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Johnny Football and Duke: Unlikely Opponents Clash for Manziel's Signature Moment

Johnny Manziel is, without a doubt, must-see TV. He seems to be part Fan Tarkenton, part Doug Flutie, part RGIII, and part Houdini. The total package is one of a kind. So unusual, effective and mesmerizing is his style of play, that after only 25 college games, he was legendary. He seems to be on ESPN more than Tiger Woods was in the mid 2000's. Jan 1, 2014 10:31 AM PT

ESPN's 'Pajama Boy' Attempts to Redefine Masculinity

ESPN's normally excellent "Sports Reporters" show joined the ranks of GLAAD, Organizing For America (OFA), Out2Enroll and others in yet another attempt by the cultural left to redefine what it means to be a man in this country in 2013. At least, this was the apparent goal of panelist Pablo Torre, who ended the show in his Parting Shot (all four panelist get a parting shot each week) with a soliloquy titled "Redefining Masculinity." Dec 31, 2013 5:14 AM PT

Are Panthers Turning Cam Newton into Trent Dilfer?

As the Carolina Panthers have charged to 10 wins in their last 11 games, clinching a playoff spot and needing only to beat the Falcons to secure a division title and playoff bye, there has been a common media meme: Cam Newton is developing into a star quarterback under the guidance of offensive coordinator Mike Shula. Really? I've never bought in, and I'm still selling today. If what Cam has done this year is progress, I'd hate to see regression. Dec 23, 2013 12:25 PM PT

A Proper Eulogy for BCS: Controversial System Did Work in Many Ways

Before you throw rocks at your screen, let me stipulate that I am NOT making the case for keeping the BCS system. I am excited to see the beginning of the next era in football championships, which begins next season. However, as we prepare to pull the plug on what will no doubt be referred to in years hence as "the BCS era" in major college football, it is high time to finally give the BCS its due. By that, I mean it's about time to compare the BCS to what it replaced, instead of the system replacing it, let alone some notion of championship utopia. This is a concept that somehow escapes all the wizards at ESPN, let alone sports-talk radio nation. Besides, we always remember the good in a eulogy anyway. Dec 3, 2013 11:19 AM PT

Opinion: NFL Definition of 'Touchdown' Nebulous like Obamacare

It is no secret that the National Football League, and football in general, has been under attack from a lot of quarters recently. Consussions, murder, bullying, and controversial rules changes have dominated the headlines. Youth football participation is reportedly down ten percent this year, and number one fan Rush Limbaugh confessed to simply losing interest on his show Monday, something that was unthinkable for the long time Pittsburgh Steeler fanatic just months ago.  Nov 19, 2013 9:28 AM PT

ACC v. Maryland: Case Could Redefine Relationships Between Conferences, Schools

Meanwhile, the real story is that this case could go a long way towards stabilizing, or destabilizing, current conference alignments. If the ACC wins, the current conference make-up nationwide is what we can probably count on for at least a number of years, since most conference now have mega exit fees. If Maryland wins, all exit fees might become moot … and watch out. Nov 19, 2013 8:56 AM PT

Zany SEC East: Three Teams Still Alive for Title

The SEC East race is still a delightful mess, with three teams still holding on to title hopes. Each of these three teams has a set of requirements, and also a wish list, and yet the prize would appear to be a chance to get blasted by Alabama on National TV. This could reduce each of these teams' bowl options, not to mention national their ranking. Nov 5, 2013 2:17 PM PT

Local Media Can't Resist Piling on Duke Basketball over Gun Photo

If anyone thinks that Duke basketball gets a pass from their local media in North Carolina, they don't understand the dynamic of being a small school just a few miles from the much larger U. of North Carolina and N.C. State.  This is magnified by the fact that UNC also has a large journalism school which floods the local area with pro Tar Heel reporters. Oct 24, 2013 2:00 PM PT

Are the ACC's Days Numbered (Part 2 in a 3-Part Series)

In part 1 of this series, we established that in spite of good news for the ACC surrounding new member schools - and having a couple of teams in the top 5 in football - that North Carolina’s athletic director Bubba Cunningham was among several high level conference officials who were suffering some heartburn about the ACC's ability to compete going forward. The idea of Carolina perhaps joining another conference was even hinted at. These concerns were uncovered as part of an information dump obtained by The Raleigh News and Observer as part of a freedom of information filing. Oct 17, 2013 10:47 AM PT

Are the ACC's Days Numbered?

Are the Atlantic Coast Conference’s days numbered – at least, as a major athletic conference? The notion might not be as crazy as you think. Are the Atlantic Coast Conference’s days numbered – at least, as a major athletic conference? The notion might not be as crazy as you think. All of the positive buzz surrounding the ACC is simply disguising more foundational problems – problems that are not lost at the highest levels inside the conference’s single most important member, the University of North Carolina. Oct 15, 2013 2:14 PM PT

ACC Has Three Shots at King SEC During Opening Weekend

There is a natural geographic, albeit largely unspoken rivalry between the ACC and the SEC, and the two leagues will go head-to-head three times in the next 72 hours. The bad news for the ACC is that this is not basketball season. Aug 28, 2013 7:41 PM PT

RNC Ultimatum Welcome But Not Enough

Reince Preibus’ ultimatum to NBC and CNN regarding what appear to be Hillary Clinton infomercials is certainly refreshing evidence of some testosterone within the halls of the GOP establishment, indicating that perhaps there is more than just the starch in their button down shirts -- there may even be some courage. Aug 6, 2013 7:17 PM PT

ACC Expands North and West: Can the Conference Overcome Demographics?

I guess we could say Tobacco Road now intersects with Broadway - as earlier this week the conference that was made famous in places like a smoke-filled Reynolds Coliseum, a burg named Greensboro and a tiny little gym simply known as "Cameron" officially ushered in its new era by ringing the closing bell of the NASDAQ exchange. Jul 3, 2013 7:44 PM PT

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