Thursday, October 29, 2015

This week's picks: Almost Heaven, Elton John, Barney Fife and June Cleaver

Last week: 7-1; For the season, 40-12.

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Thursday night:  #3 TCU hosts West VA. 
Dana Holgorsen brings his Mountaineers to North Texas on Thursday night for a mid-semester crash course in Etymology, specifically, some up-close research on the Horned Toad.  This class will take about 3-4 hours and will not be easy for the Mountaineers. 
West VA is 3-3 overall and 0-3 in Big 12 play, losing to #14 OU, #12 OSU and #2 Baylor.  Gary Patterson’s Frogs will not take scrutiny from the WVA students lightly.  TCU’s Heisman Trophy contender, QB Trevone Boykin, will use main receiver Josh Doctson and others to teach WVA a solid lesson in the principles of the Air Raid offense. 
To paraphrase the late John Denver, it will not be “almost heaven, West Virginia.”  Projected winner: TCU.


‘Cause I live and breathe that Philadelphia Freedom.”-Elton John.  
#21 Temple hosts #9 Notre Dame. 
The Owls are one of those teams that not many people expected to hear the words “Top 25-ranked” to describe them at this point in the season, but here we are. 
The Irish bring their top ten ranking, one-loss record to Philly for a Saturday night showdown with big post-season implications for both teams:  The Irish want to stay in the hunt for a possible playoff berth; the undefeated Owls for a major bowl game, or better. 
ND relies on running back C.J. Prosise who’s averaging more than 7 yards per carry, and has 9 TDs.  Temple has the FBS’ 6th stingiest rushing defense.  The Owls have also intercepted 12 passes.  
Back in the ’70s, TSOP stood for The Sound Of Philadelphia, as R&B artists from the city populated U.S. music charts with hit after hit.  There’ll be a lot of hits Saturday night, too.  Projected winner, in an upset:  Temple.


Barney to Andy: “They’ll take over the whole town… a reign of terror!”  #3 Clemson @ N.C. State. 
The FBS’ # 3 and #4 defenses collide Saturday in Raleigh.  Their offenses are prolific, too. 
The Tigers are averaging 520+ yards per game.  They’ve won their last three by at least 17 each. The Wolfpack has scored TDs 22 out of 28 times inside the 20 this year. 
Dabo’s Tigers are looking to stay undefeated and preserve a Final Four spot for the end of the season.  NC St. has lost 10 of the past 11 times they’ve played Clemson. 
An upset could happen, but, Barney would be correct if he was talking about the Tigers coming to Raleigh on Saturday.  Projected winner: Clemson.


The Uncle Verne Bowl:  Week 9.  
#11 Florida vs. Georgia in Jacksonville. 
The Gators and the Dawgs meet on Florida’s NE coast on Saturday for the annual renewal of “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.”  
Both teams are now without key players who were difference-makers just a few weeks ago:  Running back Nick Chubb for Georgia; QB Will Grier for the Gators. 
The difference in this game will be which tean can rush for the most yards and whether the Dawgs' pass rushers can get to Florida’s QB.  Projected winner:  Georgia.


In the land of Buddy Holly.  
#16 Oklahoma State @ Texas Tech. 
The undefeated OSU Cowboys ride into Lubbock after an emotionally numbing win last week just a few hours after a woman barreled her car into a crowd watching the homecoming parade.  Four people, including as four-year-old child, were killed and several dozen were injured.  The 25-year-old female driver could face second degree murder charges.
After beginning the year 3 and 0, the Red Raiders have lost three of their last five, with all three losses being to ranked teams:  TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma.  Raiders QB Patrick Mahomes II has had a great year, throwing 21 TDs and running for another 7.   But, the Cowboys have the FBS’ 21st Total Defense and the 22nd Scoring Defense.  Projected winner:  Oklahoma State.


Now, some Quick Headlines…


“Ward, I’m worried about the Beaver.”--June Evelyn Bronson Cleaver.  
#13 Utah hosts Oregon State. 
After a tough trip to L.A. last Saturday night, and their only loss of the season to USC, the Utes return to Salt Lake City to go Beaver hunting. 
Oregon State arrives at Rice-Eccles Stadium with a four-loss streak and has been outscored in those games 115-75. 
The Beavers may wish they’d stayed home in their lodges in Corvallis.  Projected winner:  Utah.


“Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey.”—Oliver Goldsmith. 
#19 Ole Miss @ Auburn. 
After a four-OT loss on the road at Arkansas last week, the Tigers return to the Loveliest Village of the Plain (another poetic phrase from Mr. Goldsmith) to welcome Ole Miss. 
The Rebs have the SEC’s highest scoring offense, averaging 41 points per game.  Gus Malzahn is trying to keep his Tigers from being a .500 team after Saturday--if they lose to Ole Miss. 
Hugh Freeze’s team would like nothing better than to leave Jordan-Hare with a win—and a sweep of Alabama teams this year.  And it’s very unlikely they’ll settle only for a glass of ice cold Toomer’s Drugs lemonade.  Projected winner:  Ole Miss.


Home of the National Lentil Festival. 
#15 Stanford @ Washington State. 
The Cardinal brings its 6-1 record and high SAT scores to Pullman on Saturday to face an equally smart coach/lawyer in Mike Leach. 
The pirate-loving Leach has his Air Raid offense flying high this season.  Cougars QB Luke Falk leads the PAC-12 in TD passes (26) and in yards passing (412 per game avg.). 
A win this week by Cardinal QB Kevin Hogan would place him in a tie (with 31 wins) with now-Colt Andrew Luck.  Stanford has won its last seven against Wash. St.  Stanford HC David Shaw is 4-0 against the Cougars.  Projected winner: Stanford.


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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Nuggets from Saturday, Oct. 24…

Saturday’s record: 7-1; for the season: 40-12.
***Next week's picks will be out Wednesday night ahead of the TCU-West Va. clash on Thursday.***

A stillness in Stillwater.  It is a sad Sunday in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Three adults and a four-year-old child are dead, dozens are hurt, some critically, after a 25-year-old woman plowed her car into a crowd watching the OSU homecoming parade on Saturday. The driver has been arrested on DUI charges and blood tests for possible alcohol and drugs are pending.

The Top 25 Shakeup (This week):  Another week, another shakeup.  Losers this week:  Utah, Florida State and Texas A&M.

Dynasty.  Mount Union (Alliance, Ohio) beat Wilmington (Ohio) 69-0 on Saturday and won its 100th consecutive regular season game.  The streak goes back to 2005.  Even more amazing, the Purple Raiders are 210-1 over the last 211, dating back to 1994!

The Yogi Berra “It ain’t over until it’s over Award” goes to…Ga. Tech.  “Kick Six,” the 2015 edition.  Yellow Jacket soph Lance Austin picked up the ball after a blocked field goal on the last play of the game and raced 78 yards for a TD as Tech upset #9 Florida State 22-16.

The 2nd place Yogi Berra “It ain’t over until it’s over Award” goes to….  Arkansas and Duke.  The Hogs and the Blue Devils both went to four OTs before winning against Auburn and Va. Tech, respectively.

Upsets of the Weekend:  Ga Tech beat Florida State. (see above) and USC defeated Utah.

The Heisman Watch:  LSU star running back Leonard Fournette gave his already impressive resume another boost with a 26 for 150 and one TD rushing day.  He also caught a pass for 2 yards as the Tigers beat Western Ky.  TCU QB Trevone Boykin and the Frogs were idle.  The Buckeyes’ Zeke Elliott ran 19 times for 142 and 2 TDs against Rutgers.

The Warner Wolf Award goes toWagner (NY).  If you had the Seahawks and 63, you lost. Final: BYU 70, Wagner 6.

You took the “Over,” right???, 1st Place:  In the FBS, Arkansas and Auburn scored a combined 100, as the Hogs beat the Tigers 54-46 in 4 OTs.

You took the “Over,” right???,  2nd Place:  In the FCS, Bethune-Cookman and Norfolk State combined for 108.  Final:  B.C. 59, Norfolk St. 49.

You took the “Over,” right???, 3rd  Place:   In Div. II, a combined score of 110, as Notre Dame (Ohio) beat West Liberty 59-51.

You took the “Under,” right?”  13 points.  Vandy 10, Missouri 3.  The Tigers have not scored a TD in their last two games.

Looking ahead to next weekend; Key games:  Ranked teams’ matchups…Only one: #11 Notre Dame is at #22 Temple.

For your CFB TV watching pleasure, the quintessential, easy-to-read guide:

And…the links no fan should be without:  Holly Anderson on Grantland… and her Twitter feed.





Thursday, October 22, 2015

Back To The Future, Dr. Pepper and 2 Live Crew

Last Saturday’s record: 7-2; for the season: 33-11.

You can’t tell the players without a program.  #1 Ohio St. @ Rutgers.  The QB shuffle in Columbus may be over for good this season when the Buckeyes roll into Piscataway, NJ to face the Scarlet Knights on Saturday.  After some back and forth with Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett this year, the Urbs may have finally settled on the latter to run his offense after naming Barrett the starter earlier this week.  Time will tell, as it always does.  Last year, THE Ohio St. U. smashed the Knights 56-17 in their first-ever meeting.    Rutgers is 0-4, all time, against #1 teams. There’s no reason to believe that streak won’t continue.  Projected winner:  Ohio St.

Maybe they’ll stop by the Dr. Pepper Museum while they’re in Waco.  #2 Baylor hosts Iowa St.  The Cyclones blow into Central Texas on Saturday to get a close-up view of the nation’s most prolific offense.  Art Briles’ undefeated Bears are averaging 63.8 points per game.  Bears QB Seth Russell leads the FBS with TD passes (27) and in passing efficiency.  This is the third week in a row that I.S. has faced a high-scoring team from Texas, having been shellacked by Texas Tech and TCU, respectively.  The Cycs season won’t get a reprieve this week either.  Projected winner:  Baylor.

“Well, they’re out there having fun, in that warm California sun.”-The Rivieras (or The Ramones).  #3 Utah @ USC.   The Utes head to the 92-year-old  Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday to put their undefeated season and Final Four hopes on the line against the 3-3 Trojans.  USC’s Clay Helton will try to get his and the Trojans first win after The Sark’s dismissal last week.  USC has given up an average of 41 points in two of its three losses this season.  The Utes have averaged almost 43 their past four games.  Surf’s up, gnarly Utah fans.  Projected winner:  Utah.

The Uncle Verne Bowl:  This week’s edition, “Back To The Future.”  #8 Alabama hosts Tennessee.  Rocky Top comes to T-Town as the annual “4th Saturday In October” rite of passage for Tide and Vol fans takes place at Bryant-Denny stadium.  This one certainly has a 30th anniversary Back To The Future ring to it as this will be the first time Bama O.C. Lane Kiffin has watched a UA-UT game at B.D. since he was the Vols head coach back in 2009.  It took a blocked Vols’ field goal at the end of that game to keep that Tide team undefeated and on its way to Nick’s first Crimson-wrapped national championship.  The way Bama has played during its last three SEC wins, don’t look for Rocky Top to be played very much on Saturday afternoon.   Projected winner:  Bama.

“The Prophet’s Crystal Ball” says….#15 Texas A&M @ #24 Ole Miss.  Gig ‘em vs. Hoddy Toddy.  The 12th Man against the party in The Grove.  Lots of tradition in this Saturday night tussle in Oxford.  Both teams hope to get a win after tough losses last week: Ole Miss to Memphis; A&M to Bama.  The Rebs are ahead of the Aggies in Scoring Offense and Scoring Defense this season.  They probably will be against the Ags  late Saturday night in north Mississippi, too.  Projected winner:  Ole Miss.

Now, some quick headlines…

“Callin’ Baton Rouge,”-Garth Brooks.  #5 LSU hosts Western Kentucky.  Tigers mascot, Mike IV, will no longer make the trip from his habitat to Tiger Stadium this season.  It seems he hasn’t wanted to be loaded into his trailer for the journey.  That’s okay.  As long as Les allows OMG running back Leonard Fournette to carry the ball a few dozen times, it won’t matter.  Projected winner:  LSU.

"As Nasty As They Wanna Be"-2 Live Crew.  #6 Clemson @ Miami.  The Tigers have won nine straight, their longest streak in 26 years.  The Canes have won 16 of their last 19 at home.  This game has gone to OT three of the last four times the teams have played each other.  The Tigers have won 32 in a row against unranked opponents.  Look for #33 on Saturday.  As Uncle Luke sang on the Crew’s biggest selling album, I ain’t bulls****in’.  Projected winner (in a close one):  Clemson.

MSU edges out the 4-H Children’s Garden on Trip Advisor as the #1 attraction in East Lansing.  #7 Michigan State hosts Indiana.  After last week’s “Play of the Season,” [with the behind-the-back-of-the DB catch by the Stanford receiver coming in a close 2nd {shades of Bama's Tyrone Prothro's catch against So. Miss. in 2005}] Sparty welcomes the Hoosiers to East Lansing.  Four of MSU’s seven wins, including the last three, have been by a TD or less.  The Hoosiers are 4-0 this season when a running back gets 100 yards or more.  However, they’ve dropped their last three games, two of them without star running back Jordan Howard who is questionable for this Saturday.  Projected winner:  Michigan State.

For your CFB TV watching pleasure, the quintessential, easy-to-read guide:

And…the links no fan should be without:  Holly Anderson on Grantland… and her Twitter feed.






Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Sunday Afternoon Tailback: Nuggets from Saturday, Oct. 17…Who'd a thunk it???

Saturday’s record: 7-2; for the season: 33-11.

The Top 25 Shakeup (This week):  The latest AP Top 25 is out:
Okay.  Let’s be honest with ourselves.  Who among us had Memphis, Toledo, Cal, Houston, Temple, Duke and Pitt in the Top 25 at the halfway point in the season???

The Yogi Berra “It ain’t over until it’s over Award” goes to…Michigan State.  Just when you thought the Ole Miss miracle pass-catch-and-run-for a-TD in T-Town couldn’t be topped, the fumble (by the Michigan punter) picked up and run in for a M. State TD with :10 left to play against the Wolverines was this week’s shock-and-awe moment.  It was best summed up by Sparty HC Mark Dantonio, post-game: "It's because things like this happen. Every now and then, they happen."  And, that’s why Mich. St. remains undefeated.

The 2nd Place Yogi Berra “It ain’t over until it’s over Award” goes to…Harding (Arkansas) 63, SE OK 60.  Four OTs!. 

Upset of the Weekend:  Memphis beat Ole Miss 37-24.  The last time the Tigers beat a ranked opponent, LBJ was President and Elvis’ movie “Paradise, Hawaiian Style,” was in theaters.

The Mad Hatter does it again.  In Baton Rouge, with 10:40 remaining and having given up a 14-point lead, Head Grass-eater Les Miles and Company fake a field goal with the holder pitching to the kicker who ran it in from the Gator 16 for the winning score.  The Tigers stay undefeated, while Florida suffered its only loss.

The Heisman Watch, part 1:  This week’s title, courtesy of Green Day, “That’s my name and don’t wear it out.”  LSU’s Leonard Fournette.  31 rushes for 180 and 2 TDs.  He also caught 1 for 15 yards.

The Heisman Watch, part 2:  "Derrick Henry has no regard for human life.”-Kevin Scarbinsky,  Bama’s “Tractor” ran 32 times for 236 and 2 TDs.   Meanwhile, Bama’s DBs pretended to be A&M receivers and intercepted four Aggie passes, three of them run back for TDs, as Bama handed the Ags their first loss.

The Warner Wolf Award goes toIn the FBS:  Kansas State.  If you had the Wildcats and 54, you lost.  OU 55, K. St. 0.  In Div. III:  Grinnell.  If you took Grinnell and 72, you lost.  Final:  Illinois College 83, Grinnell 10.

You took the “Over,” right???, 1st Place:  Harding (Arkansas) 63, SE OK 60.  They combined for 123!  4 OTs!

You took the “Over,” right???,  2nd Place:  Rutgers and Indiana.  They combined for 107.  Scarlet Knights 55, Hoosiers 52.

You took the “Over,” right???,  3rd  Place:   Baylor and West VA.  The Bears and the Mountaineers combined for 100.  Baylor 62, W. VA 38.

You took the “Under,” right?”  Georgia 9, Missouri 6.  All field goals.

Looking ahead to next weekend; Key games:  Ranked teams’ matchups:  The only ranked-against- ranked matchup is #15 Texas A&M @ #24 Ole Miss.

For your CFB TV watching pleasure, the quintessential, easy-to-read guide:

And…the links no fan should be without:  Holly Anderson on Grantland… and her Twitter feed.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Chris Columbus, Mark Twain, Amy Winehouse and Stevie Ray Vaughn

Last Saturday’s record: 7-1; for the season: 26-9.

In 14-hundred-92, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.  #1 Ohio St. hosts Penn St.  The Nittany Lions finally cross the state line this season and sail into Columbus on Saturday with a 5-1 record.  The Lions are 4-11 in their history when playing a #1 team.  The last time Penn State beat a #1 team, George Bush (the first one) was President.  Despite some shakiness, the Buckeyes have won 19 in a row going back to last year and are 55-4 as a #1 team against an unranked team.  Is this the weekend that the Buckeyes once again start slowly and finally can’t win it?  Nope.  Project winner: Ohio State.

“Baptists by day, party animals by night.”-Curtis Nichols.  #2 Baylor hosts W. Va.  Spread/Air Raid disciples Art Briles and Dana Holgorsen and their teams meet in Waco at high noon on Saturday.  The Bears hope to continue their winning—make that---trouncing ways-- to stay alive for the Final Four.  The Mountaineers hope to reverse two-weeks of losses to OU and OK St., respectively.  And maybe inspire some couch burning in Morgantown.  The Bears have scored 321 points in their five wins and have given up 111.  As far as couches being burned Saturday night in Morgantown …the MFD can relax.  Projected winner: Baylor.

The Celebrated Running and Passing Frogs of Tarrant County.   #3 TCU @ Iowa St.  A plague of Horned Frogs will set upon Ames on Saturday.  The Cyclones are 2-3 and haven’t beaten a ranked opponent since whipping TCU in 2012.  Trevone Boykin , Josh Doctson and the rest of the Frogs are piling up the points (306 total; 51 per game) and miles of yardage.  The Frogs have also proved they can come from behind and win on the road, as they did in two of the last three weeks.  It will take much more than Cyclonic winds to slow down the speeding offensive train that is TCU.  Projected winner: TCU.

Shades of Lance Armstrong.  #6 LSU hosts #8 Florida.  The Gators visit Baton Rouge this weekend sans QB Will Grier who is suspended for a calendar year due to a positive test for PEDs.  Meanwhile, over on the LSU sideline, Leonard Fournette continues to become one of those celebs known only by his first name.  Both teams are undefeated.  Florida has a stingy defense that has 21 sacks this year.  But---the Tigers have only thrown the ball 90 times.  And they will leave it to Leonard (159 yards+ per game; 12 TDs) to win it.  Projected winner: LSU.

If the house is a-rockin’ don’t bother knockin’.  #7 Michigan St. @ #12 Michigan.  Sparty comes to the Big House on Saturday to see for himself what this Harball thing is all about.  It’s the 17th time the two teams have played when they were both ranked.  The Wolverines have shutout three straight opponents, the first Michigan team to have a streak like that in 35 years.  The Spartans have won the last two clashes with UM and six of the last seven against the Maize and Blue.  According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “Wolverines are opportunistic feeders and consume a variety of foods depending on availability.”  There will be plenty of Spartans that the tenacious little critters can munch on this Saturday in Ann Arbor.  Projected winner:  Michigan.

The Uncle Verne Bowl: Week 7.  #9 Texas A&M hosts #10 Alabama.  The one loss Crimson Tide arrives at Kyle Field to face the undefeated Aggies with a lot at stake in the SEC West for the two teams.  A loss by Bama probably knocks the Tide out of the Final Four.  The common denominator in this matchup is that both have played Arkansas and while both the Tide and the Aggies won, they had tough times finally putting away the Hogs.  Keys to the game:  For Bama: Protecting QB Jake Coker from the AGs sack attack (12 this season), running for 150+ and positive 3rd down conversions.  For the Aggies:  Getting to Jake Coker when he drops back to pass (although the Kiff will call a lot of play-action stuff); no interceptions and some big downfield passing plays.  Bama is undefeated in two trips to College Station.  The Aggies (Yes, I know it’s a new season and last year doesn’t matter. Buuut….) would no doubt like some payback for last year’s 59-0 beatdown in T-Town.  It's possible they could get it on Saturday.  Projected winner:  Texas A&M.

 Now, some quick headlines…

Eat, drink and be merry---for someday you may be in Utah.  #4 Utah hosts AZ. St.  The Sun Devils have won two in a row and face the only undefeated PAC 12 team Saturday in Salt Lake City.  The Utes are +10 in turnovers this season.  They’re also 15-2 in history as a top 10 team.  Projected winner: Utah.

The new Head Ball Coach.  (in South Carolina, anyway.)  #5 Clemson hosts Boston College.  It’s been a decade since the Eagles joined the ACC.  BC and the Tigers have faced each other ten times.  Six times the game has been decided by a TD or less.  But, all in all, this game has more of a Big East vs. SEC feel.  Projected winner: Clemson.

They tried to make me go to rehab, but I said, “No, No, No.” USC @ #14 Notre Dame.  Trojans interim coach Clay Helton leads the SoCal guys into South Bend following the dismissal of Steve Sarkisian this week.  Minus the last seconds loss to Clemson, the Irish are still in contention for a Final Four spot this year.  Two schools with two great fight songs.  The Trojans win in the contest for best cheerleaders, but that’ll be about all on Saturday night.  Projected winner:  Notre Dame.

 For your CFB TV watching pleasure, the quintessential, easy-to-read guide:

And…the links no fan should be without:  Holly Anderson on Grantland… and her Twitter feed.





Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Sunday Afternoon Tailback: Nuggets from Saturday, Oct. 10…

Saturday’s record: 7-1; for the season: 26-9.

The Top 25 Shakeup (This week):  If it were golf, Saturday would’ve been “moving day.”  Lots of changes in the Top 25 this week.  Here’s the link:

The Image Of The Day/Jerry Butler "Only The Strong Survive" Award goes to…Who else?  Texas head coach Charlie Strong.  Was there a more joyous image Saturday afternoon than when the jubilant Longhorns hoisted their besieged, yet Red River Rivalry-winning leader above their heads just after UT’s upset of OU?  If there was, I didn’t see it. 

The Cormac McCarthy "No Country for Old Men" Award goes to...Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, who saw his Wildcats jump out to a 35-17 halftime lead in the Little Apple. Then, TCU’s Trevone Boykin and the Frogs scored 35 in the 2nd half, while the TCU D held the ‘Cats to 10.  Boykin built up his Heiman-hopeful resume by completing 20 of 30 for 301 and 2 TDs, and running 11 times for 124 and 2 TDs.

The Warner Wolf Award goes to…Div. III Lindenwood.  If you had the Lions and 68, you lost!  NW Missouri St. 69, Lindenwood 0.

You took the “Over,” right???, 1st Place:   Div. III’s Albion and Kalamazoo lit it up for 112.  Final Albion 72, Kalamazoo 40. 1,209 yards of offense.  Wait!  It could’ve been more!  The teams combined for 11 punts!

You took the “Over,” right???,  2nd Place:  Bowling Green and UMass combined for 100.  Final:  Bowling Green 62, UMass 38.     

You took the “Under,” right???   Final: Wake Forest 3, Boston College 0.  18 punts in the game.

700 and counting.  Paul Morrison, known as “Mr. Drake,” attended his 700th Drake Bulldogs game on Saturday.  The 98-year-old is a Drake alum, a WW II Army vet and served many years as the Bulldogs’ SID.  Drake beat Valpo 34-7.

Looking ahead to next weekend… #1 Ohio St. hosts Penn St.; #2 Baylor hosts W. Va.; #3 TCU @ Iowa St.; #4 Utah hosts Az. St.; #5 Clemson hosts Boston College; #6 LSU hosts #8 Florida; #7 Michigan St. @ #12 Michigan and #9 Texas A&M hosts #10 Alabama.
Tune in Thursday night for next Saturday's picks.
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For your CFB TV watching pleasure, the quintessential, easy-to-read guide:

And…the links no fan should be without:  Holly Anderson on Grantland… and her Twitter feed.