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Saturday, September 01, 2007
College football season begins.

Actually, it started on Thursday with LSU routing Mississippi State, but it's all football all weekend thereafter.

As a diehard football fan and a college sports fanatic, this time of the year is great.  Millions of football fans fill the stadiums of college teams all over the country in order to cheer on their favorite teams.  There's no question that college football fans are the most intense of any sport, and if you've been to one of the games of the big conferences (I went to a Georgia Tech game on an ESPN Thursday Night broadcast almost 8 years ago), you know it's absolutely true.

Two years ago, the national championship picture revolved around Vince Young and the Texas Longhorns and the combination of Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush with their USC Trojans.  Last year, it was all about Ohio State, with Florida sneaking in the backdoor with UCLA's upset over USC late in the season.  This year, USC returns to the top of the food chain, boasting the best defense of coach Pete Carroll's tenure and possibly the nation.  Challenging for that top spot are teams like West Virginia, who probably has the most explosive running game in the nation; Virginia Tech, who will use the campus unity stemming from massacre last April to help rally them to an ACC Championship; Florida, last year's champions who are looking to do the same thing their basketball team has done in the last two years; and Michigan, who's finally looking to get over the Ohio State hump and establish themselves as the best in the Big Ten Conference.

There are also other questions within college football this year:  are Rutgers and Wake Forest, two teams that shocked nation by winning the Big East and ACC Championships, respectively, one-trick ponies, or are they going to move to the top of perennial teams?  Will Colt Brennan, arguably the nation's best quarterback, make Hawaii the most dangerous mid-major team in the nation, and possibly a BCS contender?  Will the SEC kill each other off, leaving all of them out of the national championship game?  Will this be the year that Bill Callahan gets Nebraska to the top of the Big 12?  And a question for me and other NC fans:  will the Triangle's three teams (Duke, UNC, NC State), after only winning a combined 6 games last year and firing two coaches, get a team into a bowl game this year?

Tomorrow will consist of mostly blowout games, but there are some key ones.  This biggest game has to be #15. Tennessee at #12. California-Berkeley.  A loss could put either team out of the national championship picture before they've had a chance to start the season.  There's also a rivalry game between #14. UCLA at Stanford, and a battle of unranks as Notre Dame faces Georgia Tech.  On Monday Night, it's the Bowden Bowl, as #19. Florida State takes on Clemson.

Posted at 01:30 am by Expertise
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Thursday, August 23, 2007
Juanita Bynum beaten by her husband

This is a sad, sad story:

Police said Juanita Bynum, a televangelist who has won a national following with sermons about women's empowerment, was assaulted by her preacher husband in the parking lot of an Atlanta hotel early Wednesday.

Bynum and her estranged husband, Thomas W. Weeks III, the founder of Global Destiny churches, met at Renaissance Concourse Hotel near Atlanta's airport to try to reconcile, police said.

About 4 a.m., they fought in the parking lot until a hotel bellman pulled Weeks off, Officer Ronald Campbell said.

"She was bruised up and battered," Campbell said. "She had purple bruising around her neck and upper torso."

Juanita Bynum has been a strong advocate of women's empowerment within Christianity and the black church.  Her marriage to Weeks in 2002 was even televised.

I hope she gets this situation straightened out, and Weeks is put in jail, where he belongs.

Posted at 10:34 am by Expertise
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If Jeffrey Dahmer was black...

Black people would try to defend him by arguing how cannibalism is rooted within African culture.

Especially if he was a quarterback that ran for 1,000 yards in a season.

More later.

Posted at 09:06 am by Expertise
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Maybe MSNBC needs to "cogitate" a little more.

MSNBC aired Bush's welcoming speech for the new press briefing room in the West Wing of the White House.

Afterwards, former RINO Joe Scarborough and the rest of the MSNBC crew started to clown Bush for saying "cogitate", mocking him for a word that supposedly doesn't exist.

The problem is, it does:

cog·i·tate      [koj-i-teyt] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation verb, -tat·ed, -tat·ing. –verb (used without object) think hard; ponder; meditate: to cogitate about a problem.
–verb (used with object) think about; devise: to cogitate a scheme.

Sounds like MSNBC struggles with the English language a little more than the president.  This is one of those cases where the dumbest people in the room are the ones claiming to be the smartest.

Posted at 08:20 am by Expertise
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Chris Benoit and domestic violence.

This is to anyone who's having problems in their home.

Arguments will arise, and problems will develop in any relationship.  Married couples - or better yet, any situation involving two people - will have their differences, and they will get heated.

But if it gets to the point where you're ready to put your hands on someone, please, just walk out the door.  Whether it's just to catch a breath of fresh air, or even permanently.

My grandmother and grandfather argued constantly.  And when my grandfather couldn't take it any longer, he moved....from North Carolina to Baltimore.  And yes; that was a tough situation for my father and his brothers, having to live without their father for most of their childhood.

But, at least they're alive.

However, despite a number of Chris Benoit's friends saying there were some serious problems with that marriage to Nancy - a relationship that began on very unscrupulous terms to begin with, I might add - the fact is that he didn't leave, and they continued to let problems brew to a boiling point.

And now, two adults are dead, along with their child, who was caught in the middle of it.

It's not worth it.  Get out.  And if need be, seek some help.

Wrestling fans are going to real sensitive in the upcoming days and weeks when hearing less-than-positive reports and comments about the Benoit tragedy.  But whether they want to admit it or not, some of the stuff that will be said will be legitimate, and accurate.

The fact is, Benoit allowed his anger and rage to get the best of him.  He should have not been home last weekend.  He should have left.

Benoit shouldn't held up in honor and reverance.  Far from it.  This death should serve as a lesson for abusive spouses and parents as to what can happen if you allow your emotions to take you over the brink. 

You could end up doing something you might regret, and you can't take back.

Posted at 06:52 am by Expertise
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Monday, June 25, 2007
R.I.P. Chris Benoit 1967-2007

According to the AJC, Chris, his wife Nancy (her former ringname was Woman, and she was the ex-wife of Kevin Sullivan) and his son Daniel were all found dead at their home in Fayetteville, Ga.  Officials would not report the cause of death, other than to say they didn't die of gunshots.

Benoit was supposed to appear at WWE Vengeance:  Night of Champions on Sunday night, but did not appear because of a family emergency.  Sources from the PW Torch said that Benoit stated both his wife and child were coughing up blood on Saturday night.  WWE had not heard from him since Saturday night, and officers found them in the home on Monday afternoon.

Guys, I'm tired of this shit.  Seriously.

Posted at 08:44 pm by Expertise
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Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Yahoo Sports cuts on Big Play Rob.

Interesting take on why San Antonio Spurs foward Robert Horry didn't play in last night's blowout against the Warriors.

Take a look at the box score and look for Horry's name.

And just in case Yahoo Sports fixes it, here's proof:


And it had to be purposely done by one of the Yahoo geeks.  ESPN's box score doesn't have it (they don't list inactives).  Nor does CNNSI, nor  So, someone's going to catch hell if this is found, and considering I found out via OkayPlayer, it's only a matter of time, I'm sure.

Posted at 12:39 pm by Expertise
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Sunday, January 14, 2007
Reggie Bush gets leveled by Sheldon Brown.

This was in last night's Saints victory against the Philadelphia Eagles, on the first drive of the game:

W-I-C-K-E-D.  Now THAT'S how you lay the wood to someone.

And for god sakes...

Don't try to get up.  We know you got your dome rocked; just lay there and get your marbles together for a second.  Nobody's gonna think bad about you if you just lay there for a minute.

Posted at 07:05 pm by Expertise
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Monday, January 01, 2007
Happy New Year

Many great wishes for you and yours.

I'll see you on the flipside.

Posted at 12:08 am by Expertise
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Saturday, December 30, 2006
NFL Preview - Week 17.

This is a pretty big weekend in the NFL this season.  Usually this has been known as a throw-away week, as a number of teams bench their key starters in order to prepare for the playoffs, but this year there are a number of teams either vying for a playoff spot, or are vying for a first round bye in the playoffs.

For all intents and purposes, every game except possibly three this week has playoff implications.  Here's what it looks like:

- Saturday:  NY Giants vs. Washington.  Giants need this win to get into the playoffs though a tie breaker.  Green Bay has to lose or tie, or they can win the "strength of victory" comparison in order to clinch.

- Sunday:  Minnesota vs. St. Louis.  St. Louis is still in the running to get a playoff bid, albeit a long shot.  The Giants, Carolina, and Atlanta has to lose or tie.

- Carolina vs. New Orleans.  Carolina needs to win for a possible berth.  They also need the Giants and the Packers to lose or tie.

- NY Jets vs. Oakland.  Jets clinch a playoff spot with a win.

- Dallas vs. Detroit.  The Cowboys can clinch the NFC East with a win, if Philly loses.

- Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati.  Cincinatti needs a win, plus a Jets loss...OR, a win with both Denver losing and Kansas City winning.

- New England vs. Tennessee.  First, this is an exciting game, as it'll be interesting to see what Bellichek can come up with to stop Vince Young.  Second, Tennessee gets in the playoffs if they win, Cincy and Denver loses, and Kansas City wins.

- Jacksonville vs. Kansas City.  This screams playoff scenarios, because KC's outcome has long-ranging effects.  For Jacksonville to get into the playoffs, they need a win, a Jets loss, and Cincinatti and Tennessee to both lose or tie.  For Kansas City to get in, they need a win, Cincinatti and Tennessee to lose or tie, and an outright Denver loss.

- Miami vs. Indianapolis.  Indianapolis can clinch a first-round bye with a win and a Baltimore loss.

- San Francisco vs. Denver.  Denver needs a win to clinch a playoff spot.

- Buffalo vs. Baltimore.  Baltimore's wrapped up the AFC North, and they need a win to clinch a first-round bye.

- Atlanta vs. Philadelphia.  Atlanta needs a win, an outright Carolina loss, and a Green Bay and Giants loss or tie.  Philadelphia needs a win to clinch the NFC East and a wild card game at home.

- And Sunday night....Green Bay vs. Chicago.  Ugh. 

Green Bay needs:

1. A win plus a NY Giants win + GB clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over NYG OR
2. A win plus a NY Giants loss or tie plus a St. Louis loss or tie OR
3. A win plus a NY Giants loss or tie plus a Carolina win OR
4. A win plus a NY Giants loss or tie plus an Atlanta win OR
5. A tie plus a NY Giants loss plus a St. Louis loss plus an Atlanta loss or tie plus a Carolina loss or tie

God.  Green Bay needs to simply lose so we don't have to worry about this crap.  If this confuses you as much as it confused me, maybe this will help. Regardless, we won't know who's in the playoffs until about 11pm EST on Sunday night.

So, only three games this week - Seattle/Tampa Bay, Cleveland/Houston, and San Diego/Arizona - don't matter.  Seattle and San Diego have already locked in their spots, and the others somehow have been eliminated from playoff contention.  How those teams managed to be that bad in a year where it seems almost everybody had a realistic shot at the playoffs is amazing.

The NFL realizes how important this week is, and they responded; for the first time, they are allowing double doubleheaders on Fox and CBS.  That means, unless you live in a franchise market, you get to see four games this week; two at 1:00 EST and two at 4:00 EST.

I know what I'll be doing around that time.  Do you?

Posted at 04:41 am by Expertise
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