Now that was domination…

It did not take long on Monday night for viewers to see which team was better in the BCS National Championship. It took the Alabama Crimson Tide a little less than three minutes to march 82 yards and score the game’s first touchdown to go up 7-0 on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. After the Irish went three and out, the Tide went on a 10 play 61 yard drive to go up 14-0.

Then the Irish then went three and out again. Alabama scored again and that pretty much took the fight out of the fighting Irish.

They were up 35-0 before the Irish scored. Alabama won the game 42-14. That was their second straight national title and third in four years.

The most exciting thing during the game happened when, with it getting out of hand, viewers were treated to camera shots of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb (who is also Miss Alabama). Twitter went wild when ESPN commentator Brent Musburger (age 73), said, “You see that lovely lady there, she does go to Auburn, but she’s also Miss Alabama and that’s AJ McCarron’s girlfriend.” He then added, “You quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women. What a beautiful woman. Wow.”

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Thursday Numbers

It’s Thursday! If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

Please note that if you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, you may not impress them by telling them you read blogs…

This week I write about the Fiscal Cliff, Sandy, unemployment, 113th Congress, Steve Daines, Danica McKellar, Veterans in 113th, Denny Rehberg, Jon Tester, Top Videos of 2012, Bowl Championship Series, Honey Bun, and much more!

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Just Football…

Today is a pretty sad day because the next football game is Saturday.  We’ve had football games to watch (college and professional) almost every day since mid-December, and now it’s winding down with only the NFL playoffs left.

I don’t really get into basketball until about March.

Almost every week during the football season I’ve written a Tuesday column about the past weekend’s games.  This week I take a look at the National Championship game, the wild card weekend, the FCS championship, a former coach returns, and honors. Continue reading

Just Football…

Terrible!  I ended up 9-7 in my football contest last weekend – now I know I can’t make a living at picking the games – if I tried my table would be bare and the wine closet would be empty.

For the non-football fans out there you need to be advised that we are getting ready to enter the big month of football – playoff games, championships, bowl games and in about a month the NFL playoffs start!

So just be advised that we – the football fans of the world – will disappear and show up sometime in mid-January.  OK, we will hang out with the family on Christmas…

Today I take a look at the NFL, the BCS, bowling, the FCS, the NAIA and a man called Joe.  So read on…

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Just Football…

Another week of football is in the books and, sadly, I went 9-4 for the week on my NFL pick contest.  That means no free pizza for me.

Just about every Tuesday during football season, I take a look at some of the NFL teams, major college and FCS games and also throw in a few pieces of info you won’t get anywhere else.

This week we take a look at a couple of birthdays, the handshake, the 1929 Packers, beer prices, the BCS, a place for scores, and much more! Continue reading

Football: It’s Almost Over

The major college football season ended last night with Auburn beating Oregon for the mythical Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship.

It was an entertaining game to watch. The 30+ days the teams had off showed as both teams were a little shaky in the scoreless first quarter.

I watched most of the 35 bowl games. Many were competitive and many had a lot of empty seats. About 32 of them were televised on the ESPN/ABC networks.

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Just Football…

So how did you do in your football picks this season? In the Sirius Satellite Radio’s Pigskin Pick ‘em, I finished 1315 out of 10,204 players, which was terrible. Oh well, maybe I can win a pizza from the Papa John’s contest during the playoffs…

So now the football games we’ll get to see have a little more meaning. We have the NFL’s wildcard weekend and a couple of big college games coming up. This weekend is going to be a good one for football fans!

A Real National Champion…

To get us football fans started this weekend this Friday afternoon/night we’ll get to see a real National Champion crowned as Eastern Washington University (EWU) (12-2) plays Delaware (12-2) for the FCS National Championship. That game is set to be televised on ESPN2 at 5:00 p.m. Montana time. The game is played in Frisco, Texas (close to Dallas-Fort Worth).

It seems like forever ago when these teams played in the semi-finals. Eastern last played December 17 and Delaware played December 18. EWU played in the semifinals without All-American running back Taiwan Jones because of a broken foot and word is that Jones will not play Friday night.

I still like EWU’s chances in this game.

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BCS: They Did It Again

It seems just about every year I write about the upcoming college football bowl games with disappointment. This year is no different.

I am in favor of a playoff system for major college football, but they don’t have one and since they don’t have playoffs, it would be nice if they made the five BCS bowl games more interesting.

There are three undefeated teams going into the bowl season, Auburn, Oregon and TCU. TCU was left out of the championship game. So there’s a chance we’ll have two undefeated teams at the end of the bowl season.

The BCS bowl games are the five “big money” games in college football. One would hope the top 10 teams would play each other in these five BCS games: one versus two, three versus four, and so on. Not so fast my friend…there’s money involved and conferences have deals with bowl committees and that is where it is all screwed up. Continue reading

Just Football…

With several games over the Thanksgiving holiday and even more on Saturday and Sunday, I am about footballed out. I must regroup and get ready for the Monday Night game. It’s gonna be tough, but I think I can make it.

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