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  • Herbert Seward III
    Published 7 days ago
    HBCU Football Spectacles 2019: Hampton vs. Virginia Union

    HBCU Football Spectacles 2019: Hampton vs. Virginia Union

    If you're from the Mid-Atlantic area of the US and you're an HBCU football fan, then you know that the landscape there is chock full of colorful and storied institutions and rivalries. The CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) and the MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) reign supreme in these parts, and they both have a rich and vibrant brand of sports culture. Hampton University's recent jump to the Big South Conference may have officially removed them from the MEAC as an athletic program, but they're still a huge part of the HBCU tradition that exists in the Virginia Corridor that's part of the footprint of both leagues. The long-standing 'Battle Of The Bay' rivalry of Hampton vs. Norfolk State has gotten most of the visibility over the years, but HU's conference move has put that on a bit of a hiatus. It's also allowed an older rivalry to be renewed. Virginia Union University is a small, private HBCU that's located in the state capital of Richmond, Virginia. The school is part of the CIAA and already has a nationally-recognized championship pedigree when it comes to hoops (they've got more National Championships at the NCAA Division II level than any other HBCU, at ANY level), but the match-ups on the gridiron with the then Hampton Institute back in the golden age of CIAA football were must-see attractions for the HBCU football head.
  • Millington Lockwood
    Published 13 days ago
    The Buffalo Bills Season Is Finally upon Us and It Feels Different

    The Buffalo Bills Season Is Finally upon Us and It Feels Different

    The 2018-2019 season in the NFL was not an exciting one for your average Buffalo Bills fan. For your rabid fan, it was probably a bit stressful. But regardless of your perspective, the Buffalo Bills introduced Josh Allen to Western New York and may have finally found their future. Some parts of Western New York were overjoyed at the prospect of finally finding Jim Kelly’s heir as apparent and franchise quarterback, while others were just looking at and feeling the pain of past history.
  • Herbert Seward III
    Published 27 days ago
    HBCU Football Spectacles 2019: The Magic City Classic

    HBCU Football Spectacles 2019: The Magic City Classic

    August is always a really great time to be a football fan. Training camps and the anticipation of the upcoming season alone are enough to really get the juices flowing, whether you're a fan of pro football, big-time college football, or otherwise. HBCU football games, in particular, could be considered home to some of the most unique and enjoyable fan experiences imaginable for the sport. Black College Football holds a special place in my heart in terms of an overall game day experience. I'm an alum of the Alabama State University "Mighty Marching Hornets" band program, so I've been blessed to view the HBCU game day experience as both a game day participant, and as an old-fashioned fan. There may not be a spectacle more representative of the unique nature of the Black College Football fan experience than one of the oldest HBCU Football Classics in existence, The Magic City Classic.With the organized version of the event starting in 1945, it's considered one of the oldest and most venerable of the HBCU Football Classics in existence today. The Bayou Classic (Southern vs. Grambling State), The Florida Classic (Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman University), and the Southern Heritage Classic have all had a TON of visibility over the years, but the MCC has a fan and overall game day experience that rivals some of the best in the nation. The typical MCC festivities start almost a week in advance of game day with a myriad of parties, social events, and student recruitment efforts. Performances by major R&B recording artists, Stepshows and related events, and a "Battle of the Bands" face off between the MMW (Marching Maroon & White) of AAMU and the MMH (Mighty Marching Hornets) of ASU really make the entire week an exhilarating experience for any fan. Sensory overload is a REAL thing for this event prior to any turf in venerable Legion Stadium being disrupted by cleats and pigskin.Then, there's Magic City Classic game day...
  • Matthew Williams
    Published about a month ago
    “Oh Shit” Moments: 2018 NFL Season Edition

    “Oh Shit” Moments: 2018 NFL Season Edition

    Football is almost upon us. The pre-season has started, fantasy leagues are up and running, and Cleveland fans are once again thinking that this will be their year. But before we get into the thick of the 2019-2020 NFL season, let's take a walk through memory and revisit the 2018 games that made our jaws drop. Here are the top-ten "Oh Shit" moments from the 2018-2019 NFL Season.
  • Casey Chesterfield
    Published about a month ago
    5 Fantasy Football Draft Party Ideas

    5 Fantasy Football Draft Party Ideas

    Draft season is quickly approaching, and with it the promise of a new season. If you and your friends always do a live draft together, this year might be the one to make things a little bit more fun by throwing a party to celebrate the beginning of your season. You can ask your friends to go in on supplies together, or just make plans yourself as commissioner of your fantasy league.
  • Sean S
    Published 2 months ago
    To Save the Kickoff or Not to Save the Kickoff

    To Save the Kickoff or Not to Save the Kickoff

    I'll admit you may find it overly dramatic, predictable, and cliche to play on Shakespeare's iconic line, but it's more apt than you may care to admit or realize. Hamlet was contemplating suicide, life, and death. And if concussions are the deciding factor in Football-As-We-Know-Its life or death, then the kickoff is the leading suspect and major culprit. Up until last year I was a stubborn defender of Gridiron Football's most dangerous play, mostly out of pure tradition. The O-U kickoff tradition is one of my personal favorites. As an Oklahoman, it's one of the most easily recognized symbols of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Football, brilliant in its simplicity. If it's not obvious enough from the name it's simply a held steady chant of Ooooooo while the Sooners prepare for a Kickoff then the pure elation, relief, and excitement of a thunderous U when the kicker strikes the ball launching a likely touchback with the full support of 80,000 behind him. And on a personal level my family has taken this tradition to another unique place, as since I was raised in the panhandle we traveled out-of-state a LOT, so whenever we were approaching the Oklahoma border we start to hold our steady Ooooooo and release a delightful U when we breach the border back into Oklahoma. Cruelly as life would have it I've moved out of Oklahoma for both love and work, so it has come with added emotion when I get to go home. But sadly for the good of the sport, at the actual games it should be no more. Now what could shake such a long held opinion you ask, well that would be Jon Bois's Chart Party YouTube Series' Entry: Kickoffs are stupid and bad. Jon has already explained much better than I ever could, but if you really want to settle for the Cliffnotes his five bullet points are that Kickoffs are boring, dangerous, offer little to no strategy, usually result in no real winner, and success isn't rewarded enough. Extremely amplified in recent years by the half measures of the NCAA and NFL to encourage more touchbacks with shorter distances. Which as Jon points out though on a lot of touchbacks the dangerous part of the play does still occur because neither team has the luxury of assuming the returner will take a knee.And on the personal side as a former youth player I was not keen on being put on Kickoff Team and was really glad I never was. You don't usually ever see Offensive Linemen on the Kickoff Team, so I didn't have much to worry about, but still. Jon is right, Kickoffs offer little chance for the Return Team to get a big win in field position, little to no chance for the Kicking Team to have a big win, and pin the opposition deep. And even when the Returners get that big Return the gained field position doesn't translate to that many extra points. There's an oddity in his data that the 1st best field position actually gets less points than the 2nd, and the 3rd less than the 4th. Personally I think this is because the closer you get to the end zone the less likely you're going to be willing to settle for the FG, so made FGs are nudging over miss 4th down attempts. Which speaking of 4th downs...Now the elephant in the room if NCAA, NFL, CFL, etc. actually did get rid of the Kickoff is that we need a replacement for the Onside Kick. Jon's Video introduces us to the Greg Schiano Plan. Team A starting a Half or After a Successful Score technically retains the ball, but is immediately placed into 4th and 15. Which sets up a likely punt. My Father when I first told him about this and I suspect many of you are wondering, so what makes a punt safer than a kickoff. It's the same play essentially, except worse in that the punting can attack the field instead of actually kicking. At least with the Kickoff a Team can only do two things. Kick for positioning or onside kick for the ball. Well speed built up from 22 men running full speed into each other from great distances apart as if it were an actual military battle is the danger factor that likely and largely leads to the higher number of injuries and injuries of greater severity. And sadly that barbarity does lead to a large part of the play's popularity with blood thirsty players, coaches, and fans alike. Whereas while everyone is trying to accomplish the same thing from a punt, and the punting team has more options at its disposal for the equivalent of the surprise onside kick, starting from scrimmage as Jon says "like actual Football," really would decrease the impact and severity of the collisions involved in changing possession. Now I think what has got a lot of us hesitating about this idea is that we know the NCAA and NFL will likely start with half-measures, and so far the NFL has really only entertain the entertaining side of this with the Broncos proposing to Add the 4th and 15 Onside Conversion in a really limited way. In that, if it had passed teams would've only been allowed to do it once per game and only in the 4th Quarter. Effectively only removing a tiny sliver of kickoffs. Now in the brief life of the Alliance of American Football the AAF both infuriated us with their half measure to this, and gave us our only yardstick to date on this type of conversion. In normal circumstances they were giving the receiving team the ball for free, drop the ball on the 25 Yard Line: 1st and 10. A disgusting eye sore and disturbing precedent to set for football. You don't get the ball for free, and we shouldn't ever give the ball for free. I could possibly concede that maybe for PeeWee Kids maybe, but definitely not for any competitive level of the Game. But the AAF did give us a glimpse at the Onside Conversion, as they had a rule that if you were down by 17 at any point or if you were losing with less than 5:00 remaining you could try an Onside 4th and 12 from your own 28. Now I tried my hardest to find some hard data on the results of this experiment, and I hope Jon sees this and does find the answer. But the best I could find was that as of March 23rd AAF Teams were one for three. I think it's safe to say though that whatever the actual stat is it's a small sample size and hard to draw any meaningful conclusions from. Sadly the NCAA and NFL's first attempts may very well look like the AAF's half measured crack at it. Now on the High School Level I'll admit that the high quality teams would take advantage of this, break the game, and never let their opponents ever see the ball. And as much as I wish we could have universal rules for Football (I mean really three different goal posts, three different hashmarks, etc.) this probably would be one that would rightfully need some tweaking at the High School level. But I implore the NCAA and the NFL if we're going to do this for the good of the game, rip the bandaid all the way off right from the start and embrace the full Schiano Plan!
  • Victoria Lim
    Published 2 months ago
    How Are NFL Players Preparing for the 2019 Season

    How Are NFL Players Preparing for the 2019 Season

    The previous NFL season brought us yet another Super Bowl trophy lifting by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. It is safe to say that their franchise is one of the most successful in the League’s history, but they’re far from unbeatable. The biggest allure of the NFL is the fact that each new season is hard to predict. The Cincinnati Bengals, for instance, had a single victory in two whole seasons before 2018, but they were real competitors last year. The 2019 season will, therefore, be super interesting to watch as athletes are preparing as we speak for it. But what exactly do these preparations consist of in terms of fitness?
  • Larry Seely
    Published 2 months ago
    2019 NFL Fantasy Football QB Rankings

    2019 NFL Fantasy Football QB Rankings

    Heading the list for top quarterback in the league is young star Patrick Mahomes of Kansas City. The Chiefs signal caller made the most of his opportunity as a first-year starter in 2018 by being named the league's MVP.
  • Rich Monetti
    Published 2 months ago
    Part II: Mamaroneck High School Athletes to Remember
  • Rich Monetti
    Published 3 months ago
    White Plains High School Athletes to Remember
  • A.J. Jones
    Published 3 months ago
    The Sooners Will Be Good on Offense, But Will Not Win Championships Without Defense

    The Sooners Will Be Good on Offense, But Will Not Win Championships Without Defense

    This past bowl season we watched the Oklahoma Sooners lose to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Championship Semi-final game. This game was unique, because Oklahoma had Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray leading the nation's highest-scoring offense against Alabama, who had one of the most powerful and balanced offenses ever at Alabama under coach Nick Saban with Tua Tagovailoa as quarterback with the one of the nation's best defenses backing him up.
  • Casey Chesterfield
    Published 3 months ago
    Who Is the Best QB in 2019?

    Who Is the Best QB in 2019?

    Whether you’re new to fantasy football or an old vet, the importance of a star quarterback on your fantasy team should be clear. Football teams in real life are dependent on the QB, since nothing on the offensive line gets done without them.