The NFL Returning To Los Angeles Now Imminent

February 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Vincent Frank Many football fans east of the Mississippi woke up to some rather big news around the National Football League on Wednesday morning. In a midnight vote, the city council in the Southern California city of Inglewood unanimously approved the construction of a new 80,000-seat NFL stadium. Construction on the stadium is now slated to start later this year. There are so many different layers to this story. The stadium proposal that Inglewood approved early Wednesday morning is backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the huge real estate investment management firm Stockbridge Capital Group. Both are major players in this story. Stockbridge owns the 238-acre lot of land at Hollywood Park in Inglewood. Meanwhile, Kroenke, who had previously met with Inglewood Mayor James Butts multiple times, owns his own 60-acre lot of land at Hollywood Park. Mayor Butts, who has been out in the forefront regarding this stadium plan for a while now, oversaw the city council [...]

Kansas City-Shawangunks -New York

January 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Photograph by Henry C. Barber, Mountain Ventures Photo First free ascent: John Bragg, 1973, rated 5.12b. In New York’s scenic Shawangunk Mountains, an early epicenter of climbing in the United States, the hard free-climbing charge in the 1970s was led by a quintet of climbing supermen known as the “Front Four”: “Hot” Henry Barber, John Bragg, John Stannard, and Steve Wunsch. Among “Gunks” climbers, the rating 5.12 was so difficult, it existed only in their imaginations until Bragg freed the massive, powerful roof of a climb called Kansas City. Bragg was one of the first Americans to climb both rock and ice near the highest levels of the scale, applying his skills on alpine climbs like the first ascent of Torre Egger in Patagonia. Here Stannard is seen on Kansas City soon after Bragg’s landmark first free ascent in [...]

Super Bowl 2014: What the Heck Just Happened?

January 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Seahawks Rout Broncos By Tim McDonald NFL Expert Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks on from the bench in the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLVIII.  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images   The 2014 Super Bowl was billed, with good reason, as the highest-octane offense in the history of the NFL against one of the best defenses to ever play a Super Bowl. Everybody expected a close, gripping game. What we got was a stunning blowout. The Seattle Seahawks whipped the Denver Broncos by a humiliating 43-8 and they did it by thoroughly outplaying them in every facet of the game. They smothered Peyton Manning and his all-world receiving corps. Their offense mauled the Denver defense. Their special teams sped past Denver’s special teams like the Broncos were standing still.   Seattle scored pretty much every way you can score on an American football field: On the ground, through the air, safeties, field [...]

College Football Bowl Preview Part II 2014

December 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

By Tim Hyland College Football Expert   Nebraska will take on USC in a marquee bowl matchup in the Holiday Bowl.  (Getty Images)   At the start here, let me go ahead and point out (proudly, it must be said) that my bowl season simply could not be starting out much better. I mean, my picks have been dead-on. In fact, after the first weekend of bowl action, my record stands at a remarkable (yeah, I said it: remarkable) 5-0. It just doesn’t get any better than that, dear readers. Whether or not I can keep up this pace remains to be seen. But I’m going to give it a shot anyway, as I offer my picks and predictions for the next round of 2014-2015 bowl games. Enjoy. December 26 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dec. 26, 1 p.m., ESPN) Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech: It seems like we say this pretty much every year, but yeah, this is a big bowl season for the Big Ten. But though I’d like to say that I have some level of confidence in the Illini, well, I don’t. [...]

Winners and Losers from Week 16

December 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

By Tim McDonald NFL Expert This is indeed a great time for winners and losers in the NFL. Talent is spread fairly evenly around the league, with the exception of most of Florida. This is the time it takes a little more than talent, when the postseason pot is about to boil over because of the intense pressure. It’s a dogfight now, and whoever performs best under pressure wins. He who doesn’t loses. Sometimes this is such a simple game. Here are my winners and losers from NFL Week 16. Tony Romo and Cowboys clinch division. Getty Images • Winners – Dallas quarterback Tony Romo is the newest, hottest glamour boy at the NFL glamour spot. At various times this year, it’s been Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger, among others. Romo, whose critics say he never delivers in the clutch, is delivering in the clutch. He threw four touchdown passes in Dallas’ 42-7 romp over Indianapolis and the Cowboys clinched the NFC West. Love them or hate [...]

NFL List of Must Watch Games Dec 2014

December 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here is my list of the must-watch games this weekend as we hit the nerve-bending, tumultuous stretch run of the 2014 season. Good thing the Redskins are out of it. Ben Roethlisberger hottest quarterback in NFL. Getty Images • Chiefs (8-6) at Steelers (9-5) Sunday 1 p.m. The Steelers can clinch a playoff spot if they win. On the other hand, the Chiefs have to win both their remaining games to assure themselves of a playoff spot. The Chiefs still don’t have a touchdown pass to a receiver this year. They haven’t had a quarterback pass for 300 yards in two years. On the other hand, the Chiefs defense has not allowed a 300-yard passer this season. On the other hand, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 300 yards in six of his last seven games. Prediction: Steelers by five. Dez Bryant scores for Cowboys. Getty Images • Colts (10-4) at Cowboys (10-4) Sunday 4:25 p.m. The Cowboys can clinch the NFC East with a win and an Eagles loss or tie. The Colts have [...]

College Football Playoff: Final Rankings Reaction and Analysis 2014

December 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

By Tim Hyland College Football Expert   Ohio State made a statement against Wisconsin–and earned a playoff spot in the process.  (Getty Images)   Predictably, it ended in controversy. And complaints. And two really, really unhappy fan bases. The College Football Playoff was created to cure the alleged ills of the BCS, which was itself created to cure the alleged ills of the Bowl Alliance and all of the poll-based systems that preceded it. And yet, anyone who really understands college football knew that the College Football Playoff was never going to cure anything. Because while the system expanded the “playoff” field from two teams to four, at its heart this new system is basically built on the same structure as all of the systems that came before. That structure, broadly speaking, is this: A bunch of folks making their best guess at the best team in the country, or the two best teams in the country, or the best four teams in the country. That’s it. [...]

NFL Stretch Run Playoff Melodrama

December 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

By Tim McDonald NFL Expert NFL 2014 is entering the stretch run here in Week 14 and most of the games are fraught with intrigue, high tension and melodramatic playoff implications. Only the real losers are playing for nothing now. There are a lot of important games this weekend, and I am here to point you to those that promise to be the best, the most relevant and the most entertaining. Here they are, along with my no-nonsense analysis and provocative predictions. Johnny Manziel scores against Buffalo. Getty Images • 1 . Colts (8-4) at Browns (7-5) Sunday 1 p.m. The big story here is whether first-round draft pick and would-be franchise savior Johnny Manziel will start for Cleveland. There are strong indications he will, after Brian Hoyer strung together three putrid performances. You have to admit, Manziel’s got charisma. The guy completes a couple of passes, Cleveland declares a new era. Then again, we’re talking Cleveland in December. Any distraction helps. The Colts [...]

Who invented football?

December 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

by The sport we in the United States know as football is more properly called gridiron football, for the vertical yard lines that mark the field. Closely related to two English sports—rugby and soccer (or association football)—gridiron football originated at universities in North America, primarily the United States, in the late 19th century. On November 6, 1869, players from Princeton and Rutgers held the first intercollegiate football contest in New Brunswick, New Jersey, playing a soccer-style game with rules adapted from the London Football Association. While a number of other elite Northeastern colleges took up the sport in the 1870s, Harvard University maintained its distance by sticking to a rugby-soccer hybrid called the “Boston Game.” In May 1874, after a match against McGill University of Montreal, the Harvard players decided they preferred McGill’s rugby-style rules to their own. In 1875, Harvard and Yale played their first intercollegiate match, and [...]

Must-See Thanksgiving Weekend NFL Games

November 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Patriots-Packers Highlights Action By Tim McDonald NFL Expert Thanks and glory be to the NFL schedulers, who don’t always get it right. But, this particular Thanksgiving weekend is chock full of great NFL games, especially on the day of the feast itself. In fact, two of the three games involve teams we may very well see come Super Bowl Sunday. So stuff the turkey, stuff your face and stuff as much great football as you can into what promises to be a great football weekend. Here are my selections as the top games, along with analysis and predictions. Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions. Getty Images • Bears (5-6) at Lions (7-4) Thursday, 12:30 p.m. This will serve as a good appetizer for the main entrees to come. And it is, after all, an important NFC North division tilt, especially for Chicago. You can busy yourself with holiday chores while keeping in flickering touch with the game. Save your couch stamina for the good stuff. Prediction: Lions by seven. Cowboys beat the [...]