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Never Underestimate An Opponent

By Cheval John

When Sam Houston State lost to the LSU Tigers 56-0 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, it seemed like an anomaly.

I was thinking that the Bearkats would rebound from that loss when they hosted Colorado State-Pueblo in Huntsville, Texas.

It did not occur to me that CSU-Pueblo, a Division II school, were No.2 in the nation and went undefeated last year in the regular season with an 11-0 record.

I was going on the feeling that the Bearkats would take care of business because they had a 23-game winning streak at Bowers Stadium.

I was even debating of whether I should make a return visit to Huntsville to cover the game because I thought it was going to be a mismatch.

I decided to go and my intuition was right about the game being a mismatch.

A mismatch for Sam Houston that is.

The Bearkats got outplayed by the ThunderWolves that resulted in a 47-21 loss.

It might seemed that it was not a bad loss by the Bearkats.

Don’t let the outcome fool you.

The Bearkats went three and out in their seven drives (six in the first half).

Starting quarterback Jarrod Johnson, who went 14 of 26 for 72 yards, was sacked 6 times.

On the other hand, the ThunderWolves’ offense was slicing and dicing the Bearkats defense.

CSU-Pueblo (2-0) set the tone on their first drive, going 10 plays for 57 yards that was capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by Cameron McDondle, who had 116 yards and 2 scores on 14 carries.

By halftime, the ThunderWolves had a 27-0 lead and accumulated 206 total yards while the Bearkats only muster one yard.

After the Bearkats went three and out to open the third quarter, the ThunderWolves struck again when Chris Bonner found a wide open Paul Browning for a 64-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 34-0.

The Bearkats finally found the endzone on a 9-yard touchdown run by Johnson to make it 34-7.

However it was too late as the ThunderWolves snapped the Bearkats 23-game winning streak.

The Bearkats can be thankful that they have a bye week because they need to fix their secondary, create new offensive schemes and go back to their bread and butter which is running the football.

Before this game, it was a matter of them having a good record against Southland Conference (SLC) opponents to get an at-large bid in the FCS playoffs.

Now, the Bearkats will have to win the SLC title if they want to extend their participation in the playoffs to four straight years.

On the bright side of things, the Bearkat bowling team was honored after the first quarter for winning the school’s first ever national title at the Division I level.

CSU-Pueblo (2-0) exposed the

Sam Houston went 3 and out in their first six drives of the game.

The Bearkats had only 1 yard of total offense in the first half.

Let’s Eradicate Domestic Violence

By Cheval John

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Pittsburg Steelers 36-6 last night in Baltimore, Maryland.

One could say that the Ravens organization was “inspired” to play well after dealing with the Ray Rice controversy.

As you well know, Rice was released by the Ravens earlier this week and was suspended by the NFL indefinitely after TMZ released the video of him punching out his fiancee (now wife) Janay (Palmer) Rice.

The focus was on NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell’s ridiculous two-game suspension of Rice and the way how the Ravens handled the situation with Rice.

Though it was important to focus on those matters, the bigger focus should have remained on domestic violence.

I will be honest, TMZ should not have released that video to the public because it was very gruesome to watch (I did not watch it because it was really uncomfortable).

However, I could “understand” why they did it because it seem as if report after report from credible sources like the Associated Press has pointed out that the offices of the NFL had received the video on April 9th.

From what many people have heard about Goodell’s denial of ever seeing the video before TMZ released the footage on Monday, it seems as if Goodell did not wanted to see it.

But I will not focus on that.

Instead we have to acknowledge that domestic violence is a disease that is plaguing America.

Even though Mrs. Rice hates the fact that she has to relive that horrible incident everyday because of the video, it has brought domestic violence to a huge national discussion.

We finally had the chance to learn about domestic violence and how many organizations like the National Organization For Women (NOW) are doing to eradicate domestic violence.

What I hope is that the NFL will take a stand against domestic violence and even go as far as having influential players like J.J. Watt, Drew Brees and others make videos about how they are with the victims of domestic violence.

One can be optimistic that everyone will listen to the words of James Brown and take a stand against domestic violence.

Texans Off To A Good Start

By Cheval John

J.J. Watt showed why he was worth the $100 million that he recently inked with the Houston Texans today.

Watt had a sack, a blocked PAT and a fumble recovery in the Texans’ 17-6 win over Washington in Houston, Texas.

Both teams play well defensively as the game remained scoreless for most of the first half.

Washington got on the board first on a 1-yard touchdown run by Darrel Young for a 6-0 lead.

However, their PAT was blocked by Watt to keep it at that score.

That proved to be game changing as Texans’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who went 14 of 22 for 206 yards and a score, found DeAndre Hopkins for a 76-yard touchdown that tied it up at 6.

The PAT by the Texans made it 7-6.

A couple of plays later, Andre Blue blocked a punt, recovered it and scored that increase the lead to 14-6.

Washington had two chances to pull with a touchdown as they were in the red zone.

But they fumble the ball twice that was recovered by the Texans.

As the season progresses, Watt will aim to lead the Texans to the playoffs.

SHSU Football: A Work In Progress

By Cheval John

It was pretty much over before the first snap of the game between Sam Houston State and LSU.

The Tigers blitz the Bearkats at the expanded Tiger Stadium 56-0 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on the new SEC Network that is operated by ESPN.

As an alum, I had “hope” that the Bearkats had a chance against the Tigers (2-0) after fellow Southland Conference member McNeese State went to the wire with Nebraska, but lost narrowly 31-24.

It seemed as if SHSU was going to set the tone early when they move the ball effectively on their first possession of the game.

Then on a flee-flicker play, quarterback Jarrod Johnson threw an interception that gave the Tigers the ball.

On the Tigers first play of the their drive, quarterback Anthony Jennings found Travin Durcal for a 94-yard score that made it 6-0.

It all went down hill from there as LSU scored two more times for touchdowns to increase the lead to 20-0.

By the end of the first quarter, the Tigers had 279 total yards of offense while the Bearkats only had 75.

It was hard to watch the rest of the game because of the continued dominance of the Tigers.

But if you are a die-hard fan of a team or in the case, your college, you must continued to support your team whether they are doing good or bad.

The real hope from this game is that the Bearkats will improve tremendously because they played a very quality opponent like the Tigers.

It will also make SHSU mentally tough going into SLC play in a couple of weeks.

And if the Bearkats run the table for the rest of the season without winning the SLC title, their schedule could convince the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) committee that they deserve an at-large bid into the 24-team playoffs.

So a huge loss to LSU will benefit the Bearkats in the long run.

NCAA Needs To Get A Life

By Cheval John

The women’s basketball program at the University of Connecticut got slapped with an NCAA violation this week because head coach Geno Auriemma called Mo’ne Davis to congratulate her on the success during the Little League World Series (LLWS) last month.

“I heard about that this morning, and it’s sad,” Davis, 13, said Friday to ESPN. “There wasn’t anything about recruiting in the call, he was just congratulating me.”

Davis, who is also a basketball player, had mentioned that she had wanted to play collegiate basketball at UConn.

In reality, this is really absurd.

I can understand if coach Auriemma was calling to try and make a pitch that she should play at Connecticut when she finishes high school.

But he was not trying to recruit her.

All he did was call to congratulate her, that was it.

Of course, another school, who is a competitor of UConn was so paronoid that they made a complaint to the American Athletic Conference about Auriemma contacting Davis to congratulate her during the LLWS.

From there, the conference reported it to the NCAA and then just to make themselves feel important, they concluded that it was a secondary violation.

What this shows is that the rules of the NCAA is so overblown that it really needs a makeover.

Hopefully in the future, the board of governors or whatever hierarchy in the NCAA, will make changes to these byzantine rules.

All I got to say to the NCAA, “Get a life.”