FIRST DOWN – The winner of College Football’s National Championship Game will be… ALABAMA. Let’s say 31-21 over Georgia. Nick Saban has never lost to one of his former assistant coaches in his illustrious career…I believe he’s 11-0. Well make it 12-0 as Alabama’s offense cranks it up in the 2nd half against a Georgia […]Read More Four Downs – January 8th: National Championship Game Pick, UofA’s coaching search, & NFL Playoff Thoughts
An all-NFL four pack of topics this week…the last Monday column I’ll write for a while. Starting next week, the column goes to two days a week…usually Tuesdays and Thursdays though that may vary. FIRST DOWN: The end of the Patriots-Steelers game was… Amazing…yet awful at the same time. Not only should Pittsburgh have clinched […]Read More Four Downs – 12/18: What is a catch? + Bye bye Green Bay & Seattle’s on-field train wreck
Only two blogs this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday (none on Friday) so look for a GIANT column previewing the huge football weekend ahead on Wednesday… FIRST DOWN: If ASU beats UofA, should the Wildcats be looking for a new head coach? As a diehard University of Arizona football fan / alumnus of the […]Read More Four Downs – November 20th: Is RichRod back on the hot seat? Seriously…
For those of you who love the sport of football like I do, November is the absolute best month for entertainment. The contenders are separated from the pretenders and each week is more of a thrill ride than before. While I’m very excited about my Arizona Wildcats college basketball season, talk to me about it […]Read More Four Downs, 11/13 – November Football Questions…and Answers
After a giant college football weekend in which the national landscape was muddled further, I figured it would be best to dedicate this column solely to CFB talk. If you’re looking for my thoughts on Week 8 of the NFL and that INCREDIBLE Game 5 of the World Series (never seen anything like it), tune […]Read More Four Downs – October 30th: UofA crushes, ASU gets crushed, my CFB top-10, & Heisman rankings
This was an absolutely incredible football weekend for the Cardinals, Sun Devils, and Wildcats. Offhand I can’t remember a more successful two days for our Arizona teams in recent memory. For me personally, as awesome as UofA’s win was on Saturday, watching my favorite NFL player, Aaron Rodgers go down with a broken collarbone on […]Read More Four Downs – October 16th: The best regular season football weekend in Arizona…EVER?
FIRST DOWN: Khalil Tate – a performance for the ages! Two weeks ago I wrote that Arizona football was a dying brand under Rich Rodriguez. And when Saturday’s game in Boulder kicked off I thought no differently. Nor did most Arizona football fans. But when starting QB Brandon Dawkins, who I maintained shouldn’t be playing in […]Read More Four Downs – October 9th: The Savior of Arizona Wildcats Football Present and Future?
The Los Angeles Chargers…my “lock of the year”…can’t even sell out a 28,000 seat stadium! And the worst part is that there were more Eagles fans than Chargers fans at the game. Needless to say I’m not picking them for a long time…nor am I making anymore “lock of the year” picks anytime soon. Move […]Read More Four Downs – October 2nd: The Cardinals In Big Trouble? + MLB Playoff Predictions
If you haven’t gotten a chance to read this weekend’s bonus column about UofA football’s troubles and my reaction, it’s worth a look. Thus far I’ve received nothing but positive reinforcement from the Arizona football community and I hope that members of the athletic department are taking note. Before I get to the rest of […]Read More Four Downs – September 25th: ASU Outplays & Upsets Oregon, Now What?
FIRST DOWN: UofA and ASU played hard for their coaches…the Cardinals…well, it’s hard to say… It was hard not to be impressed with UofA’s 63-16 win in El Paso on Friday night. Brandon Dawkins looked like (Louisville QB and reigning Heisman Trophy winner) Lamar Jackson with 155 yards passing, 133 rushing, and 6 total TDs. […]Read More Four Downs – September 18th: Overreacting to another wild weekend