Wednesday, September 21, 2011
With all that being said, the Big East could still survive by itself. It will be nearly impossible to replace the impact that Syracuse and Pittsburgh had on the conference, but they'll have to try. Rumors have it that Navy was very close to joining the Big East prior to the exit of Syracuse and Pitt, which would be a decent start to rebuilding the conference.
The biggest power remaining in the Big East is Connecticut. They are the best football team in the conference and are coming off of a National Championship in basketball. Keeping UConn is vital in order to maintain an elite status among the "super-conferences". UConn would prefer to go to the ACC, because of their connection with Syracuse; however, Big East commissioner, John Marinatto, has announced that the current members have confirmed that they would like to stay with the Big East. If this is true, the Big East will be able to keep UConn happy. A Big 12 merger will NOT include UConn, and there is no need of a merger if the Huskies and Scarlet Knights are still there.
As a student at Villanova, it is upsetting to see that two of our top rivals will be gone in 2014, but I do see this as a possible benefit for Villanova in terms of overall success as an athletic program. Yes, the Big East is now second to the ACC in terms of basketball, but the Big East has always been a basketball conference first. Recruits will still come to the conference and there still will be elite teams in the Big East. Most importantly to Villanova, the Big East may now be more open to accepting the Wildcats into their football conference in hopes of keeping Villanova as a basketball partner. Losing Villanova would probably mean the departure of Georgetown also, which makes it very important for the Big East to keep Villanova. The best way to do that? Add Villanova as a football member.
So for now, the Big East looks safe. I think that the Big East can still flourish without Syracuse and Pittsburgh, though it will go through a rebuilding phase once they leave in two years. Even with this new "hope" I have about the future of the Big East, it could all crumble in a second. Stay tuned, as it is very likely things could get crazy in the next few months.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
With the NL all sorted out, the AL is getting quite interesting. There isn't a team within even two games of the four playoff teams, but the Red Sox are playing like crap. They've won just 2 of their last 10 and now face a tough 4 game-series against the Rays this weekend. The Red Sox are getting a little bit of help from the Orioles this week, as the O's have beaten the Rays the past two nights. If the Red Sox take 2 of 3 from the Rays, the Rays are gone, but the Angels are still in the picture. Currently the Red Sox are 4 games ahead of the Rays and 4.5 over the Angels. The Halos play those O's this weekend and are in dire need of a big winning streak. They are just 3 games back from the Rangers, but Texas is playing well and will be tough to catch. Anything can happen though, considering the Rangers and Angels will close out the season with a huge 3 game series.
The Rays play 7 games against the Yankees for the rest of the season and it will be interesting to see if the Yankees will rest their players after they clinch berth in the playoffs. The Yankees might find it beneficial that the Red Sox are out of the playoffs too, so they could just lay over versus the Rays and hope they catch them. So it is vital for the Red Sox to start playing well and, more importantly, winning.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
It was a very interesting weekend of football to say the least. The most anticipated opening week of NFL football in recent memory gave us an idea of how each of our teams will look this season. Here is a touchdown's worth of things we learned from the first weekend.
You saw this in many of the games this weekend, whether it was horrible defense, dropped balls, or bad protection by the offensive line. The Eagles, under Andy Reid, have always been a very prepared team. And when they are having a mess of issues on opening day while winning by 18 points, how prepared do you think the rest of the league could have been?
When you get shellacked 41-7 on opening weekend, there is something seriously wrong. In Kansas City’s case, they were shellacked 41-7 on opening weekend… by the BUFFALO BILLS. It just so happens that the Chiefs lost their Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry on the third defensive play of the first quarter on Sunday, and the rest was history. One thing I do know is that if Kansas City can’t stop Buffalo, there’s no way in hell they are going to be able to handle the Chargers’ loaded offensive attack twice this year as well as visits to New England and the Jets. Mark my words for the 2011 Chiefs. Stick a fork in them.
-9 teams scored 30+ points on Sunday.
-8 QBs had 300+ yards.
-7 teams had 400+ offensive yardage.
-89 touchdowns were scored.
-Cam Newton set a rookie record for passing yards with 422
-Tom Brady and Wes Welker tied the record for longest touchdown pass (99 yds)
-Sebastian Janikowski tied the record for longest field goal (63 yds)
-Randall Cobb of the Packers tied the record for longest kickoff return (108 yds)
-Chad Henne and Tom Brady combined to set a single game passing record (933 yds)
-Tom Brady set a Monday Night Football record and Patriots record with 517 passing yards.
-Another record broken-- Week 1 of 2011 was the most watched single week in NFL history.
-And one final record- Peyton Manning missed his first NFL start, ending his streak at 208 games or 13 years.
Philadelphia won a tough one in St. Louis this week with early defensive troubles and horrible offensive line troubles throughout the game. If it weren’t for Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson getting hurt, it may have been a totally different game.
I think this statement was on the tips of almost everyone’s tongues leading up to Sunday. After Sunday, it is a foregone conclusion. A 34-7 Houston win without Arian Foster just shows how much of a difference Peyton Manning makes in that Colts machine… or lack thereof. It’s going to be a looooong season in Indy.
NFC East- Philadelphia Eagles W, 31-13—problems on the D and O-lines.
NFC North- Chicago Bears W, 30-12 – Nicely done with a shaky O-line.
NFC South- Atlanta Falcons L, 12-30—Embarrased in Soldier Field.
NFC West- Seattle Seahawks L, 17-33 – Not much of a division winner.
AFC East- New England Patriots W, 38-24—Horrible defense. 500 yards allowed.
AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers L, 7-35—Need I say anything?
AFC South- Indianapolis Colts L, 7-34 – They are helpless without Peyton.
AFC West- Kansas City Chiefs L, 7-41 – Absolutely pathetic.
7. The Point After- The running game wins games.
Here were the top five passers in Week 1: Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Drew Brees, Chad Henne, Tony Romo. Here were the top five rushers in Week 1: Darren McFadden, LeSean McCoy, Cedric Benson, Ben Tate, Fred Jackson.
Out of the top 5 passers this week, 1 man came away with a W—Tom Brady
Out of the top 5 rushers this week, ALL FIVE men came away with a W
They say Defense wins championships. Well, running the ball wins games.
That concludes a very eventful Week 1 in the NFL. I can’t wait for Week 2!
n Philadelphia @ Atlanta, Sunday Night Football