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NEW COVER STORY...IT'S MEL KIPER, JR TIME! TGS NFL DRAFT PREVIEW!

The NFL Draft always brings back plenty of memories. Especially for this writer, who recalls the days long before the draft became an industry unto itself, and who worked on rudimentary draft previews for the heck of it. We recall the days when the draft festivities would take place almost at the conclusion of the regular season, and then when it would be conducted in late January during the years immediately following the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

Before the advent of ESPN, keeping track of the draft meant waiting for the evening newspaper (remember those?), which would provide info on first-round selections Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...2014 TGS COLLEGE HOOPS SUPERLATIVES!

TGS COACH OF THE YEAR: Bo Ryan, Wisconsin... Several years ago, while still at Kentucky, Rick Pitino lamented the Wildcats', and his own, first-round coaching dilemma in the NCAA Tourney against the College of Charleston. "Nobody outcoaches (Cougar HC) John Kresse," said Pitino. The same could be said today about Wisconsin's Ryan, overdue for this award from us after a hard-to-believe string of excellence with the Badgers that includes 13 straight Big Dance trips since taking over from Dick Bennett in 2001, capped by a Final Four appearance this season. In truth, we would be justified in giving this award to Ryan almost every year. Although we admit Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...REMATCH MEMORIES FROM THE FINAL FOUR!

Final Four rematches are nothing new. Indeed, we're on the cusp of a fourth meeting between Florida and Kentucky if those two SEC entrants advance to the Monday night championship game. Which would not be the first time for such a matchup in the title clash. Remember 1985, and underdog Villanova against Georgetown? The Hoyas pulled the hat trick in three previous meetings, including at the Big East Tournament that year, but the last game was the one that counted: Villanova, 66-64. UK fans can thus take heart this weekend in "North Texas" (why the NCAA is using that Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...2014 TGS COLLEGE HOOPS ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM!

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Jabari Parker, Duke...By us, the most NBA-ready player is Duke's Parker, who did not have the benefit of quite the supporting cast that the Kentucky freshman could lean upon. The Blue Devils, by past Mike Krzyzewski standards, at least, were an incomplete team this season, lacking their normal rim protector, and ineffective in slowing dribble penetration on the stop end. But Parker was a full-season highlight reel while demonstrating the most LeBron-esque style we have seen since, well, LeBron made the jump right from high school to the NBA in 2003. In the end Parker could not lift Duke as high as the Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...COLLEGE HOOPS COACHING CAROUSEL

AUBURN... Tony Barbee walked the plank just hours after the Tigers were dumped out of the SEC Tournament in Atlanta, and Auburn moved quickly for a replacement, not even blinking before hiring the controversial Bruce Pearl, who, when last seen on the sidelines, was being run out of Tennessee after making the Vols a perennial contender in the SEC and frequent Big Dance participant. Pearl was also just beyond a three-year NCAA probationary "show-cause" period, so some of the potential red tape involved in his hire was avoided. Not many schools would be willing to risk a hire on Pearl, who carries a lot of baggage... but since when have Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...PLAY BALL! 2014 AL "FUTURES" TO WATCH!

Apparently the oddsmakers were none too impressed by the Cleveland Indians (80 1/2) and their return to the playoffs last season for the first time since 2007, projecting a drop of almost 12 wins from a 92-70 breakthrough for then-new manager Terry Franciona. While some in the media might lament the recent inability to ink staff ace Justin Masterson to a long-term deal, the Tribe probably can't afford the price tag Masterson will command. And before Masterson walks after this season, we suspect team prexy Mark Shapiro and GM Chris Antonetti will be better served getting a combo of serviceable vets and/or solid prospects at the trade deadline (Cleveland could use another couple of young Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...PLAY BALL! 2014 NL "FUTURES" TO WATCH!

Flying well under the radar lately have been the New York Mets (73 1/2), who have become almost unthinkably irrelevant in recent seasons, and whose only national headlines seem to be generated by news relating to owner Fred Wilpon's financial issues. We don't think the Mets are any closer to a playoff berth this season, but they have set the bar pretty low in Queens, and manager Terry Collins has proven himself a sort-of modern-day Gene Mauch, astute enough to get the Mets to avoid 90 losses. Even without injured staff ace Matt Harvey, who will miss all of 2014 as he recovers from Tommy John surgery after starting for the NL Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT: BIG DANCE PREVIEW...IT'S ALWAYS THE "EYE" TEST!

Another March, another Selection Sunday. By now we have stopped trying to analyze, at least too much, the machinations of the NCAA Selection Committee. In the end, irrespective of seeding arguments, as long as the proper 68 teams are in the field, complaints should be few. And, with the exception of some angry SMU fans in Dallas, we suspect there were not many around the country who were too upset with the composition of the brackets when they were announced by Greg Gumbel this past Sunday on CBS.

(Seeding questions, however, were another matter, something we will discuss a bit more in a moment Read more...


THE BEST OF TGS...RECALLING A CONFERENCE TOURNEY TRIFECTA!

Since we're in tournament week, we thought it was time to recall some wonderful old memories. Thus, we reprint the account of our whirlwind 3-day conference tourney trip across the country in March 2008, with a few surprises along the way...

It's been said that conference basketball tournaments are a lot like bowl games. There's some excitement before the games are played, and the games themselves can often be quite good, but nobody remembers much about them afterwards.

By us, however, there are some other significant differences between the conference hoop tourneys and the bowl games. Mainly, the basketball get-togethers across the country each March really do mean something. After all, the
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TGS SPECIAL REPORT...PART II-SAVE THIS SPOT ON MOUNT RUSHMORE OF HOOPS!

The late '60s version of the Celtics had a somewhat different look than the championship editions of the late '50s and early '60s. HC Red Auerbach had moved full-time to the front office after the 1965-66 championship, with Russell assuming the role of player-coach. "Russ" was not the only familiar face still in the lineup, as G Sam Jones remained from the outset of the dynasty, which had added another key piece, Ohio State's non-stop John Havlicek, earlier in the '60s. Along with several other supporting cast members including Havlicek's college teammate, G Larry Siegfried, F Don Nelson (via Iowa, the Chicago Zephyrs, and L.A. Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...EARLY COLLEGE CONFERENCE TOURNEY PREVIEWS!

BIG SKY... Tourney March 13-15 at home of regular-season champion Weber State. Top seven teams qualify; top seed Weber State will get a bye into the semifinal round. Top contenders -Weber State, North Dakota, Montana, Eastern Washington. Notes...The Sky had a very topsy-turvy race that didn't sort out at the top until the end of February, when Weber State finally emerged and was able to sew up the home edge in the conference tourney prior to this week's final regular-season games. Although the Wildcats were hardly as dominant as many were expecting after returning most of the team that advanced to the CIT final last season Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...SAVE THIS SPOT ON MOUNT RUSHMORE OF HOOPS

Even though it had nothing to do with a sudden curiosity about the Black Hills of South Dakota, we were nonetheless glad that Mount Rushmore was mentioned in mainline sports discussions over the past couple of weeks. After all, just hearing LeBron James and Steve Smith make reference to the storied national memorial in their recent TNT interview might prompt some young hoops fans to perhaps put down their cell phones, temporarily stop their texting and Twitter-ing, and take a moment to learn more about the four presidents whose images are carved into the granite face of the famous mountain. Of course, the reference to Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...CONFERENCE TOURNEY PREVIEW AND BIG DANCE UPDATE!

We first began an early preview of the conference tournaments and an early lookahead to the NCAA Tournament in 1994, and it quickly become one of our favorite editorial assignments of the hoops season. Now is the time we really begin to count the days to the conference tourneys and Selection Sunday, less than four weeks away. And we have long believed that a mid-February look at college hoop squads vying for potential NCAA invitations to be a worthwhile exercise. Knowing where teams might (or might not) fit into the postseason equation can be especially useful handicapping information this time of the year Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...NBA ALL-STAR BREAK UPDATE: WEST REVIEW

Utah (19-33)... Utah is in rebuilding mode, and at times it's not pretty. The Jazz have been dumping salaries and adding draft picks, and they have lots of cap room and a couple of extra picks over the next few seasons. It looks as if the Jazz got a head start on the rebuild in last year's draft, as the addition of Michigan rookie point guard Trey Burke looks like a gift (thanks to Joe Dumars and the Detroit Pistons, who passed on the Wolverine one pick earlier). The Jazz will bid farewell to Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Marvin Williams (among others) this offseason, as the team's salary obligations drop to $16 million. There's no Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...NBA ALL-STAR BREAK UPDATE: EAST REVIEW

Brooklyn (24-26)... After finishing 49-33 last season and signing vet free agents Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko, Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov and GM Billy King should've gotten much more than just a bloated payroll bill. Rookie head coach Jason Kidd had a rough learning curve as the Nets got off to a more-than-disappointing 10-21 start, partly due to injuries and partly due to relying on too many sluggish, aging vets playing beyond their sell-by date. But when the calendar turned to 2014, the Nets' fortunes turned as well. Pierce regained some shooting touch. Garnett accepted the role of replacing Brook Lopez Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...IT WAS A WILD, WILD NIGHT IN LUBBOCK

For a variety of reasons, it is a shame we have to talk about the Marcus Smart (vs. Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr) incident in the final seconds of the game. That's partly because it detracted from a marvelous contest and a heroic effort put forth by Tubby Smith's much-improved Red Raider side, which answered every Cowboy challenge and then made the big plays in the last minute to notch a pulsating 65-61 win.

The incident involving Smart, however, overshadowed the game. And we must admit to a sigh of relief at developments the following day Read more...


TGS HOOPS UPDATE...REMEMBERING OHIO STATE-MINNESOTA '72

Events in last Saturday's Okalhoma State-Texas Tech game thankfully did not escalate the level of the Ohio State-Minnesota fiasco from 1972, but it came dangerously, and needlessly, close.

As mentioned in our feature story in the new edition of TGS Basketball, we are re-posting a story we orginially ran in December, 2011 after a brawl in the Cincinnati-Xavier game, when we revisited the scary events of January, 1972...a reminder we believe all collegeplayers, coaches, fans, refs, and TV pundits would be wise to heed...
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TGS SPECIAL REPORT: THE DAYS OF ST. BONA & BIG BOB, PLUS BRACKETOLOGY

Having been publishing since 1957, we at THE GOLD SHEET are continually reminding ourselves of seasons, teams, and players of times gone by. Which is an inevitable by-product of following sport and analyzing the teams as we have done for more than five decades.

Of all of the sports we cover at TGS, however, it is perhaps the college basketball season that jogs our memories the most. Maybe because there have been such a different collection of schools that have excelled, some over very brief periods of time, throughout our existence. And every Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...A NOT-SO-SUPER SUPER BOWL IN JERSEY

"There is no Plan B."

Well, Denver team prexy John Elway told us as much all year in regard to his Broncos, who were going to ride QB Peyton Manning for as long as they could this season. Which took Denver to its first Super Bowl in fifteen years, but no further, as the Broncos' humbling 43-8 loss administered by the rampant Seahawks amounted to one of the most complete and thorough beatdowns in "Supe" history. It was also the first lopsided Super Bowl in over a decade, specifically in 11 years, or since the Bucs trounced the Raiders in SB XXXVII in San Diego, 48-21 Read more...


TGS HOOPS SPECIAL REPORT...RECALLING A LEGEND PLUS WINNERS & LOSERS

While the attention of the sporting public this past weekend was devoted to Super Bowl hype, outdoor hockey, and a rematch of last June's NBA Finals between the Spurs and Heat (notice that we omitted the NFL Pro Bowl's Team Rice vs. Team Sanders exhibition in Honolulu...no accident on our part!), a sad note passed across the sports wires that was likely overlooked in many locales, especially those outside of Philadelphia.

The passing of the legendary Tom Gola at the age of 81, however, ought to be acknowledged by any hoops fan, even those whose memories Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...BRONCOS-SEAHAWKS & RANKING THE SUPER BOWLS!

It seems as if everyone has their favorite Super Bowl memories. For us at THE GOLD SHEET and others who also remember the "Supe" from its beginnings in January of 1967, however, the event takes on extra meaning. That's because we're part of a generation that can recall the entirety of the Super Bowl history, and one reason we believe this particular event holds such a special place in the hearts of the American sporting public beyond the simple fact it is the ultimate game of the nation's most popular spectator sport. But unlike the Rose Bowl, World Series, Kentucky Derby, Indy 500, Olympics Read more...


TGS NFL SPECIAL REPORT...THE DAY PRO FOOTBALL CHANGED

A few weeks ago marked the 45-year anniversary of the game that really put the Super Bowl on the map...but nonetheless remains a bit of mystery. We reprise our recount of the events of January 12, 1969, and Jets-Colts...

Forty-five
years later, Jets 16-Colts 7 seems as hard to believe today as it was back on January 12, 1969. And we're not the only ones who still wonder what happened that afternoon at the Orange Bowl. Not to suggest that something was going on under the table that day in Miami, but the way that game unfolded has always invited some curious speculation Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...WHEN PRESEASON WAS REALLY A BLAST!

Preseason often puts us in a wistful mood at TGS, as we harken back to the days when the the old AFL-NFL rivalry really boiled. But it wasn't in the first four Super Bowls, rather in the preseason meetings of 1967 thru '69, matchups that took on extra meaning featuring teams going all-out to win, rather than the sterile exercise the modern NFL preseason has become. We reprise the following story from last year when we recalled how preseason games really meant something in the days when the AFL-NFL rivalry was at its fiercest and boiled the most briskly in those August and early September days of the late '60s... Read more...


TGS NFL SPECIAL REPORT ...MORE NFL SEASON-END REVIEWS

San Francisco...By the end of the season, the 49ers had came to a boil and looked ready to advance to their second straight Super Bowl before the Seahawks rallied for a 23-17 win in the NFC title game. After what had been a superb late-season and postseason run, QB Colin Kaepernick turned the ball over three times in the 4th Q at Seattle, and a golden chance at a return trip to the Supe was squandered. Still, there is not much apparent downside for a franchise that has advanced to the conference title game in each of HC Jim Harbaugh's three years in charge and prepares to move next Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...CONF. TITLE REVIEW AND SUPER BOWL COUNTDOWN!

Some of the most compelling viewing in recent NFL seasons has come in conference championship games. That certainly has not been a constant since the AFL-NFL merger of 1970, however, especially a period of time the '80s and into the early '90s when conference title games usually featured one-sided results. But those blowouts have been the exception of late in these showdown games, as only two conference title clashes over the past six seasons have been decided by double-digit margins. And even in those affairs, the games were not romps, as the Jets were ahead Read more...


NEW TGS HOOPS...HOLY TOLEDO! AND NBA RUMOR MILL UPDATE

Every once in a while, we pleasantly surprise ourselves when walking through the local bookstore and come across a new release that we were not expecting to see. So it was earlier this week at the local Barnes & Noble in Henderson, Nevada when stumbling into a gem of a new book recalling one of the most interesting announcers in sports history, the late Bill King. And, if some are to be believed, the best basketball play-by-play man of them all.

We cannot recommend highly enough the new book from Wellstone Press entitled Holy Toledo...Lessons
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TGS SPECIAL REPORT...NFL UPDATE & DIVISION ROUND NOTES & 2013 REVIEWS

Even for teams that don't make the NFL playoffs, the weeks following the conclusion of the regular season can be newsworthy. Especially for those franchises that have hopped aboard the "coaching carousel" as they look to make changes on the sidelines. The NFL version of carousel has been spinning rapidly over the past week, and more changes are possible.

Meanwhile, speculation also centers upon those teams that didn't qualify for the postseason, and what changes might be in the offing in the coming months. As we usually like to do at this time of January, a quick review of the past  Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...COLLEGE HOT-SEAT LOOKAHEAD TO 2014

Will Muschamp, Florida... Mushchamp barely survived the just-completed 4-8 meltdown that was the Gators' worst SU mark since Charley Pell's first season in charge (0-10-1) back in 1979. Many regional sources expected longtime AD Jeremy Foley to pull the plug, but Foley, who famously hit the eject button on Ron Zook in 2004 after just three seasons on the job, resisted temptation, perhaps fearing the sort of revolving door that has stalled progress at Tennessee the past few years. Muschamp, however, walks on the thinnest of ice after recording a pair of non-winning regular-season Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...NFL PLAYOFFS WILDCARD UPDATE!

We have been around so long at TGS that our publishing history (which dates to 1957) precedes the "wildcard" concept that was not officially introduced into pro football until the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. The seeds of the wildcard, however, were planted in previous seasons when the occasional conference playoff was necessitated, and when the AFL experimented with an extra round of playoff action in its final season of 1969. But once the wildcard arrived, it was here to stay in the NFL, one of former commissioner Pete Rozelle's many innovations that forever changed the landscape of pro football.

It was perhaps inevitable that an expanded playoff format would materialize, especially after the league began adding expansion teams in the 1960s  Read more...


THE BEST OF TGS...MR. SHANAHAN IS LEAVING WASHINGTON

Following is a reprisal of a TGS story that first ran in January, 2010, when Mike Shanahan was hired as coach of the Washington Redskins. We have altered the title of the story to "Leaving Washington" as opposed to the original "Coming To Washington" after his dismissal on Monday morning...

The first thought is that pairing new coach Mike Shanahan and owner Dan Snyder might not be the best of ideas, considering the egos involved. Not to mention the fact that The Shan is Snyder's seventh different head coach since buying the franchise in 1999. On the other hand, we cannot believe that Shanahan didn't go into this deal with his eyes Read more...


NEW TGS HOOPS COVER STORY: WILT, 1962...PLUS TEAM TRENDS UPDATE!

We're just past Christmas, but it's never too late to pick up a worthy book for a gift or personal enjoyment. And once in a while, we at TGS are so moved by one of these literary works that we are compelled to make mention of it to our audience for special occasions.

Such is the case with Wilt, 1962 by Gary Pomerantz, the definitive narrative of the night Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the old Philadelphia Warriors on March 2, 1962 against the New York Knicks.

To this day, Wilt's 100-point game remains the subject of awe and disbelief among basketball aficionados. Although the hoops followers who remain least surprised Read more...


TGS HOOPS SPECIAL REPORT...DECEMBER BRACKETOLOGY UPDATE!

2 Duke (8-2) vs. 15 Mercer (7-4)...Duke fans know they have to enjoy frosh sensation Jabari Parker while they can, because it would be a shock if he's not a "one-and-done" special. After reaching the Elite Eight last season, Coach K should have another shot at a similar or deeper run in March. Mercer, pipped by Florida Gulf Coast in the Atlantic Sun Tourney last season, has plenty of postseason experience (NIT second round last season; CIT champion the year before) and was the only loop rep above .500 as of mid-December

7 Harvard (9-1) vs. 10 Indiana (8-3)...A lot of college hoops insiders believe Tommy Amaker's Harvard can go at least a step further than last season when Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...THE CLOSING CHAPTER OF THE BCS

Now that the Bowl Championship Series is about to disappear forever, we have to wonder if perhaps the concept was spawned in an unknown Ian Fleming novel from more than a half-century ago. After all, only Fleming's James Bond seemed to have as many last-minute escapes as the BCS over the past fifteen years. Though it has often taken a circuitous route to get there, the BCS usually delivered a satisfying 1-2 matchup in its title game, like Bond narrowly averting potentially disastrous consequences and controversies on an almost annual basis.

Such as this season almost became, when a win by Ohio State in the Big Ten title game last Saturday vs. Read more...


TGS HOOPS SPECIAL REPORT...ABA RECOLLECTIONS & NBA EAST UPDATE

As the 2013-14 NBA season swings into the clubhouse turn, there are a handful of hard-to-ignore developments, mostly in the Eastern Conference, that demand a bit more attention. And we'll get to those updates in a moment.

In the meantime, however, every so often on these pages and those of TGS Football, we like to assume the role of reviewer if a certain book merits attention, as we are for this issue. While our featured book has been around for a good while, it remains as good of a read as it was when first published over 20 years ago.

And it remains a must for any pro basketball fan
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TGS SPECIAL REPORT...GARDEN STATE UPDATE PART III: "FAUX MORALITY" OF NFL

Almost thirty years ago, Sports Illustrated published an extensive and rather exhaustive editorial study devoted to the subject of sports gaming. We at TGS remember it well because an issue of our flagship publication was the centerpiece of the cover of that SI issue dated March 10, 1986.

The SI presentation was a comprehensive bit of work, as publisher Donald Barr and writers John Underwood and Robert H. Boyle, among others, all contributed to various pieces that appeared throughout the issue. A common theme throughout the stories was a no-holds-barred approach to the  Read more...


TGS HOOPS SPECIAL REPORT...COMETS ACROSS THE COLLEGE SKY

Every once in a while we are reminded why we so enjoy sport, and college basketball in particular. Whereas many of the same sides predictably dominate, unlike college football, there is always a chance a comet-like squad will come flying out of the night sky and briefly into prominence.

And, therein, we believe, has always rested the real romance of college hoops.

Over the years we at TGS have been witness to a handful of such entries, most recently last season when unheralded Florida Gulf Coast appeared out of nowhere and streaked into the Sweet 16. But Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...GARDEN STATE UPDATE PART II: CHRISTIE & SCOTUS

Well, that didn't take long.

After losing his latest round in court as he attempts to legalize sports betting in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie waited about as long as it takes an NJ Transit train to get from Trenton to Newark to begin the process of asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the matter.

Let us digress for a moment. Last week, we refreshed everyone's memory about the timeline of Christie's challenge and what has transpired to date. To summarize, New Jersey has already lost three rounds in court as it seeks to overturn the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...GARDEN STATE UPDATE PART I: RUMBLINGS TO THE NORTH

It seems like we can't escape from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie these days. He's hard to miss...and he's everywhere, isn't he? (For a moment, we even thought we saw him on the Michigan sideline last week at Northwestern...until realizing it was Wolverine HC Brady Hoke instead.) Certainly, Christie has been in the public eye a lot lately, romping as he did to re-election in the Garden State on November 5, and more than ever featured prominently on almost all of the news channels (and occasional late-night talk-show TV clips).

But the "Big Man" has not been on a winning streak lately in federal court, at least as it pertains to his quest to begin legalized, Las Vegas-style sports wagering  Read more...


TGS HOOPS SPECIAL REPORT...MAKING SENSE OF BASKETBALL ANALYTICS

Watching a practice session of the 1984 Olympics team he was coaching, Bob Knight was sitting in the stands with Stu Inman, an old friend and then the GM of the Portland Trail Blazers. The NBA Draft was to be held in a few days, and Inman's Blazers were picking second. It was general knowledge that the Houston Rockets, picking first, would take U of Houston center Akeem (before he added the "H") Olajuwon.

Following, courtesy of the excellent biography entitled Knight, by Bob Hammel, is Knight's recounting of the brief discussion that followed with Inman, who had just told Knight that the Blazers were leaning toward taking Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT..."FADE ALERT" IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL!

Miami-Ohio... The once-proud Miami program has rarely plunged to these depths, winless straight up into mid-November with HC Don Treadwell already dismissed and the RedHawks trying to stay afloat under interim HC Mike Bath, promoted after Treadwell's dismissal. The offense has not scored more than 16 points in a game, and the prospects of the big donut are looming, as Miami figures to be substantial underdogs against the three remaining teams (Kent State, plus likely bowl entries Buffalo and Ball State) to close the regular season. A recent season-ending knee injury suffered by starting QB Austin Boucher was perhaps the final ignominy in a forgettable Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...CAN JAGS THREATEN '76 BUCS & '08 LIONS?

Every once in a while, pro football fans get intrigued by oddball occurrences. Such as Denver's near-record 261/2-point spread against Jacksonville a few weeks ago. Interestingly, such ignominious accomplishments like those of the Jags are almost as apt to capture the imagination of the audience as do examples of excellence.

And for those sorts drawn to hopeless situations like the ones in Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, the second half of the 2013 NFL season is going to provide some entertainment. Especially in the case of the lowly Jaguars, the team most Read more...


TGS HOOPS SPECIAL REPORT...TIP OFF! NBA 2013-14 ""FUTURES" TO WATCH!

After the Nats missed the playoffs, and the Redskins and Caps broke slowly from the gate this fall, not to mention Congress not winning any popularity contests, D.C. fans need something to get excited about. Filling the gap could be the Washington Wizards (39 1/2) , who sent a signal that they mean business by recently dealing for Suns C Marcin Gortat, who along with a healthy Nene now gives "Da Bullet" a legit NBA frontline. With former top draftee John Wall being healthy from the outset this season and being joined by another former SEC star, ex-Florida G Bradley Beal, to form a dynamite perimeter Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...COLLEGE FB EARLY BOWL PROJECTIONS!

In recent years, our midseason bowl projections have generated quite a response from the media and our reading audience. So, with November looming on the horizon, it's time for us to get busy with our best "guesstimates" for the upcoming postseason.

NEW MEXICO: USC vs. Colorado State...The final confirmation of what Lane Kiffin (and NCAA penalties) have wrought at SC. Ed Orgeron likely gets to the postseason, but because of the extra game at Hawaii, the Trojans need to go at least 3-3 the Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT ...IN THE QUEUE AT SC AND HOT SEAT UPDATE

There was a time when midseason coaching dismissals in college football were about as rare as coming across an old buffalo nickel. Indeed, for the first couple of decades in our TGS publishing annals, those instances could almost be counted on one hand. We recall those few situations because their uniqueness was so easy to recall. One of those happened at Ole Miss in late September of 1973 in what was eventually described as the "Midnight Massacre" in Oxford (the Rebs' version of Richard Nixon's subsequent and infamous "Saturday Night Massacre" at the White House a few weeks later), when Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...A MILE-HIGH NUMBER IN DENVER

Much like the handful of vegetarians among the thousands who tune into the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island every 4th of July, just to see how many franks can actually be devoured by Joey Chestnut, even football fans who don't wager seem to be curious about the most-extreme of pointspreads. Such as this week's sky-high, er, mile high, number for Sunday's Jacksonville at Denver game. We've already fielded numerous calls and inquiries for information from a variety of interested parties, including some national media sources, all asking basically the same questions. Namely, how high will the Jags-Broncos number be posted? Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFF PREVIEW!

Of the three division winners, we suppose there are more questions about the low-budget Oakland A's (7/2) and their ability to hit quality pitching, which they will surely face in the ALDS when confronting the Detroit Tigers (21/10), as they did a year ago when they also had home-field edge but failed against Justin Verlander in the decisive Game 5. Unlike the 2012 postseason when suspended, however, the A's do have the services of vet starter Bartolo Colon, who was remarkably consistent this season, while the emergence of 3B Josh Donaldson as an MVP candidate has further upgraded the Oakland offense from a year ago. We think the A's, who swung the bats extremely well in another hot September Read more...


THE GOLD SHEET SPECIAL REPORT...NOTHING TO SEE HERE?

Strong personalities exerting undue influence over the sports media is not a recent development. Readers overseas, those familiar with English soccer in particular, especially know of what we are speaking. As outlined in a couple of in-depth chapters in Michael Crick's explosive biography entitled The Boss: The Many Sides of Alex Ferguson, the author details how the now-retired Manchester United manager perfected a form of media manipulation that might have been better-served in Cold War Eastern Europe or Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe. And it wasn't just the sporting press that was Read more...


TGS COLLEGE FB SPECIAL REPORT...THE BIGGEST GAME OF THEM ALL

Occasionally on these pages, we at TGS like to assume the role of reviewer if a certain book merits attention. And it just so happens that this upcoming week's gridiron schedule, featuring another renewal of the Notre Dame-Michigan State rivalry, has reminded us of one of the most in-depth college football literary classics that has gone mostly unmentioned by major media sources since it was first published in 1992. It's time, however, to give this book the acclaim it Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S NEW FRONTIER-PART II

This is the conclusion to our two-part "College Football's New Frontier" story after the first installment from our issue No. 1. Following thereafter is a brief excerpt of our new weekly online "Gridiron Update" feature.

The holy grail for the new conference- specific sports enterprises remains The Big Ten Network, which as we mentioned in part one has a valuable partner in Fox for its venture. Though it took a couple of years for the BTN to gain traction, it has since become the model for all such operations to emulate.

The main reason? The BTN has secured clearance on most "basic" cable TV providers in states in which Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...NFL SEASON-WIN WAGERS TO WATCH!

AFC BEST BETS: While the marketplace seems slow to accept the fact the Pittsburgh Steelers (9 wins) might be in decline, times change; look at the hometown Pirates, ready to make the MLB playoffs for the first time in 21 years! Like it or not for Steeler fans, there are valid concerns at Heinz Field, not the least of which is keeping QB Ben Roethlisberger healthy, which has proven a major issue lately. And with Plan B at QB so uninspiring (journeyman Bruce Gradkowski), HC Mike Tomlin might as well give former reliever Charlie Batch another call should Big Ben go down again, as he has the past two seasons Read more...


TGS 2013 PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE AFC WEST

DENVER (Straight-Up Record 13-3 in 2012 Regular Season; Pointspread Record 11-5 in Regular Season; Over/Under 10-6 in Regular Season; Lost 38-35 in 2OT to Baltimore in Divisional Round)... Are the Broncos not the easiest pick to win their division this season? (Or, is it the Patriots?) Lack of robust competition in the West last season allowed Denver to lock up the No. 1 seed in the AFC. And the Broncos appeared to be in good shape to host the AFC championship game, until allowing a 70-yard TD bomb from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones on a 3rd-and-3 play with :31 left. That alone was enough to stun the Mile High crowd Read more...


TGS 2013 PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE NFC WEST

Not quite like past QB greats such as John Unitas or Len Dawson, who were bypassed completely in the NFL Draft. Or probably not an an all-time steal of a pick such as Tom Brady, taken in the 6th round by the Patriots back in 2000. But there were still 74 players in the 2012 NFL Draft who were taken before QB Russell Wilson, nabbed by the Seattle Seahawks (2012 SUR 12-6, PSR 13-5, O/U 9-9) in the third round. And we think it is safe to say that there will not be 74 players from the rookie class of 2012 that will have more impact in the league than Wilson. Whose third-round selection, if last year is any indication, could eventually qualify as Read more...


NEW TGS COVER STORY...COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S NEW FRONTIER-PART I

Rewind to January 1, 1965. After acquiring the rights to televise the Orange Bowl, NBC, along with the directors of the Miami event, had decided to break with tradition and move the annual New Year's Day classic to nighttime and prime-time TV. College football fans could not believe their luck, as the New Year's bowl lineup would now eliminate a usual early logjam involving the Orange (through 1964 an ABC property), Sugar (in those days telecast by NBC), and Cotton (a long-time CBS property until recent years) Bowls that would all take Read more...


TGS 2013 PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE AFC SOUTH

Destined to be like the San Diego Chargers of a few years back, good enough to make the playoffs and hint at a deep run in the postseason before inevitably falling short? Or a legit Super Bowl contender? We'll find out more this fall with the Houston Texans (2012 SUR 13-5, PSR 10-8, O/U 8-10) after HC Gary Kubiak's team has been good enough to get to the playoffs and past Cincinnati in the wild card round each of the past two seasons before stumbling on the road in the division round (2011 at Baltimore, 2012 at New England). The Texans certainly didn't blow up the operation in the offseason, staying mostly quiet on the free-agent front and Read more...


TGS 2013 PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE NFC SOUTH

ATLANTA (SUR 13-3; PSR 9-6-1; O/U 5-11; Lost 28-24 vs. San Francisco in NFC Championship Game)... The Falcons last season failed to capitalize on a great opportunity to get to the Super Bowl. They finished a dominating 13-3 in the regular season to grab the top seed in the NFC; they edged burgeoning Seattle in the divisional round of the playoffs; and they jumped out to a 17-0 lead over San Francisco and young QB Colin Kaepernick in the NFC Championship Game. Atlanta even limited Kaepernick to 21 YR in the contest. But the young S.F. QB kept his poise and hit clutch passes from the pocket to send the 49ers Read more...


TGS 2013 PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE NFC NORTH

CHICAGO (SUR 10-6; PSR 7-9; O/U 9-7)... The Bears were cruising last year at midseason, with a 7-1 record and an intimidating takeaway defense. But then Chicago's lingering OL problems came home to roost, as Jay Cutler in Game Nine was hurried, intercepted (twice), and hammered (had to leave with a concussion) in a 13-6 home loss vs. Houston. With then-backup Jason Campbell at the controls the next week at San Francisco, Chicago was routed 32-7. Although Cutler returned the next week, the Bears' 3-5 second half of the season for a 10-6 finish was just enough to keep them out of the playoffs. And just enough to cost Lovie Smith his job Read more...


TGS 2013 PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE AFC NORTH

We understand the dynamics involved with downgrading the previous year's Super Bowl champ. So we're not too surprised that most pundits are ignoring the Baltimore Ravens (2012 SUR 14-6, PSR 10-10, O/U 11-9) and their chances to repeat.

And, in fact, we don't expect Baltimore to be playing at the Meadowlands in early February, either. But with most Las Vegas wagering outlets offering a season win price at a deeply discounted 8 1/2, we suspect there is some value on a Ravens "over" recommendation...quite a bit, in fact Read more...


TGS 2013 PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE AFC EAST

MIAMI (SUR 7-9; PSU 8-8; O/U 5-10-1)...There is still plenty of skepticism around the league concerning whether Dolphin QB Ryan Tannehill (58.3%, 12 TDs, 13 ints.) will develop into a top-quality QB. But not in the Miami offices, where HC Joe Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman are both confident they can build quickly with Tannehill in control of this year's faster-paced, speedier attack. Remember, Tannehill only played QB for 11/2 seasons at Texas A&M, helping out at WR before that, catching 112 passes his first 2+ seasons. Also, both Sherman and Philbin had a role in developing Read more...


TGS 2013 PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE NFC EAST

Throughout the month of August, TGS will be previewing each of the NFL division races for 2013, as well as providing a QB depth chart for the preseason games that commence Thursday, August 8. First up for our previews will be the NFC East, presented in order of predicted finish, with 2012 straight-up, pointspread, and "over/under" records included...

It's not how a team starts the season, it's how a team finishes it that counts. No better example can be found than the New York Giants (2012 SUR 9-7; PSR 8-8; O/U 5-11) , whose SU mark last season was no  Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE SUN BELT

After all of movement of the tectonic plates beneath college sports over the past few years, the Sun Belt remains standing. Though not unaffected by the rampant conference shifting, with a trickle-down effect altering league membership, the Belt can at least count itself as a survivor.

What really continues to endear about the Belt, however, is that it gladly accepts its role at the end of the FBS food chain. Somebody has to be willing to fill all of those non-conference, open scheduling dates for the BCS schools. Somebody has to be willing to play in the lower-level bowls. In those regards Read more...


TGS INDIES RETROSPECTIVE...WHEN NOTRE DAME (FINALLY!) SAW THE LIGHT

Having published since 1957, TGS has spanned several eras and generations in college football. Including long-ago times when there were only a handful of bowl games. And even those were not necessarily regarded as a reward for a good season. In some cases, they were even a punishment of sorts.

Draconian policies regarding bowls extended well into our publishing lifetime, all of the way into the mid '70s, when the Big Ten and then-called Pac-8 finally relented and allowed teams other than their conference champions to participate in the postseason. In the case of the Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE INDEPENDENTS

Independent ranks swell this fall to their greatest number since the early '90s as a couple of WAC refugees (New Mexico State and Idaho) temporarily park in the lot before re-enlisting with the Sun Belt next year. Meanwhile, Old Dominion, though technically an FCS independent in 2013, will also be included for our purposes in this preview as the Monarchs, in the midst of a transiiton to FBS status and enlisting with Conference USA in 2014, face no fewer than five FBS foes this fall. For the moment, Navy is also still an independent, though it plans to join the American in 2015. As for BYU, it remains "indie" for the time being, too, though is still rumored for a Read more...


TGS AMERICAN RETROSPECTIVE...THE HOUSTON VEER AND MEMORIES OF 100-6

As the "American" (or officially the American Athletic Conference) sets for its debut this fall, the league is hardly without any gridiron history. Indeed, many of the members of the new alliance, mostly cobbled together from the old Big East and defectiors from Conference USA, have some real football tradition.

And, at least in terms of color, few in the nation can match the history of the University of Houston, considered one of the potential flagship programs of the newly-christened American. That colorful past holds especially true of the Cougars' glory era of the '60, '70s, and even into the '80s under Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE "AMERICAN"

LOUISVILLE (11-2; 6-7)... After sharing the Big East title in the past two campaigns, the loaded and experienced Cards, who finished 11-2 and ranked 13th in the AP poll in 2012, are the clear-cut choice in the newly-branded AAC. Louisville, which has returned to national prominence under fourth-year mentor Charlie Strong, figures to be favored in every game this campaign, with probably no top-25 teams on the schedule. And the Cards, who join the ACC next term, commence 2014 with supreme confidence buoyed by their stunning 33-23 upset win over the SEC power Florida Gators in last January's Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE PACIFIC 12-PART II

After decades of following the Big Ten around like a dog on a leash (due largely to the Rose Bowl), the Pac-12 has busted out on its own the past few years, specifically its aggressive pursuit of expansion and establishment of its own network (the latter a major portion of this presentation and also a central element of an early-season TGS editorial we are preparing right now that deals with potential long-term consequences of the new mega-buck TV deals). All transpiring since the league made the bold move and hired Larry Scott as its commissioner in 2009. Scott, lured away from his Chairman and CEO role of the Women's Tennis Association Read more...


TGS PAC-12 RETROSEPCTIVE...THE YEAR OF THE "CARDIAC KIDS" AT USC

It's easy to identify special seasons from the past at many college football programs... especially those without too many of those memorable campaigns. When it comes to the traditional powerhouses, however, selecting specific outstanding teams from the past becomes a bit of a chore, simply because there is so much from which to choose.After all, which Notre Dame, Alabama, Texas, or Ohio State sides does one select to highlight?

On the Pacific Coast, the same dilemma presents college gridiron historians who want to examine Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE PACIFIC 12-PART I

OREGON (SUR 12-1; PSR 8-5; O/U 7-5)... It's a new era in Eugene. Or is it? The Ducks literally sped to a 46-7 record in their four years under Chip Kelly. His "fast, faster and fastest" version of the no-huddle spread option was the state of the art in college football when Kelly departed last winter for the Philadelphia Eagles. Now in command of the Webfoots is Oregon native Mark Helfrich, the team's offensive coordinator and QB coach the last four seasons. There is a good history of promotion of o.c.'s in Eugene, as the popular Mike Bellotti replaced Rich Brooks, and Kelly replaced Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT CONFERENCE USA-PART II

At first glance it appears as if it is going to be as hard to select a favorite from a jumbled back of contenders in the Eastern half of Conference USA as it was to pick a winner in the old Demolition Derby from the Islip Speedway on Long Island, a yearly feature during Jim McKay's long-ago days on ABC's Wide World of Sports.

Upon further inspection, however, the most compelling case can probably be made for Ruffin McNeill's East Carolina (2012 SUR 8-5, PSR 6-7) as the team to beat in the East. While we maintain that the "returning starter" angle so overplayed by most preview magazines is Read more...


TGS CONFERENCE USA RETROSPECTIVE...A (GOLDEN) HURRICANE AT TULSA!

Sometimes, even we at TGS have to marvel at all of the changes that have taken place in college football since we began publishing in 1957. Many of the differences between those days of yore and the modern version of the game would shock a new generation of college fans who might have trouble recalling a world without ESPN.

Some of the contrasts are so stark, however, that even we have to step back and remind ourselves that, yes, our publishing timeline at TGS dates back to a kong-ago era when they were doing...what? Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT CONFERENCE USA-PART I

Welcome to the Greyhound terminal of college sports, otherwise known as Conference USA, where the "big dogs" have been motoring in and out at a dizzying pace. We'll get to more of those specifics in a moment.

Though its history is rather brief (dating only to 1995), CUSA has nonetheless served a unique and rather useful role in the college sports landscape. Roots not entrenched like those of other long-established leagues, CUSA's existence was more a matter of convenience for countless far-flung football independents. It was the outgrowth of the old Metro Conference, a hastily arranged affiliation Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE MAC-PART II

OHIO... Frank Solich enters his ninth season as head coach at Athens, and he's definitely found his niche in turning around the Ohio program. The Bobcats are 36-18 straight-up the last four seasons, and there's reason to believe that winning touch will continue in 2013.

Ohio returns a monster senior offensive trio that should position the Bobcats to return to the MAC title game for the third time in the past five seasons. QB Tyler Tettleton was named second-team all-MAC last year and has thrown for 6,150 yards while tossing 46 TDs with just 14 ints. while running for a total of 910 yards over the past two Read more...


TGS MAC RETROSPECTIVE...AND A CALL TO ACTION IN THE MIDWEST!

We see them sometimes in Las Vegas, the new breed of college football "experts" who follow the Mid-American Conference closely. And since the MAC's games have been listed on most of the "big boards" since 1985, it's no surprise that the league would have some devoted followers at the sports books.

For the most part, however, the idea of MAC football tradition for these modern-day aficionados is limited to which teams qualified for recent Little Caesar's or GoDaddy.Com Bowl appearances. Or expertise in knowing the locales of the Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE MAC-PART I

All things considered, the MAC has survived the great conference shake-up just fine. While there has been some movement within the league ranks over the past few years, the fact the Mid-American has emerged mostly unscathed as we move into the middle of a turbulent decade speaks to its viability in the new order of college athletics.

The MAC's only recent defection involved Temple, a gridiron mercenary whose original addition had occurred just a few years earlier anyway. There was little historic connection between the league and the Owls, who used the MAC as a short-term parking place Read more...


TGS SEC RETROSPECTIVE...THE RETURN OF THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN

Amid all of the distastefulness in pro and college sports today, there is always room for someone who radiates class and integrity. The sort of fellow who, upon being forced out of a high-profile coaching job in which he never recorded a losing record in seven seasons, could still be humble and gracious in his goodbye comments.

"Class is, when they run you out of town, to look like you're leading the parade."

We'll tell you more about this chap in just a Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE SEC-PART II

The era of the SEC continued last season when the conference secured an unprecedented seventh straight national title as Alabama romped past Notre Dame, 42-14, in the BCS title game.

Which, fairly, brings up an interesting point: Is this truly the era of the SEC, or more accurately, the era of Alabama?

Good question, considering that it has been the Tide winning most of the national titles in recent seasons. Three of the last four, in fact, the string only broken by Auburn and Cam Newton in 2010. Moreover, the rest of the SEC didn't exactly Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE SEC-PART I

SOUTH CAROLINA (2012 SUR: 11-2; PSR 8-5)...In what figures to be a hot three-team race in the SEC East (along with Georgia & Florida), we give the nod to a loaded South Carolina contingent, which has a realistic shot at its first conference crown since joining the loop in 1992. After all, the Gamecocks managed to compile back-to-back 11-2 campaigns in 2011 & 2012, despite ranking only 82nd & 74th nationally in ypg, respectively. Plus, the schedule is more manageable than last year (Gamecocks are hosting Florida and there is no LSU on slate), and HC Steve Spurrier has demonstrated he knows how to best utilize Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE BIG 12

It looks like we're going to have the Big 12 around for a while after all. We weren't too sure about that on multiple occasions within the past few years, but for the time being, it seems as if the alliance will endure. At least until further notice.

That did not seem likely back in the summer of 2010 when the first of a pair of raids on the conference from the then-called Pac-10 threatened the equivalent of hostile business takeover. A midnight attack from the coast orchestrated by commissioner Larry Scott had threatened to annex Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Colorado into the Pac and leave a smoldering crater in Read more...


TGS BIG 12 RETROSPECTIVE...THE KINGS OF THE WISHBONE T

Thank goodness for the Big 12! (Never mind that its membership counts only ten schools these days...heck, numbers have been meaningless in conference names for many years.) Even though its foundation dates only to 1996, when it welded members of the old Big Eight and four refugees (Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech) from the dissolving Southwest Conference. The alignment made sense, shaped largely by their shared location on the Plains. After all, Oklahoma (old Big 8) and Texas (old Southwest) was already one of the sport's most revered rivalries, and now they would be in the same league. There was also a synergistic tradition of excellence Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE ACC-PART II

Although HC Paul Johnson appears to be in no immediate danger at Georgia Tech (2012 SUR 7-7; PSR 9-5), it is fair to speculate whether the Yellow Jackets have hit a plateau on his watch. Tech has been on an unmistakable descent since winning the ACC title in 2009 and advancing to the Orange Bowl; indeed, the Engineers are only 21-20 straight up in their last 41 games dating to that bowl loss vs. Iowa three-plus years ago.

There are a few schools of thought why the Ramblin' Wreck has flattened out in recent seasons. Some suspect that as the ACC has become more familiar with Johnson's unique flexbone attack, Tech is not  Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE ACC-PART I

Never a dull moment in the ACC, that's for sure. Although we have a suspicion that things will be calming down soon enough thanks to a bit of news that surfaced early in the spring. More on that in a moment.

In the meantime, a lot of attention continues to be paid to the plight of the Miami Hurricanes, who have had their day in front of the NCAA Infractions Committee and await a ruling related, among other things, to improper benefits and contact involving disgraced booster Nevin Shapiro, who has been back in the news in recent weeks. Now Read more...


TGS ACC RETROSPECTIVE...CLEMSON AND THE MAGICAL YEAR OF 1981

Can it really by 32 years since Clemson claimed the national title under Danny Ford in 1981? To many Tiger fans, the thrill of that campaign endures. Although it is not lost upon most of them that those memories are probably clear only to those who are in their 40s now.

Nonetheless, the mention of Clemson and 1981 warms our collective hearts at TGS. That's because, alongside 1967 (chronicled in part by our Big Ten retrospective focused upon Indiana's miracle Rose Bowl run that year) and 1973 (as we detailed in length in our bowl preview feature Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE BIG TEN-PART II

NEBRASKA (2012 SUR 10-4, PSR 7-7)...It's fairly evident that Nebraska should have the best attack in the Legends Division in 2013. Multi-threat QB Taylor Martinez is primed for his fourth year as the Cornhusker regular, and he's coming off a season in which he threw for 2,871 yards and ran for 1,019 more. His work on his throwing motion and accuracy paid off last season, as he went from completing 56% as a redshirt soph in 2011 to 62% in 2012. He's come a long way since arriving in Lincoln in 2009 as a scatterarm, run-first athlete. All of his key receivers return, as jr. WR Kenny Bell 50 catches, 17.3 ypc), sr. wideout Quincy Enunwa (42) and jr. Jamal Turner are Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE BIG TEN -PART I

Never mind all of that chatter regarding the SEC. If there's a real trailblazing conference in college sports today, it's the Big Ten. We'll expand upon that in a moment.

In the meantime, the pieces seem to be in place for a revival of the glory days of one of college football's great rivalries. That's because the prospects of Urban Meyer's resurgent (and once again bowl-eligible) Ohio State and Brady Hoke's ascending Michigan, meeting for all of the marbles in their annual late-season grudge match, has rekindled memories of the great Woody Hayes-Bo Schembechler Read more...


TGS BIG TEN RETROSPECTIVE...THE OTHER "HOOSIERS" YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

It's hard for any modern-day football fan of the ESPN generation to believe there ever existed a Big Ten where neither Ohio State nor Michigan were factors in the league race...or when there were actually ten schools in the loop. But there was such an age, including a fleeting one in which a long-time gridiron non-entity from the league was the talk of the college football world.

Indeed, they've yet to make a sequel to the real version of Hoosiers. And no, we're not talking about the movie starring Gene Hackman Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE MOUNTAIN WEST-PART II

It requires a long trip in the way-back machine to recall a coach who fashioned a winning record at UNLV (SUR 2-11, PSR 7-6). Try 1982-85 and the regime of the colorful Harvey Hyde, whose teams included a QB named Randall Cunningham. Since Hyde's ouster, however, the Rebs have fashioned just three winning records (and two of those at only 6-5) in the past 27 seasons, causing some longtime regional insiders to wonder if UNLV can ever get its program straightened out...perhaps in time to save it from the gallows Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE MOUNTAIN WEST-PART I

After a wild few seasons of subtractions and additions to its membership ranks, the Mountain West has temporarily settled upon a 12-team football configuration for 2013 with the additions of WAC refugees San Jose State and Utah State to the mix. Which has prompted the league to be split into two divisions, aptly labeled "Mountain" and "West" (don't accuse the MWC and Commisisoner Craig Thompson of lacking creativty!). Of course, the decisions of Boise State and San Diego State last December to abandon their ill-conceived dreams of the "big time" with the Big East and stay in the MWC were not wholly unexpected by anyone with connected sources in the region Read more...


TGS MOUNTAIN WEST RETROSPECTIVE...THE WILD OLD DAYS AT WYO

EDITOR'S NOTE: Along with our summer College FB conference previews, we'll be providing some corresponding retrospective pieces on all of the leagues as we honor the 57th publishing season of THE GOLD SHEET, set to commence this fall! Accompanying our Mountain West 2013 preview is a look back at the days when many of the current conference members performed in the old WAC, and a particular program with a much more colorful history than modern-day fans might realize...

Although the WAC ceased to exist as a football conference after last season, most Read more...


TGS 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...COACHES ON THE HOT SEAT!

NOTE: The Gold Sheet's conference previews of the 2013 college fotoball season begin later in June!

In a sense, almost every college football coach is on the hot seat. But there's no question that entering every gridiron campaign, some mentors are in more trouble than others. And, in a handicapping sense, it's always a good idea to know which coaches are sitting on the "hottest" of seats, as history has shown that it has been worthwhile to identify such potential trouble spots as early as possible in anticipation of possible meltdowns and strings of spread Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...STRIKE ONE FOR NEW JERSEY

Right about this time of year near the end of the 1984 NFL regular season, news broke from Philadelphia that Eagles owner Leonard Tose was close to moving the Birds to Phoenix. Tose, of course, was a well-known inveterate gambler who frequented the Atlantic City casinos. Still, no fans in Philadelphia were expecting that he would be willing to move their beloved franchise several time zones away to help cover his mounting debts. Quickly, the city mobilized and restructured the Eagles' lease terms at Veterans Stadium; the Vet would get 50-plus penthouse suites, to be built at the top of the 700 level, by the 1986 season; all revenue would go to the team Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...THE GARDEN STATE TIMES

Hmmm. It's been a while since we've talked about the sports wagering landscape on these pages. More specifically, about any attempts to legalize the exercise in locales other than Nevada and, to a lesser extent, the weekly NFL parlay cards available in select Delaware and Oregon locations.

But times are changing. Which is why everyone in the sports wagering industry is paying very close attention to developments in New Jersey, all thanks to some bold thinking championed by none other than Gov. Chris Christie, who has stepped to the plate on the subject like no Read more...





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