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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.

Lombardi’s Trophies – Week 6

The “Worst Fanbase of the Week” Trophy goes to… Florida Panthers fans

The Florida Panthers will never be mistaken for a franchise with great potential, or a fanbase with great enthusiasm. Since they went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996 it’s been all down hill.

All of those claims were reaffirmed in dramatic fashion Monday night when a whopping seven thousand people showed up to the BB&T Center to watch their Panthers lose 1-0 to the Ottawa Senators.

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After the first period the place was nearly empty. Announced attendance was 7,311, the lowest in Panthers franchise history, but the number that actually showed up and stayed was most likely much lower.

This franchise has struggled for much of its existence. It’s not entirely shocking that a cold-weather sport like hockey would struggle in sunny South Beach. But attendance has never been this bad for the Panthers. News like this does not help to stop relocation rumors from spreading.

The “Cold Shoulder” Trophy goes to… USC Athletic Director Pat Haden

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After USC’s 28-26 win over #10 Arizona last weekend, former Trojan runningback LenDale White was highly critical of USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox on social media.

Fast forward to this week in The Coliseum in Pasadena. White made an appearance on the Trojan sideline to watch his alma mater take on the Colorado Buffaloes. Except he was not welcomed by USC Athletic Director Pat Haden.

According to White’s twitter account, Haden had him escorted out of USC’s stadium by the police.

White proceed to go on a long Twitter rant calling Haden a “coward” and asking USC to fire his “punk ass.” White was a star at USC running alongside former Heisman winner Reggie Bush back in 2006.

The “Trick Play of the Week” Trophy goes to… The St. Louis Rams

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To beat a superior team, you need superior play-calling… and some luck.

The Rams faked out the defending champion Seahawks with an amazing play on a punt return. On a Seattle punt, St. Louis returner Tavon Austin drew the attention of Seahawks players and drew them over to the left side of the field acting like he was catching the punt.

But the punt actually went to the right side, where Stedman Bailey caught it and had a wide open run to the endzone after all of Seattle’s coverage team was drawn to the left.

Genius.

The Rams went on to upset the champs 28-26 after a gutsy fake punt in their own territory late in the game. Kudos to Jeff Fisher for playing to win the game.

The “Do Whatever It Takes To Win” Trophy goes to… Bay Area Radio Stations

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San Francisco is usually seen as a very accepting place. Except in regards to one song related to this year’s World Series between their San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals.

In anticipation for Game 1 Tuesday night, a couple of San Francisco radio stations have banned the playing of Lorde’s hit song “Royals” for obvious reasons.

KMBC, KFOG and KOIT have all agreed to temporarily pull the song from their rotation.

Sucks for Lorde fans in San Francisco. But if the Giants can pull out the series in two weeks I think they’ll be able to forgive and forget.

Lombardi’s Trophies – Week 5

The “Forgetting What Team You’re On” Trophy goes to… LeBron James

In an exhibition game Saturday between the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James made a superb pick on Anderson Varajao to spring Heat guard Norris Cole to the basket.

Except there’s only one problem… LeBron James doesn’t play on Norris Cole’s team anymore.

James, now on the Cleveland Cavaliers, accidentally set a pick on his current teammate Varajao, to inadvertently help his former Miami Heat teammate, Cole.

Maybe James simply forgot that he is no longer wearing a Heat uniform? Or maybe he wishes that he was still playing in Miami?

Even the best basketball player in the world makes mistakes.

The “Boys Have At It” Trophy goes to… NASCAR drivers Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski

Tempers flare when everything is on the line in NASCAR’s version of the playoffs. Those tempers boiled over for some drivers after Saturday night’s race in Charlotte, NC.

In the closing laps of the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth made significant contact. After the race finished, Keselowski tried to crash into Hamlin in retaliation for what happened earlier in the race.

As the cars funneled into pit road, Kenseth had already taken off his helmet and seatbelts when Keselowski rammed into his car from behind in another retaliation attempt.

Hamlin confronted Keselowski in the garage area to “discuss” things, and following that altercation, Kenseth sprinted over to fight Keselowski in-between haulers and initiated a brawl between the two drivers and pit crews.

With all of the news surrounding the dangers of fighting in racing since the Tony Stewart/Kevin Ward sprint car incident a few months ago, it will be interesting to see what kind of penalties NASCAR will dole out to these drivers.

I doubt there will be any additional retaliation attempts next week on the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway.

The “Flop of the Century” goes to… Jamal Adams

During Saturday night’s LSU-Florida game in Gainesville, the Tigers’ Jamie Keehn punted the ball away to Florida’s Andre Debose.

Enter Jamal Adams.

As the ball sailed out of bounds, the LSU true freshman proceeded to get in Debose’s face and talk a little trash. DeBose gave Adams a little smack in the facemask, and the LSU freshman jumped back as if he had been shot.

The theatrics of Adams’ NBA-style flop worked as DeBose was flagged on the play for unsportsmanlike conduct.

LSU went on to win the game 30-27 on a late FG from Colby Delahoussaye.

The “Meanest Fanbase of the Week” Trophy goes to… Oakland Raiders fans

Oakland Raiders fans have never been pegged as one of the nicer fanbases in the NFL. Anytime your colors are black and silver with a pirate mascot and a reputation for perennial futility your fans are going to be a little ruder than normal.

On Sunday, Raiders fans gave the San Diego Chargers a rude welcoming on their drive into the Oakland Colisseum.

They egged the Chargers bus.

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Eggs? Really?

Of course, in anticipation of a big divisional matchup, one can understand why Raiders fans wanted to give their overmatched team a slight edge.

Keep it classy, Oakland.

Lombardi’s Trophies – Week 4

The “Woman of the Week” Trophy goes to… Katy Perry.

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This Saturday ESPN’s College Gameday made its first trip to Oxford and the University of Mississippi. Ole Miss’ infamous “Grove” was the spot for Gameday’s set among a mass of passionate Rebel fans.

Enter Katy Perry.

The former Ole Miss Rebel, now famous singer/pop star, was chosen as the show’s guest picker for the big college football games of the day.

Perry, in only a way she could, made quite a scene while picking her teams. She reveled her love for Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight, brought a bigger pencil to challenge Lee Croso’s, and even took a jab at LSU with a stupid corndog joke. Through it all, Perry was as entertaining as she is during one of her performances.

The real accomplishment for Perry was in regards to what she was actually brought on the show to do, make picks. She was remarkable. She called #12 Mississippi State to upset #6 Texas A&M, and the biggest pick, choosing her Rebels to upset #1 Alabama, which they did in a 23-17 stunner.

After the game, Perry took to social media to troll Alabama head coach Nick Saban, and then took it upon herself to hit the Oxford bar scene following the game.

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A Rebel fan caught Perry in her crowd-surfing/beer-chugging moment. Drink it in, Katy, you deserve to celebrate.

Video: https://vine.co/v/OKZVgA3bXwH

The “Ecstasy of Love/Greatest Selfie Ever” Trophy goes to… Ole Miss couple

Keeping things in Oxford, events actually occurred on the football field that did not involve Katy Perry.

The Ole Miss Rebels upset #1 Alabama 23-17 with a fourth quarter comeback led by QB Bo Wallace. As Ole Miss students poured onto the field, one Rebel couple couldn’t contain their emotion.

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That’s right. The two decided to have an impromptu celebration makeout session on the field following the big win. Luckily, neither of the mystery lovers were harmed in the taking of this selfie.

Speaking of that, credit to this dude for snapping the photo. It may become a part of Ole Miss folklore in the coming years.

Also, do I spot a diamond ring on that left hand as well? If that’s the case what a great story to tell your kids when they grow up. “Yeah, son, the Rebs knocked off Bama and your Momma and I just kinda felt like kissing. Hotty Toddy!”

The “Blowout Love” Trophy goes to Kyle Allen

Sticking with the theme of love, as 12th-ranked Mississippi State shellacked #6 Texas A&M, Aggies back-up QB Kyle Allen decided to spit some love game with a pretty girl on the A&M sideline.

Props to Allen. In my opinion there’s nothing wrong with trying to find a girlfriend on the sidelines of a college football game, especially if you’re a smitten backup quarterback looking for a date.

All we can hope is that Allen got her number and the two are out on the town Saturday in College Station.

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Mississippi State went on to knock off #6 Texas A&M 48-31 in Starkville, capping off an unbelievable day of college football for the state of Mississippi. For the first time EVER, Ole Miss and Mississippi State will both be ranked in the Top 5 at the same time.

The “Too Big for a Nerf Ball” Trophy goes to… Kyrie Irving

Switching gears now to the NBA, or in this case the National Indoor-Basketball League. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will have a lot of fun this season tossing alley oops and dunk to LeBron James every night.

Over the weekend Irving had a little fun tossing lobs and dunks with his brothers inside his own house… on a Nerf basketball hoop.

I’m shocked that the hoop stayed on the wall and did not break in half. Must be a nightmare for Cavs fans to watch their star point guard horsing around risking injury.

Maybe he will learn some moves that he can apply this week when the NBA preseason starts up for the Cavaliers.