Legendary Tar Heels coach Dean Smith dies at 83

Sad news RIP

Dean Smith, the coaching innovator who won two national championships at North Carolina, an Olympic gold medal in 1976 and induction into basketball’s Hall of Fame more than a decade before he left the bench, has died. He was 83.

The retired coach died “peacefully” at his North Carolina home Saturday night, the school said in a statement Sunday from Smith’s family. He was with his wife and five children.

Smith had health issues in recent years, with the family saying in 2010 he had a condition that was causing him to lose memory. He had kept a lower profile during that time. His wife, Linnea, accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom on his behalf from President Barack Obama in November 2013.

Ed Thinks Up A Way To Improve The NFL Post-Season – A JV Super Bowl


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Although I have essentially boycotted the NFL this season – due to the fact that it has become a politically correct nightmare in recent years – I am hopeful that one day the people who run it will regain their senses and begin acting like real men again. Should that happen, I have devised a little scheme that I believe could help to enhance the professional football fan’s post-season experience.

First of all, get rid of the Pro Bowl altogether. It is, and has always been, a completely pointless game that people only watch out of sheer boredom, so just END IT already!

Secondly, replace it with a game between two actual NFL teams – not a one-time collection of individual super stars – that can be incentivized to play the game as if it wasn’t some sort of half-assed practice scrimmage.

Here’s how my plan works:

Take the two best, non-playoff teams from both the AFC and NFC respectively – four teams total – and pit them against each other in two initial “bowl games” during the post-season.

Example: this year’s contestants would be the Houston Texans, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the San Francisco 49ers.

The AFC’s bowl game could be named for the best coach that the conference has ever produced, Chuck Noll, while the NFC’s could be named for its greatest coach, Vince Lombardi.

The winners of these two games would then play each other in a sort of JV version of the Super Bowl. It could be named after the place where America’s first wholly professional football game was played, Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

So how would this work exactly?

Well, the first two games could be played on the Monday and Tuesday nights immediately following the league’s divisional playoff games.

The “Latrobe Bowl” could be played two weeks later on the Sunday between the conference championships and the Super Bowl.

The incetives to win this game could be A.) player bonuses equal to – say – half those of the Super Bowl champions, and B.) an additional first round pick in the following college draft for the team’s general manager. Oh, and C.) the coach could get a nice trophy for his display case.

The losers could get free bus tickets home… and maybe some Arby’s gift certificates.

And that’s it! That’s my brief outline for improving the NFL post-season picture.

Feel free to express your own thoughts on this subject in the comments section below.

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Gators Prove They Can Still Beat Mediocre Teams With 28-20 Win Over ECU In Otherwise Pointless Bowl Game

Florida Tops ECU In Birmingham Bowl – Bleacher Report

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In a game that meant very little in an afterthought of a bowl game, the Florida Gators played with a passion they’d not showed since the Georgia game.

The result was a resounding 28-20 win over East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl that was fueled by a great defense that has dominated much of the season, even in a frustrating 7-5 campaign.

With the game on the line and the Pirates driving for a chance to tie the game, Vernon Hargreaves III stepped in front of a Shane Carden pass and intercepted a ball in the end zone to preserve the win. Though the Gators’ D was on the field for 101 plays, they kept rising to the occasion.

UF forced three turnovers, returning an interception for a touchdown and turning away the ECU touchdown. They carried a sputtering offense that did very little once Treon Harris got hurt and turned the ball over three times in the second half.

Bring on the Jim McElwain era.

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Ed’s 2014 List Of College Football Bowl Games That Probably Won’t Suck


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Boca Raton Bowl (December 23rd – 6:00 pm)
Marshall Thundering Herd
vs. Northern Illinois Huskies

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Sun Bowl (December 27th – 2:00 pm)
Arizona State Sun Devils
vs, Duke Blue Devils

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Holiday Bowl (December 27th – 8:00 pm)
Nebraska Cornhuskers
vs. USC Trojans

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Liberty Bowl (December 29th – 2:00 pm)
West Virginia Mountaineers
vs. Texas A&M Aggies

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Athletic Bowl (December 29th – 5:30 pm)
Oklahoma Sooners
vs. Clemson Tigers

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Music City Bowl (December 30th – 3:00 pm)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
vs. LSU Tigers

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Belk Bowl (December 30th – 6:30 pm)
Louisville Cardinals
vs. Georgia Bulldogs

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Peach Bowl (December 31st – 12:30 pm)
Ole Miss Rebels
vs. TCU Horned Frogs

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Fiesta Bowl (December 31st – 4:00 pm)
Boise State Broncos
vs. Arizona Wildcats

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Orange Bowl (December 31st – 8:00 pm)
Mississippi State Bulldogs
vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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Outback Bowl (January 1st – 12:00 pm)
Wisconsin Badgers
vs. Auburn Tigers

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Cotton Bowl (January 1st – 12:30 pm)
Michigan State Spartans
vs. Baylor Bears

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Rose Bowl (January 1st – 5:00 pm)
Oregon Ducks
vs. Florida State Seminoles

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Sugar Bowl (January 1st – 8:30 pm)
Alabama Crimson Tide
vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

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Alamo Bowl (January 2nd – 6:45 pm)
Kansas State Wildcats
vs. UCLA Bruins

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National Championship Game (January 12th – 8:30 pm)
Oregon Ducks or Florida State Seminoles
vs. Alabama Crimson Tide or Ohio State Buckeyes

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So, how AM I feeling today?

Like an angry Gator fan, that is how, I could go on and on about our oft-failed head coach should have been fired last year. I could go on and on about how Muschamp does not understand simple principles about offensive football, you know like the forward pass. I could write about how frustrating it is to watch a fine offensive coordinator hamstrung by the head coach who clearly thinks he is Nick Saban when he isn’t (Nick Saban does not hamstring his own offense). I could even rant about how our coach apparently does not understand the basic principle behind draining the play clock when on offense with a lead and the ball deep in the other teams end late in the game. But, instead, I will allow pat Dooley to sum it all up.

This wasn’t the straw, it was a whole bale of ineptitude. And yet, it was right there for the taking, a win that would have been huge for a coach trying to salvage a season.

Somehow, some way, this team and these coaches found a way to lose a game that didn’t look losable.

It wasn’t as if Florida was doing anything special to be in position to win. This was Muschamp Football 101. Run the ball and play defense and try to win 17-10.

But when you try to win by a touchdown, you’re always one touchdown away from overtime.

So of course, it happened.

Of course, Florida was called for holding on a game-clinching touchdown run.

Of course, the Gamecocks blocked a field goal that would have basically put the game away.

Of course, they blocked a punt with 39 seconds to go when you knew they weren’t going to drive 70 or 75 yards against this defense.

Of course, they did.

“It hurts,” said offensive lineman Chaz Green. “You can only say it so many times. It hurts, especially the way we lost it.”

Yep.

The way.

With an offense that chose to ignore all of those gaudy numbers allowed by the South Carolina secondary and throw only 11 passes.

With an offense that has become so predictable, the writers in the press box were calling the plays before they happened.

With an offense that managed all of five second-half first downs.

With a coach who talks about making the opponent one-dimensional yet self-inflicts it upon his own team.

Go read it all, and Coach Muschamp don’t let the door hit you on the way out.