Monthly Archives: November 2014

Lombardi’s Trophies – Week 10

The “Pushing the Rules” Trophy goes to… Jameis Winston

#3 Florida State was in another dogfight Saturday, this time against Boston College in Tallahassee. FSU starting quarterback Jameis Winston was trying to get under center to get ready for the next play in the Seminoles’ hurry-up offense.

Except there was one problem, the referee was in Winston’s way. The defending Heisman Trophy winner then did something that stunned viewers, he shoved the referee out of the way.

Bold move by Winston, who was for some reason not penalized for the push.

Mike Pereira, officiating expert from Fox Sports, said he believed Winston should have been ejected from the game, stating:

“Contact with an official can clearly lead to an ejection. Webster was doing his job, which was to hold the snap until the referee cleared him in this situation. Winston clearly pushes him out of the way so he can get the snap off. That’s a foul, folks.”

Well, it’s not the first time Jameis Winston hasn’t been penalized for something…

The “Kid of the Week” Trophy goes to… Oregon O’Hara Catholic High School Student

Second ranked Oregon rolled over Colorado as expected by a score of 44-10 in Eugene. But it was not the actual game that is making headlines, it was Mark Helfrich’s postgame press conference.

A student reporter from O’Hara Catholic High School in Eugene asked Coach Helfrich what he thought Mariota’s NFL Draft status was. According to this future reporter, the three things that the boys talk about in school are, “Jesus, girls, and Marcus Mariota.”

Props to this kid for having the courage to ask that question. He’ll look back on this moment years from now when he’s working at ESPN and laugh with the rest of us.

The “Stereotype of the Week” Trophy goes to… Harvard Kicker

People who go to Harvard are, more often than not, extremely smart.

Extremely smart people always wear glasses, right? Even football players?

In the annual matchup called “The Game” between Harvard and Yale, the Crimson’s senior kicker Andrew Flesher was caught wearing regular glasses while playing, instead of contacts or sports goggles.

Props to Andrew for being himself, and also reinforcing the Ivy League football player stereotype at the same time.

The “Bachelor of the Week” Trophy goes to… JaVale McGee

During friday night’s showdown between the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans, Nuggets center JaVale McGee chased down a loose ball on the sidelines and tumbled into the front row seats.

While tangled up with the fans in the front row, McGee pulled a smooth move on a female spectator who was sitting courtside…

I’m sure getting a kiss from a nice young man like McGee made that lady’s night.

The thing that makes this moment even better is the fact that the play was still going on during McGee’s kiss.

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Lombardi’s Trophies – Week 9

The “Streak Breakers” Trophy goes to… Arkansas Football

It had been over two years since the Arkansas Razorbacks last won a conference football game in the SEC. That all changed Saturday night in Fayetteville as the Hogs “upset” 17th ranked LSU 17-0.

It was Bret Bielema’s first SEC win at Arkansas, and the fans and players celebrated accordingly by rushing the field.

It was Arkansas’ first SEC shutout since 2001, and the first time LSU was shutout since the 2012 BCS Championship Game. Even though the win was over a struggling 7-4 LSU team, two years of futility ended was enough for Razorback fans to storm the field and grab “The Boot” from LSU.

Both teams head into their bye week before big Thanksgiving weekend matchups vs. Texas A&M and Missouri.

The “Good Effort” Trophy goes to… Cold Arkansas fan

During Arkansas’ previously mentioned 17-0 victory over LSU, temperatures in Fayetteville got down to 32 degrees.

Fans on both sides, not used to the frigid conditions, adapted in any way they could with bulky jackets, hats and gloves.

One Arkansas fan was caught struggling more than others. The fan was seen trying to scroll on his smartphone screen only to realize that it does not work with bulky gloves.

To tweet? Or, not to tweet and keep your hands warm? That is the question.

The “Fan of the Week” Trophy goes to… Dennis Doyle

What if I told you that you had to drop your life savings and follow your favorite sports team year round?

New York Knicks fan Dennis Doyle made that decision. Doyle, a lawyer, dropped $20,000 from his savings account to hit the road with his favorite team and attend all 82 regular season games.

Doyle has called it a “quest for self-discovery and a chance to explore his passion.”

Hey, Doyle is a lawyer, and probably has the dough to pull this off. All the power to him, I admit that I am completely jealous. Can I quit school and go follow my team?

The “Warrior of the Week” Trophy goes to… Minnesota Ice Cream Coach

If you thought conditions were bad for LSU in Fayetteville, you should have checked out the ice-cold snowy conditions during the Minnesota-Ohio State game.

But the icy weather didn’t stop a Minnesota coach from enjoying a nice Dove chocolate ice cream bar on the sideline in the middle of the game, and the blizzard.

Twenty degrees and snowing are perfect conditions for a cold snack for cold-blooded snow people in Minnesota. This coach is also a genius because guess what… his ice cream isn’t going to melt in his hand.

In other less important news, #6 Ohio State defeated the 25th ranked Golden Gophers 31-24 to stay in the hunt for the College Football Playoff.

Lombardi’s Trophies – Week 8

The “Get Yourself Benched” Trophy goes to… Kaelin Clay, Utah WR

It’s a tale as old as time, especially in college football. An overzealous wide receiver catching a big pass and running it into the end zone for a touchdown… except they drop the ball before actually crossing the plane.

Utah wide receiver Kaelin Clay is the latest perpetrator of this egregious celebration tactic.

Early in the second quarter of the Utah-Oregon game, Clay beat the Ducks secondary for a long touchdown catch to put Utah up 14-0. As the Utes’ fans went crazy celebrating the touchdown, Oregon players noticed something no one else had, Clay had dropped the ball prior to scoring.

As Utah players celebrated on one side of the field, Oregon’s defense ran the ball 100 yards in the other direction for a fumble recovery touchdown.

Utah never recovered, and #3 Oregon rolled over #20 Utah 51-27.

In my opinion there’s absolutely no excuse for dropping the ball near the goal line in an attempt to look “cool.”

Also, how about this for a freaky coincidence… Kaelin Clay went to the same high as THIS GUY…

The “Gaining An Edge” Trophy goes to… LSU TE Logan Stokes 

In another classic LSU-Alabama matchup, the two teams were deadlocked late in Death Valley.

LSU’s hero from the Ole Miss game, tight end Logan Stokes decided to take matters into his own hands after a play to gain an advantage on the Tide any way he could.

That’s right. He tried to “pants” Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland. To make matters worse, CBS’ cameras caught the act for all of America to see on national television.

In the game, LSU was once again “pantsed” by the Alabama Crimson Tide, falling 20-13 in overtime. The “9-6 curse” lives on for LSU (Yes, I made that up).

The “Sorority Girl of the Week” Trophy goes to… FSU Delta Gamma Michelle Roque

Yes, I understand that this headline is suggestive… but this is a sports blog, not TFM.

Check out Florida State Delta Gamma flag football player Michelle Roque, whose moves have gone viral all over the internet after leaving the opposing team’s defenders in the dust.

Wow.

After Jameis Winston leaves Florida State for the NFL Draft after this season, you would think head coach Jimbo Fisher will be in search for another mobile quarterback… maybe toss a scholarship Michelle’s way, coach.

The “Coach of the Week” Trophy goes to… Charlie Strong

Charlie Strong’s first season at Texas has been interesting to say the least. The challenge of rebuilding the Longhorns program has proved to be more than a one year task.

But on Saturday, Texas seemed like the Texas of old with a 33-16 upset win over #24 West Virginia in Austin.

After the game, Longhorn players decided to celebrate the win in the locker room by hoisting their fearless leader into the air and crowd surfing Strong around the room.

Good for Strong, and good for Texas fans. Finally something to cheer about, it has been a long time.

Lombardi’s Trophies – Week 7

The “Unsportsmanlike” Trophy goes to… Maryland Football captains

The Maryland Terrapins were 1-1-35 all-time against Penn State before Saturday’s matchup in Happy Valley. The Terps’ captains decided to take things into their own hands to fire up their team by refusing to greet Penn State players at the coin toss.

Really, Maryland? Refusing to shake hands? That’s a pretty low move.

After the awkward coin toss, players from both teams got in a shoving match and had to be separated by referees and coaches.

Of course, Maryland ended up winning the game 20-19 on a late field goal for their first ever win at Penn State. An excellent example to young football players that poor sportsmanship sometimes pays off in rivalry games.

The “You Almost Got It” Trophy goes to… Lee Corso

In his 20-plus years behind the desk as an analyst on ESPN’s College Gameday, Lee Corso has made a name for himself as an American sports icon with his signature headgear selections.

Saturday in Morgantown, West Virginia, on the set of College Gameday, Corso made his 250th headgear selection.

Corso picked seventh-ranked TCU over #20 West Virginia, and attempted to put on the Horned Frogs’ mascot head.

Except there was one problem, he put it on backwards.

Corso’s faithful sidekick, Kirk Herbstreit, was there to save the day and turn the frog head around for the audience.

Here’s to 250 more headgear picks Coach Corso, hopefully on forward.

The “Best Pro-Athlete Halloween Costume” Trophies go to…

Halloween was Friday, and even busy professional athletes were able to find the time to dress up in some elaborate costumes. NBA players, olympians, hockey players, everyone joined in on the fun Friday night.

Here are some of the best Pro-Athlete costumes from Halloween 2014:

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Nathan MacKinnon, NHL player, Colorado Avalanche. Barely recognizable.

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Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Sidney Crosby as Rocky, and Evgeni Malkin as a vampire.

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Washington Wizards veteran forward Paul Pierce as Captain America. Can he save DC?

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James as… FloBron James…

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and the “Teenage Mutant Turtle Fam”

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Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich and singer/actress Julianne Hough as Austin Powers and Felicity Shagwell. Yeah, baby.

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PGA golfer Rickie Fowler and his girlfriend as Squints and Wendy Peffercorn from “Sandlot”. Always a classic costume choice.

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Jacksonville Jaguars rookie QB Blake Bortles as Will Ferrell’s character Jackie Moon from “Semi Pro”. The Flint Tropics might be more competitive than the Jaguars right now.

The “Laugh of the Week” Trophy goes to… Irish Guys Watching Baseball

As we all could have guessed, baseball does not have a big presence overseas in Ireland. It is a country dominated by rugby, soccer and golf.

In this now viral YouTube video, Irish guys were filmed while watching baseball for the first time to catch their reactions about the foreign game.

Some of their comments during Game 7 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals may surprise you.

Hilarious.

My personal favorite, when they were trying to figure out what RISP (Runners In Scoring Position) stands for. I would love to see a video like this of Americans watching cricket or rugby.