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.”
By Cheval John
If you want to beat a great team like the Seattle Seahawks, you got to play clean and smart football.
The Green Bay Packers did not do that in their season opener against the defending Super Bowl Champs.
Their lack of discipline and decent defense led to a 36-16 loss to Seattle.
The Packers committed 8 penalties for 69 yards.
None was bigger than late in the fourth quarter.
After Aaron Rodgers led the Packers on a 10 play, 82-yard drive that was capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb that cut the lead to 29-16, it seemed as if momentum was swinging the way of the Packers.
However, Greg Jones was called for a holding penalty that nullified the incomplete pass play by Russell Wilson on 3rd and 6th and the Seahawks got a fresh set of downs.
Then Wilson, who went 19 of 28 for 191 yards and 2 scores, led Seattle down the field on a 12 play, 80-yard drive that was capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Coleman to extend the lead to 36-16.
That drive took 7 minutes off the clock and pretty much sealed the game.
Even though it’s the first week of the season, the Seahawks showed that they are ready to make another trip to the Super Bowl while the Packers have a lot of work to do if they are going to make a run at the playoffs.
On the bright side of things, the Packers did not played like they were petrified of the Seahawks unlike the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.
By Cheval John
Today begins the anticipated 2014 NFL season.
Many people will be around their television sets or the iPhone watching their favorite teams duke it out for that win.
For media members, they have the fun job of dissecting each team’s strengths and weakness to see if they have a shot at making the playoffs.
Here are some games to look out for in Week 1
Seattle Seahawks vs Green Bay Packers
The Seahawks begin their Super Bowl title defense against the Green Bay Packers.
This game could be a dress rehearsal for the “Legion of Boom” as they return most of their starters.
It will not be as lopsided as the Super Bowl matchup in the New York City area when the Seahawks dismantled the Denver Broncos 43-6.
Many are expecting Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers to put up points against the “Legion of Boom” and also have a MVP-caliber season.
Even though Rodgers will manage the game against Seattle, it will not be enough as the Packers’ defense will not be able to stop an improved Seattle offense that is led by Russell Wilson.
Prediction: Seahawks 35-Packers 24
Dallas Cowboys vs San Francisco 49ers
An age old rivalry will be renewed on Sunday when the 49ers travel to AT&T Stadium, a.k.a. “Jerry’s World” to face the Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.
The last time these two teams met was in 2011 in San Francisco when the Cowboys rallied to beat the 49ers 27-24 in overtime.
It seemed like the 49ers are not the same team from last year.
One of their main defensive players, Aldon Smith was given a 9-game suspension by NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell for multiple offenses that made him transgressed the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies.
The 49ers’ preseason does not compare to the Cowboys, who went winless in theirs for the first time since 2000.
The Cowboys had four other preseasons without wins.
But that did not affect their season because in 1998, they won their division title and made the playoffs.
The Cowboys hope that a win against the 49ers will set the tone for them to have a successful season and to make the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Prediction: 49ers 24 Cowboys 23
By Cheval John
Labor Day has become permanent for Bo Porter.
Today, he was let go of his duties as the manager of the Houston Astros.
The Astros are currently fourth in the American League’s Western Division with a 59-79 record.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Porter’s dismissal was not based on the record of the team, but of a disagreement between him and general manager Jeff Luhnow.
Luhnow said in a statement, ““Earlier today, I informed Bo Porter that he would no longer be our manager and told Dave Trembley that he would not complete the season as our bench coach.
“Bo’s passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win unquestioned. This decision was not made because of our current level of competitiveness in the Major Leagues. I recognize that our win-loss record is largely a product of an organizational strategy for which I am responsible. Rather, I made this decision because I believe we need a new direction in our clubhouse.
“What we will seek going forward is a consistent and united message throughout the entire organization. It is essential that as an organization we create an atmosphere at the Major League level where our young players can come up and continue to develop and succeed. Ultimately, I am responsible for creating that culture, and I will do everything in my power to do so—even when it means making difficult moves like the one we made today.
“Moving forward, I am optimistic about the direction of our team. Our young core continues to progress, and I believe wholeheartedly that our plan—while at times challenging—is working and will bring a consistent winner to Houston in the very near future.”
Houston finished the last three seasons with 100+ loss and have been in rebuilding mold since Jim Crane took ownership of the team almost three years ago.
Maybe it’s a good thing that the majority of the fan base in the Houston area does not have to watch the horrendous display of their team on television on a daily basis.
With the botch deal of their regional network, Comcast SportsNet Houston,
only 40 percent have access to the Astros games and the Rockets games.
I suspect that Mr. Crane have huge regrets in buying the Astros from Drayton McClane because it seems that it will be a long time before his team generates a viable product for the fan base.
Until then, the Astros can focus on finishing their 2014 campaign on a high note and hope that they can get back to their winning ways next year.
Courtesy: Paul Ridings, Jr., SHSU Sports Information
HUNTSVILLE – Sophomore quarterback Jared Johnson passed for 386 yards and three touchdowns to lead FCS No. 14 ranked Sam Houston to a 51-20 victory over Alabama State Saturday at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium.
Johnson threw scoring passes of 48 yards to Jeffrey Thomas, nine yards to Rickey Smith and 68 yards to Keshawn Hill. Hill also scored on a four-yard run.
Jalen Overstreet, a transfer running back from Texas, was the Bearkats leading rusher with 11 carries for 83 yards. Freshman Donavan Williams added 83 yards on 12 carries including a 1 yard score.
Hornet quarterback Daniel Duhart led Alabama State completing 17 of 32 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.
Sam Houston now stands 1-1 for the year while the game was Alabama State’s season opener.