The Florida State Bobby Bowden's....

>> Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Entering Bobby Bowden's last season, FSU continues its return toward excellence. The ACC is yearning for one of the Florida schools to return to dominance. The ACC championship game has been beyond a disappointment the last two season, averaging under 35,000 in attendance. Consider that FSU reeled in 36,000 fans for their spring game, and you can understand why ACC officials are screaming for FSU's return to powerhouse status.

FSU is coming off a 9 win season and has the talent on the offensive side of the ball to continue their climb back up the ACC rankings. Christian Ponder is as athletic a quarterback you will find and if he improves in the efficiency department, Jimbo Fisher's offense will excel. Ponder will have a stacked offensive line in front of him that will help keep him off his backside and open holes for the running game. Antone Smith graduated, but FSU will succeed with a tandem of serviceable backs, Jermaine Thomas and Carlton Jones. The only question mark revolves around the wide receiver position. How will the Seminoles replace Greg Carr and Preston Parker on the outside? Senior Richard Goodman and sophomore Bert Reed will attempt to dissipate the worries.

Mickey Andrews defensive has been depleted and will return only three starters from last year's stellar unit. Nose tackle Kendrick Stewart and d-backs Jamie and Patrick Robinson will be surrounded by inexperience. Can Andrew's defense absorb the loss of All-ACC players Myron Rolle and Everette Brown? Their ACC title hopes hinge on the defenses maturation process.

The state of Florida will always be a hotbed for recruiting and FSU continues to compete with the best teams in the country. Bowden landed the seventh best class in the country( and talent is a plenty. The class is headlined by five-star defensive tackle, Jacobbi McDaniel. McDaniel is an explosive lineman who is nearly impossible to block. McDaniel is joined by Greg Reid and Jajuan Harley on the defensive side of the ball and both players will be forced into action immediately. The offense added two solid running backs in Lonnie Pryor and Chris Thompson and the wide receivers corp will ask for help from Willie Haulsted.

September 7th-Miami(Fl)-Win
September 12th-Jacksonville State-Win
September 19th-@BYU-Win
September 26th-South Florida-Win
Ocotboer 3rd-@Boston College-Win
October 10th-Georgia Tech-Win
October 22nd-@North Carolina-Loss
October 31-N.C. State-Win
November 7th-Clemson-Win
November 14th-@Wake Forest-Win
November 21st-Maryland-Win
November 28th-@Florida-Loss

Season Projection: 10-2 (7-1 ACC)


You got to love his cockiness

So Phil Jackson thinks he can coach only home games now? This is hilarious. To my knowledge, nothing like this has ever happened before. Personally, I like how he rolls. Let Kurt Rambis take all those trips to the east coast and he can just coach 41 games in Los Angles.

Now more than likely, Phil would go on some road games but just not take the long trips. I hope next year if this happens, the Lakers win the finals and Phil only coaches the home games. According to ESPN, L.A. would be okay if this happened as long as they get to keep Phil on as a coach.

This is completely ridiculous, but it would be great if it happened. Phil is in a win win situation with this. If the Lakers don't repeat it's because he was too sick to coach them on road trips. If the Lakers do somehow win the finals again, it's because Phil is a good enough coach to get it done just showing up and coaching them in L.A. Either way, this will have to be signed off by Kobe Bryant, who may want to coach the team on away games himself and skip over the assistants. Should be interesting.


U.S.A! U.S.A!

I'm not gonna sit here and pretend to be a fan of the boring sport known as soccer, but what happened today is an unbelievable achievement for the United States Soccer team.

Defeating the number one team in the world, Spain, sent shock waves around the soccer community. To put this into perspective, Spain hadn't been beaten in 35 straight matches and held a 15 straight win streak. This is only the second time in history that the United States has beaten the #1 ranked team (Brazil in '98). Team USA now has three days to prepare for a rematch with Brazil in the Confederations Cup finals and another chance at a monumental upset.

So, put your hands together and savor an exciting moment regarding soccer, because this is not likely to happen again!


5-Star Guard, Doron Lamb...

John Calipari and The University of Kentucky have a visitor on campus today. Doron Lamb, a five star SG, is visiting the Wildcat's today. Lamb is considered to be a top 10 guard in next year's class and appears to be the backup plan to Will Barton. Lamb plays for Steve Smith at Oak Hill Academy.

Many expect Calipari to push heavily for a commitment today and if the visit goes well, expect good news.


Another Blow to the Dukies...

Elliot Williams, an integral part of Duke's 2009 roster, has decided to leave the team. Williams cited family reasons as the means of departure.

Coach K was quoted regarding the situation,

"We fully support him in his efforts to be closer to [his family] during this trying time," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "He is a good young man with an opportunity to become an outstanding player. We wish him well as he determines his future. He will always be a part of our program and we will always be in his corner."

The departure is a huge blow to the Dukies, because they are now left with only two returning guards on the roster, Nolan Smith and John Scheyer. Williams insertion into the starting lineup was key to a moderate late season surge by the Blue Devils.

The slow decent continues for Duke. I fully expect a mid-season surgery for Coach K this year, similar to the 1995 excuse.

Unless, of course, he decides to take that Lakers job that may open up....


Volleyball Booty of the Week.....#8

That's a goooooood one!