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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...PRESEASON TOP 40!

1-CLEMSON... Preseason rankings are overrated–there, we said it! Stereotyping is prevalent, such as the “of course we have to rank Alabama number one” crowd. We suspect there would have been those who would have picked the Tide to beat Clemson even after the Tigers’ 44-16 blowout win in the national title game last January. In the aftermath, Bama probably would have again been supported as the betting favorite, too. But what matters on the field is what counts, and Clemson was indeed the best team last season, by a good margin. A new year, of course, but Dabo Swinney’s program has become a Cadillac
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TGS NFL 2019 SPECIAL REPORT...PRESEASON QB UPDATES

Following are NFL QB updates as of August 14 with the second full week of preseason action approaching...
  
NEW ENGLAND—Tom Brady (did not play Aug 8 vs Det), Brian Hoyer, Jarrett Stidham (4th rd, Auburn). 

NEW ORLEANS—Drew Brees (did not play Aug 9 vs Minn), Teddy Bridgewater, Tayson Hill. 

N.Y. GIANTS—Eli Manning, Daniel Jones (1st rd, Duke), Kyle Lauletta, Alex Tanney (9th team). 

N.Y. JETS—Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian (Minn LY), Davis Webb
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT CUSA--PART II

He’s found his niche. We’re talking about HC Skip Holtz, whose career looked like it might be at a dead end a few years ago at South Florida, only to be revived at Louisiana Tech). Indeed, the Bulldogs have become an annual fixture on ESPN’s Bowl Week with five straight postseason appearances. Holtz has won all of those, too, including a rousing 31-14 success in the Hawaii Bowl last December, rallying to pull clear of the host Rainbow Warriors in the second half at Honolulu. Though most believe Holtz is perfectly content to see out the rest of his career
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE SUN BELT--PART II

Appalachian State... Longtime HC Scott Satterfield moved on to Louisville, so App State will be guided by former NC State o.c. Eliah Drinkwitz going forward. Drinkwitz has the most experienced team in the SBC and one of the most experienced in college football this year and the Mountaineers are clearly the favorites to repeat as SBC champions.   The offense alone boasts four first or second-team all-Sun Belt performers in jr. QB Zac Thomas (2039 YP, 21-6 TD-int., 504 YR, 10 rush TDs), jr. RB Darrynton Evans (1187 YR, 6.6 ypc), jr. C Noah Hannon and sr. LT Victor Johnson. Not a bad
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT CUSA--PART I

The pieces are in place for not only another bowl run but something much more meaningful for FIU this fall (we’ll get to the schedule dynamics in a moment). The key link on offense, former Bowling Green transfer QB James Morgan, remains in the fold for another year after becoming a revelation in 2018 with almost 2800 YP and 26 TDS (vs. just 7 interceptions) and pacing an attack that led C-USA in scoring at nearly 35 ppg. Morgan even missed the Bahamas Bowl win over Toledo due to injury but was back in the mix in spring and welcomes most of his key receiving
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE SUN BELT--PART I

Arkansas State... A series of coaching changes in the conference has left Blake Anderson, entering his sixth season at the helm in Jonesboro, as the dean of SBC mentors. That continuity of leadership is a main reason the Red Wolves have continued the success ASU enjoyed under Hugh Freeze, Gus Malzahn and Bryan Harsin, recording a winning record and taking the team to a bowl game in each of his five seasons. Stability is a positive in recruiting, and Anderson has plucked some plumbs, not only from the high 
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE PAC 12--PART II

It took a while, but Utah finally became the big boy in the Pac-12 South last fall, winning the division for the first time since joining the loop in 2011. The Utes had come close before under HC Kyle Whittingham, who during days in Mountain West once fashioned a 13-0 mark in 2008 and a win over Nick Saban’s Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Though in the end last season, the Utes were a bit frustrated, unable to do much vs. Washington (for the second time) in a slow-paced 10-3 loss in the Pac-12 title game, then blowing a
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE PAC 12--PART I

Washington... HC Chris Petersen has entrenched himself as one of the best hires in the Pac-12 in decades, overcoming a bit of a slow start in Seattle by going 32-9 in the past three seasons. As it turned out, Steve Sarkisian did the Husky faithful a service by bailing on his contract and jumping to Southern Cal in 2014. Petersen has been a perfect fit for Washington.  Most of the pundits are concerned about Washington’s defense this season. That unit returns only two starters, but we’re willing to look past 
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE SEC--PART II

Let it not be said that some of our contacts in the SEC region are without a sense of humor. At the recent Media Days in Hoover, one long-time acquaintance took a look at the favorable schedule of Alabama (2018 SUR 14-1; PSR 8-7; O/U 9-6) and said, “If (Nick) Saban can’t go 12-0 vs. that schedule, he should be fired.” Our friend was teasing, of course, but it doesn’t camouflage the fact that everything is lining up smartly for another Saban assault on the Final Four and national title, of which he has won five with his Crimson Tide in the last ten seasons. There are some
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TGS SEC RETROSPECTIVE...THE FORGOTTEN SEQUEL

Moviegoers know the drill; sequels rarely live up the originals. Whether it be Godfather II, Jaws II, or Rocky II (though Rocky III was pretty good), imitations of the original usually just end up as...imitations. Sport has its own categories of sequels, too. College basketball fans have seen it plenty of times, though history often shuffles a more-important meeting to the wayside. UCLA-Houston basketball 1968 is one such example; the enduring memory of Bruins-Cougars and “Big E” vs. “Big Lew” was their epic January 20 meeting at the Astrodome
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE MAC--PART II

Western Michigan...HC Tim Lester had a tough act to follow when he took over for P.J. Fleck in 2017, and no one really expected the Broncos to repeat the heights of 2016, when the team went 13-1 SU with a Cotton Bowl appearance against Wisconsin. Still, it appears Lester can provide a soft landing for the program, as the Broncs are coming off a 5-3 MAC mark and a return to the bowl scene after missing the postseason in 2017. With seven offensive and 10 defensive starters back, including QB Jon Wassink, who had his season ended early due
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE MAC--PART I

Ohio...Despite losing two of the top three RBs in the league, three of its top five tacklers and a total of 12 starters, Ohio is still the clear favorite in the MAC East this season under veteran HC Frank Solich, who runs probably the steadiest, most consistent program in the MAC. The Bobcats led the MAC in conference game scoring (42.1 ppg), and ranked 12th in the nation at 40 ppg overall last season with sr. QB Nathan Rourke throwing for 2431 yds. with an impressive 23-8 TD-int. ratio. Rourke, who was named second-team all-MAC in 2017 and 2018, returns, but the attack will be retooling a running game
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE SEC--PART I

At this time last year, we were telling anyone who would listen that Dan Mullen was the best coaching hire of the offseason at Florida (2018 SUR 10-4; PSR 9-4; O/U 8-4-1). After all, Mullen had done the unthinkable at Mississippi State, getting the Bulldogs to the top of the polls in one dreamy 3-week run back in 2013 with QB Dak Prescott at the controls. Prescott, and Tim Tebow, are just two of the QB pupils who have flourished under Mullen, whose last act in Starkville was to make run-first Nick Fitzgerald into a real college QB, too.  Whatever, the Gators became relevant again under Mullen after the program sagged
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TGS AAC RETROSPECTIVE ...DOING THE HOUSTON BOUNCE

At the recent SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, special guests included Archie Manning, Steve Spurrier, and Herschel Walker, all present for a special preview showing of “Saturdays in the South,” an ESPN-produced special that will be soon be airing almost continuously on the SEC Network. The segments featuring Manning, Spurrier, and Walker were presented in an invitation-only showing at the historic Lyric Theater in downtown Birmingham, hosted by ESPN’s Laura Rutledge. Earlier that afternoon in Hoover, Mssrs. Manning, Spurrier, and Walker held a press
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE AMERICAN--PART II

MEMPHISDespite some serious losses, including the premature departure of All-American RB Darrell Henderson, HC Mike Norvell owns enough experience and talent to reach his third straight AAC title game. The Tigers will welcome seven new assistants coaches, including two new coordinators. But this is a solid program that has won at least eight games for five straight years. Last year, UM lost three games by a combined five points. If they learn how to finish and find a way to protect 2nd-half leads (a shortcoming that cost them a year ago), the Tigers
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE AMERICAN--PART I

UCF--Six starters return to a high-octane attack (43.2 ppg) with no QB answer found in the spring. The Knights have hoped for the best—the return of of QB McKenzie Milton following a devastating knee injury last season—but have also prepared for the worst. Notre Dame graduate Brandon Wimbush, who started 16 games for the Irish and last year’s backup Darriel Mack Jr. (plus freshmen Quadry Jones and Dillon Gabriel) will continue to compete in fall camp. Mack had an outstanding spring. He was 35 of 71 for 526 yards after taking over for Milton
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE BIG 12

We’ve talked a lot about marquee programs on various radio shows in the offseason, and often the topic wanders as to why some of the traditional powers begin to decline. We think it is no more than a matter of the coaches. (To wit: Alabama sure wasn’t winning big with Mike Shula or Dennis Franchione before Nick Saban arrived.) Texas (2018 SUR 10-4; PSR 6-8; O/U 6-8) seems to be confirming that school of thought, as the Longhorns have emerged from a near decade-long funk that began in the later stages of the Mack Brown regime and carried through to the Charlie Strong years. But they believe they’ve got the right fit in Austin
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TGS BIG 12 RETROSPECTIVE...THE FORGOTTEN NATIONAL CHAMPS

Not everywhere are the 1963 Texas Longhorns forgotten. In Austin, for example, memories for those old enough remain clear as visitons of LBJ at his ranch. But once beyond Hill Country, those Horms become nothing more than a footnote in the narrative of college football, which now spans one-and-a-half centuries. Regrettable, that Texas team is rarely recalled among the greats of the sport. And if there are memories of the 1963 season, they are mostly of Navy and Heisman-winning QB Roger Staubach.
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE ACC--PART II

Welcome to the Clemson (2018 SUR 15-0; PSR 9-6; O/U 7-8) Invitational, otherwise known as the ACC Atlantic Division. With Florida State having dropped from serious contention in recent years, the Tigers have basically gone unchallenged in the Atlantic the past four seasons. Sports books posting odds to win the Atlantic might be tempted to go the route of Hialeah in the 1966 Flamingo Stakes, which was run as a non-wagering race due to the presence of overwhelming favorite Buckpasser. Then again, a flyer bet on one of
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE ACC--PART I

They’re still celebrating hoops at Virginia (2018 SUR 8-5; PSR 9-4; O/U 7-6) after Tony Bennett’s bunch won the national title in exciting fashion this past April. But the good times were already rolling at Brit Hume’s alma mater a few months earlier as the football ‘Hoos scored another point for the ACC against the SEC even before Clemson dismantled Alabama in the national title game. A hint of more to come happened in the Belk Bowl when UVa throttled South Carolina, 28-0. That was an angry-looking Cav team in Charlotte after a pair of beyond-bitter OT losses to close the regular season
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TGS ACC RETROSPECTIVE...1981, THE FRIDGE AND THE TIGERS!

It’s 2019, and the thought of Clemson not being one of the brand-names of college football is hard to comprehend. After all, in the past four years, the Tigers have won the national title twice, finished runner-up once, and made the College Football Playoff (Final Four) the other year. There was a long while, however, when Clemson was mostly unknown outside of its region. This writer, reared on the West Coast, had hardly heard of the Tigers when watching them in person for the first time in October of 1966, as Frank
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE MTN WEST--PART II

No, it's not Michael J. Fox or Christopher Lloyd, but it is “Back to the Future” at Utah State (2018 SUR 11-2; PSR 9-3-1; O/U 9-4) as HC Gary Andersen returns to the sideline. When last seen in Logan, Andersen had resurrected the Utags, with back-to-back bowl visits capped by a sterling 11-2 mark in 2012, capped by a 41-15 Potato Bowl rout of Toledo. But a roundabout six years would be just beginning, as Andersen made a move soon after to Wisconsin, where the job had surprisingly opened when Bret Bielema bailed out for Arkansas. Andersen
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE MTN WEST--PART I

In reconstruction terms, he’s college football’s answer to Ulysses S. Grant. We’re talking about Jeff Tedford, who has authored one of the most-startling turnarounds in memory at Fresno State (2018 SUR 12-2; PSR 10-4; O/U 4-10), which, if you recall, was coming off of a train-wreck of a 1-11 campaign in 2016 (one in which HC Tim DeRuyter was cast aside mid-stream) when Tedford inherited the job at his alma mater. Two seasons, 22 wins, and a pair of bowl triumphs later, Tedford and the Bulldogs are at the top
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TGS MW RETROSPECTIVE...THE WILD OLD DAYS AT WYO

The origins of the old WAC can be traced to more than a half century ago, when various members of the old Border, Skyline, and Pacific Coast Conferences, mostly represented by schools in the Rocky Mountain region and desert southwest, eventually came together to form a new affiliation called the Western Athletic Conference. While PCC refugees Washington State, Oregon, and Oregon would eventually align with the newly-formed AAWU, and New Mexico State and Utah State had their applications denied, the new WAC conglomeration would makeo,
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE BIG TEN--PART II

Michigan (2018 SUR 10-3; PSR 6-7; O-U 7-6)...Now is the time for HC Jim Harbaugh to shake the Ohio State jinx and beat the Buckeyes. The road to a Big Ten title goes through the Ohio State, which has won seven straight and 14 of the last 15 against Michigan. This season the tune might be changed, as the Buckeyes have to go to Ann Arbor to face their rival. Harbaugh has been a recruiting machine in his four seasons on the job with the Wolverines, exemplified by the fact that DE Rashan Gary and LB Devin Bush both went on the first round in the draft
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW...A LOOK AT THE BIG TEN--PART I

Wisconsin (2018 SUR 8-5; PSR 4-9; O-U 6-7)...HC Paul Chryst has a 27-8 SU mark in Big Ten regular season play in his first four seasons in charge at Madison, and the formula that’s worked the Badgers since the days of Barry Alvarez remains in place. Wisconsin ranked sixth in the nation in rushing last season, thanks to a typically burly offensive line and the presence of one Jonathan Taylor, who has gained 4171 yards and scored 29 rushing TDs in his first two seasons as the lead back for the Badgers. Still, last season was a disappointment, as Wisconsin’s five conference wins and
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TGS PAC-12 RETROSPECTIVE...BIG CONTROVERSY IN PASADENA!

We begin our annual summer "Retrospective" series by recalling one of the great controversies in Rose Bowl history and the 1964 bypass of USC in favor of Oregon State for the bid to Pasadena from the AAWU, a forerunner of the modern Pac-12.  Find the right people, and 55 years on, they're still debating this one!  Further TGS "Retrospective" pieces and conference previews will be posted periodically thru July...

Anyone who needed convincing that college football still ruled the Los Angeles sports scene in the mid 60s should have taken the next flight to LAX and sampled
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TGS 2019 COLLEGE FB PREVIEW... EARLY "HOT SEAT" PREVIEW

Clay Helton, Southern Cal... Well, at least Helton hasn’t been fingered in the embarrassing Lori Laughlin scandal that has ensnared the school and the athletic department. Still, many figured Helton was a goner after the Trojans fell below .500 (5-7) for the first time since 2000 and missed a bowl for the first time, when not postseason-banned, since that same year under Paul Hackett. Sources say that AD Lynn Swann, who did not hire Helton (it was predecessor Pat Haden), values the Pittsburgh Steelers model of sticking with coaches, and resisted urging
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THE BEST OF THE GOLD SHEET...A CHARMING ROGUE

As we prepare for the beginning of another football season, we'll be looking back at some of the more-endearing feature stories from the six-plus decades of TGS archives.  One of our most-acclaimed pieces ran in October of 2011, shortly after the passing of Oakland Raiders Managing General Partner Al Davis.  As the "Sliver and Black" prepare for a final season in Oakland before their much-hyped move to Las Vegas next year, we thought it appropriate to recall Davis and our tribute to him from eight years ago...
 
Back in January of 1981, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
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TGS SPECIAL REPORT...2019 NFL DRAFT PREVIEW!

1-ARIZONA CARDINALS... It’s an understatement to say the Big Red is rolling the dice in 2019.  The hire of HC Kliff Kingsbury off the USC staff, where he had landed after being dumped as Texas Tech HC, rates as one of the curious coaching moves in memory.  (Can’t win enough at Texas Tech directly to an NFL job?)  Of course, Kingsbury’s progressive offensive schemes in Lubbock, and mentoring of Patrick Mahomes in his college days, were the main (only?) reasons for his hire that also has GM Steve Keim’s job on the line.  Speculation has run rampant in the desert that Kingsbury is not sold on holdover QB
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TGS SPECIAL REPORT...2019 COLLEGE HOOP SUPERLATIVES

  MID-MAJOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jordan Caroline, Nevada...Tough call here, as Murray State’s Ja Morant will almost surely be the first mid-major taken in the upcoming NBA Draft.  By us, however, we have to make room for Caroline, who laid it on the line on both ends of the court while spearheading a Nevada revival under HC Eric Musselman (who moved to Arkansas over the weekend).  The Wolf Pack was ten years between Big Dance appearance until Caroline showed up as one of Musselman’s first of the Reno transfer brigade in 2016-
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TGS SPECIAL REPORT...COLLEGE HOOPS 2019 ALL-NEWCOMER 

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Zion Williamson, Duke...By acclamation, here, we suppose, though we admit to being a bit relieved that all of the Zion/Duke hype has faded with the Elite 8 loss to Michigan State. Obviously pushing a pro-ACC narrative in conjunction with its upcoming launch of its new network with the conference, ESPN  became something of a shill for Duke, and, by extension, Zion, as the season progressed.  By the time March came around, almost the entire national media had gotten on board.  More on all of that in a minute.
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TGS MLB PREVIEW: PLAY BALL! .2019 NL "FUTURES" TO WATCH!

Are we leaving the best for last in the East?  We’re not sure with the Philadelphia Phillies (89), who are generating an awful lot of buzz for a team that only won 80 games last season.  Of course, the main reason for the new-found attention is the addition of RF Bryce Harper, who moves up I-95 from D.C. and the Nats with a new mega-contract; does Harper realize what he’s in for from the Philly fan base if he goes into a slump?  But even before the recent signing of Harper, the Phils made some notable upgrades with SS Jean Segura and C J.T.
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TGS MLB PREVIEW: PLAY BALL!  2019 AL "FUTURES" TO WATCH!

Hey, they’re already 2-0!  We’re talking about the Seattle Mariners (71½), who beat the A’s twice in Japan last week as all paid a salute to Ichiro, who retired after the brief series.  But the “Ichiro bump” was good for only two games.  Now the Mariners must deal with the reality of the rest of their season with a roster that went through a massive revamp.  Seattle moved almost every player who could generate interest (Robinson Cano, Jean Segura, Nelson Cruz, Mike Zunino, James Paxton, Edwin Diaz, Alex Colome) and might
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NEW TGS HOOPS...ANOTHER LOYOLA-CHICAGO IN THE HOUSE?

We’ve been quick to criticize far and wide on Selection Sundays past.  From the mechanics of the Committee to the coverage (especially the “Selection Show” itself), we have often found a lot to complain about in past years.  But not 2019.  For once we can say that we at TGS were pleasantly surprised at the entire operation on Selection Sunday, with few complaints about the field, the seeds, or, in particular, the coverage. More on all of that in a moment.   Selection Sunday is a special time for us at TGS, and as we begin to wind down
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TGS COLLEGE HOOPS...FINAL BRACKETOLOGY UPDATE!

2 Duke (26-4, 3) vs. 15 Northern Kentucky (24-8, 117)...Can Duke move back onto the top line? Most definitely, but probably not if the Blue Devils can’t avenge their earlier defeat vs. North Carolina when the teams meet on Saturday at Chapel Hill, or win the ACC Tourney. Zion Williamson could possibly return for that one, but one thing is certain; Coach K’s team has not looked like a top seed since Zion went down with his knee injury. They’ve already started the Horizon Tourney and NKU won its opening round game on Wednesday vs. Detroit. Which means the top-seeded
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NEW TGS HOOPS...COLLEGE CONF. TOURNEY LOOK-AHEAD!

MOUNTAIN WESTSolid.. .Nevada. Bubble... Utah State.Conference-10th.  Notes... Tourney March 13-16 at Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV (home court of UNLV).  Last year...NCAA-2 (Nevada-Sweet 16, San Diego State); NIT-1 (Boise State).   Notes...Remember, the Mountain looked like a one-bid league last year until Nevada was dumped in the conference  tourney (by eventual champ San Diego State in the semifinals).  Could the same thing happen again?  Could be, as the Aztecs sent another warning shot to the Wolf Pack with a midweek win at Viejas Arena
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TGS SPECIAL REPORT...NBA WEST ALL-STAR BREAK UPDATE

Oklahoma City Thunder (37-19)...Paul George is surprising virtually everyone, playing by far the best ball of his career, proving he was worth every penny of the fat contract he signed in re-upping with the Thunder.  George has scored 29 ppg this season, and 40 ppg in February, but it’s his defense that has made the difference in Ok City.  George leads the league in steals, followed closely by teammate PG Russell Westbrook, who is, per his usual, averaging a triple double on the season.  Westbrook’s shot is still not falling often enough, but he’s averaged
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TGS SPECIAL REPORT...NBA EAST ALL-STAR BREAK UPDATE

Charlotte Hornets (27-29)...Yes, the Hornets were a division leader into the All-Star break, though considering it’s the Southeast, it’s about like being named Mayor of Gilligan’s Island. No Southeast team is currently above .500, but at least Charlotte is close.  That’s mostly due to heroic work by G Kemba Walker, a deserving All-Star, in front of the home folks this weekend.  But Charlotte, which was supposedly in the race to land Marc Gasol, came out of the trade deadline empty-handed, which reportedly didn’t sit well with Walker
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TGS  HOOPS UPDATE...UPDATED EARLY-FEBRUARY BRACKETOLOGY!

1 Duke (SUR 20-2, NET 3) vs. 16 Bucknell (14-8, 162)...We expect the ACC to gain two spots on the top line, with Virginia projected as the other No. 1 seed from the loop.  The winner of the conference tourney likely gets the top slot in the East Regional, and given Duke’s recent win over the Cavs in Durham, right now it’s slight edge Blue Devils.  (They meet again this weekend!) Those spots are not likely to be decided until the ACC Tourney completes.  We’ll have an early preview of the conference tourneys in two weeks.  Meanwhile, Bucknell has recently moved
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TGS SPECIAL REPORT...UPDATED ALL-TIME SUPER BOWL RANKINGS!

32-50, Denver 24 - Carolina 10 (at Santa Clara)...No offensive showcase, but the Broncos would ride their defense in a performance reminiscent of the 1985 Bears and 2000 Ravens to shut down Cam Newton and the NFL's top-scoring team. Denver did not need to do much on offense thanks to a "D" that forced four turnovers and would score the game's first TD when game MVP Von Miller, a constant thorn in Newton's side, stripped the Panther QB on a sack and Bronco Malik Jackson would recover in the end zone. The game would stay taut until deep in the 4th Q
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TGS SPECIAL REPORT...MORE NFL SEASON-END REVIEWS

Philadelphia (10-8)...For a good while it looked as if the Birds weren’t even going to get a chance to defend their Super Bowl LII title in the playoffs, as they were sitting off of the pace in the NFC East and postseason picture for much of the campaign.  After QB Carson Wentz went down (again), this time with back problems, in early December, and Philly sitting at 6-7, hope seemed lost.  Until, that is, QB Nick Foles rode to the rescue as he had done down the stretch in the Super Bowl ride, rallying the Eagles to three straight wins (including a rousing 30-23 upset of the 13-point favorite Rams)
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TGS "SUPE" LIII PREVIEW...AND RULE CHANGES TO COME?

We’ve arrived at another Super Bowl, but if it feels like we’ve been here before with this matchup...well, it’s because we have.  Not just because it’s the familiar form of Bill Belichick’s New England in the “Supe” for a third straight year and ninth time in the past eighteen seasons.  It’s also a Super Bowl rematch, in fact, from 17 years ago in the first Belichick/Tom Brady Super Bowl appearance, when the Patriots faced these same Rams.    Belichick and Brady, and owner Bob Kraft, are about all that remains the same from Super Bowl XXXVI.  Certainly, not much is the same on the side of the Rams
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TGS NFL SPECIAL REPORT...THE DAY PRO FOOTBALL CHANGED

This year marks Super Bowl LIII, but it is also 50 years after the game that really put the Super Bowl on the map...yet nonetheless remains a bit of mystery. We reprise our recount of the events of January 12, 1969, and Jets-Colts...

Fifty 
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
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NEW TGS HOOPS... MID-JANUARY BRACKETOLOGY UPDATE!

1 Duke
(14-2)
vs. Montana (11-6)...
Yep, we thought about moving Coach K off the top line after the Monday night home loss vs. Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse. But there is already a lot of heft in the Blue Devils schedule (wins over Kentucky, Auburn, Indiana, and Texas Tech in pre-league play), and plenty more quality wins are on the plate in the ACC. Especially as Duke figures to be favored in every remaining game (even Saturday vs. unbeaten Virginia). So the Blue Devils stay as a 1-seed for now. The Big Sky figured to be Montana’s playground this season, but the Grizzlies
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TGS NFL PLAYOFFS NOTEBOOK...
CONFERENCE TITLE HISTORY

Some of the most compelling viewing in recent NFL seasons has come in Super Bowl prequels, since 1970 contested as AFC and NFC Championship games.  There was a period of time when the conference titles were decidedly non-compelling, however, especially for much of the ‘80s and into the early ‘90s when AFC & NFC title games mirrored Super Bowls of the era and usually featured one-sided results.  That pattern would mostly change into the new millennium, up until the last two years, when we’ve seen three
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TGS SPECIAL REPORT...LAST LOOK AT CFB COACHING CAROUSEL

HOUSTON: OUT-Major Applewhite; IN-Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia HC...Impressing no one the past two years after inheriting a pretty full cupboard from Tom Herman, Applewhite’s ouster was not a big surprise, though it took over a week after the ugly 70-14 Armed Forced Bowl embarrassment for the plug to be pulled.  With booster money sweetening the pot, the Cougs were able to swing for the fences and hit a home run by luring Dana Holgorsen from West Virginia
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TGS SPECIAL REPORT...NFL 2018 SEASON-END REVIEWS

Denver (6-10)...Not sure where to begin with the myriad problems in Broncos Country.  Quickly, start at the top; the ownership situation is in limbo, with Pat Bowlen incapacitated, and a nebulous succession plan causing a rift among some of the heirs, none of whom ever holding a position of any real significance in the organization.  Lots of locals want the team sold, but that’s probably not happening soon, especially with values of NFL franchises skyrocketing faster than a SpaceX booster
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