Just Football…

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beating the Indianapolis Colts last night, I managed to pick 13 winners (out of 16) for my NFL pick the winner contests. Still no pizza…and I like pizza.

We’ve got your football right here – today I talk about my rowdy friends, the undefeated, the winless, the Big 12, the Big Sky, the Frontier, the NAIA, and a very special homecoming queen!  Continue reading

Just Football…

It was a little tough for me in picking the NFL games last week.  I ended up with 10 correct (out of 16), so I’m hoping for better days ahead.  I may not win a pizza this year from Papa John’s…not that I need a pizza.

With fall starting, I am into football full time.  It all starts on Friday nights, where I enjoy listening to some of the high school games on the radio and keeping up with scores from high school games all across the nation via Twitter (@TheWesternWord).

On Saturday, my attention turned to major college ball and ended with me watching Mizzou at Oklahoma, the Bobcats at Eastern Washington, and the Griz getting whipped by Sac State.  Yep, I can keep up with all three and even feed myself…sometimes I drop a little food, but that’s the way it goes during football season.

Today’s commentary about football deals with the winless teams in the NFL, the ESPN NFL Countdown crew, major college football and division II ball.  I also have to comment on some Montana High School football.  Enjoy… Continue reading

Just Football…

Although this column is called “Just Football” did you know that on this date in 1998, and after playing in a record 2,632 consecutive games over 16 seasons, Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles sat out a game against the New York Yankees.  Now you can impress your friends today…

It kind of reminds me of Forrest Gump running – he ran for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours and then he said, “I’m pretty tired…I think I’ll go home now.”

OK, anyway, today I write about NFL surprises and disappointments, picking the winners, Tony Gonzalez and the Falcons, looking ahead, college football realignment, the Big Sky Conference and more! Continue reading

Game-Viewing Shape

Oh man, I am more than ready for football season to start.  The NFL teams are in camp now and this Thursday is the first night of preseason games.  This Thursday!!

Since many of us were thinking we might not have a season, the preseason games are very much welcome.  There will be four weeks of preseason games.  You can check out the schedule HERE.

It looks like each day there are preseason games, at least one game will be carried nationally by Fox, ESPN, CBS, NBC, or the NFL Network.

Preseason is also the time for us fans to get in “game-viewing” shape.  This is serious stuff. Continue reading

Just Football…

It’s a lot more fun to write about sports than politics. So it’s time to take a time-out from politics and talk about football!

The Gunslinger:

In what would have made a great western movie, the game between the Vikings and the Packers would have been an instant classic. Continue reading

A WACky Idea

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the University of Montana Grizzlies joining the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

It has been a summer of moves by many schools to new conferences. It looks like the Big Ten will have 12 teams and the Big 12 will have 10 teams and the Pac-10 will have 12 teams. Someone said on Twitter “How can I teach my young son proper math skills with what’s going on in the Big Ten and Big 12?” I hear you.

With all the moves going on, the smaller conferences were sure to follow. A few days ago, a rumor started floating across the Montana sports scene about the Montana Grizzlies possibly getting an invite to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The WAC is losing some schools. They have nine schools participating in football and are reportedly due to only have six next year. The WAC may be on its last legs, so they invited the Montana Athletic Director to Dallas where he met with their Presidents and Athletic Directors.

So the WAC needs help. They need a team like Montana – a powerhouse from the Big Sky Conference – and a perennial playoff team and a team you normally find in the Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) polls.

The Montana Grizzlies don’t need the WAC. Continue reading

Big 12

Living part of my life in the Midwest, I followed the Big 8 and then the Big 12 in football and basketball and still get my fix on college basketball and football by following the teams, especially MIZ-ZOU.

They had a good thing going, but it appears it is about to end.

Colorado recently decided to head to the PAC 10. I’ve heard rumors that Nebraska may jump to the Big 10. A friend of mine who lives in Nebraska told me the times have changed in the Big 12 and that the members of the former Big 8 conference were getting a little tired of the Big 12 being centered on the Texas teams.

I read that Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State may go to the PAC 10 making it a mega-conference with an east and west division. Continue reading