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Kansas City (8) got off its eyebrow-raising 9-0 start in 2013, with Andy Reid pushing all the right buttons and Alex Smith flashing some Montana-esque form. But last season's 2-5 finish, followed by a 45-44 cave-in to the Colts in the playoffs, might be more indicative of things to come. Smith's receiving corps is below par, and top target Dwayne Bowe (only 57 recs. in 2013) is playing with a finger that Reid has described as "shot." And, one must ask, "How much more of a pounding can ultra-valuable RB Jamaal Charles (1287 YR, 70 recs.) take?" Opponents last year found that if they could block NT Dontari Poe (41/2 sacks) and hard-charging OLBs Tamba Hali  Read more...


TGS SPECIAL REPORT...MEET THE "BAG MEN" OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Every once in a while, we experience an "Abe Ribicoff moment" at TGS. Ribicoff, if you recall, was the U.S. Senator from Connecticut who famously, and forcefully, told the assembled masses at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago what many of them didn't want to hear. Specifically, Ribicoff bravely, or perhaps brazenly, went off script and upbraided Mayor Richard Daley and his Chicago political machine to their faces, right in their backyard of the old International Amphitheater, for the behavior of their police force against protestors nearby at Grant Park and on Read more...


TGS 2014 PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE AFC WEST

DENVER (2013 SUR 15-4; PSR 12-7; O/U 12-7. Lost 43-8 to Seattle in the Super Bowl)...We'll start with the bad news for this year's aspirations of the Broncos, who were humiliated 43-8 by younger, faster Seattle in the Super Bowl last February in New York/New Jersey. No team that has lost a Super Bowl has returned to the championship game and won since the 1972 Dolphins in Super Bowl VII. That's a long time. While that fact might very well serve as motivation for this year's Broncos, it indicates that the odds are against Denver right from the outset. Nevertheless, the Broncos enter 2014 with the highest of hopes. After all, Peyton Manning is back  Read more...


TGS 2014 PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE AFC SOUTH

It can be effectively argued that the Indianapolis Colts (20-13 SUR 12-6; PSR 10-7-1; O/U 10-8) won last year's AFC South by default. After all, each other division member finished beneath .500. While the road to the playoffs will not be paved as smoothly every year, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that Indy might be able to back its way into the postseason if necessary...a nice safety net in case the team regresses from last year's 11-5 regular-season mark.

The Colts, however, have bigger things on their minds than winning the AFC South. After making the playoffs as the final qualifier (and losing in Read more...


TGS 2014 PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE NFC SOUTH

NEW ORLEANS (2013 SUR 12-6; PSR 9-7-2)... After a slew of defensive injuries early and then a key late-season loss at Carolina cost New Orleans the NFC South championship in 2013, the Saints seem ideally poised to get back to the top of the divisional stack in 2014.

Last year's defensive injuries began with OLB Victor Butler and continued through DE Kenyon Coleman, LB Jonathan Vilma, DE/OLB Will Smith, and CB Patrick Robinson. Later in the season CB Jabari Greer and then impressive rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro were lost for the duration. Still, with HC Sean Payton back from a one-year Read more...


TGS 2014 PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE NFC NORTH

GREEN BAY (2013 SUR 8-8-1; PSR 6-10-1; O/U 9-8)...As long as Aaron Rodgers stays healthy, the Packers--despite a few holes on defense--remain the favorite to win their fourth straight NFC North crown. Rodgers pretty much re-established that fact in last year's regular-season finale, when he returned from a broken collarbone just in time to lead the Packers to a decisive 33-28 victory in chilly Chicago, hurling the winning TD pass to Randall Cobb (himself returned from the injury list) in the final minute. The Bears (and Lions) both had late-season leads in Read more...


TGS 2014 PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE AFC NORTH

It has started to dawn upon Baltimore Ravens (2013 SUR 8-8; PSR 7-8-1; O/U 8-8) backers that 2012 was maybe the culmination of a great five-season run for HC John Harbaugh...not the beginning of an extended dynasty. The Ravens' slip to 8-8 last fall suggested more than a Super Bowl hangover, as many key pieces from the title run had either departed or were noticeably on the decline. Whether or not that might include QB Joe Flacco, entering his 7th season this fall, remains to be seen. Flacco's 2013 numbers dropped precipitously (a career-worst 22 picks) after signing the big offseason contract worth $120 million, which also contributed to some salary juggling required Read more...


TGS 2014 PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE AFC EAST

NEW ENGLAND (2013 SUR 13-5; PSR 9-9; O/U 10-8)...No genius pick here, as the Belichick/Brady Patriots have won 11 straight AFC East titles. Yes, Miami won the division in 2008, but that was after Brady was felled in the season opener with a torn ACL. So Belichick/Brady have indeed captured 11 in a row, while Belichick/Matt Cassel are 0-1.

Thus, it's no surprise the Pats are the clear-cut East favorites again, but they always have bigger things in mind. After N.E. won three Super Bowls between the 2001 and 2004 seasons, being rightfully credited as being a dynasty, it has been a rather spotty dynasty since. Belichick's charges have made it to the Read more...


TGS 2014 PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE NFC EAST

We've seen a similar scenario unfold twice with the New York Giants (2013 SUR 7-9, PSR 7-9, O/U 7-9) in recent memory. Overlooked entering the season, while the media fawns over more flashy contenders in the NFC East. Back-and-forth efforts throughout the first half of the season. Then, the gears begin to mesh in December, QB Eli Manning begins to play with confidence, and the G-Men peak at just the right time to storm down the stretch and win the Super Bowl.

The above transpired in both the 2007 and 2001 seasons under HC Tom Coughlin, and, in truth, we don't really 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...


2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT TGS PRESEASON TOP 40!

1-OKLAHOMA... It looked like something very good happened late last season with the Sooners, who closed like a freight train with eye-opening wins at Kansas State and Oklahoma State and then outgunning Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Which partly coincided with then-RS frosh QB Trevor Knight finally taking control of the offense after an uneven season that included just five starts and a knee injury. But as long as the Knight who passed for 348 yards and 4 TDs vs. the Crimson Tide is the Knight we see in the fall, OU can run the regular-season table, especially with eight starters also back from d.c. Mike Stoops' attack-minded 3-4 "D" that was the Big 12's best Read more...


TGS INDIES RETROSPECTIVE...EARLY TGS DAYS, WHEN FOOTBALL WAS FUN AT NAVY!

It was a different era in college football when TGS began to publish in 1957. No kidding! Although a quick look at the final rankings that season would be reminiscent of polls in later decades (national champ Auburn, Ohio State, and Michigan State finished 1-2-3 in the final AP poll, with Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Notre Dame also in the top ten), the major bowl lineup that year would also feature the likes of Duke (Orange), Rice (Cotton), and Navy (Cotton). Indeed, the faceoff between the Owls and Middies would be the only matchup of top ten teams in that postseason. To further confirm it was a different era, however, all we have to do is  Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE INDEPENDENTS

NOTRE DAME (SUR: 9-4; PSR: 5-8) ...Brian Kelly is an impressive 37-15 in 4 seasons in South Bend, and he's definitely upgraded the recruiting level, landing top-ten classes in each of the last two seasons. This year the Irish youth will get a true test, especially on defense, where 5 of the front 7 have moved on, including DE Stephon Tuitt (2nd round to Pittsburgh) & DT Louis Nix (3rd round to Houston). The offensive front lost OT Zach Martin (1st round to Dallas), TE Troy Niklas (2nd round to Arizona) and G Chris Watt (3rd to the Chargers). That's a lot of high-quality beef to replace. There's also a hurdle to overcome with some flux in the ND coaching Read more...


TGS MID-AMERICAN RETROSPECTIVE...WHEN THE WHEELS CAME OFF IN YPSILANTI

Not many college stadiums have doubled as homes for pro football teams in their histories. And the MAC certainly doesn't come to mind when recalling some of those rare examples. But an archaeological dig into the gridiron sub-surface will reveal a time when the MAC and pro football did converge at a most unlikely locale... Eastern Michigan's Rynearson Stadium.

That's right. The EMU Eagles are the only MAC program to ever share their home field with a pro football team. Now, if you can remember that team, you should probably be due some sort of added bonus Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE MID-AMERICAN--PART II

TOLEDO (SUR: 7-5; PSR: 8-4)...Toledo HC Matt Campbell likes his team. "In my six years at the University of Toledo, this is the most complete football team we've had," says Campbell. The Rockets are certainly experienced, as 35 of last season's 44-man 2-deep return, and that group will be supplemented by a few key transfers. The offensive line is as good as any in the MAC, with 5 seniors starting, led by G Greg Mancz, an all-MAC pick who has 38 starts under his belt. LT Josh Hendershot and G Jeff Meyers enter their third seasons as starters. That unit was responsible for generating 6.0 ypc on the ground, holding foes Read more...


TGS AMERICAN RETROSPECTIVE...BLAZING A HISTORIC TRAIL AT SMU

The football history of the American is obviously an abbreviated one, as the league has been in existence for only a year. Effectively an extension of the football-playing portion of the old Big East, now augmented by various Conference USA refugees, the conference itself has little background, although many of the programs in its midst have a rich football tradition that dates back several decades.

Indeed, some of the more important tales in college football lore have been told by American members in the past. And among many markers in college football history, AAC member SMU Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE MID-AMERICAN--PART I

BOWLING GREEN (SUR: 10-4; PSR 10-4)...The Falcons are coming off their first conference championship since 1992, but the departure of HC Dave Clawson to Wake Forest after 5 years in Bowling Green threw a monkey wrench into the machine. Enter Dino Babers, an assistant coach and coordinator on the bigger stages (Arizona, Baylor, Texas A&M) before successfully cutting his teeth as a head coach at FCS representative Eastern Illinois the last 2 years, complete with his highly-regarded coordinators in tow. The BG offense was very good last season, ranking 28th nationally at 35 ppg, and that unit returns virtually all its important pieces Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE SUN BELT

LOUISIANA - LAFAYETTE (2013 SUR 9-4; PSR 5-8; O/U 7-6)...The Sun Belt Conference has been hit by more team changes this season, sending annual contender Western Kentucky up to the C-USA, and welcoming four new teams--2013 Independents Idaho and New Mexico State, plus respected former Southern Conference FCS teams Appalachian State and Georgia State. But don't look for much change near the top of the standings. Since Mark Hudspeth arrived in southwest Louisiana three years ago from the staff of Dan Mullen at Mississippi State, the Ragin' Cajuns have gone 27-12 overall, 17-6 in Sun Belt games, and 3-0 in Read more...


TGS CONFERENCE USA RETROSPECTIVE...A CLASSIC UPSET FOR THE AGES!

Relatively speaking, there isn't a lot of football history in Conference USA, which began to formally compete on the gridiron in the 1996 season. But many of the programs that comprise the league have football storylines that date from decades earlier. Including Southern Miss, which has fielded football teams since 1912 (interrupted only when not fielding squads during World War I between 1917-19, and World War II between 1943-45).

And since Southern is the only league member that remains from its original collection of schools almost Read more...


TGS COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2014 PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE AMERICAN

CINCINNATI (SUR 9-4: PSR 6-8)... With 14 returning starters fully integrating HC Tommy Tuberville's system and philosophy in Year 2, the Bearcats look ready to capture the AAC crown in 2104. After a 26-20 upset loss at South Florida on Oct. 5, Cincy proceeded to go on six-game conference win skein before a gut-wrenching 31-24 OT loss to Louisville in the regular season finale in Tuberville's debut. The schedule won't hurt, either. Last year's conference champs UCF is not on the Cincy slate. And after being forced to sharpen its skills with tough, high profile non-conference Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT CONFERENCE USA--PART II

MARSHALL (2013 SUR 10-4, PSR 9-5)... Call it Tulane 1998 redux. We're talking about the prospects for the Thundering Herd to become the first Conference USA team to run the table since the 1998 version of the Green Wave.

You remember that Tulane team, right? Tommy Bowden was in his second year as head coach. Almost all of the key players from the Green Wave's 7-4 1997 team returned, the schedule didn't appear to be demanding, and no team had a clue how to stop offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez's newfangled offense, known today as the spread. In QB Shaun King Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT CONFERENCE USA--PART I

RICE (2014 SUR 10-4, PSR 8-6)...Rice is back, and so is HC David Bailiff, who has stabilized a program that had not experienced much success since the Eisenhower administration. Only the legendary Jess Neely has recorded more bowl visits as Owls coach than Bailiff, whose three postseason trips are two more than the entirety of Rice's bowl appearances in from Neely's last bowl team in 1961, to when Bailiff was hired in 2007. No surprise, then, that Bailiff has been rewarded with deserved contract extensions since, and a loss vs. an SEC foe in bowl season last New Year's Eve is hardly cause for alarm. After all, not many Read more...


TGS BIG 12 RETROSPECTIVE...NIXON AND SCHENKEL, HORNS AND HOGS!

We at TGS have been known to offer impromptu sports movie and book reviews on occasion, but we have never done one of those before the fact. Or, in this case, before a movie has been released...or even completed. So, instead, we're just making a prediction that we will be doing a movie review at some time in the future about the in-production flick entitled My All American, which might not hit the theaters until 2015, or maybe 2016. The film marks the directorial debut of Angelo Pizzo, who also wrote My All American. If you don't know the name, you know the work: Pizzo's credits include Hoosiers and Rudy. The subject matter of the new movie is the story of former University of Texas safety Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE BIG 12

OKLAHOMA (2013 SUR 11-2; PSR 8-5; O/U 7-6)...After its 45-31 thumping of two-time defending champion Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, expectations are soaring again in Norman. This despite the obvious questions remaining going into 2014 at QB, RB, WR, and even on defense.

HC Bob Stoops and the Sooner Nation hope they have found their answer at QB for the foreseeable future in quick Trevor Knight, who fairly embarrassed the proud Crimson Tide defense in the Superdome, hitting 32 of 44 passes for 384 yards and 4 TDs with only one interception. Although Knight Read more...


TGS SEC RETROSPECTIVE...THE HEARTBEAT (AND ECHOES) OF A MOST BITTER RIVALRY!

Forgive those from elsewhere who might not think of SEC rivalries beyond the grudge match du jour that is the Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama, which has reached new heights in the stratosphere after last season's instant classic. Most also know about Florida vs. Georgia and what used to be called the "World's Biggest Outdoor Cocktail Party" in Jacksonville. Trust us, however, there are more.

Just beneath the surface beats the heart of another rivalry that could erupt in Mount Vesuvius-like fashion at any time.

Rivalries, oh 'lawdy, does the SEC have some rivalries! And when you talk about a bucket of hate, stirring it up, and getting napalm, we'll stack up LSU and Ole Miss Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE SEC--PART II

ALABAMA (SUR: 11-2; PSR 7-6)...Alabama must replace five All-SEC performers and QB A.J. McCarron, but no team in college football reloads better than the Tide, which is our pick to win the SEC West once again. Remember, Bama had won its first 11 games and was steaming toward a shot at an unprecedented third straight BCS national title before one of the wildest plays in college football history put an end to the Tide's run. And Nick Saban's crew followed that crushing 34-28 Iron Bowl defeat with a 45-31 clunker vs. underdog Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. Mastermind Saban--who has brought in the No. 1 recruiting class nationally for the fourth straight Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW... SEC NETWORK PART OF BIGGER NARRATIVE

We are not approaching an ordinary season in college football. The foundation of college athletics in general is under assault, thanks in good part to the unionization arguments first presented by Northwestern players. We'll be discussing the many ramifications of this fascination storyline once the regular season commences later this year.

And as 2014 relates to the all-powerful SEC, we're not convinced that the introduction of the College Football Playoff, and how it might impact the SEC and its Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE SEC-PART I

SOUTH CAROLINA (SUR 11-2; PSR 7-6)...It figures to be a hot four-team race in the SEC East (Georgia, Missouri and Florida). But we give the nod to loaded, opportunistic South Carolina (+13 TO margin LY), which has finished 11-2 over the last three years, setting a school record for wins in that period and notching three straight bowl victories for the first time in school history. And despite losing its QB, top WR and premier defensive player from 2013, the Gamecocks have a very good shot at being in the inaugural four-team College Football Playoff. "All of us in the SEC, if we can win our division, win the game in Atlanta, we probably be in that final four," Read more...


TGS BIG TEN RETROSPECTIVE...THE 10-YEAR WAR OF OHIO STATE & MICHIGAN!

When Michigan and Ohio State talk about war, they really mean it. After all, how many other states/territories in the USA (outside of Civil War references) can actually say that they were once at war with another?

Michigan, Ohio, and antagonism have a long history even before the Wolverines and Buckeyes starting to put on their football pads. Although the chapters between gridiron battles between the latter two can fill books of college football history. Specifically, the "10-Year War" between 1968 and 1978 when the traditional season-ending games between the giants had Rose Bowl, and often national title, ramifications for one or both teams. Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE BIG TEN--PART II

WISCONSIN...Wiscy HC Gary Andersen isn't lying awake at night worrying about much. He took over in Madison after Bret Bielema made a quick and surprising move to Arkansas last season. Anderson made a very smooth transition, and the Badgers likely deserved a better fate than their 9-4 mark. A controversial loss at Arizona State when the referees failed to place the ball ready for play in a timely fashion cost Wisconsin a shot at a potential game-winning field goal. UW outgained Ohio State in Columbus and threw a real scare into the Buckeyes with a second-half rally that fell just short. Sure, Wisconsin threw in a clinker against Penn State in its final Big Ten Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE BIG TEN--PART I

MICHIGAN STATE...Head coach Mark Dantonio and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi got big, fat raises in the offseason. That was a smart move by Athletic Director Mark Hollis, as the Spartans' 13-1 record, conference championship, and Rose Bowl upset of Stanford constituted the best football season in East Lansing since the days of Bubba Smith and the 1965-66 teams that went 19-1-1 in those two seasons. The icing on the cake for Spartan boosters is that Dantonio's teams have beaten state-rival Michigan in five of the last six meetings (and ending Ohio State's 24-game overall winning streak was a cherry on top). Dantonio has already addressed Read more...


TGS ACC RETROSPECTIVE...DAYS OF THE MATADOR AND MAD STORK AT MIAMI

A few years ago, when discussing college football's impact on the Sunshine State, one of our longtime scouts, who was raised in the Miami area, provided us with a peek into the origin of the support bases for Florida's (at the time) three major football programs.

"In Miami," our friend said, "it was pretty easy to determine which people would follow which school. The traditional Southerners would gravitate toward the Gators. The young and hip crowd seemed to like Florida State. Miami? It had a base of fans, people from the Keys and  Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE ACC--PART II

FLORIDA STATE (2013 SUR 14-0, PSR 11-3)...The question on the minds of all followers of ACC football, beyond if local supermarkets are off limits to Jameis Winston, is if FSU is up for a repeat run at the national championship. Well, here's an indicator. In early June, we were once again involved with Tony Miller and Aaron Kessler from Las Vegas' venerable Golden Nugget, for the process of arriving at pointspreads for 200 select college football "games of the year" to be posted over the summer at the sports book of the historic downtown hotel. Many of the Seminoles' games were included, and every single spread involving Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE ACC-PART I

NORTH CAROLINA (2013 SUR 7-6, PSR 8-5)...Power vacuums are nothing new in the ACC; we recall one such instance not long ago, in the middle of the last decade, when simultaneous downturns by Florida State and Clemson in the Atlantic half of the loop, and Miami stumbling in the Coastal, provided an opening for Jim Grobe's Wake Forest, which famously broke through for an unexpected league crown in 2006.

Similarly, the Coastal half collectively collapsed around Duke last season, allowing the Blue Devils to sneak in and steal the division. And while traditional powers Virginia Tech and Miami try Read more...


TGS PACIFIC 12 RETROSPECTIVE...DAYS OF GREAT PUMPKINS AND GIANT KILLERS!

Great Pumpkins and Giant Killers? Sounds more like some kind of a storybook tale than a college football reference, doesn't it?

But for a short and glorious while at Oregon State in the late '60s, the two terms were synonymous for one of the more riveting, albeit brief, chapters of gridiron history during our nearly 60 years of publishing TGS.

Moreover, those Beavers began to represent more to their fan base than a simple storyline from years gone by. Indeed, "Great Pumpkins and Giant Killers" would fuel hope
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TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE PACIFIC 12--PART II

UCLA !2013 SUR 10-3; PSR 9-4; O/U 6-6-1)..One thing is apparent for UCLA going into this promising 2014 campaign. 6-3 jr. QB and Heisman candidate Brett Hundley is eager to assume more of a leadership role. As if he were not doing enough already. Last year, Hundley connected on 66.8% of his throws, good for 3071 YP, with 24 TDs vs. only 9 ints. in guiding the Bruins to a 10-3 record that included victories at Southern Cal (35-14) and over Virginia Tech (42-12) in the Sun Bowl. Hundley also helped boost the inconsistent UCLA running game by leading the team with 748 YR and another 11 TDs. While the Bruin PR department was designing its Heisman campaign for Hundley in 2014 Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE PACIFIC 12--PART I

OREGON (2013 SUR 11-2; PSR 8-5; O/U 7-6)...After another dazzling start last season (8-0 SU; 7-1 vs. the spread)--this time under rookie HC Mark Helfrich--the Ducks suffered a couple of surprising disappointments. Oregon had scored at least 42 points in winning every game prior to November, reaching 55 or more six times and many times lifting their webbed foot off the accelerator before halftime. Who needed Chip Kelly anyway?But that wasn't the question being asked after November losses to nemesis Stanford and run-oriented Arizona that dropped OU into the runner-up spot in the Pac-12 North. Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE MOUNTAIN WEST--PART II

BOISE STATE (SUR 8-5, PSR 6-7)...There wasn't anyone in the Mountain who was terribly surprised when the Broncos' ultra- successful head coach Chris Petersen decided to leave town after last season. After all, Petersen had set a pretty high standard for himself on the blue carpet, with a couple of undefeated seasons (2006 & 2009) on his watch, a pair of BCS bowl wins, and an 89-13 SU record, only slightly worse than Harlem Globetrotters' win percentage against the Washington Generals. But more than a third of Petersen's losses (five) with Boise occurred in 2013, and while he was still considered a hot commodity, Petersen was Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE MOUNTAIN WEST--PART I

NEVADA (SUR 4-8, PSR 6-6)...On the attack end, senior triggerman Cody Fajardo, the successor to Colin Kaepernick and now entering his fourth year running the familiar Pistol formation first introduced by Chris Ault in 2005, is back for an encore. NFL scouts have taken notices of Fajardo's dual-threat capabilities (he rushed for 621 yards and passed for 2668 yards a year ago despite battling nagging leg injuries for much of the season), though keeping Fajardo healthy for a full slate has been a difficult chore the past few years, as the Pistol takes a toll on QBs. Backup Devin Combs was also hurt in 2013 but stepped into the breach to lead a couple of wins Read more...


TGS MOUNTAIN WEST RETROSPECTIVE...A DEBUT FOR THE AGES AT AIR FORCE!

EDITOR'S NOTE: As we did last year, along with our summer College FB conference previews, we'll be providing corresponding retrospective pieces on all of the leagues as we honor the 58th publishing season of THE GOLD SHEET, set to commence this fall! Preceding our Mountain West 2014 preview is a look back at when a current MWC league member provided an unforgettable storyline in the earliest days of TGS...

Much like expansion teams in pro sports, fledgling college football programs rarely make a splash on the national scene. The "learning curve" is Read more...


TGS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW...COACHES ON THE HOT SEAT!

Will Muschamp, Florida... Mushchamp barely survived the j4-8 meltdown of 2013 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 marks  Read more...


TGS TRIPLE CROWN BONUS...THERE'S NOTHING LIKE THE BELMONT!

We'll be making the trek back to New York for the Belmont Stakes on June 7. After all, we've been there for the last three chances (Funny Cide in 2003, Smarty Jones in 2004, and Big Brown in 2008) at the Triple Crown, so we owe it to California Chrome to see if he can achieve what those three champions and countless others couldn't.

For us, the electricity at Belmont Park with a Triple Crown on the line is like no other sporting event we have witnessed in person. Super Bowl, Rose Bowl, Kentucky Derby, you name it.

Unlike the Kentucky Derby, where average race fans have almost no chance to show up on Derby Day at Churchill Downs and actually see the race, or Pimlico  Read more...


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...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...PART III-SAVE THIS SPOT ON MOUNT RUSHMORE OF HOOPS!

Boston winning NBA championships wasn't anything new, but the manner in which the Celtics overcame the odds to win the 1967-68 title, rallying from a 3-games-to-1 deficit vs. the powerhouse Wilt Chamberlain 76ers, reverberated beyond the Finals series between the Celtics and Lakers. The earth would shake further that summer when Chamberlain wanted out of Philadelphia.

The specifics of Wilt's departure were outlined in a 2004 book penned by Dr.
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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...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: 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 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...


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...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...


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 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
 Read more...


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...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...


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...


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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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