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. (more…)

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Published in: on January 10, 2012 at 8:36 am  Comments Off on Just Football…  
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Just Football…

There are just three weeks left in the NFL season before the playoffs, the college football playoffs are winding down, and the bowl season starts on Saturday.

It’s crunch time, so make sure you are stocked up on food and drink, there are fresh batteries in the remote, and you are ready for football heaven…

This week I take a look at some impressive performances in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs, the playoff picture, upcoming big games, bowl season, a magnificent catch, the playoffs, and a National Championship game!  Read on…

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Published in: on December 13, 2011 at 8:42 am  Comments Off on Just Football…  
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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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Published in: on December 6, 2011 at 8:33 am  Comments Off on Just Football…  
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ESPN – We Got Games!

Congratulations to all those folks who contacted ESPN about airing the Montana Grizzlies and Montana State Bobcats Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) games this Saturday.

Montana won…sort of… (more…)

Published in: on November 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm  Comments (2)  
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Just Football…

It was a good week for picking games!  I managed to pick 13 games correctly last week (out of 16), but finished out of the pizza.

We’re still holding out hope that ESPN will change its tune and allow a local network to televise the Montana and Montana State FCS playoff games on local television stations – more on this below.

This week I take a look at honors in the NFL, some unimpressive performances, the playoffs, Tebow, bathrooms, the BCS, the FCS, ESPN3, the Facebook page, the NAIA and results from the Championship games in Missouri!

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Published in: on November 29, 2011 at 9:33 am  Comments Off on Just Football…  
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ESPN3

Like many football fans across Big Sky Country, I am upset that (apparently) the University of Montana Grizzlies and Montana State University Bobcats playoff football games won’t be shown on television in Montana.

I mentioned this in my highly read “Just Football” column yesterday and linked to a story in the Missoulian newspaper.  Since then, the publicity about ESPN only showing the games on ESPN3, which is an internet-based channel, has grown tremendously.

There’s a Facebook page petition “Petition to have ESPN Have Feeds of FCS Playoff Games” that you can access HERE. Over 10,000 have signed up!

The three members (Two Democrats and one Republican) of the Montana Congressional delegation contacted ESPN – which is monumental in itself because they don’t agree on much of anything these days.   (more…)

Published in: on November 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm  Comments (2)  
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Just Football…

Welcome to another edition of “Just Football!”  This is the weekly column where I take a look at football from the NFL all the way down to High School!

With NFL week #11 under my belt I managed to pick 11 correctly (out of 14) but still out of winning the free pizza.  Watch out – I am like a turtle – slow and steady and coming on at the end!  Just a helpful reminder that there are three games on Thursday – so get your picks in early for Turkey Day.

Today I write about honors for some Lions, Philip Rivers and interceptions, my Chiefs, the BCS, the last Border War game, handling traffic tickets in Kansas, the Cats, the Griz, the Saints are marching, high school football, and a special place to crown champions in Missouri!

There’s a lot more…. (more…)

Published in: on November 22, 2011 at 9:59 am  Comments Off on Just Football…  
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Just Football…

Going just 9-7 in last week’s NFL Pick the winners contest will not feed the family.  My wife reminded me that she was kind of counting on me winning a pizza party this season, so the pressure is on!  Now my mission is to study more – which means watching more football…

This week’s “Just Football” column deals with honors in the NFL, impressive and unimpressive performances, injuries, the BCS, games to watch, Penn State, the Griz at the Cats and my analysis, NAIA playoffs, high school football championships, and a note about the scheduling!

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Creampuffs:

We see it a lot in college football – larger colleges playing smaller colleges (creampuffs) early in the football season and pummeling them.

The scheduling of creampuffs for Montana’s two largest universities was highly evident on Saturday when the University of Montana and Montana State beat their two opponents by a combined score of 132-12. Some in the Montana media slurped it up like it was the beginning of something special.

Frankly, the two big dogs of college football in Montana did not really prove anything.

There should be a mercy rule in college football or maybe the “big dog” schools should just play the local high school varsity team. (more…)