Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly quasi-endorses The Sports Bank

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For the 2011-12 holidays I was in sunny Pasadena, enjoying the absolutely first rate hospitality a media member receives when covering the Rose Bowl; the greatest bowl game of them all. And to top it all off:

I’m told by the winning coach of a BCS game (Oregon Ducks’ Chip Kelly) that my business and marketing ideas are superb! In a crowded room full of my media peers no less!

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Rose Bowl Bread & Circuses just as Impressive as Football Game Itself

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It’s hard not to have a very high opinion of oneself after covering the Rose Bowl. Because you and all the other journalists who cover the game are indeed treated like royalty all week.

Granted I knew I was “kind of a big deal” before going to Pasadena, but all the superb hospitality and first-rate service made me feel like even more of a rock star. Now I’m ready to work on that New Year’s Resolution- stop being a nice guy.

The Rose Bowl game takes place on what is by far the best sports day of the year- New Year’s Day. A good chunk of major bowls, the NHL Winter Classic, some NBA and conference play in college basketball take place on this day as well. Even though it’s sports overload, it’s one of my favorite days of the year.

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Offensive Explosion in 2012 Rose Bowl! Ducks 45, Badgers 38

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Records fell left and right. The 2012 Rose Bowl set a new record for most points scored in a quarter, half and entire game. The Wisconsin Badgers saw their tailback Montee Ball tie the college football record for most TDs in a season.

The UW quarterback, Russell Wilson set a new season mark for passer rating. But it still wasn’t enough as the Oregon Ducks won their first Rose Bowl in 95 years, 45-38.

The offenses were as hot as the weather; as this was the sixth warmest Rose Bowl in the 98 year history of the game.

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Ultimate Rose Bowl Preview Guide: Oregon vs. Wisconsin

Update: new links!

The 98th Rose Bowl takes place at 2 pm PT. Should be a shootout, and as good a college football game as any you’ll see this year. Lots of points- the over/under (again just for recreational purposes) is 72.

And the passer rating record will likely fall in this game too. (More on that here)

So here’s everything you need to know about the “Grand Daddy of them All,” created and produced with the WIFI at “Grand Daddy’s Lounge” in downtown Los Angeles.

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Rose Bowl Preview: Oregon Ducks Have Weapons to Win Shootout

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Is the third time a charm for Chip Kelly and his Oregon Ducks? Will the 2012 Rose Bowl end differently than last year’s national title game and the 2010 Rose Bowl?

The knock on Kelly’s Ducks is that if you get an entire month to prepare for them, then stopping the 3rd in the nation in total yards Quack Attack isn’t so difficult.

However, the Ducks are 6 point favorites in this game. And this is the first year of the Pac-12 Championship game, so the layoff this year is significantly shorter. They are the school to have a current three game BCS streak.

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Oregon’s 2nd and 3rd Ground Weapons: Kenjon Barner and Darron Thomas

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The Quack Attack is largely built on short, fast guys who will beat anyone at setting the edge. Once they turn the corner against you, you’re done. Chip Kelly has made the Oregon Ducks into an offensive juggernaut by recruiting and molding the perfect guys to fit his system.

The focal point of the Oregon Ducks offense is tailback LaMichael James, last year’s Doak Walker Award winner and this year’s national leader in rushing yards per game. After that, the Ducks get major ground gains from running back Kenjon Barner and quarterback Darron Thomas.

Barner is a three-year backup who could start anywhere. He’s been so good that he, like James has a NFL draft decision to make.

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West Coast Bias: Five Lessons From Oregon-Stanford

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The Pac-12 balance of power was up for grabs on Saturday night as the Oregon Ducks and Stanford Cardinal battled in Northern California. These two top-ten teams both had aspirations to finish atop the conference, and to host the first Pac-12 Championship game in December, but it was Oregon that ended up getting the job done as they throttled Andrew Luck and Stanford 53-30. LeMichael James had a monster game for the Ducks, and Luck ended up throwing two interceptions in the defeat.

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#4 Oregon Ducks: College Football 77 in 77

The Oregon Ducks 2011 college football season will commence under the dark cloud of an NCAA investigation, but Oregon’s exciting, super-charged offense (#1 in the nation in scoring, total offense) will give their fans some sunny skies. Third straight conference title? Getting back to the national championship game? Ma.

By the way, (according to Fox Sports, but you’ll see that in the video in the link below) the body temperature for an Oregon Ducks cheerleader is 186 degrees fahrenheit, more than double the 98 degrees of the next closest competitor, Texas and quadruple that of any school in Ohio’s cheer squad. Obviously Oregon has replaced the USC Song Girls, Florida “Dazzlers”, UCLA and anyone else as the hottest in college football, or college basketball for that matter.

Therefore, we present to you…..the Definitive Collection of Hot Oregon Cheerleader pics Click on the pictures to see a larger version….And now back to the season preview:

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#3 Oregon Ducks vs. #4 LSU Tigers: Brutally Honest Game Preview

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The Oregon Ducks open up against the LSU Tigers at Cowboys Stadium Saturday night at 7pm CT. Talk about starting fast out of the gate! Two top 5 teams with national title aspirations, and one will go home with those championship hopes severely impaired. Forget warm-up cream puff scheduling in the non-conference. Let’s get right to it!

I’m adding a new wrinkle to the brutally honest game previews this year. I’ll still do two previews each week; only this time It’s going to be a nationally significant/sometimes out of region game in addition to the regional game I’ll be at the press box for. Not only is this the game of the week by miles and miles, it’s also the last two teams I previewed in my 77 in 77. That’s 77 college football teams in 77 days.

So let’s kick 2011 off!

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