VIDEO: FSU legend Derrick Brooks takes “adversity” cliche to new low


Derrick Brooks accomplished a lot as a NFL Linebacker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before that, he was quite the acclaimed college football player with the Florida State Seminoles. As a broadcaster though, I am anything but impressed. Whenever I hear that stupid “adversity” cliche perpetrated by coaches and athletes, my eyes roll. If you see my eyes roll from that…good, you should see that I am disgusted.

Get better at talking! Do a better job with the thinking and understanding stuff.

Journalists and media people say that “adversity” crap all the time too. So they are no better.

Derrick Brooks isn’t the only person to do this, it’s just in this specific instance, he’s the most egregious.

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Notre Dame football vs #2 FSU, preview with Chicago Tribune’s Chris Hine


“Texas Forever, 6.” — Tim Riggins

“This is what college football is all about,” said Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher on his weekly media call Monday. Yes, indeed Saturday night will have many a “Seminole moment” (sorry for the bad pun) for the Notre Dame football team, FSU, the two #5 quarterbacks and many others.

Here to break it all down with me and preview the epic clash is Chicago Tribune Notre Dame football beat reporter Chris Hine. He also gets up to speed on the statuses of the five suspended Notre Dame football players.

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Jameis Winston verifies that the curse of #5 is real

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As Halloween approaches, now is the season of curses. And all things scary, creepy, disturbing and weird.  Time to re-investigate my curse of the #5 jersey; which Jameis Winston is embodying more and more by the hour.

Winston, and Venric Mark too, are just the latest example of how every star football player who wears #5 will inevitably get into some major off-the-field drama. Braxton Miller certainly looks like he’s cursed, given what happened to him, but this is about off the field issues, not injuries.

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10 Florida State football players who are potential NFL 1st round picks


The defending national champions, the #2 Florida State football team has a HUGE and I mean huge in ALL CAPS game Saturday night versus #5 Notre Dame. Looming over a shadow of this contest is the Jameis Winston situation; which gets worse by the day. Friday was an awful day for #5 and Monday was pretty bad too. (We’ll cover that in detail here)

The reigning Heisman trophy winner has all the physical tools, and from an on-the-field only standpoint, could be the #1 overall pick nest year.

Of course, I’ll be booty called by Candice Swanepoel before anything even remotely close to that ever occurs now.

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NFL GMs say Jameis Winston draft stock is UTTERLY DESTROYED


This may be a bit of a “Captain Obvious” type of situation, but it bears noting considering the new world in which all the criminals playing in the NFL get more publicity than ever before. The NFL brand is tarnished more than ever given the high level of human slime playing in the league. Given all the character red flags that surround Jameis Winston now, hard to imagine many teams taking a flier on him.

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Todd Gurley saga update: UGA not a sympathetic figure either


Today, the University of Georgia became yet another player in the Todd Gurley saga that no one can sympathize with. The Georgia Bulldogs sent out a statement on behalf of their athletic director; and it said…well, we’ll get to that shortly. The important thing is that they mailed it out at 5:49 PM EST. After 5 on a Friday, just like the tired cliche tells you that you should do.

Of course, it’s a cliche BECAUSE it works.

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Georgia’s Todd Gurley: NFL may draft a RB in 1st round again


Georgia junior tailback Todd Gurley is one of four players nationwide who is on everybody’s Heisman Trophy candidate short list.  Gurley is probably right up there with Oregon Ducks QB Marcus Mariota as the front-runner. Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill and Jameis Winston are the other two on the list. Although Mr. discount shellfish down in Tallahassee is not doing himself any favors. He will act like an idiot again at some point.

(By the way, every time you hear a member of the media say “knucklehead” on TV, that’s just a euphemism for “acts like an idiot or moron a lot”)

Gurley could also parlay this season into being a very high pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Katy Perry to be College Gameday guest picker, sadly


When I get to hell, Satan will greet me like this:

“Welcome, Mr. Banks, tonight’s show at the Hell Arena will be Katy Perry, with opening act Katy Perry, and special guest star Katy Perry in an encore set. Attendance on this concert is mandatory, and escape is not possible. Tomorrow’s show will be the same exact lineup. And the next day. And the next day. And…

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EXCLUSIVE: Ohio St. legend Archie Griffin talks Cincy Bengals


You know how high we are in the Cincinnati Bengals here at this site. Cincy is looking really impressive thus far and we had an exclusive with a former Bengals running back, Archie Griffin, to talk about it. Griffin is an Ohio State Buckeyes legend, and the only man to ever win two Heisman trophies.

I caught up to him Wednesday night at the Hilton Tower in Chicago. Archie was the featured speaker as the Anti Defamation League presented Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany with a lifetime achievement award.

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WR Stefon Diggs: a reason to care about Maryland football


As I’ve been saying for years, both Maryland football and Maryland basketball happen to be the ACC versions of the Illini, I have a soft spot for the Terps. With the University of Illinois being my alma mater and all. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney badly wanted the television arm of his public relations department, that being the Big Ten Network, to be watched on TV sets in the Washington D.C. market.

So now Delaney has two Illini, regular Illini and ACC Illini, in his league. As we welcome the Long John Silver’s of the college football into the Big Ten, I’m kind of excited for their arrival, even if you’re not.

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Illini football vs Texas St: Necessary Roughness Preview


As we learned on Saturday:

1.) Illini football is still a dumpster fire on defense and the program itself is worthy of Premier League style relegation down the MAC

2.) the interest in the local teams is at its nadir. NIU fans did their little publicity stunt; calling out Northwestern and Illinois in a manner that reeks of mid-major amateurism and irrelevance, and no one batted an eye. (Seriously, a story like that should have caused somewhat of a stir. Instead it was met with total apathy)

3.) The Big Ten is even worse than you think it is. The Big Ten West Division is a complete abomination. Therefore, as much of a bad joke as Illini football is right now, they still have extremely decent bowl chances.

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PHOTOS: Maryland Terps reveal Star-Spangled Banner uniforms

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The Maryland Terrapins will wear football uniforms inspired by the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of  The Star-Spangled Banner when it hosts West Virginia at Byrd Stadium on Saturday at noon. The Terps will wear uniforms with the cursive script of Francis Scott Key’s poem “Defence of Fort McHenry,” which later became the national anthem, emblazoned on its helmets and jersey sleeves.

The school even did a product rollout photo shoot at nearby Ft. McHenry, and you can see some of the photos from that below. Note the helmet logo, which is the shape of the Fort, and also resembles a turtle at the same time.

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