was the 12th all-time meeting for the league's two most storied franchises. Boston won the first eight meetings (the first seven of which came no later than 1969), LA the next two ('85 and '87) and then after a 21-season gap, the Celtics...
  • Blog Post: Bowl Journal (Jan 4)

    The current bowl season really 'heated up' this past weekend with five games apiece on Thursday (Dec 31), Friday (Jan 1) and Saturday (Jan 2), before yielding to the NFL's final Sunday of the regular season. The 2009-10 bowl season concludes with a battle of unbeatens in the Fiesta Bowl ...
  • Blog Post: College Football Picks: 2008 Heisman Top 10 rankings after Week 12

    2008 Heisman Trophy Top 10 Update after Week 12 By Larry Ness Pregame Pros Handicapper 1) GRAHAM HARRELL (Texas Tech) Last Week: 1. Texas Tech followed its dramatic 39-33 win over Texas on November 1 with a convincing 56-20 win over Oklahoma State on 11/8 in Lubbock. Like his predecessors at Texas Tech...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoffs Journal (May 18)

    The Memphis/Oklahoma City series was the only one of this postseason’s first two rounds (12) to go the distance. The Thunder won that game 105-90, as home teams moved to 86-21 in Game 7s all-time in NBA playoff history ( 58-14 since the ABA/NBA merger in 1976-77). The Thunder had a quick turnaround,...
  • Blog Post: NFL Notes (Week 4)

    Three weeks down and 14 to go in the NFL's 2010 regular season. Eight teams entered Week 2 at 2-0 and eight more at 0-2. Just three teams emerged still unscathed after Week's 3 play (two unbeatens were guaranteed to lose as the Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay and Green Bay at Chicago games featured a...
  • Blog Post: CBB Notes: First Look at the "Big Dance"

    The Pac 10 was founded as the Athletic Association of Western Universities or AAWU in 1959 and went by the names Big Five, Big Six, and Pacific-8, becoming the Pacific-10 in 1978. Oregon (an original member of the AAWU) won the NCAA's first-ever national championship in 1939 (beat Ohio St) and California...
  • Blog Post: Heisman Watch (Tuesday, October 19)

    The nation's top-ranked team lost for the second straight Saturday (Alabama on Oct 10 and Ohio State on Oct 17), sending more than few 'shockwaves' through the polls. The 2010 Heisman 'race' has felt a few 'rattles' as well and my latest Heisman report follows. 1) KELLEN...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoffs Journal (June 2)

    Dallas and Miami opened the 2011 NBA Finals on Tuesday and after one quarter, the Mavs led 17-16. It was the lowest-scoring Game 1 first quarter of any NBA Finals in the shot clock era. It also tied as the fourth-lowest total for any Finals quarter since 1955. Dallas would lead 44-43 at the half and...
  • Blog Post: Heisman Trophy (12/1)

    The 2009 Heisman race was never expected to include more than three players, 2008 winner Sam Bradford, 2008 runner-up Colt McCoy and 2007 winner Tim Tebow (Tebow also received more first-place votes in 2008 than either Bradford or McCoy). Bradford basically dropped out on the season's first Saturday...
  • Blog Post: NBA Playoff Journal (Finals Game 2)

    The Celtics manhandled the Lakers in the 2008 Finals. Kobe shot just 40.5 percent in that series, Gasol averaged 14.2-102. but was labeled 'soft' plus Bynum was sidelined due to a season-ending injury. The Celtics were led by their new version of the "Big Three" and the group delivered...